Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas

Easy Chocolate-Almond Croissants
Start the morning on the right foot with any of these scrumptious make-ahead breakfast and brunch recipes. Each one is a crowd-pleaser, perfect for when you have guests.

Fruit, Nut, and Brown Sugar Freezer Oatmeal Cups

Don't settle for cold cereal when you're craving a warm bowl of oatmeal. Instead, think ahead, and make these oatmeal cups (complete with toppings) in advance. Then just heat them up in the microwave!

Overnight Breakfast Pie

Prep this loaded breakfast casserole the night before, then bake in the morning before your hungry crowd arrives at the table. With bacon, eggs, hash browns, and cheese, this savory pie combines all of our favorite breakfast ingredients into one scrumptious bite.

Orange-Honey Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are always a delicious and easy go-to breakfast on busy mornings. Prep and chill the night before, then just add your favorite toppers (we recommend strawberries, coconut, and orange zest) and go.

Nutty Chocolate Chip Pancakes

You can never go wrong with chocolate pancakes at breakfast, but making them one at a time on your griddle can be time-consuming. That's where these make-ahead pancakes come in. You can freeze them for up to 2 months, so you'll never be without a pancake when cravings kick in.

Carrot Breakfast Cookies

Ideal for grabbing on your way out the door, this make-ahead recipe lets you have dessert for breakfast (but in a healthy way). We promise you won't notice the shredded carrots and zucchini—especially once you mix in cranberries, pecans, and brown sugar.

Chicken Breakfast Burritos

Not only did we manage to turn the burrito into a make-ahead meal, but we also upgraded it to breakfast food with eggs and hash browns. If you're skeptical about chicken for breakfast, you can also swap in ham, pork sausage, or bacon.

Bacon-Mushroom Quiche with Gruyere and Thyme

Decadent Gruyere cheese and bacon combine with fresh mushrooms and thyme to create a full-flavor filling surrounded by a flaky piecrust for the ultimate make-ahead breakfast.

Make-Ahead Ginger-Pear Scones

These yummy scones can be made then frozen up to two months in advance. Don't you want to be known as the person who always has scones on hand?

Blueberry Surprise French Toast Casserole

The secret to this blueberry-studded breakfast casserole is pockets of luscious, melty cream cheese. Top it off with your favorite breakfast syrup for a sweet finish.

Cranberry-Orange Tea Ring

Simple scissor work is all it takes to give this gorgeous tea ring its unique look. A final drizzle of orange-flecked icing makes it irresistible.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites

Not only are these peanut butter bites easy to make, they're also easy to grab on the go. Thanks to rolled oats and PB, they'll keep you full for a while, too.

Poblano-Chorizo Strata

Sausage, poblano peppers, and oregano flavor this colorful Mexican-style dish. A sprinkling of queso fresco adds a delicious finishing touch.

Potato Cinnamon Rolls

The day before you're making a big breakfast, prep these gourmet cinnamon rolls. The next morning, it's just as easy as baking the store-bought kind—but they taste better.

Spicy Apricot and Sausage Braid

This beautiful braided bread is worth a little extra effort for the tender, spicy-sweet results. It makes an exciting addition to your brunch buffet or a hearty snack for holiday guests.

Peach-Prosciutto Cornmeal Muffins

Chopped peaches and prosciutto add a distinct sweet and salty twist to the classic cornmeal muffin. For added sweetness, serve them with honey or peach preserves; if you prefer a saltier flavor, serve with butter.

Caramelized Onion Breakfast Casserole

Hosting a brunch? Make this pretty and delicious casserole the night before. With sourdough bread and crumbled bacon on top, your guests will eat it right up.

Overnight Cranberry Coffee Cake

Tart, citrusy, and buttery, this slightly crumbly cake is perfect when paired with coffee for breakfast. Pecans or walnuts work in place of almonds, if you prefer.

Baked Apple-Spice Donuts

Shredded apple, spices, and a dusting of cinnamon-sugar give these donuts fabulous fall flavor. And because they’re baked and not fried, you can indulge without guilt.

Ham Souffle Roll

The souffle is spread in a shallow pan and baked, then topped with ham and cheese and rolled into a spiral. The result is an elegant brunch entree that’s sure to impress.

Spicy Brunch Lasagna

Layer upon rich, decadent layer of sausage, cheese, pasta, potatoes, and creamy Alfredo sauce will satisfy even the largest appetite. If you have any chives or green onion left over, sprinkle them on top for a fresh garnish and a pop of color.

Baked Oatmeal

Baking fruit-filled oatmeal is an excellent way to use up any leftover fruit in the house. Don’t worry about which fruits work together best—any combination is delicious in this recipe.

Caramel-Pecan French Toast

Gooey caramel, crunchy pecans, and tender bread are an unforgettable taste sensation for anyone with a sweet tooth at breakfast.

Baked Denver Strata

The classic Denver omelet is transformed into a one-dish meal complete with veggies, meat, English muffins, cheese, and, of course, eggs. Serve with a side of your favorite fresh fruit to hit all the food groups.

Easy Chocolate-Almond Croissants

Chocolate croissants are a staple at any pastry counter. You'll quickly discover you can create an equally delicious treat at home in a jiffy with this shortcut make-ahead version.

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