23 Breakfast Recipes to Make the Night Before

23 Breakfast Recipes to Make the Night Before

Sheela Prakash
Sep 12, 2016
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Whipping up a hot breakfast from scratch in the morning — be it on leisurely weekends or busy weekdays — always sounds like a good idea, but sometimes it's difficult to make happen.

Well, these 23 recipes are here to jump-start things for you. If you prep, assemble, or even bake your breakfast the night before, you'll be left with minimal work, aside from tossing it in the oven or microwave, when you wake up.

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1. Frozen Single-Serve Oatmeal with Almonds & Dried Cherries

Freezing oatmeal in muffin tins means you have the perfect serving to reach for throughout the week — just reheat them in the microwave when you need them.

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2. Sweet Potato & Spinach Breakfast Strata

Assemble this cheesy vegetarian strata the night before and simply stick it in the oven for an hour or so in the morning and bake it until it's puffed and golden.

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3. Strawberry Cheesecake Breakfast Bars

Who says you can't eat cheesecake for breakfast? These bars add oats and Greek yogurt to the mix to make them wholesome enough for the morning. You can assemble them the night before and bake them when you wake up.

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4. Blueberry Pancake Casserole

This giant pancake in casserole form is made even better with a crumble topping. Prepare it before you go to bed and then bake it in the morning for a crowd-pleasing treat.

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5. Freezer-Friendly Potato, Chorizo, and Cheesy Egg Burritos

Make a big batch of these burritos and you'll have a hearty, hot breakfast to turn to on even the busiest of mornings.

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6. Chocolate-Cherry Granola Muffins

A little cocoa powder makes these muffins feel like dessert, but Greek yogurt, granola, and dried cherries keep them firmly in breakfast territory.

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7. Breakfast Barley Bowl with Mango, Coconut, and Banana

The porridge keeps well in the fridge for up to five days so you can enjoy it throughout the week — just wait until right before eating to garnish it with the mango and banana.

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8. Savory Breakfast Toaster Tarts

Stuffed with ham, leeks, and herbed ricotta, these buttery tarts are a decadent way to start the morning.

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9. Egg and Chorizo Breakfast Casserole

This recipe makes a big 9x13-inch baking dish worth of eggy casserole. Enjoy it throughout the week on its own or tucked into a breakfast quesadilla or burrito.

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10. Freeze-and-Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

The unbaked scones can be frozen for up to two months, so you can pull out one or two and bake them anytime the craving strikes.

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11. Baked Oatmeal Cups

These muffin-like oatmeal cups, filled with any sweet or savory mix-ins you like, can be warmed up and served with a spoonful of yogurt or simply eaten out of hand.

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12. Make-Ahead "Ham & Cheese" Breakfast Casserole

Hosting Sunday brunch just got a whole lot easier, thanks to this casserole. Prep it before you go to bed, bake it when you wake up, and let everyone think you toiled away all morning.

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13. Spiced Carrot Oat Breakfast Cookies

A mix of warm spices like cinnamon, cloves, and ginger make it difficult to just eat one of these wholesome cookies.

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14. Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake

This may look like your average baked breakfast casserole, but what makes it stand out is the secret cinnamon cream cheese filling tucked inside.

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15. Breakfast Polenta Squares with Spinach & Bacon

While this breakfast polenta can be assembled the night before and baked in the morning, leftovers can also be enjoyed throughout the week.

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16. Almond-Fig Breakfast Quick Bread

A little almond meal in the batter boosts the protein of this breakfast bread that's best enjoyed toasted and spread with butter.

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17. Freezer-Friendly Frittata Breakfast Sandwiches

Wrap up each of these sandwiches individually and freeze so you can grab one anytime you need it.

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18. Savory Grits Breakfast Parfaits

Store these in microwave-safe containers so all you have to do in the morning is grab one and transfer it straight to the microwave to reheat.

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19. Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla

This breakfast quesadilla can be made in batches and stored in the fridge or freezer — just be sure to heat it in the oven or toaster oven instead of the microwave, which can make it soggy.

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20. Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles

Consider these breakfast Popsicles the best version of your usual yogurt, fruit, and granola routine.

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21. Raspberry Cookie Butter Baked Oatmeal

This indulgent oatmeal can be baked on Sunday and then eaten throughout the week for a quick bite before running out the door.

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22. Gluten-Free Granola Toasting Bread

Packed with oats, nuts, and dried fruit, this gluten-free loaf actually gets better after a few days on the counter and is best sliced, toasted, and buttered.

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23. Savory Muffins with Prosciutto & Chives

These savory muffins are slightly quiche-like, thanks to the cottage cheese and eggs in the recipe. Store them in the fridge and re-warm before enjoying.

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