50+ Big-Batch Breakfasts You Can Make Ahead of Time

updated Nov 30, 2022
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Looking for ways to make it a sustained habit to eat a good breakfast on the regular, but are stumped on ways to make it a reality? There’s a solution for it and it comes down to what you can make ahead of time. We’re talking low-effort, big-impact breakfasts that deliver a week of meals (sometimes more!), that you can whip together in a single cooking session.

Finding breakfast ideas you actually look forward to eating and that can be made in advance takes the guesswork out of what to make first thing in the morning and has to the potential to save lots of time. If you like things on the sweeter side, try DIY yogurt cups, breakfast pops, breakfast baked goods (you know, the ones that will actually keep you full!), or your preferred flavor of overnight oats. Or, if you prefer a savory breakfast, try a veggie frittata, freezer-friendly breakfast sandwiches and burritos, or even savory toaster tarts.

To help you start mornings off on the right note, here are 50+ big-batch breakfasts you can make ahead.

Eggs and Egg Sandwiches

Eggs are a workhorse ingredient when it comes to big-batch breakfasts. Turn them into casseroles, frittatas, and sandwiches and you won’t be disappointed.

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Easy Breakfast Casserole
An easy-assembly, crowd-feeding breakfast casserole loaded with the works: cheddar cheese, diced ham, bell pepper, shredded potatoes, and eggs.
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Make-Ahead Spinach and Feta Egg Casserole
Filled with leafy spinach and chunks of crumbled feta, and laced with fresh dill, this egg casserole will remind you of spanakopita.
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Classic Frittata
As long as you have a few vegetables and some eggs on hand, you can make a frittata in about 20 minutes.
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Egg, Sausage, and Cheese Bundt Breakfast Sandwich
Is this the ultimate make-ahead big-batch breakfast? We think so! Isn’t the idea of using your Bundt pan kind of ingenious?
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Herbed Egg Whites & Feta on English Muffins
This super-satisfying yet light and wholesome sandwich is one to stash away in the freezer for busy mornings.
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Egg Soufflé Sandwich

This fluffy, elevated egg sandwich can (and should!) be made ahead of time. All you need to do is make the egg souffle one day in advance, sliced into squares, and refrigerate. Top with the cheese and broil to warm through, melt the cheese before assembling sandwiches and tucking in.

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Easy Keto Breakfast Egg Muffins
More than anything, these protein-packed keto egg muffins are for anyone who loves the satisfying combination of cheesy eggs, sweet potatoes, and bacon.
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Breakfast Burrito Egg Casserole
It's everything you love about a classic breakfast burrito layered into an egg casserole.
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Spinach Feta Breakfast Wraps
Like a breakfast sandwich, it’s hard to go wrong with a breakfast wrap. Fill it with eggs or scrambled tofu, add sautéed veggies and bacon or sausage. And don’t forget the cheese — everything tastes better with cheese.
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Croissant Breakfast Sandwich
Layered with scrambled eggs, ham, cheese, and Dijon, these croissant breakfast sandwiches can be made in advance and frozen for an easy weekday breakfast.
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Easy Paleo Breakfast Egg Muffins
These Paleo breakfast egg muffins are loaded with savory sausage, mushrooms, and spinach, and are easy to pull together in about 30 minutes.
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Egg and Chorizo Breakfast Casserole
Take your pick between eating this casserole as is, layering it on a sandwich, stuffing it into a breakfast burrito, or even a quesadilla.
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Veggie Supreme Egg Bake
This breakfast casserole is a delicious way to add more veggies to your day. Spinach, peppers, potatoes, and mushrooms all make an appearance!
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Potato, Chorizo, and Cheesy Egg Burritos
What’s better than a homemade breakfast burrito, warm and cheesy? Nothing! Except for maybe one that you can just pop out of the freezer on a busy morning.
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Breakfast Sliders
While these bacon, egg, and cheese sliders are great straight from the oven, they freeze and reheat like a dream.
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Bacon, Potato & Egg Breakfast Casserole
This breakfast casserole is a simple, hearty dish of eggs and bacon, mixed with potatoes and vegetables.
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Sheet Pan Veggie Frittata
Whether you’re planning on sandwiching it between slices of sourdough, wrapping it in a tortilla, or eating as is for a hearty grab-and-go breakfast, this veggie-heavy frittata won’t disappoint.
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Sausage Breakfast Casserole
This classic combination of eggs, breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and bread bakes up hearty and satisfying.
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Freezer-Friendly Frittata Breakfast Sandwiches
How do you make a breakfast sandwich even easier to eat? By replacing the eggs with a slice of frittata instead. That way you won’t have to worry about the sautéed spinach or bacon slipping out of your sandwich.
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Diner Breakfast Egg Bake
Inspired by a classic breakfast combo of tender potatoes, savory sausage, and eggs, this casserole is a crowd-pleasing, throw-it-together dish.
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Southwest Croissant Egg Bake

If you've got stale leftover croissant and last night's leftover veggies, then you've done most of the prep to make this cheesy, fluffy, breakfast bake.

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Oatmeal and Smoothies

If you’re looking for a hearty way to start your day, oatmeal will never fail you. Though we also love smoothies when we’re craving something that’s both satisfying and refreshing.

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Morning Glory Overnight Oats
Inspired by the hearty muffins of the same name, tender soaked oats are mixed with apple, carrot, and walnuts for a wholesome, make-ahead breakfast.
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Overnight Oats Recipe
Old-fashioned oats are mixed with milk and yogurt for a portable, make-ahead breakfast that's cool, creamy, and subtly sweet.
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Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Think slow cooker oats are just for utility? Think again. These are the ultimate rich and creamy oats that you'll want to savor.
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Quinoa-Oatmeal Cereal
Made with coconut milk, maple syrup, quinoa, and gluten-free oats, the warming dish is topped with fresh fruit for a delicious and quick first meal of the day.
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DIY Instant Oatmeal Cups
A 1-hour weekend project that can help you sleep in all week. Learn how to make portable oatmeal cups at home, just how you like them.
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Tender Baked Oatmeal Cups
Oatmeal meets muffins in this hybrid breakfast that's totally customizable.
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Steel-Cut Oats in a Jar
This is the easiest way to make a week's worth of steel-cut oatmeal in 5 minutes.
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Homemade Muesli
This healthy muesli recipe is packed with whole grains, nuts, and seeds for an easy, satisfying breakfast.
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Frozen Single-Serve Oatmeal with Almonds & Dried Cherries
Make these little oatmeal pucks in your muffin tins, and then heat them individually with a splash of milk when you’re ready to eat them. They have all the additions already mixed in, so you can have a bowl of oatmeal — complete with toppings — in no time flat.
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Blueberry-Spinach Smoothie Packs
For my family, this method of assembling a muffin tin of smoothie ingredients and stashing them in the freezer has been a breakfast game-changer.
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5 Smoothie Kits for a Week of Make-Ahead Breakfasts
If smoothies are a regular part of your morning routine, make-ahead smoothie kits are the ultimate breakfast hack you need in your life.
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Other Savory Breakfast Ideas

Beyond eggs, polenta and pancakes can be big batched for breakfast, too. So can savory toaster tarts.

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Loaded Savory Breakfast Muffins
These hearty muffins are filled to the brim with good things like breakfast sausage, spinach, cheddar, and apple. Not only do they keep well stored in the fridge for up to four days, but they can also be frozen for up to three months.
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Savory Scones with Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

These savory tomato-studded, cheesy-laced scones are equally delicious on Friday night with served with cocktails as they are on a weekend morning with mugs of coffee. Store covered dough wedges in the freezer overnight and bake off in the morning.

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My Mom’s Cheese Grits

This recipe for the most amazing bowl of grits was passed down to Senior Food Editor, Megan, by her mom, and it's been providing comfort to her family for years. The key to deliciousness is simple and genius: never hold back on the salt or the fat. What's more? The grits can be made up to 3 days ahead.

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Breakfast Polenta Squares with Spinach & Bacon
These polenta squares are a twist on an egg casserole, with plenty of hearty, homey polenta in the bake for a nourishing morning. They’re sturdy and easy to transport.
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Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Bread Boats
Another good pick for those who like some carbs with their eggs: a bread boat to bake on Sunday and eat all week long.
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Savory Vegetable Pancakes
Who says pancakes have to be sweet? Start your day with a nutritional boost with these carrot and zucchini flapjacks. Store them in the freezer (don’t forget to date the bag), and when you’re looking for a quick breakfast, you can warm a couple of them up, slather on sour cream or Greek yogurt, and take your pancake sandwich to go.
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Savory Breakfast Toaster Tarts
There’s so much to love about these savory hand pies that fit in your toaster. Fill them with whatever you like (we chose ham and leeks), stash them in the freezer, and then just pop them in the toaster for a few minutes to enjoy.
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Smoked Almond Snack Bars
This recipe for savory snack bars has a smoky barbecue flavor with lots of crunchy, toasted nuts and seeds to get you through your morning.
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Other Sweet Breakfast Ideas

Whether it’s DIY yogurt parfaits or no-bake granola bars, these recipes will satisfy your morning sweet tooth without sacrificing wholesomeness.

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Frozen Grapes and Granola Yogurt Bark
Yogurt bark is the most fun you'll have eating yogurt for breakfast. Topped with grapes and clusters of granola, it's like a sheet pan parfait.
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Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups
Why buy pricey layered yogurt cups at the grocery store? Make your own in pint-sized jars with jam or fresh fruit and plain yogurt. So delicious!
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Bus Stop Breakfast Cookies

This make-ahead recipe makes enough hearty and chewy cookies to feed a hungry breakfast crowd. What further makes this cookie formula so ingenious is how you can customize them any way you like with a plethora of sweet and chunky mix-ins.

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Overnight French Toast
Prep the night before and once you wake up and bake, be rewarded by thickly sliced brioche bread soaked in luscious custard and topped with a crunchy, spice-kissed streusel topping.
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Almond Butter Granola
This near perfect granola, with lots of clusters and the sweet flavor of almond butter and maple syrup, is ideal served over yogurt or served with a splash of milk.
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Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Pops
A recipe for yogurt breakfast popsicles sweetened with roasted bananas and flavored with peanut butter.
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Coconut, Apple, Date & Almond Breakfast Mix
This Australian breakfast mix is basically like grain-free muesli and can be eaten with milk, stirred into yogurt, or even sprinkled on toast.
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Easy No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
The easiest no-bake granola bars, perfect for eating for breakfast or packing as a mid-morning snack.
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Banana Muffins
These one-bowl banana muffins are made entirely with pantry staples, and will be ready to devour in just 30 minutes.
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Sweet Morning Potato
This idea may be a little surprising, but it’s a favorite around here: Bake a few sweet potatoes, then warm them up in the microwave and eat with yogurt and a handful of nuts or pepitas for an incredibly satisfying breakfast.
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Soft & Chewy Granola
This recipe for gluten-free, oat-free nut and seed granola is sweetened with honey and flecked with dried apricots.
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Homemade Granola Bars
A granola bar is one of our go-to breakfasts when we want something ultra quick and easy. Follow this basic recipe and then feel free to make your own signature variation.
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Yogurt Parfait Breakfast Popsicles
Yogurt, granola, and fruit on a stick — how great is that?
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