7 Frozen Breakfast Items Kitchn Staffers Always Have in Their Freezers

updated May 1, 2019
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One recent morning, I asked my Amazon Echo to “snooze” so many times, Alexa started to give me a news brief instead. Once I finally got out of bed, there was no way I was whipping together a gourmet breakfast. Feeling curious and oh-so-sleepy, I decided to ask my coworkers to share their favorite frozen breakfast items for when they just can’t in the morning. I’ve also included a freezer favorite of my own for when I have a bit more spunk.

(Confession: When I said “one recent morning,” I really meant “most mornings.”)

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Kitchn 100 turned me on to Amy’s frozen burritos. I love having something that I can heat up and take to go. Because there’s nothing weird about eating a burrito while walking down Sixth Avenue in New York City.” — Lisa Freedman, Lifestyle Editor

2. Trader Joe’s Hash Brown Patties

“Hands down my family’s favorite breakfast treat is Trader Joe’s Hash Brown Patties. They taste like the McDonald’s hash browns I used to covet as a kid and we can bake them up quickly in the toaster oven.” Meghan Splawn, Associate Food Editor

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3. 365 Everyday Value Frozen Blueberries

“Does frozen fruit count as breakfast? I am obsessed with Whole Foods 365 frozen blueberries. I eat them right out of the bag or dump them into smoothies.” — Grace Elkus, Senior Food Editor

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4. Trader Joe’s Frozen Chocolate Croissants

“I love TJ’s frozen chocolate croissants. Just take one out the night before and pop it in the oven for 20 minutes while you get ready. The croissant comes out hot, fresh, and flaky — like it was just made at a real bakery.” — Kelli Foster, Associate Food Editor

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“I always have a stash of these gluten-free English muffins in my freezer. I use them to make avocado toast or egg sandwiches! We love ’em so much that we even featured them in Kitchn 100.” — Lauren Kodiak, Managing Editor

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I’ve been raving about these packets for a full year now and I still always have a stash in the freezer. I make smoothie bowls with them and I love that they save me money. An Acaí bowl at the juice place down the street from the office costs $12!” — Ariel Knutson, News & Culture Editor

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“I’m bracing myself for the backlash but, to me, these pre-cooked breakfast sausages smell like Sunday mornings. My dad used to brown up a big batch and serve them with his famous scrambled eggs with cream cheese. These sausages have an almost unnatural maple syrupy flavor and a funky texture, but I love them anyway. Second confession: I cook them in the microwave.” — Lauren Masur, Staff Writer

What about you? What frozen breakfast items do you have on hand right now?