10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Minis to Save Your Mornings
Make your mornings less hectic and eat a whole lot smarter by prepping a week's worth of grab-and-go breakfasts in one big batch. Then you just store them in the fridge so they're ready to head out the door with you. We've gathered some of our favorite make-ahead breakfast cups and breakfast bars for you to try, along with tips and suggestions for prepping and storing. Goodbye crazy mornings, hello happy days.
Tips: Use your muffin pan to make these individual servings of breakfast goodness. After they cool, you can wrap and store them in the fridge for up to a week. For longer storage, freeze them on a baking sheet, then wrap tightly in foil and store in the freezer. Pull them out one at a time to thaw in the fridge overnight for a quick and hearty breakfast on the go.
Mini breakfast quiches like these are smart ways to use up any leftover meats and vegetables you might have on hand. Bake them in cupcake liners for easier handling and clean-up. And yes, they freeze beautifully. "Great recipe for those who only have time in the morning to grab a breakfast out of the fridge and heat it up in the microwave," says Dolores Rufenacht.
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Refrigerated biscuit dough is your convenient short cut to these sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast bites. Keithm87 says, "These freeze well for a perfect grab-and-go breakfast. Just toss in the microwave for 30 seconds or so." Watch the video to see how easy they are to make.
Refrigerated biscuits make these bacon and egg breakfast bites extra hearty. Be sure to use a non-stick muffin pan or grease a regular pan to help the biscuits pop out easily. Recipe reviewer Yum! offers this tip: "Very good recipe. I put mushrooms and spinach. It's important not to put too much stuff in each biscuit. Mine spilled over!"
Customize these easy, low-carb breakfast bites with different meats, vegetables, and cheeses. They freeze well and can be quickly heated in the microwave. Lil Danny says, "I shared them and everyone wanted more, haha! That's a good sign! Also, they're the cutest, little muffins I've ever saw!"
You'll love how quickly and easily these come together. They're a great way to use up extra vegetables and meats. Says Brookside Bistro, "I LOVE these muffins, and even my very picky daughter would eat them (that's a major score in my book!!!). Great to reheat in the morning for a quick and healthy breakfast."
This versatile recipe calls for bacon, spinach, mushroom, and peppers, but feel free to toss in any vegetables lurking in your produce bin. LivingtheDreaminMaui says, "Absolutely scrumptious & great to grab on the go or to pack in your lunch! I utilize various veggies I've got in my fridge; and love adding sautéed asparagus, mushrooms, red pepper, & Maui sweet onions to them."
Tips: Baked in a pan and sliced into servings, these savory or sweet breakfast bars are easy to make in a big batch. After cooling and cutting, wrap each one up to store in the fridge for a week, or freeze them for thaw-and-eat breakfasts.
Save money by making your own protein bars, like these easy bites packed with oats, flax seed, bananas, and peanut butter. Allrecipes community member maria r s says, "Amazing recipe!!!! I've been looking for something healthy for my kids lunch box, and snacks."
Hash browns, eggs, ham, and cheese get baked in a pan and sliced for savory breakfast bars. Jackie, who submitted this recipe, says, "I like to make a batch of these and then cut them and wrap single servings in foil to have handy in the freezer for the week. Much cheaper than the freezer breakfasts from the store and you can basically add/substitute whatever ingredients you want or have handy."
Recipe submitter Nichole Tews says, "I wanted an on-the-go oatmeal bar without the artificial ingredients of commercial bars. This is the base for the bars, a recipe easily modified to suit your own tastes."
Loaded with oats, nuts, seeds, peanut butter, honey, banana, and dried fig--in other words, you're going to know you've eaten lots of good things all in one handy bar. Gayatri says, "The only change I made was to make them in a mini-muffin pan, got 12 ready to grab munchies instead of bars. They don't stick to the paper liners either."