50 Make-Ahead Breakfasts For Busy Back-to-School Mornings

Make your weekday morning routine even easier with these quick and easy recipes for the whole family.

August 11, 2017
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Apple-Almond Oatmeal
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Summer's almost over, and with school back in session, the kids and the whole family are back on a set schedule, and that means simplifying your morning to-do list is more important than ever. 

Make your weekday morning routine even easier with these quick and easy recipes for the whole family. 

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Overnight Chia-Oat Cups

These chia-oat cups take two minutes to mix up; double easily; provide omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, and soluble fiber; and overnight become a thick and creamy bowl of heaven ready for you to eat when you're running out the door the next morning. 

Get the Overnight Chia-Oat Cups recipe from Balancing in Heels

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Busy Morning Breakfast Cookies

Getting a healthy breakfast on the table in the midst of hungry little people who are still fighting off the sleep-grumps proves to be quite a challenge. The truth is, with kids or not, mornings go by quickly. These breakfast cookies make perfect sense to have in the freezer for a quick and filling meal. 

Get the Busy Morning Breakfast Cookies recipe from From Freezer to Table

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Quiche Cups

"These quiche cups are great for entertaining! They look amazing with a little garnish," says Heather K. Jones, RD. "Perfect for brunch. Have any leftovers? No problem, they keep well for a few days stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Simply pop in the microwave for a great quick meal in no time."

Get the Quiche Cups recipe from The 2-Week Turnaround Diet Cookbook

Blueberry-Oatmeal Casserole with Baked Yogurt Topping
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Blueberry-Oatmeal Casserole With Baked Yogurt Topping

A layer of thick Greek yogurt is spread on this berry-packed casserole and baked, adding a hefty dose of calcium. The oven's heat quickly turns the yogurt thick and dense, almost like a soft cheese, creating a rich-tasting topping.

Get the Blueberry-Oatmeal Casserole with Baked Yogurt Topping recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Chocolate Chips Scones
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Chocolate Chips Scones

Substitute dried currants, minced dried pears, or chopped toasted pecans for the chocolate chips if you want a non-sweet version. 

Get the Chocolate Chips Scones recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

 
 
Chocolate Blueberry Overnight Oats
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Triple Chocolate Blueberry Overnight Oats

This overnight oats recipe has the added bonus of being gluten-free and packed with more protein and fiber than traditional oatmeal. That means you stay full longer and burn fat for energy instead of sugar.

Get the Triple Chocolate Blueberry Overnight Oats recipe from JJ Virgin

Simple Overnight Steel-Cut Oats
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Simple Overnight Steel-Cut Oats

Here's a fun fact for you: Eating oatmeal for breakfast can actually help you lose weight. In a recent study, when people breakfasted on oatmeal instead of consuming its caloric equivalent in sugared cornflakes or skipping the meal altogether, they took in 31 percent fewer calories at their next meal. 

Get the Simple Overnight Steel-Cut Oats recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

Coconut-Mango Chia Seed Pudding
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Coconut-Mango Chia Seed Pudding

The easiest way to eat more chia seeds is in pudding form—like this recipe. Here, the combination of coconut and mango makes this high-fiber breakfast a tasty treat. It is best prepared the night before so that it's ready to go first thing in the morning.

Get the Coconut-Mango Chia Seed Pudding recipe from The All-Day Fat-Burning Cookbook

 
 
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Fresh Baked Granola

This low-sugar recipe combines healthy fats from nuts, seeds, and coconut, along with powerful antioxidants from goji berries and fiber from whole oats to make a crunchy, chewy, satisfying breakfast or snack choice. Mix it with Greek yogurt for a protein-filled bowl that'll keep you full for hours.

Get the Fresh Baked Granola recipe from Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food

Crustless Mini Broccoli and Cheese Quiche
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Crustless Mini Broccoli And Cheese Quiche

Make use of your muffin tin with this easy-to-prepare recipe that can be refrigerated for up to three days (or frozen for up to two months). 

Get the Crustless Mini Broccoli and Cheese Quiche recipe from The Sugar Smart Diet

Maple-Walnut Scones
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Maple-Walnut Scones

They take just 30 minutes to prepare (think: Sunday night meal prep session) and can be reheated in just a minute come morning time. 

Get the Maple-Walnut Scones recipe from The Diabetes DTOUR Diet Cookbook

 
 
Almond Chai Scones
Almond Chai Scones

With a homemade chai seasoning that'll add a fun spice taste to your breakfast dish, these scones take just 40 minutes to prepare and cook and can be made days in advance. 

Get the Almond Chai Scones recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

Sweet Corn Frittata
Sweet Corn Frittata

We call for omega-3 eggs in this recipe because they have significantly more vitamin B12 than regular eggs. Plus you get 230 milligrams of this healthy fat per serving, some of it the more protective kind found in fish.

Get the Sweet Corn Frittata recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Spinach, Tomato, and Swiss Cheese Quiche
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Spinach, Tomato, And Swiss Cheese Quiche

With 15 grams of protein and 16 grams of carbohydrates per serving, this vegetable-loaded quiche will help energize your entire day.

Get the Spinach, Tomato, and Swiss Cheese Quiche recipe from The Diabetes DTOUR Diet Cookbook

 
 
Asparagus Swiss Quiche
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Asparagus Swiss Quiche

Get creative with the placement of the asparagus stalks (smiley face, perhaps?) to cheer the kids up on an early morning before school. 

Get the Asparagus Swiss Quiche recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

Coconut Rice Pudding with Chia
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Coconut Rice Pudding With Chia

Cooked in coconut milk, the fluffy rice and chia seed mixture is topped with mango (or other fruit) to add a sweet element to the overnight pudding dish. 

Get the Coconut Rice Pudding with Chia recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

Lox-Cheddar Scones
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Lox-Cheddar Scones

Your go-to bagel has turned into scone form with this delicious recipe. Sweetened with just a bit of agave syrup, the sweet and savory breakfast dish will be a welcome addition to your table. 

Get the Lox-Cheddar Scones recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

 
 
Cocoa Oat and Date Granola
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Cocoa Oat And Date Granola

Granola can actually be made grain-free—a great option for Paleo dieters and low-carb eaters. Simply toss some chopped nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, seeds, and dried fruit together with olive oil or melted coconut oil, spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake until crunchy.

Get the Cocoa Oat and Date Granola recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

Cranberry-Pecan Scones
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Cranberry-Pecan Scones

Whip up a batch of these nutty, fruity scones on the weekend and wrap the leftovers individually in plastic wrap before storing in the freezer. Pull one out to thaw before you head to bed and you'll have the perfect grab-and-go breakfast.

Get the Cranberry-Pecan Scones recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook

Cinnamon-Vanilla Popped Amaranth, Dried Cherry and Macadamia Granola
Cinnamon-Vanilla Popped Amaranth, Dried Cherry And Macadamia Granola

Store the granola in an airtight container (this recipe makes eight whole servings) to keep this healthy granola fresh for the whole family to enjoy.

Get the Cinnamon-Vanilla Popped Amaranth, Dried Cherry and Macadamia Granola recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

 
 
Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oats
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Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oats

This recipe can be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled, and with just 336 calories per serving and 17 grams of protein, you'll be ready to kick off your morning. 

Get the Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oats recipe from The Sugar Smart Diet

Almond-Apricot Scones
Almond-Apricot Scones

Almond meal not only contributes vitamin E, but also makes these scones incredibly moist and tender. In addition, the healthy fats in the nuts replace some of the butter typically used in scone recipes, keeping the saturated fat content low.

Get the Almond-Apricot Scones recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Creamy Steel-Cut Oats with Dried Cranberries and Pistachios
Creamy Steel-Cut Oats With Dried Cranberries And Pistachios

If you've never tried steel-cut oats, they're nothing like the "old-fashioned" type that have been rolled or flattened to speed up cooking time. They have a chewy, creamy texture, making them especially stick-to-your-ribs satisfying. They do take longer to cook, but we've nixed that concern with an overnight method that takes just minutes of active time.

Get the Creamy Steel-Cut Oats with Dried Cranberries and Pistachios recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

 
 
Hash Brown Frittata
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Hash Brown Frittata

It takes 30 minutes to prepare and cook, so you can have breakfast (for the week) done in a quick half-hour.

Get the Hash Brown Frittata recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

Herbed Buttermilk Scones
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Herbed Buttermilk Scones

You can bake the scones a few days ahead and freeze them. They thaw quickly at room temperature and can be warmed briefly in a hot oven before serving.

Get the Herbed Buttermilk Scones recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Gingerbread-Spiced Buckwheat and Quinoa Granola
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Gingerbread-Spiced Buckwheat And Quinoa Granola

Pro tip for this spicy and sweet granola: The combination of applesauce, molasses, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, ginger, and cinnamon. Yum! 

Get the Gingerbread-Spiced Buckwheat and Quinoa Granola recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

 
 
Berry Good Peanut Butter Scones
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Berry Good Peanut Butter Scones

Because of the berry mixture they contain, these grab-and-go scones actually taste remarkably like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches—but with far less mess!

Get the Berry Good Peanut Butter Scones recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

Almond, Oat, and Dried Cranberry-Cherry Granola
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Almond, Oat, And Dried Cranberry-Cherry Granola

Once you have the master recipe down pat, feel free to substitute other types of nuts and dried fruit to make your own special house blend. Just be sure to keep the amounts the same.

Get the Almond, Oat, and Dried Cranberry-Cherry Granola recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

Tropical Fruit Chia Pudding
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Tropical Fruit Chia Pudding

Chia and coconut milk marry in a creamy pudding that pairs beautifully with fruit. 

Get the Tropical Fruit Chia Pudding recipe from Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Cookbook

 
 
Cashew-Coconut Muesli Yogurt
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Cashew-Coconut Muesli Yogurt

Oats, cashews, coconut, ginger, and cinnamon are loaded atop a serving of Greek yogurt to give you maximum protein and fiber for the day.

Get the Cashew-Coconut Muesli Yogurt recipe from The Sugar Smart Diet

Strawberry-Coconut Chia Breakfast Pudding
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Strawberry-Coconut Chia Breakfast Pudding

Scoop the strawberry mixture into a bowl and top with almonds and fruit. Chill it overnight if you'd like and dig in! 

Get the Strawberry-Coconut Chia Breakfast Pudding recipe from The Sugar Smart Diet

Cinnamon Oatmeal with Raisins and Pepitas
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Cinnamon Oatmeal With Raisins And Pepitas

Eating this hot breakfast cereal is like eating an oatmeal cookie! Serve it with honey or brown sugar and a little milk.

Get the Cinnamon Oatmeal with Raisins and Pepitas recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

 
 
Almond-Cherry Granola
Almond-Cherry Granola

Made with whole grains, nuts, and dried fruit, granola packs runner-friendly nutrients, including carbs, fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Paired with yogurt, it's a quick, satisfying breakfast.

Get the Almond-Cherry Granola recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

Spinach and Feta Frittata
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Spinach And Feta Frittata

Triple-washed baby spinach leaves are a real boon to the cook, but if you can't get them, just buy about 1 1/4 pounds large spinach and discard the tough stems. Slice the spinach leaves crosswise into thin shreds, then wash in a bowl of water, swishing to dislodge any sand. Dry in a salad spinner.

Get the Spinach and Feta Frittata recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Pumpkin Bread
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Pumpkin Bread

If you have pumpkin pie spice, use 1 tablespoon and omit the nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon for this savory recipe.

Get the Pumpkin Bread recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

 
 
Granola with Toasted Almonds and Cherries
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Granola With Toasted Almonds And Cherries

This is an easy recipe to modify. Just pick your favorite fruit and nut combination.

Get the Granola with Toasted Almonds and Cherries recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

8-Egg Frittata with Asparagus, Fresh Peas, Tarragon & Chives
8-Egg Frittata With Asparagus, Fresh Peas, Tarragon & Chives

Frittatas are your ultimate fancy-yet-easy breakfast dish. Piled high with fiber-filled vegetables and protein-loaded eggs, slice up the pie in the morning and have a piece before you go about your day. 

Get the 8-Egg Frittata with Asparagus, Fresh Peas, Tarragon & Chives recipe from The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking

Honey and Nut Buns
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Honey And Nut Buns

Similar—but less sweet—than a typical cinnamon bun, these flaky buns will give you your sweet fix in the morning. 

Get the Honey and Nut Buns recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

 
 
Maple Pound Cake
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Maple Pound Cake

Pound cake is rich and buttery on its own and needs no garnish, but if you like, serve with fresh berries.

Get the Maple Pound Cake recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Apple-Almond Oatmeal
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Apple-Almond Oatmeal

Cook oatmeal following package directions with as much water as desired. Mix in sliced apple and top with sprinkle of apple pie spice and almonds. That's all you need! 

Get the Apple-Almond Oatmeal recipe from Flat Belly Diet!

Potato and Greens Frittata
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Potato and Greens Frittata

You can use sliced Canadian bacon for a lower-fat version of this hearty egg dish.

Get the Potato and Greens Frittata recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

 
 
Frittata With Smoked Salmon And Scallions
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Frittata With Smoked Salmon And Scallions

Add smoked salmon, scallions, and black olive tapenade to a traditional frittata recipe to make it even more tasty. 

Get the Frittata With Smoked Salmon And Scallions recipe from Flat Belly Diet!

Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread
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Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread

While smaller zucchini have the most flavor, this recipe provides an ideal way to handle those jumbo squash that always appear with the late-summer bumper crop. Plus, they're a good source of vitamin B6!

Get the Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe from Flat Belly Diet!

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Italian Frittata With Zucchini, Leeks, And Parmesan

Whereas a plain omelette can certainly fall in that blah channel, Harley Pasternak's recipe incorporates leeks and zucchini to make it both more filling and more flavorful.

Get the Italian Frittata With Zucchini, Leeks, and Parmesan recipe from 5 Pounds

 
 
Spinach Frittata
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Spinach Frittata

Disguise the hearty vegetables in this warm brunch dish for the whole family.

Get the Spinach Frittata recipe from The Diabetes DTOUR Diet Cookbook

Pepper and Mushroom Frittata
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Pepper And Mushroom Frittata

"This is a delicious, healthy breakfast without a lot of work," says registered dietitian Heather K. Jones. "I love making this for my family on the weekends. It has tons of flavor and protein."

Get the Pepper and Mushroom Frittata recipe from The 2-Week Turnaround Diet Cookbook

Basil and Aged Cheddar Scones
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Basil And Aged Cheddar Scones

Full of fresh basil with a kiss of sugar and a burst of sharp cheddar, they're the perfect treat for that lazy Sunday or as a breakfast throughout the week. 

Get the Basil and Aged Cheddar Scones recipe from Messy Baker

 
 
Apple-Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding
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Apple-Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding

This recipe keeps things relatively low carb and high fiber and healthy fat, which will fuel you for hours without raising fat-storing insulin levels (like oatmeal would).

Get the Apple-Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding recipe from The All-Day Fat-Burning Cookbook

Overnight Steel-Cut Oatmeal
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Overnight Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Packed with fiber, antioxidants, and a toothsome chew, these hearty fruit-and-nut-flecked oats are sweet and satisfying. Soaking the oats overnight cuts your cooking time in half the next morning.

Get the Overnight Steel-Cut Oatmeal recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean: The Diet

Quick-Cooking Steel Cut Oatmeal
Quick-Cooking Steel Cut Oatmeal

Steel-cut oatmeal has a chewy, hearty texture and rich, nutty flavor that more processed oats can't match.

Get the Quick-Cooking Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

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