Make-ahead breakfast recipes that make mornings easy

A little prep when you have a moment ensures quick and satisfying breakfasts ahead.

A little prep when you have a moment ensures quick and satisfying breakfasts ahead

3 overhead images of food, left to right: berry chia yogurt in stemmed glasses; a silver pan with baked shakshuka with beans; baked oatmeal cups with blueberries
(Photo, left to right: CBC Life; Nassima Rothacker; Kyla Zanardi)

These are our make-ahead breakfast recipes for calmer and more satisfying mornings. From the savoury notes of cheddar and herb breakfast buns to the wholesome goodness of baked oatmeal cups, our list is designed to help simplify your schedule and ensure you enjoy something nourishing before your busy day really gets underway.

Each recipe requires just a bit of preparation ahead of time, perhaps the night before or at a time convenient for you, and guarantees energizing morning meals that just need a few finishing touches.

Whether you crave something hearty or light, there's an option for you here. And you might even save a few bucks on your coffee run by trying our coffee almond smoothie, featuring homemade cold brew.

Savoury Cheddar and Herb Breakfast Buns 

Overhead shot of a batch of savoury buns. One is on a kitchen towel with butter spread on it, sitting next to a butter knife with butter on it.
(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Coffee Smoothie or Mocha Almond Smoothie

2 clear glasses with chocolate smoothies in them, on a light blue napkin in front of a light blue background. Bananas and strawberries are in the background, and coffee beans are in the foreground.
(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Breakfast Bean Ragout

Overhead shot of a bowl of white beans with a fried egg and a piece of toast on it.
(Credit: Matt Basile)

Kale and Zucchini Muffins

Closeup on a muffin cut in half with butter on it. A cooling rack with more muffins is visible in the background.

Baked Oatmeal Cups 

Closeup on 3 oatmeal blueberry muffin cups.
(Photography by Kyla Zanardi)

Banana Bread Granola 

Overhead shot of a bowl of granola with banana slices in it and 2 cups of coffee next to it.
(Photography by Kyla Zanardi)

Green Tea Muffins with Sweet Azuki Beans

Closeup on hands holding a muffin tray of green tea muffins.
(Credit: Meg Tanaka and Zenta Tanaka)

Spinach and Gruyère Sourdough Strata

Overhead shot of a spinach and gruyere strata baked in a white enamelled cast iron pot, sitting on a grey kitchen towel.
(Photography by Allison Day)

Easy Overnight Oats

Overhead shot of a bowl of oatmeal with bananas, berries and fig slices on top.
(Credit: Jackson Roy)

Quiche Lorraine with Gruyère Cheese and Onions

Overhead shot of a quiche made with bacon in a glass pie plate. It's sitting on a striped kitchen towel on top of a grey wooden table. A bowl of salad greens sits in the top left corner. Plates and forks sit in the bottom left corner.
(Photo: David Bagosy; Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Lemon & Berry Chia Yogurt

3 footed glass dishes with chia yogurt pudding in them siting on a blue platter. They're topped with blueberries and blackberries and a sprig of fresh mint.

Baked Shakshuka with Butter Beans 

Overhead shot of a silver pan with shakshuka made with beans instead of eggs.
(Credit: Nassima Rothacker)

Breakfast Pinwheels 

Overhead shot of a white platter of pastries shaped like pinwheels.

Carrot Cake Granola

Overhead shot of a bowl of trail mix with yogurt covered pretzels, oat clusters, dried pineapple and raisins.
(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

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