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10 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes for Busy Mornings

A recipe round-up of 10 healthy make-ahead breakfast ideas that are perfect for people with busy schedules! Prioritize breakfast with these delicious recipes.

They don’t say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for nothing! As an RD, I am a big proponent of starting your day with a healthy breakfast. In order to optimize your breakfast, choose foods rich in fiber and protein, plus a little healthy fat, to start your day. Some healthy breakfast items include:

  • Whole grains and complex carbohydrates (fiber): oatmeal, quinoa, whole wheat bread or English muffin, sweet potatoes, fruit, high fiber cereal
  • Protein: yogurt, eggs, tofu, smoked salmon
  • Healthy fats: nuts, nut butter, avocado, cheese

Benefits of Eating Breakfast

Eating breakfast has several benefits. But, in order to reap those benefits, it’s important to eat a high quality breakfast with fiber, protein, and healthy fats.

  • Helps reduce appetite and may reduce energy intake throughout the day (1, 2)
  • Helps with weight maintenance (3)
  • Increases energy, because glycogen stores are replenished after fasting while sleeping
  • May reduce depressive mood and stress (4, 5)

10 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas

A busy schedule and lack of time are some of the most common barriers to eating a healthy breakfast. If that sounds like you, not to worry. You can prepare all of these recipes ahead of time! They are also packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats, so they will give you energy and keep you full for hours. Just grab them and go in the morning!

1. Five-Minute Bircher Muesli

Bircher Muesli is the OG overnight oats recipe. This version includes chia seeds for extra fiber, and yogurt to boost the protein content.

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2. Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

A healthy twist on the most delicious cake! This carrot cake baked oatmeal tastes great warm or cold, and is easily packable in Tupperware to bring to the office.

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3. Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate Chips

This is another favorite baked oatmeal recipe! This version has fresh berries, banana, and chocolate chips. Because a little chocolate for breakfast is the best way to start the day.

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4. Almond Butter Sweet Potato Muffins with Chocolate Chips

These muffins have plenty of good-for-you ingredients, like almond butter, sweet potato, and whole grain spelt flour. They are more filling than traditional muffins, and won’t spike your blood sugar like baked goods made with refined flour.

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5. Veggie Packed Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

No worries if you are a savory breakfast person – you can easily prepare egg sandwiches ahead of time! This version by Budget Bytes is packed with veggies. Just pop it in the microwave to heat and eat.

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6. Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats

Overnight oatmeal is a super affordable and filling breakfast option with endless flavor possibilities. The Almond Eater used the classic strawberry banana combination in this version! There is fiber from the oatmeal/fruit and protein from the yogurt in this recipe.

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7. Banana Cream Pie Chia Pudding

This banana cream pie chia pudding by Choosing Chia looks so dreamy! Chia seeds contain fiber, plant-based protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, making them a nutrition powerhouse.

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8. Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

These pumpkin oatmeal bars by Shuangy’s Kitchen Sink look like such a treat for breakfast! You can store them in the fridge or freezer, and eat them warmed up or room temperature.

Shuangy's Kitchen Sink Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

9. Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

This unique egg muffin recipe by Savor the Best includes quinoa! These muffin are loaded with protein, whole grains, and veggies. Store them in the fridge or freezer if you want to save them for longer.

Savor the Best Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

10. Freezer Vegan Breakfast Burrito

This breakfast burrito is completely vegan, because Emilie Eats uses tofu in place of eggs! Tofu is a great source of plant-based protein, and is a good substitute for scrambled eggs. You can defrost these burritos in the oven while you get ready for the day, or pop them in the microwave.

Emilie Eats Vegan Breakfast Burrito

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Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This heavenly carrot cake baked oatmeal is such a treat for a crisp fall morning! It’s full of warming spices, walnuts, and golden raisins.

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Carrot cake is definitely my all time favorite cake. I love the chewy texture and warming flavors – especially when it’s slathered in cream cheese frosting! In fact, my very first birthday cake was a carrot cake. I think that’s where my love blossomed.

This carrot cake baked oatmeal recipe is an instant hit in my house. It’s been a bit cooler in Boston this week, so this has been the coziest breakfast. It tastes great warm or cold, but I love heating it up in the morning before eating.

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How to make carrot cake baked oatmeal

You just need one bowl to mix all the ingredients before pouring it into a baking dish! This recipe could’t be easier.

  • Make a flax egg in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add almond milk, maple syrup, lemon zest, coconut oil, and apple sauce to the bowl.
  • Mix in grated carrot, oats, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Pour baked oatmeal batter into a baking dish.
  • Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  • Slice and serve!
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Tips for making carrot cake baked oatmeal

  • Grate carrots very finely. Use the smallest hole on your grater for this recipe. I actually used a microplane to grate my carrots.
  • Use old fashioned rolled oats. Old fashioned oats provide better structure than quick oats in baked oatmeal, without being too chewy or dense.
  • Don’t over bake. The carrots make this baked oatmeal super moist, so you don’t want to remove moisture by over baking. The edges will be only slightly brown, and the center will be slightly squishy when it is done.
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Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6 1x
  • Category: breakfast

Description

This heavenly carrot cake baked oatmeal is such a treat for a crisp fall morning! It’s full of warming spices, walnuts, and golden raisins.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp flaxmeal
  • 3 tbsp warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cup finely grated carrot
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10×10 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flaxmeal and warm water together to make a flax egg.
  3. Add almond milk, maple syrup, lemon zest, applesauce, and coconut oil. Stir to combine.
  4. Add grated carrots, oats, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Stir until evenly combined.
  5. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until center is slightly squishy and edges are just starting to brown.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes, then slice into 6 rectangles.


Notes

  • Enjoy warm or cold.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

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Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate Chips (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This berry banana baked oatmeal is such a treat! It’s naturally sweetened with banana and applesauce, and full of heart-healthy fiber. This recipe is a simple and delicious dish to serve for brunch, and will please everyone.

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If you are an oatmeal lover like me, you have to try baked oatmeal. It took me years to finally try it, and I wish I hadn’t waited so long! Baked oatmeal feels more decadent than a bowl of porridge. It has the texture similar to bread pudding, so you get chewy, soft, and creamy in every bite.

Baked oatmeal can be served warm or cold, and tastes delicious either way. It’s the perfect recipe to meal prep for a grab and go breakfast if you have a busy week coming up. This berry banana baked oatmeal is much more filling than a granola bar or piece of toast, since it contains plenty of fiber.

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Why you’ll love this berry banana baked oatmeal

  • It’s so easy. This recipe requires one bowl and simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
  • Feeds a crowd. A single batch of this recipe serves 6. You can easily double (or triple!) this recipe and bake it in a larger pan.
  • Meal prep winner. This banana berry baked oatmeal is simple to prepare, keeps well in the fridge, and is easy to eat cold on the go. Make a batch to have for the week.
  • Naturally sweetened. The only ingredients used to make this recipe just sweet enough are mashed bananas and unsweetened applesauce. With the chocolate chips, it’s really all you need!
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How to make berry banana baked oatmeal

  • Combine wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl: flax egg, mashed bananas, applesauce, almond milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Mix dry ingredients into the wet: oats, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
  • Then, fold in fresh berries and chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • Finally, dig in! Enjoy immediately or save it for later in the fridge.
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Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate Chips (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast

Description

This berry banana baked oatmeal is such a treat! It’s naturally sweetened with banana and applesauce, and full of heart-healthy fiber. This recipe is a simple and delicious dish to serve for brunch, and will please everyone.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp flaxmeal
  • 3 tbsp warm water
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed well
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 10″x 10″ baking dish with cooking oil.
  3. Whisk together flaxmeal and warm water into a flax egg in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add mashed bananas, applesauce, almond milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Mix to combine everything.
  5. Stir in oats, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
  6. Fold in the berries and chocolate chips.
  7. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes until edges just start to brown. 
  9. Serve warm immediately, or save it for later!


Notes

  • This recipe would be delicious with other berries – get whatever ones look best!
  • If you’re don’t need this recipe to be vegan, you can sub 1 large regular egg for the flax egg.
  • This recipe keeps well in a sealed container for up to 5 days in the fridge. 

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