Breakfast has been called the most important meal of the day and it's also the meal that has what many of us would consider the best food ever. Eggs and bacon, blueberry pancakes, avocado toast, and a nice big vegetable scramble, these are the things that we fall asleep dreaming of. Oh yeah, and we can't forget the steaming hot cups of coffee... make that multiple cups.
The problem, of course, is that while we love making brunch on the weekend or going out to a local spot with our partner or friends on a Sunday morning, we can't really do that during the week. We want delicious breakfasts, but we don't want to spend time making them. Thankfully, there are some great recipes that can help us out.
Here are 8 delicious breakfasts that you can prep the night before.
8 Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
You had us at peanut butter. Breakfast is good and a breakfast that involves peanut butter is even better. You'll be very pleased with this recipe from Minimalist Baker for Peanut Butter Overnight Oats.
At night, you'll add rolled oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, almond milk, and peanut butter to a mason jar. Give it a stir and put that in the fridge. Yes, that's it. In the morning, you can add whatever toppings you want (like some more peanut butter) and you'll have a delicious, easy breakfast.
7 Easy Overnight Buckwheat Parfait
This Easy Overnight Buckwheat Parfait recipe from Oh She Glows is breakfast perfection if you want something that you can make the night before that is also good for you. This will make your life ten times easier, and who doesn't want that?
In the evening, you'll soak raw buckwheat groats in water and put that in your fridge, along with a container of chia seeds, almond milk, a banana, vanilla, and cinnamon. In the morning, all you have to do is add these two things together and there you go, a delicious breakfast all ready for you.
6 Green Smoothie Prep Packs
Smoothies are a great breakfast when you want something healthy and simple. You might not want to have to grab all of the ingredients and blend them up in the mornings before work, though. You have enough on your plate – no pun intended. If you're interested in starting to drink green smoothies, this recipe idea from Clean Food Crush is great.
You'll make ziplock bags full of bananas, spinach, berries, and green grapes, and you can grab these anytime that you want a delicious smoothie for breakfast. You can just add whatever liquid you want and there you go.
5 Cranberry Orange Baked French Toast Casserole
French toast is a brunch favorite for many people. It's pretty tough to resist, especially if it's on a restaurant menu because you know, in most cases, it's going to be piled high with fruit and whipped cream. Yum.
It might not seem super practical to make at home, especially during the week, which is where this awesome recipe comes in. This Cranberry Orange Baked French Toast Casserole recipe from Taste and Tell has you get everything together the night before. Put the dish in the fridge, and then bake for 15-20 minutes the next morning. You can totally do this and bake it while you shower and get ready, but of course, watch the oven while it's on!
4 Make Ahead Breakfast Bakes
As you can tell from this recipe title, these Make Ahead Breakfast Bakes are a meal that you can make ahead of time. You can make it one evening after dinner and save it for breakfast the next day. It couldn't be simpler: you're baking eggs, cheese, vegetables, and potatoes in a muffin pan. You'll get protein, carbs, healthy fats, and a whole lot of delicious. These are also simple to carry around, which is a bonus if you like to eat your breakfast while heading to the office (or if you want to bring it to the office).
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3 Make Ahead Breakfast Rice Pudding
Carbs are the greatest and it's nice to wake up to some carbs that already ready for you. It definitely helps you get out of bed faster.
If you try this recipe for Make Ahead Breakfast Rice Pudding from Kitchen Simplicity, it'll totally put a big smile on your face, and you'll be all set for a productive workday. Plus, it is easy to make, so that helps. The best part is that you can make this recipe the night before, put it in the fridge, and then have it for your morning meal. You'll need spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, brown rice, almond milk, maple syrup, salt, and vanilla.
2 Toasted Maple Pecan Overnight Chia Pudding
Is your mouth watering at the recipe title alone? This recipe for Toasted Mapel Pecan Overnight Chia Pudding from Paleomg sounds like something that you would want to eat every day of the week for breakfast. It would be pretty awesome to eat it for lunch and dinner, too.
First, you'll toast pecans, and then you'll blend nut butter, vanilla, protein powder (the recipe uses Primal Kitchen Vanilla Primal Fuel), almond milk, chia seeds, and maple syrup together. Everything will go into the fridge and in the morning, breakfast will be sitting there, begging you to enjoy it.
1 Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Cups
Oatmeal is a popular thing to eat in the morning, and blueberries just seem to fit into all kinds of morning meals. This recipe for Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Cups from Live Well Bake Often is a great idea if you want something simple to make ahead that you can have for breakfast before a busy work day.
You could do any number of things with this recipe: make it one night and enjoy one or two the next morning and the next few mornings, freeze them and take them out as you want them, or make the batter, put it in the fridge, and then bake them in the morning.
Breakfast couldn't be easier or more delicious.