Freeze-ahead breakfasts are my love language. No, really. You see, I am NOT a morning person. I drag myself out of bed in a blind state fumbling for coffee and hissing at the light. The last thing I want to do is make breakfast for a full hungry brood so I found a way for all of us to be happy. I make breakfasts in bulk, freeze them and all we have to do is reheat them.
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With a larger family, freeze ahead breakfasts make sense
At one point, we had 2 adults and 7 children in our home and it was challenging to find meals that worked well for us as a large family. But through the years I figured out what my family likes best and what is easiest for me to prep and make ahead of time to simplify breakfasts for my crew.
A lot of these breakfasts only require a simple reheat, which means that most of my children can easily fix their own breakfast with minimal help from me. I hope that these meals help you as they have me to reclaim some of your time spent in the kitchen feeding your own families. Let’s go!
Our older boys and my husband who work prefer to have burritos or breakfast sandwiches of some sort for their morning meals because they can take them on the go if need be. Breakfast burritos are really easy to make and their are tons of variations you can do to ensure that no one gets bored with the taste.
For my basic homemade breakfast burritos recipe, visit this page. I will often change up seasonings, add hot sauce for a kick, and switch out meats and types of cheeses. Once you get comfortable with the basic recipe, the sky’s the limit!
Waffles freeze beautifully and they are super easy to reheat, just pop them into the toaster and voila! You can also microwave them, but my kids prefer the toaster because they stay crisper that way.
Regardless, freezing waffles is as simple as making them, putting them in freezer bags and freezing them.
Another favorite in our home, pancakes are an awesome breakfast food, but my kids like them for snacks too when they are craving something sweet. A couple of my kiddos even like to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with them!
Once a month, I make a big patch of pancakes, let them cool, put them in freezer Ziploc bags and freeze them. Whenever the kids want them, they pull out what they want and reheat them in the microwave. If you need a good recipe that also doubles as a waffle mix, see my Homemade Pancake Mix recipe here.
Sausage, egg and cheese English muffins sandwiches
These little sandwiches don’t get made as often, but when they do, my boys gobble them right up! We do several variations so I am going to direct you over to House of Nash Eats instructions so you can see how they are made and the possibilities of what kinds you can make.
Most kinds of muffins freeze very well, including boxed mixes! My daughters LOVE Betty Crocker’s Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix and I make tons of those throughout the year to freeze. I also make banana muffins, cinnamon muffins, blueberry muffins and more. We also like to have muffins in the freezer to go with an afternoon cup of tea or cocoa in the winter.
I mostly make scones in the winter months, but they are delicious anytime. I like to pair them with some fluffy scrambled eggs and fresh fruit for a well-rounded breakfast. You can see my basic scone recipe here as well as some suggestions for different variations to enjoy.
As soon as November arrives, I make up a few trays of these cinnamon rolls to freeze. They are perfect for holiday breakfast or when waking up to fresh snow blanketing the property. I also have a cinnamon roll recipe on this site that I make for special occasions.
Healthy Breakfast Cookies
I am not much of a breakfast person so I usually have a smoothie or something like these carrot oatmeal breakfast cookies. They are so yummy and you can make a bunch of them and freeze them for up to 3 months.
This is my go-to breakfast in the mornings. It’s quick, nutritious and easy for busy mamas like us! We make all kinds of smoothie packs in our home from fruity and tropical to nutrient-dense smoothie packs to make my usual Green Smoothie. You simply put all the ingredients except liquids in a freezer Ziploc bag and freeze. When you’re ready to make a smoothie, simply dump the contents of the bag into the blender, add your choice liquids and blend.
Tator Tot, Egg and Cheese Casserole
This casserole is a favorite for Sunday mornings before church so I usually make at least two per month and store them in the freezer till we are ready to eat them. It’s also very versatile and you can switch out ingredients at will. Sometimes I add different meats, sometimes more vegetables, it’s hard to mess it up!
A baked casserole will last for up to 2 months. I like to bake these in foil tins and then wrap and freeze. When I need one, I get it out of the freezer the night before and simply heat it through in the oven on Sunday mornings. Easy Peasy!
Freeze ahead breakfasts save time and are often easy on the budget
Most of these meals don’t cost much to make at all. I love that I can do one day of cooking and have meals for the month for my family. And, of course, the time it saves me in the kitchen every month is my favorite part!
I hope you have found some good inspiration for freeze ahead breakfasts today. Now go feed that freezer!