It's time to save your morning routine and make it easier! Make these easy freezer breakfast ideas on the weekends, and you'll have nutritious and filling hot breakfasts ready in a snap on busy mornings!
Our family loves a warm breakfast. If we were to eat cereal every morning, we would be broke. Not only that, but it doesn't stick with our kids and they'd be hungry like 30 seconds later.
Plus, let's be honest… who doesn't need more quick and easy breakfast ideas in their life? And how about topping it off with delicious recipes that actually taste as good when they are make-ahead, FREEZER breakfast recipes? Now we're talkin'.
As you have been interested in cooking more (yay for shelf cooking!) I have had an influx of requests asking for some of our quick and easy breakfast ideas. Mama J heard you! Today I'm showing you a few of our favorite make-ahead freezer breakfasts that taste incredible, both fresh AND pulled from the freezer. In this video, I'm showing you our favorite CRUNCHY French Toast Sticks, mouthwatering egg muffins, and more!
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We like to set aside one day a week — usually Saturday or Sunday — where we make breakfast for the entire week. Then we just reheat or add things to them throughout the week to make them interesting.
I'm gonna share what we like to make and how we like to reuse them, along with tips and tricks so you can try this at home with your family as well! Check out my favorite freezer breakfast make-ahead ideas!
There you have it! Two of our favorite freezer breakfasts PLUS the bonus of Nana's famous buttermilk syrup. Keep on scrollin' to find the recipes.
FREEZER BREAKFAST MUST-HAVES
If you're making breakfast with the full intention of freezing and reheating later, then you need to have these awesome items in your life! They'll make your prepping, freezing, and reheating go muuuuuch smoother. I mean, we're all about being more productive and efficient with our time around here, right?
- Toaster Bags – These are great for reheating things you normally wouldn't stick in the toaster, like cheesy things, sandwiches, and French toast sticks!
- Silicone Baking Mats – These bad boys are inexpensive and NECESSARY in the kitchen! Any time something touches my oven, they are baked on one of these. It keeps things from sticking/burning, which is a necessity for me as a dysfunctional cook. Nobody has time to clean burnt things off pans!
- Food Processor – There are so many different types, so find one that works for you in your budget. I like having a large capacity so I can crush several cups of food at once.
- Freezer Bags – The brand doesn't really matter, but make sure that they're FREEZER bags and not storage bags. This makes the difference in keeping your food fresh in the freezer. Gotta keep that nasty freezer burn away!
It doesn't take a lot to turn into a master freezer breakfast chef! As long as you have these tools, you'll be ready to go.
FREEZER BREAKFAST RECIPES
These recipes are so easy to make and they're so delicious whether they're fresh or frozen! I make up a ton of these on the weekends so that we can have hot and homemade breakfasts during the week that are ready to eat in a snap.
FREEZER FRENCH TOAST STICKS
I love the Pioneer Woman's cookbook, because I'm obsessed with her and you can NEVER go wrong. She is my spirit animal. I doubled it, but next time I will triple it because we eat these bad boys so fast!
This is such a great shelf cooking recipe because you likely have most of these ingredients on hand. You can switch out the Cap'n Crunch for any sweetened cereal that you have, and you can use any type of bread that needs to be used up. You can also make your own half and half by using milk and heavy whipping cream. It really is so easy to adapt for what fits your needs! #ThatsWhyILoveShelfCooking
Grab our French Toast Sticks recipe here!
We serve this delicious recipe with our house secret recipe Nana's Buttermilk Syrup. We always have it on hand since it is a family favorite! Try it and you'll never want to use plain ‘ole maple syrup again.
FREEZER OR FRIDGE PANCAKES
We love homemade pancakes, but we also like to keep things easy peasy. Because of this, we typically start with a pancake base from Costco. Then we add healthy, hidden foods into the pancakes:
- Flax Seed – Packed with protein and fiber, it's a great addition. It's also filling! (We keep ours in the freezer in a sealed bag to keep it fresh.)
- Chia Seeds – The kids don't taste it, and it's an excellent source of omega-3, as well as protein and fiber.
- Protein Powder – Want a little added staying power in your pancakes? Protein powder comes unflavored, but you can also buy it in a fun flavor that complements the pancakes, too!
- PB Fit – This peanut butter powder adds protein and is packed with flavor.
Make pancakes in different sizes based on whether you plan to eat them or to store them. If you plan to eat them right away, make the pancakes larger (so you can cook fewer pancakes). Keep pancakes for freezing slightly smaller so they'll fit into storage bags.
To store, let pancakes completely cool on wire racks for increased airflow (and to prevent sweating). Then store your cooled pancakes in a Ziploc with a paper towel to refrigerate. To freeze, flash freeze your cooled pancakes on a cookie sheet and then stack in a freezer bag to store.
Pro Tip: Serving kids? Use a pizza cutter for faster cutting and easier distribution of foods like pancakes, waffles, and French toast!
FREEZER EGG MUFFINS
This is also another recipe inspired by the Pioneer Woman (surprise surprise). It's also another great one for shelf cooking! You can add whatever meats and veggies you have that need to be used up. I kept mine plain for my picky children. *Enter eye roll*
Grab our Egg Muffin Cups recipe here!
I doubled this recipe, but you could easily triple it! It calls for a normal muffin size, but I like to make ours in a mini muffin tin because they're just the right size for little hands. Just make sure that you use lots of cooking spray so they come out easily!
Don't forget to check out ShelfCooking.com for details on how to freeze and reheat these delicious little egg muffins!
Okay, this has got to be one of our favoritest (yes, this is a word!) and easiest morning breakfasts, ever!! Next time you're making waffles, just make an extra-large batch. Cook 'em all up and freeze them so they're easy to pull out and toast on busy mornings!
This is so easy the kids can do it themselves! What a lifesaver.
Grab our DIY Eggos recipe here! Plus get tips for freezing and reheating this easy breakfast idea!
We also love to make oatmeal and smoothies!! Check out how we prep our smoothies in advance for easy blending. And if you haven't tried overnight oats, you should check 'em out! They are so versatile and filling for those little (and big 😉 ) tummies.
MAKE-AHEAD FRIDGE MEAL: SCRAMBLED EGGS
Okay, so these go into the fridge (and not the freezer), but they're still so darned easy, I wanted to include them as a make-ahead breakfast idea. Scrambled eggs are so versatile! Whether you're adding them to a burrito, a hash, or avocado toast, prep a week's worth ahead of time, and you'll be ready to rock and roll those quick breakfasts. Some tips for the tastiest scrambled eggs:
- Add Milk to Eggs for Better Reheating – When you're making up your batch ahead of time, add milk, cream, or almond milk. This helps keep eggs light and fluffy, even after you reheat them.
- Incorporate Add-Ins While Eggs Are Runny – If you're going to add bacon crumbles, diced meat, sausage, or veggies, add those to your eggs while they're still runny so the ingredients don't separate.
- Don't Add Cheese…Yet – Melted cheese doesn't age well. Wait and add cheese to your portions prior to serving up during the week.
- Only Heat What You Will Eat – And heat it in the exact portion you plan to eat. Don't heat up the entire container of eggs every day or they'll end up overcooked (and the texture and flavor won't be great).
To store, keep your cooked eggs in an air-proof container after they've had a chance to cool. To reheat, just place your mini serving of eggs, covered, in the microwave; then heat for 15-20 seconds at a time, fluffing with a fork until heated fully through. Pretty egg-citing, right?!
What are your favorite make-ahead breakfasts? Let me know in the comments. I'm always looking for new ideas!
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There you go! Some of our other make-ahead freezer breakfast ideas include: