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Preparing breakfast ahead of time will help you get delicious and nutritious morning meals on the table way more often. Be it a holiday or special occasion or simply because you tend to run short on time in the a.m., making breakfast the night before can make your mornings a lot more pleasant.

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No one in my family is much of an early riser, so when I know we have to be out of the house by a certain time in the morning--whether it's for church on Sunday or a one-off special occasion--I try to prepare breakfast the night before, so we're minutes away from a healthy meal once we wake up.

It really helps keep us out of the drive-through when we're in a hurry, and every make-ahead breakfast I've ever made tastes far better, is more filling and much healthier than any fast food option. Check out our gallery of make-ahead breakfast ideas, for both every day options and others that are bit more special.

Bars: These breakfast brownies are made with just four ingredients. 1

Instead of starting your day with a frosted cereal, try whipping up a batch of these no-bake breakfast brownies the night before. You won't believe how easy they are to make.

Get the full recipe from The Big Man's World.

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Bars: You can eat quinoa for breakfast with these banana quinoa breakfast bars. 2

Make these banana quinoa breakfast bars the night before, and you'll wake up to an incredibly nutritious breakfast the next morning.

Get the full recipe from The Healthy Maven.

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Bars: These cinnamon apple quinoa breakfast bars are sure to keep you full. 3

These tasty make-ahead cinnamon apple quinoa breakfast bars are full of ingredients that will give you energy and keep you full.

Get the full recipe from Cupcakes & Kale Chips.

Sweets: This cranberry buttermilk breakfast cake goes great with coffee. 4

Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants, so even though this cranberry breakfast cake is similar to eating a donut for breakfast, it's still pretty nutritious.

Get the full recipe from Alexandra Cooks.

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Sweets: This strawberry breakfast cake is an even healthier option. 5

Even if you have a sweet tooth in the morning, you can still achieve a balanced breakfast with this whole grain strawberry breakfast cake.

Get the full recipe from The Clever Carrot.

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Sweets: These frozen yogurt bites are a protein-packed breakfast. 6

These adorable make-ahead frozen yogurt bites have a granola base and are topped with fresh berries. You could make a huge batch, freeze them and eat any time.

Get the full recipe from One Little Project.

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Freezer-Friendly: You can freeze breakfast sandwiches to eat any day of the week. 7

You can spend half an hour in the kitchen during the weekend and prepare enough bagel breakfast sandwiches for an entire week. They can be frozen for up to two months and popped in the microwave or a hot oven whenever you like.

Get the full recipe from The Diary of a Real Housewife.

Freezer-Friendly: Breakfast quesadillas are a perfect make-ahead breakfast. 8

These breakfast quesadillas are super-versatile because you can fill them with just about anything, and they can be frozen and re-heated whenever you need them.

Get the full recipe from Family Fresh Meals.

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Freezer-Friendly: These vegetarian breakfast burritos freeze well. 9

Make a big batch of these sweet potato and black bean filled breakfast burritos for the freezer and you'll have a healthy breakfast ready in minutes.

Get the full recipe from Cookie + Kate.

Oats: You can have banana bread flavor without all the work. 10

You can enjoy all the flavor of banana nut bread for breakfast, with this baked oatmeal recipe. Just assemble it in the evening and pop it in the oven the morning of.

Get the full recipe from Five Heart Home.

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Oats: Try these rich coconut cream pie overnight oats. 11

Like their mami, my kids are obsessed with anything coconut and they adore overnight oats. This creamy combination of coconut milk, Greek yogurt, spices and oats sounds incredible.

Get the full recipe from Eat. Drink. Love.

Oats: These pineapple upside down cake overnight oats have lots of flavor. 12

Thanks to a bit of brown sugar, these overnight oats really capture the flavors of pineapple upside down cake.

Get the full recipe from Lady Behind the Curtain.

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Oats: This chocolate peanut butter baked oatmeal looks like dessert. 13

This chocolate peanut butter baked oatmeal totally looks like dessert, but it's actually super-healthy. You can combine the ingredients the night before and bake in the morning.

Get the full recipe from Joy Food Sunshine.

Oats: This oatmeal bake tastes just like a cookie. 14

This oatmeal cookie dough breakfast bake is full of nutritious ingredients like oats, almond butter, almond meal and applesauce, but it tastes just like cookie dough. Like most baked oatmeals, you can prep everything the night before and bake in the morning.

Get the full recipe from Running With Spoons.

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Oats: Enjoy some tropical flavor with these mango overnight oats. 15

Mix up these mango overnight oats at night, and you'll have any amazing, creamy tropical treat for breakfast in the morning.

Get the full recipe from The Rising Spoon.

Oats: Eat veggies in the morning with this carrot cake baked oatmeal. 16

Four servings of this healthy carrot cake baked oatmeal has a whopping one-and-a-half cups of carrot in it. It can be made ahead and baked the morning of.

Get the full recipe from Annie's Noms.

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Oats: Top these peanut butter cookie overnight oats with chocolate chips. 17

These peanut butter cookie overnight oats are packed with protein from Greek yogurt, peanut butter powder and protein powder.

Get the full recipe from Dashing Dish.

Oats: These apple cinnamon overnight oats are delicious. 18

It takes just five minutes to mix up these apple cinnamon oats at night, and you'll have a delicious, nutritious breakfast in the morning.

Get the full recipe from Momables.

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Oats: Make traditional steel cut oats in the slow cooker. 19

Maple cinnamon oatmeal reminds me of childhood. You can enjoy those same flavors with these slow cooker maple cinnamon steel cut oats. Cook on low the day before and you're good to go for the morning.

Get the full recipe from Dizzy Busy and Hungry.

Oats: Get your morning coffee and your breakfast in one with these cold brew overnight oats. 20

Caffeine and protein in one? Yes, please. These overnight oats are made with cold-brew coffee and vanilla protein powder, so they taste like a vanilla latte and will keep you energized and full.

Get the full recipe from Love & Zest.

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Oats: Get a healthy dose of protein with these overnight brownie batter oats. 21

Add a scoop of protein powder to these brownie batter oats and top them with peanut butter and bananas for a healthy make-ahead breakfast.

Get the full recipe from Running on Real Food.

Oats: Slow cooker blueberry banana oats are full of delicious flavors. 22

Make a big batch of this blueberry banana oatmeal in your slow cooker and eat it throughout the week or freeze it for later.

Get the full recipe from Organize Yourself Skinny.

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Oats: These raspberry vanilla overnight oats are perfect for berry season. 23

These simple six-ingredient raspberry vanilla overnight oats are a great make-ahead seasonal breakfast.

Get the full recipe from Real Food Real Deals.

Oats: These overnight oats feature the classic peanut butter-banana flavor combo. 24

You can't go wrong with the classic peanut butter and banana flavor combo. The fruit, nut butter and oats make this make-ahead breakfast super-filling.

Get the full recipe from Delicious Little Bites.

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Oats: This berry vanilla baked oatmeal is a go-to breakfast. 25

This mixed berry vanilla baked oatmeal will become one of your back-pocket make-ahead recipes. It's great for at home or taking to a potluck.

Get the full recipe from Celebrating Sweets.

Oats: Peach cobbler oats taste incredible in the morning. 26

Peach cobbler is not healthy, but peach cobbler overnight protein oats are. These peach cobbler oats are loaded with nutrients from fresh peaches, protein powder and Greek yogurt.

Get the full recipe from The Seasoned Mom.

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Oats: These blueberry lemon cheesecake overnight oats taste so fresh. 27

If you like your breakfast to taste like dessert, these blueberry lemon cheesecake overnight oats are for you. The blueberries and lemon zest make this breakfast taste fresh and light.

Get the full recipe from With Salt and Wit.

Oats: These overnight oats are heavy on the peanut butter. 28

These peanut butter cup overnight oats are full of peanut butter and cocoa powder, but also pack a nutritional punch from the additions of chia and flax.

Get the full recipe from Love + Zest.

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French Toast: Get all the yumminess of French toast without standing over the stove. 29

Prep everything for this cinnamon apple French toast casserole the night before and bake it up in the morning for a truly tasty weekend breakfast.

Get the full recipe from Life, Love and Sugar.

French Toast: This pumpkin cream cheese French toast bake is great for a special occasion. 30

Prep this baked pumpkin cream cheese French toast the night before an event and impress your family and friends.

Get the full recipe from Damn Delicious.

 

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Eggs: Who could say no to tater tot casserole? 31

This cheesy tater tot breakfast bake is a complete breakfast in one. It has bacon, sausage, eggs, tater tots and cheese. Yum! Make it ahead of time and reheat the morning of.

Get the full recipe from Chew Out Loud.

Eggs: This paleo breakfast casserole is so healthy. 32

This paleo breakfast casserole is loaded with nutritious eggs and sweet potatoes and has plenty of sausage for flavor. Assemble the night before and bake off in the morning.

Get the full recipe from Clarks Condensed.

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Eggs: These make-ahead breakfast bowls are the perfect individual servings. 33

These individually portioned make-ahead breakfast bowls include potatoes, bell peppers, cheese and eggs, and will make you think you've stopped at the diner for breakfast.

Get the full recipe from Shabby Blog.

 

Eggs: Try these cornbread, sausage and kale breakfast muffins for a portable breakfast. 34

These muffins are like a portable breakfast casserole. They are packed with crumbled up cornbread, savory breakfast sausage and nutritious kale.

Get the full recipe at Mountain Mama Cooks.

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Eggs: These overnight breakfast enchiladas are great for entertaining. 35

These breakfast enchiladas are filled with eggs, cheese and ham and are assembled the night before and baked in the morning for a quick, filling breakfast.

Get the full recipe from Centsless Deals.

Eggs: Breakfast egg muffins are simple to make and can be prepped the night before. 36

This simple egg muffins are like healthy, mini egg casseroles. You can assemble them the night before and bake them off in the morning or do it all at once and freeze or refrigerate for later.

Get the full recipe from Dinner at the Zoo.

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Parfaits: This pina colada breakfast parfait is a great, light breakfast option. 37

Layer yogurt, coconut milk, pineapple slices and shredded coconut up the night before and have a delicious, creamy and light breakfast waiting when you wake. You can even add chia seeds.

Get the full recipe from Easy Cooking With Molly.

Parfaits: This make-ahead raspberry-peach crisp parfait is gluten-free. 38

These summery raspberry peach crisp parfaits have a nutritious overnight oats base and are layered with lots of fresh fruit.

Get the full recipe from Iowa Girl Eats.

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Parfaits: These make-ahead yogurt parfaits are so simple. 39

These simple make-ahead fruit and yogurt parfaits are the perfect recipe to have on hand during busy weeks. Make several and eat them throughout the week.

Get the full recipe from Thirty Handmade Days.

Bars: These chocolate peanut butter breakfast bars look scrumptious. 40

These chocolate peanut butter breakfast bars are basically those chewy granola bars we all loved growing up, except they are actually healthy and taste amazing.

Get the full recipe from 86 Lemons.