Family breakfasts are happy moments. If only they didn’t require so much willpower. Fortunately, you can have your granola and eat it too. These make-ahead breakfasts are a breeze for school days, commutes or weekend brunch visits.
Spiced Apple Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are phenomenal for healthy eating with a busy lifestyle. With endless combinations of fruit, nuts and spices, it’s easy to switch things up to keep breakfast interesting.
You can change the recipe to include family favorites. Feel free to add bananas instead of raisins or top with sunflower seeds.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 large apple
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup milk
- Raisins (optional)
This spiced apple recipe is a breeze to make the day before. The total prep time is only 15 minutes.
- Cook apple: Slice the apple. Cook it along with lemon juice, honey, cinnamon and almond butter. Cook for 8–10 minutes.
- Prepare jars: Place the rolled oats in mason jars. Without stirring, add the cooked apples, raisins and milk. Cover the container and refrigerate overnight.
- Serve: You decide whether to heat your overnight oats in the microwave or enjoy them cool for breakfast.
Add or swap ingredients however you want. Get plenty of fiber with pumpkin, more protein with peanut butter or awesome vitamin C with frozen berries.
Scrambled Egg Muffin Tins
Many families love scrambled eggs. So do nutritionists. Eggs have an excellent nutritional profile. They’re packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, plus eyesight-protecting antioxidants.
This is another recipe that you can customize to your preferences, adding mushrooms, hash browns, tomatoes or different cheeses. Fruit veggies are always a win.
- 24 eggs (large)
- 3 ounces deli ham, turkey or chicken (chopped)
- 1/2 onion
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 1/2 cup green peppers or jalapenos
- 1 jar of sliced mushrooms (optional)
- Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
This recipe makes 24 scrambled egg “muffins.” They freeze just fine. If you want an even dozen instead, just use half the ingredients.
- Preheat: Set your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare: Grab a large bowl and whisk the eggs first. Then, add your other ingredients—cheese, onion, deli meat and green peppers.
- Distribute: Fill the muffin pans with the scrambled egg mixture. Put about 1/4 cup in each tin.
- Cook: Bake the eggs for 18–20 minutes.
- Refrigerate or freeze: Let the scrambled egg muffins sit for 10 minutes before you take them out. Place in freezer containers.
- Heat: In the morning, pop your scrambled egg creations in the microwave for about a minute.
This awesome muffin-tin scrambled egg recipe provides a filling breakfast on the go. That way, you have plenty of fuel for mental focus and don’t feel cravings for junk food at work.
Other Fabulous Breakfast Ideas
Many breakfast options are ideal for prepping the night before. Try breakfast burrito casserole, toaster pancakes, baked French toast with berries, high-protein breakfast smoothies and homemade granola bars, just to name a few.
A busy lifestyle can’t — and shouldn’t — keep you from enjoying a nutritious breakfast. Just make your kids’ faves the night before rather than the morning of.