I don’t know what morning time looks like for everyone, but to me, it’s important to have a good start to my day. The best way to do that is with a yummy breakfast that was prepped ahead of time so all I have to do is serve it up and enjoy. Prepping ahead cuts out stress and lets me focus on what I have going on for the day. If you are looking for ideas to make your morning run smoothly, check out my list of easy prep ahead breakfasts.
Quick and Easy Cuban Breakfast Sandwich
This Cuban breakfast sandwich has all of the basic elements of a delicious Cubano, combined with a classic breakfast sandwich. There’s an egg, zesty pickles, mustard, savory shredded pork, and ham. Basically, it’s a perfect, protein-packed breakfast for busy mornings.
I usually put this sandwich together assembly style, but all the components are prepped ahead (unless you want your egg runny). So to me, it counts as a prep ahead breakfast. Just gather all your inner-workings of this easy Cuban breakfast sandwich and put everything together. It’s that simple!
The egg and English muffin components of this sandwich make it officially, socially accepted as breakfast. But, I fully support whipping these up for lunch or dinner too.
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Easy Yogurt and Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl
I’ve shared this yogurt and cottage breakfast bowl several times on my Instagram page, and finally gave it a permanent residency on my blog. That may sound silly, but it deserves a permanent home because it’s simply THE BEST!
This yogurt and cottage cheese breakfast bowl is a great substitute for a big bowl of oatmeal. In fact it’s a great substitute for acai bowls too. Don’t get me wrong, I love oatmeal and acai bowls, but sometimes I don’t want to dedicate that many carbs to one meal. So instead, I whip up this yogurt and cottage cheese breakfast bowl.
The recipe is so simple, and can be made ahead of time or enjoyed on the spot. Check out my blog post for the full recipe. But essentially you mix together yogurt and cottage cheese. Then top with all the things. Trust me, just try it!
Overnight Pumpkin Chia Protein Pudding
If the name overnight pumpkin chia protein pudding doesn’t scream prep ahead I don’t know what does. It’s a yummy, balanced, macro-friendly treat made of all GOOD STUFF– a perfect, simple breakfast.
You toss all of your ingredients, including my favorite protein powders from Active Stacks or Clean Simple Eats, into a jar and combine really well. Refrigerate for several hours (preferably overnight). Then enjoy! Simple, easy, and prepped ahead of time.
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Brownie Baked Squash Oats
I know brownies may not seem like a breakfast item, but these brownie baked squash oats are good any time of day! They are a favorite staple in our home. I’m not kidding. Some family members might even eat them for breakfast in the morning and again later for dessert. Which you can do, because you prep them ahead of time.
You do have to know that these are not brownies or cake. Brownies and cake need FATS— butter or oil, etc. So don’t be expecting crispiness or chewiness or fudginess. All of that takes fat! This recipe for brownie baked squash oats is its own thing. More of a firm square of chocolate oatmeal… made extra “macro-friendly” since it’s bulked up with squash.
I love eating these brownie oats straight from the fridge, nice and chilled after I’ve made a big batch in my casserole dish. Serve it up in a bowl with cashew milk, a few tablespoons of almond milk Reddi Whip, chopped strawberries, and a few more mini chocolate chips! We also love eating these brownie baked squash oats with yogurt and fruit. Or even a peanut butter drizzle. Yum!
Dairy-free Lemon Blueberry Baked Zucchini Oats
These dairy-free lemon blueberry baked zucchini oats are one of the few “breakfast” foods that actually check off all of my boxes. You know…macro-friendly, delicious, and easy to make! Plus, these oats are made in a big batch ahead of time and can be devoured whenever you want.
I know the name of this recipe may sound scary because it is so long, but there are so many key players in this breakfast that I couldn’t choose. I like eating my dairy-free lemon blueberry baked zucchini oats chilled, straight from the fridge. Especially when they are in a bowl topped with almond milk Reddi-whip, a little cashew milk (my favorite is from Califia Farms), and extra berries. A drizzle of nut butter is always good too! These baked oats are seriously a perfect breakfast.
Chunky Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
You may not be able to fully prep this shake ahead of time, but I can’t talk about breakfast without bringing up my favorite chunky chocolate peanut butter protein shake.
You guys, I have fallen in love with this shake. I make it the same way, every time. Not joking. I even decided I had to weigh my ice because it was always so hit and miss for me before! It’s easy and delicious. I’m pretty much obsessed. And I have eaten it essentially every day, sometimes in the morning and sometimes later at night for a treat.
The trick is to blend it in your Ninja IQ until it is super smooth and then transfer it to an insulated tumbler so your shake stays nice and cold. I like topping my shake with powdered peanut butter, almond milk Reddi Whip, roasted cocoa nibs, a handful of corn Chex, a handful of rice crispies, and a pinch of flake salt. It may sound like a lot, but it fits in your macros and all the toppings make your shake even yummier! Once you top off your shake, enjoy it with your long spoons so you get all of the goodies, but your fingers stay clean.
Easy Prep Ahead Breakfasts
I’m pretty sure you can tell that I love a good breakfast. There is just something about having easy prep ahead breakfasts ready to go that will help me hit my macros. But honestly, as a general rule, I enjoy eating tasty food all day long! So if you need macro-friendly ideas, follow me on Instagram and TikTok to see what I am cooking up. I also have a bunch of cookbooks too!