FIVE MAKE AHEAD BREAKFAST MEALS

I’m always trying to make our mornings a little more efficient and simple. I definitely want simple, healthy meals to nourish my family with, but I also don’t have hours in the morning to spend making those meals. For this reason I like to make things ahead when I do have the time, like Saturday and Sunday afternoons. This is truly when I spend the bulk of my time preparing food. I like to make ahead and prep what I can so that I’m able to pull things out and throw meals together quickly. Today I’m sharing 5 of our favorites. These are good and relatively good for you meals. They have simple ingredients. Ingredients you know how to pronounce. Ingredients you can feel good about serving your family, rather than boxed processed meals you buy from the stores. Does it require a little extra time and preparation, yes, but I promise it’s well worth the effort!

Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce – you can use your own homemade (I’ve done this) unsweetened or sweetened. If you use sweetened you can reduce the sugar.
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups of oats
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of blueberries

Directions:

This is honestly a dump and go recipe I literally just mix everything in a bowl and dump it in a greased pan at the end. I like to add my blueberries last. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and bake for about 50 minutes. I store this in the refrigerator.

Banana Bread

I’ve tried several banana bread recipes. I recently was even experimenting with a half gluten free flour and half einkorn recipe that I really enjoyed, but then my husband didn’t do so well with it in his tummy so I have reverted back to this one that I am sharing today.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3-2/3 cup sugar (I find 1/3 cup is plenty) depends on how sweet you like it 😉
  • 2 tbsp milk (any milk works)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup butter or shortening
  • 1 cup gluten free flour

Directions:

There a no special ways to put this together. Mix your wet ingredients and your dry then put them together. I don’t like fussy recipes so if you can dump and bake I’m good! Bake in a loaf pan, 9×5 works best for this recipe, at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. I also store this in the refrigerator and we pull it out and slice it and eat it cold or warmed up in the oven.

I call this next recipe Pancake in a Pan because that is what it is. A giant pancake in one pan.

Pancake in a Pan

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour I use a mix of almond flour and cup for cup gluten free flour. You can use all purpose flour though.
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups of whole milk or buttermilk. You can substitute another milk if you’d like. Though I’ve never tried it with another milk.
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 6 Tbsp melted unsalted butter + some for greasing your pan.

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. I use a large baking sheet, line with parchment paper and grease the edges so that nothing sticks.
  • Mix your dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • In another bowl mix your wet ingredients
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir gently (folding motion)
  • Pour into prepared baking sheet. You can add chocolate chips or blueberries at this time.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes – until golden brown on top
  • Remove from oven and you can brush on some melted butter before serving. I like sprinkling with powdered sugar or serving with maple syrup.
  • This can be sliced and stored in an airtight container in the fridge or frozen in airtight containers and reheated.

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

I shared my gluten free biscuit recipe HERE, you’re welcome to use any recipe you’d like. I like this recipe HERE I like make some sausage gravy a day ahead of time, I can just pull it out of the fridge and reheat + pour over the biscuits. I don’t really have a solid recipe, the gravy is something I just throw together and it’s a little different every time. I’ve done this with chicken, pork, beef you name it. It’s good all the ways. All you need is some meat with some of its drippings, flour… I use gluten free. I sprinkle it over top my browned meat to create a rue. You can add milk or stock. The milk makes it extra creamy and delicious which is my version of choice. Season to taste and pour over your biscuits or bread if you don’t have biscuits!

Homemade Toaster Waffles

This is my go to recipe for gluten free waffles. You can read about it HERE. They freeze well and I can just pull them out for a quick hot breakfast for my family. I love topping them with fruit or maple syrup.

What’s your favorite make ahead breakfast? We also love egg roll ups or egg muffins for some added protein to our morning meal.

Blessings and thank you for stopping by the blog today,

Bree

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