A make-ahead breakfast is always a good idea, but particularly in the spring, when you want to spend more time out in the mild weather and less time in your kitchen. These favorite make-ahead recipes are not only easy, but also taste of the season, making them ideal choices for lazy Saturday mornings and even impromptu weekday breakfasts throughout the spring, thanks to assembly the night before. Kick off the season with playful yogurt breakfast pops or create a stash of slower cooker breakfast kits to always have on hand. Here are 10 recipes to get you started.
1. Strawberry Cheesecake Breakfast Bars
These strawberry cheesecake bars may appear to be too decadent for breakfast, but they are actually quite wholesome, thanks to a crust made with oats and applesauce, and a cream cheese filling that’s lightened up with Greek yogurt. The bars will keep will for up to three days in the fridge, but it’s doubtful you’ll need that long!
2. Zucchini and Asparagus Strata
This simple breakfast casserole features one of spring’s most loved vegetables: asparagus. Assemble the strata the night before and all you have to do in the morning is toss it in the oven.
3. Freeze-and-Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Scones
Freeze a couple batches of these buttery scones unbaked and you can bake off just as many as you need throughout the spring season. Whisk together a little powdered sugar and lemon juice while they bake for a quick glaze that’s drizzled over the warm scones to make them extra special.
4. How To Make Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole Kits
Don’t pack away your slow cooker just yet! Assemble and store these kits in the freezer and then simply toss one into your slow cooker before you go to bed to wake up to a cheesy ham and spinach breakfast casserole in the morning.
5. Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles
These creamy, cool popsicles are basically your usual bowl of yogurt, fruit, and granola in frozen stick form. If you don’t have time to make the strawberry compote, you can make things easier on yourself by substituting a cup of your favorite fruit jam.
6. The Most Lemony of Lemon Muffins
There’s just something about the fresh, bright flavor of lemon that screams spring. While many muffin recipes are best baked off and eaten fresh, these actually hold up quite well for a few days at room temperature. They can also be baked and frozen.
7. How To Make a Foolproof Quiche
It’s hard not to be happy digging into a slice of custardy quiche for breakfast any time of the year, but the pie may just be at its best in the spring, when you can load it with the season’s produce like asparagus, spinach, and arugula. Bake it the night before and all you have to do in the morning is set out plates.
8. How To Make a Hearty Breakfast Fruit Salad
While this fruit and whole-grain salad should be eaten within an hour or two of putting it all together, the components can be prepared up to five days in advance and stored in the fridge for when you’re ready to toss them together.
9. Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake
What puts this sweet make-ahead breakfast casserole over the top is the cinnamon-spiked cream cheese that’s hiding between layers of eggy bread. Bring in the flavors of spring with a tumble of the season’s first berries.
10. Overnight Yeasted Waffles
While these overnight waffles make for a special breakfast all year long, they just might be at their best in the spring, when they can be topped with the season’s freshest strawberries.