Your alarm didn’t go off, or it didn’t go off loudly enough, or you accidentally shut it off instead of hitting snooze. Then, you used baby wipes in lieu of the shower you no longer had time for, sprayed enough dry shampoo onto your scalp to create a relatively effective helmet, and stumbled down the stairs, only to discover that your kids had yet to drag themselves out of bed but as soon as they did, they (and you) would need breakfast.
It’s okay. Breathe.
Here is a list of 6 quick and easy recipes that you can make the night (or several nights) before and avoid the chaos and confusion of “one of those”mornings! Pick up the ingredients tonight for an easier morning tomorrow!
- Scrambled Egg Muffins
Ah, scrambled eggs … the comfort food of the breakfast world. While relatively quick and easy by themselves, these scrambled eggs are of the “grab and go” variety when your life is running late and every second counts! This recipe takes only 10 ingredients and very little time to prepare. Plus, it’s super easy to substitute any of the tasty add-ons for your own favorites, so feel free to get creative!
- Smoothie Packs
Smoothies are a delicious way to pack vitamins, protein, and fiber into one delicious and creamy breakfast drink! Make these recipes ahead and seal them in ziplock bags so that all you have to do in the morning is grab them out of the freezer and toss them in the blender! Prep a week’s worth for the whole family (with the whole family’s help, of course) and you’re all set! These particular recipes range from 4 to 6 ingredients each, with plenty of room for strokes of engenuity!
- Banana and Coconut Overnight Oats
If you haven’t already heard of “overnight oats,” you’re gonna flip. They’re kind of a big deal. Why? Because you put them together before you go to bed and then wake up to a delicious breakfast with zero effort (minus lifting the spoon)! This recipe involves 7 ingredients, takes about 5 minutes to prepare, and is sure to transport you to the warm, sunny tropics, at least for as long as it takes you to finish eating!
- Mexican Breakfast Casserole
Casseroles are a dish that will never go out of style. The only tricky part about this recipe is that due to its perfect blend of sweet, savory, and spicy, it may very well be gone before morning! Although it requires a few more ingredients than most of the other breakfasts listed here, it serves 8 and takes around 10 minutes to put together (minus the baking time)! ¡Que bueno!
- To-Go Baked Oatmeal
If you got excited about overnight oats, you’ll appreciate the heck out of this baked oatmeal recipe! With oatmeal in a muffin tin, you’ll never have to sit in front of the microwave as the bus rolls past your house again! 10 ingredients make up the plain version of this, but you will undoubtedly want to add your own toppings, such as chopped nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc! Yum, right?
- Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl
Now, you don’t have to wait until the holidays for your sweet potato casserole fix! This breakfast version is a healthier take on the classic dish, but still packs a tasty punch that is sure to satisfy your cravings! Honey and almond butter are the replacement for marshmallows, but cinnamon and raisins help to give this bowl just the right amount of sweetness! Also, it has 6 ingredients. Score!
Mornings can be a messy, frantic fiasco, to the say the least, but with a little preparation, you can be one step closer to a morning as smooth as that first crucial sip of hot, delicious coffee!
*Many of these recipes are gluten free or paleo, but you should always double check ingredients if your child has specific food allergies.