Make these breakfast recipes ahead of time and stick them in the freezer, then reheat in minutes each morning
10 Healthy Recipes for Freezer Meals
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Hot breakfast season is back! As much as we love healthy recipes for smoothies, acai bowls, and regular old cereal and milk, nothing really beats waking up to something warm and hearty. The problem? Hot breakfasts usually require significantly more time to prepare—something that we're short on most mornings. That's where freezer meals come in. We rounded up the tastiest, most filling, healthy recipes for breakfasts that can be made ahead of time and popped in the freezer, then reheated in minutes for a quick, satisfying morning meal.
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Cheese, Vegetable, and Egg Muffins
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These egg muffins from Averie Cooks are a great way to use up whatever vegetables you have lingering in the crisper drawer, threatening to go bad. Let them cool and wrap them individually before sticking them in the freezer. When you're ready to eat them, just warm them up in the microwave—you can thaw them overnight in the fridge first or not.
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Vegan, Gluten-Free Waffles
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Forget those other famous freezer waffles. Minimalist Baker's vegan, gluten-free waffles take just 30 minutes to make in the first place, and toast back up in just a few minutes in the morning. Then top with spices, fruit, peanut butter, jam, or whatever else you can think of and chow down. Oh, and did we mention they require just seven ingredients? Talk about perfect.
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Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwiches
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This recipe requires a bit more prep work, since you have to make the vegetarian black bean sausage as well as assemble the ingredients. Trust, the end product is worth it. But you can always swap in a pre-made vegetarian sausage patty if you want to save even more time. (If you like this, try these 15 Vegetarian Recipes Even Meat-Eaters Will Love.)
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Breakfast Quesadilla with Cheese, Spinach, and White Beans
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You've heard about breakfast burritos. Just think of Well Plated's breakfast quesadillas as their lighter, healthier cousin (these sneak in white beans and spinach for an extra dose of filling fiber). To reheat, just stick the frozen quesadillas in the microwave or leave them in the fridge to thaw overnight, then reheat on your stove.
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Low-Fat Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins
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This recipe from Ambitious Kitchen keeps things healthy by using unsweetened almond milk and applesauce in place of sugar-packed ingredients—even the addition of chocolate chips doesn't take this muffin into cake territory.
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Freezer Baked Oatmeal
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When it comes to breakfast, it doesn't get much healthier than oatmeal. But the instant stuff can be high in sugar, and making real oatmeal takes some time. To the rescue: Chocolate Covered Katie's baked oatmeal. Cook it at night, then just pop it in a toaster or microwave in the morning. It's endlessly customizable too—top it with nut butter, cinnamon or pumpkin pie space, bananas, or virtually anything else.
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Whole Grain Power Pancakes
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Pancakes probably aren't your first thought when you hear "healthy breakfast," but these flapjacks from Pinch of Yum are something special. They're made with cottage cheese, wheat flour, and rolled oats, so the end result is light and flavorful—and contains just 60 calories but a full 5 grams of protein per pancake. (And a high-protein breakfast is the best breakfast for weight loss.)
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5-Minute Breakfast Burrito
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Pumpkin & Cranberry Granola Bars
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Blissful Basil's tasty bars, which are made with chia and hemp seeds, are the perfect thing for super-rushed mornings, since they don't even need to be reheated—you can chow down on them straight out of the freezer. But if you want, a few minutes in the toaster oven could make them taste extra nutty and delicious.
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Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies
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These breakfast cookies from Iowa Girl Eats feel like an indulgence, but they're packed with healthy ingredients like flaxseed meal, oat flour, bananas, applesauce, coconut oil, and (duh) carrots. The best part: After just 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave, they're ready to be eaten.
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