In a perfect world we’d all wake up early, eat a healthy, hearty breakfast, hit the gym and make it to work a few minutes early. But in reality, we’re lucky if we only hit the snooze button once and scarf down a granola bar as we head out the door. From savoury breakfast bakes to overnight oats, make your mornings a little more serene and satisfying with these tasty breakfasts you can make the night before.
Alton Brown's Blueberry Muffins
Classic fluffy muffins are studded with fresh blueberries and lightened up with yogurt.
Tropical Steel-Cut Oatmeal
Steel-cut oats are the darling of the whole grain breakfast crew, blending into a creamy, stick-to-your-ribs porridge in about 30 minutes. The steel-cut oats can be made ahead and reheated all week long if you don’t have time to cook them fresh in the morning. Vitamin C-packed tropical fruit makes this feel special-occasion, even on a weekday.
Healthy Carrot Muffins
Like a healthy version of carrot cake (minus the icing), these veggie-packed muffins are sure to please, whether served for breakfast or dessert.
Valerie’s Brunch Frittata
Treat yourself to a savoury brunch with tomatoes, asparagus, herbs and goat cheese, all ready in just half an hour.
Waffles get lean and go gluten-free with craving-crusher eggs, and protein-filled ham and cheese. Make them ahead, freeze and pop in the microwave on busy weekdays. Include your favourite veggies and herbs for a flavour-packed, nutritous morning meal.
Sausage and Cheese Pancake Breakfast Casserole
A make-ahead breakfast that includes sausages, pancakes, cheese and even maple syrup is the perfect plan for treating overnight guests or enjoying a lazy sleep-in Sunday. Try your own favourite breakfast foods in this adaptable casserole: bacon or ham and your cheese of choice can make it your own creation.
Morning Glory Yogurt Loaf
With its orange, pineapple, coconut, and yogurt accents, this is a great breakfast loaf. Make it ahead of time to ease prep on the big morning.
Breakfast Burrito Kit
This burrito kit is packed with all the best fixings. Make all the burritos ahead of time, enjoy some for dinner and freeze the rest for a quick-fix breakfast when you need it.
Slow Cooker Healthy Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Porridge
Wholesome whole grains like farro and steel cut oats mix with wild rice for a textured take on classic oatmeal. Make the morning easy by cooking it overnight, and skip the optional dash of eggnog for a healthier breakfast.
Moist banana bread bursting with healthy, fresh blueberries. This flavour-packed dish is perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast.
Linguine and Prosciutto Frittatas
Linguine is cut into smaller pieces and tossed with a mascarpone sauce, prosciutto, mozzarella, Asiago, parsley and garlic, then baked in muffin tins until crispy around the edges.
Wake up to ready-to-eat oatmeal packed with dried cranberries and figs, cooked overnight in your slow cooker.
There’s nothing like the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls baking in the oven, especially on a chilly winter day. Freeze your favourite cinnamon roll recipe, set out overnight to defrost and leaven, and bake in the morning for an easy breakfast that won’t take you away from friends and family.
Chocolate Hazelnut French Toast
Christmas morning won’t get much sweeter than this chocolate-packed French toast that’s bursting with fresh raspberries and dusted with coconut for a just-fallen-snow topping.
Honey Fruit Salad
Fruit salad is fine, but honey-infused fruit salad is even better. If you’re looking to increase your consumption of produce this season, it doesn’t get much healthier or delicious than this tutti-fruity bowl.
Maple Granola To-Go Breakfast Cookies
Cookies for breakfast can be a healthy option, especially when they’re boosted with the ultimate filling combo of egg whites, nut and seeds and oats.
Lightly Toasted Overnight Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Honey-Roasted Apricots and Pistachios
There’s nothing like a warming bowl of oats to start your day off. Make this recipe fully vegan by using almond or soy milk instead of cow’s milk, and maple syrup instead of honey. For a weekday-friendly option, make the oats ahead of time, reheating with a splash of water on the stovetop.
With a total time of 20 minutes, who could say no to this light, fluffy frittata chock-full of tender morsels of turkey? Serve for brunch, lunch or dinner for a healthier post-holiday meal. For more variety, try one of these healthy dinners you can make in 30 minutes or less.
Strawberry and Banana Bread
We already know strawberries and bananas pair well together in banana split form, so why not bring them together in a sweet and tasty baked treat? Walnuts are a crunchy addition to this fruity loaf.
Quinoa Oatmeal Bars
Start your morning with a breakfast bar packed with ingredients from the Prairie harvest haul like quinoa, oats and Manitoba hemp seeds.
How can you not love a warm and cheesy burrito in the morning? These ones are filled with everything delicious – sausage, cheese and bacon – and make a satisfying breakfast whether you’re on the go or feeling like a lazy Sunday. Make all of the ingredients ahead of time, refrigerate and be prepared to assemble them with very little effort the next morning.
Make-Ahead Mini Quiches
These cheesy and crustless mini muffin pan quiches are speedy to prepare ahead of time and every bit as satisfying as a classic version.
Apple Pancake Bars
A cross between breakfast and dessert, these decadent apple pancake bites are topped with a crunchy brown butter crumble and sweet apple syrup.
Mini Spinach and Mushroom Quiche
There’s so much flavour in each of these tiny, eggy bites. Meaty mushrooms, shallots and fontina cheese are a tasty combo that you can serve hot or cold as part of your brunch spread.
Fruit-Sweetened Mini Banana Muffins
Nearly every dish is better in miniature form. The reason? There’s no excuse not to sample it, especially when packed with good-for-you ingredients like these whole-wheat muffins.
Deep-Dish Hash Brown Ham and Cheese Quiche
Break out your springform pan for a deep and delicious take on your basic ham and cheese quiche. Frozen hash browns make the perfectly crunchy crust for this impressive, crowd-pleasing breakfast bake.
Bacon Cranberry Scones with Citrus Basil Butter
Sweet cranberry is a nice contrast to salty bacon in these savoury scones, and the citrus basil butter really brings out the flavours. Enjoy them on their own with a cup of tea, or serve alongside eggs.
Move over, toast! Whether you’re serving simple eggs and bacon or a spicy breakfast hash, add Ina Garten’s corn muffins to your repertoire.
Pocket Pastries with Raspberry Jam
Skip the toaster pastries and whip up a batch of Molly Yeh’s hand pies filled with a homemade white chocolate pistachio butter and raspberry jam. Both kids and adults will agree that these pocket pastries are a tasty way to start the day.
Turkey Bacon and Broccoli Quiche
This classic quiche is made with fluffy egg and broccoli in a prepared pie crust. The finishing touch is a turkey bacon lattice topper that will make it the centrepiece of your brunch spread.
Bacon and Onion Biscuits
Give your brunch a southern twist with Ree’s bacon and onion biscuits. Cut them in half and make your own breakfast sandwiches, or serve them topped with a traditional sausage gravy.