Breakfasts can be harried affairs. Someone overslept. Someone else is hangry. And the clock is ticking! Get the daze going with this freezer cooking plan for breakfast on the go!
Featuring waffles, coffeecake, granola, and muffins, this freezer cooking plan will get you and the people you love ready for the day with a smile on your face.
Planning for breakfast on the go is a great time-saving strategy. Everyone’s gotta eat and if you’ve got easily portable breakfast foods ready in the freezer, you’ve got options. You can enjoy a slow cup of coffee at the breakfast table or easily eat on the way or at your desk since you won’t need to cook anything before the day begins.
Freezer Meals can be your saving grace.
Why Do This
It’s easy! You won’t believe how quickly these four recipes will come together or how much time you’ll save later being able to serve toaster waffles or fresh muffins in just minutes.
It provides for variety. Your household may hold folks with different preferences or maybe you like to switch up the morning meal. Either way, this plan for breakfast on the go provides four different options of homemade goodies that will make your day. You can serve a variety of choices each morning from the cooking plan as well as fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, and hard cooked eggs.
You deserve a great breakfast. Breakfast on the go or not, you’ll feel better and think more clearly if you’ve got a hearty breakfast in your belly. Taking some time now to prep it will save you time and stress — and probably a pretty penny! — later.
Depending on the size of your oven and how many things you can bake at one time, you should be able to knock out this cooking plan in 2 to 3 hours.
Or you can use the grocery list to shop and cook a different recipe each night for a few days. At the end of the week, you’ll have loads of breakfast on the go tucked away in the freezer.
This breakfast on the go freezer cooking plan includes
- Blueberry Lemon Coffee Cake (37 cents/serving)
- Gluten Free Granola (73 cents/serving)
- Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (11 cents each)
- Zucchini Cinnamon Waffles (28 cents each!)
Make double or triple batches if you are cooking breakfast on the go for a large family. Single batches to cover a shorter time period or fewer people.
Be sure to scroll to the bottom for the adjustable and printable grocery list.
If you need to eat gluten-free for health reasons, you can replace the flour in the coffee cake, muffins, and waffles with a gluten-free baking blend.
If you don’t need to eat gluten-free, you can use standard rolled oats in the granola. The granola is more expensive due to the gluten-free oats called for.
You don’t need any special kitchen equipment to pull together these easy freezer breakfasts, other than regular baking tools and a waffle maker.
You will want to have the right Containers for Freezer Cooking, so be sure to read each recipe and see what containers are needed for storing these baked goods.
Tips for Success
A couple reminders to help you truly make these easy freezer meals:
- Start with a clean kitchen.
- Wash dishes as you go.
- Take breaks when you need to, but stick to it. You’ve got lotsa meals to make!
- Be sure to label everything with the date, the name of the recipe, and cooking/serving instructions.
Here’s how to assemble your easy breakfast on the go items:
Prep the ingredients.
Since these are all baked goods, there won’t be as much chopping and dicing as is required in freezer meals for dinners or lunches. These is some though.
For this freezer cooking plan, you’ll want to:
- shred the zucchini for the waffles
- zest the orange for the granola and the lemon for the muffins and coffeecake.
- measure out flour, sugar, oats, etc.
Assemble the recipes.
You can prepare the recipes in any order you like, but it usually works best to start the longest baking item first, in this case the granola.
If you can fit everything in the oven at one time (the granola, muffins, and coffeecake), great. Otherwise, do this in stages, keeping the oven going and using down time to mix and bake the waffles.
Read through this checklist to determine the best order of preparation:
- Prep and bake the granola. While this is baking, you can either make the muffins or the waffles.
- Are you freezing the muffins baked or unbaked? If unbaked, go ahead and prep the muffins and stash them in the freezer right away.
- If you’re freezing the muffins baked, then hold off on them until the oven is free, and prep the waffles next as they don’t need the oven.
- As recipes exit the oven or waffle maker, set the baked goods on wire racks to cool. Once the oven is free, prepare the coffee cake and set it to baking.
Freeze the baked goods.
As all the items are cooled completely, you can package them for freezing.
- The muffins, baked or unbaked, can be stored in an airtight container.
- The coffeecake can be cut into squares and stored in an airtight container between layers of parchment or wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in a ziptop bag.
- The granola can be stored in single-serve airtight containers or ziptop bags.
- The waffles can be stored in ziptop bags.
And that’s it! Enjoy breakfast on the go for the next week or longer!
Adjustable Grocery list
This post was originally published on April 3, 2013. It has been updated for content and clarity.