6 Protein-Packed, Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

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Good morning and happy Monday to you!

If your mornings are crazy-busy, you might think it’s basically impossible to make a healthy breakfast before dashing out the door. When you’re juggling multiple things at once in the morning, eating a balanced breakfast can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you’re trying to pack something to take with you. But if you devote a little prep work the night before or over the weekend, it’s easier than you think! Making your breakfast ahead of time means that you’ll have a nutritious, delicious, and, in today’s case, protein-packed meal waiting for you first thing in the morning. This, of course, makes for a stress-free and healthy way to start your day! Read on for SIX awesome recipes to add to your breakfast routine!

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
This recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats is like having (cheese) CAKE for breakfast! You’ll love the texture of oats combined with fresh strawberries and crushed graham crackers. Simply prep a batch of these at night and you have breakfast for a few days all ready to go. Just grab a spoon and dive in! A delicious breakfast on-the-go as never been so easy (or tasty)!

Makes 2 servings


  • 1.33 cups cottage cheese
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1 graham cracker sheet, crushed

Directions: Combine cottage cheese, rolled oats, milk, and strawberries in a mixing bowl. Divide between two containers with lids and then sprinkle graham cracker crumbles between the two containers. Store in the fridge overnight. The next morning, grab a spoon and dig in!

Macros: 36C 7F 24P

Overnight Peanut Butter Protein Oats

Macros: 38C 7F 26P

You guys know how much I love peanut butter. It’s kind of an addiction, and I almost always have some sort of nut butter with every meal of the day. Breakfast is no exception! 🙂 This recipe is perfect for steamy summer mornings and couldn’t be easier to make! Tip: Try these oats as a snack– just divide the recipe in half. So good!

Healthy Broccoli & Parmesan Hash Brown Bake

Macros: 7C 10F 13P (5 egg version)

This recipe is incredibly easy and, oh, so delicious! I like to make a batch on Sunday and then breakfast is set for the week! The egg bake is packed with protein, flavor, and veggies, which is the perfect trio to jumpstart your day. If you’re dashing out the door, simply reheat a piece of egg bake, toast two slices of bread or an English muffin, and make a quick breakfast sandwich. In less than 2 minutes, you’ll have a nutritious breakfast!

Totally Customizable Quarter Cup Protein Muffins

Macros: 13C 11F 12P (for basic recipe, not including 1/4 cup of favorite ingredients)

These muffins are bursting with protein – 12 grams per muffin, to be exact! Just grab your 1/4 cup measuring cup, mix up the ingredients below, and then pop the batter in the oven. The “base” recipe works with just about any favorite mix-ins… everything from dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips to shredded coconut and chopped walnuts. Anything goes!

A Big Fluffy Bowl of Paleo “Oatmeal”

Macros: 35C 17F 37P

I love eating a big bowl of oatmeal for breakfast in the morning – it’s so warm and comforting. This Paleo “oatmeal” satisfies my love for oatmeal, but also provides a protein boost to my breakfast! This recipe calls for bananas, egg whites, almond milk, vanilla, nuts, and more. The best part? You can totally customize this recipe by adding any (and all!) of your favorite traditional oatmeal toppings. YUM!

Pumpkin Spice Protein Bake

Macros: 20C 4F 6P

This Pumpkin Spice Protein Bake is so easy to make (just blend and bake), so it’s the perfect make-ahead breakfast for hectic mornings (or low-key weekends). All you need to do is reheat a piece or two in the morning. But the best part about this recipe is just how delicious and satisfying it is for starting your morning off on the right foot. Made with rolled oats, pumpkin, eggs, cottage cheese, and walnuts, it’s a wholesome, nutritious, and balanced way to start your day!


Question of the Day

What’s your favorite on-the-go breakfast?



  1. Oats or eggs are my go-to! I always have to have a healthy fat like avocado, nuts or nutter butter too. I find that I function a LOT better throughout the day when my breakfast is packed with protein and fat!

  2. I’m obsessed with overnight oats but lately I’ve been on a smoothie kick. A scoop of protein, some spinach and a few berries. So good!

  3. Porridge with fruit or honey is always a good move for me. My Mrs is always ‘soaking her oats’ the night before, haha.

  4. I’m getting a bit tired of hard boiled eggs in the morning! I love that there are sweet and savory options depending on what I’m in the mood for. I can eat pumpkin spice year round so that bar is on my radar this week..

  5. I’ve been all about Siggis plain yogurt w/ granola and fresh fruit. But yesterday I prepped breakfast sandwiches for the freezer! I brought one to work this morning, heated it up in the microwave and it was so good! When I made them yesterday my husband devoured two of them so I’m going to make more for the freezer! I did english muffin, egg, american cheese and applegate chicken and apple sausage. Love the little bit of sweetness the sausage brings to it!

  6. I have to confess I’m yet to jump on the overnight oat band wagon! I will try them one day though – all of your recipes look so delicious 😀
    I eat breakfast at my desk at work and my go to is always Greek yogurt with a nutty granola and a drizzle of honey if I need a bit of sweetness!

  7. Yum! They all look delicious, but I’m intrigued by the strawberry cheesecake oats.

    I may be crazy for putting this together, but I like taking breakfast sandwiches on the go. I crack two eggs in a small round glass bowl and microwave it for about a minute or a little longer until mostly cooked. Then I add cheese and a slice of canadian bacon and wrap it all up together in foil. I take that to work with an English muffin, toast the muffin and reheat at work + voila! I swear it’s really quick and easy and delicious.

  8. I’ve been mixing 1 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 scoop chocolate powder protein, and 1/3 cup frozen berries (I microwave them for 30 seconds to make them juicy) mix together. So yummy!

  9. I usually want a sweet breakfast, so my go-tos are oatmeal, banana/egg pancakes, etc., but once in a blue moon, my body wants savory. I use this as a way to load up on the veggies with egg or tofu scrambles with avocado/sea salt toast on the side. Yum.

  10. Anything quick, easy, and healthy is perfect in my book! The fact that these are all vegetarian options are great. Prepping these wouldn’t take long and see a great way to make sure you’re eating well even if you’re rushing out the door in the morning. These ideas and recipes don’t let anyone have an excuse! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Thanks for such an awesome list! I just prepped the cheesecake overnight oats…first time trying this, so we’ll see how it goes

  12. I LOVE overnight oats! I think I’m late to the game because I’ve only discovered them about a month ago, but they are amazing! Currently I do chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, bananas, and a dash of chia seeds- perfection! I’ll have to give the cheesecake ones a shot, they sound delicious!

  13. Wow, this looks so good! Seems like a perfect breakfast for me, together with some cottage cheese as well! Thanks a lot for providing this.

  14. easy to make, healthy and delicious. I tried it and everyone enjoyed this. thanks for sharing this recipe with us. would like to hear more from you.

  15. Wow. All these recipes are incredible. I can’t figure out which one to try first. I definitely like the Overnight Peanut Butter Protein Oats more because peanut butter is my all time favorite. Thank you so much for sharing

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