Weekday mornings can be hectic – packing lunches and backpacks, finding lost shoes and library books, and making sure everyone has a good breakfast to start the day. Serve up a homemade breakfast even on busy days by making family favorites ahead and freezing.
Bake up a batch of your family’s favorite muffins and freeze them. After baking, allow them to cool completely. Then arrange on a baking sheet to freeze. Once frozen, store them in an airtight container or zip-top freezer bag.
Defrost one muffin or a few at a time in an airtight container overnight and enjoy for breakfast! Forgot to take them out of the freezer? Microwave on low power for a quick defrost to enjoy warm muffins!
Muffins can be a great way to include whole grains and a serving of fruit. Most muffin recipes are flexible. You can swap out part of the flour for whole wheat flour. If your child has a wheat allergy, look for recipes that use whole grain flours like oat, millet, and sorghum. You can reduce the sugar in many recipes by one-third. Pair with low-fat yogurt or a milk-free alternative or a Yogurt Smoothie.
Search for muffins that are free of your allergens in KFA’s Safe Eats® Allergy-Friendly Recipe Collection. Try one of our favorites:
- Apple Pie Muffins – It tastes like apple pie for breakfast!
- Cheryl’s Pumpkin Muffins – Pumpkin flavor is always a classic fall favorite.
- Fruit Mini Muffins – Mini muffins are perfect for little hands. Banana is a classic, but also try pureed plums or pears.
- Millet Banana Muffins – These wheat-free banana muffins are made with whole grain millet flour and flax egg substitute.
- French Toast Muffins – Brown sugar and cinnamon combine for hot-off-the-griddle flavor.
Pancakes, French Toast, and Waffles
You can freeze pancakes, French toast, and waffles too! Make extra after a relaxed weekend breakfast or when you make breakfast for dinner. Arrange cooled items in a single layer on baking sheets lined with parchment paper and freeze. Store in an airtight container. Add a square of parchment or waxed paper between pieces to make them easy to separate.
When ready to serve, heat from frozen. It’s best to reheat pancakes and French toast in an oven or toaster oven. Spread them out on a parchment-lined or lightly greased baking sheet and cover tightly with foil to keep them from drying out. Bake them in a 350 F oven. You can toast waffles on a medium setting similar to commercial frozen waffles. Top with jam or your child’s favorite chocolate spread, or dip in syrup.
- Pancakes, Egg- and Milk-Free – This is KFA’s most popular pancake recipe! Add blueberries or other add-ins for a sweet surprise.
- Oat Pancakes – Fill up on these hearty pancakes made with oat flour and a hint of cinnamon.
- Pumpkin Pancakes – Try our wheat-free buckwheat pancakes made with pumpkin and spices.
- Family Favorite Waffles and Pancakes – This recipe makes a super simple batter that can be used for either waffles or pancakes.
- Oat Waffles – Make fluffy wheat-free Belgian waffles.
- Millet or Rice Waffles – Here’s another simple-to-make wheat-free waffle recipe.
- Family French Toast – Up the nutrition content by adding in some veggies with this French toast made with pureed sweet potato.
- Gluten-Free Raisin Bread – Bake up this yummy bread for toasting or make it into French toast. Slice and freeze with parchment or waxed paper between the slices for easy separation. Before you begin, learn some tips for baking gluten-free bread.
Warm and creamy, hot oatmeal is great for breakfast. But sometimes, you just need a version to grab and go!
- Overnight Oats – Made in individual serving-sized jars, these can be customized to give everyone their favorite flavor. Use plastic containers for kids to eat in the car or toss in a lunchbox for morning snack.
- Oatmeal and Brown Sugar Fruit Bars – All-purpose baking mix and oats are transformed into fruit-filled bars. Bake in the evening for the next day’s breakfast or freeze individual bars wrapped in waxed paper. Defrost wrapped bars overnight on the counter.
- Oatmeal Breakfast Bars – These easy bars are simply oatmeal and dried fruit that you can customize to what your family likes. Wrap in waxed paper and store in an airtight container.
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