Get 24 prep-ahead breakfast for company ideas, including chai spiced zucchini muffins, cherry vanilla granola & freezer breakfast burritos.
I love hosting family and friends, especially around the holidays. For me, one of the top ways I make sure I actually enjoy my time hosting is by thoroughly planning ahead for meals, and that includes breakfast.
If I have guests staying at my house or simply staying nearby, I love planning and prepping ahead for the morning meal. Especially with kiddos in the mix, this ensures we all have a relaxing start to the day, leisurely enjoying coffee or tea together, rather than a chaotic rush to get everyone fed.
The type of breakfast I plan depends on the size of the group and the circumstances. Is it a holiday breakfast? If so, I'll put in a little extra effort ahead of time to make sure it feels special. Is it a big crowd? If so, I'll make sure I know everyone's dietary restrictions ahead of time so I can provide egg-free breakfast options, vegetarian breakfasts, nut-free choices, etc.
If you're hosting for the holidays, or any occasion, I've rounded up 24 of my favorite prep ahead breakfast for company ideas. I'm always so happy I put in the prep time once my guests arrive and I'm able to relax and spend time with them. Trust me, it's 100% worth it!
24 Prep Ahead Breakfast for Company Ideas
Savory Prep Ahead Breakfast Options
While I do enjoy sweets (mainly dark chocolate…), I don't always want something sweet in the morning. I love a good savory breakfast, particularly if it's full of protein and veggies. It just leaves me feeling so good. If you're feeding a crowd, you may want to include a savory item or two and a sweet option. Something for everyone!
When it comes to make ahead breakfast ideas, I love options like these freezer burritos where you can literally make the whole thing ahead of time and simply heat it up when it's time to eat. If you're feeding a crowd, make a double batch…these go FAST in my house.
Made with sausage, peppers, potatoes and eggs, these little egg muffins really are a complete breakfast in one tasty little package. Add a side of fresh fruit if you like and breakfast is done!
We eat a lot of frittatas in my house. We all love eggs, plus we have chickens, which means we have a LOT of eggs certain times of the year. I love turning them into frittatas because I can use whatever veggies I have and they actually make a great make-ahead breakfast option.
When it comes to prep ahead breakfast for company ideas, I actually love dishes like this that are a little bit flexible. Make a big batch of the hash ahead of time and add an egg for those who want one when it's time to eat.
Mini eggless quiche are a particularly thoughtful option if you're serving eggs but some of your guests can't / don't eat them. They're also a delicious choice if you're just looking to try something new and interesting! Chickpea flour forms the base of this savory, bite-sized breakfast.
Egg bakes are pretty much made to feed a crowd! To prep ahead, you can either just do small tasks like measuring spices, sauteing mushrooms and chopping sundried tomatoes, OR you can assemble the entire egg bake the night before and bake in the morning.
Sweet Breakfast for Company Ideas – Baked Goods & Pancakes
With just 8 ingredients, these lemon poppyseed muffins are super simple to throw together. Make a big batch and freeze to have ready for company.
While the ingredient list may look a bit long, many of the ingredients are spices. And, I promise, those spices lend such an amazing flavor to these make-ahead muffins, it's 100% worth it.
I love a mix of blueberries and raspberries here but you can of course choose whichever berries you love!
Sweetened entirely with bananas, this is a healthy make ahead breakfast option everyone will feel good about.
I feel like butternut squash gets ignored a bit amidst the pumpkin craze but, trust me, it's every bit as good in baked goods, as these muffins prove.
Saturday morning pancakes are a big deal in my house and I'm here to tell you you can absolutely prep them head. Make a batch of pancakes, flash freeze them and simply pop them in the toaster when it's time to eat.
Cookies for breakfastt?! Don't worry, these little breakfast treats are sweetened entirely with dried fruit and make a great breakfast or make-ahead snack.
One consideration for prep ahead breakfast for company ideas is finding something that feels a little bit special. These scones hit the mark. Make, slice and flash freeze to enjoy when your guests arrive.
Make Ahead Breakfasts – Smoothies & Bowls
Smoothie bowls are really fun when feeding a crowd because you can lay out an array of toppings and let everyone build their own! I love options like this for guests.
Smoothies may not be top of mind when you think of prep-ahead breakfasts but my orange carrot smoothie is designed using “smoothie bags,” where you pre-portion smoothie ingredients to make blending super easy in the morning.
This smoothie tastes like such a treat but gets all of its sweetness from frozen cherries and even packs a veggie punch with frozen collard greens.
A make ahead alternative to smoothie bowls is chia pudding. My version is made with coconut milk, giving it a super rich and creamy feel.
If it's too cold where you live right now to even think about a cold breakfast, I've got a great alternative for you! Sweet potato breakfast bowls are warm, cozy, nutritious and perfect for serving a crowd.
Prep Ahead Breakfast for Company Ideas – Miscellaneous
These paleo energy bites are perfect as part of a breakfast spread, or as a healthy snack or dessert. Energy bites freeze so well, these are perfect to make ahead for a crowd!
This grain-free granola has been super popular with our Prep Dish subscribers and I suspect it will be with your guests as well! Serve with homemade almond milk (below), as a topping for yogurt, or to go atop smoothie bowls.
When I'm serving guests, I love selecting one or two items to make totally from scratch to elevate things a bit and make them feel special. Homemade almond milk is perfect for this!
With just 4 ingredients, and one of them optional, this jam is so simple but will really make your guests feel special.
FAQ for Breakfast for Company Ideas
What should I serve for breakfast company?
When deciding what to serve company for breakfast, take into consideration individual tastes. If you know your guests well, you may already know what types of foods they like to eat. If not, go ahead and ask! Ask your guests what they eat on a typical morning. Also make sure you're aware of any food sensitivities or allergies.
What are some popular breakfast items?
Popular breakfast items in America include eggs, fruit, bacon, sausage, toast, oatmeal and cereal. Popular breakfasts of course vary widely across regions and cultures.
Is it possible to meal prep breakfast?
Yes, it's absolutely possible to meal prep breakfast. And, in my opinion, it's a must when you have guests. Chop some fruit, stock your freezer with muffins or breakfast burritos and feel great that you'll be able to enjoy a relaxing morning with your guests instead of rushing around in your kitchen.
How do you feed a crowd breakfast?
Keep it simple and prep ahead! Choose one or two simple dishes like an egg bake and muffins and do everything you can ahead of time. You can also reduce the prep by choosing no-chop fruit to serve with breakfast like clementines or blueberries.