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20 Breakfasts You Can Start (or Make Entirely) the Night Before

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Even if you're an early bird, the waking hours of a weekday morning are sacred. With an hour to spare before emails start flying, you might exercise, get organized for the day, settle down with a real live newspaper, or even (try to) meditate. But opening every cabinet in your kitchen and working up a whole sink of dishes to clean before the sun comes up? That's the opposite of centering.

But of course, we love homespun breakfasts—they're the kind of small pleasure that propels us through meetings and technical glitches all day long. To make this possible without unhinging the calm of your morning before it even begins, we've rounded up 20 recipes you can start (or make entirely) the night before. (They're organized, from easiest to most complex, by how much finishing up you want to do in the morning.)

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Just Add Spoon (or Milk!)

Make muesli or overnight oats in the evening—in individual jars, even—and they'll be ready to go when you wake up.

School Morning Muesli

School Morning Muesli by Nicholas Day

How to Make Overnight Oats Without a Recipe

How to Make Overnight Oats Without a Recipe by Sarah Jampel

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Baking a big tray of granola is just as easy—and perfect if all you can muster in the morning is the sheer act of sloshing milk or placing yogurt into a bowl.

Cracklin' Oat Bran Granola

Cracklin' Oat Bran Granola by Sarah Jampel

Brown Butter Granola with Honey and Sumac

Brown Butter Granola with Honey and Sumac by EmilyC

Split, Butter & Toast

Your morning task, should you choose to accept it, is to cut one of these puppies in half, dab it with butter, then run it under the broiler or put it in the toaster.

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Cinnamon Apple Tahini Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Tahini Muffins by Posie Harwood

Mom's Blueberry-Coconut Muffins

Mom's Blueberry-Coconut Muffins by Rhonda35

Marion Cunningham’s Bridge Creek Fresh Ginger Muffins

Marion Cunningham’s Bridge Creek Fresh Ginger Muffins by Genius Recipes

English Muffins

English Muffins by Erin McDowell

Alternatively, you can just add toast under a scoop of these make-ahead mixes.

Breakfast Egg Salad

Breakfast Egg Salad by Andie Mitchell

Homemade Kaya (Coconut Jam)

Homemade Kaya (Coconut Jam) by Ursula | Lil Vienna

Smoked Salmon on Mustard-Chive and Dill Butter Toasts

Smoked Salmon on Mustard-Chive and Dill Butter Toasts by Kukla

Ricotta Toast

Ricotta Toast by Josh Cohen

Get Out a Skillet

Prep a few ingredients the night before—whether that's beating eggs for a frittata or chopping and sautéing the ingredients—and then simmer your way to breakfast in the morning without so much as dirtying a cutting board.

"Moroccan Guacamole" Toasts with Fried Egg

"Moroccan Guacamole" Toasts with Fried Egg by creamtea

Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce (Uova al Pomodoro)

Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce (Uova al Pomodoro) by Emiko

Zucchini Frittata with Caramelized Red Onion and Goat Cheese

Zucchini Frittata with Caramelized Red Onion and Goat Cheese by Renée Kemps

Coconut Blueberry Pancakes

Coconut Blueberry Pancakes by Kendra Vaculin

Pop It In the Oven

For the recipes below, do every step in the recipe right up until you're asked to put it in the oven the night before. Cover your baking dish or sheet, and refrigerate (or freeze, depending on your recipe), then bake as instructed while you're brushing your teeth.

Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs

Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs by fiveandspice

Apples Baked in Cider

Apples Baked in Cider by Sally

Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal

Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal by Gena Hamshaw

Butternut Sage Scones

Butternut Sage Scones by mrslarkin

What's your favorite time of day to cook? Tell us in the comments!


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