5 Make-Ahead Gluten-Free Breakfast Ideas


Rise-and-dine on these sweet, unique gluten-free breakfast recipes. They’re all worth waking up for!

Kicking off your morning with a nutritious meal goes a long way to energizing you for the rest of the day. And research shows that a hearty morning meal helps quell cravings for unhealthy foods later on. Yet for many people, the idea of eating a well-balanced breakfast is nothing more than good intentions. Harried mornings make it tempting to guzzle down just anything with your coffee or to skip breakfast altogether.

This is where meal-prepping comes in handy. Stay ahead of the game by preparing healthy eats in advance. These exciting forward-thinking recipes remove the woulda-coulda-shoulda from eating breakfast, even when you hit the snooze button once too often. Now when the morning rush engulfs you, all you have to do is grab a fork.

gluten free Sweet Potato Pancake Muffins with Applesauce

Oksana Charla

1. Sweet Potato Pancake Muffins with Applesauce

PREP: 25 minutes
BAKE: 22 minutes


One good thing about make-ahead pancakes in muffin form is you don’t have to stand at the stove and flip the flapjacks. Plus, muffins are more portable and they’re ready at the same time. Sweet potato muffins and homemade applesauce are natural flavor buddies. Both can be made ahead and re-warmed in the microwave.

gluten free Sweet Potato Pancake Muffins with Applesauce

Oksana Charla

2. Golden Milk Overnight Millet Porridge

Golden Milk Overnight Millet Porridge

Alicia Woodward

PREP: 20 minutes
SOAK: 2 hours


Overnight oats are a healthy way to enjoy a lightning-fast morning meal and so is this millet version. Step up your soaked cereal game—and avoid any problems you might have with oats—by dousing whole-grain millet in heavenly spiced milk and topping it with sweet mango. Healthy ingredients give you a jar filled to the brim with great nutrition.

3. Stuffed Mocha Crepes

gluten free Stuffed Mocha Crepes

Oksana Charla

PREP: 35 minutes
COOK: 6 minutes


Upgrade your peanut butter and jelly toast with this trio of nut or seed butter, ricotta and chia-raspberry filling. Each bite is filled with delicious, creamy sweetness. Those avoiding dairy can omit the ricotta cheese or use a gluten-free, dairy-free alternative like Tofutti Better Than Cheese Ricotta. Prepared crepes on their own can be refrigerated up to 5 days. Fill them and roll them up to 3 days before serving. For best results, do not replace the eggs in this recipe.

4. Breakfast Sausage Salad

PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 6 minutes


Here’s a delicious way to break out of a breakfast rut. Prep and pack this sweet and savory breakfast salad into jars and you’ve got exciting, well-balanced meals ready to go as soon you hop out of bed. Most people struggle to consume enough vegetables each day, so working them into your breakfast routine helps you nail your quota. This salad can serve double duty as a workday lunch. If you like, swap out the muesli for granola.

gluten free breakfast salad

Matthew Kadey

5. Gluten-Free Granola Pie

PREP: 20 minutes
BAKE: 30 minutes


Who says granola must be served in a bowl? This whimsical breakfast pie makes it fun to get out of bed in the morning. Prepare it several days ahead and store it in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, warm slices in the microwave or a toaster oven. Enjoy it on its own or top it with a generous dollop of yogurt, sliced fruit and maybe even a whisper of maple syrup.

gluten free granola pie

Matthew Kadey

In a Hurry?

When there’s no time for make-ahead breakfast, these nutritious store-bought products can help you get food on the table in a flash.

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Classic Oatmeal Cup

Whether you’re in your kitchen, office break room or hotel, just add hot water to this portable unsweetened oatmeal-in-a-cup. How simple is that? Each spoonful also supplies flax and chia for healthy fats and an extra shot of fiber. For some sweetness, top with a handful of berries. 

Clever Foodies Scramble Rancheros

Just stir this veggie and bean mixture into whisked eggs and you’ve got lively scrambled eggs pronto. Great for omelets, frittatas and egg tacos, too. 

FlapJacked Gluten-Free Buttermilk Protein Pancake & Baking Mix

Just stir the mix with water and…boom, you’re only minutes away from a stack of pancakes made with gluten-free oat flour. Each serving supplies a lofty 20 grams of protein to help your morning meal stick with you longer. Can also be used to whip up a batch of waffles or cookies. 

Grandy Oats Wild Blueberry Granola

This certified gluten-free and organic crunch bunch features dried wild blueberries and wildflower honey sourced from the brand’s home state of Maine. Each bag is also free of nuts.

Hilary’s Apple Maple Veggie Sausage

These plant-based sausage patties are made with millet and lentils. Great spices and a hint of maple sweetness won’t leave you missing the meat.

Nature’s Path Buckwheat Wildberry Frozen Waffles

These toaster-ready waffles get kudos for eschewing refined grains in favor of whole grain brown rice and buckwheat flour. For a quick breakfast sandwich, spread some nut or seed butter and fruit preserves on a heated waffle and top with a second waffle.

Navitas Naturals Cacao & Greens Essential Blend

Blitz this powdered mixture of plant protein, cacao, berries and greens with your milk of choice and a couple handfuls of frozen fruit for a nutritionally charged breakfast smoothie.

Contributing chef Matthew Kadey, RD, (rocketfuelfoods.net) is a registered dietitian and food writer. He is author of The Muffin Tin Chef (Ulysses Press), The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook (Ulysses Press) and Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports and Adventure (VeloPress).