2 Quick & Easy Back-to-School Freezer Breakfast Ideas

Jaime Bacon
by Jaime Bacon

It's back-to-school season, which means we need to think about breakfast! We’re making blueberry muffins and pancakes to put in the freezer. These make-ahead freezer breakfast items are going to make our mornings SO much easier in mornings that are rushed. I’ll also share with you more freezer breakfast ideas so let’s get started.

Pancake mix

Ingredients for pancakes and muffins

I’m using a regular pancake mix. We’ll make some muffins with blueberries, chocolate chips, and brown sugar crumbles topping. Let’s start making blueberry muffins.

Blueberry muffin freezer recipe

How to make blueberry muffins

1. Combine dry ingredients

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients:

  • 1¾ cups of whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon

Whisk the ingredients together to combine.

Easy blueberry muffin recipe

2. Add wet ingredients

Now for the wet ingredients. In a medium-sized bowl, add:

  • ⅓ cup of oil
  • ⅓ cup of honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt

Mix the wet ingredients with the whisk to combine.

Combining dry and wet ingredients

3. Combine dry and wet ingredients

Pour all of the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Whisk all the ingredients together to make the batter.

Adding blueberries and chocolate chips

4. Add blueberries and chocolate chips

Add about 1 cup of blueberries into the bowl. We used frozen blueberries. Then, fold in about ¼ cup of chocolate chips into the bowl.

Adding muffin mix to a baking tray

5. Scoop into muffin tin

Use a cookie scoop to put one scoop of the dough into each of the mini-muffin tins.

Adding crumble topping

6. Add crumble topping

I mixed some brown sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl as a topping. Add a pinch of the topping to the top of the dough in each muffin tin.

Baking blueberry muffins

7. Bake

Put the tin into the oven. Bake for 13 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Freezer pancakes recipes

Adding water to pancake mix

1. Make the pancakes

Pour 2 cups of pancake mix into a bowl, then add 1½ cups of water into the bowl with the mix. Whisk pancake mix and water together. 

Cooking pancakes on the griddle

2. Scoop onto the griddle

I am using a tablespoon to measure the batter to put on the griddle. I usually use a ¼ cup to measure the batter for regular-sized pancakes. This mix is watery so if you want thicker batter, add a little less water. The pancakes will be a little thinner. Smaller pancakes don’t cook for as long as larger, thicker ones. 

Flipping pancakes

3. Flip pancakes

When you see bubbles form, it’s time to flip the pancakes.

Freezer breakfast ideas

How to make freezer breakfasts

Here are the finished muffins. I baked them for 13 minutes instead of what the recipe said since they are mini muffins.

Make-ahead freezer breakfast

Here are the finished pancakes. Let everything cool down before freezing.

Flash freezing pancakes

1. Flash freezing method

Flash freezing is when you take your food and put them on a baking sheet that’s lined with parchment paper. Make sure they are not touching each other. Put them in the freezer this way which will end up freezing separately and not together. Keep them in the freezer this way overnight or for a few hours. Check after a few hours to see if they are frozen. 

Adding pancakes to freezer bags

2. Freezer bags

Then put them in a labeled gallon-sized freezer bag. Label the bag with the date when you froze them. Freezer meals stay fresh for up to three months. After three months, they are still safe to eat, but you risk getting freezer burn on the food. It doesn’t affect the safety of the food, just the quality and taste of the food. 

Back-to-school freezer breakfasts

Freezer hack

If you don’t have enough room on your baking sheet for all the pancakes and muffins that you baked, here’s a great hack to fit more. Take a cooling rack and place it on the sheet to create a second layer where you can put pancakes and muffins. Now the pancakes won’t freeze in one giant clump.

These are not the only items I’ll give my daughter for breakfast. The pancakes and muffins are full of carbs. She’ll need some protein. I’ll pair these with yogurt and scrambled eggs, string cheese, or something else to make the breakfasts a little more balanced so she’s not starving by lunchtime. 

Back-to-school freezer breakfasts

These freezer breakfasts will last us a while, at least through a couple of weeks. It’ll save a lot of time during those crazy mornings. What types of back-to-school breakfast ideas do you have for this year? Do you have any freezer breakfast ideas that include protein? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Elisabeth Hassett Elisabeth Hassett on Aug 20, 2023

    Best to round out that all carb breakfast above with a protein such as: yogurt, milk or a cheese. It will last much longer in that child’s tummy than only carbs.

    • Indiana Molina-Hurley Indiana Molina-Hurley on Aug 20, 2023

      she did add that exact comment on her post ..

      “”These are not the only items I’ll give my daughter for breakfast. The pancakes and muffins are full of carbs. She’ll need some protein. I’ll pair these with yogurt and scrambled eggs, string cheese, or something else to make the breakfasts a little more balanced so she’s not starving by lunchtime. “.

  • Kytn Embree Kytn Embree on Aug 20, 2023

    When my sister was young I'd make 4-5 various types of pancakes (blueberry, chocolate chip, banana, cinnamon etc) and I'd freeze them in individual bags with 2 or 3 in them and she could take however many she felt like. She always had a hot breakfast to start the day with.

    Another quick breakfast is egg muffins, just put whatever meats cheese or veggies you want in a muffin pan and top with scramble egg. Bake 375 for 15-17 minutes depending on your oven. They pop out easily and you can have it with toast or make a sandwich with it.