I don’t know how Christmas morning went in your family when you were a child, but in my family it always went like this…
At the crack of dawn, I wake up. It’s still dark out. I go to my parents room and wake them up. My parents tell me we can’t go downstairs until my older sister is awake too. She was always a late sleeper. I run to her room, jump on her bed and tell her to wake up so we can go open presents!
My parents get up and come join me in my sisters room. My sister groggily gets up, and we head for the stairs. I go slowly down the stairs waiting for a glimpse of shiny wrapping paper setting under the tree, as you could see directly into my living room as you came down the stairs.
Of course, there were always presents, as I always made the Nice List. At the first sight of gifts, I squeal, “Santa came!!” and run the rest of the way down stairs and over to the tree.
I’m ready to go to town on those presents. My sister is excited, but still trying to wake up. My parents are trying to calm me down and hold me off until they get the camera ready. One has a camera, and the other parent takes the video camera because of course you need both.
The sun is up by the time we are all done opening presents. My parents head out to the kitchen to start making a big breakfast while my sister and I are playing with all of our new toys.
Now that I’m older, Christmas mornings in my family now revolve around the one and only young child in my family, my nephew. Christmas mornings now go something more like this…
My boyfriend and I head over to my sister’s house around 6:30am, where my parents meet as well. My sister let’s my nephew J come down only once we are all there to see his first reaction to seeing that Santa came.
We watch J open all of his gifts from Santa. We then eat a big Christmas morning breakfast either at my sister’s house or back at my mom’s house before all exchanging gifts at my mom’s house.
But these past few years, we’ve been feeling a bit rushed through all of this morning fun due to the fact that my boyfriend and I have to be at his mom’s house by noon.
Christmas morning is not something that should be rushed through, so this year I’m planning to take on Christmas morning breakfast, and hoping to make something that can just be put in the oven while J is opening his presents so we can all eat as soon as he’s done, in hopes that this will speed things up a little bit without us feeling rushed!
I think for most families, a Christmas morning breakfast is a special one. It tends to be a little fancier and larger. It needs to feed more people than usual. And it’s great when it takes as little prep as possible on a morning where you’d rather spend your time around the tree with your family than in the kitchen cooking.
So whatever you’re looking for in this year’s Christmas breakfast, I’m hoping I can provide you with something that fits your Christmas morning perfectly!
Rustic Gluten-Free Cinnamon Buns
Rebecca from Strength and Sunshine gives us cinnamon buns that are vegan, oil-free, sugar-free, nut-free, and contain no yeast.
Vegan Apple chai Cinnamon Rolls
These cinnamon rolls are made with spelt flour. As a recovering Cinnabon addict, the icing on these puts me in a dangerous place.
Paleo Cinnamon Buns
Just look how fluffy those are! A few of the ingredients in these include coconut flour , arrowroot starch, maple syrup, and coconut cream!
Easy Chocolate Chip Gingerbread
This gingerbread loaf is grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free. Plus…that chocolate drizzle…oh my god.
Gingerbread Banana Bread
This uses whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour and also some oats! This recipe is vegan-friendly too.
Grain Free Banana Bread
This recipe uses almond flour to keep it grain-free. My favorite thing about this bread is how freaking moist it looks!
Gingerbread Quinoa Coffee Cake
The flavors of gingerbread and coffee…combined?! I’m in! This one is gluten-free and vegan.
Wild Blueberry Coffee Cake
Laura from Joy Food and Sunshine brings us this gorgeous and moist blueberry coffee cake. Another two of my faves – blueberries and coffee! Bring it on baby. This recipe is dairy-free. Laura also offers more ideas for swapping ingredients out to make it healthier and gluten-free.
Eggnog French Toast
This is a healthier option than many other french toast recipes out there. It has packs a 24g punch of protein to leave you fuller longer!
Cinnamon Oatmeal with Figs
I’m pretty sure figs are a staple of Christmas, so this oatmeal couldn’t be more perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast.
Vegan Apple & Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal
Any kind of baked oatmeal is great to throw in the oven while you’re opening presents and then you’re able to dig into breakfast as soon as you’re done! This gingerbread baked oatmeal makes for a festive breakfast indeed!
Pecan Pie Baked Oatmeal
Pecans are another staple for this time of year. Again, make this ahead of time and breakfast is ready when you are!
Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal
I always say, if there’s peanut butter involved, count me in, and this baked oatmeal is no exception! I would be all over this! Oh my god, just look at that peanut butter drizzle. Gah!
Pumpkin Cranberry Baked Oatmeal
Not quite ready to let go of pumpkin yet? There’s no need to with this recipe! The cranberries give it that Christmas twist!
Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal
This can easily be prepped the day before and just warmed Christmas morning. It’s also less than 300 calories per serving!
Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Keep it classic with an apple cinnamon oatmeal that even your pickiest of eaters will like (hopefully)!
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
This recipe serves 16 people, so it is perfect for a larger group! Of course you could always reduce the size of the recipe for a smaller group. I would totally opt in for the chocolate chips on this one!
These are made using oat flour making them a squeaky clean recipe with all wholesome ingredients. These, along with the rest of the muffin recipes, are also great to set out while you’re opening presents to keep the hangry family members happy!
One Bowl Vegan Apple Muffins
These muffins are made with whole-wheat flavor for a higher nutritional benefit. They also use coconut sugar instead of refined-sugar. They include a flax egg to make it vegan.
Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Muffins
These are made gluten-free by using oat flour (as long as your oat flour is GF certified). Leave the chocolate chips out for a more classic banana nut muffin, but if you’re one to pass on chocolate, than I am afraid we cannot be friends.
Gingerbread Muffin Tops
These Gingerbread Muffin Tops are gluten-free, vegan and oil-free! The use of oat flour gives you a healthy dose of whole grains too!
Healthy Egg and Veggie Muffins (AKA Mini Frittatas)
These little egg muffins would be perfect for small children! I could see them loving having eggs in a muffin shape! These are also a great way to get some extra veggies in early in the day, especially since it’ likely you won’t be getting much in later in the day with all those Christmas parties!
Quiche with Asparagus Pancetta and Goat Cheese
I do love my goat cheese in eggs, and I’ve never tried pancetta in my eggs, but I’m sure it’s delicious!
Tomatoes, egg, feta cheese for the win! Little secret: I’ve never had egg shakshuka! I’ve seen it everywhere lately though! It’s been on food blogs, cooking shows, food magazine covers, you name it, and now here!
Spiralized Sweet Potato Egg in a Hole
These clearly require a little more effort, but they are truly worth it because of how beautiful they come out!
Sausage & Pepper Quiche with Hash Brown Crust
I love the idea of making a hash brown crust instead of a flour-based crust! It also makes this quiche paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free!
Whole Egg, Sausage & Broccoli Breakfast Bake
Another great way to get some veggies in early on in your day. I would have never thought of baking whole eggs on top of a veggie and meat mixture like that.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
Sweet potato chunks, crispy bacon, a runny-yolk egg and avocado. Yes, please!! Talk about a filling breakfast! You got your carbs (sweet potato), protein (egg), and fat (avocado)!
Italian Sausage Breakfast Hash
Look how gorgeous that is! I like how there’s kale hidden in there too! And again with the over-easy eggs!
Spinach and Mushroom Frittata
Spinach, mushrooms, rich and creamy goat cheese, and mozzarella cheese are the stars of this frittata!
Waffles & Pancakes
Gluten Free Almond Oat Waffles with Chocolate Chips
I’m a huge proponent of chocolate for breakfast, especially on Christmas morning!! These use almond flour, oats, oat flour, and tapioca flour. There’s also a recipe for chocolate whipped cream to go on top!
The Best Ever Gluten-Free Pancakes
I just bought some tigernut flour, so these are on the top of my list to bake. Don’t worry if you don’t have tigernut flour, coconut flour can be subbed in!
Flourless Gingerbread Oatmeal Pancakes
Nutmeg, cinnamon and molasses make the perfect pancake! This is another recipe that’s on my to-bake list!
Caramel Sweet Potato Casserole Baked Pancake
Whew…say that five times fast! That is a mouthful! A baked pancake though…I have never heard of that before seeing this recipe! One giant sweet potato pancake topped with caramel sauce and pecans…holy yum!
Tahini Carob Pancakes
Check out these super fluffy pancakes, and that flavor combination of tahini and carob…kapow! Ignite the taste buds of your family members with this one! This recipe uses buckwheat flour and whole wheat spelt flour.
Eggnog Power Packed Cinnamon Waffles
I love these because they utilize one of my favorite pancake mixes, Kodiak Cakes, which also helps to cut back on prep time.
Healthy Cappuccino Donuts
As soon as I saw these donuts, I immediately thought they would be GREAT for Christmas morning! Don’t leave out the snowflake sprinkles if you’re going to make these!
Chocolate Protein Donuts
Get this…these donuts are only 110 calories a piece! The perfect way to feel like you’re indulging on Christmas morning without breaking the calorie bank!
SUPER Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Cookies for breakfast?! Yes, it’s a cookie, but if you look at the ingredients…it’s totally breakfast! These are great to snack on while opening presents in my opinion!
Easy Apple Compote Parfait
Parfaits have often made their presence in some of our big family breakfasts. There’s something so fancy about them, including their name. Parfait. Plus, we don’t often go through the trouble of strategically layering our fruit, granola and yogurt when it’s just for ourselves. These are beautiful, Miss Allie!
Paleo Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Breakfast Bake
I wasn’t sure where to categorize this recipe, but it has eggs in it, so it’s going right here! This reminds me a lot of my Sweet Potato Casserole with the Maple Pecan topping.
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Questions for you!
- What are your Christmas mornings usually like?
- If you had to pick one of these, which one would you make for your Christmas morning breakfast?