10 Brunch Recipes You Can Make Ahead of Time for Christmas Morning
Preparing a meal for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is stressful enough—and planning brunch for Christmas morning is too much to handle. So this Christmas, try these super easy make-ahead recipes which are both decadent and nutritious.
Mexican Breakfast Burrito Egg Bake
My Mexican Breakfast Burrito Egg Bake makes getting a healthy breakfast on the table as easy as popping a dish in the oven. All you need to do is layer salsa, canned beans, cheese, and corn tortillas, and you’ve created a delicious crowd-pleasing dish. Plus, it’s gluten-free, vegetarian and full of fiber from the pinto beans and spinach. It’s going to be one of your new favorite make-ahead brunch recipes.
Serving tip: Make your egg bake using mild salsa rather than medium and put some hot sauce on the breakfast table. That way people can customize the level of spiciness themselves.
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Chai Whole Grain Waffles
You already knew that tea works as well for cooking as it does for drinking, right? So if you happen to love waffles but don’t have time to make multiple batches on Christmas morning, these Chai Whole Grain Waffles from registered dietitian Amanda Hernandez will be perfect for you. Use Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour to up the protein content in your waffles while building in more fiber from the whole grains for improved digestion. Forget the boxed waffle mix—these don’t take much extra time to make and they’re super kid-friendly!
Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
This lightened up version of the classic holiday brunch treat has a delicious cinnamon swirl and decadent crumb topping. Registered dietitian Kaleigh McMordie’s Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake is great to feed a crowd and can be made ahead of time, so you can bring it along if you are brunching away from home.
Compared to a classic coffee cake, this healthier version has less sugar and features white whole wheat flour for the perfect texture and extra fiber. And the typical butter and sour cream are swapped out for vegetable oil and Greek yogurt. Don’t worry—you won’t notice it’s anything but delicious!
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Skillet Protein Pancake
The typical high carbohydrate brunch fare can leave you feeling hungry just an hour later, not to mention ready to crash instead of celebrating the holidays. That’s why adding in some protein is key: It helps you stay full longer and can give you more sustained energy. This Skillet Protein Pancake recipe from dietitian Chelsey Amer can be made in one bowl (or skillet) and is perfect to feed the whole family, so you can spend Christmas morning together! It’s also gluten-free and dairy-free, making it a great option if you’re serving guests with allergies or sensitivities. Want some more protein breakfast ideas? Here are eight.
Blueberry Maple Breakfast Bake
Blueberries are a fantastic way to add a pop of color and natural sweetness to your brunch recipes. This make-ahead Blueberry Maple Breakfast Bake gets everyone their own serving of warm blueberry French toast without you needing to be a short order cook. This recipe is not only delicious, but it’s packed with disease-fighting nutrients. The blueberries are rich in antioxidants that may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and improve your memory. Maybe that’s how Santa can keep tabs on who was naughty and nice all year long! Want to hear some more about the amazing health benefits of blueberries? Read this.
Chocolate Cherry Chia Overnight Oats
My Chocolate Cherry Chia Overnight Oats are vegan and gluten-free with no added sugar—and they take just two minutes to put together. Make a big batch in a ceramic baking dish, put them in your fridge overnight and they’re ready to eat in the morning. You can either warm them up in your oven or enjoy them as muesli with fresh fruit.
These overnight oats are packed with nutrients you need to power through your morning, like healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the chia and fiber from the chia and oats, all of which help stabilize blood sugar levels.
The cherries give you antioxidant power that can boost your immune system and help prevent free radical damage that leads to chronic disease and aging.
Orange Cranberry Tart
Dessert or breakfast? Don’t you love when recipes can do both? This Orange Cranberry Tart from registered dietitian Judy Barbe is a doubleheader in the planning department. Besides breakfast, you could also serve this for a holiday dessert and no one would know. Pie for breakfast totally works when the crunchy crust is made out of walnuts and Corn Flakes. The creamy orange filling is a just sweet enough and protein-packed with egg-thickened yogurt. And the crowning cranberries make it festive and beautiful. (Not into tarts for dessert? Try one of these Christmas cookie recipes instead.)
Overnight Egg, Spinach & Sausage Bake
This Overnight Egg, Spinach & Sausage Bake is registered dietitian Kristen Bratcher Smith’s spin on a traditional family recipe she enjoys each year on Christmas morning. For optimal nutrition and satiety, she added leafy greens and whole grain bread.
This dish offers a balanced breakfast option with lean protein, vegetables, and whole grains. To keep added fat in check, Bratcher Smith added fresh herbs and a boldly flavored cheese to the dish. It’s sure to become a tradition in your household!
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Baked Apple French Toast
French toast makes for a delicious brunch, and it’s so easy when you assemble it the day before like this Baked Apple French Toast from registered dietitian Jessica Levinson.
Apples have a great reputation for a reason. They’re rich in pectin, a type of prebiotic fiber that feeds the good bacteria in your gut and helps boost digestion and gut health. Plus, the antioxidants in apples may help lower the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Here are some other healthy ways to eat apples to reap all of their benefits!
While still decadent, this French toast bake is also healthy thanks to whole grain bread, nonfat milk, and the use of spices. What a great way to start Christmas Day!
Avocado Deviled Eggs
A make-ahead breakfast can be as simple as toast, fresh fruit, granola, and yogurt—but how do you work in the protein? Registered dietitian Tracee Yablon Brenner has the answer with these delicious Avocado Deviled Eggs! They’re not only protein-packed, but they’re filled with delicious and unexpected flavors from cilantro, avocado, and salsa. The addition of avocado adds heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids for a healthy start to your day. Make these ahead as an appetizer to bring to a holiday party, and then serve at breakfast. No one will be the wiser! Avocados a little hard? Here’s how to ripen an avocado in under 10 minutes.