Our special Christmas meal was usually a simple, but lovely brunch. Some years it had lots of different items, and other years, it was kept simple. My husband’s family also concentrated on a yummy celebratory Christmas breakfast, and so it has been natural for our family to continue that breakfast tradition. We are still getting into the rhythm of what that looks like exactly now that we have our own kids, but it has been a fun evolving adventure to create our own traditions by combining our two families’ traditions.
Usually, we open stockings first thing in the morning, and while the kids have a chance to admire their new things, I finish up breakfast, and then we sit down for a meal together. After breakfast we open gifts (including our book gifts!). It is a wonderful way to prolong the gift giving and Christmas excitement instead of simply ripping through all of the packages in five minutes. Plus it builds holiday memories of enjoying the proverbial breaking of bread together as a family each Christmas, and that act of eating good food, talking together and just being with each other, is part of what is important to us as a family culture. Last year our girls got the flu Christmas Eve, so we are trying to keep everyone healthy this year so that we can enjoy all of the holidays!
For those also looking for some fun, healthier, Christmas morning breakfast recipes, here are lots of great options! And for those needing last minute gift ideas, check out this fun list of homemade food gifts!
Healthy Pancakes and Waffles
Soaked Whole Grain Pumpkin Pancakes with Apple Cider Syrup: Spiced pumpkin pancakes with a homemade apple cider syrup – what a great combination!
Blueberry Lemon Clafoutis: Plump blueberries burst in your mouth as the creamy custard-like batter hints of fresh lemon zest and the subtle zing of ginger. This adapted version of the traditional French dessert is absolutely brimming over with flavor!
Crispy Gluten-Free, Dairy-free, Egg-free Waffles: These crispy gluten free waffles are surprisingly delicious and simple to make.
Soaked Chocolate Chip Whole Wheat Pancakes: For the kid in all of us, these healthier chocolate chip pancakes are a delight!
Whole Grain Blender Pancakes (Soaked, with gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free options): Make life easier for yourself with these easy peasy blender pancakes!
Sourdough Pancakes: I love the tang of sourdough in pancakes.
Blueberry Lemon Pancakes (made with sprouted flour): I love lemon, including in these bright pancakes.
Healthy Baked Goods and Hot Cereals
Spiced Currant Orange Muffins (gluten, dairy, and egg-free): These mini muffins are easy to premake and are so delightful for little hands!
Grain Free Banana Muffins: Do you like banana bread? You’ll like these then.
Grain Free Spiced Apple Muffins: These flavorful apple muffins are super easy to make and full of protein too!
Chocolate Grain Free Bread: Chocolate, need I say more? This loaf makes a great gift, but I find that even breakfast or brunch is chocolate bread worthy.
Chocolate Dipped Mini Chocolate Donuts: Speaking of chocolate, these moist gluten free donuts are one of my kid’s very favorite recipes. Definitely holiday worthy.
Gluten Free Biscuits (egg free, dairy free as well): Making biscuits and gravy? These are what we use smothered in gravy. Yum!
Fluffy Whole Wheat Biscuits: When you soaked these biscuits overnight, you will be surprised at how fluffy they are when they are baked!
Pumpkin Maple Baked Oatmeal: Many of my readers have let me know that this is a favorite recipe of theirs from this site! Plus, all of the work is done the night before.
Grain free Coffee Cake: I’ve loved coffee cake for a long time, and now those grain free can enjoy it too!
Creamy Quinoa Porridge with Coconut milk and Spices: A simple gluten free porridge that is rich and satisfying.
Eggs and Bacon
Easy Egg Muffins with Pesto and Ham: Flavorful, easy, and even portable!
Individual Ricotta and Spinach Omelets: Yum! Keep things flavorful, protein-rich, and simple with this dish.
Twisted Candied Bacon made with coconut sugar: Bacon just got better with this recipe.
Sweet Potato Crusted Spinach Frittata: Oh, this is a fun dish! And impressive too.
Creamy Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie (lower carb, and dairy-free): My current favorite smoothie recipe!
Nut Butter Banana Smoothie: A delicious and creamy protein rich smoothie.
Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie: Do you like Nutella? Then you will love this healthier smoothie.
Mango Orange Smoothie: Oranges and mangos make an amazing smoothie!