I love making breakfast for the family during the holidays. There is something about starting the day with a hot breakfast that fulfills my inner longing to be...my own mom.
It gives me all of the holidays feels.
I want to freeze those early morning moments, sipping my coffee while I stir something sweet and cinnamony on the stove. Looking up to see our tree all lit and lovely, I just enjoy a moment in the still, quiet house. Then the kids begin filing into the kitchen, sleepily landing on a stool at the counter, bed head and crusty sleep in their eyes — a face only a mamma could love. Christmas-scented candles are lit on the counter, and the kitty is perfectly curled up under the tree. (how do cats know to do that?) For a second we are part of a Norman Rockwell painting. And I am basically fulfilling my childhood image of motherhood.
This whole scene lasts a good
ten three and a half minutes, at which point the boys begin to come to life and poke each other and bother the cat and complain that the orange juice has too much pulp and the oatmeal is too hot and they…basically wreak havoc on all of those holiday feels.
But I’ll take three and a half minutes. It was good while it lasted.
Well today I have gathered some of my favorite family breakfast recipes — some of my own, some from others — to inspire your holiday kitchen. Whether you’re cooking for a big group on Christmas morning, or just for two, these delicious, easy-to-make recipes are sure to give you your own holiday feels.
May I suggest you pin this so you have a whole bunch of great breakfasts in one handy place? Or go ahead and print some of the recipes right now. (Click on each recipe name to link to the post with printable recipe.)
Here we go!
BAKED GINGERBREAD OATMEAL (eat it hot with milk or egg nog poured over the top, or cooled later, with a dollop of fresh whipping cream.) LOVE THIS.
GOAT CHEESE SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH PESTO VEGETABLES (From Pinch of Yum.) (I personally want this every day.)
SIMPLE QUICK-RISE CINNAMON ROLLS: Gluten-Free or regular. These are so good! (My Dad starts hinting for these long before he visits.) (And by hinting I mean asking for promises and a signature on the line (what can I say, he’s a lawyer –))
AVOCADO BENEDICT WITH WHITE CHEDDAR HOLLANDAISE. (From Wanna Be a Country Cleaver) Maybe not as simple, but oh man sooo good.
CHRISTMAS TEA RING WITH RASPBERRY CREAM CHEESE FILLING. (From Pinch of Yum just this week!) I have not made this yet, but I did spend an embarrassing amount of time staring at the photos of it and imagining how good it will taste, and then gathering my kids around to stare at photos and talk about how good it will taste. (Might be part of our Christmas this year!)
HASH BROWN TOMATO BREAKFAST BAKE (seems perfect for a family Christmas morning!) From Chew Out Loud.
BREAKFAST QUESADILLA (one of my boys’ favorites!) (also from Country Cleaver)
BAKED CRUNCHY FRENCH TOAST (This is so easy and so good. A great way to serve a crowd all at once. If you haven’t tried it, you really need to!)
COCONUT PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA (For breakfast and for snacking, obviously. :))
5 MINUTE YOGURT HONEY QUINOA PARFAITS For a healthy start to your day! (From Pinch of Yum)
BREAKFAST ENCHILADA BAKE (from the Lovely Little Kitchen.) Such a family-pleaser!
ICELANDIC PANCAKES These take me back to my childhood in the very best way. (Make them for breakfast but follow the directions in the link and serve cold for dessert later. You’ll fall deeply in love, I promise.)
SMOOTHIES! Sometimes before a day of baking or pre-meditated overeating, starting off with a healthy smoothie is just perfect. Try these and then play with them. There is no wrong way to smoothie.
PERFECT PUMPKIN SCONES. And please make enough to serve with an afternoon cuppa as well, ok? (These have superb texture and flavor. I mean it.)
Comment below with what YOU USUALLY MAKE for a holiday breakfast, or what you PLAN TO MAKE this year…and I’d love to hear what your own Norman Rockwell Scene looks like! (and how long it lasts. ;))
See you back here soon. Have a great weekend!
PS Favorite Festive (Family friendly) cocktails, here. (and try saying that one ten times fast.)