With recipes for cinnamon rolls, breakfast casseroles, French toast, waffles, and more, these Christmas breakfast ideas include something for everyone.
All our best Christmas breakfast ideas, all in one place! In case you’re still figuring out your menu for the holiday morning (don’t worry, I’m right there with you…), I thought I’d share some of my favorite festive brunch recipes today. They include Christmas breakfast ideas of almost every size and style—sweet ones, savory ones, ones you can make ahead, and ones you can whip up at the last minute. Some are great for a group, while others are meant for smaller celebrations. I hope you find some you love!
Christmas Breakfast Ideas for a Crowd
Serving a crowd on Christmas morning? These breakfast ideas are the ones for you.
My family’s favorite Christmas morning breakfast! Served warm from the oven, they’re soft, gooey, and packed with brown sugar and cinnamon flavor. A melty vanilla glaze takes them over the top.
Want to cook French toast for a crowd? This Christmas breakfast recipe is the way to do it. Instead of standing over the stove, flipping on repeat, you can layer the custardy slices into a casserole dish, and bake! How simple is that?
My mom’s go-to breakfast casserole recipe! Packed with roasted veggies, sweet potatoes, and tangy feta cheese, it’s easy, delicious, and great for serving a group.
Based on my grandmother’s classic coffee cake recipe, this scrumptious treat is moist and tender, with a cinnamon swirl through the middle and a buttery crumble on top.
This crowd-pleasing baked oatmeal is sort of like a breakfast fruit crisp. A toasty, nutty topping covers a soft layer of tender oats and fruit. I love to make it when I’m entertaining because the whole thing can be assembled in advance. It also happens to be vegan and gluten-free, so even guests with dietary restrictions can enjoy it.
Here’s another Christmas breakfast idea that you can make ahead! Assemble this cinnamon-spiced French toast casserole the night before, and in the morning, just pop it in the oven to bake.
More Egg-Based Christmas Breakfast Ideas
Love starting the day with something savory? Add one of these recipes to your Christmas brunch menu!
A frittata is one of my favorite Christmas breakfast ideas. It cooks up in 30 minutes, it’s flavorful and fresh, and you can make it with almost any assortment of veggies. Check out my recipe for 5 fun variations!
These adorable eggs are so simple to make in the oven! With runny yolks and just-set whites, they’re delicious topped with fresh herbs, sautéed veggies, and a sprinkle of feta cheese.
Make the flaky pie crust a day ahead so that this delicious quiche is easy to bake off on Christmas morning.
Stuff this light, fluffy omelette with whatever fillings you like! Simple veggie and cheese combinations like roasted broccoli and cheddar cheese or sautéed spinach and goat cheese would be perfect for Christmas morning.
So simple, so delicious. Pair them with toast or a hot stack of pancakes.
Caprese Eggs Benedict with Healthier Hollandaise, page 41 of Love & Lemons Every Day
Making classic Hollandaise sauce is way too fussy for Christmas morning, but my healthier version is super simple to make in the blender (and you can even make it ahead!). Serve it over an English muffin topped with tomatoes, basil, and a poached egg for an impressive Christmas brunch.
These bite-sized frittatas would be a such a fun addition to a Christmas brunch! Feel free to change up the veggies—in the winter, I love making them with fresh sage and roasted butternut squash.
This Christmas breakfast idea is easy to make in a single skillet! Just-set eggs top a flavorful medley of chili-spiced sweet potatoes, poblanos, and kale. Dress them up with avocado slices and a dash of your favorite hot sauce.
Piled with a spinach omelet, fresh veggies, and herbed goat cheese, this loaded breakfast sandwich will kickstart your holiday morning. Serve it with a side of fresh fruit!
Waffles and French Toast
The ultimate breakfast comfort foods! What better time to make them than on Christmas morning?
Kick off Christmas day with a homemade waffle bar! Set out toppings like fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, Nutella, and maple syrup, and let everyone customize their breakfast.
Love carrot cake? Then you’ll flip for this waffle recipe.
With crisp edges and custardy middles, this classic French toast would be perfect for Christmas morning.
No eggs? No problem! This vegan French toast is just as good as the real thing.
Pancake Recipes for Christmas Morning
Pass the maple syrup!
Thick, fluffy, and packed with bursty berries, these pancakes will disappear as soon as they leave the griddle.
These soft, moist pancakes taste just like banana bread! They’re warmly spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon.
If the thought of opening presents isn’t enough to lure you out of bed on Christmas morning, imagine sitting down to a stack of these moist, warmly spiced pancakes instead. You’ll be heading to the kitchen before you know it!
Raspberry Lemon Dutch Baby, page 49 of The Love & Lemons Cookbook
This Dutch baby recipe is lighter than most, made with almond milk and coconut oil instead of butter and cream. Still, it tastes delightfully indulgent, with browned edges and a puffed-up center. Dust it with powdered sugar, and serve it with fresh berries on top.
Our simplest gluten-free pancake recipe! It calls for just 7 ingredients and yields hearty, flavorful little pancakes. Yum!
Southwest Christmas Breakfast Ideas
Spice up Christmas morning with these Southwest-inspired breakfast ideas!
If you make chilaquiles for your Christmas breakfast, invite me over, please! This zesty meal consists of tortilla chips tossed in salsa verde and topped with fried eggs. It’s SO delicious with fixings like avocado, jalapeños, and cilantro lime crema.
Kickstart Christmas morning with this veggie breakfast burrito! It’s packed with scrambled eggs, black beans, pico de gallo, avocado, and more. To take it over the top, serve it with cilantro lime dressing for dipping.
Take regular scrambled eggs to the next level by cooking them with crumbled tortilla chips, tomatoes, and cheese! I love to serve this classic Austin breakfast with tortillas and salsa so that I can assemble little breakfast tacos as I eat.
Muffins, Quick Breads, and Cakes
If you want to get ahead, make and freeze these breakfast recipes a few days in advance. Before you go to bed on Christmas Eve, take them out of the freezer and allow them to thaw at room temperature overnight. On Christmas morning, they’ll taste like they were freshly baked!
This recipe is a standout from Yossy Arefi’s gorgeous cookbook Snacking Cakes. Almost more apples than cake, it’s tender, moist, and lightly sweet. It would be a fantastic addition to a Christmas brunch.
Who doesn’t love chocolate for breakfast?
If you love waking up to sweets on Christmas day, this classic banana bread might be the breakfast for you. It’s ultra-moist, packed with banana flavor, and SO easy to make!
Drizzle them with a quick lemon glaze for an extra pop of bright flavor.
These ultra-moist muffins are packed with tender apple chunks and warm spices. A yummy cinnamon crumble adds delicious crunch on top!
Oat-y Christmas Breakfast Ideas
Like to start the day with something light? Serve one of these wholesome recipes for your Christmas breakfast.
Crisp, warmly spiced, and full of nutty clusters, this homemade granola beats the store-bought kind by a mile. Set it out with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit for a fun parfait bar on Christmas morning.
Another customizable Christmas breakfast idea! Cook a big pot of oatmeal, and let everyone choose their toppings. Nut butter, yogurt, fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and toasted coconut flakes are all great choices.
Bagels and Toast
Not an egg person? Try one of these savory Christmas breakfast ideas instead.
These chewy, crusty homemade bagels are just as fun to make as they are to eat! The dough rises overnight in the fridge, so in the morning, you’ll just have to bring it to room temperature, boil, and bake.
Not sure what to serve with those homemade bagels? This vegan carrot lox will be a hit! The smooth, smoky carrot ribbons are surprisingly similar to smoked salmon, and they taste fantastic with classic bagel fixings like capers and cream cheese.
Stick to the basic version, or try one of my 5 flavorful variations.
Biscuits and Scones
Like the muffins and quick breads above, these Christmas breakfast ideas freeze perfectly! Feel free to make them ahead.
You could serve these blueberry scones with scrambled eggs and fresh fruit or enjoy them on their own with a cup of coffee or tea. Crisp on the outside and moist in the middle, they’re a delectable Christmas breakfast treat.
Sweet Potato & Sage Breakfast Biscuits, page 55 of Love & Lemons Every Day
Sweet potatoes and sage are always a winning combination, and they really shine in these moist, tender vegan biscuits. Serve them with a fried egg or a tofu scramble for a savory breakfast, or with honey butter or jam for a sweet one.
Toasted pecans and a quick glaze turn these rustic scones into a holiday-worthy treat. Moist, warmly spiced, and packed with fresh apple, they’ll be a hit on your Christmas breakfast table.
Christmas Breakfast Ideas to Drink
Finished planning your Christmas breakfast menu? Wash it all down with one of these drinks!
Pop the champagne!
A fun alternative to classic mimosas! These bubbly brunch cocktails are made with 2 ingredients: peach puree and Prosecco.
45 Christmas Breakfast Ideas
For the yeast
- ½ cup warm water, 110°
- 1 ¼-ounce package active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon cane sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1½ tablespoons cinnamon
- Grease an 8x11 or 9x13-inch baking dish.
- In a small bowl, stir together the water, yeast, and sugar. Set aside for 5 minutes, or until the yeast is foamy.
- Make the dough: In a medium bowl, combine the coconut oil, almond milk, sugar, and salt. Stir in the yeast mixture. Place the flour in a large bowl, then add the wet ingredients and stir until combined. The mixture will be sticky. Use your hands to roughly knead the mixture, then turn it out onto a floured surface. Knead 3 to 4 minutes until smooth, sprinkle with more flour if needed, and form into a ball.
- Brush a large bowl with coconut oil and place the dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Make the filling: In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Punch down dough and roll out on a floured surface into a 20x14-inch rectangle. Brush with 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar to within ½ inch of the edges.
- Starting at one of the short 14-inch ends, roll tightly into a log, then slice into 12 rolls. Place the rolls into the baking dish cut-side up, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Make the glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons almond milk, and vanilla until smooth. If it’s too thick, add more almond milk.
- Bake the rolls 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly golden on top. Remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes, then drizzle the glaze on top and serve.