With recipes for cinnamon rolls, breakfast casseroles, French toast, waffles, and more, these Christmas breakfast ideas include something for everyone.
And just like that, it’s the week of Christmas! Are you ready for the holiday? I may be way behind on decorating (still working on putting up that tree…), but at least I have plenty of Christmas breakfast ideas. My family always has cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, so I’ll make those, as well as a breakfast casserole and coffee for a crowd.
In case you’re still planning your Christmas brunch, I’ve rounded up these and more Christmas breakfast ideas in the post below. They include recipes of almost every size and style – sweet ones, savory ones, ones you can make ahead, and ones you can whip up day-of. Some are great for a group, while others are meant for smaller celebrations. I hope you find one 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 sweet cinnamon flavor. A melty vanilla glaze takes them over the top.
French Toast Bake
Want to cook French toast for a crowd? This 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?
Healthy Breakfast Casserole
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.
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
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.
Strawberry Baked French Toast, page 47 of Love & Lemons Every Day
Warming spices, toasted almonds, and juicy strawberries make this baked French toast a comforting breakfast treat. If you can’t find good fresh strawberries, feel free to swap in frozen ones. They’ll be equally delicious!
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!
Sunny Side Up Eggs
For a quick and easy Christmas brunch, serve these eggs with toast, avocado slices, and plenty of fresh fruit. They’d also pair nicely with something sweet, like pancakes or muffins.
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.
Mini Frittata Muffins
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.
Baked Eggs with Kale, Sage, and Sweet Potatoes, page 215 of The Love & Lemons Cookbook
Baked eggs top a bed of toasty roasted sweet potatoes, fresh sage, and kale. A perfect Christmas breakfast for two!
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, yogurt, Nutella, and maple syrup, and let everyone customize their breakfast.
Almond Flour Buckwheat Waffles, page 51 of Love & Lemons Every Day
Made with buckwheat flour, almond flour, and ground flaxseed, these fluffy waffles are totally vegan and gluten-free. I love to serve them with a big drizzle of maple syrup and lots of fresh fruit.
Easy French Toast
With crisp edges and custardy middles, this classic French toast would be perfect for Christmas morning.
Vegan French Toast
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.
Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes, page 37 of Love & Lemons Every Day
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 bright, lemony 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.
Almond Flour Pancakes
Our simplest gluten-free pancake recipe! It calls for just 7 ingredients and yields hearty, flavorful little pancakes. Yum!
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 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.
Vegan Carrot Lox
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 real lox, 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.
Southwest Christmas Breakfast Ideas
Spice up Christmas morning with these Southwest-inspired breakfast ideas!
Sautéed onions, cumin, and nutritional yeast fill this vegan scramble with yummy savory flavor. I like to serve it with a side of tortillas, sautéed greens, and crispy breakfast potatoes.
Kickstart Christmas morning with this mega-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.
Chocolate Chip Muffins
Who doesn’t love chocolate for breakfast?
Vegan Lemon Muffins
These lemon-chia muffins are great on their own, but it’s Christmas! Why not dress them up with tangy cream cheese frosting and extra lemon zest?
Apple Cinnamon Oat Muffins, page 57 of Love & Lemons Every Day
These wholesome muffins are totally gluten-free, but you’d never guess it from the taste. They’re soft and puffy, with a delicious apple-cinnamon flavor.
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.
Vegan Scones with Raspberries
I use a combo of oat flour and coconut flour to make these yummy raspberry scones completely gluten-free. Making the powdered sugar glaze is optional here, but I highly recommend it.
Christmas Breakfast Ideas to Drink
Finished planning your Christmas breakfast menu? Wash it all down with one of these drinks!
Pop the champagne!
These cinnamon rolls are our favorite recipe for a holiday breakfast. For more Christmas breakfast ideas, see the blog post above!
For the yeast
- ½ cup warm water, 110°
- 1 ¼-ounce package active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon cane sugar
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil, plus more for brushing
- ½ cup almond milk, at room temperature
- ⅓ cup cane sugar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1½ tablespoons cinnamon
- 1½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 3 to 4 tablespoons almond milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Grease an 8×11 or 9×13-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 20×14-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.