Make-Ahead Christmas Breakfast & Brunch Recipes

Find healthy, delicious make-ahead Christmas breakfast and brunch recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Sheet-Pan Eggs with Spinach & Ham

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Making a big batch of eggs has never been easier with this one-pan oven-baked eggs recipe. Whether you are making brunch for a crowd or just want to meal-prep healthy breakfasts for the week, you'll have 12 servings ready in just 45 minutes.

Quinoa & Chia Oatmeal Mix

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Make your own hot cereal mix with this healthy recipe. Keep it on hand and just cook up the amount you need when you're ready for a hot breakfast. One serving of the warm cereal contains 6 grams of fiber--almost a quarter of your daily quota-which helps stave off hunger throughout the morning.

Make-Ahead Cinnamon Rolls

Here's one take on wake and bake—you do all the prep work the day before and let the rolls have their final rise in the fridge while you sleep. Not only does that allow them to develop extra flavor, you get more shut-eye.
By Stacey Ballis

Morning Glory Muffins

Rating: 4.54 stars
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These Morning Glory muffins are full of everything you'd expect in the bakery favorite-carrots, apple and raisins, topped with nuts and toasted wheat germ. If raisins aren't your favorite, substitute an equal amount of the dried fruit of your choice.

Egg & Sausage Casserole

Rating: 4 stars
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A dozen for brunch? No problem with our delicious makeover of a classic egg casserole. Assemble the casserole the evening before you plan to serve it.

Spinach & Feta Strata

It doesn't get any tastier than this make-ahead breakfast casserole. Spinach adds color and nutrients, while feta cheese adds a touch of saltiness.
By Stacey Ballis

Chile-Cheese Brunch Casserole

Rating: 4 stars
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Zesty and cheesy, this casserole is easy to make ahead of time for entertaining.

Healthy Banana Bread

Rating: 4.8 stars
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Got leftover bananas? Give everyone's favorite baked good recipe a healthy whole-wheat spin with this easy banana bread recipe.

Lemon-Raspberry Muffins

Rating: 4.68 stars
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The secret to the sparkling flavor of these delicately crumbed muffins is the strips of lemon zest finely ground into the sugar. Enjoy the muffins warm right from the oven.

Lemon-Cranberry Muffins

Rating: 4.09 stars
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These lemony cranberry-studded muffins crunch lightly with cornmeal and are topped with a kiss of sugared lemon zest. They're great warm from the oven, but also keep well for a few days and freeze beautifully.

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Rating: 3.89 stars
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This healthy update of a traditionally rich ham-and-cheese breakfast strata is made lighter primarily by losing a few egg yolks and using nonfat milk. Gruyère cheese has a delicious, nutty aroma and flavor, which means that with the relatively small amount in this recipe you still get a big impact. To finish the makeover use nutritious, fiber-rich, whole-grain bread instead of white. The results: plenty of flavor, half the calories and one-third the fat of the original.

Multi-Grain Waffles

Rating: 4.76 stars
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Traditional waffles are a butter-laden, high-carb indulgence, but they make the transition to good fats and smart carbs beautifully, yielding crisp, nutty-tasting waffles with all the sweet pleasure of the original. The batter can also be used for pancakes.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Pumpkin Pancakes
Rating: Unrated
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This healthy whole-grain pumpkin pancake recipe produces fluffy cakes with a beautiful orange hue from pureed pumpkin and light crunch from toasted pecans. If you want to experiment with different types of whole grains, replace up to 1/2 cup of the whole-wheat flour with cornmeal, oats and/or buckwheat flour. Or add extra fiber and omega-3s by adding up to 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed or chia seeds.
Greek Walnut Spice Cake
Rating: Unrated
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A rich, flavorful syrup infuses this Mediterranean-inspired walnut coffee cake with the bright aroma of oranges and cloves. Heart-healthy olive oil and whole-grain barley flour add subtle complexity and texture to this nutty treat.

Buttermilk Oatcakes with Raspberry Compote

Rating: 4 stars
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These high-fiber oatcakes are made with 100% whole grains and no butter. A quick raspberry compote is a nice change from maple syrup.