These cozy Christmas Breakfast Ideas are so easy to make ahead – take the stress out of the holidays by meal prepping breakfast or brunch!
Christmas Breakfast Ideas
The feeling of waking up on Christmas morning is unmatched! Regardless of your family traditions, the one thing that remains the same is the excitement of waking up on Christmas morning and spending time together with your loved ones. If you want something new to add to your Christmas morning spread, you'll love the ideas in this post!
The amount of delicious options are endless. There is a recipe to please everyone, whether you want a delicious savoury breakfast casserole, a warm drink or a sweet and creamy oatmeal. The best part: so many of these recipes are meal prep friendly! That means you can wake up to breakfast ready for you. Start Christmas morning off right, before worrying about preparing Christmas dinner!
Make-ahead breakfast tips
Here are some top tips for these easy Christmas breakfast ideas:
- Assemble the day before: To avoid the hassle and stress on Christmas morning, prep or cook these recipes the day before. That way, the morning of, all you have to do is pop the recipe in the oven or reheat it in the microwave.
- Don't add on the toppings until serving: If your chosen recipe contains toppings (like for pancakes or French toast casserole), don't add on any toppings until serving to ensure everything stays as fresh as possible.
- Thaw frozen ingredients: If you're prepping recipes that contain frozen ingredients, you'll want to let those ingredients thaw before adding them if you're not cooking right away. Otherwise, the ingredients will thaw as they sit in the fridge and cause everything else to get watery and soggy.
- Prep your table beforehand: If you're having a proper sit-down breakfast, set your table the day before with cutlery, plates, napkins, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can have whatever you're craving for breakfast on Christmas Day! Different people have different traditions, so there's no need to feel restricted on what you can have. These make-ahead recipes are great because you can get them ready ahead of time then enjoy them the morning-of without any hassle or stress.
You can double or triple most of these recipes, but for some of them you might need to make in batches. Casseroles are great for bigger groups because they make a lot of portions, and muffin tin recipes are ideal because you can customize each serving to someone's personal preference.
If you're cooking these recipes ahead of time, they can usually be made 4-5 days in advance. If you're just prepping a recipe before cooking, I'd recommend making it a couple days beforehand so the ingredients stay nice and fresh.
Christmas Breakfast Casserole Recipes
If you're getting ready to host a large group on Christmas morning, or heading to a potluck, a breakfast casserole is the way to go! Breakfast casseroles are also a great way of meal prepping a delicious breakfast for yourself that you can enjoy the whole week. My breakfast casserole recipes come in both sweet and savoury options, so you're bound to see a recipe you love!
Breakfast Sandwiches & Wraps
These breakfast sandwiches and wraps are a delicious, healthy way to start the morning. If you or your family are fans of indulging in breakfast sandwiches from your favourite fast food restaurants, you're going to love these options. I've got a McDonalds McMuffin copycat recipe, which is perfect after a night of Christmas Eve celebrations or a variety of other freezer-friendly wraps and sandwiches that just need to be toasted and served!
Overnight oats are the quintessential meal prep breakfast recipe. It's the ultimate, easy to prepare breakfast that can be customized to everyone's preferences. Ramp up the nutrition facts of your favourite oatmeal by adding your favourite protein powders, nuts, and seeds or dress them up with your favourite fruits and syrups.
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Muffin Tin Recipes
Managing the preferences of a large group of people can be difficult. That's why I love making bite-size breakfast recipes in a muffin tin. Muffin tin breakfast recipes are also the perfect way to pre-make grab and go breakfast for the whole week. I've included my favourite egg cup recipes, baked oatmeal cups and a delicious chocolate muffin within this section.
Sweet Breakfast Ideas
Breakfast recipes are usually synonymous with savoury dishes but sweet recipes, around Christmas time especially, are such a great treat. Enjoy these healthy variations of your favourite sweet recipes. I've included meal prep pancakes, chia seed jars, yogurt parfaits and more!
Christmas Coffee Recipes
Caffeine is necessary – especially on Christmas morning! Whether you're a caffeine connoisseur or need energy to prepare for a long day of preparing Christmas dinner, these caffeinated beverages are perfect for the season. Enjoy these seasonal coffee beverages whenever you need a kick of energy.
Meal Prep Tools
- Grab some glass meal prep bowls if you plan on turning these breakfasts into leftovers.
- You can buy pumpkin puree online.
- I get all my favourite breakfast meat from Butcher Box, conveniently delivered to me frozen.
- These are the mason jars I used in many of these recipes.
- You can get larger 32oz mason jars too.
- **Get my full list of tools here**
Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Ideas
- 12 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 10 breakfast sausages
- Cooking spray
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 bag tater tots
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 bunch green onions, sliced
- Sour cream and hot sauce, to serve
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix eggs, milk, salt & pepper together in a large bowl. Meanwhile, cook breakfast sausages over med-high heat for 5 minutes until mostly cooked through, then remove from heat and slice them up.
- Grease a large 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray, then add in sliced sausages, diced red pepper and diced red onion. Cover with tater tots, then pour egg mixture overtop.
- Bake for 45 minutes, adding cheese overtop in the last 15 minutes of cook time. Remove from oven, then add green onions overtop before serving and enjoying.
Make ahead instructions
- Assemble casserole up to 48 hours in advance and then bake as usual. Or, you can assemble and bake casserole, then refrigerate for up to 48 hours before serving. Reheat in a 350 F oven for 10-15 minutes until heated through again. It can also be frozen and then reheated right from frozen at 350 F for 30-40 minutes.