The packages are wrapped, the stockings are filled and all that awaits are little running feet to see if Santa arrived overnight with goodies for good boys and girls! There’s truly nothing sweeter than the faces of all on Christmas morning, unless your talking about Christmas morning breakfast recipes!
In our family, it has always been a tradition to open stockings, then have breakfast together and lastly open the gifts under the tree (although, now with a child myself, the breakfast tends to be eaten VERY quickly!) What I love is having easy, quick and healthy breakfast dishes that fill everyone’s tummies, but don’t take long to cook nor fill us to the brim (as I know the day will be filled with LOTS of food!) So what I’ve done is round up some of my favorite healthy Christmas breakfast recipes that I’ve served over the past few years. Quick, easy (some of them are make ahead) and healthy too! A win win for all!
1. Omelet Muffin
So quick and easy. I love using spicy ground turkey sausage in mine along with onions, red peppers and feta cheese. But honestly you can put as little or as much stuff in them as you like. (I’ve done some with mushrooms, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and feta that are out of this world). Just be sure you remember to spray your muffin tins first with cooking pray (take it from me who learned the hard way the first time—whoops!)
2. Vanilla Fruit Salad Glaze:
This has been in our family for YEARS. It’s my grandmother’s recipe and always such a hit no matter when you make it. But I love that it uses a lot of frozen or canned fruits (some areas it’s hard to find a variety of fresh fruit in winter) and it’s MUCH better when you do make it ahead the night before and let it set.
- 1 can Chunk Pineapple
- 1 can mandarin oranges
- 1 cup seedless grapes
- 1 banana sliced
- 1 package frozen strawberries (cut if whole)
- 1 package of Sugar Free “Instant” Jello Vanilla Pudding
Drain canned fruit juices and use along with enough orange juice to make 1 ½ cup liquid to make pudding mix. Carefully fold in fruit with the pudding mixture. That’s it! Enjoy!
3. Baked Oatmeal
Another family favorite (and even my husband who isn’t a huge oatmeal person thinks this is delish!) It ends with a bit of a light ‘crunch’ on top after baking in the oven. And if you have a group of people, this makes a HUGE batch!
- 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats (not quick cooking)
- 1 cup brown sugar substitute *my grandfather was diabetic so we always had to cook with health in mind and it’s stuck for our family!
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup non-fat milk
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup melted butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ¾ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Mix oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Beat in milk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla. Stir in cranberries and nuts into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 40 minutes!
So from our family to yours, a very Merry Christmas. I truly hope your holiday is filled with love, joy, blessings and now a healthy and full stomach on Christmas morning! Here’s to a wonderful new year ahead. Cheers.