Popular Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Tumbling out of bed in the wee hours of Christmas morning means that by the time all of the gifts are opened, most of the family has worked up an impressive appetite. Refuel for the day ahead by serving up a traditional Christmas breakfast. With just a little planning, you can do most of the menu as a make-ahead, so you can give your loved ones a delicious spread on this iconic holiday morning -- streusel coffee cake, a cheesy sausage and egg breakfast casserole or a hash-brown strata -- without any early morning stress. Just wade through the discarded wrapping paper, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and enjoy.

Ham-and-Cheese Crescent Snacks

Refrigerated crescent rolls make for a quick crust for these savory appetizers.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Ham-and-Cheese Crescent Snacks

Farmer's Casserole (for 12)

This classic casserole features all the breakfast favorites--hash browns, cheese, ham, and scrambled eggs.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Farmer's Casserole (for 12)

Zucchini Bread

From Better Homes and Gardens

Zucchini Bread

Pumpkin Muffins

The secret to these delicious low-calorie muffins is a combination of moist, rich pumpkin and flavorful buckwheat. They're also rich in fiber.

From Diabetic Living

Pumpkin Muffins

Sunrise Parfaits

Whole wheat couscous makes this fruit and yogurt snack or dessert even more healthy.

From Parents

Sunrise Parfaits

Chai-Spiced Compote

From Midwest Living

Chai-Spiced Compote

English Muffins In a Loaf with Honey Butter

This tasty bread is easy to make. Homemade sweet butter on top makes for a delicious breakfast combo.

From Midwest Living

English Muffins In a Loaf with Honey Butter

Chocolate-Pecan Coffee Cake

The crumbly coconut-pecan mixture goes both inside the cake and on top of it to make this dessert.

From Midwest Living

Chocolate-Pecan Coffee Cake

Very Cherry Hazelnut Coffee Cake

From Midwest Living

Very Cherry Hazelnut Coffee Cake

Oatmeal Brunch Casserole

Oats and the soluble fiber that comes with them help moderate blood sugar levels by slowing digestion. They taste great combined with fruits and nuts in this hearty breakfast casserole.

From Diabetic Living

Oatmeal Brunch Casserole

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

From Family Circle

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

Chocolate Pancakes

From Diabetic Living

Chocolate Pancakes

Mediterranean Strata

The classic combination of olives and feta cheese make this brunch casserole a standout.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mediterranean Strata

Lox-and-Bagel Bread Pudding

From Fitness

Lox-and-Bagel Bread Pudding

Honey-Apple Pancakes

These pancakes are like breakfast apple pies--complete with apple pie spice and applesauce. Serve them for a weekend breakfast or brunch.

From Diabetic Living

Honey-Apple Pancakes

Herb and Asiago Popovers

From Family Circle

Herb and Asiago Popovers

Hash Brown Potato Cakes

These little potato and herb cakes make a nice side dish recipe for beef or chicken but could also be served as an appetizer.

From Diabetic Living

Hash Brown Potato Cakes

Ham-Broccoli Strata

Strata, the ultimate brunch dish, gets a festive look with a sprinkling of broccoli.

From Diabetic Living

Ham-Broccoli Strata

Gingerbread Loaves

These mini quick breads are loaded with fall's favorite flavors.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Gingerbread Loaves

Festive Holiday Brioches

A French classic with its egg-and-butter richness and quaint knob atop, brioche gets in the holiday spirit with the addition of colorful dried fruits.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Festive Holiday Brioches

Eggs Florentine over Cornmeal Waffles

From Fitness

Eggs Florentine over Cornmeal Waffles

Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls

From Better Homes and Gardens

Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls

Cranberry-Walnut Whole Wheat Rolls

For Christmas or Thanksgiving, for breakfast or brunch, these whole wheat and cranberry-nut rolls contribute color to the table. Serve them as part of a diabetic food plan.

From Diabetic Living

Cranberry-Walnut Whole Wheat Rolls

Cranberry-White Chocolate Cornmeal Tea Biscuits

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry-White Chocolate Cornmeal Tea Biscuits

Country Scones

Versatility counts. Prepare these breakfast scones with currants or substitute another dried fruit.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Country Scones

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