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For Those Holly Jolly Christmas Mornings: 38 Gluten-Free Holiday Breakfast Ideas

Holiday cheer doesn’t just apply to dinner and desserts–

The most important meal–breakfast–matters, too! 

But here’s the thing:

Gluten-free breakfast recipes can be a bit... 

Boring.

And around Christmas time, that’s the last way you want to start your day! 

Instead, kick off your family time and start the holiday right with these spectacular healthy breakfast ideas:

Christmas edition!

Table of Contents:

Walking in a Breakfast Wonderland: 3 Tips for Holiday Mornings!

Your Essential Breakfast List: Making Christmas Merry & Bright

All I Want for Christmas– 38 Holiday Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes

  • Holiday n’ Homemade: To-Die-For Pancakes & Waffles
  • Magical Oats: Baked Oatmeal, Overnight Oats, & More
  • Naughty Or Nice Carbs? You Decide! Muffins, Bread & Rolls
  • Cozy Casseroles & Quiche: Eggcelent Christmas Choice!
  • Dashing Through the Snow to Santa-Approved Smoothies 
  • Making Spirits Bright: Christmas Coffees & Beverages

Walking in a Breakfast Wonderland: 3 Tips for Holiday Mornings!

The holidays bring a great opportunity to slow down.

But that doesn’t happen if you’re totally consumed by the cooking!

Here are 3 tips to create a wonderful Christmas morning that you can enjoy, too!

1. ‘Twas the Night Before…

Go for make-ahead or freezer-friendly breakfasts if possible. 

That way all you have to do is pop it in the oven on Christmas morning!

You can also try to choose food that isn’t too complicated to keep warm or cold, like casseroles.

2. Keep the Coffee Coming

You’ll want to get up early to make more time for prepping and cooking!

So keep the coffee coming.

Head down to the Breakfast Beverages section for Christmas coffee ideas!

3. Create a Prep Timeline

So you don’t end up stressing over timing, work backward when you plan out your breakfast menu.

For instance--

if the casserole takes an hour and breakfast starts at 10:30, you’ll want to put it in the oven around 9:15.

And try not to keep everything in your head!

It’s way easier to write things down so you have less to remember. 

Your Essential Breakfast List: Making Christmas Merry & Bright

Not sure where to start?

If you haven’t mapped out your recipes yet, here’s a basic list of breakfast essentials you’ll need to purchase. 

For the pantry/fridge:

  • Gluten-free flour
  • Sugar/Brown sugar
  • Milk
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Chocolate chips
  • Spices: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom
  • Peppermint extract
  • Vanilla extract
  • Candy canes

Time to set the table!

If your meal isn’t buffet style, it’s best to throw all of the toppings and sides on the table for people to grab.

There’s a lot that goes into breakfast– from extra butter to loads of syrup!

So here’s a breakdown of what to set out: 

To Put On Your Breakfast Table:

  • Orange juice
  • Coffee creamer
  • Syrup/Maple syrup
  • Butter
  • Fresh fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Jam
  • Fresh flowers– just for looks!

All I Want for Christmas– 38 Holiday Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes 

Heads up for the most important meal of the day!

The best breakfast recipes bring people together over great food that’s also good for you.

 And Christmas should be no exception!

Here are 38 healthy breakfast ideas that still bring the holiday fun! 

Holiday n’ Homemade: To-Die-For Pancakes & Waffles

First up!

The most traditional breakfast of all time:

Pancakes...and waffles.

Turn your home into your very own international house of pancakes with these delicious holiday recipes! 

1. Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin and chocolate just work– 

There’s no doubt about it!

And these chocolate pumpkin pancakes scream the most important meal of the day with all the holiday sweetness you can imagine. 

P.S.- the chocolate sauce is to-die-for!

2. Buttermilk Pancakes with Cranberry Apple Compote

The Christmas season calls for fancy.

But you don’t have time to whip up 40 classy pancakes that take an hour each.

Enter:

These buttermilk pancakes with a cranberry apple compote!

That’s right.

It sounds SO elegant but without all the fuss. 

3. Peppermint Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I have a confession:

Peppermint chocolate chip is my absolute favorite holiday flavor.

(Move over pumpkin spice!)

You just can’t beat the minty fresh-rich chocolate combo– especially during Christmas.

So why not turn it into a pancake?

They’re more delicious than you think. 

Pecan Citrus Spice Pancakes from Kathy of Happy Healthy Life

4. Pecan Citrus Spice Pancakes

The holidays are full of citrus, spice, and everything nice, which is exactly what these gluten-free pancakes are made of!

The oranges, nutmeg, cinnamon, rolled oats, pumpkin, and raw pecans mix together for one bursting bite of goodness.

I’m drooling already! 

5. Gluten-Free Gingerbread Pancakes

It’s the gingerbread man!

In a pancake!

Ginger-flavored foods can be hard to pull off. 

You have to add just the right balance of ginger spice and sweet, otherwise, it becomes overwhelming.

And this recipe?

Nails it.  

6. Eggnog Waffles

Ummmmm are you sure?

Eggnog waffles sound a bit too daring. 

Hold your reindeers!

I get it.

You’re already sitting on the eggnog fence. 

But these waffles are even better than eggnog on its own because the other flavors actually bring out its amazing spices. 

Trust me.

It’s that good.  

Mini Apple Fritter Waffles from Katja of Savory Lotus

7. Mini Apple Fritter Waffles 

How to have a great holiday 101:

Make it special. 

So instead of regular, ‘ole waffles, make these mini apple fritter waffles!

They’re basically like tiny donuts– except way better.

And the glaze! Oh, the glaze is incredible!

Did I mention it’s all totally paleo, too?

No dairy or gluten allowed. 

8. Healthy Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Real talk:

Do you prefer pancakes or waffles?

Actually, it doesn’t matter. 

Because either way, you’ll be craving these pumpkin spice waffles day-in and day-out. 

Since they’re lower in sugar than the above recipes, you won’t be feeling that yucky sugar fog either.

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Magical Oats: Baked Oatmeal, Overnight Oats, & More

Okay, but aren’t oats...kinda boring?

Who in their right minds would make them for Christmas breakfast?

You that’s who!

And you’ll see why once you dive into these gluten-free, holiday oat recipes.  

9. Salted Caramel Apple Overnight Oats

First things first:

What in the nutcracker are overnight oats?

It’s basically an alternative, easier way of making oatmeal, where you add oats to liquid and let it soak overnight.

The result?

Soft, delicious oats, coated in whatever flavors you choose.

In this case, you have salted caramel apple…

Yum!

10. Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats

I have to say–

The absolute BEST part of overnight oats?

Is how much flexibility you have with the taste.

For instance, these cinnamon roll overnight oats literally taste exactly like your favorite sticky bun recipe. 

No. Joke. 

Perfect for a healthier Christmas morning breakfast!

11. Peppermint Bark Overnight Oats

This could easily pass as dessert, but since it’s the holidays…

Breakfast for dessert is absolutely acceptable. 

Peppermint bark overnight oats include two heavenly layers:

Dark chocolate & white chocolate, then topped with crushed candy canes.

I’m already drooling.  

12. Maple Pecan Baked Oatmeal

Heading into baked oatmeal territory!

Baked oatmeal is a lot like a casserole, which means it’s a super convenient option for busy holiday mornings.

And, it can easily feed a crowd!

This maple pecan baked oatmeal has all the elements of a great winter breakfast:

Some cozy sweetness, and plenty of nutrients to keep you full throughout the day! 

13. Cozy Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal

More coziness?!

Oh yes. 

Gingerbread baked oatmeal is all about those warm spices and rich molasses– 

Not to mention oats, nuts, and bananas to uplevel its tasty brilliance. 

So it’s comfort food taken up a *healthy* notch!

14. Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

You know what else goes together like PB&J?

Pumpkin and cream cheese frosting. 

Except here, we’re turning this amazing combo into baked oatmeal deliciousness!

It’s exactly how every breakfast should be:

Packed with protein, fiber, veggies...

And a hint of Christmas! 

Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bars from Kristin of Iowa Girl Eats

15. Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

If you’re gearing up for a large holiday brunch, making and freezing your dishes ahead of time will save you 

So.

Much.

Stress!

Take these maple cinnamon oatmeal breakfast bars for example.

They’re as simple as a typical casserole and ideal for cutting into individual portions.

Merry stress-free Christmas!

16. Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

You know what screams Christmas for reasons I will never understand?

Cranberries.

Wait-

Scratch that!

Because once I tried these cranberry oatmeal bars, I finally understood.

The warm red colors and bittersweet bites just pop in your mouth. 

Were You Naughty Or Nice Dough? Muffins, Bread & Rolls

Bread!

Breads make the best Christmases go ‘round.

But every gluten-free dieter knows the struggle of finding actually taste-good gluten-free muffins, bread, and rolls recipes.

...Until now! 

17. Cranberry Orange Bread

Sometimes you just need bread for breakfast.

And when that time comes, you know to rely on this trusty cranberry orange bread recipe. 

It’s gluten-free with everything you need to enjoy a solid slice:

Fruity citrus with notes of sweetness. 

Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Rolls from Regan of This Unmillennial Life

18. Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Rolls

Gluten-free rolls can be tough.

But these rolls?

Easy peasy. 

They’re the epitome of less stress and great taste–

Not to mention just how scrumptious they look sitting in the pan!

19. Cinnamon Sticky Rolls

One of my favorite memories of Christmas as a kid is the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls wafting throughout the house.

And if you’re gluten-free--

that doesn’t mean you should have to miss out on all the fun! 

These cinnamon sticky rolls swoop in to save the day, cooking either by oven or crockpot! 

20. Gingerbread Blender Muffins

Blender muffins?

Yep, you just whip up the muffin batter right from your own blender, and BOOM:

It’s time to bake!

21. Mint Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

It almost feels like a sin to include chocolate and mint in a muffin.

But you definitely won’t regret trying it!

It’s oh-so-moist and decadent– 

Excellent for any Christmas-themed morning!

22. Easy Christmas Cake Muffins

Okay, but what is a Christmas cake?

A sweet, brown sugar-butter mixture loaded with dried fruit, spices, and orange zest. 

And if you’re thinking about a fruitcake... 

I promise it’s way better than that. 

Cozy Casseroles & Quiche: Eggcelent Christmas Choice!

Don’t worry!

I haven’t forgotten about the casseroles. 

Here are 5 gluten-free casseroles that make a downright divine addition to a holiday morning spread! 

Gluten-Free Chai French Toast Casserole from Brianna of Flippin Delicious

23. Gluten-Free Chai French Toast Casserole

Chai and french toast in one meal?

*swoon*

I don’t know about you, but I become an obsessed chai monster when the weather gets chilly. 

There’s something about those spices that warm me right up!

And combine that feeling with french toast?

You have a winner!

24. Cranberry Orange French Toast Bake

Back on those cranberries!

There’s a reason cranberry and orange flavors overtake the breakfast station.

It’s just too good to be true! 

25. Gluten-Free Overnight Holiday Breakfast Casserole

You know you have it made when the casserole is specifically designed to make the night before!

This overnight holiday breakfast includes everything you’d ever want in a traditional morning meal:

Bread, eggs, ham, cheese, and garlic!

26. Bacon, Potato, & Egg Casserole

Sometimes, gluten-free bread can be expensive, which is why if you’re feeding a crowd, it might not be your best option. 

Enter:

Potatoes!

This bacon, potato, & egg casserole checks off all the right boxes.

Easy to make. Yummy to taste. Gluten-free!

27. Perfect Gluten-Free Quiche

Wanna know the secret to the ultimate quiche?

A light and flaky crust.

Which might feel like the hardest task of all time when you’re gluten-free.

But no worries!

This recipe keeps it simple. 

Dashing Through the Snow to Santa-Approved Smoothies

What if you don’t want a bready breakfast?

What if you want something light and easy, but still holiday-themed?

Reach for any one of these smoothies!

Cinnamon Apple Pie Smoothie from Nyssa of Nyssa's Kitchen

28. Cinnamon Apple Pie Smoothie

Dessert for breakfast, except insanely healthy?

Don’t have to tell me twice!

This holiday smoothie is loaded with that crisp, cinnamon apple taste and packed with Greek yogurt protein!

29. Holiday White Peppermint Smoothie

It looks and tastes like white chocolate, but guess what?

There’s no white chocolate at all.

Just a flawless blend of frozen cauliflower, banana, protein powder, coconut butter, coconut milk, and peppermint extract. 

30. Chocolate Gingerbread Protein Smoothie

Picture creamy, plant-powered protein– 

Full of chocolate and gingerbread spices!

I don’t think a Christmas morning smoothie could taste any better.

Feel free to chuck in some extra cinnamon for more spice!  

31. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

My most recent holiday obsession:

Pumpkin smoothies.

I swear this tastes just like a pumpkin pie, except in a cup!

I prefer using maple syrup instead of honey, but go for whichever you like best! 

32. Delicious Eggnog Smoothie

An eggnog smoothie, sans the eggnog.

But how?

A genius combo of yogurt, bananas, coconut cream, egg yolk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and a pinch of nutmeg. 

That’s right–

It’s dairy-free!

Making Spirits Bright: Christmas Coffees & Beverages

Okay, so we’re just missing one thing now…

Breakfast beverages!

Coffee and orange juice is the normal go-to, but it’s Christmas!

So normal just won’t cut it. 

Instead, try these holiday breakfast drinks!

Christmas Coffee from Delish

33. Christmas Coffee

There’s nothing like the smell of coffee in the morning.

And Christmas coffee?

Well, that’s just pure bliss.

This Christmas coffee is all about brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and whipped cream for a super holiday effect.

Absolutely delightful!

34. Healthy Peppermint Mocha

Typical mochas are chocked full of excess calories, sugar, and unhealthy fats.

But not this one!

Just grab some coffee, almond milk, cocoa powder, stevia, peppermint extra, and voila!

Peppermint mocha served–

Sans the bad stuff!

35. Caramel Gingerbread Latte

You’ve heard of comfort food,

Now what about comfort coffee?

Well, get on the caramel gingerbread latte train!

This coffee could practically be a dessert with its sweet caramel notes combined with spices and rich molasses. 

All aboard!

36. Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

A healthy pumpkin spice latte is like gold in a cup.

These days, commercial pumpkin spice lattes can have lots of added sweeteners.

But not this one!

We’re using maple syrup, full-fat coconut milk, and pumpkin puree to give it that creamy, pumpkiny texture. 

37. Wassail

Wassail what now?

A hot wassail is like a spiced Christmas cider with orange juice, apple cider, lemon juice, and spices. 

Place all of the ingredients in a slow cooker on Christmas Eve, so in the morning, you wake up to that amazing holiday smell.

And you have a delicious drink to enjoy!

38. Christmas Morning Punch

Hosting a Christmas brunch?

Don’t forget the punch!

This Christmas punch is only 4 ingredients:

Orange juice, pineapple juice, ginger ale, and cranberry juice cocktail.

Don’t forget to garnish with orange slices and fresh cranberries!

The Most Important Meal of the Day for the Most Wonderful Time of Year

Merry Christmas morning! 

Now you have a whole slew of gluten-free, holiday breakfast recipes to use for Christmas day and beyond.

Because let’s be honest:

Christmas recipes should last all year long!

Happy Breakfasting!

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