Whip up these nutritious dishes to enjoy with family and friends this season.
Many people love the tradition of sharing a special holiday breakfast with family and guests they’re hosting over the holiday season. These healthy breakfast recipes offer smart nutrition and a festive touch!
- Gingerbread muffins
- Cranberry-apple oatmeal (3 ways)
- Peppermint mocha waffles
- Breakfast potatoes
- Gluten-free butternut squash banana bread
- Red & green avocado toast
Explore more info on these healthy holiday breakfast recipes below!
Yes: something that sounds this delicious can actually be healthy! Store-bought muffins usually have an abundance of sugar, white flour, and fat, but these homemade versions change the game. First, they use white whole wheat flour, which boasts the same fiber and nutrition of whole wheat flour with a lighter taste. The sweetness comes naturally from maple syrup, molasses, and applesauce, and the mix of spices round out the perfectly seasonal gingerbread flavors. Make a big batch before welcoming your overnight holiday guests!
Cranberry-apple oatmeal (3 ways)
Oatmeal is one of the most nourishing and filling breakfasts you can ask for, while cranberries and apples are festive holiday fruits to add sweetness and flavor. You can make your holiday version one of three ways:
If you’re planning a leisurely morning with time to cook, traditional might be your pick. But if you’d like a make-ahead breakfast to save time (and get to the gift-unwrapping faster!), the latter two feature the same flavors in quick, convenient forms. Overnight oats can be eaten cold, while baked oatmeal can be stored in the fridge and popped into the oven in the morning.
You may have had peppermint mocha in your morning cup of Joe, but what about your waffles? This recipe uses real brewed coffee, so it might be more of a favorite for the adults around your table. Cocoa powder and peppermint extract finish off the flavor profile. When the waffles are ready to eat, you won’t even notice that almost every ingredient is healthy, from flaxseed to oat flour.
A potato and vegetable hash is a simple yet popular breakfast—it’s healthy, versatile, and filling. A mix of red and green peppers brings seasonal color to the plate, while onions and garlic amp up the savory flavors. To keep with the “healthy” theme, you might want to go easier on the butter than this recipe suggests, or replace with olive oil for less saturated fat and no dietary cholesterol. You can add other mix-ins, like herbs, scrambled eggs, and seasonings to taste, or even make it “southwest” style by adding a can of black beans and topping it with salsa.
Give regular banana bread an extra health boost by making it with butternut squash too. The original recipe is friendly to gluten-free guests, but the notes explain that you can feel free to use regular flour or whole-wheat pastry flour instead of a gluten-free blend. Butternut squash is a winter squash variety loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to protect your brain and heart.
Red & green avocado toast
Smoked paprika adds the extra touch of holiday cheer (and savory flavor) to a simple avocado toast recipe. The healthy fats from avocado are good for your heart and amp up your nutrient absorption. Choose whole-grain bread, and you’ll be fueled with steady energy for your holiday activities. Plus, it’s a breeze to whip up, with just a few ingredients: toast the bread, mash the avocado, sprinkle the paprika, top with optional other veggies, and you’re good to go.
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