Vegetarian Christmas Breakfast Recipes

Vegetarian Christmas Breakfast Recipes

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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Once all the excitement of the best morning of the year is over and all the presents are opened, there's only one thing left to do: eat a hearty breakfast with your friends and family. Whether you head the savory route and go for a breakfast hash or poached, or you decide to go sweet and aim your sights at a chocolate waffle or cinnamon apple French toast, you really can't go wrong on Christmas morning. These family style breakfasts are kid-approved, and won't have you slaving away in your kitchen on such a relaxing, festive morning.

Sweet Potato Hash Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast casseroles can streamline a morning routine like none other. Since most can be prepared in advance, day-of prep time is minimal, and the end result is a hearty, nutrient-rich dish everyone will adore. Grated sweet potatoes create a sturdy base that mimics traditional hash browns. Bell peppers, spinach, and a dash of cayenne pepper level out the sweetness of the potatoes and add wonderful flavor. The addition of cottage cheese amps up the fluffiness of the eggs, while a blanket of gooey, melted mozzarella locks in moisture. We like to think of it as a stuffed omelet with a side of hash browns, all baked into one delicious package.

Spinach and Feta Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

The simple, scalloped shell made from thinly sliced rounds of sweet potatoes makes this version of a popular brunch (or supper) dish gluten-free. Choose potatoes with comparable diameters to create uniform slices for the easy-to-make crust. A mandoline makes slicing quick and precise, but a sharp chef's knife will work too. You can also slice the potatoes in the food processor using the slicing blade.

Ciabatta French Toast with Warm Apple Maple Syrup

Moist yet crusty bread and nutty Gruyère cheese set this French toast recipe apart from more traditional varieties. A vegetable peeler works great for getting thin slices out of the cheese. For the apples, Rome or Fuji varieties would also work.

Steel Cut Oats with Warm Berry Compote

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr

Warm berries are poured over steel cut oats to create a sweet treat in a healthy breakfast bowl with 41g of whole grains per serving. Make sure to use organic butter and honey.

Eggs in Purgatory

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

We're not entirely certain about the history of this classic recipe's name, but perhaps it has something to do with the spicy kick of the sauce. Our version is a shakshuka-like dish in which fiery harissa paste and heady spices slowly infused a rich tomato sauce where eggs gently poach. Look for jars of harissa with the Middle Eastern foods in your supermarket; you can substitute a half to full teaspoon of crushed red pepper in a pinch. The cook time for the eggs depends on the specific heat of your slow cooker. We offer a range of 15 to 20 minutes, so start checking at 15 minutes (or a couple minutes earlier) to ensure the eggs get done to your liking. Serve with warm whole-wheat pita.

Cranberry-Apple French Toast Casserole

This prep-ahead casserole, which turns extra dinner rolls and cranberry sauce into a brunch or dessert treat, is especially welcome if you are entertaining houseguests for the long holiday weekend. While we enjoyed the tartness of the Granny Smith apples, any baking apple will do. Serve with apple wedges.

Whole-Wheat, Buttermilk, and Orange Pancakes

Sunday-morning-in-your-jammies breakfast. Allowing the batter to sit before cooking gives the leaveners a chance to work, creating light, fluffy pancakes.

Bulgur Bowl with Apples, Almond Butter, and Goat Cheese

This breakfast bowl brings about a level of decadence from the goat cheese and almond butter topping. With plenty of protein and whole grains, this balanced and lightly sweetened bowl is a perfect way to start the day.

Cinnamon-Apple Stuffed French Toast

Stuffed with our favorite cinnamon-apple filling, these slices of French bread encase an autumn-inspired breakfast that will put your morning bowl of oatmeal to shame. The butter and brown sugar cook with the apples to create a delicious syrup for drizzling over the French toast. Sub French bread for ciabatta, challah, or whatever loaf of bread you have on hand. Get the family together for a lazy weekend brunch, and start the day off sweet and satisfied.

Savory Chickpea Waffles

We swap sugary pancake syrup for a poached egg and use chickpea flour in place of refined for an extra punch of protein. Enjoy for a quick breakfast or dinner.

Fluffy Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

Our whole-grain biscuits are lightened with nonfat buttermilk and ready in 20 minutes. When the warm butter meets the cold buttermilk, it will begin to form clumps—little droplets of fat throughout the liquid—a sign of success. The pockets ensure even distribution of fat throughout the batter, creating a lighter biscuit with less butter.

OURS 133 calories, 2.6g sat fat
CLASSIC 279 calories, 8g sat fat
SAVES 146 calories, 5.4g sat fat

Banana-Chocolate French Toast

For hard-to-please kids, try serving breakfast for dinner. Pair this dish with a mixed fruit cup to round out the meal.

Vegetable Hash with Poached Eggs

If pizza or pasta is your go-to solution for meatless meals, switch it up and try a vegetable hash instead. Here, a beautiful poached egg tops a bowl of hearty, fibrous vegetables to create a balanced vegetarian meal in a flash.

Banana-Cinnamon Waffles

This recipe isn’t just for breakfast, as carolfitz discovered. “We make these for Sunday breakfast, and we also have served is as dessert, topped with vanilla yogurt and drizzled with warm sugar-free caramel sauce. Always sprinkle some chopped pecans or walnuts on the batter.”

Nana's Rosemary Biscuits with Cranberries

When punching out dough rounds, avoid twisting the biscuit cutter, which will seal the edges and interfere with rising.

Savory Sweet Potato Waffles

When they taste this recipe, no one will think twice about having waffles beyond breakfast again. You'll want these for dinner, lunch, and a late-night snack. The batter is simple—oats, cooked sweet potato, and almond milk. Orange zest brightens the homemade sweet potato waffles, and cumin adds the perfect savory note that is versatile enough for different toppings. Each waffle is under 80 calories, so we suggest topping the sweet potato waffles with a runny egg, sliced avocado, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Orange-Poppy Biscuits

Photo Courtesy of Oxmoor House

The buttermilk and orange add a tangy citrusy flavor to these lightly sweetened biscuits. Serve them warm for breakfast.


Shakshuka is an Israeli dish that is becoming increasingly popular across America. Serve spoonfuls of the spicy tomato-and-pepper sauce over rice.

Chocolate Buckwheat Waffles with Juicy Berries

Here, we've remade the typical syrup-doused waffle breakfast into a lower-sugar, fruit-forward, gluten-free, whole-grain plate with 273 fewer calories. In place of refined all-purpose flour, we use gluten-free buckwheat flour, which adds 2.4g filling fiber per serving; strawberries add another 2.4g. Barely sweetened berries and yogurt replace maple syrup, slashing 18g added sugar per serving.

Fried Egg and Avocado Toasts

Sunny-side up eggs, fresh sprouts, and salsa amp up avocado toast for a fast, no-fuss meal. It's a sure winner at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Apple-Stuffed Strata

A layer of sweet, baked apples and crunchy pecan topping helps this breakfast bread pudding shine. Last-minute prep couldn't be simpler: Just add a dusting of sugar and nuts.

Morning Glory Muffins

Substitute apricots or raisins for chopped pitted dates in this recipe if you like. The dried fruits, nuts, oatmeal, wheat bran, and whole wheat flour contribute plenty of fiber to each muffin. Complete your breakfast with fat-free yogurt and fruit.

Pumpkin-Almond Pancakes

Photo Courtesy of Oxmoor House

Ginger, cinnamon, and allspice make a welcomed appearance in these golden cakes, and whole-grain corn flour gives them a cakier texture and added fiber. Serve with warmed apples and fresh cream for a comforting morning meal.

Hearty Oats and Grains

When you have a house full of guests who'd enjoy a wholesome, hearty breakfast at their own pace, the slow cooker can come to your rescue. Get it going first thing, and let folks serve themselves when they're ready to eat.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

The less you knead the dough, the lighter and more tender your biscuits will be. Fat-free buttermilk adds a lovely tang and encourages a moist texture. This method of folding the dough creates irresistible flaky layers. To maximize the number of biscuits you get from the recipe, gather the dough scraps left after cutting, and gently pat or reroll them to a ¾-inch thickness.

Christmas breakfast recipes

Kick-start your festive celebrations with a special Christmas breakfast. Whether it's festive spiced loaf, pancakes or 'reindeer food', Christmas starts here.

Christmas morning spiced bread

This festive bread can be made ahead and frozen and makes a lovely treat for breakfast on Christmas morning

Gingerbread pancakes

The ultimate Christmas breakfast treat, these American-style pancakes are lightly spiced with ginger and cinnamon, topped with maple syrup and dates

Stollen muffins

These little cakes are filled with all the festive, fruity flavours of this classic German Christmas bake - ideal for Christmas morning or a teatime treat

Eggs benedict with smoked salmon & chives

Get your poaching technique honed and serve up this brunch classic – it's easily-doubled to feed a family or crowd

Cranberry & white chocolate panettone

The perfect treat to serve up for Boxing Day brunch, panettone is easy to make if you have a food processor fitted with a dough blade

Parsnip hash browns

These crispy hash browns can be made ahead and reheated from frozen - ideal for unexpected Christmas visitors

Rudolph pancakes

Make Christmas breakfast fun with fluffy reindeer pancakes. Two squeezy bottles, a jug and a dash of food colouring will make Rudolph come to life!

Stollen spirals

Bake a batch of these sweet German buns over Christmas and enjoy at breakfast or teatime. or both

Mincemeat banana bread

Start Christmas Day with a delicious breakfast you can make ahead of time. Banana bread is a family favourite, and mincemeat takes it up a notch

Cured salmon build-your-own bagel board

Gather the family round on Christmas morning and dig in to our indulgent spread, made up of homemade cured salmon, a quick pickle, plus zesty dill and lemon cream cheese

Recipe Summary

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups canned kidney beans, drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
  • 12 (10 inch) flour tortillas, warmed
  • 8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Heat oil in a medium skillet and saute onion and garlic until soft. Mash beans into the onion mixture. Gradually stir in water heat until warm, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the soy sauce, chili powder, mustard, cumin, and cayenne pepper.

Divide bean mixture and mashed sweet potatoes evenly between the tortillas top with cheese. Fold tortillas burrito-style around the fillings and place on a baking sheet.

2. Eggless French Toast

Under 30 minutes, vegan: “This recipe is very quick and easy to prepare. I made it this morning for my husband and I and I have to tell you my husband is a picky eater and I was amazed that he said “this is really good” and didn’t ask questions as to what was in it.

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Helpful tips and FAQs

I say in the instructions to refrigerate overnight, but this croissant breakfast casserole can be assembled even further in advance. It does need a good bit of refrigeration time because that is when the bread of the croissants will soak up the milk, cream, and egg however, it can go longer at this stage.

I use a 13࡯ bake dish, but a good size casserole dish will work as well. This recipe makes a decent amount, which is why it is such a great recipe for the holidays, a brunch, or pot-luck. As long as the ingredients fit in the dish prior to adding the milk, cream, and egg, you are good. It will swell as it refrigerates as the croissant absorb the liquid, but not overly so.

As tempting as it is to dig right in to this delicious breakfast DON’T or you will totally scorch your mouth. Trust me, I know.

First thing Christmas morning, I get this casserole out of the refrigerator and set it on the counter before I even make coffee and we open gifts. Then I throw it in the oven once heated. We don’t do a formal sit-down breakfast, so I just like to get it out and cooked so people can eat at will.

I’ve mentioned repeatedly that this vegetarian breakfast casserole is assembled in advance, but can it be baked in advance? Yes. The texture is lovely and custard-like, and, therefore, not dry. So, a little gentle warming in the oven or zap in the microwave to reheat does the trick no worries.

About the croissants and substitutions

So, I know I am oddly unspecific about the quantity of croissants to use in this croissant breakfast casserole. I pick up 3 or 4 big ones (or half a dozen small ones) in the bakery section of my grocery store, and just use enough until, when mixed with the peppers, mushrooms, green onion, and parsley, it all fills my standard 13࡯ bake dish.

This year, when I make this croissant egg bake again, I will weigh how much I use and update this post. But until then, just do as I say above and don’t over think it because there is no magic amount.

Now, in the case that croissants are not available, what would be good alternatives? Brioche or other egg bread would work well in this recipe – that would be my first suggestion. Otherwise, I would try a good Mountain bread or French baguette.

Suggestions for meat additions

Now, I firmly believe that this glorious holiday breakfast dish is perfect as is. That said, when I publish vegetarian recipes I am often asked for suggestions by people who would still like to include meat. No problem!

So, my suggestions of proteins that would make happy happy additions to this holiday croissant breakfast casserole are thusly:

  • Crumbled bacon. Kinda obvious, but bacon is an easy, crowd-pleasing go-to meat addition for pretty much anything.
  • Diced ham. Like bacon, ham is salty and would be a good option. And ham is already cooked. Pick up diced ham to keep preparation even easier.
  • Cooked and crumbled bulk sausage. Hot or mild, bulk breakfast sausage would be very good in this croissant egg bake.
  • Chorizo. There are two kinds of chorizo – Mexican and Spanish – and they are both delicious. If opting for Mexican chorizo, cook and crumble in a skillet, then drain the fat well as you can. If opting for Spanish chorizo, which is already cooked, dice and give a quick saute in with the mushrooms to brown a bit and proceed with assembling the casserole.
  • Chicken… ehh. Chicken is inherently bland and the flavors in this casserole are delicate so chicken would not be a go-to protein addition for me. That said, maybe leftover rotisserie or other well-seasoned and tender chicken could be a good addition.

Additional ingredient suggestions

Other vegetarian additions could be spinach, black beans, cooked diced potato – or even sweet potato – caramelized onion, jalapeno, green bell pepper.

I have done none of these additions and am totally just brain-storming out ideas, but I get that people may want to change this recipe up for their particular crowd.

So that’s it folks. MAKE this Christmas Croissant Breakfast Casserole recipe. It is easy but fancy, pretty and festive. All the feelz for your holiday breakfast to share with those you love.

Best Christmas breakfast ideas

Looking for the perfect Christmas breakfast to kick off Christmas Day celebrations? We’ve created the best recipes for breakfast and brunch over the festive season. Whether you want to start the day with fluffy pancakes, French toast or Full English croissants, we’ve got you covered.


Ham and cheese croissant traybake

Start Christmas Day with this cheese-packed, no-fuss, show-off brunch idea – super indulgent!

Christmas French toast with blueberry and sage compote

Try this quick and easy buttery Italian-style French toast for a Christmas breakfast idea. Our alternative French toast uses pandoro (similar to panettone) for a more decadent breakfast recipe.

Smoked salmon breakfast flatbread

Start the day over the festive season with this no-fuss sophisticated brunch recipe.

Christmas breakfast tacos

Try our super easy breakfast tacos for a hearty way to start your Christmas Day. Use eggs with deep yellow yolks, like Burford Browns, so you get a nice colour contrast with the beans and chorizo.

PB&J French toast with peanut brittle

Our recipe for peanut butter and jelly French toast with peanut brittle takes inspiration from America for a truly indulgent Christmas breakfast idea. Keep any leftover jam covered in the fridge for up to four days, and use throughout the festive season.

St Clement's Christmas pancakes

Oranges and mandarins give these thick, American-style breakfast pancakes a sweet and zesty festive finish. Throw in some traditional spices to the batter mix, such as cinnamon, cloves and allspice, just to remind you it's Christmas morning. Serve with crème fraîche or yogurt and you've got another easy Christmas breakfast idea.

Tex-mex baked avocados

Start Christmas Day off with a bang with this no-fuss show-off brunch, packed with juicy tomatoes, eggs and avocados.

Full English croissants

Make our epic Christmas Day breakfast croissant recipe packed with super crispy bacon, baked beans and runny fried eggs for an indulgent way to start your morning.

Posh Christmas breakfast muffins

Make festive brunch easy with our quick and simple breakfast muffins packed with avocado, smoked salmon and frittata – ready in 30 minutes.

Boozy bagel french toast with maple butter

Want a boozy way to start your Christmas Day? Make our cinnamon raisin bagels with boozy bourbon and sweet maple butter – perfect for an indulgent Christmas morning brunch.

Cranberry and almond muffins

Packed full of seasonal produce, these wintry muffins are guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. The perfect mix of sweet and sour, they're great to make ahead and grab-and-go on the big day or over the festive season.

French toast with sticky toffee walnuts

Whether you call it French toast or eggy bread, the main thing is that it's drenched in sugar. Add some allspice and cloves to the cinnamon if you want make your French toast extra festive.

Fluffy ricotta pancakes with whipped honey butter

Serve a stack of fluffy ricotta pancakes for a festive feast. The whipped honey butter has a subtle sweetness and is great with these airy pancakes.

Christmas morning cranberry butter

Our cranberry butter is a festive topping for Christmas morning waffles or pancakes. It's fuss-free, and once you've whipped some up you'll want to use it all year round.

Bacon and egg crumpet melts

Our quick and easy brunch recipe is also a perfect lazy Christmas breakfast idea. Spoil yourself with bacon, eggs AND crumpets, it's Christmas after all!

Triple cheese crumpets

How do you make fresh crumpets taste a bit more special for Christmas morning breakfast? Add three types of cheese, a teaspoon of mustard powder and slather on a good helping of butter, of course!

Avocado on toast with smoked salmon

Avocado on toast with smoked salmon and a tomato dressing – a recipe that's bound to get you out of bed on Christmas morning. Creamy avocado and silky smoked salmon feels like an indulgent way to start your Christmas Day.

Gruyère, fig and prosciutto croissants

Straight from the oven, these hot and toasty butter croissants with melting cheese make a really quick and easy Christmas breakfast idea.

Cinnamon buns

We are BIG fans of cinnamon buns, so we got the recipe for this chocolate-drizzled Scandi classic from East London’s Danish bakery, The Bread Station. Enjoy Christmas morning breakfast the Danish way with these delicious cinnamon buns. Alternatively, take a moment of calm from the chaos and enjoy a bun with a coffee for brunch. Plenty more cinnamon bun recipes here.

Mix and match Christmas brunch waffles

Our mix and match brunch waffles are a little more work but are the perfect recipe for an indulgent Christmas morning. Serve the toppings in bowls and the waffles in a pile and let everyone build their own.

Eggs and ham baked in croissant cups

Use croissant dough to make these cute breakfast cups filled with ham and eggs – perfect for Christmas morning breakfast in bed.

Espresso pancakes

Coffee and chocolate is a quick and easy way to make pancakes feel more grown-up, and the hazelnuts provide a great bit of texture. A great Christmas breakfast idea if you want a sweet Christmas brunch.

Roasted tomatoes and avocado on toast

Take Christmas morning breakfast or brunch up a few notches with this fresh recipe. Ripe tomatoes, avocado and salad leaves on toast are a great vegetarian breakfast combination.

Best ever bloody mary

If you've over indulged on Christmas Eve, make this ultimate hangover cure. Our recipe for this classic cocktail combines vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, port and sherry with a few dashes of Tabasco to turn up the heat. Garnish with a celery stick and some tomatoes and olives to serve.

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Christmas Morning Wife Saver

This recipe is a Christmas classic, and it has become a tradition for us because it’s delicious and the best part of it is that you can prepare it the night before.

This recipe is great because it’s so versatile, you can really personalize it to your taste and preference and add any type of ham you like or skip the ham and add veggies for a vegetarian version.

On Christmas morning, just pour some melted butter over the top then sprinkle with some corn flakes or rice krispies and bake.

Your whole house will smell delicious and wake everyone up for breakfast. I love to pour some maple syrup over mine or simply serve it along with some fruit.

  • Eggplant
  • Cauliflower
  • Avocado
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Potato
  • Tofo
  • Pasta
  • Chickpea
  • Noodles
  • Sweet potato
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Pasta
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Weight loss
  • High fiber
  • Highly nutritious
  • Kid friendly
  • Its healthy
  • Promotes clean eating
  • Its cheap
  • May protect against certain diseases


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