You are probably not looking to change your families traditional Christmas morning breakfast but you might be hoping to make it a bit healthier. My mom has made the same coffee cake since I was in middle school and while it calls for Crisco, I’ve tried to convince her this year to try making it with coconut oil instead. I’ll report back how it goes.
We now also have a kale breakfast Quiche to add some veggies and protein to our
Crisco coffee cake. The protein helps us feel fuller longer so we don’t pig out on appetizers before our guests arrive or spoil lunch/dinner.
I give full credit to my mother who preps the night before and bakes first thing in the morning before we get up. Her efforts do not go unappreciated but I also don’t expect most of you to make a homemade coffee cake and Quiche for breakfast on top of shopping, wrapping and cooking for lunch/dinner plus dessert!
In addition to your traditional favorites, feel free to borrow our Quiche recipe or add one of these family friendly breakfast ideas for a healthier twist on Christmas morning.
Greek Yogurt or Oatmeal Parfait Bar
I love a good breakfast parfait made with either oatmeal or Greek yogurt. The key to making it good is the combination of smooth and crunchy textures. Starting your day with a breakfast high protein will help you fight cravings later in the day for unhealthy dishes.
Make Christmas morning unique, offering a variety of toppings and let everyone customize their own bowl like a fro-yo style yogurt bar!
You can use muesli or granola, fresh or dried fruit, nuts and of course peanut butter. If you are dairy free, you can do oatmeal instead of yogurt or use a non-dairy yogurt of course.
Lately I’ve been loving siggi’s vanilla yogurt. Each container has more protein than sugar with simple ingredients. Siggi’s has a similar thick texture to Greek yogurt. However, they have fewer ingredients and most of their flavored varieties have a few less grams of sugar compared to their Greek counterparts currently on the market. For example, Chobani vanilla has 4 grams more of sugar, and 1 gram less of protein compared to siggi’s.
The vanilla is delicious with just 9g of sugar and 14g of protein. I also love the 2% coconut which also has just 9g of sugar but 170 calories per serving. I like the lower calorie vanilla for making a fun parfait when you don’t want to be too concerned with what is going on top.
For more breakfast recipes using siggi’s Icelandic-style yogurt, including baked eggs, pumpkin spice pancakes and more check out siggi’s recipe pages.
Cinnamon Raisin Baked Oatmeal Recipe
I just posted this recipe in one of my app’s meal plans. Each week, I upload new meal plans with various features. This recipe was featured with another meal prep/make ahead Paleo breakfast idea. You can download my app for free and get the other recipe by subscribing to my exclusive meal plans for $0.99/month. If you don’t have an iPhone, subscribe to my newsletter in the left side bar and the recipe will get sent to you right away as a thank you.
This baked oatmeal recipe is so easy, I can’t believe it took my so long to make it!
Prep Time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 30 minutes, Total Time: 40 minutes | Serves 4-5
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 eggs, beat
- 2 bananas, 1 mashed, one sliced
- 1.5 cups almond milk or other milk of choice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Optional add ins: ¼ cup walnuts or pecans, 1 cup blueberries, ¼ cup raisins, etc…
- Preheat oven to 375F. Spray an 8×8 or 9×9 ceramic or glass baking dish with cooking spray.
- Combine oats, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Combine egg, 1 mashed banana, Almond milk and vanilla.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients as well as optional add ins.
- Add the sliced banana to the top of the baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Bake oatmeal for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let cool and enjoy.
My other Christmas days tips include drinking plenty of water and getting in some exercise between breakfast and lunch/dinner even if it is just a walk.
It might not be time to change your family tradition but maybe it is time to add a healthier option to your Christmas breakfast mix.
Below is my Christmas breakfast from 2011. I’m sure it will look similar this year. What is your breakfast tradition if you have one?
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