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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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of siggi’s Dairy. The opinions and text are all mine.
All great ideas! Our family tradition is cinnamon rolls, but there isn’t enough insulin in the world for my body to be able to handle those, so last year I started making a quiche and everyone loved it, so I’ll be making another one this year.
Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner says
These all look delicious. I may have to use your quiche recipe. I think my husband would love it.I work on Christmas so I may have to try it the next day. Thanks for sharing!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment says
Siggs is my new favorite yogurt. Thanks for the quiche recipe!
Your breakfast ideas look so good! My family usually has egg white veggie omelets with lots of spices, fruit smoothies, and sweet potato pancakes (new one for this year)!
Love this post Sarah -- all the ideas are great and super yummy! My best friend and I just made this healthy shepherd’s pie! It is delicious https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqEq3O7HkpU
Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out says
These are great ideas! I hope I can get my family to try these!
That baked oatmeal recipe looks great! I’m definitely going to try it during my winter break!
Your baked oatmeal is in the oven! Can’t wait to dig in for our Christmas breakfast. Thanks for the recipe!
I want the recipe to your Mom’s coffee cake!!! It looks amazing!!
Maybe I’ll post it… it is truly not healthy haha. Lots of butter, sugar and white flour although I tried to ask her to do 1/2 regular flour and 1/2 whole wheat.
Great post! I also love your videos and other recipes! I downloaded the app after reading this and was wondering how often you update the meal plans. It is only showing the plan from August 6th. Thanks for all the great tips and motivation!
I update the app about once a week! You need to go to settings and click restotr and a bunch of meal plans will show up!
I saw the video for the recipe Cinnamon Raisin Baked Oatmeal when it was first posted and for some reason thought of it when I was grocery shopping yesterday. I can’t wait to try it out!! I love granola bars but don’t often buy them because I’m not sure of which ones are the best for me. I love the idea that I can make my own at home and know exactly what ingredients are there because I made it!! Thanks so much for sharing!!