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15 Fantastic Clean Eating Breakfast Dishes to Serve Your Holiday Guests

Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

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I understand the dilemma many of you have in the coming week, cooking not only for your immediate family but also for the guests who are staying with you for Christmas. We typically only have four people here at home on a regular basis: my husband and me, as well as our two small boys. But when we had 12 in our home for Thanksgiving, I had to think differently about cooking to make sure I made enough food for everyone.

And then to have to think of something new every day for at least breakfast and dinner to serve everyone—it can get exhausting. This week, we have my side of the family staying with us, which really isn't so bad number-wise, but I don't feel like I can just ask my husband to run for pizza tonight because I don't feel like cooking. And most of my quick meals are making a handful of tortillas for quesadillas, or tossing some ingredients into a pot on the stove for soup.

When you're cooking for a crowd, especially during the holidays, you want to impress, and for that you have to be prepared. Now, what I'm suggesting doesn't mean buying expensive, fancy ingredients, or even cooking all afternoon. I just wanted to provide you with some fun and delicious breakfast dishes that will surely make you look good this holiday season.

The holidays should be full of amazing flavors and good food. Let me share some incredible recipes that I like to make in my own home over the holidays that will give your holiday guests the full Christmas experience. The only thing is, these may make your guests vote to celebrate the holidays at your house every year...

Gingerbread Coffee Cake

Gingerbread Coffee Cake

Gingerbread Coffee Cake

This delicacy is sure to delight, as its fluffy and soft inside, crunchy on the top, and full of the delicious flavor you'd expect from gingerbread. I think this is the perfect holiday breakfast as it fills your home with the scents of ginger and cinnamon, and draws everyone downstairs expecting a plate of yummy gingerbread cookies.

Serves: 9 (8x8 pan)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup real butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce, homemade preferred
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 3/4 cup raw honey

Topping:

  • 1 cup of dry ingredients mixed from above
  • 2 tablespoons real butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8x8 inch casserole dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine your flour, sugar, and all spices. Mix well.
  3. Add your butter and mix with a fork until your dough is crumbly.
  4. Now you can transfer 1 cup of your flour mixture to a medium bowl on the side for your crumble topping. Stir in the 2 tablespoons melted butter and then the remaining 2 tablespoons coconut sugar. Set aside.
  5. Now to finish your coffee cake batter. Mix your baking soda and baking powder into your batter, and then mix in all of your wet ingredients, melting the honey first. Mix well.
  6. Pour your batter into the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle on your crumble topping.
  7. Slide your dish into the oven and bake for 45 minutes, until a knife slid into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

I don't know about you, but I love bread pudding, and I love dark chocolate chips. So this combination is a real winner for me. And there's nothing better than to sit down to a nice hot plate of filling chocolate chip bread pudding on a cold winter morning. This delicious recipe, modified from Kitchme, is an amazing mixture of spices and chocolate chips. I know you're going to enjoy this one!

Serves: 10 (9x13 casserole)

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Ingredients

  • 1 loaf whole wheat bread
  • 3 cups organic whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, homemade preferred
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, (these are the ones I use!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a 9x13 inch casserole dish with some coconut oil.
  2. Start by tearing up all of your bread and pouring it into your baking dish.
  3. Then, in a large bowl, whisk together all of your other ingredients.
  4. Pour your mixture evenly over your bread in the baking dish.
  5. Let stand, stirring occasionally, for at least 20 minutes or until the bread has absorbed most of the milk mixture.
  6. Bake for 1 hour, or until the bread pudding is set and a knife slid into the center of comes out clean.
Apple Pie French Toast Casserole

Apple Pie French Toast Casserole

Apple Pie French Toast Casserole

This is an incredible recipe, modified from Put on Your Cake Pants, that I have been using for years. A French toast casserole is much easier to pull together on the fly than trying to make French toast for everyone. We have tried a number of variations at our house with cream cheese, fresh fruit, pie fillings, and even caramel. This version has to be one of my favorites! Enjoy!

Serves: 8–12 (9x13 casserole)

Ingredients

  • 4 medium apples, cut into small cubes
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 8–10 pieces whole wheat bread, chopped
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 cups organic whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. Core and chop your apples and pour them into a medium pot on the stove with your coconut sugar and spices.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat until the apples are softened, about 4–5 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x13 casserole dish with some coconut oil. Tear up or chop your bread pieces and spread them evenly into the bottom of your dish.
  4. In a large bowl, beat your eggs and then stir in your milk and cinnamon. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread chunks.
  5. Spoon dollops of your cooked apples on top of your bread chunks.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix together your topping ingredients with a fork until you get a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle this on top of the whole casserole.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes. Enjoy!
Gingerbread Granola

Gingerbread Granola

Gingerbread Granola

I like to keep a regular supply of homemade seasonal granola around all year long. Over the summer I made banana bread granola and coconut almond granola. This Thanksgiving, pumpkin and apple spice were the favorites. For Christmas, this is one of the first ones I mix up. Everyone seems to enjoy it with milk, like cereal, for fruit parfaits, or even to take as snacks for the day. I highly suggest this one!

Serves: About 16 (2 cookie sheets)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts and pecans
  • 1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, homemade preferred
  • 1/2 cup honey, melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all of your ingredients together except for your cranberries and raisins.
  3. Spread your mixture out evenly on your prepared baking sheets and slide them into the oven.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. When you remove your granola from the oven, allow it to cool slightly before adding in your fruit, and stir periodically until completely dry.