Let’s be honest: when it comes to elaborate festive spreads, brunch reigns supreme (read: less prep work than dinner). But a few evenings spent stuffing ourselves with roasted turkey, cheesy casseroles and sugary desserts calls for more wholesome morning meals. Here are 20 heavenly brunch ideas to serve guests this year that just so happen to be healthy.
Crustless Caprese Quiche
This protein-packed healthy breakfast (featuring tomatoes, basil and mozzarella) is classic Caprese salad in quiche form.
Healthy Blueberry-Carrot Muffins
Serve these flavourful fruit-and-veggie muffins (made with coconut oil to add tenderness) at your next holiday brunch for a healthy baked good even picky eaters will inhale. See here for our best healthy muffin recipes.
Sweet Potato Toast with Avocado and Sprouts
Still recovering from that post-dinner carb coma? Whip up these sweet potato slices, garnished with avocado, radishes, Cotija cheese and sprouts, for a just-as-satisfying alternative to toast.
Baked Apples with Oatmeal and Yogurt
Not only are these hollowed-out baked apples a gorgeous way to serve oatmeal, they’re also a cinch to make. Topped with Greek yogurt and a drizzle of reduced apple cider, they’ll quickly become a new festive favourite.
Comforting Vegan Apple Pie Oatmeal Bake
Another delicious and nutritious take on standard oatmeal is this apple pie-inspired dish, which lends itself to larger gatherings and is a nourishing start to a cold winter morning.
Whole30 Bacon and Egg Cups
Skip the dairy, grains and sugar with these easy-to-make (and serve) egg cups. Wrapped in bacon and secured with a potato slice at the bottom, they still encompass everyone’s favourite breakfast staples. Here are more creative ways to cook eggs.
Lifestyle pundit and HGTV Canada star Jillian Harris is big on testing out better-for-you recipes, especially when it comes to entertaining. These morning muffins star a medley of veggies and fruits, including apples, carrots, beets and zucchini, together with an array of nuts and spices.
Shaved Vegetable Salad
Escape the frigid weather by serving guests a rainbow-bright salad, complete with candy cane beets for a festive touch.
Whole-Wheat Vegan Waffles
No brunch spread is complete without a heaping stack of waffles, holidays or otherwise. While this recipe is dairy and egg free, it certainly isn’t lacking in flavour. Serve with pure maple syrup or a selection of nut butters and fruit. We’ve also rounded up our best dairy-free breakfast ideas.
Golden Nugget Cups
Spice up your brunch spread with a new, lesser-served offering like this roasted golden nugget squash dish. Topped with buffalo mozzarella, olive oil and parsley, it’ll complement eggs and waffles alike.
Fruit-Sweetened Mini Banana Muffins
Nearly every dish is better in miniature form. The reason? There’s no excuse not to sample it, especially when packed with good-for-you ingredients like these whole-wheat muffins.
Mini Spinach and Mushroom Quiche
Speaking of bite-sized fare, these mini quiche would pair perfectly with tiny muffins. This version features turkey bacon, mushrooms, spinach and a sprinkle of cheese.
Chocolate-Avocado Banana Bread
For the health-conscious foodie, chocolate and avocado are a match made in heaven. Here, the bright-green fruit replaces the butter or oil that’s typically required in classic banana bread recipes. Want more? Here’s a vegan chocolate avocado mousse and chocolate avocado keto cookies.
Colourful Layered Eggs
An omelette isn’t the most practical brunch offering to serve guests. Instead, channel your inner chef by whipping up this gorgeous layered egg dish, which will satisfy the same craving, but with even more flavour and flair.
Italian Sausage and Egg Bake
Everything you love about breakfast, integrated into one mouthwatering casserole (with a wholesome twist). Think Italian turkey sausage, sun-dried tomatoes and baby spinach.
Brown Sugar-Spiced Grapefruit
Elevate your brunch spread with elegant broiled grapefruit, garnished with cinnamon, ground ginger and brown sugar for an extra hint of sweetness.
Smoked Trout Nordic Toasts
Meet the gourmet toast that puts avocado to shame. Also known as smørrebrød, this Danish-inspired open sandwich consists of rye bread slathered with a creamy spread and piled high with savoury toppings like hard-boiled eggs and smoked trout.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
For a quick no-fail dish to satisfy all, humble banana bread is there for you. This loaf features ground flax (instead of eggs), spelt flour and coconut sugar for a plant-based twist that still tastes like the classic.
Sweet Potato Lyonnaise
Lyon-style potatoes is a traditional French dish consisting of pan-fried potatoes and onions sautéed in butter. This version uses nutritious sweet potatoes instead. Uplift the dish further by garnishing with chopped pecans and a dollop of Greek yogurt.
Healthy Overnight French Toast Bake
Nothing spells indulgent brunch like an ooey-gooey French toast bake. Here’s a healthier version that subs white bread for whole-wheat. Swap conventional milk for coconut or oat milk to make this dish dairy-free.