18 Sweet Fall Breakfasts

I’m curious, do you find it easier to swing your feet out of bed when a cool crisp day awaits, or does it just make you want to curl up under the covers for a few more minutes? If you’re like me, then it feels like an invitation to start fresh and new with a crisp clean slate. And there’s no better way to start than with a delicious and satisfying breakfast, especially one of these 18 Sweet Fall Breakfasts! From there you can move on to enjoy the beauty of the season, complete with a classic autumn dinner, some seasonal side dishes and all wrapped up with a scrumptious fall dessert.

18 Sweet Fall Breakfasts

Pancakes & Baked Goods

There are so many baked goods options for a delicious breakfast. You can always add a breakfast meat, or eggs or yogurt if you want to up your protein intake to get the day started. And most of these already take full advantage of seasonal fruits.

When you take a whole wheat pancake and dress it up for fall you end up with Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes. And just so you know, we eat these for dinner with a meat and fruit, probably more than we would like to admit.

These Gingerbread Pancakes with Sweet Cider Syrup are sweetened with molasses and spiced with ginger, cinnamon and allspice.  But it’s the Sweet Cider Syrup that steals the show. Try them and you’ll see.

If you’re not as crazy about sweets, then these Cinnamon Chip Scones are for you because they’re not overly sweet. You can always add a little more sugar to your coffee or tea if you must!

1-Minute Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Apples literally take one minute to cook in the microwave. Add some yogurt and your favorite granola and you’ve hit most of the food groups first thing in the morning.

Pear Tart with Cream Cheese Icing takes a roll of crescent rolls to a whole new level. It makes a sweet breakfast treat, but it would make a nice little dessert too!

These Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Rolls are so easy because they begin with frozen dinner roll dough. Simply mix up a few ingredients to pour over the top and you have a company-worthy fall breakfast!

 Muffins

Muffins are such a quick way to enjoy baked goods. If your weekday mornings are a bit hectic, try mixing up the dry ingredients the night before and set your muffin tin and a mixing bowl on the counter and you’re ready to go. Mix them up and let them bake while you continue getting ready for your day. You may even sneak a few extra minutes to linger over your favorite coffee or tea.

Apple Butter just smells like home to me! You can whip up a batch in your slow cooker in no time at all using this Easy Apple Butter Recipe. Then you can whip up these Apple Butter Muffins too.

If you’ve never made baked goods with Butternut Squash, then this Butternut Squash Muffin recipe is perfect for you. It’s milder and creamier than it’s pumpkin counterpart and really should not be overlooked as a tasty fall treat!

These Cinnamon Streusel Muffins are super easy and the combination of warm cinnamon with some butter spread on top will be all the encouragement your reluctant morning people need to throw off the covers and greet the day.

Gingerbread Muffins pair wonderfully with orange marmalade and the combination tastes like fall. Go ahead and make a double batch because these are a wonderful mid-morning snack, or mid-afternoon, or anytime really!

Cranberry Muffins with Orange Marmalade Glaze are sweet, but the tart taste of the cranberries along with the citrus make them taste bright, like sunshine sparkling over a pile of crunchy leaves on a crisp fall morning.

Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Butter makes these Pumpkin Butter Muffins amazingly moist and flavorful. And technically pumpkin is in the vegetable family, so it’s like having veggies for breakfast, right?

Spiced Chai Tea has such a wonderful flavor profile that you just know you’ll love these Spiced Chai Tea Muffin. They’re kind of like a coffee cake but packed with even more flavor!

 

Oatmeal

Do you remember hearing stories about your parents or grandparents having oatmeal for breakfast? Every. Single. Day? It’s a pretty healthy, hearty way to start the day, but I’m thinking theirs may not have been quite as tasty as these Autumn versions. And all of them are made in a slow cooker.

You could call this Apple Oatmeal “Apple Pie Oatmeal”. Go ahead and make up an entire batch of it and just heat it up the next day with a little milk for another breakfast, if it lasts that long that is!

The citrus flavor with the sweet-tart cranberries in Cranberry Orange Oatmeal is a great way to start the day. It just sounds like fall and holidays, doesn’t it?!

This Gingerbread Oatmeal is a flavorful combination of cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, cloves and vanilla. Be prepared for lots of thank you texts, comments, hugs and things of that sort.

A hot bowl of oatmeal is a comfort food for fall and winter both, especially if the ground is covered in leaves or snow. I can’t think of anything more comforting than waking up to a world wrapped in the colors of fall or the soft white of winter and having a bowl of this Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal to go with the view.

Forget the Pumpkin Spice Latte, and try this Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal for some wonderful fall flavor. And then you can grab your latte on the way home from the day later if you must.

Which ones are your favorite fall breakfasts?

So, what’s your breakfast preference? Do you even have it? If not, these ideas are a perfect place to start! Which one will you start with?

 

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Slow Cooker Breakfasts for a month of weekdays

It’s a well-established fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Some would argue that it’s also the tastiest. But many would also agree that it’s the toughest one to get on the table and actually enjoy before the demands of the day kick in. With the aid of your slow cooker and a little outside-the-box thinking a healthy make-ahead breakfast can be more than a possibility. Today I’m sharing enough slow cooker breakfasts for a month of weekdays. That’s an entire month’s worth of prepped the night before and simply scooped out and enjoyed in each morning.

Breakfast Casseroles

  • This Breakfast Casserole from Karen at 365 Days of Crockpot includes all the basics – sausage, eggs, hash browns and cheese. And you really can’t go wrong throwing in a few veggies too, like spinach or mushrooms.
  • This Easy Breakfast Casserole is perfect for a late morning brunch or cooking all night for an early breakfast. It’s a classic comfort food at it’s best
  • I’ve added a little trick to my slow cooker Hashbrown Casserole that allows you to enjoy some breakfast ham or smoked sausage with your hashbrown casserole and very little extra effort.
  • This Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole is not your basic cheesy potato dish. It’s been kicked up a notch or three compliments of my sister and her crowd-pleasing comfort-food recipe.

  • Frittatas are such a filling option for breakfast or brunch, and this Ham and Swiss Frittata is no exception. It’s loaded with wonderful flavors and it just looks pretty sitting on a plate, though it won’t last long there at all!

Grains & Sweets

  • Grits are a staple here in the south, but they do take a chunk of time in the morning. Unless you have this recipe for Slow Cooker Grits from Add a Pinch, that is. Then you can put your grits in the night before and they’re all ready for a hearty southern breakfast come morning.
  • This Cinnamon Swirl Pancake Bake from Dawn at Cutefetti only takes about an hour in the morning and it bakes while you get the rest of your day started. As opposed to stopping your routine to fix breakfast. How wonderful is that?!

Photo credit to Mary at Berefeet in the Kitchen

  • Peanut butter and chocolate chips and granola and a slow cooker? There’s really no need to convince you to try this Chocolate Chip Granola from Mary at Barefeet in the Kitchen now is there? Yum!

Oatmeal 6 Different Ways

  • If you’ve ever wanted a big slice of apple pie for breakfast, but just didn’t see it as a healthy option, then this Slow Cooked Apple Oatmeal recipe is for you. In an attempt to keep it healthy, I would recommend adding milk as opposed to ice cream as a side.

  • If hot spiced apple cider is more to your liking, then you’ll want to toss this Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal into the slow cooker before you head to bed tonight. Waking up in the morning shouldn’t be a problem with the lovely scent that will greet you!
  • The citrus flavor with the sweet-tart cranberry taste is a great way to start the day. Especially when it comes in the form of a bowl of Cranberry Orange Oatmeal as opposed to say a sugar-topped muffin.
  • It’s a good thing when your husband texts you mid-morning to tell you that breakfast was awesome. When he does that two different morning, then you know you have a winner of a recipe. You can find out what all the fuss is about this Gingerbread Oatmeal!

  • Peaches and cream for breakfast? Yes, please! You can add this Peaches and Cream Oatmeal to your slow cooker and set it to be ready in the morning. You’ll find the recipe and a sweet little tip to make your slow cooker programmable, just in case you didn’t purchase a programmable one.
  • Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal is full of all the pumpkin pie spices we know and love, and you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving, or October to enjoy it. It’s perfectly cozy and tasty all year round!

Fruits & Such

  • Scalloped Peaches would make for a wonderful weekend breakfast paired with a favorite protein and a tableful or family. There’s something about fresh fruit that makes you just want to slow down and enjoy a bit. It’s such a great tone to set for the day, don’t you think?
  • Steph’s Poached Stuffed Pears, from her blog 52 Kitchen Adventures, would make a fine dessert. But why not breakfast with their fruit, nut and sweet spice ingredient list. It’s definitely a sweet way to start your day!

Photo credits to Steph at 52 Kitchen Adventures

  • This Blueberry Butter is similar to an apple butter, but obviously with blueberries. Steph shared this on her blog 52 Kitchen Adventures and it’s such a great way to savor the flavor of blueberries all year round, on toast or pancakes or mixed in with yogurt. Yum!
  • Homemade Apple Sauce is super easy to make if you have an apple corer/peeler. And once you have the homemade apple sauce, you’ll be hard pressed to go back to the store-bought variety. Ever.

Photo credits to Kimberly at Daring Gourmet

  • Did you know that you can make Yogurt in your slow cooker using this recipe from Kimberly at The Daring Gourmet? It does take time for the yogurt to process, but the hands-on time is minimal and the result is a creamy Greek yogurt that you can top enjoy with pretty much all of the other breakfast recipes I’ve shared here.

Clearly, slow cookers are for much more than just dinner!

Try a few of these recipes this week and tell me if your morning coffee doesn’t taste just a little better when it’s accompanied with a hearty breakfast that you didn’t have to stress over as soon as your feet hit the floor! Which one will you start with?

 

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Pumpkin Butter Muffins

These Pumpkin Butter Muffins from Kim look amazing!  

As much as I love pumpkin spice everything, this is my first pumpkin recipe this Fall! (But don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of pumpkin: pumpkin Greek yogurt, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin cream cheese…well, you get the picture!) I also picked up a jar of Pumpkin Butter on my last trip to Trader Joe’s. When I saw Tiffany’s recent post for Apple Butter Muffins, I knew my Pumpkin Butter had a higher purpose.

Pumpkin Muffins EAH

I incorporated some real pumpkin into the muffins too. Because pumpkin is a vegetable, therefore making my muffins *healthy*. That’s my logic and I’m sticking to it!

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Shockingly, my super picky 7 year old loved them! I really thought once he heard they were pumpkin, he wouldn’t eat them. He ate 3! A little extra pumpkin butter smeared on these warm, heavenly scented muffins didn’t hurt either.

Pumpkin Butter Muffins

Serves: 12

A perfect muffin for Fall, made with pumpkin and pumpkin butter.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup canned or fresh pumpkin
  • ½ cup Pumpkin Butter (can also use Apple Butter)
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon raw sugar + ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional, for topping)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and spray a muffin tin with cooking spray (or use cupcake liners.)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, pumpkin butter, milk and egg.
  4. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture, and mix until combined. Batter will be thick.
  5. Divide mixture evenly between 12 muffin cups.
  6. Top with raw sugar/spice mixture if desired.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.

If you are having a pumpkin craving and do not have any pumpkin (or apple) butter, here’s another pumpkin muffin recipe you might enjoy!

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and an embarrassing number of desserts!

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Apple Butter Muffins

Apple Butter Muffins - so easy!

 

Recently I cooked up a batch of Slow Cooker Apple Butter.  This is the easiest thing ever to do.  You start with unsweetened apple sauce and add a lot of spices and some sugar.  That cooks all day in the slow cooker making your house smell amazing!

The apple butter is great spread on English muffins, biscuits or toast.  It’s also fantastic baked into muffins.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Freezer Friendly Breakfasts

When summer vacation is over, mornings always get a little more hectic. There’s no sleeping in or lazy breakfasts! Keeping a stash of quick breakfast options in the freezer can be a real time saver.
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So just in case you need some inspiration and ideas for breakfasts you can grab-and-eat for your freezer, I’ve compiled some freezer friendly recipes here.

egg free waffles EAHWhole Grain Waffles

Waffles are the perfect freezer-friendly breakfast. Pop into the oven or toaster to defrost and it’s almost as good as fresh from the waffle maker! Especially if you top it like this. 

Gingerbread Waffles

hashbrown casseroleHashbrown Casserole

This is a recipe that can be made in the oven or slow cooker, but it can be frozen before or after baking.  If you freeze it in individual servings after baking, it can be heated in the microwave for a quick breakfast. It’s great for busy mornings…and holidays too!

Breakfast Burritos

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Graham MuffinsGraham Muffins

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All muffins

You can pretty much freeze any and all muffins, not just the few I spotlighted here. And there’s lots and lots of great ones to choose from, both sweet and savory! I love muffins, and think they make a great breakfast on the go, too.

peanut-butter-pancakesPeanut Butter Pancakes

whole wheat apple pancakes doneWhole Wheat Apple Pancakes

All pancakes

Pretty much any pancake will freeze well. They’re toaster friendly, and the kids always love them.

 

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Whether you make a quick egg sandwich with it, or top it with peanut butter and applesauce, having this quick bread in the freezer is really handy on busy mornings!

What are your favorite breakfast foods for busy mornings?

 

 

Homemade Toaster Strudels {quick and easy}

I like to show my kids that things they like in the grocery store or restaurants can usually be made at home. It takes some of the appeal out of spending that money when you know that you can make the same thing at home, and often times they are cheaper, healthier, and taste better. I’m not saying these Homemade Toaster Strudels are any healthier, but they were SO easy and very tasty!

Homemade Toaster StrudelsThese literally come together in just minutes using puff pastry and pie filling! Of course, you could certainly make them completely from scratch, but that would require a lot more time and patience. My kids aren’t big on patience!   [Read more…]

Breakfast Banana Split – An Easy Way to Perk Up Breakfast

Yogurt and granola have been one of my staple breakfasts for years. It’s quick and easy and I can mix in whatever fruit we happen to have in the house. One morning, I had been too lazy to slice up my banana and stuck it into the yogurt whole. My husband laughed when he saw and said it looked more like a banana split than breakfast. I loved the idea and started making my parfaits in sundae form.

BreakfastBananaSplit

This is my favorite version. The ingredients are simple, but all together this feels like a really special breakfast – and loaded with fruit, it’s not one you’ll feel bad about devouring either.

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Breakfast Banana Split
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 6 oz. vanilla yogurt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp. granola
  • 2 Tbsp. blueberries
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp. Nutella
Instructions
  1. Slice the banana in half lengthwise and place it in a bowl.
  2. Mix together the yogurt and cinnamon. Pour between the banana halves. Sprinkle granola over the yogurt and banana. Top with blueberries and strawberries.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the Nutella until warm and runny. Drizzle over berries and serve immediately.

Kate is a home cook living and working in New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

Sausage, Ham and Cheese Quiche

I have to admit, I used to think pie shells were only meant for dessert. I went for years refusing to eat Chicken Pot Pie, Quiche or any savory dish with a pie crust. Finally, when desperately trying to come up with something different for dinner one night (and use ingredients I had on hand) I made a quiche and realized what I had been missing! I also thought that quiche could only be a fluffy, non-filling dish and boy was I wrong. This recipe is loaded with meat, cheese, potatoes, and the best part, it’s so easy to make! Another huge bonus, my very picky 12 year old loved it.

Quiche w label EAHI have been all about “re-purposing” leftovers, and this dish is great for that. I used a leftover baked potato, and leftover chicken sausage. You could use whatever you have on hand as well. My children won’t eat peppers and onions, but they would be great additions too. This meal is hearty enough for dinner, but makes a great breakfast or brunch item.   [Read more…]

Best Breakfast Recipes of 2013

6 Ways to Make Slow Cooker Oatmeal

 

I’m participating in Joy in My Kitchen’s count down to 2014.  If you’ve got recipes to add, pop over to Sara’s site and link them up!

Any of these 6 Slow Cooker Oatmeal recipes would make a great breakfast during Christmas break.  They’re quick to set up in the evening and delicious in the morning.

I use the alarm on my phone to remind me to set them up.  Otherwise, I get busy (or more likely, drop on the couch) and forget all about doing it.

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas!

Healthier Sausage “McMuffin” Casserole

I love casseroles. I also love breakfast food…anytime of the day. Therefore, breakfast casseroles that can be served for breakfast, brunch or dinner are just my thing. Last year, I made an ‘egg mcmuffin’ casserole and have been meaning to make a sausage version ever since – because if calories didn’t count, I’d order a Sausage McMuffin over a regular one any day. Unfortunately, calories do count so I avoid the golden arches as much as possible, but can still have this yummy and healthier casserole whenever I want!

Sausage McMuffin Casserole EAH

Healthier Sausage “McMuffin” Casserole
Ingredients
  • 4 English muffins, split *I used Nature's Own 100 calorie multi-grain
  • ½ to 1 lb. turkey sausage, cooked & crumbled
  • 1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs (or ½ cup Egg Beaters and 2 eggs)
  • 1¼ cup skim milk
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 325 degrees F.
  2. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray.
  3. Cube English muffins, and add half in a single layer in baking dish.
  4. Top with half of the cooked sausage and ½ cup of the cheese.
  5. Layer the remaining English muffins, sausage and remaining cheese.
  6. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  7. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the casserole.
  8. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, but can be left overnight.
  9. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until eggs are set.

I added a little extra cheese to the top because my family loves cheese. You can also double the recipe and bake in a 9 x 13 casserole dish if serving a crowd.  The recipe is very versatile in that you can really tailor it to your family’s taste, which is why I put 1/2 to 1 pound of sausage.  You can also use American cheese for a more “mcmuffin” flavor if you like.

What about you? Do you love breakfast food? Do casseroles make you as happy as they do me? I’m actually getting ready to prepare this chicken casserole for dinner. If you have a favorite feel free to let me know, I’m always looking for new ideas!

Kim M. is a married mother of 3; ages 12, 10, and 5.  She is the author of  Makin’ it Mo’Betta where she blogs about food, family and and her adventures in the kitchen.