The perfect Christmas breakfast feels festive, keeps little kids going all morning and, most importantly, won’t hide anyone in the kitchen for more than a few minutes.

Breakfast ideas for Christmas morning include pastries, oats, baked fritters and more! The best part is that these are simple and easy make-ahead dishes so you’re not scrambling to put things together when you could be spending more time with loved ones.

Here are 10 of our favorite make-ahead breakfast ideas for Christmas morning

1. 3-ingredient shortcut fruit pastry

fruit pastry

​ Add cherry or apple filling. You’ll never guess the secret ingredient that makes this so simple.

2. Breakfast pockets filled with ham, egg, spinach + cheese

breakfadt pockeets

These little pockets are made possible by one secret shortcut ingredient. (They’ll never know.)

3. Slow cooker gingerbread oats


What’s more festive than gingerbread ? What’s more wholesome than oats? Together these gorgeous flavors mix together all night long.

4. Whole wheat crepes


Did you know you can make these crepes ahead of time? Just reheat in a buttered pan on the big day and slather with your favorite fillings: Nutella, bananas and peanut butter, fresh fruit and more.

5. Baked apple fritters


That’s right, not a drop splattering oil anywhere. Just put the dough together the night before, arrange on a baking sheet and pop in the oven when you’re ready.

6. Baked french toast with blueberries

french toast

This showstopper looks amazing but the best part is how easily you can put it together ahead of time to gently warm when you need it.

7. Spinach and cheese strata

spinach and cheese

This savory version of French toast is sure to be a hit, especially with tiny vegetarians.

8. Super simple cranberry scones with whole oats


Literally bursting with fresh cranberries and toasty whole oats , you won’t be able to stop making these surprisingly simple scones. Whip up the dough a couple of days prior and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake them off.

9. Baked croque monsieur bread pudding

bread pudding

Ham, eggs and cream all bubbling together in one lucky pan. What’s a nicer way to start a holiday?

10. Strawberry jam bars with oats

jam bars

Buttery clusters of oats nestled among sweet strawberry jam, think of these as the much more decadent version of cereal bars.

A version of this post was published December 17, 2020. It has been updated.