Dietitian-Approved Holiday Brunch Recipes

When I think of the holidays I think of pajamas, relaxing by warm fires, and of course food! What better way to celebrate the holidays than with brunch! We posted a live video highlighting the following recipes on our Facebook page, you can check it out here. We also added some bonus recipes below. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

[Single-serving Hot Cocoa]

  • 1 c milk of choice
  • 3-4 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup

Heat milk in the microwave or the stove. Meanwhile, add cacao powder and pure maple syrup to a mug and stir to combine. Once hot, add milk to the mug and stir to combine. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg. Cheers!

Photo cred: A Pretty Life by Jo-Anna Rooney

[Crustless Quiche]

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 c cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 c optional ingredients
    • Optional ingredients:
      • chopped bacon
      • chopped peppers
      • chopped tomatoes
      • sliced onions
      • chopped spinach
      • chopped mushrooms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together milk, egg, cheese, and salt & pepper. Stir in additional ingredients. Pour egg mixture into a pie dish and bake uncovered for around 45 minutes or until center is set.

Adapted from A Pretty Life by Jo-Anna Rooney
Photo cred: Real Food Outlaws

[Cherry Pie Crock Pot Oatmeal]

  • 2 c gluten-free steel cut oats
  • 3 c water
  • 1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 c coconut milk
  • 1/4 c coconut oil
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 c raw honey
  • 1 1/2 c frozen cherries
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg

Butter the bottom of the crock pot and add water, oats, and cider vinegar. Allow to soak all day, don’t drain. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Cook overnight in crock pot on low. Serve with milk and/or pure maple syrup.

Adapted from Real Food Outlaws

As promised in the live Facebook video, here is my favorite whole wheat crust for a quiche.

Photo cred: 100 Days of Real Food

[Easy whole-wheat crust]

  • 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp milk

In a 9-inch pie pan, combine all crust ingredients and mix with a fork. Use your hands to finish the mixing, form into a ball, and press into a pan. Fill with favorite quiche filling. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until set.

Recipe credit: 100 Days of Real Food

~Bonus Recipes~

Photo cred: Real + Vibrant

[Walnut Apple Crisp]

  • 2 apples, diced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp oat flour
  • 3/4 c old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 c walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • a pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To make filling, combine apples, lime juice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, vanilla extract, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, and 1 Tbsp oat flour in a bowl. Mix well and set aside while you make the topping. To make the topping, combine rolled oats, 2 Tbsp oat flour, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, walnuts, and salt in a bowl. Drizzle with coconut oil and maple syrup. Mix well until the ingredients are well coated. Prepare the apple crisp by filling a small baking dish with the apple filling. Add the topping and gently pack. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the oats are golden brown.

Recipe credit: Real + Vibrant

Photo credit: Eat Healthy Eat Happy

[Strawberry Chia Jam]

  • 16 oz fresh strawberries, hulled and rinsed
  • 1/4  c pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds

Add strawberries to food processor and pulse several times. Place the strawberries in a saucepan over medium-high heat and add maple syrup. Slowly bring to boil and cook on low boil for about 10 minutes. Add chia seeds and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool until thickened.

Serve with oatmeal, atop toast, or with a charcuterie platter.

Recipe credit: Eat Health Eat Happy