9 Easter Breakfasts to Usher in Spring

Photo by Megan Keno

Easter Sunday is a pretty important holiday in our family. Truth be told, it’s our Mother’s favorite day of the year and with so many things to be thankful for, we always make sure that it’s joyful in nature. In addition to colorful wicker baskets filled to the brim with candy and trinkets, we also host an Annual Easter Egg Hunt and a brunch that lasts for hours.

Each year, the brunch buffet proudly features an obligatory Glazed Ham alongside a vast array of dishes to satisfy any craving one might have. From pancakes and quiches to fruit salad and gourmet cheeses, there’s something for everyone. With so many delectable dishes to choose from, family members never go home hungry.

To help you get your own Easter brunch menu started, we went ahead and did some menu planning for you. These 9 mouthwatering dishes cover the gamut from sweet to savory and back again. Let’s say goodbye to hearty winter dishes and usher in spring’s brighter flavors.

1. Coconut Berry Baked Oatmeal

If all of the candy and sweet treats on Easter morning make your belly ache, try this light and healthy breakfast instead. Apple of My Eye whips up this slightly fruity, gluten-free Coconut Berry Baked Oatmeal in no time at all. From start to finish, this baked oatmeal is done in just under 30 minutes and the oven does most of the work for you.

2. Cinnamon Streusel Baked French Toast Sticks

This sweet breakfast is bound to please both adults and kids alike! Two Peas and Their Pod may have based this recipe on a favorite school cafeteria breakfast, but these Cinnamon Streusel Baked French Toast Sticks are truly something else. Use thick slices of bread, preferably a day or two old, to really make this dish stand out.

3. Honey and Vanilla Brown Rice Flour Pancakes

While many of us spend the day in a sugar coma, some people have dietary restrictions to consider. We Know Stuff starts their day out with these delicious, gluten-free and dairy-free Honey and Vanilla Brown Rice Flour Pancakes. Packed with protein and topped with fresh fruit, they’ll keep you from raiding the candy basket all afternoon.

 4. Cherry Cream Cheese Danishes

I’m not going to lie. I eat everything on Easter and these Cherry Cream Cheese Danishes wouldn’t stand a chance in my presence. Country Cleaver understands that delicious recipes don’t always take hours to make. Puff pastry and cream cheese work well with a variety of toppings like blueberries, cherries or even lemon curd making them a fast and easy breakfast option for any family.

5. Roasted Grape and Goat Cheese Tart

I always vow to serve at least one new dish each year and this Roasted Grape and Goat Cheese Tart is on my menu. The Salty Marshmallow tops a light flaky crust with fruity goat cheese, sweet roasted grapes, and a sprinkle of oregano and thyme. This salty-sweet combination will have everyone fighting for seconds.

6. Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

Nothing says spring better than lemons and these Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts deserve a spot at your Easter Brunch buffet. Bursting with bright, vibrant flavors, Baker By Nature packs lemon and poppy seeds into every bite. These springtime donuts are baked, not fried, and can be ready in just 20 minutes.

7. Asparagus Quiche

Sometimes, you just want some flaky pie crust and eggs on Easter morning. Lil Vienna speaks to our stomachs with this incredibly simple, yet flavorful Asparagus Quiche. The basic filling made from eggs, asparagus, sour cream, and feta has a secret ingredient to pump up the flavor: basil pesto. Where’s my fork?

8. Lemon Pound Cake

This refreshing Lemon Pound Cake is the perfect sweet treat to make for Easter brunch. A Taste of Well Being packs this recipe with bright flavors. The punch of lemon from the cake and pillowy soft texture makes it feel both light and airy. Feel free to double the recipe so you can keep some for yourself.

9. Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Made with lots of cheese, diced ham, eggs, and Italian bread cubes, this Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole is an easy dish that you can throw together in minutes. A delicious cross between an omelet, a quiche and French toast, Plated Cravings recipe will have your family begging for more. This is also a perfect way to use up any leftover Easter ham!

This story was originally published in April 2017.