11 Sweet Brunch Ideas For Your New Years Day Spread

The holidays are a stressful time — there’s the gift giving and the mall traffic, the drunk uncles and the pants that seem to keep getting just a tiny bit smaller with each new wear. Take a deep breath. You’re almost there. Soon you will be waking up on New Years Day to find that the fury of the holidays is over. And, due to champagne-related circumstances, it will be approximately one thousand o’clock — far too late for a proper breakfast. How about a brunch instead? Whether you’re cooking for your friends, family, the guy you kissed at midnight, or yourself, these 11 sweet brunch ideas offer something for everybody. Eggnog baked oatmeal with caramelized bananas and vanilla bean brown butter? Uh-huh. We also have Elvis waffle stacks with marshmallow frosting, not to mention Nutella crunch French toast. You can get started on your resolutions tomorrow.

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Soft and Fluffy Gingerbread Pancakes with Ginger Molasses Syrup

Gingerbread season lasts well on through the winter. Warm up with a tall stack of these soft and fluffy gingerbread pancakes from Averie Cooks. Drown them in ginger molasses syrup to really start out your year right.

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Eggnog Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas and Vanilla Bean Brown Butter

Plain oatmeal is a great (and healthy) breakfast, but it does not say “celebration” (or “gluttony”) in the same way that this junked-up version by How Sweet It Is does. Use up the rest of your holiday eggnog with this baked oatmeal recipe. And then top it all with brown butter and caramelized bananas. You might as well finish what you started.

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Carrot Muffins with Coconut Whip

These sweet carrot muffins from Love and Lemons would make a great addition to the bread basket at any brunch. The carrots, applesauce, and spelt flour will play to your resolutions, while the coconut whipped cream will play to your inner child.

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Nutella Layered and Swirled Peanut Butter Bread

So maybe this Nutella-swirled peanut butter loaf walks a fine line between bread and cake. Maybe. We’re eating it for breakfast anyways. Go ahead and try to stop us. (via Averie Cooks)

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Baked Saffron Pancakes with Forest Berries

Are you in the market for a fancy pancake recipe to match your fancy holiday brunch cocktails? Try these Swedish saffron pancake stacks from Green Kitchen Stories — and top them in a cardamom and forest berry jam for the full effect.

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Caramelized Coconut Banana Bread Waffle French Toast

Can’t decide between banana bread, waffles, and French toast? You are going to have to find something new to complain about. This hybrid recipe from Half Baked Harvest means business.

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Pear Dutch Baby Pancake

Flipping dozens of pancakes is something nobody wants to do after a night of too much champagne. Try this Dutch baby from Family Fresh Cooking instead. Top this light and fluffy pear pancake with walnuts, cranberries, whipped cream, and maple syrup for a great way to keep the holiday flavors going into 2014.

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Elvis Waffle Stacks with Marshmallow Frosting and Caramelized Bananas

These Elvis-inspired waffle stacks from Climbing Grier Mountain layer warm peanut butter and chocolate chip waffles with marshmallow frosting and caramelized banana. Go ahead — eat like the king.

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Nutella Crunch French Toast

Nutella, Texas Toast, heavy cream, cornflakes, sugar, butter, and maple syrup. YOLO. (via Climbing Grier Mountain)

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Chocolate Swirl Biscuits

You just survived the holidays, and that means that you’ve earned some chocolate swirl in your morning biscuits. Cash in your holiday karma points with these brunch sweets from Bakerella.

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English Crumpets

The English crumpet is like the English muffin’s sexier and more refined older brother. We don’t hate him. Find out why with this recipe from Adventures in Cooking. Brunch, ahoy!

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