Although the focus of Thanksgiving cooking is all about dinner (even if that dinner is consumed closer to 2 or 3 p.m.), we have to admit that we just can’t wait until that late in the day to get some food in our stomachs. And since we’ve long been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it seems rather necessary that we add some Thanksgiving breakfast recipes to our extensive menu for the holiday. We’re not talking cereal and milk here, either. Thanksgiving is a time to indulge in the best foods, and that should also include your brunch-time favorites.
It makes sense that you should focus the majority of your energy on making Thanksgiving dinner, but don’t worry about another dish taking up too much of your time. Plenty of tasty autumn breakfast recipes can be made ahead of time, so the bulk of your day can still be spent basting that turkey and prepping your favorite stuffing. Plus, you can totally have a decadent breakfast whipped up by the time the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts.
These 15 recipes are sure to start your Thanksgiving with a bang, so trust us on this one. You deserve to feast.
1. Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
If you're traveling on Thanksgiving Day, you don't have to miss out on a homemade breakfast. Make Averie Cooks' muffins a day ahead, and eat them on-the-go.
2. Overnight Cider Pumpkin Waffles
Topped with toasted pecan butter, cider syrup, and spiced apples, Half Baked Harvest's pumpkin waffles are the very definition of indulgence.
3. Baked Apples Stuffed With Cinnamon Date Pecan Oatmeal
For a lighter breakfast before a big day of feasting, Oh She Glows' baked apples make a meal that's not too overly sweet or filling.
4. Apple Dumpling Monkey Bread
Easy to pull apart, A Beautiful Mess' sweet apple monkey bread is the perfect breakfast to share with a crowd.
5. Egg And Potato Breakfast Scramble
Need something savory? Cookie and Kate's breakfast scramble will keep you satisfied before dinner takes centerstage.
6. Glazed Apple Cinnamon Scones
Don't worry about waking up early to do any extra cooking. Just make Averie Cooks' scones the night before for easy breakfasting.
7. Roasted Brussels Sprout And Red Potato Egg Bake
These egg bakes by Naturally Ella are easy to serve individually — so you can save room before the real eating begins later in the day.
8. Pumpkin Pancakes
Thanksgiving is arguably the last day it's acceptable to indulge in those fall pumpkin cravings, so make the most of it with Averie Cooks' easy pancakes.
9. Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
This vegan breakfast by Oh She Glows makes a healthy, comforting meal to eat while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
10. Acorn Squash Breakfast Pudding
Bread pudding isn't just for dessert, but I Am A Food Blog's savory-sweet breakfast pudding is just as good at night as it is in the morning.
11. Roasted Sweet Potato Huevos Rancheros
This veggie-filled breakfast by Naturally Ella will give you enough energy to power through the rest of your Thanksgiving cooking — or will help prepare you for a day of familial socializing.
12. Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins
Celebrate the start of the holiday season, as well as the end of autumn with these easy-to-make-ahead muffins by Oh She Glows.
13. Breakfast Root Cake
Potatoes, carrots, and beets make A Beautiful Mess' breakfast root cake a nutritious treat that's as pretty as it is tasty.
14. Apple Pie Pancakes With Vanilla Maple Syrup
Apple pie is indisbutably one of the most beloved Thanksgiving desserts. So why not transform it for breakfast with this recipe by Averie Cooks?
15. Sweet Potato Pancakes
Not a pumpkin fan? No problem — The Kitchn will have you completely rethinking how to make the most of sweet potatoes with this decadent recipe.
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