9 Healthy Breakfasts That Can Feed a Crowd
The last thing you want to do when entertaining is to play short-order cook and make countless individual breakfast dishes, so we’ve gathered up a variety of healthful, whole food-forward breakfast recipes that can feed a crowd. They range in serving size and complexity, so you never feel pressured to tackle more than you’re up for, and the smaller recipes that serve four to six can be easily doubled or tripled. Many can be made ahead (from the night before to several days in advance) so that the morning you want to serve them, they can simply be quickly reheated.
This family-size baked oatmeal stands up to countless variations, meaning you can make it new every time. We love the use of applesauce for moisture, which has a mild enough taste to not get in the way of whatever fruit or spices you decide to add. It serves up to sixteen and keeps well in the fridge. You can even bake it ahead of time, then store in the freezer until ready to serve. Just pop it into the fridge overnight to thaw, then reheat in the oven at 325 degrees.
Frittata is already a crowd-friendly breakfast dish, but these mini frittata muffins lend a grab-and-go, individualistic touch to the usual recipe. They serve twelve, and once you have the mixture in muffin tins, you could easily top them with a smattering of chopped fresh herbs to vary the flavors. The ingredient combination of tomato, kale, feta, and scallions is fairly grown-up, so if you’re serving these to children as well, you might want to make a few with only tomatoes.
Knowing that nobody wants to spend their morning flipping pancakes, this blueberry pancake bake lets you have all the delicious goodness of whole grain pancakes with only a small fraction of the effort. It’s free of refined sugar, and can be made with any whole grain flour. This recipe serves nine in a single sheet pan and bakes up in only fifteen minutes, so you can whip this up for a large family quickly and then still have the rest of your morning to enjoy.
It takes less than a cup of dried quinoa to make a whopping forty apple cinnamon quinoa breakfast bites. This is an excellent recipe to make ahead and put out as everyone drinks their morning beverages and waits for breakfast. Little hands can hold them, and bigger hands will marvel at how a few healthy ingredients can become a moist, delicious breakfast bite. We suggest swapping out the brown sugar for a whole food option like honey.
A traditional Spanish tapas dish made with eggs and potatoes, this tortilla adds shallots and garlic for extra kick. It might take a couple tries to get the hang of flipping the omelet over before you’ve got it down pat, but once you do you’ll have a dish in your repertoire that can feed and entertain a crowd. Use a good-quality olive oil to get the most rich flavor possible into the tortilla. Note that the recipe doesn’t list the garlic in the ingredients section; we recommend mincing three to four large cloves.
An all-in-one dish that would make a lovely breakfast main without any meat, this healthy breakfast casserole is full of nutrients to start your day on the right foot. With five cups of spinach and two bell peppers to just four ounces of crumbled goat or feta cheese, there’s just enough decadence to add great taste without the dish becoming heavy. We suggest opting for yogurt over sour cream and, of course, not skimping on the hot sauce.
Less a recipe than a blueprint, the tutorial for these avocado almondaise tartines is actually easier than you might fear based on how beautiful they look. An upscale take on avocado toast, the almondaise sauce features dijon mustard and lemon in addition to nutrient-dense almonds. Toppings include hard-boiled eggs, capers, radishes, and watercress. You could make them even prettier with edible flowers or microgreens, or keep it simple with a few tomato slices.
A heavily spiced Moroccan egg dish, shakshuka relies on a sauce of peppers and tomatoes — and this foolproof shakshuka recipe contains all the flavors you love, with none of the stress. Ground cumin and smoked paprika are two integral spices, and there’s no shortage of healthy vegetables, with the sauce being full of onion, bell pepper, and garlic. The secret to making it foolproof is to bake the eggs into the sauce in the oven instead of on the stovetop, as the stable temperature of the oven ensures they’ll come out perfect every time.
An old-fashioned coffee cake has nothing on this vegan, gluten-free fluffy millet breakfast cake with stone fruit, which employs summer’s bounty of plums, nectarines, and apricots along with cooked and cooled millet. Choose whichever fruit looks best to you, as you’ll be slicing it and placing atop the batter so it’s visible. You’ll use fiber-rich flaxseed instead of eggs and heart-healthy avocado oil for the fat. Best yet, it can easily be made ahead of time: The cake will keep at room temperature for two to three days, or in the fridge for up to five.
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