Chilly fall mornings are the perfect time to slow down and enjoy the season’s harvest with a healthy breakfast. Whether you’re after sweet or savory, the flavors of fall offer plenty of possibilities. Here are some ideas to get you started. Try them on their own, or mix and match a few recipes for a seasonal brunch to share with friends.
Dig your potatoes and pull your beets! Aida Mollenkamp created this vegetarian Red Flannel Hash for CHOW, combining the best of the garden for a hearty start. Roasted veggies are topped with eggs for a pretty presentation and a punch of protein to power your morning.
2. Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Fiber-filled oatmeal is a classic cold-morning breakfast that can be spiced up to suit any season. Maria and Josh of Two Peas and Their Pod use apples, applesauce, and a bit of brown sugar to sweeten their morning oatmeal bake. Make it your own with a handful of chopped nuts, your favorite dried fruit, or a dollop of yogurt!
Photo and recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod
Don’t know what to do with that leftover rice in your fridge? Have it for breakfast! This recipe combines pears, pecans, honey, and cream to create a beautifully simple breakfast. Take advantage of the season and use fresh pears instead of dried. Nuts, fruit, and grain make for a great start to any day.
4. Leek & Mushroom Quiche
For the mornings when you have time to play in the kitchen, Smitten Kitchen chef Deb Perelman pulls from Martha Stewart and Julia Child to create this beautiful fall tart with fresh leeks, white mushrooms, and Swiss cheese. You’ll savor every slice of this quiche, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Photo and recipe from Smitten Kitchen
No breakfast list would be complete without pancakes. This recipe uses pumpkin and pecans to get the flavors of fall into this breakfast standard. The fresh pumpkin adds color, flavor, and beta carotene. For an added treat, try topping your pancakes with Amy Wisniewski’s molasses-clove compound butter.
6. Breakfast Burritos
Potatoes, peppers, breakfast sausage, eggs, and cheese—everything you love about breakfast folded into a tortilla. The Pioneer Woman’s Breakfast Burritos are a great make-ahead for those weekday mornings when you need to get out the door. Store these in the freezer and defrost as needed. For a vegetarian option, skip the sausage and up the eggs.
Photo and recipe from The Pioneer Woman
7. Breakfast Crisp with Apples, Pears, and Cranberries
Enjoy the fruits of fall baked together in this morning crisp. Apples, pears, and cranberries baked with a touch of maple syrup make for a sweet-tart start to the day. Food52 member vvvanessa turned this dessert recipe into a reduced-sugar, reduced-fat breakfast that you can enjoy, guilt-free, before noon.
Photo and recipe from Food52
8. Butternut Squash, Arugula, and Bacon Quiche
For a quick quiche, use a store-bought crust to whip up this delicious recipe from Gimme Some Oven. The nutty sweetness of the squash and bite of the arugula add new flavor to the classic egg and bacon quiche. Enjoy your breakfast and get your veggies too!
Photo and recipe from Gimme Some Oven
9. Pumpkin Overnight Oatmeal
Overnight oatmeal is another great option for those mornings when you’re pressed for time but want a healthy start. This version from Kath Eats Real Food uses pumpkin, banana, and a mix of seeds, nuts, and spices.
Photo and recipe from Kath Eats Real Food
Header photo from Meghan Carter. All other images and recipes from CHOW.com unless otherwise noted.
Kelly Hatton is a writer and editor based out of Denver, Colorado.