It's 2017 and brunch is still hugely popular among basically everyone with tastebuds. It can be tempting to think of brunch as an eating-out kind of occasion, but brunch is just as magical and delicious when homemade, if not more so, and there's no reason it needs to be difficult or time-consuming!
We've got all kinds of sweet and savory recipes for everything from crepes to strata to get you inspired. So go ahead and treat yourself, impress your friends and family, or surprise someone special with breakfast (brunch) in bed!
Let's start with everything sweet. We've got healthy and decadent, crispy and fluffy, and everything in between, and it's all easy-peasy.
Of course you can do the classic french toast for a great brunch option, but in muffin form, french toast is even easier and less messy. These cute little muffins have all the creamy, cinnmon-y, vanilla-y flavor of french toast plus a nice balance of fluffy and crispy textures. They also make a great option for breakfast in bed since they're bite-sized and more likely to keep syrup off your sheets.
These waffles use store-bought crescent dough to take half the fuss and mess out of making waffles. The result is a fluffy if oddly shaped waffle that's ready for some blueberry preserves, fresh fruit, and a little whipped cream or maple syrup. Effortless.
It your brunch calls for something a little healthier, it's time to try smoothie bowls. Acai bowls are all the rage right now, but it's not always easy to find acai at the store. Good thing frozen mango pieces work just as well for a thick and creamy base, and topped with fresh peaches and raspberry with a little flaked coconut and chia seeds, this smoothie bowl is delicious and filling enough to really kick-start your day.
These cute little muffins are so creamy and flavorful in addition to being surprisingly easy to make. Even the kids can help make those swirly designs on top—all it takes is a toothpick and some creativity. Plus, it's perfect for anyone who loves a good pumpkin spice latte.
Could these crepes be any more gorgeous? These are perfect for a special occasion or when you're really trying to impress someone. With the decadent cream cheese and raspberry filling, plus the nutella drizzle on top, you'd think you were eating dessert, but since it's a crepe you're allowed to eat it for brunch! Now that's truly sweet.
Now for the savory! Whether you're into breakfast sandwiches, scrambled eggs, or a nice hearty hash, we've got you covered with these effortless recipes you can make at home.
Speaking of crepes, here's a great savory one filled with mushrooms, cheese, and herbs for an easy but impressive dish. Intimidated by crepes? Don't be! All it takes is a well-buttered pan, the right batter consistency, and a good wrist to help you swirl the batter all over the pan. This recipe even uses a store-bought crepe mix for added ease.
Eggs, bacon, and hash browns are three mainstays of breakfast, and this recipe combines all three to create a bite-sized and beautiful little brunch item. Technically it uses one of bacon's cousins, prosciutto, though you could use either to great effect.
Avocado toasts are in right now, and we are more than happy to jump on that train. These avocado toasts aren't just trendy, of course, they're also completely delicious, incorporating not just juicy ripe tomatoes and creamy goat cheese, but also a bit of lemon juice, chopped mint, and chili flakes. Amazing.
You may have had a Lox Bagel before, but we're willing to bet you've never had it in strata form. As most casseroles are, this strata is amazingly easy, requiring only about 10 minutes of prep time (though it takes about an hour to bake and cool). If salmon doesn't seem like a brunch food to you, think again, because this strata is absolutey delicious.
Breakfast sandwiches are a brunch classic, and this one kicks it up a notch with fresh baby spinach and a creamy cheese sauce. It may be a little messy, but it's dead simple to make and oh so worth it.
Hash is one of those meals you just can't ruin. This veggie hash uses potatoes, zucchini, green onion, red onion, and red pepper alongside some delicious spices to create a hearty, satisfying dish that will keep you going well into the day. This recipe also calls for bacon, but if you're looking for something without meat you could easily leave it out. Vegan? remove the eggs as well and you're good to go.
Still not a believer in salmon for brunch? Well let us show you this avocado-toast-cum-lox-bagel that's going to change your mind. Equal parts smoky, creamy, and crunchy, with a hint of garlicky chives, this spin on avocado toast has a lot going on, and all of it's good.