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Our Top 12 Christmas Breakfast Ideas

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Christmas is all about fun and family, which is why we have come up with some fun and tasty Christmas breakfast ideas that everyone will love. Whether you're serving these up on Christmas day, or throughout December, these recipes will definitely get you and the family in the festive spirit. 

Carry on reading to find out our top Christmas breakfast ideas as well as some tasty festive cereal toppings.

Top 12 Christmas breakfast ideas

There is nothing better than a festive breakfast to get you in the mood for Christmas. Here are some of our most tasty and Christmas-worthy breakfast ideas to kickstart your festive fun.


1.    Christmas-inspired pancakes

Nothing says Christmas more than some Rudolph-shaped pancakes. All you need is a pancake cutter (either in the shape of a reindeer or Santa) and you’re there! Our CHEERIOS® Mini Pancakes recipe is an ideal recipe to follow when creating your festive pancake breakfast.

To add an extra sprinkling of festive fun, add a handful of fresh fruits and cinnamon to the top of your pancakes and share with the whole family.

3.    Festive overnight cereal

Next on our list of Christmas breakfast ideas is one that couldn’t be simpler. Wouldn’t it be great if a tasty festive breakfast was waiting for you in the fridge in the morning, so all you have to do is pop a Christmas playlist on and enjoy a festive breakfast? Luckily there’s a way.

Overnight cereals are a super easy option for during the week add oats, yoghurt, and fruit and refrigerate. That’s it!

Our CHEERIOS® Apple-Cinnamon Overnight Cereal and Porridge is a great recipe for this Christmas breakfast idea.


4.    Festive fruit jars

These colourful fruit jars aren’t just full of colour, but they are also brimming with tasty fruit and contain a little extra crunch of SHREDDIES® Original. When it comes to Christmas nothing beats a colourful, fun and festive breakfast to kick-start the day's celebrations. Well, thanks to these easy-to-make fruit jars, you can make these ahead of time to take all the fuss out of breakfast.

Make sure you have your fresh fruit prepped and ready, combine it with honey and some low-fat Greek yoghurt, pop it in a jar and then leave it in your fridge for the next day! If you want some inspiration, then our SHREDDIES® Cereal Rainbow Jar is a great recipe to follow.


5.    Winter-warming waffles

Make Christmas even more fun with these tasty NESQUIK® Chocolate Waffles. Our NESQUIK® cereal are a flavoursome way to say Merry Christmas, with their crisp, soft and chocolatey taste, making any day memorable.

Why not add a little extra layer of flavour to your waffles, by sprinkling any of our tasty Nestlé Cereals over the top, and some tasty fruits or for a special festive treat even a little drizzle of warm syrup?

7.    Festive banana split

What better way to kickstart the festivities than with a festive treat? Easy to make, and flavoursome, this banana split recipe contains non-other than the nation’s favourite CHEERIOS® cereal.

This banana split recipe is ready in just 6 minutes and tastes great. Why not try experimenting with breakfast toppings for Christmas day, drizzle some peanut butter over the top, or add an extra sprinkling of fresh fruit, or even some cinnamon, to really get you in the festive spirit?


8.    Grinch-inspired smoothie

This Christmas breakfast idea is a great option for those who tend to turn their nose up at veggies! It is also a great colour to dedicate to the one and only Grinch himself! Not only is it tasty, but it’s easy to make, and contains SHREDDED WHEAT® Bitesize Cereal. 

All you need is a ripe mango, baby spinach, avocado, 2 kiwis, lime, plant-based drink (or cow’s milk) and SHREDDED WHEAT® bitesize cereal.

Blend your fruit and veg together with your choice of drink for a minute before adding the SHREDDED WHEAT®, then carry on blending until you have a smooth texture.

Serve your green breakfast smoothie, with an extra sprinkle of SHREDDED WHEAT® cereal and cinnamon on top! 

Festive vegan breakfast ideas

Of course, we understand that there are some dietary requirements that need to be thought of especially when it comes to Christmas.

10.    Festive vegan overnight cereal porridge

Vegan overnight porridge is extremely easy to make. As long as you have oats, and a jar or container that will keep it tasting fresh, you are ready to go. It can be sweetened or unsweetened, the choice is yours. When you are ready to eat, you can add a sprinkling of cinnamon and some fruit toppings too.

Gluten-free Christmas breakfast ideas

Don’t worry, we also have some tasty Christmas breakfast ideas for those of us who follow a gluten-free diet. We have put together a list of gluten free breakfast ideas for work that are easy to make and tasty to serve up during Christmas time.


11.    Gluten-free muffins

These muffins are not just gluten-free and tasty, but they can also be frozen, making them a great Christmas treat option, to continue serving all throughout December.

They are super easy to make. In a mixing bowl add your buttermilk, melted butter, lemon juice, and eggs, then combine. Set the mixture aside.
In another bowl, place flour, crushed GO FREE® Corn Flakes, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and granulated sugar, and then mix. Transfer a little of this mixture to another bowl, and add your choice of berries, toss to coat.

Add your wet ingredients to your dry until combined, the batter will be thick and soft. Gently fold the coated berries and the rest of the ingredients together. If you want to make these a little more festive, why not add a sprinkle of cinnamon to your wet ingredients? Once complete, add to your lined cupcake tray and bake for 10 minutes.

Serve with fresh festive berries, low-fat Greek yoghurt, or even a little drizzle of honey.


12.    Gluten-free berry oatmeal

This Christmas breakfast idea is a tasty breakfast choice.  This GO FREE® Berry Muesli is perfect for kicking all festivities off to the right start.

It is simple to throw together and only contains 7 ingredients. Preheat your oven and in a large bowl combine chopped walnuts, GO FREE® Honey Nut Flakes or Plain Corn Flakes cereal and oats. Once your dry ingredients are combined, add in the melted baking spread and honey. Make sure everything is coated in the wet ingredients.

Once combined, spread the mix on a lined baking tray and bake in your hot oven for 15-18 minutes. Once the mix is golden brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool. Break up your muesli and keep it in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for up to a week!


Christmas is a time for spending with family and friends, enjoying tasty foods and reminiscing on Christmases of the past. Get your festivities off to a great start with these tasty, easy to make Christmas breakfast ideas.

If you want to discover more recipe ideas for specific occasions, then take a look at our article about breakfast ideas for Mother’s Day, next.