Rise and Shine: 12 Easy Weekend Breakfast Recipes

Christmas might be over, but there are still kids and houseguests to feed. Whip up one of these easy breakfast recipes and give them something delicious to wake up to.
12/27/2015 08:07 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Christmas might be over, but there are still kids and houseguests to feed. Whip up one of these easy breakfast recipes and give them something delicious to wake up to.

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Bursting with fresh blueberries with a tender crumb and sparkling sugar crust, these really are the best blueberry muffins. GET THE RECIPE

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These smoothies taste like something you'd have on a tropical vacation. They're made with frozen peaches and mangoes -- which are already washed, peeled and sliced -- so you can be sipping these smoothies, dreaming of white sand and palm trees, in under five minutes. Can't beat that! GET THE RECIPE

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Bring in some fresh bagels and serve this delicious smoked salmon spread alongside. The best part? It's easy to make -- give all of the ingredients a whirl in the food processor and you're done. GET THE RECIPE

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Bread pudding is usually sweet, but it can be made savory too. This version, brimming with sweet pork sausage and sharp cheddar, is deeply flavored with a crisp, golden crust and tender, creamy interior. I love it for entertaining because it can be made ahead of time and feeds a crowd. GET THE RECIPE

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Homemade applesauce is richly flavored, tart and sweet -- almost like apple pie filling -- and a world apart from store-bought. Traditionally, it's made on the stovetop but I prefer to bake it for a more intense apple flavor. A breakfast treat! GET THE RECIPE

6. Cranberry Nut Bread

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Sweet, orange-scented and chock-full of cranberries and walnuts, this bread is perfect for the holidays. GET THE RECIPE

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Baked oatmeal is cooked in the oven and has a consistency similar to that of bread pudding. There are endless variations -- the recipe is easily adapted with whatever fruits and nuts you have on hand -- but this version filled with apples and raisins with a crunchy walnut topping is my favorite. Go ahead and make it ahead of time; it reheats well. GET THE RECIPE

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Studded with tart dried cherries and topped with a crisp almond streusel, these are -- quite simply -- the loveliest little muffins you ever met. GET THE RECIPE

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This is one of my favorite fruit salads, and it's such a nice change of pace from the standard mix of pre-cut fruit from the supermarket. I usually serve it for brunch but it's also wonderful for dessert served with shortcake and whipped cream. GET THE RECIPE

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These muffins are hearty with a wholesome "oatey" flavor and crunchy streusel topping. They dome beautifully in the oven and will make you proud. GET THE RECIPE

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Sweet, tender and buttery with morsels of melted chocolate within -- children (and let's not forget husbands) absolutely love these scones. They're wonderful served warm out of the oven, especially on a lazy weekend morning when you feel like spoiling everyone. GET THE RECIPE

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Made with challah and a rich custard flavored with honey, vanilla and lots of cinnamon, this French toast cooks up slightly crisp on the exterior and creamy on the interior, and tastes almost like bread pudding GET THE RECIPE