Christmas Breakfast, Gourmet Granola and a Giveaway!

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Christmas Breakfast can be a rushed affair or an afterthought or a big elaborate event. When I was a kid, breakfast on Christmas morning consisted of a 2-lb box of See’s candy and the tangerines or oranges from our stockings. Fruit and chocolate? Worked for me.

Until I became a mom. Then I realized that new toys and chocolate made for overly hyper children too early in the morning. Before our eldest knew what the mad dash for presents was about, we made a full breakfast first, ate together, and then opened the presents.

However, as our family has grown in age and in size, somehow, impatience has entered the picture. No one wants to wait for breakfast before presents. C’mon!

So, I’ve tried to find a happy compromise. I fill their stockings with snacky breakfast and then after the hubbub settles down, I make a nice breakfast/brunch/lunch combination. This year it might include Chocolate Butterhorns, a Bacon Quiche, and maybe a fruit salad.

But, one of my favorite breakfasts is a Yogurt Parfait. Something about juicy berries layered between yogurt and granola makes it seem extra special. Plus, a yogurt granola bar could be a pretty fun and healthy alternative to ice cream sundaes for breakfast.

Today’s giveaway from Malachi’s Harvest would be a perfect complement to Christmas breakfast and a fun stocking stuffer for the foodies in the family.

A word from Malachi’s Harvest:

We strive to provide a granola we wholeheartedly believe is truly good for your health – containing raw seeds & nuts, lightly baked oats, naturally-occurring vitamins, enzymes, and minerals, coconut oil, and honey. We avoid preservatives, refined sugars, and processed grains.

Nutritious and delicious! That’s what I’m talking about! Yum!

This week one winner will receive a bag of granola from Malachi’s Harvest.

Ways to Enter:

There are three ways that you can enter this giveaway. Pick one, pick β€˜em all.

1. Leave a comment, telling us what you like to serve for Christmas breakfast.

2. Follow @FishMama on twitter and tweet about this giveaway. Then come back here and leave a separate comment with your twitter handle, telling me you did so.

3. Subscribe to LifeasMOM in a reader or via email and leave a separate comment, telling me you subscribe.

This giveaway will be open until Sunday night, August 1st at 8 pm, PST. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. You have 48 hours from the time I send the email to respond, otherwise I reserve the right to choose another winner.


– Disclosure: Malachi’s Harvest has provided this prize for giveaway. I received a review sample as well. I was not compensated for publishing positive comments. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

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  1. We serve bubblewreath for Christmas breakfast – homemade dough rolled in butter and cinnamon and sugar baked with pecans and a yummy glaze in the bottom of a bundt pan. It’s the only time of year we make it.

    • @Mar H, The message you left was just a teaser! I get the jist of it but would you be willing to share the rest of this recipe sometime…may be on a recipe swap?? It sounds absolutely awesome.

  2. Marilyn K says:

    I haven’t established a Christmas morning breakfast tradition, but I should! It’s hard to think about Christmas right now…and because of your posts, I have started. I know I need to prepare gifts soon because Lord willing, we will have baby #3 in our home at the end of October!

  3. We serve “Grown Up- French toast”, Orange glazed Croissants stuffed with cream cheese and prepared as French Toast! By brunchy-lunch time we are hungry again and we eat our traditional Christmas quiche– its Crab, Lobster & Asparagus. We don’t tell the kids whats in it because they like it because it looks like pie and calling it pie is working for now! The quiche can be made the day before and reheated as well as the Croissants, we buy them at the deli, we prep the orange glaze ahead– so its quick— the kids always run outside first to see if Santa’s reindeer ate the food they left out for them—- that gives me time to get it started in the kitchen before the frenzy begins!

  4. I usually serve something that can be put together the night before – a breakfast casserole, monkey bread or cinnamon rolls. (Now I’m getting hungry….)

  5. I follow you on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway – @GirlstoGrow

  6. I subscribe to Life as Mom in my Google feedreader.

  7. Cinnamon buns (only day all year we get them) and fancy coffee. Enjoyed nice and slow, because we’re two grownups.

  8. At Christmas, we usually go to my mom’s house. She makes a simple pancake and bacon breakfast (because we know we’ll be having a huge lunch and lots of Christmas cookies later in the day) – it’s perfect!

  9. We have these this egg mixture with cheese and bacon toasted on an English Muffin…my mom named it Christmas Breakfast.

  10. Crab and Asparagus Quiche– it can be made the night before. The kids eat French Toast– their Dad makes it– he is the master of French Toast. I think they like his cuz he is indulgent, meaning heavy handed with the syrup.

  11. We like to have monkey bread. So yummy;)

  12. Cinnamon rolls & hot chocolate!

  13. We have an egg casserole (with hashbrowns, cheese, & sausage) that I am able to prepare the night before and just put in the oven in the morning. We serve it with juice and/or Stephen’s Hot Chocolate.

  14. Every Christmas morning I have danishes that I have bought with juice, coffee while we open presents. While we open presents I have a egg casserole in the oven that takes about an hour to bake. I have made this the night before. It is always nice to have something hot and warm after the kids have eatten their Christmas stocking chocolate from Santa!!

  15. We haven’t established a Christmas breakfast yet – usually it’s just candy from the stockings! haha.

  16. Monkey rolls and sausage cheese breakfast casseroles are staples at our house on Christmas morning!

  17. we always have a easy cheese souffle [eggs] for breakfast on christmas, along with coffee cake (traditionally an apple one, but lately it’s been mixed up with other kinds), bacon or sausage, fruit, etc. christmas breakfast is my favorite!! πŸ™‚

  18. I usually do cinnamon rolls or pancakes with bacon. It is more like a brunch since we don’t get done with opening presents until midmorning.

  19. My husband’s family always did waffles and strawberries, I’ve moved this to the night before. And my kids usually eat cold cereal. I like the idea of a brunch.

  20. I have already subscribed to your e-mails.

  21. i subscribe on rss πŸ™‚

  22. We have an extensive Northern European breakfasts with croissants, orange juice, typical breakfast cakes, brioche with Parma ham & cheese, or homemade marmalades ~ that sorts of thing…

  23. Stephanie R says:

    I love to have something special for Christmas breakfast, like homemade cinnamon rolls or kolaches.

  24. Stephanie R says:

    I subscribe.

  25. We always make a a few pots of coffee πŸ™‚ and one or two bundt pans of Monkey Bread (cinnamon pull apart bread)

  26. At our MOPS mtg, one of the mentor moms told us that they serve Pillsbury Cinnamon Orange Rolls. It’s easy and she can enjoy watching the kids open presents instead of being stuck in the kitchen. We’ve done the same since and it’s been great! We let the kids play with their new toys as much as they want before opening other toys so the whole process takes most of the day. This way, I get to spend some time with them before focusing on making the bigger Christmas dinner.

  27. We usually have a full breakfast with biscuits and gravy, eggs and fried potatoes

  28. I subscribe by e-mail

  29. I love to have stuffed french toast!

  30. I am a subscriber!

  31. Alex Hall says:

    I don’t plan Christmas breakfast because we spend Christmas morning at my parent’s house. While there, we usually eat eggs, toast, bacon, pancakes and some sort of fruit.

  32. A breakfast casserole is a simple and nutritious breakfast on holiday mornings.

  33. I subscribe too!

  34. I love to serve sausage and egg casserole! It’s a favorite around here.

  35. Depends, if we’re here at home…it’s probably pancakes…but if we’re at my inlaws, they fix something amazing πŸ™‚

  36. I subscribe via google reader


  37. I’m also a subscriber.

  38. Diana H. says:

    We always have German Pancakes (aka Puff Oven Pancakes) with orange sauce and fresh fruit. It’s quick and easy to make and my family loves it.

  39. Diana H. says:

    I subscribe via email!

  40. Sticky bun style cinnamon rolls, oranges and hot chocolate sum up our Christmas breakfasts!

  41. Karen P. says:

    We have an egg & sausage casserole & cinnamon rolls!

  42. We serve a sausage & egg casserole and a pastry of some sort – cinnamon rolls or monkey bread, usually. The adults have coffee and I make a yummy cranberry-orange-cinnamon wassail that doubles as a scent-provider. πŸ™‚

  43. I am an RSS subscriber

  44. We usually have a platter of cinnamon rolls and fruit to munch on while opening gifts. We have a large brunch later Christmas morning.

  45. I subscribe to your feed via Reader.

  46. Catherine says:

    In the past I’ve made monkey bread or cinnamon rolls. This year I’d like to do something healthier, like maybe fruit and whole wheat French toast made the night before. I’d love to try the granola. πŸ™‚

  47. Catherine says:

    I also subscribe in Google Reader.

  48. Malisa P. says:

    I subscribe to your e-mails.

  49. Usual Christmas morning fare was Monkey Bread.

  50. Malisa P. says:

    We have a special breakfast casserole that includes eggs, bread, some type of meat, sour cream and cheese. So tasty! Also, we have cinnamon rolls or something like that.

  51. I tweeted and I follow you.

  52. WE have a breakfast egg and potatoe casserole, that i make up on Christmas Eve. Then we slice up a piece and heat it up when we are hungry Christmas morning. It is a family favorite

  53. Whatever we can grab fastest. Usually a few handfuls of dried cereal.

  54. Kristina says:

    I like to make egg sandwhiches or breakfast burritoes!

  55. Our favorite Christmas breakfast is Ducky Bread. Now, it seems like most people call it Monkey Bread, but it will always be Ducky Bread to my family!

  56. I’m a very happy follower of your blog!

  57. We have a full southern breakfast with country ham and red-eye gravy, hashbrown casserole, eggs, homemade buttermilk biscuits, and sausage gravy.

  58. Subscribed to you in Google reader.

  59. I usually serve cinnamon buns and fruit with lots of coffee because the night before ended later than usual and the morning started just as early!

  60. We really don’t have a Christmas breakfast tradition. Usually we just open presents then I cook the usual sausage, biscuits, gravy and eggs.

  61. Following you on twitter as mtb1127

  62. Lea Stormhammer says:

    We serve a big breakfast brunch: bacon, eggs, pancakes, hashed brown potatoes, and fruit. Hubby’s allergic to cheese so casseroles, etc. are out. It’s a tradition in hubby’s family to do this (though they usually include some kind of cheesy potato dish) and since we don’t get to see them at Christmas anymore, it’s a nice way to stay connected even though we’re in different states.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  63. I love homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  64. I always make a breakfast casserole. I put it on just before the boys get into the presents. They, are allowed to open two presents and then they have to stop to eat. This helps them to not rip into every present in a few minutes.

  65. I follow you on twitter.

  66. Baked oatmeal!!! I love the cinnamon smell!

  67. Fresh fruit and Gingerbread French Toast. Yum!

  68. I love Christmas morning – we always have the same thing for breakfast – sausage egg bake, toast, fruit salad – made the night before and cooking as we open gifts – My mom always brings her home canned peaches – we are not allowed to touch the canning fruit till Christmas – she says it lets them settle – I think she is afraid we would eat them all before the holiday!

  69. Butterbraids!!

  70. I subscribe in a reader.

  71. We do a special Christmas brunch that includes some kind of fancy egg dish, muffins, and fruit salad. Yum.

  72. We usually have homemade cinnamon rolls or egg casserole with orange juice!

  73. Homemade quick breads and fruit. Yum!

  74. My mom often made giant cinnamon rolls (well, that, and candy and oranges from the stockings). I haven’t had Christmas not at her house or my in-laws, so I don’t know what I’d make….granola maybe? πŸ™‚

  75. A french toast casserole (make it the night before). Mini boxes of sugar cereal in the stockings, with chocolate, nuts, and of course an orange. Um, we usually skip lunch. LOL

  76. I subscribe via RSS.

  77. I make cinnamon rolls

  78. I subscribe in a reader

  79. I make cinnamon rolls…yum..sweet and easy to snack on while opening gifts!

  80. nanasewn says:

    Pancakes or waffles, bacon, eggs, juice and cinnamon rolls

  81. I like to serve cinnamon rolls.

  82. We love to have cinnamon rolls!

  83. We eat monkey bread or cinnamon rolls. It’s basically the same thing, just in different forms; it just depends on how much time and effort I have to put into it!

  84. I subscribe via RSS.

  85. pancakes, eggs and bacon

  86. we used to always have a full southern breakfast – eggs, biscuits, bacon, ham, grits, etc. my hubby and i will have to establish our own new tradition this year.

  87. We have some form of eggs and hashbrowns with homemade hot chocolate.

  88. Cinnamon rolls and Orange Juice (in addition to chocolate and oranges!)

  89. I’m an email subscriber.

  90. I always serve blueberry pancakes (because that’s what my mother in law served) and cinnamon rolls (because that’s what my mom always served). Yes, we like our carbs.

  91. I’m a subscriber.

  92. I make an almond sweet bread that we will have after the kids have opened their stockings.

  93. We do the same as you…snacks in the stocking and a larger, “healthier” breakfast is made while the kids are playing with their new gifts.

  94. I subscribe via rss

  95. Hey! For Christmas breakfast, I actually start the night before w/a egg/red pepper/sausage/onion/cheese casserole that can be refrigerated, so after staying up late wrapping (& snacking on Christmas cookies), I can relax & throw it in the oven while kids are unwrapping! Thanks for the chance!

  96. I used to serve a more elaborate meal with homemade cinnamon rolls, cheesy hashbrown casserole, etc., but I don’t like how much that pulls me away from everything. So, this year i am going to do something much simpler!

  97. We always have croissants and cocoa with candy canes in it. We’ve done it for 26 years or so, and all my kids look forward to it.

  98. Waffles with strawberries and whip cream- a holiday treat!

  99. We have lots of fancy fruit, homemade cinnamon rolls and egg casserole! Yum.

  100. My mother-in-law’s cinnamon rolls – yum!

  101. I always make home made cinnamon rolls; making the 12 rolls into the shape of a Christmas tree, with green frosting and redhots for decoration. I made this one year many many years ago and my kids will settle for nothing less so it has become tradition.

  102. We like egg sandwhiches or breakfast burritoes!

  103. Karen P. says:

    I subscribe by google reader.

  104. Jennifer says:

    We haven’t started a tradition yet, but I’d like to!

  105. Sheila Bailey says:

    I usually make a breakfast casserole and when we wake up I put it in the oven so by the time we are done opening gifts it’s time to eat.

  106. Sheila Bailey says:

    I’m a subscriber

  107. Sweet Rolls

  108. subscriber by email

  109. Baked blueberry french toast.

  110. I’m a subscriber.

  111. I like to serve ‘overnight french toast’ for Christmas morning – so easy to pop it in the oven and let it cook while we open presents!

  112. I’m an e-mail subscriber

  113. We do presents at home and then go to a relatives for breakfast casserole and biscuits.

  114. We like Berries & Cream French Toast!

  115. I am an email subscriber.

  116. Amanda Y. says:

    For right away, my grandma always made “pinch-me cake” (which is similar to what others call monkey bread). I still have to learn this, so one year I made cinnamon rolls from a can, but I’d like to make them from scratch instead. One year I cheated and made Monkey Bread from the freezer section. Then after presents we have french toast usually.

  117. Amanda Y. says:

    I’m an email subscriber!

  118. Christmas breakfast is one of my favorite traditions! In my family it was the one time a year when my Dad cooked and he made a feast! Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, cinnamon rolls,with coffee, milk & oj to round out the menu. Normally we opened presents first (after all the grandparents arrived) and the ate and played the rest of the morning. For my husband’s family breakfast came first with everyone at the table. They had crepes with fresh fruit, egg casserole, cinnamon rolls and fresh squeezed oj. Both traditions are equally yummy!

  119. My husband is the breakfast cooker in our house. Usually we start with some cinnamon rolls and then have either eggs & bacon or waffles.

  120. We usually have Monkeybread for breakfast because I can get it ready the night before.

  121. I love french toast on Christmas morning, but since I am in the minority on that one it doesn’t always work out. πŸ™‚

  122. Melissa Hartwell says:

    I still have fairly small children and so every Christmas I make French Toast with sausage and then make a yummy egg casserole for my hubby. I take the french toast and cut them in triangles and then arrange them to look like a pine tree. I then put the sausage links at the bottom to look like a trunk and then cover it all with powder sugar for the “snow” then I arrange an orange slice to be the “sun” on their plates. I’ve done this for about 7 years now and they love it πŸ™‚

  123. I serve Blueberry Muffins and Cocoa πŸ™‚

  124. Email Subscriber to your Blog.

  125. Overnight french toast

  126. We have breakfast casserole made the night before, gingerbread waffles and a big fruit platter. The fruit we snack on all day long and can be very refreshing after eating Christmas goodies all morning long!

    I don’t understand how subscribing works?! I am a little behind the times technologically speaking.

  127. I love to serve warm cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning! : )

  128. I subscribe to your blog.

  129. I usually make a special muffin or baked breakfast treat. The main thing is that we put a candle on whatever we make for that breakfast and sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus.

  130. I make baked cinnamon roll french toast!

  131. We have Christmas brunch with my family. French Toast Casserole, Belgian waffles, sausage and bacon from the local meat market and scrambled eggs. No one wanted to give up breakfast once we all had kids so we just have it a little later. I’m sure we eat something before that, but it must be whatever we find just hold us over. The granola looks awesome! THere’s a little market in the Amish country of Ohio where I like to buy granola! Thinking about making my own this year to give as gifts.

  132. I subscribe via email. Love your site!

  133. My mom always buys tea-rings from our family friend for Christmas morning, but I have now learned the recipe myself too. We also have a bacon or sausage egg-bake and some fruity crepes. And of course a big fruit salad, and hot chocolate!

  134. Ruth Hill says:

    We normally eat Eggs Benedict due an old tradition.

  135. Ruth Hill says:

    e-mail subscriber

  136. If I have my act together I like to make cinnamon rolls and we usually have scrambled eggs and bacon.

  137. I am an email subscriber.

  138. we do some type of rolls…whatever sounds good!

  139. i read via blogger

  140. WE always eat scrambled eggs and a sweet bread shaped like a Christmas wreath.

  141. I subscribe via RSS

  142. Yum! I think this year I might try your refrigerated cinnamon rolls, along with eggs and fruit for breakfast.
    I subscribe to your blog.

  143. We don’t have a traditional breakfast. I do try to play around with recipes so that we have something special to share during the morning before I cook Big Bird , Ham, or Lasagna and the accompanying sides(with my helpers).

    I guess I’m a minority. My kids don’t get their stockings until Christmas evening. I found that what happened is my kids zipped through presents and stockings and ate all the candy and soda instead of savoring the Christmas celebration so I sloooooooowed it down. Each person takes one present from their pile and opens it (thanks the person politely who provided it if there)and then it rotates. Stockings are opened in the evening to preserve some of the excitement of the day(and provide dessert). The kids seem to be okay with it. I’m interested to see how it works out this year now that we have a third adult in our household(my oldest son turned 18) and he will get to strive to maintain a balance between family, friends and work ,particularly since less than 2 years hence we have another adult emerging(and then we have a lull for a couple of years while the other 2 grow).

  144. I try to serve muffins on Christmas morning because they are quick to eat amongst the chaos.

  145. I subscribe via email

  146. we cinnamon buns usually!

  147. blog follower via google reader

  148. We do a big breakfast with my husband’s family ever year at 7am. We have blueberry muffins, bacon, biscuits and gravy, fruit, scrambled eggs, pancakes, and whatever else we happen to be in the mood for when we do the planning. So yummy and such wonderful family time. πŸ™‚

  149. The kids usually dive into their candy from their stockings first thing, which isn’t much just enough to make them happy before breakfast. I usually make something fun like Santa pancakes. We eat breakfast before presents or we’d all be starving and cranky. It takes us forever to open presents, we all watch each other open presents, taking turns one gift at a time.

  150. I have never had to serve breakfast myself. We have always been somewhere and I am being served. However, I think waffles would make a darn good Christmas breakfast.

  151. We pretty much treat it the same as usual. Thanks for the giveaway!

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