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Winter Breakfast Ideas: 11 Recipes to Beat the Cold

By: Erin Coleman, B.S. - Nutritional Science, R.D., L.D.,

Writer at The Fit Father Project

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When the weather outside is frightful, the last thing you want for breakfast is cold cereal!

But don't grab a drive-thru breakfast sandwich, try one of our great winter breakfast ideas!

These delicious, nutritious, and warm winter breakfast ideas are way better than your average bowl of oatmeal!

And, they're healthy, hearty, and simple.

So, put down the cold cereal and warm up with these mouth-watering winter breakfast ideas!

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11 Winter Breakfast Ideas to Warm Up Your Mornings

Healthy Pan-Cooked Breakfast

Consider this warm winter breakfast idea during cold months while you cuddle up next to the fire.

Your spouse and kids will love a pan-cooked breakfast dish as much as you do!


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 175 grams of mushrooms
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 grams of rocket leaves
  • 2 slices of whole-grain bread
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • Olive oil, lemon wedges, and chili sauce for serving


  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook for about 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until they are golden brown.
  • Crack the eggs into the pan and cook them for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the eggs from the heat, sprinkle with rocket leaves, and drizzle the mixture with olive oil and chili sauce.
  • Toast the bread and top it with avocado.
  • Serve the toast with eggs, mushrooms, and lemon wedges!

Servings: 2

Greek Veggie Omelet

Try a Greek veggie omelet recipe as a hearty, healthy winter breakfast idea your entire family will adore!


  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 2 cups of baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons of crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of olives, sliced
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Whisk together the eggs, salt, and milk.
  • Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Saute the onions and mushrooms for about 5-6 minutes or until they're golden brown.
  • Stir in the spinach until it's wilted. Remove the mixture from your pan.
  • In the same pan, heat the remaining oil over medium-low heat. Pour in the egg mixture.
  • Cook the eggs until set and no liquid remains.
  • Spoon the vegetables on one side of the omelet and sprinkle it with olives and cheese.
  • Fold to close, cut the omelet in half, sprinkle it with salt and pepper if desired, and enjoy!

Servings: 2

Mexican Migas

Try a traditional Mexican Migas winter breakfast idea that's as nutritious as it is delicious!


  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 5 corn tortillas, torn into pieces
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 5 large eggs
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup of mild salsa
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro leaves
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled cotija cheese
  • Hot sauce, for serving


  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a non-stick skillet.
  • Add the tortillas and cook until they are crispy on one side (about 5 minutes).
  • Add garlic, onion, and jalapenos. Cook the mixture for about 4 minutes until softened.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add the eggs. Season with salt and stir the mixture until it's scrambled.
  • Add salsa and stir to combine.
  • Remove the mixture from heat and top with avocado, cilantro, cheese, radishes, and hot sauce. Enjoy!

Servings: 2

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Toastless Avocado Eggs

Enjoy this flavorful, toastless avocado and egg recipe that puts a new spin on avocado toast!


  • 2 slices of bread, torn into pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 avocados, peeled and halved
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 radishes, sliced
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • Hot sauce for serving
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  • Process the bread pieces in a food processor until they are fine crumbs.
  • Heat garlic and 3 tablespoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for about 3-4 minutes (or until fragrant).
  • Discard the garlic. Add breadcrumbs, toss frequently, and cook until golden brown and crispy (about 5-7 minutes).
  • Transfer the bread crumbs to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt.
  • Clean the skillet and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Over high heat, fry the eggs until the outer edges are browned (about 1-2 minutes).
  • Remove the eggs from the heat and let them sit in the skillet until the yolks set (about 1-2 minutes).
  • Brush the sides of cut avocado halves with lemon juice and season them with salt.
  • Coat the avocados with breadcrumbs.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Servings: 4

Warm Veggie Breakfast Frittatas

Try a veggie breakfast frittata recipe during the cold months this season.

It's a delicious, nutritious, warm winter breakfast idea that's protein-rich and loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals!


  •  2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced
  • 2 cups of baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, sliced
  • 10 large eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce for serving (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Heat the oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the peppers and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables soften (about 6-7 minutes).
  • Add spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently until the spinach gets wilted (about 1 minute).
  • Reduce the heat to low. Add eggs, 1 teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of black pepper.
  • Stir gently. Bake the mixture until the eggs are set (about 13-15 minutes).
  • Let the dish stand for about 5 minutes.
  • Slice it into six pieces and serve with hot sauce if you'd like!

Servings: 6

Hot Apple Cereal

Enjoy this warm winter breakfast idea during the cold months or all year long.

Your spouse and kids will love this hot apple cereal recipe too!


  • 6 honey crisp apples
  • 1 cup of canned coconut milk
  • 2/3 cups of roasted cashews
  • 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cups of raisins


  • Wash and slice 1 of the apples.
  • Wash the other 5 apples and cut them into 1-inch chunks.
  • Set aside 1/4 cup of coconut milk.
  • Combine the apple chunks, 3/4 cup of coconut milk, and 2/3 cup of water in a medium pan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  • Simmer, occasionally stirring, until the liquid gets reduced by half and the apples are tender (about 10-12 minutes).
  • Remove them from the heat and gently mash the apples.
  • Pulse the cashews in a food processor until they are ground. Transfer them to a medium-sized bowl and stir in the cinnamon and flaxseed.
  • Fold the cashew mixture and raisins into the mashed apple mixture. Stir until well combined.
  • Divide the porridge among four bowls and drizzle each one with 1 tablespoon of coconut milk.
  • Top each bowl with apple slices, crushed cashews, cinnamon, and additional raisins if you'd like. Serve and enjoy!

Servings: 4

Bison Sweet Potato Hash

This hearty, healthy, delicious winter breakfast idea works well for just about any meal of the day!

A bison sweet potato hash recipe helps you meet daily nutritional needs and feel full all morning long.


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pound of ground bison (or ground beef, venison, or turkey)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter or ghee
  • 5 cups of sweet potatoes, diced (about 3 large potatoes)
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 pinch of cayenne
  • 6 fried eggs
  • Cilantro for garnish


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Brown the bison meat for about 8 minutes and remove it from the pan.
  • Dice the sweet potatoes.
  • Heat the butter/ghee in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the potatoes and water. Cover for 5-6 minutes until the water evaporates. Stir the mixture occasionally.
  • Dice the onions and peppers. Add them to your pan and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Sprinkle in the seasonings and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
  • Add the bison back to the pan.
  • Remove the mixture from heat and stir well. Pour the contents of the pan onto a baking sheet.
  • Preheat your oven to broil.
  • Broil the mixture for about 5 minutes. Remove it from the oven when the edges get crispy. Be careful not to burn the hash.
  • In the meantime, fry your eggs.
  • Place an egg over each serving of hash.
  • Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!

Servings: 6

Ricotta, Salmon, Zucchini Omelets

A ricotta, salmon, zucchini omelet recipe looks and tastes as delicious as it sounds!


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 3 uncured turkey bacon slices, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1/2 bunch of asparagus, sliced
  • 150 grams of smoked salmon
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 20 grams of butter or oil
  • 1 teaspoon of nigella seeds
  • Dill sprigs for serving


  • Heat the oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat.
  • Add bacon, stirring occasionally, and cook for about 4-5 minutes until it's crisp.
  • Add the asparagus and zucchini. Cook the mixture for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add salmon and remove the pan from the heat.
  • Season the mixture and drizzle it with lemon juice. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
  • Clean your pan heat it to medium-high.
  • Lightly beat the eggs with ricotta and add seasonings.
  • Melt 10 grams of butter in your pan (or use oil). Add half of the egg mixture.
  • When just set, place half of the filling plus nigella seeds in the center of the omelet. Fold it over and repeat with the remaining ingredients to make the second omelet.
  • Serve the omelets with dill or lemon wedges if desired, and enjoy this warm winter breakfast idea with friends and family!

Servings: 2

Pea and Halloumi Fritters

This pea and halloumi fritter recipe is unique, flavorful, and mouth-watering!

Whether you're with friends or family, consider it as a favorite winter breakfast idea during the cold months!


  • 2 cups of frozen peas
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 80 grams of halloumi cheese, grated
  • 3 shallots, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped dill
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Fresh dill sprigs for serving


  • Cook the peas in a large saucepan of water, drain them, and process in a food processor until coarsely pureed. Set aside.
  • Whisk the eggs in a bowl and sift in the flour.
  • Add milk, shallots, halloumi cheese, dill, and pea puree. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and stir until well-combined.
  • Heat 3 teaspoons of oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add 5 tablespoons of batter and flatten them to make cakes.
  • Cook the cakes for about 3 minutes on each side.
  • Place the fritters on a plate and repeat with the rest of the oil and batter.
  • Serve pea fritters with dill and lemon if you're like and enjoy!

Servings: 20 fritters

Pesto Scrambled Eggs with Spinach

Think outside the box with winter breakfast ideas by choosing this savory pesto scrambled eggs dish!

It's simple to make, nutritious, and delicious!


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 75 grams of spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of basil pesto (plus extra for serving)
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1/2 large avocado, chopped
  • 2 slices of whole-grain toast


  • Whisk the eggs and milk together in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a medium frying pan to medium heat and spray with olive oil spray.
  • Add spinach leaves and cook until just wilted. Remove them from the pan.
  • Return the pan to medium heat and spray with more oil.
  • Add the egg mixture and cook until almost set.
  • Add pesto and spinach and mix until well-combined.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with toast, avocado, and extra pesto!

Servings: 2

Protein Banana Muffins

When you're in the mood for a warm, hearty, winter breakfast idea your entire family (especially the kids) can enjoy, consider this nutritious protein banana muffin recipe!


  • 1 cup of mashed bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons of honey
  • 3 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 3/4 cups of oat flour
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips (optional)


  • Heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare lined or greased muffin tins.
  • Mash bananas in a bowl until they are smooth.
  • Stir in coconut oil, the egg, and honey until well-combined.
  • Add the remaining ingredients until a batter forms.
  • Pour the batter into muffin cups, filling them 3/4 full.
  • Bake the muffins for about 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

Servings: 12 muffins

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Erin Coleman B.S. - Nutritional Science, R.D., L.D.

Writer at The Fit Father Project

Erin Coleman is a registered and licensed dietitian with over 15 years of freelance writing experience.

She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed her dietetic internship at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Prior to beginning her career in medical content writing, Erin worked as Health Educator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Internal Medicine.

Her published work appears on hundreds of health and fitness websites, and she’s currently working on publishing her first book! Erin is a wife, and a Mom to two beautiful children.

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