Christmas Morning Coffee Cake and Egg Casserole

I believe most people have a large breakfast on Christmas morning because the traditional bowl of cereal is passed by on the way to the tree, and so we end up with a growling tummy at the end of the wrapping paper war. Here are some of our favorite big-meal morning recipes.

Upside Down Ginger Apple Coffee Cake

This was a recipe in my Clean Eating magazine, and it sat opened on my counter for over a month before I finally got to it. It looked so good that I just knew I had to try it! Pears would also be a great substitute for the apples in this cake. The original recipe called for a 45 minute baking time, but I baked it longer than that because the center was still doughy at the 45 minute mark.

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup , plus more for garnish
  • 1 apple , sliced (preferably Granny Smith or Cortland)
  • 2 cups spelt flour (I used oat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (I used extra light virgin olive oil)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons ginger , grated fresh


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and coat an 8 inch cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. Drizzle bottom of pan with maple syrup and swirl to coat.
  3. Arrange apple slices in a layer over the syrup, allowing them to overlap slightly and covering the pan. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, beat oil, sugars, egg, applesauce, yogurt, and ginger with an electric mixer until smooth.
  6. Add flour mixture and beat until just combined.
  7. Pour batter over apples and bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
  8. Invert carefully onto a serving platter and drizzle with additional syrup, if desired.

Hard Boiled Egg Casserole

Scott really loves this casserole. Since it requires hard-boiled eggs, it is easy to do a make-ahead breakfast by having the eggs boiled and peeled, and also having the sausage browned.  The remaining steps are just simply layering the ingredients. Want to lighten it even more? Use 4 whole eggs and 4-5 egg whites.

  • 6-7 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
  • 1.5 lbs all-natural sausage
  • 16 oz light sour cream
  • 2 cups reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350. Lay sliced eggs in the bottom of an 8X8″ pan.  Top with the browned sausage, then the sour cream, and followed by the shredded cheese. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Hard Boiled Egg Casserole

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