Check out this list of the best Gluten Free Brunch Ideas for your next party! Or use these recipes to revamp your normal weekend menu. There are desserts and cheese boards, drink options, and recipes to make ahead or easy ones for the morning of. You’re sure to find something great to feed your friends and family!
Throwing a brunch can be lots of fun, but stressful at the same time. What do you serve that everyone will like? What time should you start brunch? What do you even wear?
That last one I can’t help you with, but I can help you figure out the rest! Read on for some common brunch (and breakfast) questions.
What time should you serve brunch?
There is no designated brunch time, so just pick a time that works for you and your guests! Typical brunch hours range from roughly 10:00am to 2:00pm.
What are gluten free breakfast foods?
While there are a number of “typical” breakfast and brunch foods that are NOT gluten free (think cinnamon rolls, donuts, coffee cakes), there are a lot that are. Things like yogurt, eggs, and cheese are all components of a brunch or breakfast that are naturally gluten free.
Gluten-Free Brunch Ideas
From toast to teas, you’re going to find a number of ideas for your next gluten free brunch. Scroll through and choose one or several that would hit the mark with your guests!
Gluten Free Toast Bar, that is. This is a great option if your guests want to choose their own adventure. You can provide both sweet and savory options.
Sweet options could include different types of butters (peanut, almond, apple), jams and jellies, honey, or a chocolate or hazelnut spread. Savory options could be avocado (like the one pictured below), fried or scrambled eggs, bacon, tomatoes, or cheese.
*Tip* If you have both gluten free and non-gluten free people, you should make separate bread stations and, depending on the sensitivity of you or your guests, have separate toasters and utensils as well.
Another good option for people wanting to create their own breakfast is to have people build bowls or parfaits. Gather some different types of yogurt, some gluten free granola, nuts, fruit, honey, jams, or even sweeter items like chocolate chips or candies then let people go to town!
The yogurt parfait shown below also includes chia seeds, and the yogurt bowl recipe shows some dessert options like chocolate and crushed candy canes.
*Tip* Make sure you have enough cups and spoons for this! If not you may want to do the next option instead.
Grains can be a great option for something that’s filling, and they’re warm and hearty for any brunch that lands on a cold day. Potential toppings could be similar to the ones mentioned above for yogurt parfaits, like fresh fruit, honey, nuts, and jellies or jams.
You can also use quinoa as a brunch grain, adding in dried fruits and honey or maple syrup to sweeten it up.
*Tip* Make sure to get oats or oatmeal that say they are gluten free, as often “regular” oats and oatmeal can be cross-contaminated.
Gluten Free Seasonal Breads
Seasonal breads can be a fun way to use fresh ingredients and bring a little extra color to the dishes you serve. In the fall you can make pumpkin bread or in the summer a loaf with strawberries or blueberries would be fun.
Gluten Free Muffins
Muffins are perfect to serve for a crowd as they’re already portioned out! Stack them on a platter or in a basket and let people pick out their own. While muffins are traditionally sweet, you can also do a more savory option like the cornbread muffins below.
*Tip* Cook the muffins in liners to make them easier to remove from the muffin tin!
Gluten Free Pancakes & Waffles
These are classic brunch options, and thankfully there are a lot of gluten free mixes out there that make fantastic pancakes and waffles. Serve these with fruit, maple syrup, powdered sugar, butter, and whipped cream. Or you could really switch things up and do a potato pancake as a savory option!
A great option that can double as dessert, pound cakes are a perfect brunch food. This poppyseed version below has a simple flavor that goes well with coffee or tea.
It’s nice to have some small dessert foods at a brunch. These could be something simple like little chocolates or truffles, something on the healthier side like fresh fruit dipped in chocolate, or something really fancy like the candied lemons below. You can also change the rose petal garnish on these to suit a theme or holiday!
Cheese and charcuterie boards are great to add some protein to what can otherwise be a carb fest. Plus you can easily customize it to your and your guests likes.
*Tip* Try doing a mock assembly of your cheese board the night before so you can see if you need to add anything extra or cut back on anything.
Between frittatas, egg casseroles, and breakfast burritos, there are a lot of options here. What’s nice about all of these is you can prep the ingredients the day before, then combine them in the morning to cook or bake. The frittata and casserole become particularly hands-off as you can stick them in the oven while you prep other things. Easy peasy!
*Tip* Cut the casserole or frittata ahead of time into servings so everyone gets a piece.
While a breakfast hash is usually great AFTER a holiday or big event (hello leftovers!), you can also make one FOR a brunch event! Use the first recipe to serve to friends and family and the second recipe for the day after they’re gone.
Fun Condiments & Fixings
The accompaniments can be just as important as the main dishes! Try some fun jams and jellies, different spreads, or make your own like this honey butter below!
Cocktails & Mocktails
What is a brunch without fun drinks? Depending on your crowd, plan to serve at least one or two cocktails (or mocktails). Like the seasonal breads, these can also be a fun way to celebrate fresh foods.
*Tip* If the cocktail or mocktail you’re serving is sparkling (with water or champagne), be sure to make it just before guests arrive so it doesn’t lose its fizz!
Coffees and Teas
Lastly, don’t forget about the warm drinks! Plain tea and coffee always work, but you can also step it up a notch by serving something a little more special like the eggnog chai latte below.
*Tip* Be sure and have an assortment of both caffeinated and caffeine-free options for people to choose from.
If you found this roundup of gluten free brunch recipes helpful, or liked any of these recipes, let me know in the comments below. Seriously, I love hearing from you!