Try these 15 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.
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 of breakfast that are naturally gluten free.
Below I’ve listed 15 different types of foods that work for a gluten free brunch. Choose one or several for your next hosted event!
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 Simple Avocado Toast pictured above), 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 yogurt parfaits. Gather some different types of yogurt, some gluten free granola, nuts, fruit, honey, and jams, then let people go to town! This Breakfast Yogurt Parfait also includes chia seeds, which can be another good option to include.
*Tip* Make sure you have enough cups and spoons for this! If not you may want to do the next option instead.
This is very similar to parfaits, but may allow for more toppings. In can also double as a dessert, like the Dessert Yogurt Bowl shown here with chocolate and peppermint crushed candy canes.
Another bowl option is oatmeal bowls. These are great for fall and winter brunches as they can be very warm and filling. The toppings will be similar to the ones listed for a yogurt parfait, like in this Blueberry Crisp Oatmeal with jam, honey, and nuts.
*Tip* Make sure to get oats or oatmeal that say they are gluten free, as often “regular” oats and oatmeal can be cross-contaminated.
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 this Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, or in the summer a bread with strawberries or blueberries would be fun.
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, if you’re looking to gussy up your pancakes a bit, try making these Gingery Lemon Blueberry Pancakes.
A great option that can double as dessert, pound cakes are a perfect brunch food. This Gluten Free Poppyseed Pound Cake 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, or something a little fancier like these White Chocolate Candied Lemon Slices. 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. Check out this post on How to Make an Awesome Gluten Free Cheese Board to get all the info you need!
*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.
Instead of doing a more common breakfast burrito, try making breakfast quesadillas! You can pack more toppings in and they’re easier to split between people. The Easy Gluten Free Breakfast Quesadilla pictured here uses eggs, sausage, and veggies with gluten free tortillas.
Frittatas are basically quiches without the crust, making them much better suited for those who are gluten free. What’s nice about these is you can prep the ingredients the day before, then combine them in the morning and stick the frittata in the oven while you prep other things. Easy peasy! Try this Roasted Tomato, Kale, & Goat Cheese Frittata for a vegetarian option (though meat eaters will like it too).
*Tip* Cut this ahead of time into servings so everyone gets a piece.
Have some leftovers you need to use up? Or veggies in your fridge that are on their last legs? This Leftover Breakfast Hash is a great option to use those up and still feed your friends. Stick a fried egg on top to give it a little extra umami flavor.
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 Whipped Honey Butter.
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. For winter, try this Pomegranate Cocktail for the Holidays. In the spring, something like a Sparkling Citrus Mocktail for a Brunch Crowd would work well.
*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 it’s 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 this Eggnog Chai Latte.
*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 15 Gluten Free Brunch Ideas helpful, or liked any of these recipes, let me know in the comments below. Seriously, I love hearing from you!