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32 Fall Breakfast Ideas to Enjoy on Crisp Mornings

Fall is upon us, meaning there are crisp mornings ahead that call for putting on your coziest sweater and whipping up a batch of homemade pumpkin spice lattes. But what to pair with your go-to autumn bev? We have 32 fall breakfast ideas that fit the bill, whether you’re craving something savory with seasonal veggies or something sweet, teeming with cinnamon. Read on for our favorite pancakes, Danishes, egg skillets and more.

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fall breakfast ideas, sweet potato rosti topped with eggs and greens
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Aran Goyoaga

1. Sweet Potato Rösti with Fried Eggs and Greens

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free

Consider rösti Switzerland’s take on potato latkes. Swapping regular spuds for sweet makes them a bit more nutritious, but you could also use grated winter squash or carrots instead.

fall breakfast ideas, mason jar filled with oatmeal and topped with applesauce
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

2. Overnight Oats with Apple and Cinnamon

  • Time Commitment: 8 hours and 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, no cook

Forget stirring on the stove. All these oats require is an overnight soak in the fridge. The next morning, just grab the jar, top it with applesauce and hit the road.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

3. Pumpkin Pie French Toast

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, one pan, special occasion-worthy, kid-friendly

The secret to this masterpiece—besides light-as-clouds brioche or challah bread—is store-bought pumpkin pie, which is repurposed to create the French toast filling. Decadent…and absolutely worth it.

aerial view of stack of pancakes with cinnamon swirl on top
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

4. Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, special occasion-worthy

Complete with three-ingredient vanilla icing (although we wouldn’t blame your little ones for dousing them in maple syrup instead).

braided danish with two slices cut off, revealing apple filling
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

5. Braided Apple Danish Loaf

  • Time Commitment: 14 hours
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

If you really want to wow your Halloween brunch guests, whip up this braided delight. It looks like it came straight from a gourmet bakery.

bowl of ramen noodles topped with poached egg and vegetables
Emily Morgan

6. Breakfast-for-Dinner Ramen

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

Or dinner-for-breakfast—you can eat this whenever, really. Beat the morning chill with tender ramen noodles, thick-cut bacon, poached eggs, veggies and soul-warming broth. 

two plates with sliced brussels sprouts and diced pumpkin, topped with a poached egg
Cook Beautiful

7. Roasted Pumpkin and Brussels Sprouts with Poached Eggs

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, gluten free, vegetarian

Because pumpkin deserves an invite to every meal come fall, not just dessert. This dish boasts 19 grams of protein to boot, despite being vegetarian

kale quiche in a pie dish with one slice removed, next to a plate with a slice of quiche
Photo: Eric Moran/Styling: Erin McDowell

8. Kale Quiche with a Cheddar-Rice Crust

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, gluten free, <10 ingredients

This French baked egg dish may sound fancy, but it’s actually a breeze to pull off at home—especially when you trade fussy pie crust for cooked rice and cheddar cheese.

plate of apple cider doughnut holes with two glasses of apple cider in the background
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

9. Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, make ahead, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

Is it really fall if you don’t have a gallon of apple cider in your fridge? Put it to good use by using it in these doughnuts, which are finished with a generous dusting of cinnamon sugar.

baking dish filled with nine vanilla frosting-topped pumpkin pecan rolls
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

10. Pumpkin Spice Pecan Rolls

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, special occasion-worthy, make ahead

Canned pumpkin puree not only dyes the dough an autumnal shade of orange, but it also keeps the rolls extra moist. Finish them with creamy icing and chopped pecans. (Psst: For a tangy twist, swap out our icing recipe for cream cheese frosting.)

end of a loaf of cinnamon swirl bread being sliced
Eva Kolenko

11. No-Knead Cinnamon Swirl Bread

  • Time Commitment: 3 hour and 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, kid-friendly

What we wouldn’t give to be a pat of soft, salty butter on a fresh-from-the-oven slice of cinnamon swirl bread. Don’t let it intimidate you: The base is an ingenious peasant bread recipe that requires minimal handling.

six egg muffins filled with bacon and broccoli on a cutting board
Kirsten Buck/Buck Naked Kitchen

12. Sweet Potato, Bacon and Broccoli Egg Muffins

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, dairy free, beginner-friendly, make ahead, <10 ingredients

Even picky kids won’t turn their noses up at these filling handhelds. The key to their moist texture and flavor is none other than store-bought jarred salsa.

basket of pumpkin hand pies with mugs of coffee
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

13. Biscuit Dough Pumpkin Hand Pies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

The crust is made with canned biscuit dough, so all you really have to do is mix the spiced pumpkin filling and assemble. It doesn’t get any simpler than that, folks.

two plates topped with egg-filled avocado halves, next to a jar of salsa
Eric Wolfinger/The Mexican Keto Cookbook

14. Baked Eggs in Avocado

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, keto-friendly

This breakfast is full of healthy fats, protein and flavor, thanks to buttery avocado, runny eggs and cotija cheese. Go easy on the salsa if you want to save a few carbs.

slice of egg casserole on a plate topped with crumbled bacon and sliced cherry tomatoes
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

15. Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: slow cooker recipe, <10 ingredients, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

The base is melted butter, hash browns and shredded white cheddar cheese—need we say more? (We think not, but if so, you should know that all you really need to do is combine the ingredients and let the Crockpot work its magic.)

bowl of porridge topped with greens and a soft boiled egg
Ngoc Minh Ngo/Heirloom

16. Quick Congee

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes (plus soaking time)
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

We like to think of this Asian rice porridge as the ultimate comfort food, since it’s just as cozy as it is easy to digest. Prepare the three-ingredient congee, then top it with everything from kimchi to ginger to poached eggs.

two mugs of coffee and two plates, each topped with a pear chai masala cinnamon roll
Iain Bagwell/Mumbai Modern

17. Pear and Chai Masala Cinnamon Rolls

  • Time Commitment: 5 hours and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

We don’t know what to lick off first, the vanilla bean icing or the pear-chai jam filling. Use the leftover jam on English muffins, Greek yogurt, vanilla ice cream or waffles.

skillet filled with diced sweet potatoes and torn kale, topped with three sunny side up eggs
Katherine Gillen

18. 30-Minute Breakfast Hash with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, gluten free, dairy free

Kale and sweet potatoes give this skillet breakfast a decidedly fall feel, but you can substitute just about any veggie you’d like. Think Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, pumpkin or broccoli.

large skillet filled by a large cinnamon roll, drizzled with vanilla glaze
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

19. Giant Cinnamon Roll

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, one pan, crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

Aka our favorite way to use store-bought crescent roll dough. They help the cinnamon roll turn puffy and flaky without a ton of effort on your end. It’ll be our little secret.

large skillet filled with runny eggs, chorizo and cotija cheese, next to two bowls
Kristin Perers/Round Ours

20. Skillet Eggs and Chorizo

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, high protein, beginner-friendly

Spicy Mexican chorizo is sure to warm your bones on a chilly fall morning, along with pickled jalapeños and chipotle chili flakes. A dollop of sour cream and feta crumbles cool the dish off just right.

three miniature monkey bread-style danishes
Erin McDowell

21. Monkey Bread Danish

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

These single-serve, cinnamon streusel-topped delights have a secret hidden inside. (OK, we’ll tell: It’s cream cheese filling.)

a mound of mashed potatoes topped with an egg, on a plate
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

22. Baked Eggs & Potatoes

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly

Stuck with a boatload of leftover mashed potatoes after Thanksgiving? This is one of the easiest (and tastiest) ways to revive them.

open faced waffle sandwich with sausage patty and sunny side up egg, on a plate
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

23. Waffle Breakfast Sandwich with Chorizo

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly

Once the savory cheese waffles are ready, the sammy is only 15 minutes away. Make them ahead and keep them in the freezer so you can warm and assemble on busy mornings.

one cinnamon roll on a plate with casserole dish of cinnamon rolls in the background
Erin McDowell

24. Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

Store-bought pizza dough is one of our favorite shortcuts in the book. You can use it to make calzones, pigs in a blanket and these sticky-sweet breakfast rolls.

two plates, each with a slice of pumpkin bread with streaks of cream cheese filling and streusel
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

25. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread with Cinnamon Streusel

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, special occasion-worthy

Sweet, salty and ever so tender, this bread is your daily PSL’s best friend. Let the loaf cool completely before slicing, so it maintains its shape and swirl without falling apart.

small pot filled with porridge next to a spoon
Simon Park/The Happy Balance

26. Chamomile and Maple Porridge

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, vegan, beginner-friendly

Believe it or not, there’s not a drop of dairy in this perfect-for-autumn brekkie. Instead, it’s made with plant-based milk, coconut butter and maple syrup.

plate of pan-fried dumplings filled with sausage, egg and cheese, with chopsticks
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

27. Sausage and Egg Breakfast Dumplings

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

These cheesy, meaty dumplings are decidedly delicious, but they’re even tastier dunked in dipping sauce. Take your pick of spicy sriracha ketchup or zingy brown mustard.

chilaquiles topped with poached eggs in a skillet, next to a jar of honey
National Honey Board

28. Chilaquiles with Poached Eggs and Spicy Honey

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, beginner-friendly, gluten free

Like fancy, filling breakfast nachos, assembled in a single skillet. The hot honey, infused with garlic and ancho chili powder, would taste heavenly on fried chicken, pizza, breakfast sandwiches and beyond.

swedish cinnamon roll topped with pearl sugar on a plate
Photo: Matt Dutile/Styling: Erin McDowell

29. Swedish Cinnamon Rolls

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

Known as kanelbullar in its homeland, these pearl sugar-topped rolls are designed to be served at fika, a traditional Scandinavian coffee break. Might we suggest incorporating it into your daily routine?

sweet potato hash brown pressed in a waffle iron on a plate with scrambled eggs
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

30. Sweet Potato Hash Browns Made with a Waffle Iron

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

Whether you plate ’em with scrambled eggs, pancakes or corned beef hash, this sweet potato side will be impossibly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. In other words, it’s an easy home run, no matter who’s at the table.

four pancakes folded like tacos on a plate, filled with eggs, bacon, cheese and sliced scallions
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

31. Pancake Tacos with Cheese and Bacon

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, high protein

Your kids will find it much easier to get out of bed in the morning with these on the table. Serve theirs with ketchup and syrup, then use hot sauce on yours.

aerial view of an egg pie topped with bacon lattice crust
Erin McDowell

32. Savory Breakfast Pie with Bacon Lattice Crust

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

What’s that? Sorry, we read “bacon lattice crust” and fell into a trance. It starts with store-bought pie crust, so you’ll have plenty of time and energy to layer the bacon just right.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.