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8 Gluten-Free Breakfast Ideas to Start Your Day Off Right

published Nov 2, 2020
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Whether you’re looking for easy gluten-free breakfast ideas or more leisurely weekend brunch recipes, your best bet is the freezer aisle. Based on the recipes from the original Van’s Foods restaurant, which dished out stacks of hot and toasty gluten-free waffles on California beaches, Van’s Gluten-Free Original or Gluten-Free Blueberry Waffles are now in the freezer section of your grocery store. Made with whole grain rice flour and sweetened with fruit juice, they’re crisp and fluffy, and not just gluten-free, but also egg-free, dairy-free, and non-GMO. And they don’t contain any preservatives, artificial flavors, or artificial colors.

They’re delicious straight out of the toaster, but they can also be piled high with toppings or even used for breakfast sandwiches. Stock up and you have a blank slate that can go savory or sweet — a good reminder during Gluten-Free Awareness month that you can eat well and have plenty of tasty options. To get you started, we’ve rounded up a few gluten-free ideas for the first meal of the day, from a sunny fruit salad to an egg, bacon, and potato casserole that will round out any breakfast or brunch spread.

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1. Vegetable Breakfast Hash

This colorful medley of broccoli, sweet potatoes, and bell peppers are sautéed in a skillet before eggs are nestled right into the hash and baked. Toast up a few Van’s Gluten-Free Original Waffles so that you can dip them into the runny yolks.

Get the recipe: Vegetable Breakfast Hash

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2. Breakfast Deviled Eggs

These pretty little deviled eggs are proof that deviled eggs deserve a spot at the breakfast or brunch table, too: The yolks are whipped with cream cheese and there’s a generous shower of everything bagel spice in each protein-packed bite. They can even be made the day before, just spoon filling into the egg white shells right before serving.

Get the recipe: Breakfast Deviled Eggs

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3. Berry Pineapple Fruit Salad

A sunny fruit salad is welcome at any breakfast or brunch spread. A medley of berries and pineapple is dressed with a little mint simple syrup to bring out all the flavors and make it so much better than just a bowl of chopped-up fruit.

Get the recipe: Berry Pineapple Fruit Salad

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4. Waffle Egg Sandwiches with Spicy Maple Butter

Waffles have a rightful place in the breakfast sandwich world. Here, they’re toasted and their little pockets are filled with spicy maple butter before they’re loaded up with eggs and bacon. Go with the Original Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles here, or tip it even more in the sweet direction with their Gluten-Free Blueberry Waffles instead.

Get the recipe: Waffle Egg Sandwiches with Spicy Maple Butter

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5. Bacon, Potato, and Egg Breakfast Casserole

This filling gluten-free casserole is loaded with potatoes, crispy bacon, creamy eggs, and cheddar cheese. Assemble the night before so that all you have to do is pop it into the oven in the morning!

Get the recipe: Bacon, Potato, and Egg Breakfast Casserole

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5. Spinach and Feta Frittata

A wedge of this frittata filled with wilted spinach, tangy feta cheese, and bright pops of fresh dill is a great vegetarian addition to any breakfast or brunch. You can even stuff it between some Van’s Gluten-Free Original Waffles for an easy breakfast on-the-go.

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6. Slow Cooker Creamy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Put all those pumpkin pie spices to use in this easy overnight oatmeal that cooks away in the slow cooker while you sleep. Wake up to creamy oats that are ready to be finished with a drizzle of maple syrup or even some cream if you’re feeling decadent.

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7. Triple Berry Quick Jam

The dynamic trio of blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries go into this stovetop jam that comes together with just a little simmering time. Spoon some onto Van’s Gluten-Free Blueberry Waffles with a smear of peanut butter for the ultimate breakfast PB&J.

Get the recipe: Triple Berry Quick Jam

8. Big-Batch Mexican-Spiced Hot Chocolate

This cinnamon-spiced hot chocolate gets a spicy kick from cayenne pepper and a double dose of flavor from chocolate and cocoa powder. It makes a lot, but you can rewarm mugs of this Mexican hot chocolate over the course of a few days to sweetly start each morning or have as an after-dinner treat.