Sweet treats, cocktails and good times are what make a brunch so enjoyable. If you are looking for new ideas to boost your brunch menu, look no further. From light and fluffy to sweet and savory, there is a little something for everyone! These recipes will keep you reaching to refill your plates for seconds and maybe even thirds.
1. Waffle Breakfast Kabobs
A spin off of the traditional kabob, these breakfast kabobs are sure to impress at the brunch table. They are the perfect way to balance sweet and savory. Start by using your favorite brand of mini waffles and toast until done. Next gather the fruit you will want to use (strawberries, blueberries, banana slices or grapes). Then start placing the food on the skewer about an inch apart, alternating waffles and fruit. You can include a yogurt dip on the side for additional sweetness, plus it’s super healthy! Hint: to make the kabobs more colorful, use paper straws instead of skewer sticks.
2. French Toast Bake
If you are looking for a breakfast treat that can still feed a crowd, this is it. This French toast bake does require some prep, but it will be worth it in the end. Start by putting your chopped pieces of bread into a large pan. Next pour in your mixture of milk, eggs, vanilla, sugar and heavy cream evenly over the bread. Wrap it well and refrigerate overnight. In the morning add a streusel mixture (brown sugar, cinnamon, flour and salt) on top and bake until done! When it comes out of the oven, don’t forget to sprinkle on cinnamon and powder sugar.
3. Fruit Pizza
It’s true, this pizza is a healthy (ish) choice for snacking! This fruit pizza recipe is so simple and cute, plus it tastes amazing. You’ll want to start with sugar cookie dough as your crust. Bake until it is a light golden brown. Once it is cooled, spread it with cream cheese so it acts like the sauce. Then you can start decorating! Use your favorite fruits to add color, taste and dimension. There is no specific pattern you have to follow, simply make it look pretty. This delicious treat is sure to be a hit with everyone!
4. Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins
Muffins are sometimes known as cupcakes without frosting. However, this delectable treat will have you realizing you’re not missing out on anything. This strawberry oatmeal muffin will be a great addition to your brunch spread. Start by mixing together your wet (yogurt, oil and eggs) and dry (oats, brown sugar, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda) ingredients in separate bowls. It’s important to use a wooden spoon or spatula, not a whisk when mixing. Once you are ready to combine them, also add in fresh or frozen strawberries. Pour into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees until done! This light and refreshing muffin will not only taste amazing but is also a great source of protein.
5. Yogurt Parfaits
For those of you looking for a lighter option at brunch, this one’s for you! This yogurt recipe is as tasty as it is healthy. Start by using your choice of vanilla yogurt and fill a cup about 1/3 of the way. Then add your favorite fruit as the next layer. Repeat until the cup is full. Finally add some crunchy granola on top! You can also drizzle on honey for a natural added sweetness. Remember to keep these items chilled until you are ready to serve.
6. Mini Chocolate Cherry Bites
You won’t be able to just eat one of these bite size sweet treats. They give you the perfect balance of sweet and tart. The mini chocolate cherry bites only take a few steps to make. Start with chocolate mini phyllo dough shells, which normally come prebaked. Then open a can of pie cherries and scoop a spoonful into each shell. Next add your toppings like whip cream, sprinkles or chocolate shavings! Now all you have to do is grab one before someone else does. Option: you can swap out another fruit pie filling as well.
7. S’mores Cookie Cups
If you like s’mores by a campfire, you are going to love them at brunch! This recipe cuts out the smoke and sticky finger. These s’more cookie cups are the perfect dessert at the end of brunch. Start by filing a cupcake tin with the graham cracker crust and bake. Once it is done, use a spoon to press down in the middle to create a cup shape. Next add a marshmallow and chocolate square. Then pop them back in the oven for a few minutes until they become roasted. You can serve them warm or allow them to cool down first. Either way, they are delicious.
8. Caramel Grape Bites
No matter how you like to pronounce the name, these bites won’t lead you wrong. They are a spin off of the traditional caramel apple. Super easy to make, these caramel grape bites will have you wanting more. To start, wash and completely dry your grapes. If they aren’t completely dry, the caramel will not stick well to the grapes. Next use a pretzel sticks as a toothpick, and dip them halfway into warm caramel. Finally you can decorate the grapes. Use toppings like nuts, sprinkle, or graham cracker for an added crunch.
9. Raspberry Rose Sorbet Mimosas
You can’t have brunch without cocktails. The raspberry rose sorbet mimosa is the way to go this spring. This recipe is best served as needed for tastiest results! Simply add a scoop (or two) of raspberry sorbet into your champagne flute. Then pour your favorite champagne into the glass. Voila, the perfect sweet and fruity drink you’ll be sipping on all day. You can add either mint or rosemary on top to garnish! Use paper straws for a festive look!
10. Sherbet Punch
This citrusy sweet punch is sure to hit the spot among your guest at brunch. This sherbet punch recipe only has two ingredients in it and can be served community style! Start with filling a large punch bowl with scoops of sherbet. The tri-color sherbet tends to work best as it has a variety of flavors in one! Next add in a bottle of Squirt, which is a citrus based soft drink. Ta-da, that’s it. Add in additional sherbet as needed. To take it to the next level, feel free to add in your choice of liquor for an added kick! Use paper umbrellas for a cheerful touch.
Which sweet treats can’t you wait to try at your next brunch? Which one will have you coming back for seconds? Comment and share with us below!
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Hi my name is Kristen and I am 26 years old. I went to Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!). I majored in Integrative Public Relations with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. After graduation, I worked for Macy's in a variety of positions. I love shopping until I drop and consider it my cardio! I've been lucky enough to travel quite a bit and hope to do more so in the future. I am an energetic, sassy and fun loving person who loves her family (dog), friends and donuts!