There's nothing like waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee or muffins baking in the kitchen. This Valentine’s Day, wake up your partner, your kids, or even your very best friend with these make-ahead (or quick n' easy) heartwarming brunch foods to enjoy from daybreak into late morning if you choose. The gesture will go a long way when it comes to showing your loved ones just how much you care.Think of it like breakfast in bed!
Discover new Valentine's Day breakfast recipes below.
Let’s start with that freshly brewed coffee. Do a little research ahead of time to ensure you have fresh beans on hand, as well as all of the favorite condiments (milk, sugar or cream). Or, get a little fancier and whip up an easy toasted almond latte featuring vanilla and almond extract - to satisfy that need for caffeine!
Next, we’ll go over your game plan for some Valentine’s breakfast ideas that are as simple to eat as they are to prepare. There’s no wobbly tray to balance, no need for a knife (maybe not even a fork). Only hands are needed to enjoy warm maple streusel muffins, lighter than your average muffin, with a wonderfully textured streusel topping, ground cinnamon, and maple extract.
Simplify the morning preparations by mixing the muffin's dry ingredients as well as the streusel the night before: in the morning, you only have to add the liquid ingredients and sprinkle on the topping before baking.
The truly pressed-for-time (or efficient!) can also make these days or weeks ahead of time and store in the freezer. Thaw the night before in the fridge, then pop into toaster oven for a nice crisp-up before serving.
While the muffins are warming, pull out your already-made overnight coconut guava basil seed pudding, which only requires a spoon and a hearty appetite. Fill a wide jar or parfait glass to see all the lovely chia seeds, but it’s just as delicious in a mug, too. Use coconut milk as your base, and make sure to add in on-trend basil seeds to really diversify the flavor.
On the warm and savory side, shrink down the frittata and make cheesy bacon mini frittatas: a single serving masterpiece made with Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, black pepper, shredded cheddar cheese and more, made as a batch, that can be adapted with veggies or even salsa.
Or, go big! This full-sized garlic, thyme, and Lawry's Seasoned Salt flavored zucchini and tomato frittata with minced onions makes enough for everyone - with leftovers - and comes together in less than half an hour. Serve your eggs with toast of your choice.
Overnight French Toast
One final delectable option is to go both warm and sweet, with this vanilla extract and cinnamon sugar-sweetened overnight French toast phenomenon. No, it doesn’t bake overnight: just assemble before you go to sleep, then bake half an hour in the morning. Use that time to sip coffee and warm up some muffins, or let everyone else in the house sleep in.
On any old morning, having coffee made just for you is a treat. But make-ahead breakfast all planned out for your most favorite people on Valentine's Day? Even better.
Now that you’ve got breakfast all planned out, get started on romantic dinner ideas with our guide to Valentine’s Day dinners and desserts.
Make Your Valentine’s Day Meal Unforgettable
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