I’ve been getting a ton of requests lately for gluten free brunch recipes and I’ve been SO happy to respond with all my favorites! Brunch is a meal with no boundaries which, like Chick-fil-A fries for lunch in the parking lot, is totally a meal I can get behind.
Since we’re talking brunch/breakfast-type recipes, I have to tell you that I’ve been making breakfast for dinner a lot lately because it’s so fast and the kids and I been spending more time outdoors in the afternoons as the weather warms up. Each photo I caught of my babes during a recent bubble adventure in the backyard sums them up *perfectly*. Lincoln is karate chopping the bubbles, Cam is trying to eat them, and sis is laughing at them both. Oh my goodness!
Anyway, the kids’ current fave (and mine too because it takes 10 minutes to make) is gluten free French Toast Sticks – would you like the recipe?
Back to brunch! As I mentioned last week, we are in the thick of shower season which is a big reason why I’ve been getting so many requests for brunch recipes. It’s a great time of day to schedule an event around because brunch recipes are typically easy, make-ahead and, like I mentioned, anything goes. Sweet, savory, hearty, or light – DIY bars, casseroles, dips, and more – there are SO many fun dishes you can serve for brunch, and the best news of all is that many are easily made gluten free.
Easter is coming up of course and while we typically enjoy a huge Easter dinner, my Mom also always prepares brunch for after church and before the big egg hunt. The recipes I’m sharing below are almost always on the menu and make for such a delicious day. Showers, holidays, or simply when you’ve got guests or want to entertain, you are going to adore these 15+ gluten free brunch recipes!
Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls
I can promise you three things if Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls are on the brunch menu: 1.) they will FLY off the platter (especially if warm – YUM.) 2.) It doesn’t really matter what else you make for brunch because everyone will be obsessing over the gluten free cinnamon rolls. 3.) Make a double batch. :)
Best Ever Fruit Dip
My Mom always prepares both a fruit and relish tray for brunches and Best Ever Fruit Dip totally makes the platter! This three ingredient fruit dip recipe is from an 80s church cookbook and, unlike power bangs, has stood the test of time.
2-Ingredient Lemon Whip Fruit Dip
Tart, tropical-tasting, and totally delish! 2-Ingredient Lemon Whip Fruit Dip is so, so easy and goes well with any fruit or cookie…or very large spoon. A must-have for any brunch fruit tray or platter.
The Best Grain Free Granola
I love bars at brunches (and brunches at bars – hey-o!) Bloody Mary and waffles bars are fun, and yogurt bars are too! Set out large bowls of plain or lightly sweetened yogurt with fresh fruit, spoons, and lots of The Best Grain Free Granola so guests can make their own parfaits.
Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole
IMHO you cannot have a proper brunch without a cheesy, bubbling breakfast casserole, which is why I’ve got four of them in this list! Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole has been a hit with my family and yours for years and years. I actually schedule celebrations for birthdays and baptisms, etc around brunch time so I can serve this dish. So easy and SUCH a crowd pleaser.
Breakfast Taco Casserole
Don’t tell Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole, but Breakfast Taco Casserole might actually be my favorite brunch-friendly casserole. All the typical ingredients that come in breakfast tacos – corn tortillas, eggs, and sausage – layered in a baking dish then smothered with cheese sauce. YES.
Gluten Free Breakfast Casserole
Gluten Free Breakfast Casserole is what immediately comes to mind when I think about a classic breakfast casserole. Make ahead and gluten free, this is a brunch staple.
Roasted Poblano and Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Roasted Poblano and Sausage Breakfast Casserole takes a liiiiittle extra effort to roast a couple poblano peppers, but my word is it worth the effort. If you’re tired of the same old breakfast casserole for brunch, this make-ahead, slightly special version is definitely worth a try.
Gluten Free Breakfast Pizza with Hash Brown Crust
Gluten Free Breakfast Pizza with Hash Brown Crust is one of my very favorite recipes EVER – not just for brunch! Surprise your gluten free guests with this crispy, sturdy, gluten free pizza that’s topped with brunch time favorites like egg, cheese, and prosciutto.
Beet Hummus Toast
A hummus toast bar is another fun brunch idea. Set out your toaster with gluten free bread, plus different flavored hummus and fresh toppings like microgreens, chevre, avocado slices, and different flavored salts. If you’re feeling fancy you could whip up poached eggs for popping on top!
Gluten Free Zucchini Coffee Cake
Move over, plain ol’ coffee cake, Gluten Free Zucchini Coffee Cake combines tender zucchini bread with cinnamony coffee cake. It is SO good. Set out with muffins (see below!) and coffee for a nice brunch-time nibble.
Healthier Zucchini Banana Bread Muffins
Baked goods are pretty much mandatory for brunch – they fill in the gaps between breakfast casseroles and fruit salad nicely – and my Healthier Zucchini Banana Bread Muffins are a better option then pastries and doughnuts, if you ask me!
Banana Nut Mini Muffins
Kids especially would adore a basket of Banana Nut Mini Muffins set out at brunch. Again, super soft and squishy, and the perfect two bite treat. LOVE these binky babes!
Easiest Fruit Salad
Fruit salad is another must for breakfast and brunch, and my Easiest Fruit Salad is so Midwest it hurts. I mean, marshmallows and mandarin oranges in a fruit salad? All I’ve got to say is, don’t knock it ’til you try it!
Mojito Fruit Salad
My favorite cocktail in (non-alcoholic) fruit salad form – Mojito Fruit Salad is beautiful, fresh, and festive for a spring and summertime brunch, especially. Also, I feel need to mention that a spoonful slid into a glass of champagne is also very brunch-y, no?
Champagne Sangria Punch
Forget breakfast casserole – you really can’t have a proper bunch without some bubbles, and Champagne Sangria Punch is like mimosas kicked up a few hundred notches. Pretty to look at AND fun to sip. Cheers to brunch!
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Yes to French toast sticks! And we in the Midwest have the best fruit salad!!!! You are my go to gf blog because your recipes are what I here in WI want to eat. Thank you!
French toasts sticks recipe please!! I’m thinking they might be good in the air fryer?!
Yes to the French toast sticks recipe please! :)
I love fruit dip! You mentioned having breakfast for supper and this is something we’ve been doing too because it’s quick. When it’s nice out I’d rather be spending time outside than in the kitchen. So, my question is other than breakfast (or even your specific breakfasts) what recipes do you turn to for quick suppers?
Good question! Here are all my 30 minute or less recipes! https://iowagirleats.com/recipes/?course%5B%5D=15-minute-meal&course%5B%5D=20-minute-meal&course%5B%5D=30-minute-meal&course%5B%5D=5-minute-meal
I have to let you know that I finally made your gluten-free Breakfast Casserole with just the modification of using turkey breakfast sausage and browning the hash browns (which I will not do because your way is better, faster and less oil used). Anyhow, my toddler grandson LOVED it and I sent squares of it home with his mom for his breakfasts. Buoyed by the success of actually having him enthusiastically eat something, I made it again fairly quickly and he actually did the “nyum-nyum” when he saw that was on his plate. Thank you! (Last night we ate your spicy chicken and sausage gumbo, to my hubby’s delight, and we chowed down on your chicken fajitas on the weekend. Lemon! Who knew!?!) Always appreciate the work you put into your recipes!
Oh I am SO glad to hear all of it, Bonnie!! Always a win when you get a little one to not only eat something, but love it with gusto, too. And I know – lemon in fajitas?! Thanks, Ben! ;)
Where is Gwen’s hat from? My daughter is just about her age and that would be perfect for the summer!
I just got it from Buy Buy Baby! Sooo cute! https://shopstyle.it/l/2c61