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27 Best Fall Breakfast Ideas for the Coziest Wake-Up Call

Muffins, pancakes, and cinnamon-spiced casseroles!

Headshot of Kara ZaubermanBy Kara Zauberman
pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting on wire rack
Hector Sanchez

It’s no wonder the season of pumpkin spice everything is one of Ree Drummond's favorites—the start of fall is also a great reason to break out the comfort food favorites. Here, we'll cover all the fall breakfast ideas to keep you feeling cozy this season. Whether you're looking for a quick breakfast idea before school or a Thanksgiving brunch recipe that's fit for a crowd (hello, cinnamon roll breakfast casserole), this list of fall breakfasts is a great way to start your morning.

If fall flavors are what you're after, we've got you covered! Here, you'll find pumpkin recipes galore—including muffins, smoothies, pancakes, and more! Not to mention, breakfast recipes featuring maple, cinnamon, apple, and even a French toast recipe inspired by pecan pie! On the savory side of these breakfast recipes, we've included fall produce like acorn squash, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts to pair with smoky bacon in an autumnal hash. Plus, a few healthy breakfast recipes to balance out all those fall desserts you'll likely make. Whichever breakfast you choose, be sure to save some room for that infamous pumpkin spice latte—we've got a recipe for a homemade version you’re going to love!


Pumpkin Pancakes

fall breakfast ideas pumpkin pancakes
Caitlin Bensel

A stack of these seasonal pancakes is sure to get you out of bed in the morning! Not only are they made with real pumpkin puree, but they also have plenty of pumpkin pie spice!

Get the Pumpkin Pancakes recipe.



Apple Cider Doughnuts

fall breakfast ideas apple cider doughnuts
Caitlin Bensel

You might see these cinnamon-sugar covered doughnuts at apple farms this season, but you can also make the treat right in your own home! It's easy with this recipe that can either be baked or fried.

Get the Apple Cider Doughnuts recipe.


Sweet Potato Hash

fall breakfast ideas sweet potato hash
Caitlin Bensel

Instead of your typical potato hash, try sweet potatoes for a touch of seasonal flavor. They get nice and smoky from the thick-cut bacon!

Get the Sweet Potato Hash recipe.

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French Toast Sticks

fall breakfast ideas french toast sticks
Caitlin Bensel

Both kids and adults alike will appreciate these French toast dippers! They have a golden-crisp cinnamon and sugar coating that makes them extra satisfying.

Get the French Toast Sticks recipe.


Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage

fall breakfast ideas chicken apple sausage
Caitlin Bensel

These chicken sausage patties get a hint of seasonal flavor from the freshly grated apples. It also helps keep them nice and juicy!

Get the Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage recipe.



Cinnamon Pecan Yeasted Waffle

fall breakfast ideas cinnamon pecan yeasted waffle
Caitlin Bensel

The warm flavors of cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla make these waffles perfect for autumn. But it's the crunchy, nutty pecans that really sets them apart!

Get the Cinnamon Pecan Yeasted Waffle recipe.

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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

fall breakfast ideas tater tot breakfast casserole
Caitlin Bensel

Lined with crispy tater tots and filled with eggs, bacon, and cheese, this casserole recipe is the ultimate crowd-pleaser! The best part is—it can be assembled completely, up to 24 hours in advance!

Get the Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole recipe.


Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls

pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls with frosting and nuts
Hector Sanchez

Ree has a ton of variations on her classic cinnamon rolls, but during the fall season, this pumpkin-spice version is a must! The maple cream cheese frosting is a total game changer.

Get Ree's Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls recipe.


Bacon Brunch Ring

bacon brunch ring on paper on board
Will Dickey

This all-in-one brunch recipe has everything you need for a complete breakfast—including eggs, veggies, ham, cheese, bacon, and a flaky pastry crust.

Get the Bacon Brunch Ring recipe.

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

pumpkin spice muffins with cream cheese frosting on wire rack
Hector Sanchez

Come fall, we're all in favor of pumpkin spice everything! But especially when it comes to baked goods. These muffins are made with pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg for that real pumpkin spice flavor.

Get Ree's Pumpkin Spice Muffins recipe.



Individual Sausage Casseroles

individual sausage casseroles with fruit salad
Danielle Daly

You can keep these mini egg and sausage bites in the freezer for an easy weekday breakfast. Before school (or work), just thaw and pop them in the microwave to heat them up.

Get Ree's Individual Sausage Casseroles recipe.


Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Casserole

cinnamon roll breakfast casserole with frosting
Ralph Smith

Imagine the smell of fresh baked cinnamon rolls without all the rolling or hard work. Yes, it is possible with this easy cinnamon roll casserole recipe.

Get Ree's Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Casserole recipe.

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Roasted Squash and Bacon Hash

roasted squash and bacon hash with fried egg
Erica Kastner / The Pioneer Woman

Put your fall veggies to good use with this healthy and delicious twist on a breakfast hash. It’s made with seasonal acorn squash, potatoes, mushrooms, and, of course, bacon!

Get the Roasted Squash and Bacon Hash recipe.


Maple-Bacon Scones

maple bacon scones
Ryan Dausch

Ree sells a similar scone at her restaurant and store, The Merc. The combination of sweet maple-frosting and crispy, salty bacon is always a hit.

Get Ree's Maple-Bacon Scones recipe.


Pecan Pie French Toast Casserole

pecan pie french toast casserole in red baking dish
Hector Sanchez

Whether it's Thanksgiving weekend or just a crisp fall morning, you can't go wrong with this maple and pecan French toast casserole. After all, it's basically like eating pie for breakfast.

Get the Pecan Pie French Toast Casserole recipe.


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Breakfast Salad

breakfast salad with hard boiled egg and avocado
Caitlin Bensel

With all the bake sales and holiday pies this time of year, it's a nice change of pace to start your day with something fresh. This breakfast salad has everything you need for a savory (and refreshing) morning meal.

Get the Breakfast Salad recipe.


Sausage Breakfast Casserole

sausage breakfast casserole
Hector Sanchez

You can prep, assemble, and refrigerate this whole casserole up to two days before baking it. So it's perfect for holiday weekends or guests visiting from out of town.

Get the Sausage Breakfast Casserole recipe.


Skillet Biscuits with Cinnamon-Honey Butter

skillet biscuits with cinnamon honey butter
Ralph Smith

The only thing better than homemade biscuits? Skillet biscuits with a pat of sweet, cinnamon-spiced butter melted right over the top!

Get Ree's Skillet Biscuits with Cinnamon-Honey Butter recipe.

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Apple Fritters

apple fritters with powdered sugar
Hector Sanchez

Tender, crisp, and loaded with chunks of fresh apples—these fritters are perfect for enjoying on a crisp fall day. Make them in advance, then just heat them up in the oven for an easy breakfast.

Get Ree's Apple Fritters recipe.


Pumpkin Spice Latte Pancakes

pumpkin spice latte pancakes with caramel and whipped cream
Ralph Smith

If you love over-the-top breakfasts that double as dessert, you'll want to treat yourself to these fall-inspired pancakes. They're loaded with pumpkin pie spices and topped with caramel sauce, pecans, and a generous dollop of whipped cream.

Get Ree's Pumpkin Spice Latte Pancakes recipe.


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