Whether you’re planning an Easter brunch picnic or a breakfast picnic to beat the summer heat, stop wondering what to take to a brunch picnic. We’ve got you covered.
Brunch is that wonderful meal that transcends breakfast and lunch, so anything goes. We’ve got everything from homemade granola to vegan picnic ideas ranging from sweet to savoury. There are elegant pastries and tarts, muffins and cakes and numerous ways to condense a cooked breakfast into a gorgeous bite-size package.
We’ve got the tips for keeping your picnic food hot here for those toasty tarts and pies and tips for keeping dishes cool for those breakfast parfaits and yoghurt dishes. There may even be a bottle of bubbly to consider.
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Picnic Brunch Recipes
These easy and delicious picnic brunch ideas will help you plan a perfect picnic breakfast menu with the least amount of work. Recipes that will also make a gorgeous breakfast picnic statement.
Cardamom Oatmeal Cookies
A healthy but delicious cookie, these cardamom oatmeal cookies are sweet, spicy, full of crunch and very very portable. A great addition to a picnic brunch in anyone's book.
Brunch Charcuterie Board | Ingredients + Layout
Charcuterie boards are excellent picnic fare any time of day, but this brunch inspired board is all class for a morning alfresco feast. This charcuterie selection is a nice change from buttery pastries – full of protein, natural goodies and flavour. A perfect partner for a champagne brunch
Low Carb Cauliflower Hash Browns Recipe
Light and crispy, these diet-friendly Cauliflower Hash Browns make an excellent picnic brunch addition. I like to make them cracker size for an alfresco event and serve with dipping sauces or top with whipped feta. Serve them hot or cold.
Roast Pumpkin and Feta Mini Frittata Recipe
Frittatas are so easy to make, can be served hot or cold, and you can mix and match fillings as you please. We have sidestepped heavy cheese and salty meats for this mini frittata recipe and gone with roast pumpkin and feta for a sweet and savoury mix light enough for morning snacking.
Peach Chia Pudding
Fruity, creamy, and light with just a touch of ginger spice, this Peach Chia Pudding is a fabulous make-ahead picnic breakfast idea. Loaded with sweet summer peaches (you can, of course, choose your fruit) and a touch of maple syrup, you can prepare this vegan pudding in individual serve containers for a very portable sweet brunch dish.
Light & Fluffy Cloud Bread Recipe
Want a Keto or low carb bread option that makes a lovely brunch addition? Look no further than this easy Cloud Bread recipe. There are so many ways you can incorporate cloud bread into a breakfast picnic menu.
Baked Veggie Eggs
These are the most adorable all in one brunch packages. Eggs and veggies baked on top of their own piece of toast for an individual bite size breakfast. Serve them warm or cold, cook your eggs to order or play with fillings as you please.
Keto Focaccia with Rosemary & Olives
Low carb and light and fluffy, this Keto style focaccia bread is so easy to make and is brimming with Mediterranean flavours. A delicious brunch addition either on its own dunked in olive oil and salt, or with a platter of dips and roasted vegetables. There are so many ways to have focaccia.
Pesto Zucchini Rosettes
A classy appetiser that is equally at home pre-party as it is at a picnic brunch. Whip up these Baked Pesto Zucchini Rosettes with puff pastry and Boursin cheese in less than an hour. Serve them hot or cold; you can even make these a day ahead. You can also easily adapt these to a vegan version.
Savory Cake | Gluten-Free
Easy Whipped Feta Dip Recipe
I love this dish for so many reasons. It is one of the easiest dips to make and lends itself to so many dishes. Serve it for a brunch picnic with something like the savoury cake above, add it to a charcuterie board, or drizzle it with honey and serve it with chopped fruit like melon slices and figs.
Chocolate Strawberry Jam Oatmeal Bars
An incredibly easy recipe, these Chocolate Strawberry Jam Oatmeal Bars are filled with sweet chocolate and strawberry jam with a buttery oatmeal crumble top. A lovely sweet indulgence that is also very picnic-friendly.
Bacon, Egg and Tomato Breakfast Tarts
Bacon, Egg and Tomato Breakfast Tarts are the solution to making a big breakfast portable and a little bit classy.
Eggs with gruyere cheese, sweet cherry tomatoes, smokey bacon and chives on a flaky puff pastry tart – These tarts are easy to make in a big batch and can be served hot or cold.
Add some Mexican flair to your brunch menu with these delicious Mushroom Quesadillas. Serve them finger food style with dipping sauces. You can cook them at home and wrap in foil, or build them and cook them fresh on a BBQ hot plate.
Perfect Soft-Boiled Scotch Eggs
Scotch Eggs are the quintessential British picnic food, and they have never been more at home than at a brunch picnic.
This recipe gives you the steps for a healthy air fryer version, but you can always cook them old school style by shallow or deep frying; the base recipe is the same.
Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins
Muffins make a great grab and go breakfast so it makes sense they make a great addition to a picnic brunch menu.
Soft and fluffy buttermilk muffins bursting with blueberries and topped with a crunchy cinnamon streusel – you can't go wrong.
Cheese and Bacon Turnovers
For an effortless savoury brunch snack, everyone will love, these breakfast inspired pastries with cheese and bacon take only 15 minutes to make. You can use any cheese you like, add little extra's like fresh basil or switch bacon for tomato for a vegetarian version.
Serve them hot or cold; you can even make these savoury brunch snacks the night before.
Ginger Pear Gluten Free Coffee Cake
A delicious ginger and pear coffee cake you would never guess is gluten-free. Ginger, cinnamon and vanilla flavours set the stage for a sweet pear filling, and buttery crumble topping – what a gorgeous combination for a picnic brunch.
Pogaca (Turkish Cheese Buns) Recipe
Take your cue from a traditional Turkish bakery when thinking about portable savoury brunch ideas. Pogaca (Turkish Cheese Buns) are one of Turkey's most popular savoury pastries for a good reason. Light and fluffy dumplings with feta and herbs; you can also make these with a meat or potato filling. Make a batch and pop them in the freezer in case of an impromptu brunch.
Cranberry Orange Biscotti
Want a serious dunking biscuit? Cue biscotti every time. This Cranberry Orange Biscotti Recipe recipe gives biscotti a fresh and fancy makeover and a citrus flavour boost with bright orange zest and chewy dried cranberries.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats
Overnight oats make the lazy cook look great every time. These peanut butter and jelly overnight oats are incredibly delicious and you can make them so adorable in individual serve jars. A brunch recipe that is picnic portable, will seriously impress and is practically hands-off.
Gingerbread Loaf Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
No one said gingerbread was just for Christmas. Gingerbread Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting is a delightful picnic dessert and the perfect companion to a hot cup of tea.
Raw Veggie Wraps with Avocado
Wraps are the anytime of day sandwich, making them perfect for brunch. Serve them whole or cut them into pinwheels for a finger food dish. This recipe gives you the foundation for a delicious, healthy and light wrap with vegetables and avocado, but you can play with fillings to suit the occasion or the season.
Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo)
Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de queijo) is just so delicious and is so on point for a brunch picnic. Crunchy on the outside and light, fluffy and cheesy on the inside. They're also gluten-free and take less than 25 minutes to make.
Homemade Granola Recipe
Fans of clean eating know homemade granola is where it's at. Why buy store-bought granola when it is so easy to make your own. This recipe gives you the know-how for one of the easiest and most practical picnic breakfast dishes around; just add yoghurt, fresh fruit and honey for a delicious brunch dish.
Low Carb Keto Pumpkin Muffins
Muffins always take centre stage for on the go breakfast ideas, and these healthy low carb pumpkin muffins are no exception. Whip these up in under an hour and choose your topping from dark chocolate to nuts or cinnamon sugar.
Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach
If you are thinking about a savoury brunch platter, these stuffed mushrooms pair well with baked egg dishes or frittatas, or even as a side to a charcuterie board. Think of them as an extension to the portable version of the big breakfast.
Turkish Borek with Spinach & Feta
Another Turkish bakery favourite is the Burek. Flaky pastry filled with spinach and feta, these beauties can be served hot or cold, but I guarantee they won't last long.
Strawberry Overnight Oats
We did say overnight oats were the lazy cooks best friend. This recipe focuses on strawberries as the main flavour profile, but you can use this as a base for any seasonal fruit.
A lovely brunch quiche for a spring or summer picnic when asparagus is in season. This recipe pairs asparagus with lemon zest and Gruyere cheese in a shortcrust pastry with hints of thyme and parmesan. If asparagus isn't in season, switch with seasonal broccoli, zucchini or even mushroom.
Sausage Cheddar Biscuits
Baked with pieces of sausage, sharp cheddar and chives, these fluffy, buttery biscuits are a delicious brunch indulgence. Serve them with butter or try them with cream cheese or even whipped feta.
Bagels with Roasted Beets & Parmesan Pea Spread
Lunch or brunch, bagels are a winner. If you want something different to the standard cream cheese and salmon, these roast beet with parmesan pea spread bagels are a fresh alternative. You can also add bacon for a salty twist. We give you the know-how for easy roast beets here.
Strawberry Yogurt Muffins
Whip up these Strawberry Yoghurt Muffins in less than half an hour for a deliciously moist breakfast muffin. You can add different berries or perhaps some chocolate or white chocolate chips.
Chocolate Coconut Granola
No one said granola had to be boring. Crunchy chocolate coconut granola with toasty almonds, coconut oil, honey, and a dash of cinnamon – this homemade granola recipe has it going on. Apart from a little bit of chocolate (dark is best for this recipe), it's also pretty good for you.
No Bake Chocolate Granola Bars
For a quick, healthy and super portable granola solution, look no further than these no-bake granola bars. Sweet and chewy with crunchy almonds, you can whip up this Chocolate Granola Bar recipe in less than 30 minutes.
Beef Sausage Hand Pie Recipe
This Beef Sausage Hand Pie recipe is just a little more sophisticated than your average pasty or sausage roll. A mix of beef and pork, carrot, onion and celery finished with a dash of Cognac, these very portable savoury brunch snacks are very picnic worthy.
Easy Chocolate Banana Protein Muffins (vegan)
These moist chocolate banana protein muffins tick many boxes, especially in the clean eating stakes. They're vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and incredibly delicious, making them the perfect protein-packed picnic snack.
Easy Pear & Fennel Sheet Tart With Ricotta & Blue Cheese
Like your sweet and savoury in one dish? This super easy Pear and Fennel Sheet Tart with Ricotta and Blue cheese is the business. Simply top your pastry and bake. Serve it in slices or cut into squares for a finger food platter.
Carrot Cake Cupcake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting
Deliciously moist and lightly spiced, this carrot cake cupcake recipe is a breeze to whip up. Topped with fluffy cream cheese frosting, these cupcakes are a nice alternative to a whole carrot cake.
Sausage and Leek Mini Quiche (Dairy Free)
Quiche is one of the most popular picnic dishes, and mini quiches make it even more portable. These tasty sausage and leek morsels are also dairy-free, but you can adapt either way.
Bacon Cheddar Chive Scones
These Bacon Cheddar Chive Scones might be crisp on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. They're filled with cheese and bacon and chives and are delicious with a big dollop of butter or cream cheese, but they are also one of the prettiest scones to grace the picnic blanket.