Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Breakfast Board

By Kelsey Byrnes

Create a festive Valentine’s Day board that kids and adults will adore in just a few simple steps. Plus, find a recipe that combines sweet, savory and nutritious options.

This Valentine’s Day breakfast board is a deliciously festive way to get the day started. Whether you’re making a charcuterie board, butter board, dessert board or a breakfast board, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.

First, be sure to add foods that have a good variety of colors, shapes and sizes. For this board, we’re leaning into a Valentine’s Day color scheme and highlighting heart-shaped foods. From pink waffles and vibrant berries to small, smooth M&M’s, this breakfast board is pretty to look at and definitely draws in both kids and adults.

Next, think beyond appearances and dive into different flavors and textures. You want a mix of sweet and savory, rich and refreshing, and smooth and crunchy. The soft and smooth eggs pair well next to the crunchy M&M’s, and the rich, savory sausage against the smooth, refreshing yogurt. It’s a feast for the eyes and senses and checks the box of being absolutely delicious!

And most importantly, with this being breakfast, starting the day with plenty of good nutrition is essential. With Iowa being both the number one egg and pork- producing state, it’s easy to get lots of protein. Plus, the yogurt and berries add nutrient-dense breakfast options. As for the chocolate? Well, it’s Valentine’s Day and we’re all about balance with a little indulgence!

Watch the video below and then check out the recipe to make a beautiful board for your valentine! 

Valentine’s Breakfast Board

  • 2 cups waffle mix (plus ingredients listed on box)
  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage
  • 2 cups berries
  • 1 cup strawberry yogurt
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup festive M&M’s
  • Maple syrup
  • Chocolate hazelnut spread

For the waffles: Mix waffle mix according to package instructions. Add pink or red food coloring, if desired. Spoon batter onto a hot, greased waffle iron; repeat until all waffles are cooked.

For the heart-shaped eggs: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour into a greased square baking dish (8x8-inch or 9x9-inch) and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until set. Remove from pan and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to form shapes.

For the heart-shaped sausages: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Press the breakfast sausage into the bottom of a greased square baking dish (8x8-inch or 9x9-inch) and bake for 15 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly. Remove from pan and use a heart shaped cookie cutter to form shapes.

Assemble the board: Add waffles down the center of your board. Arrange the heart-shaped eggs and sausages on either side of the waffles. Arrange berries, yogurt, M&M’s, maple syrup and chocolate hazelnut spread where they fit.

Photo Credit: Kelsey Byrnes, Dance Around the Kitchen