5 Healthy Desserts You’ll Love to Eat for Breakfast

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As the most important meal of the day, breakfast is deserving of your undivided attention. It gives your body the energy it needs to kick-start the day and keep up with jobs, kids, pets, errands, yoga classes, and everything in between. Breakfast has also been shown to have a variety of health benefits beyond daily nourishment, like aiding in weight control.

One of the great things about breakfast is that there’s so much flexibility built into it. You can go sweet, savory, sweet and savory, light, or filling. If you wake up with a sweet tooth, and think, “Must eat pancakes right now!” know that you have some healthier options. These recipes can satisfy a sugar craving without the sugar rush, and they’re packed with the nutrients your body needs to start your day off right.

Banana Chia Seed Pudding

This healthy twist on traditional banana pudding (the indulgent treat stuffed with vanilla wafers and loads of sugar and fat) is still delicious and satisfying. The chia seeds add a powerful dose of nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk (or 1 1/2 cups nut milk of choice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:
Place bananas, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla into a blender and blend until smooth.

Pour the mixture into a bowl and add chia seeds. Stir well.

Cover bowl and refrigerate at least two hours (preferably overnight).

Stir in maple syrup and salt. Top with additional cinnamon, nuts, granola, etc.

 

Apple Pie Oatmeal

This recipe is comforting, warm, spicy, and filling all at once. Fall is right around the corner, and many varieties of apples are at their peak. You can choose any type of apple you like; they’re all fine choices because apples are full of antioxidants and dietary fiber, which can help you feel fuller longer. Oats are also a wonderful source of heart-healthy soluble fiber and aid in satiation.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • Chopped pecans or almonds (topping)

Directions:

In a small pot over medium heat, combine oats, apple, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, milk, and vanilla.

Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.

Remove from heat and pour into serving bowl.

Add lemon juice, maple syrup, and toppings, like nuts, apples, or additional cinnamon.

Strawberry Macadamia Nut Oat Bars

Macadamia nuts are nutrient-rich wonder nuggets. They don’t just taste amazing; they’re also full of stuff your body loves and needs like vitamins and minerals, protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Add in the fiber-filled oats and nutrient-rich berries, and you have yourself a winning breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped

Directions:

Pulse dates, nuts, oats, and salt in a food processor or blender until well combined but not smooth (mixture should be chunky).

Press mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 5 pan.

Mash half of the berries, and spread them on top of the oat mixture.

Top with remaining berries.

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

These muffins are indulgent and scrumptious, and the most dessert-like out of all of the recipes listed here. As such, they’re best reserved for a “sometimes” breakfast. The eggs are a great source of high-quality protein and are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus 1 teaspoon for topping)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (for topping)

Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt.

Beat the eggs in a large bowl, and then add coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir until well-combined.

Pour dry mixture into wet mixture and stir well.

Spoon mixture into lined muffin cups, and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and sugar on top.

Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

Carrot Cake Pancakes

Carrots are one of the most widely used vegetables in the world, partly because of their versatility. They work equally well in salads and in cake! Carrots are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, most notably beta-carotene and fiber. And the eggs provide the high-quality protein necessary to fuel your whole morning. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Toppings – nuts, maple syrup, butter of choice, honey, etc.

Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine carrots, eggs, coconut milk, and vanilla.

In a separate large bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl.

Let sit for five minutes and assess consistency. Add coconut flour or coconut milk if too wet or dry.

Heat skillet on medium heat. Cook pancakes for about three minutes, or until bubbles form in the center, flip, and cook an additional two minutes.

Top with maple syrup, nuts, berries, etc.


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Jen Stiff

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Jen is a writer, editor, and storyteller. She lives in California with her mountain man husband and two pugs. When she’s not writing or frolicking with animals, Jen is practicing or teaching yoga, traveling to faraway lands, and cooking up delicious vegan desserts. Jen has healed her own mind, body, and soul through yoga, meditation, and healthful eating, and she loves to share her passion for health and well-being with the world through writing.Read more