If you have a sweet tooth for breakfast, we’ve got some exciting news for you: dessert-style breakfasts can be part of a healthy, balanced morning meal. Keeping your commitment for the new year to live a healthier life is now easier than ever!
Here are three recipes for you to indulge in while also honoring your body’s well-being:
5-Minute Chocolate Oatmeal
This easy breakfast combines the power of whole grains with natural sweeteners for a decadent morning meal.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup milk of choice
- 1 over-ripe banana
- 1 1/2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- sweetener of choice, as desired
#1 Combine all ingredients.
#2 Cook, uncovered, over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes. When it starts to bubble, stir occasionally.
#3 Sweeten as desired.
Since you’ve got oatmeal already on hand, check out the benefits of an oatmeal bath.
Baked Pears with Walnuts & Honey
Serve with a vegetable omelet, and you’ll feel like you’re starting the day at a five-star hotel.
- 2 large ripe pears
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp. honey
- 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
- (optional) yogurt or frozen yogurt
#1 Preheat the oven to 350°F.
#2 Cut the pears in half and place on a baking sheet (I cut a sliver off the other end so they sat upright).
#3 Using a measuring spoon or melon baller, scoop out the seeds.
#4 Sprinkle with cinnamon, top with walnuts, and drizzle 1/2 teaspoon honey over each one.
#5 Bake in the oven 30 minutes. Remove, let cool, and enjoy!
Enjoy pears as a dessert? Check out our recipe for Pear Crisp!
Zucchini Blender Bread
If you need to prep breakfast the night before, this easy blender bread made with fresh zucchini is a healthy choice. Pair with a smoothie for a great breakfast on-the-go.
- 1 medium zucchini, cut in half and seeds scraped out with a spoon and then cut into chunks
- 4 eggs
- 12 pitted dates
- ¼ cup melted butter, ghee, or coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- optional add-ins: 1/3 cup chocolate chips, walnuts, or any other nuts or seeds
#1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
#2 Add zucchini chunks, dates, eggs, butter, and vanilla to a blender and blend until smooth.
#3 Add the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt and blend once again until thoroughly mixed.
#4 If you are using any add-ins, add them now and briefly stir.
#5 Pour into a regular-sized well-greased (or parchment-lined) loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes.
Life is all about balance, so alternate your sweets with other breakfast options, including fresh vegetable recipes.