5 Healthy Desserts You’ll Love to Eat for Breakfast

5 Healthy Desserts You’ll Love to Eat for Breakfast
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Jen Stiff

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:

  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ 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 …read more
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