Here are all the healthy breakfast recipes to start your day right! There are lots of options for loading up on nutritious ingredients.
Are you stuck in a rut in the mornings? It can be hard to find wholesome options to start the day. But never fear: we’ve got answers. Here at A Couple Cooks, we’ve got all the best ways to incorporate healthy breakfast recipes into your life! Maybe it’s a cozy bowl of oatmeal topped with peanut butter and jelly, or a breakfast scramble full of colorful vegetables. There are so many tasty ways to incorporate whole foods into your morning!
It doesn’t matter how you eat, there are options for everyone! The recipes below are all vegetarian, and many are gluten-free or vegan as well. Now let’s get to it!
And now…the best healthy breakfast recipes to try!
Here’s the ideal healthy breakfast recipe, easy and full of irresistible flavor: banana baked oatmeal! This incredible recipe is wholesome and filling, and it’s made with good-for-you ingredients: mostly oats and bananas. It happens to be a vegan baked oatmeal, but it pleases absolutely everyone. Make up a big pan and eat off of it all week! Topped with a little nut butter and banana slices, it’s a decadently wholesome treat.
Want to eat more breakfast vegetables? You’re not alone. Eating more veggies to start the day is starting to trend. So why not re-imagine breakfast? Let’s infuse veggies into the first meal of the day, too. Try this Breakfast Vegetable Scramble! You can make it two ways: with eggs or tofu, depending on your diet. It’s full of savory flavor…and loaded with nutrients, too.
Here's a healthy breakfast recipe we eat on a regular basis: the BEST oatmeal! We promise you'll love it: it has a chewy texture that's nothing like a gloppy, mushy pile of oats. It’s vegan so it’s a plant based way to start the day. Top it with peanut butter and strawberry jam and it is seriously filling: you’re literally full for hours after you eat it.
Looking for easy healthy breakfast recipes? Many readers have been asking us for quick nutritious recipes for busy mornings, so we put our heads together and came up with a new trick: mini frittatas! Basically a muffin made of egg, they’re easy to meal prep and grab as you’re headed out the door. Refrigerate or freeze ’em, and you can eat off them all week. The best part: they’re so tasty! They’re filled with colorful veggies and crunchy pecans for added protein and nutrients.
These healthy banana bread muffins have a secret: they're made of 100% oats and no flour! Throw bananas, oats and a few other ingredients into a blender and whiz. Then bake and you'll be amazed at the fluffy texture when they come out of the oven. These babies are fan favorites! Top with almond butter and they're a filling way to start the day (hey, it's basically just like oatmeal).
Want a knock-out vegan breakfast idea? Look no further than this easy tofu scramble. It tastes extraordinarily similar to the flavor and texture of scrambled eggs: and it’s so hearty and satisfying! It’s hard to find healthy vegan breakfast ideas that are savory (so many are sweet), and this one is perfection. Even better: it takes only 10 minutes to make!
Here’s the tastiest, best drink that happens to be healthy, too: a peanut butter smoothie! You can swear off milkshakes for good, because this smoothie is just as satisfying. It’s got the best pure peanut buttery flavor, and the silkiest, creamiest texture. Even better: all you need is 3 ingredients (plus ice)! It’s easy to make vegan or plant-based, and it’s the perfect healthy breakfast or snack.
Ready for your new go-to granola recipe? This maple pecan healthy granola has been a favorite at our house for years. Now: most granola is not healthy. Store-bought and homemade granola recipes can be full of sugar and oil, and very high in calories. Here's a recipe that's actually healthy: and perfectly crunchy, warmly spiced, and just the right amount of sweetness.
Another great healthy breakfast recipe: acai bowls! This traditionally Brazilian treat is a frosty purple smoothie topped with a confetti of beautiful toppings. They're a total treat! One reader told us: “Made your acai bowl recipe and OH MY! I’ve never had one I’ve enjoyed as much as this. It was so perfectly balanced, and my husband loved it too!”
How to eat more vegetables as part of a healthy breakfast? Try this Parmesan omelette with greens recipe! This recipe calls for beet greens, but you can use any leafy green: spinach, baby kale or chard. Sauteing the greens with minced garlic and Parmesan cheese makes them taste insanely savory, kind of like the inside of spinach artichoke dip. In just 15 minutes, you have a filling breakfast.
Are you a steel cut oats fan? These chewy oats have a porridge-like texture and feel like a cozy hug in the morning. They’re a fun way to mix up the standard Old Fashioned oats, and may have some slight benefits over them: though both are an incredibly healthy way to start the day! You can make a big pot of steel cut oats in 25 minutes and eat off of the leftovers all week!
Don't have time in the morning to make healthy breakfasts? Make up a batch of pecan energy bars! The sweet flavor is reminiscent of pecan pie, and they’re full of superfoods like pecans and chia seeds.
Want to load on the nutrients for a healthy breakfast? This glowing green smoothie recipe is the perfect immunity-boosting drink with a sweet tart flavor! It stars green apples, loads of spinach, and protein-packed nuts. The tangy is balanced with sweet, and it has a loose but creamy texture that’s easily drinkable and a vivid, glowing green color.
Most pancakes aren't healthy breakfast recipes. Let's face it: they're mostly flour and sugar. But these pancakes are different! These healthy banana oatmeal pancakes are just that: made mainly of oats and bananas (no flour!). They'll keep you full for hours.
Last up in our healthy breakfast recipes: avocado toast! Here's a nutrient dense way to start your morning. Top your toast with mashed avocado, optional egg (fried, poached, or hard boiled), and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. It's deliciously wholesome, with no added sugar.
A few more breakfast ideas…
Need a few more healthy breakfast recipes? Here are some more non-recipe ideas for busy mornings:
Breakfast tacos: Make scrambled eggs and throw them in a tortilla with salsa!
Greek yogurt bowl: Swirl plain Greek yogurt with a hit of maple syrup and top with fruit and almond butter.
Butter an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the rolled oats, pecan pieces, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, and kosher salt.
Dump the dries into the prepared pan.
Mash the bananas. In the same bowl, whisk together the bananas, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Stir lightly with a fork to make everything gets evenly incorporated.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
Before serving, spread the top with almond butter or peanut butter (or a combination) and top with banana slices. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 1 week: reheat in a 300 degree oven or microwave until warm.
*Make ahead instructions: do not make the entire pan in advance and refrigerate overnight because the oats will absorb all the liquid. You can mix up the wets and dries separately and store in separate containers (with the wets refrigerated), then pour them together in the morning and bake.
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.