Breakfast

Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

These whole grain, high protein pancakes are a great way to start the day, and are a perfect accompaniment to a relaxed Saturday morning!

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INGREDIENTS:

Dry ingredients:
1 cup cooked quinoa
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet ingredients:
1 egg
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut milk
1 tablespoon coconut sugar or honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 large lemon
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

See the entire recipe and directions at Ambitious Kitchen.

PB & J Overnight Oats

These are absolutely delish and can be made the night before for a fast and healthy breakfast- it's great for kids too!

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup Greek yogurt*
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons no-sugar-added strawberry preserves
2 to 3 strawberries, chopped

*To make dairy free substitute with a dairy free yogurt, blended tofu, applesauce, or pureed bananas

See the entire recipe and directions at Rachel Ray's blog.

Pumpkin Oat Bran Muffins

This is a fantastic, high fiber recipe that's perfect for fall! Oat fiber is good for the heart, and pumpkin is full of antioxidants!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 1⁄2 cups unprocessed oat bran
1⁄2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed pumpkin
1⁄2 cup milk or nondairy milk
2 egg whites, lightly beaten (or substitute for 1 egg, beaten)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
vegetable oil cooking spray

See the entire recipe and directions at The Genius Kitchen.

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

These bars are perfect for a quick breakfast on a hurried morning or as a healthy snack on the go. The recipe is also easily customizable for your family's own specific tastes!

Ingredients:

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour (gluten free flour can be substituted if needed)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond, but any kind will do nicely)
3 tablespoons honey*
2 tablespoons peanut butter (creamy or crunchy—I used natural creamy)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 medium banana, quartered and diced

See the entire recipe and directions at Well Plated.

Gooey Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread

This bread is fantastic for when you want something sweet while still keeping healthy!  It's great for a chocolaty snack too!

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cup overripe mashed banana  
2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp coconut extract (omit if desired)
1 tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup canned coconut milk (not coconut milk beverage)
3 1/2 tbsp coconut butter OR 2 tbsp milk of choice
2/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey or agave
1/8 tsp uncut stevia OR 1/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup spelt, white, or Bob’s GF Flour, loosely packed  
1/2 cup shredded coconut, optional
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips in the batter, plus regular chips for decoration, optional

Read the entire recipe and directions at Chocolate Covered Katie.

Hemp Seed Energy Bites

These are the perfect size for a snack on the go or to tuck into lunchboxes, plus these little bites are low in sugar and high in omega-3's!

Ingredients:

1 cup gluten-free oat flour*
½ cup nut butter
⅛ cup hemp hearts, divided
¼ cup maple syrup
⅛ cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
dash of sea salt

*Oat flour can be easily made by grinding oats in a blender or food processor

See the entire recipe and directions at Skinnyfitalicious.

Hearty Flax Seed Pancakes

Flax seeds are full of good fiber and omega-3 fatty acids!  These make a delicious, hearty breakfast that satisfies for hours.

1/4 cup ground golden flax seed meal
1 large egg
1 Tablespoon nut milk or use water
1 teaspoon lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
tiny pinch sea salt

optional: dash of cinnamon & nutmeg
optional: a little sweetener of your choice
add to skillet/pan: a little organic vegetable shortening or any cooking fat/oil

See the entire recipe and directions at Forest and Fauna.

Triple Seed Superfood Granola

This recipe combines hemp, flax, and chia seeds for an amazing granola full of beneficial nutrients! It’s also fantastic when combined with our homemade yogurt recipe to make your own parfaits!


Dry Ingredients:

•    3 cups crisp brown rice cereal (gluten-free)
•    3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
•    ½ cup shelled hemp seeds
•    ½ cup brown flax seeds
•    ¼ cup chia seeds

Wet Ingredients:

•    ½ cup brown rice syrup (or honey)
•    2 tablespoons flax oil (or other oil)
•    1 tablespoon molasses
•    ½ tablespoon vanilla extract

See the entire recipe and directions at Keepin’ It Kind.
 

Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Cups

These are simple to put together and make a great, quick fall breakfast. They store well too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats (use certified gluten-free, if necessary)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice mix (or use 1 teaspoon cinnamon,  3/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves)
  • 1 cup milk (I use unsweetened almond milk, but most milks should work)
  • 3/4 cup plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey

Optional add-in ideas:  white chocolate chips, regular chocolate chips, raisins, chopped walnuts

See the entire recipe and directions at Happy Healthy Mama.

Raw Chocolate Smoothie with Avocado and Raw Honey

This recipe uses cacao powder which is also known as raw chocolate.  It's full of nutrients, and this shake has lots of good fats to keep you satisfied.  It makes a great fast breakfast or a healthy snack.  The avocado gives it such a creaminess, it tastes like an ice cream milkshake!

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana, sliced
1/2 avocado, pitted, chopped
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp raw honey
1 cup raw almond milk

See the entire recipe and directions at Organic Authority.

Easy No Bake Granola Bars

This is a recipe simple enough to make with kids and can be made without even turning on the oven. It's easily customizable as well!

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups natural crunchy peanut butter
1 cup ground flaxseed
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup sliced almonds

See the entire recipe and directions at All Recipes.

Quick Matcha Superfood Smoothie

Matcha is green tea powder that is packed with antioxidants. This is an easy smoothie to put together since it only uses four ingredients, so it's fast to put together on a hectic morning.

  • 1 frozen banana, broken into pieces
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk (or almond milk)
  • 2 teaspoons matcha (Japanese green tea) powder

See the entire recipe and directions at Bourbon and Honey.

For more information about the benefits of matcha powder, see this article on our website.

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cakes

This is a fantastic make-ahead recipe for a quick and healthy breakfast or snack.  

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups low-fat milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

See the entire recipe and directions at Eating Well.

There's also a quick video on how to make these on Eating Well here.

Anti-Inflammatory Blueberry Smoothie

This amazing smoothie is quick to put together and is a great way to start the morning!

Ingredients

  • 2 handfuls spinach or leafy greens
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 T almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp cayenne (start light and add as desired)
  • 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

Read the entire recipe and directions and Be Whole Be You.

Cacao Superfood Smoothie

One of our customers brought this recipe in, and I liked it so much that I wanted to share it! This is a fantastic shake that's easy to put together.  It's full of nutrient dense foods and is a great energy boost in the morning!

  • 1 c. almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbs. bee pollen
  • 1 tbs. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbs. maca powder
  • 1 tbs. shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 cup ice*
  • raw honey to taste (optional)

 

Note: Instead of the ice, you can use a frozen banana if desired.

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.  Delish!

Stevia Sweetened Apple Oatmeal Muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon Sweetleaf Stevia powder (*see note)
1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup oil, melted butter or coconut oil
3/4 cup low-fat milk (or water or juice- see note)
1 apple peeled, cored and chopped
Optional: chopped nuts, granola

Note: I rarely have milk in my house, so while all baked goods recipes are better with milk (or non-dairy milk), apple juice or even water is completely acceptable, it just won't be as perfect as when made with milk.

This recipe is not very sweet, if you would like  a sweeter muffin, increase to a full tablespoon of stevia powder.

See the entire recipe and directions at Sugar Free Mom.

Paleo Gingerbread Loaf

This is a great recipe for December, that's perfect for breakfast or a snack with a nice mug of tea. It's suitable for Paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets.

INGREDIENTS:

⅔ cup molasses
4 eggs
¼ cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup almond flour
½ cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
optional: 1 tsp orange zest

Read the entire recipe and directions at the Primal Bites Blog.

RAW CARROT CAKE WITH CASHEW VANILLA FROSTING

This is such a neat recipe, and it's perfect for fall!

  • 3 cups shredded carrots (about 1 lb.)
  • 8 oz. (about 1 cup) pitted dates (you could also use raisins for a less expensive option- there's a recipe here for using raisins instead of dates)
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • (optional) 1/2 cup raisins

RAW CASHEW VANILLA FROSTING INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup water (use more or less to achieve desired consistency)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

See the entire recipe and directions at Gimmie Some Oven.

Forbidden Rice Porridge with Coconut

This is an exotic, amazing breakfast!  Black rice is also known as forbidden rice.  It is known as such since it was once eaten only by the Emperors of China.  

  • ¾ cup forbidden black rice, soaked overnight
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • Sliced banana to serve

To see the entire recipe and directions, go to amychaplin.com.

Soft-Baked Chocolate Chip Almond Breakfast Cookies

These make for a wonderful breakfast or snack that's full of fiber and healthy fats.  As an extra bonus, they're gluten and dairy free!

1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats (do not use quick-cooking)
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
1/4 cup mini, non-dairy, semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup raw, unsalted almond butter
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (vanilla or plain)
2 tablespoons light agave nectar or your favorite liquid sweetener
1 teaspoon almond extract (may substitute alcohol-free almond flavor)

Read the entire recipe and directions at The Washington Post.