Treat yourself before 10 a.m.; beat the heat and the sugar cravings with these healthy alternatives
21 Healthy Summer Desserts to Eat for Breakfast
This summer, put away the boring plain yogurt and get out your dessert spoon. You don’t have to succumb to a horrible sugar hangover to get your sweets fix, either: Health food bloggers and recipe creators everywhere have made it easy to eat dessert in the morning instead of breakfast.
If you’re feeling fruity, craving chocolate, or longing for a creamy spoonful, we’ve got you covered. The recipes we’ve got include all kinds of desserts — and we’re not wasting any time with sad, diet-friendly “desserts” like yogurt parfaits or sliced apples. These desserts are for real.
That means that before 10 a.m., you can have your cake and eat it, too. Literally. We want you to eat cake for breakfast — and stay healthy while you’re at it.
These 20 recipes are not only insanely decadent and sweet, but they are also insanely nutritious — hiding wholesome ingredients like Greek yogurt, fruit, and oats in their layers of cocoa and frostings.
Almond Avocado Pudding
With all of the toppings you could ever want. Something magical happens to fruit when you bake it: It gets 10 times as sweet. Take a ripe pear and stick it in the oven. Then, add whatever toppings you think would make it great. This recipe uses oats, cinnamon, and butter to make the baked fruit taste more like pie.
Banana Chocolate Cake
Rich, moist chocolate cake with a hint of banana — all this meal is missing is the scoop of vanilla “nice” cream on the side! The cake is sweetened with bananas, honey, and cocoa powder for a chocolatey taste that’s completely natural.
This recipe is for a “snack cake” but we recommend upping the portion and turning it into breakfast. We’re willing to bet peanut butter makes a great topping!
Breakfast Dessert Pizza
When the foodie geniuses of the world came up with dessert pizza, we were all in awe. But now you can eat the stuff for breakfast, and not even miss out on the nutritional must-haves of your most important meal. This recipe uses whole wheat pizza dough and fresh fruit to keep it free of refined sugars. Except for the Nutella, of course — for an extra healthy kick, we recommend you replace Nutella with Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. We promise, it will taste just as good!
Carrot Orange Breakfast Muffins
The citrus in these zesty mini-muffins makes them perfect for summer (and makes the orange color from the carrots far more appealing). The only sweetener in these freshly baked bites is honey, and yet they found a way to add whole servings of vegetables in each and every one. Make a batch and freeze them for an easy on-the-go breakfast that tastes like a total treat.
Ditch the crust and just make a healthier version of the creamy middle. A dreamy combination of cream cheese, milk, and honey combines with hearty oats to create a satisfying bowl for one! We recommend doubling it to make it truly breakfast-sized, or pairing with some fruit and nutty toppings to add a satisfying crunch.
Cherry Vanilla Protein Muffins
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Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies
So you’ve heard of the Complete Cookie protein cookie — but did you know you could make a way healthier version on your own? While the store-bought version still contains standard cookie ingredients like enriched flour and cane sugar, these decadent desserts are made with beans, stevia to sweeten, and peanut butter.
We fully endorse you eating cookie dough at breakfast — healthfully. This delightful dough is concocted using only three crazy-healthy ingredients: chickpeas, peanut butter, and honey. Go ahead — make a whole batch.
Fig and Strawberry Crumble
Kale Me Maybe
Ice Cream Tacos
I know, I know — two foods you thought never could be healthy, meshed into one nutritious dessert. Too good to be true? Not this time. The recipe uses low-calorie Halo Top ice cream in a fluffy oat and flax tortilla. The eggs in the recipe add some protein, and since they’re only sweetened using Halo Top and fresh fruit, the sugar content of these sweet snacks is crazy low.
Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts
Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops
Strawberry Nice Cream and Chocolate Quinoa Bircher
Green Kitchen Smoothies
This loaded glass looks insane. While this recipe is a bit more complex, it’s worth every minute of effort. Coconut milk, quinoa, fresh strawberries, and chocolate come together for a satisfying, healthy dessert that’s actually crazy good for you.
Sweet Breakfast Quinoa
Oats are too old-school. This quinoa recipe tastes like rice pudding got an upgrade, and looks like it, too. Make the luscious walnut cream in a big batch and use the rest for desserts all week — the calorie content is so low, you can honestly put it on everything. Then, spice up the quinoa with fruit juice and tons of warm spices for tons of flavor without all the added sugar.
Tropical Breakfast Nice Cream
Healthified ice creams like this one are typically called “nice cream,” and for good reason — they’re super nice to your taste buds and your health. Made with frozen fruit, milk, and honey, there’s absolutely nothing bad in these frozen treats. Spoon some into a bowl with nutty toppings, plop some in a cone, or eat it right out of the blender — we won’t judge.
Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins With Cinnamon Crumble
The Almond Eater