Breakfast is the first and IMO most important meal of the day. If you don’t eat a healthy breakfast you may want to think twice. Because of our circadian rhythm, our body knows how to process and handle calories more efficiently in the morning than in the evening.
There was a study done in the Army that had one group eat 2,000 calories in the morning and another group eat 2,000 calories (same food even!) in the evening and those in the morning group lost weight but those in the evening group gained weight.
Ok, I’m done nerding out over the science of our body. But hopefully, that got you thinking if you tend to skip breakfast or eat late at night!
Breakfast is the perfect chance to start fresh and get lots of fiber. Fiber is king when it comes to weight loss and the more we eat the better and healthier we are. If you want to learn more about fiber head here and here to learn about the amazing benefits of something so easy to add to your diet.
I’m sharing 3 of my favorite plant-based healthy breakfast recipes with you to help you get in the habit of eating breakfast or if you just need to switch up your breakfast routine! These healthy breakfast recipes are packed with fiber, nutrients, and carbs (the good kind!) to give you energy and fuel your body well. Plus, they are a yummy way to start the day!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars
If you’re looking for a bake ahead option for the week this is it! It’s so easy and requires only a handful of ingredients. These breakfast bars are perfect for on the go breakfast or even an afternoon snack. The original recipe doesn’t call for it but I like to add some chia seeds and flax meal in because you guessed it…more fiber.
2 cups oats
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8×8 baking dish.
- In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients until well combined.
- Spread mixture in baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
Berry Breakfast Crisp
This is one of my favorites and it’s literally so easy—you can’t mess it up. Tailor to what you like and if you don’t have a certain ingredient you can easily improvise! Add coconut flakes, flax meal, chia seeds, chopped nuts…or don’t! But you will get the double added bonus of fiber when you add flax meal and chia seeds.
Make it the night before, reheat, or just prep it. We eat this for breakfast, or snack, or even dessert. It’s low in added sugar but sweet enough from the fruit. Here’s my go-to recipe but I honestly don’t even measure when I make this now. And we LOVE the granola topping so I always make sure there is a lot!
3-4 cups frozen fruit
3 cups dry oats
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup almond flour
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes.
Add fruit to the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Mix the rest of the ingredients together until well combined. You may need to add more coconut oil if it’s not wet enough. Add topping to the fruit and spread evenly. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until the fruit is bubbly and the topping is browned.
Cinnamon Roll Oats
When I first started eating more plant-based, oats were my go-to breakfast choice. But I’m sorta weird in that I don’t like warm oatmeal, but I do love it when I make a “cereal” with oats. So this has been a “recipe” (again I don’t usually measure!) I’ve been eating since the very beginning. You can totally heat this up if you’d rather something warm or if you’re missing cereal try it out the way I love it.
½ cup oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 to 2 tbsp crushed pecans
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
Mix all the ingredients into a bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute or until warm. Or eat as cold cereal (my favorite way!).
Whether you’re needing to add some spice back into your breakfast routine or need some quick and healthy options, you’re going to love these recipes. I can’t wait to hear which ones you make.