Quick and Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Gingerbread Granola

Whether you are crunched for time or looking to simplify your morning routine, start your day on the right foot with these simple and healthy breakfast recipes.

Peanut Butter, Banana and Spinach Smoothie

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Spinach Smoothie

Looking for an on-the-go, protein rich start to the day? This almond milk smoothie recipe is perfect for you. Toss all the ingredients into your blender and process for about 60 seconds (or until smooth). Voila! You’re finished. Pour your smoothie into a nifty takeaway container and get ready to sail through your morning.

Ingredients
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 small banana
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder*
1 handful of fresh spinach (or one small cube if using a frozen alternative)
A sprinkle of cinnamon
1 handful of ice (optional)

*Vegan? No problem! Opt for a soy based chocolate protein power.

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding

With just a short amount of prep-time and pre-planning required, it’s no wonder that Chia Seed Pudding was my go-to breakfast this past year. Plus, this delicious treat is as simple to make as it is healthy. Chia seeds are packed with fiber and antioxidants and are also a good source of natural protein. I love this simple Chia Seed Pudding recipe from the Dubai based blog, Secret Squirrel Food.

You will need to let your ingredients sit for at least a few hours for the chia seeds to transform into gooey deliciousness, so I recommend starting the process either before or after dinner the night before. 

Combine all of the base ingredients into a sealable container, like a Mason jar. Once your lid is firmly secured, give the container a quick shake to fully mix all of the ingredients together. Then pop the container into the fridge and let it sit overnight. In the morning, transfer your chia seed pudding base into a bowl and layer with your choice of toppings.

Base Ingredients*
3 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract

*If you're already a chia seed pudding veteran or are looking are looking to add an extra twist to your breakfast, add a teaspoon of matcha powder to your base mixture before letting your ingredients sit overnight. The green tea taste is magical.

Toppings
Berries or freshly cut fruit, cacao nibbs, granola - there are endless possibilities when it comes to toppings, so go crazy, get creative and figure out what combinations you like best.

Gingerbread Granola 2

Homemade Granola

When it comes to grocery store cereals, granola always seemed like a healthy option to me. After all, it’s filed with real, wholesome ingredients, isn’t it? Don’t be fooled, store-bought granola is often filled with sugar and empty calories. It’s not all bad news for granola fans though, switching to homemade granola is a simple way to keep the cereal's benefits like fiber, healthy fats and a delicious crunch in your breakfast without the extra sugar.

I love this Gingerbread Granola recipe from my college friend, Minna (if you haven’t checked out her healthy living blog, then you are absolutely missing out). I made a few tweaks in my own batch - I added a touch more spices than the original recipe as well as some dried cranberries and chopped hazelnuts. My favorite part about homemade granola is that you can really tweak the ingredients to match your taste.

The baking process is super simple, although more time intensive than the other two recipes. However, once the process is complete, you will have a hefty supply of granola to get you through the coming weeks.

Dry Ingredients
2 cups raw, rolled oats
1 cup white quinoa (rinsed and dried)
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp sea salt

Wet Ingredients
1/3 cup Coconut Oil, melted
1/3 cup Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 180°C
  2. Combine all of the recipe's dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Next add in your wet ingredients and stir until the oats and quinoa are well coated.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes (or until the granola is toasted).
  4. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and let your granola cool - then store in a sealed container.
  5. Enjoy! Serve your homemade granola with some chia seed pudding or a scoop of Greek Yogurt.


What are your favorite healthy breakfast recipes?