6 Breakfast Trends That Taste Like Dessert

Mornings just got a lot sweeter.

By: Lexy Parsons

Let’s face it — breakfast has always been the trendiest (and best) meal of the day. Over the years, we’ve seen a rise in superfood acai bowls, adaptogenic lattes, and of course, the breakfast classics that will never go out of style (think: avocado toast and smoothies).  

Looking back at our favorite breakfast trends… one could say we have a sweet tooth. And, they’re not wrong. I mean, if you can enjoy a meal that’s equally as indulgent as it is healthy, why wouldn’t you? Especially if these dessert-for-breakfast foods are as easy to make as they are to enjoy (hint: they are!)

Ahead are our favorite indulgent breakfast trends that will have you springing out of bed. Here’s to enjoying breakfast and satisfying your sweet tooth at the same time!

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6 Indulgent Breakfast Trends You Need On Your Plate

#1 Pancakes

Pancakes are one of those breakfasts that will *always* be trendy. I mean, just thinking about this decadent morning meal has us salivating — banana pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, even cinnamon protein pancakes! Seriously, what’s not to love? And, all of these delicious variations can be made healthy. I know, sounds too good to be true… right? 

Well, it’s as simple as a few healthy swaps to enhance both the texture and the nutrition! 

Swap inflammatory oils for a healthier alternative: Most traditional pancake recipes call for refined oils (such as canola or vegetable) — try coconut or avocado oil instead! 

Skip refined white flour for a wholesome alternative: Try a grain-free or gluten-free substitute like oat, almond, or coconut flour (just make sure you’re using the proper proportions when substituting!)

Go dairy-free: Trade the dairy for a plant-based alternative like almond milk, oat milk, or cashew milk!

Keep it low-sugar: Sweeten your pancakes the all-natural way with natural sweeteners like banana, apple sauce, honey, or maple syrup. 

Pancake Toppings:

If you’re a true dessert for breakfast lover, you know these breakfast trends aren’t complete without toppings! Here are some of our favorite healthy pancake toppings: 

  • Freshly sliced fruit like banana, berries, and dates
  • Lightly sauteed cinnamon apples
  • A drizzle of natural sweeteners like honey, date syrup, or maple syrup
  • Low-sugar granola or a sprinkle of trail mix 
  • Dairy-free chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • Nut or seed butter (such as granola butter, almond or peanut butter, or sunflower seed butter)

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#2 Sweet Breakfast Bowls

Loaded breakfast bowls are one of the best breakfast trends because they’re easy to customize and easy to whip up! 

Picture an indulgent breakfast bowl filled with all of your favorite sweet morning treats: yogurt, granola, berries, nut butter, maybe even crumbled energy balls, or chia seed pudding! Are you convinced? Well, there’s more: toppings! Maybe a drizzle of maple syrup, raw honey, or a slather of homemade chia jam. The possibilities are endless.

Build your sweet breakfast bowl with these tasty ideas:

  • Greek yogurt with roasted sweet potato, granola, and a drizzle of almond butter
  • Chia seed pudding layered with coconut yogurt, berries, and cinnamon
  • Mixed fruit with granola, a drizzle of honey, and a splash of dairy-free milk
  • Warm oats topped with sauteed apples, coconut yogurt, and a sprinkle of cinnamon

#3 Overnight Oats

For the ultimate dessert for breakfast, look to overnight oats. It still amazes me how nutritious this breakfast can be while tasting like a straight-up sweet treat. Ingredients like oats, nut butter, chia seeds, and dairy-free milk come together to form a pudding-like mixture that is packed with fiber, protein, and satiating carbs. No wonder this is one of the most popular breakfast trends!!

Best of all, this healthy breakfast can be prepped ahead of time to make busy mornings that much easier. And, there are healthy overnight oats recipes for all your dessert-like cravings! Think: chocolate, pumpkin pie, berries and cream, and peanut butter everything.

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#4 Coffee Everything

Coffee is a morning must-have. And, with a little know-how, you can transform this energizing beverage into a healthy dessert-like breakfast. When we imagine coffee breakfast trends, it’s more than just our mug — think: coffee banana smoothies, chocolate mocha pancakes, espresso oat energy balls…  the list goes on! 

Here are some sweet ways to incorporate this pick-me-up into your morning:

  • Replace half of the liquid in your morning smoothie with cold brew. 
  • Add a scoop of espresso to your favorite bliss balls.
  • Add a splash of cold brew to overnight oats. 

#5 Dessert Smoothie Bowls 

When it comes to dessert for breakfast, dessert smoothie bowls take the cake 😉 I mean, it’s basically like eating ice cream for breakfast. Enough said — we’re sold!

But, that doesn’t mean your breakfast bowl has to be full of sugar. In fact, it’s easy to make a low-sugar breakfast smoothie that is equally as decadent! 

When you’re craving a sweet morning meal, here’s how to make a healthy dessert smoothie bowl without splurging on calories and sugar:

Thicken your smoothie with frozen veggies: Steamed and frozen cauliflower and zucchini are amazing thickening agents that are seemingly tasteless! Instead of adding excess fruit or one too many ice cubes, try this instead.

Be mindful of fruit sugar: Bring on the frozen bananas, mango, papaya, and sugary fruits, but keep it within reason! Stick to a serving or two of fruit per smoothie bowl serving to keep sugar levels in check.

Sweeten your smoothie bowl naturally: Craving chocolate? Add cacao powder! Want a caramel flavor? Toss in a date! Steer clear of processed sugars and stick to the real deal foods in their whole form.

Add healthy fats and protein: In addition to adding a thick and creamy texture, protein powder and healthy fats (like avocado and nut butter) transform your smoothie bowl from a snack into a satiating meal. Plus, you’ll avoid a blood sugar spike and be less likely to overeat!

#6 Breakfast Cookies 

I think we can agree — breakfast cookies are one of the best breakfast trends! Beyond their dessert-like taste, they’re particularly favorable as a blank canvas for all of our cravings and nutritional needs. 

Feeling like something indulgent and chocolatey? Make a healthy breakfast cookie with some chocolate chips and cacao powder. Need a morning meal that will keep you sustained and energized? Mix in vanilla protein powder and some nut butter to your cookie batter.

And yes, despite being sweet and indulgent, breakfast cookies can be equally as healthy! Here are some ingredients to add when you want fresh-out-of-the-oven breakfast cookies that are decadent yet wholesome:

  • Swap refined flour for gluten-free oats (think: pillowy, baked oats in the form of cookies).
  • Sprinkle in cacao nibs or dairy-free chocolate chips to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Add a tablespoon or two of flax seeds or chia seeds for a fiber boost.
  • Skip the refined sugar and use a natural sweetener like banana or dates. 
  • Give your breakfast a boost by adding in a scoop of plant-based protein powder.

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Eat Breakfast Like Kings & Queens 

These indulgent breakfast trends just made our mornings look a lot sweeter. Add these healthy morning meals to your recipe box and go to bed dreaming about all the ways you can make breakfast taste like dessert.

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