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Treat yourself before 10 a.m.; beat the heat and the sugar cravings with these healthy alternatives
summer desserts
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21 Healthy Summer Desserts to Eat for Breakfast

21 Healthy Summer Desserts to Eat for Breakfast
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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

Almond Avocado Pudding
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While pudding is usually reserved for dessert, this version is healthy enough to eat for breakfast. We swapped out heavy cream for healthy-fat-filled avocado — a swap that not only makes the pudding creamier, but also loads your bowl with nutrition. The eggs involved add protein, while the sugar content remains on the lower side.

Get the Almond Avocado Pudding recipe here.

Baked Pear

Baked Pear
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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

Banana Chocolate Cake
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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!

Blueberry Fro-Yo

Blueberry Fro-Yo
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Eat ice cream for breakfast. Literally. The full-fat yogurt in this recipe makes it feel like you’re indulging in heavy cream without adding on any unhealthy ingredients. Nutritionists often recommend full-fat yogurt over the fat free alternatives, and fro-yo sounds like a great place to start! Fruit, protein-rich yogurt, and healthy fats all come together for a totally healthy breakfast.

Get the Blueberry Fro-Yo recipe here.

Breakfast Dessert Pizza

Breakfast Dessert Pizza

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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

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.

Get the Carrot Orange Breakfast Muffins recipe here.

Cereal Pops

Cereal Pops

Ever heard of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City? Now you can make cereal ice cream at home, but way healthier. Take refreshing ice pops to the next level and add layers of America’s favorite breakfast to the mix. To keep these as healthy as possible, choose a cereal without tons of added sugar and made with whole grains, such as those from Barbara’s Bakery. The LoveGrown brand uses beans to make their low-sugar cereal while sneaking protein in the mix, too.

Get the Cereal Pops recipe here.

Cheesecake Filling

Cheesecake Filling
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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.

Get the Cheesecake Filling recipe here.

Cherry Vanilla Protein Muffins

Cherry Vanilla Protein Muffins
Kylie Mitchell / ImmaEatThat

Everyone knows the best breakfasts are packed with protein. And these muffins are so sweet and chewy, you won’t be able to taste the flax, whole grains, oats, and whey powder hiding between the layers. The best part? ImmaEatThat’s genius version has a gooey peanut butter core.

Get the Cherry Vanilla Protein Muffins recipe here.

Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies
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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.

Get the Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies recipe here.

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse
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The secret? It’s made with avocado! Healthy-fat-filled and oh so creamy, this mousse will feel like rich chocolatey heaven in a bowl. Incredibly, this indulgent-feeling recipe uses zero added sugar and tastes great topped with goji berries or fresh fruit!

Get the Avocado-Based Chocolate Mousse recipe here.

Cookie Dough

Cookie Dough
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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.

Learn how to make healthy cookie dough here.

Fig and Strawberry Crumble

Fig and Strawberry Crumble
Kale Me Maybe

A crumble for breakfast? Umm, yes. Super-sweet figs and seasonal strawberries make this a fantastic summer dish. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and sweetened with all-natural ingredients like maple syrup and coconut sugar. Sounds good to me!

Get Kale Me Maybe’s Fig and Strawberry Crumble recipe here.

Ice Cream Tacos

Ice Cream Tacos
Halo Top

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.

Get the Ice Cream Tacos recipe here.

Protein Truffles

Protein Truffles
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Chocolate truffles, while usually reserved for special occasions and after-dinner treats, can now make their way into your mornings. They have all-natural sugar, protein, and nut butter — the trifecta of a healthy, sustaining breakfast. Pop a few in your mouth and head out the door feeling pampered and energized.

Learn how to make five fun flavors of chocolate truffle here.

Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts
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Ditch the PSL and grab a doughnut instead. Live a little! But don’t worry about any health drawbacks from munching on these fluffy treats — our version uses oats, pumpkin, and Greek yogurt for a balanced and incredibly healthy bite.

Get the Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts recipe here.

Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops

Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops
Jessica Rosen

These frozen treats are perfect for summer. Start your day with an ice pop and don’t even worry about the tons of sugar that usually comes with it — these have all-natural sweeteners like fruit and honey. The coconut milk bumps up the nutrition and the flavor of each one, so you’ll be full and feeling great until lunch. Or, you know, have another for a mid-morning snack. When they’re this creamy and sweet, you’ll be craving them like ice cream!

Get the Healthy Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops recipe here.

Strawberry Nice Cream and Chocolate Quinoa Bircher

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.

Make one for yourself with this recipe.

Sweet Breakfast Quinoa

Sweet Breakfast Quinoa
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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.

Get the Sweet Breakfast Quinoa recipe here.

Tropical Breakfast Nice Cream

Tropical Breakfast Nice Cream
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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.

Learn how to blend it here.

Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins With Cinnamon Crumble

Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins With Cinnamon Crumble
The Almond Eater

These muffins pack two of the biggest nutritional wins for a healthy breakfast: whole grains and fiber. Whole grains are great for providing sustainable, slow-releasing energy for hours, and the whole wheat flour used here does just that. With all the cinnamon and sweet crumbly topping, you won’t even notice all the zucchini!

Get The Almond Eater’s recipe here.

Speaking of muffins… Get 16 more healthy on-the-go muffin recipes here.

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