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Fall Breakfast Ideas Crafted with Health Top of Mind

Finding getting out of bed to be challenging during the crisp fall mornings? Try these healthy fall breakfast recipes to put pep in the family’s step and excite taste buds!

Fall Breakfast Ideas Crafted with Health Top of Mind


Cooler, darker fall mornings can make it hard to get out of bed. Hitting the snooze button extra times can make mornings extra hectic and tempting to grab a quick, not-so-healthy breakfast option. However, enjoying healthy fall breakfast recipes is possible even without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

Looking to spice up breakfast options with new flavors? These fall breakfast ideas will have the whole family excited to start the day.

10 Cozy & Healthy Fall Breakfast Ideas

These quick fall breakfast ideas can help you enjoy the flavors of fall without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. They can also be adapted to using any in-season fruits or vegetables any time of year.

1. Baked Cinnamon Apples

Baked cinnamon apples can be a quick fall breakfast idea with only 5 minutes of cooking time. However, they can also be made ahead of time for even more ease in the morning. Baked cinnamon apples can be used in many ways for breakfast, including:

• On their own as a sweet way to start the day
• As a topping for toast paired with cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, or nut butter
• A topping for French toast, pancakes, or waffles
• Mixed into oatmeal or yogurt

2. Pumpkin Yogurt Parfaits

A tablespoon or two of canned pumpkin, a teaspoon of maple syrup, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and ground ginger added to a cup of plain Greek yogurt can be a fall-flavored, high protein, low sugar base for a fall breakfast idea.

A simple parfait can be made by layering (in either a bowl or jar) the pumpkin yogurt, nuts, or granola and desired fresh fruit such as sliced bananas, berries, or peaches. These parfaits can also be made ahead of time for an easy fall breakfast to grab in the morning.

3. Fall Veggie Hash

If savory flavors are the preferred way to start the day, heating up a fall veggie hash is a delicious and filling fall breakfast idea. To make a hash quickly in the morning, roast fall veggies ahead of time. This can be any assortment of veggies preferred including sweet potatoes, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, etc.

Reheat the roasted veggies on the stovetop with an egg or two, and heat until the desired doneness with eggs. Optional toppings can include shredded cheese, beans, salsa, or avocado. For a vegan option, take out the eggs and reheat veggies with beans and/or tofu.

4. Fall Spiced Overnight Oats

Overnight oats can be enjoyed year-round, as they are a healthy breakfast and easy template to change up flavors depending on the season. Putting all ingredients for overnight oats together the night before ensures a delicious, healthy breakfast in the morning.

To make fall spiced overnight oats, combine the following ingredients in a jar, stir and store in the refrigerator overnight.

• 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats or rolled oats
• 1/4 cup low-fat milk (or unsweetened milk alternative of choice)
• 1/2 Tbsp honey
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• Pinch of salt
• 1/4 cup diced apples or baked cinnamon apples
• 1 tbsp pureed pumpkin
•  tsp pumpkin pie spice or to taste

5. Apple Pie Fall Smoothie

This healthy apple pie smoothie is a delicious way to get a whole apple in for breakfast in a drinkable form. This smoothie can be made in just a few minutes with a food processor or blender and includes common foods found in the kitchen like plain Greek yogurt, dairy or plant-based milk, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom.

6. Fall Inspired Frittata

Frittatas are surprisingly easy to make and can be made many ways depending on flavor preferences and vegetables on hand. A fall-inspired frittata can include in-season produce such as butternut squash, like in this recipe, or even with a seemingly unlikely pairing of a savory frittata with apples.

7. Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin recipes are a top favorite fall flavor for almost everyone, so incorporating pumpkin for breakfast is a must fall breakfast idea. They can be both a quick and healthy fall breakfast.

Ingredients:

• 2 eggs, large
• 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
• 1 tsp pure maple syrup
• 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/4 cup almond flour
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
• Optional: mini chocolate chips, berries, apple chunks

Instructions:

1. Whisk the 2 eggs in a small bowl. Add in the pumpkin, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Then add the almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix until well combined.

2. Heat a nonstick pan over low to medium heat. Once the pan is fully heated, spray with cooking spray and spoon in 1/4 cup of batter.

3. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on the first side then flip to cook the other side for 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Plate the pancakes and top with nut butter, cream cheese frosting, maple syrup, or other favorite pancake toppings.

8. Pumpkin Chaffles

Looking for a low-carb fall breakfast idea? Look no further than making pumpkin chaffles!

Chaffles are "waffles" made from eggs and cheese in a waffle maker. Pumpkin chaffles can be made by adding a touch of pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg.

9. Fall Baked Oatmeal

Another healthy option in the morning is a make-ahead, cozy fall breakfast is baked oatmeal. Baked oatmeal can be made ahead of time with individual portions reheated when needed making it an easy, healthy go-to for breakfast.

Fall flavors pair well for baked oatmeal. Enjoy as an easy pumpkin baked oatmeal or an autumn baked oatmeal that combines apple, pumpkin, dried cranberries, and pecans.

10. Pumpkin Spice Latte

While not exactly a hearty, balanced breakfast alone, the infamous pumpkin spice latte should not be overlooked! The recipe is also simple and versatile, as it requires just a few common ingredients and can be made with preferred milk to liking.

Pair alongside one of the healthy meals above for the ultimate taste of the season!

Cozy Fall Breakfast Ideas Recap

While there may be a temptation to sleep longer with cooler, darker mornings, these cozy, healthy in-season flavors of these fall breakfasts will help ease the transition of waking up. Fall breakfast recipes can range from blending up an apple pie smoothie, making pumpkin parfaits, overnight oats, healthy pumpkin pancakes, or low-carb chaffles.

Roasting veggies ahead of time can be an easy template to make a veggie breakfast hash in the morning, or fall veggies can be incorporated into a fall frittata. Baked apples can also be made ahead of time to be enjoyed alone or paired with oatmeal, yogurt, or on top of toast. Fall flavored baked oatmeal can also be made ahead of time for quick, healthy breakfasts throughout the season.

Also, why stop at healthy fall recipes just for breakfast? Nutritious fall dinners are also abundant! From mac and cheese to 30-minute chili, the whole family will in fall love with these weeknight dinners.

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Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on September 08, 2021. Updated on September 21, 2021.

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