7 Winter Breakfast Foods That Seem Indulgent But Are Actually Healthy

01/22/2020 Nutrition and Recipes Healthy Eating Nutrition Health and Wellness

Here are seven breakfast recipes that are easy to throw together and give you all the warm, decadent, and comforting flavors of winter while enhancing your health.

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When you think about breakfast in the winter, what comes to mind? Is it a big stack of pancakes with butter and warm maple syrup? Or maybe large cinnamon rolls with sweet icing on top? Muffins, scones, croissants, breakfast sandwiches with egg and cheese … anything that is warm and indulgent sounds good during the winter months.

Although those foods sound and taste amazing, they aren’t fueling your body in the best way. Heavy foods like that in the morning can leave you feeling overly full and bloated. Not fun! But there are healthy options for breakfast foods that taste good and make you feel good too. Here are some healthy twists on some classic favorites.

1. Berry Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

This recipe is warm and comforting while also providing the body with vitamins and minerals to fuel yourself during the winter months. You can make this recipe in advance and eat it throughout the week. It’s a delicious blend of sweet berries and savory oats.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 cups of frozen berries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • Coconut oil (for greasing the baking dish)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Use melted coconut oil to grease a baking dish.

In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients except sliced almonds. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.

Pour the berry oat mixture into your greased baking dish and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until cooked through.

Sprinkle the sliced almonds and some additional cinnamon on top before serving.

Serves 6

2. Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Apples, cinnamon, oats, maple syrup … sounds good, doesn’t it? And the flavors are just one good part of this recipe. It’s easy to make, and you can prepare it the night before so your morning breakfast will be a breeze.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 apples, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup tahini

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the almond milk, oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, allspice, chia seeds, and half of the apples. Cover the bowl and store it in the refrigerator overnight.

The next morning, divide the oats into bowls and top with the rest of the apples and the tahini. Top with additional cinnamon and maple syrup if desired.

If you like your oats a little more liquid-rich, you can add more almond milk before serving.

Serves 4

3. Paleo Pumpkin Porridge

A big, warm bowl of porridge on a cold winter morning. Doesn’t that sound comforting? What’s even better is that this recipe has all the flavors of a pumpkin pie, and it’s paleo too. Cozy up by the fireplace and enjoy a big bowl of this Paleo Pumpkin Porridge. It’s a healthy way to indulge in a warm breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups full-fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

Directions:

Put a large pan over medium heat and add 1 cup of coconut milk, pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, and cauliflower rice.

Cook your mixture until the cauliflower rice is tender, for about 8 minutes.

Once the rice is tender, divide the porridge into bowls and top with remaining coconut milk, maple syrup, and pumpkin seeds. Sprinkle extra pumpkin pie spice over the top if desired.

Serves 4

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4. Sausage, Squash, and Spinach Hash

What sounds more enticing for breakfast than hash? It’s warm, filling, and full of flavor. Most hash recipes use pork, potatoes, and butter. But this recipe swaps out the not-so-healthy ingredients for butternut squash, turkey sausage, and spinach for leafy green goodness. It’s the perfect way to make a classic breakfast recipe healthy without sacrificing flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces uncooked turkey sausage, casing removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups butternut squash cubes (chopped in 1/2” squares)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Directions:

Over medium heat, cook the turkey sausage in a skillet. Break it apart as it cooks until browned. Once cooked, move the sausage to a plate.

In the same skillet, add in olive oil, squash, and onions and cook until the squash is soft. Add cooked sausage, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper to your skillet. Stir until combined and then add in your spinach.

Remove from heat and mix until spinach has wilted. Serve with hot sauce if desired.

Serves 4

5. Coconut Cranberry Granola

Granola is a classic breakfast staple that you can enjoy any time of day. However, many granolas are loaded with processed grains and sugars that taste good, but don’t leave you feeling good. This Coconut Cranberry Granola is full of wholesome ingredients that are delicious and healthy. It’s sweet and savory, crunchy and chewy, and everything you could possibly want in a granola. It’s grain-free and vegan too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent the granola from sticking.

Mix all your ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl until everything is incorporated together and coated in coconut butter and maple syrup.

Pour mixture onto the baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out evenly into a flat layer.

Bake the granola for 8 minutes, stir, and then bake again for another 8 minutes. Let the granola cool and it’s ready to eat!

Use this granola over your favorite dairy-free yogurt, eat it as a snack, or use it as a topping for baked fruit.

Serves 8

6. Sweet Potato Toast with Almond Butter & Banana

Warm toast with peanut butter is a traditional breakfast treat. This recipe kicks it up a notch on the healthy chart by using sweet potato as the toast and almond butter with bananas as a topping. It’s a little sweet and savory and a filling and indulgent breakfast food you may enjoy even more than the classic version.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 2 bananas, sliced thin

Directions:

Cut the pointy ends off of each sweet potato and slice them lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices. Toast them in your toaster or in the oven until they begin to brown.

Once toasted to your liking, spread almond butter over each slice and top with the banana slices.

Serves 4

7. Breakfast Berry Crisp

If you’re looking for a sweet dish to bring to your next brunch, this is it! Or if you are making breakfast for a special occasion, this is a wonderful side dish. This recipe combines sweet and tangy berries with a crunchy granola topping. It tastes indulgent while using healthy ingredients that you can feel good about consuming.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups frozen berries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking dish with a little melted coconut oil.

In a mixing bowl, add in the frozen berries, lemon juice, arrowroot powder, and only half of the maple syrup. Mix well and add to your baking dish.

In another mixing bowl, mix together the rolled oats, almond flour, ground flaxseed, and cinnamon. Pour in the rest of the maple syrup and melted coconut oil to the oat mixture and mix well until everything is coated. Put the oat mixture over the berry mixture in the baking dish so it’s evenly spread out over the top.

Bake for about 45 minutes until the berries are bubbling and the oats begin to brown. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Serves 4 

These healthy winter breakfast recipes will have you enjoying an indulgent breakfast without the guilt and without the winter weight gain. Enjoy these recipes on a cold winter morning or make them for your next brunch party. Whenever you make them, you’ll be glad you did!

*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; it does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Chopra Center's Mind-Body Medical Group; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.


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Lauren Venosta

Clinical Nutritionist & Personal Chef
Lauren Venosta is a clinical nutritionist and personal chef based in San Diego, California. She runs her practice, total body nourishment , where she helps motivated men and women to regain their energy and feel great in their body. Practicing a food-as-medicine approach, she helps her clients utilize the healing powers of food to nourish their bodies. With nutrition counseling and custom meal plans, her clients experience results that last for the long-term. No crash dieting or feeling deprived, her programs focus on building healthy lifestyle habits and incorporating whole foods. She works with clients all over the country via online...Read more