11 desserts you can eat for breakfast

Mornings are hard. Breakfasts that feel more like dessert will make the AM a little easier—and way happier.

11 desserts you can eat for breakfast

dessert for breakfast

Roasted Vanilla Pears

Don’t limit these syrupy pears to dessert only. They make a convincing breakfast with oatmeal or Greek yogurt (sprinkle with toasted nuts or granola). Or slice one half and layer on top multigrain toast slathered with goat or cream cheese. Get the recipe: Roasted Vanilla Pears 

roasted pears with vanilla beansPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Frozen Bananas

Yes, these ones are chocolate- and candy-coated, but hear us out: A frozen banana on a stick is a super-fun way to start the day. To breakfast-ify it, dunk in yogurt and sprinkle with crushed nuts, cereal or granola. Get the recipe: Frozen Bananas

bananas on sticks dunked in chocolate with sprinklesPhoto: Erik Putz


Slow-Cooker Cinnamon French Toast Crunch

This classic breakfast gets a little dessert-inspired oomph with a crunchy cinnamon-cornflake topping. Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Cinnamon French Toast Crunch

plate of French toast with fresh fruitPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Fruity Frozen Yogurt

This doesn’t look like breakfast food to you? Let’s deconstruct: This is basically just a frozen smoothie scooped into a waffle (cone!). Totally AM-appropriate. Imagine his face when you tell him ice cream’s for breakfast. Get the recipe: Fruity Frozen Yogurt

two waffle cones with peach-coloured frozen yogurtPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Best-Ever Applesauce Cake

Breakfast cake: It’s a thing. There’s no refined sugar in this cake—it comes by its sweetness naturally from applesauce, vanilla and dates. Now put the coffee on. Get the recipe: Best-Ever Applesauce Cake

pan of apple cakePhoto: Maya Visnyei


No-Bake Brownie Bites

Brownies for breakfast? You bet. Dates and cocoa powder gives these balls convincing brownie chewiness and fudginess. Bonus: These nutritious little morsels will jump start your day. Get the recipe: No-Bake Brownie Bites

chocolate balls covered in nuts and coconutPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Spiced Apple Oatmeal in Squash Rings

Yes, your kids are eating veggies for breakfast, but keep it to your smug self. This baked oatmeal is studded with soft cubes of apples and crispy pecans, all topped with a maple syrup drizzle. It’s the best. Get the recipe: Spiced Apple Oatmeal in Squash Rings

oatmeal in a squash ringPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Fruity Rocket Pops

OK, this recipe is pretty sweet, but so is juice. Slurping the drippy bits off these fruity pops is more fun than we usually allow at breakfast. Kids may need an extra-thorough face wipe after these. Get the recipe: Fruity Rocket Pops

homemade rocket popsiclesPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Quinoa Banana Bread

This is one delicious wake-up call. You’d never know it, but this loaf calls for quinoa and whole wheat flour, making it totally breakfast appropriate. Get the recipe: Quinoa Banana Bread

owl plate with banana breadPhoto: Emily Cumming

Yogurt Parfait Popsicles

Who says a yogurt parfait has to be served in a bowl? These popsicles are essentially plain Greek yogurt (thinned with a bit of milk and sweetened with honey) swirled with fruity jam. Finish with granola and it’s the chillest breakfast ever. Get the recipe: Yogurt Parfait Popsicles

tray with fruity popsicles

French toast bread pudding

This french toast twist turns a classic dessert into the ultimate breakfast dish. Top with fresh fruit and lots of maple syrup! Get the recipe: French toast bread pudding

child pouring syrup on French toastPhoto: Carmen Cheung

Read more:
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10 classic dessert recipes

This article was originally published on Feb 24, 2017

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