Looking for a delicious way to eat more superfoods every day? Simply add a few ultra-healthy foods, such as chia seeds, avocados, and carrots, to your favorite breakfast dishes, and you can easily increase your nutrient intake while still enjoying pancakes, muffins, and French toast. You’ll look and feel better, and your tastebuds will be none the wiser. To start your day on a nutritious note, make one of the following five recipes for your morning meal.
1. Chocolate Chip Banana Superfood Pancakes
These Chocolate Chip Banana Superfood Pancakes taste unbelievably indulgent, but don’t be fooled by their super sweet flavors! Packed with chia seeds, coconut water, almond meal, and cacao nibs, these flapjacks are extraordinarily nutritious. Perfect for breakfast or brunch, this recipe will leave you feeling full and satisfied. Nothing beats a warm plate of pancakes drizzled in syrup!
- ¼ cup oats, ground
- 2 tablespoons almond meal
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds plus 3 tablespoons water
- 1 large banana, mashed
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons coconut water
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
Directions: Stir together the chia seeds and water, and set aside to thicken. This is your egg replacement. Meanwhile, mix the ground oats, almond meal, and salt in a small bowl. Add the mashed banana, vanilla, and coconut water, and give it a stir. When the chia mixture is thick enough, add it to the pancake batter, along with the cacao nibs. Stir until combined.
Heat a frying pan over medium with a little coconut oil. Use a ¼ measuring cup to make 4 small pancakes. Cook on medium/medium low for about 5 to 10 minutes per side. When golden on either side, remove from heat, and start stacking. Layer with peanut butter, more banana slices, and maple syrup.
2. Superfood French Toast
Your pantry may not be stocked with all of the ingredients needed to make Superfood French Toast, but a quick trip to the nearest health food store will change that. The Herban Fortress notes that exact measurements aren’t included for many of the ingredients “because you can just add a pinch of everything and it always turns out right. It is not an exact science and anyone can do it.”
Sounds easy enough, right? Now head to that health food store, so you can make this nutrient-packed breakfast!
- Whole-grain sprouted bread
- Coconut oil for the pan
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk or plain coconut creamer
- Bee pollen
- Chia plus flax powder
- Almond meal
- ½ banana, mashed
- Pinch of salt
- Fresh berries
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Chopped walnuts or pecans
Directions: Mix everything from the egg to the banana into a wide bowl. Adjust the coconut milk if the batter seems too thick. Warm the coconut oil in a non-stick pan. Dredge your bread through the batter and cook it about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Top your French toast with the yogurt, berries, and nuts.
3. Cranberry Carrot Bran Muffins
Carrots, bananas, cranberries, dates, oats, and honey are crammed into these tasty morning treats. Hummusapien’s recipe, featured on Self, is bursting with superfoods, ensuring you can enjoy a morning muffin without packing on the pounds. It makes 12 servings, with each containing 150 calories, 2 grams of fat, and 4 grams of protein.
Reader’s Digest explains that carrots are packed with health benefits; they can help lower your cholesterol, and contain alpha-carotene and bioflavonoids, which can reduce your risk of cancer. Additionally, carrots can protect your vision and help stop memory loss.
- 1 cup oat bran
- 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 2 Stevia packets (optional, for a sweeter muffin)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup grated carrot (1 large carrot)
- ½ cup mashed overripe banana (1 medium banana)
- ¾ cup applesauce
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup chopped dates
- ½ cup dried cranberries
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Liberally spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, combine wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry and stir until just combined. Fold in cranberries and dates. Bake for about 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean
4. Chocolate Brownie Superfood Waffles
Jane’s Healthy Kitchen’s Chocolate Brownie Superfood Waffles are packed with good-for-you ingredients, yet manage to still look and taste like dessert. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can personalize your waffles as you please. It suggests a number of superfoods that taste great in this dish, like nuts, bee pollen, and seaweed, so you can make them as healthy as you’d like. It yields 8 servings.
- ½ cup coconut butter
- ⅓ cup pure cacao powder or ½ cup carob powder
- ⅛ teaspoon unprocessed salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ apple, cored, in large chunks with the peel, or a beet, cut in large chunks
- ½ cup almond butter
- Choose 1 of the following: ⅔ cup Just Like Sugar Table Top natural chicory root sweetener; 2 tablespoons PureLo Lo Han Sweetener; ½ cup raw honey; or your favorite sweetener
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla
- 3 tablespoons chopped nuts
- 2 tablespoons whole hemp nuts
- 2 tablespoons pure hemp protein
- ½ teaspoon nutritional yeast
- ¼ teaspoon decaffeinated coffee powder
- 1 teaspoon Chlorella Powder
- 1 tablespoon dry hiziki seaweed
- 1 tablespoon maca powder
- 1 dropper-full ChlorOxygen
- ¼ teaspoon bee pollen
- ½ cup liquid or more, as needed
Directions: Prepare your choice of toppings. Heat a waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s directions. In a food processor, add the dry ingredients: coconut butter, cacao or carob powder, salt, and baking powder. Process until it is a fine powder with no lumps, and dump into a mixing bowl. Add to the empty food processor: shredded apple or beet, almond butter, sweetener, coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla. Process very well until the apple is completely liquefied.
Add your favorite superfoods. Process well. Add the dry ingredients to the mixture in the food processor. Process well. The batter will be very thick. Add liquid slowly to thin the batter so it’s like a pancake batter that you can just barely pour. If you have to spoon it in, the batter is too thick, and the waffles will be a bit dense.
Check that your waffle iron is hot. Brush it with a dash of coconut oil. Pour a small amount of batter into the center of each waffle iron square. It should barely fill its square, allowing space for the waffle to expand. Close the waffle iron and bake per the manufacturer’s instructions. When you can gently pull the waffles out with a fork or fingers, and they come away from the iron, they’re done. These are delicate, because they’re flourless. Place the waffles on a serving plate. Enjoy them hot with your favorite sauce.
5. Avocado Superfood Breakfast Toast
Choosing Raw’s recipe is perfect for mornings when you want to eat healthy but simply don’t have the time to make anything too elaborate. Consisting of whole-grain bread, avocado, and pomegranate and hemp seeds, this healthy breakfast can be whipped up in a matter of minutes.
Authority Nutrition explains that avocados contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals, have more potassium than bananas, and are packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. Furthermore, they are high in fiber, and eating them can lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- 2 slices of your favorite whole-grain toast
- ½ Hass avocado
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate arils
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- Salt and pepper
Directions: Mash the avocado on top of the toast. Top with the pomegranate and hemp seeds and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper. Serve.