As soon as the weather starts to pick up, I’m on the hunt for summer breakfast ideas. I just can’t handle heavy oatmeals in the heat!
Since summer typically brings along fresh fruits and veggies, this list is full of vibrant and colorful dishes that will make your morning just a little more sunny.
From smoothies and crepes to fruit cobbler and chocolate-hazelnut toast, I have a whole spectrum of healthy and not-so-healthy options for you!
Let’s dig in!
Smoothies are the ideal summer breakfast. Not only are they so pretty and versatile, but they’re also amazing when you have an abundance of fresh fruits.
I usually go a little nuts when the farmer’s markets bring in all their fantastic fruit. I just can’t help myself and often prep and freeze a lot of it for the winter.
When making smoothies, the key to enhancing those unique flavors is to add in some kind of sweetener.
If you’ve ever made one at home and been disappointed, it’s because it lacked a touch of sugar.
I can’t think of anything better than a glass of thick, sweet peanut butter and banana smoothie in the morning.
It’s just so decadent and feels way naughtier than it really is.
The key to getting your smoothies nice and thick is to use frozen bananas.
Instead of adding ice, which will water it down, the bananas will give you wonderful flavor without making your smoothie watery.
Oatmeal is always a healthy option to start your day, but this recipe is extra nutritious!
You can make this with berries or go for something more tropical with mango, banana, and coconut.
As good as these muffins are, we all know that Starbucks can be a little… a-hem… pricey.
Making your own is not only better on your wallet, but a great way to make a big batch and have breakfast sorted for the whole week.
5. Acai Bowl
Acai bowls are the perfect summer breakfast food and an excellent way to beat the heat!
Plus, it’s packed with fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats – making it the perfect way to start your day.
And the best part about making acai bowls at home is you can add whatever toppings you like. Banana slices, granola, mango, and blueberries are some of my personal favorites. But you can customize this bowl to your liking.
Now you’ve got the perfect trio – healthy, fun, and colorful!
You knew this was coming, right? How could I not include an avocado toast recipe?
Avocado toast is excellent with just a sprinkling of sea salt, but you can easily upgrade it with an egg, fried tomatoes, or even some garlic rubbed onto the toast.
If oatmeal isn’t your thing, this recipe might just change your mind.
Greek yogurt will make your oats dreamy and creamy and add such a lovely tangy flavor to the dish.
And if you use a pot with fruit, you’ll get the added goodness with no effort at all.
With the explosion of overnight oats in recent years, it’s hard to know where to start! I like to keep it simple with the classics.
Strawberry and banana make the perfect blend, and I love that this recipe includes yogurt to make the oats nice and creamy.
This recipe uses almond butter to add a wonderfully nutty note to your oats, though you can easily use peanut butter.
Be sure to add your fruit in during the cooking time so it can soften and start to release its juices into the mix.
If you’re like me, you don’t always have time to sit and have breakfast. For a healthy breakfast on the go, you have to try these egg cups.
They’re so sunny and bright, with diced peppers and spinach, and you can make them as cheesy as you like.
If you’re looking for something lighter, try making them with egg whites only.
As much as I love a big stack of fluffy pancakes, I prefer something lighter in the summer.
Crepes are thinner pancakes that are just as delicious but a little less heavy. Fill them with anything from strawberries and cream to banana and Nutella.
If you’re having a fruit salad for breakfast, why wouldn’t you want to add in some extra protein?
Plain Greek yogurt will be the healthiest option, but you could just as easily use whatever type you have in the fridge.
When the strawberry season hits, that’s it for me. You can expect jams, cakes, tarts, and a lot of cobblers!
The trick with this recipe is to leave some of the filling exposed during the cooking time.
That way, your fruit can bubble and bake rather than steam and turn watery.
Scrambled eggs are always a hit in my house, and when you add in some toasted whole-grain bread, it’s such a healthy and filling breakfast (or afternoon snack!).
These eggs are extra creamy thanks to the addition of feta, which also adds much-needed salt.
I can’t lie, this one looks a lot more like a dessert than a breakfast. But I swear, it’s perfect for your morning sweet treat.
I prefer to use brioche, but anything you have will do. Then, it really is as simple as adding some plump, vibrant raspberries over Nutella toast.
If you’ve ever eaten at Cracker Barrel, you’ll know they don’t skimp on the buttah! And that’s half the appeal – we deserve to indulge once in a while, right?
If you’re going to make French toast, this is the recipe to try. It uses thick sourdough for such a great tangy flavor to go along with the sweet custard.
Of course, it’s cooked in butter for added richness.
I have to admit; this one threw me at first! But once you wrap your brain around the color, you’ll see that these eggs are something special!
Just remember that you probably won’t need to add as much (if any) salt to the eggs if you’re using feta.
Given that cobbler is half fruit, I’m a firm believer that it’s totally appropriate for breakfast.
I love that this recipe is almost like a cobbler lasagne, using pie dough and fruit to layer in the dish. It’s such a fun twist on a classic recipe.
The issue with a lot of muffin recipes is that they can dry out so quickly. They’re basically big cupcakes, and the extra oven time can be a killer.
Adding Greek yogurt will have the same effect as adding sour cream. It brings lots of flavor and plenty of moisture!
If you’re going to make pancakes, why not add in some fruit pops of sweetness to the mix? The adults will love it, and the kids won’t even notice they’re eating fruit.
If you don’t like adding blueberries because they streak and make the batch look messy, try adding them to the batter once you’ve scooped it into the pan instead.
These oatmeal bars are such a fantastic way to trick people into thinking they’re indulging in something unhealthy.
They taste like thick oatmeal cookies with a heavenly sweet-tart fruit layer, but they’re really full of goodness!
You can even substitute the butter for coconut oil if you want them extra healthy.
Hawaiian banana bread is like a tropical upgrade to a family fave!
We all love banana bread, but this incorporates pineapple into the mix for added moisture and fruit flavor.
I like to top mine with toasted coconut and maybe a dollop of whipped coconut cream when I’m feeling decadent.
I cannot tell you how big of a hit these were at my last coffee morning. Once all the (many) pictures were out of the way, they were devoured in minutes.
I used a combination of blueberry, cinnamon raisin, and plain bagels to give these even more flavors, but the strawberry cream cheese is more than enough.
Next time, I’m going to try a mango cream cheese spread instead!
I heard people say that they don’t like smoothie bowls because of the texture.
Well, this smoothie parfait might be the perfect middle-ground. You’ll get the creamy fruit smoothie along with a crunchy layer of granola.
Blueberry cheesecake, meet French toast! You’re welcome!
Seriously, this is one sinful dish! It’s crunchy, fruit, sweet, and so creamy! One bowl will not be enough.
These are such a fabulous option for breakfast on the run. They’re light, bright, and travel so well.
They need just half a dozen ingredients that get blitzed together until smooth. Roll and coat in coconut to serve.
Bisquick is a baking mix with everything you would need for most recipes: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
It speeds things up and makes your muffins super tender. Just don’t forget that you’ll want your bananas nice and ripe – the browner, the better!
Protein shakes are a great way to boost your nutrient intake, and they’re so easy to make. But they can be a little sad and thin, meaning they’re not too filling.
Adding protein to a fruit smoothie, on the other hand, will give you that same boost and make your smoothie nice and thick, filling you up for longer.
These might not be the healthiest option for breakfast, but they’re a pretty sweet way to start your day.
If you want to make them a touch healthier, try replacing the eggs with mashed bananas. The flavor works like a dream, and they will be super moist.
If I’m really trying to be healthy, I’ll opt for whole wheat bagels. But I think we can all agree that they’re not the tastiest breakfast.
That’s where this recipe comes in! It has sweet, fresh raspberries with a healthy smear of velvety mascarpone and some chocolate shavings to boot!
You’ll be eating this daily and can even swap out the fruit! I’m thinking banana, mango, and maybe even kiwi!
You absolutely read that right: one bite of this and you’ll feel like a superhero!
Between the cashews, pecans, walnuts, almonds, coconut, hemp seeds, and pumpkin seeds, this recipe is loaded with minerals and nutrients.
It has so much incredible texture that you’ll want to make it in bulk.
From the name, you might think this is a typo: how can peaches and cream be a breakfast smoothie, and how is it not 1,000 calories?
Well, it’s kind of genius. This recipe uses frozen bananas for a sweet and silky smooth thickness, along with coconut milk for that dreamy creamy taste.
Breakfast cookies are a thing, and I’m living for them! Any chance I get to indulge in the morning, I’m taking it!
They’re chewy, moist, loaded with protein, and taste just like a thick muffin top.
Between the banana, chia seeds, peanut butter, and dried fruits, each bite is better than the last.
Thick toast, plenty of cream cheese, and oodles of syrupy strawberries come together in this recipe to make one helluva summer breakfast.
The trick is to let the strawberries macerate – sit in sugar – to release the natural juices and make this marvelously messy.
I usually make this in a little container to bring with me on busy mornings.
You can easily make this ahead, and add on whatever toppings you prefer.
The berry-honey-nut blend is pretty perfect. Or why not try out some dried fruits and coconut?
This is a twist on the classic, using peaches instead of mango to make a creamy, low-fat morning drink.
As I’ve mentioned before, if you like your smoothies thick but don’t want to water them down, try using frozen banana instead of ice.
This recipe is a great make-ahead breakfast that is warm, filling, and looks great.
I like to cook off a load of potatoes and keep them in the fridge.
That way, you can take a portion and fry it off with some onion, zucchini, peppers, chickpeas, and corn for a bright and tasty summer breakfast.
This is especially good with a side of bacon and a poached egg on top!
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