Seven hearty breakfast recipes

Up your breakfast game with these seven hearty breakfast recipes!

seven hearty breakfast recipes

Some may be surprised by this, but having a food blog and writing about food doesn’t mean I always make the best choices. Because I don’t and I think that’s completely normal (right?). On some days when I’m busy or just super late and out of time, I just have a banana with my coffee and don’t think about a real breakfast until much later, when I’m all weak and ready for lunch.

What I’ve realized is that having things written down on a list, a little breakfast menu if you will, can help so much. I skip the whole “what do I want? what’s in the fridge?” process and get right to it. Having a list also helps me plan ahead and have more versatile breakfasts, because I fall into a routine of having the same thing every day way too easily.

And I want you to have this list of options too, so here’s a selection of my favorite seven hearty breakfast recipes. The mornings are already a bit chilly here and some trees already have yellow or brown leaves peaking out. I’m really getting back in the mood for pancakes, waffles and apple smoothies. The smell of cinnamon alone makes me really happy. ‘Tis the season after all, and now don’t need an excuse to put it on everything.

1. Pear pancakes with yogurt and honey

These are whipped up in no time and are so flavorful and moist! Yogurt and honey are both healthy toppings and filling too, so you’re not leaving the table hungry.

You can easily use apples instead of pears or a mixture of both.

pear pancakes with yogurt and honey

2. Total Comfort apple smoothie

This is real comfort in a jar, almost as if you’re having apple pie for breakfast!

total comfort apple smoothie

3. Apple millet porridge

This gluten-free porridge will fill you up for hours. Cooked with chopped apples and sprinkled with a lot of cinnamon, it’s such a cozy meal. Add almonds for some crunch and extra fiber.

apple millet porridge

4. Sweet cottage cheese toast with grapes

Great for those days when you want something crunchy yet refreshing. As your bread is toasting simply prepare the cottage cheese and slice the grapes, the rest is just layering ingredients.

Store leftover cottage cheese for an afternoon snack, it’s divine!

sweet cottage cheese toast with grapes

5. Crispy waffles with bananas baked in ricotta

This breakfast is for those days when you have some extra time on your hands, but I promise it is well worth it!

The waffles are crispy, drowned in sweet baked ricotta and creamy bananas. Your kitchen will smell absolutely amazing as you bake these.

crispy waffles with bananas baked in ricotta

6. Chocolate dipped peanut coconut granola bars

I am absolutely in love with these. Whenever I make a batch breakfast is so easy. As we are granola bar termites, they don’t last more than a week in my home; but can easily keep longer.
Grab one on your way out the door or chop it up and add to a cup of Greek yogurt, along with a chopped banana or other fruit. So good!

chocolate dipped coconut peanut granola bars

7. Savory pancakes with a fried egg and spinach

A true breakfast of the champions, these savory pancakes are everyone’s favorite. The pancakes are made of batter mixed with parsley and chopped sun-dried tomatoes, then topped with a crispy fried egg and simple spinach dressed with lemon juice.

savory pancaked with fried egg and spinach



Breakfast shopping list

A shopping list for all the ingredients you need to make these 7 breakfasts.
Some quantities are rounded, for your convenience and to make sure you have enough.


  • 4 slices of bread
  • 6 large eggs
  • 240ml (8.5 fl oz) honey
  • 120g (4.2 oz) bittersweet chocolate
  • 70g (2.5 oz) milk chocolate

Fruit and vegetables

  • 6 sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 50g (about 2 oz) baby spinach
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1 pear
  • 5 medium bananas
  • 3 medium apples
  • 200g (7 oz) green grapes

Grains, nuts, …

  • 250g (8.8 oz) old-fashioned oats
  • 180g (6.5 oz or 1 cup) millet
  • 110g (3.9 oz) shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 105g (3.7 oz) unsalted peanuts
  • 160g (about 5.5 oz or 1 cup) whole almonds
  • 6 medjool dates


  • 230 g (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 liters (2 quarts) whole or part-skimmed milk
  • 1 small Greek yogurt
  • 85g (3 oz or 1/3 cup) sour cream
  • 120ml (4.5 fl oz or 1/2 cup) whipping cream
  • 150g (5 oz) ricotta cheese
  • 250g (0.5 pound) smooth cottage cheese

Flour and sugar

  • 650g (23 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 100g (3.5 oz or 1/2 cup) white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light muscavado sugar


  • few tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste
  • cinnamon
  • sea salt
  • black pepper



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  1. Louise Matthews wrote:

    I would eat every single one of these breakfasts – usually I really struggle at breakfast because it’s morning and I’m not really with it, but the granola bars for example could be made the evening before – a great breakfast on the go. The smoothie sounds just delicious and even the gluten free porridge has my mouth watering. Thanks for linking all these recipes.

    Posted 9.15.15 Reply
    • Alice wrote:

      Thanks Louise, I’m glad you love these! 🙂 I like to make granola bars over the weekend, to have them all wrapped and ready for the week.

      Posted 9.15.15