10 New Whole Grain Breakfast Ideas
Start your day in a nutritious way
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It adds fuel to your body to give you energy for everything to come, and studies have shown that skipping breakfast can lead to weight gain.
With that in mind, we also know it's a neverending quest to find quick-to-make breakfast recipes that are nutritious and delicious. Here are a few to try that are quick, simple and full of healthy whole grains. And if you're bored with oatmeal, no worries. You won't find a single Pinterest recipe for overnight slow cooker oatmeal.
You'll love this fluffy, tender grain salad with oats, quinoa, and millet, nutty with hazelnuts and bursting with blueberries. The flavor improves in the refrigerator overnight, so it's a perfect make-ahead dish. And try it with other flavors too — it would be terrific with almonds and strawberries, or walnuts and roasted figs.
This is an easy, portable on-the-go meal for everyone in your household. Banana adds a moist touch to the ever-popular bran muffin. Add to make it new, add a handful of dark chocolate chips for an extra treat.
If you love a warm grain breakfast cereal, but you're a bit bored with oatmeal, try this apple farro breakfast bowl. The cranberries and apples add the perfect amount of sweetness while hazelnuts give a bit of crunch.
Soak the bulgar overnight and breakfast will “cook” while you sleep. This no-cook cereal provides a whopping 40g of whole grains per serving.
This amazing five ingredient recipe from the Minimalist Baker has no baking involved, believe it or not, unless you want to toast the oats and almonds. But trust us, they're delish even without the extra work. The base for these bars is dates, with almonds, oats, peanut butter and honey (or maple syrup if you want to go vegan). Mix, press into a pan, and that's it. They'll keep in the freezer for eons, if they last that long.
These ultra-healthy pancakes are oh-so-delicious and oh-so-good for you. They use both oat flour and cooked oatmeal for an added fiber boost. Top with fresh, sliced strawberries and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
Crisps aren't just for dessert. Simply dial back the sugar, add plenty of fresh apples, and you have the perfect breakfast meal. It's great eaten cold out of the fridge with a cup of hot coffee.
We love the maple-nut flavor combination of this heart-healthy granola, but feel free to substitute your favorite nuts or dried fruit for your own custom blend. Serve with skim milk or Greek yogurt.
This one starts with premade muesli, so it's extra easy to prepare. It provides a hearty serving of grains, nuts and a touch of brown sugar, with 38g whole grains per serving.