Yes, You Can Eat Dessert for Breakfast as Part of a Balanced Diet - Here’s How!

There are two types of people in this world: people who like savory breakfasts, and people who like sweet breakfasts. If you’re on team Sweet Breakfast, this is the place for you. One of the best days of the year is the day after thanksgiving when you can have the cold leftover pumpkin pie for breakfast. And while there’s nothing wrong with pie or a big bowl of cinnamon toast crunch for breakfast sometimes, those foods may leave you feeling sluggish and won’t keep you satiated for long. Gathered up here are some great ways that you can eat dessert for breakfast every day and maintain a balanced diet, and even add an easy serving of veggies first thing in the morning!

1. Smoothie bowls

Or a regular smoothie! Making a thick smoothie bowl and decorating it with delicious topping is like eating fro-yo for breakfast. The trick is to add very little liquid, use only frozen fruits and veg, and blend it very slow. Frozen cauliflower rice is a great way to add bulk and thickness with a neutral flavor, plus you’re getting a whole serving of veggies in your breakfast! Add in some protein powder and a healthy fat source to keep you going for hours. Some delicious and dessert-esque flavors are chocolate cherry, peanut butter banana, or matcha pineapple. 

Check out this creator on TikTok and Instagram who is known for her creative and delicious smoothie bowls:

2. Oatmeal

Oatmeal gets a bad rep for being either too plain, too sugary, or too “carby”, as if there even were such a thing. But oatmeal is a fantastic source of soluble fiber to keep you feeling full and energized for hours, acts like a cholesterol sponge in the body, has a fair amount of protein, and tastes amazing! But what about making it dessert?  

Here are two oatmeal recipes based off of classic desserts:

 Carrot cake oatmeal

  • Shred a medium carrot and add to ½ oats
  • Mix with enough water or milk to cover plus some vanilla protein powder
  • Add in sweetener(I use stevia) and cinnamon
  • Microwave until thickened and top it off! I usually reach for and combo of: banana, pineapple, shredded coconut, flax or chia seeds, or maple syrup

Cobbler oats 

  • For the base:
Mix your oats with your liquid, for these you can add some shredded zucchini for an easy serving of veggies, or some protein powder for added satiety
Add in vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
Microwave until thickened
  • Cobbler top:
Microwave ~½ C of frozen wild blueberries for 30 sec. Or until thawed and there's a melty liquid from them. Pour over the base for blueberry cobbler oats!
Or you can thinly slice or dice an apple and sautee with a tiny bit of maple syrup, coconut oil, and cinnamon. Pour over the base for apple cobbler oats!
3. Quick breads

While some banana breads are truly just cake in disguise, gathered here are a few recipes that use whole wheat flour and reduce the overall sugar, while still having that classic flavor we all love! Try a slice of one of these breads with a spread of nut butter and a side of eggs or yogurt to satisfy your sweet tooth but still get a healthy serving of grains, protein, and healthy fats to hold you over until lunch!


Whole wheat banana bread:

Whole wheat sweet potato bread:


When using protein powder in these recipes, try one of these options:


Orgain organic plant-based protein powder:

Vega protein powder:

Dr. Axe multi collagen protein powder: 


Happy cooking!