No matter how busy your morning is, know that a hearty slice of breakfast bread can help you keep your energy up on a busy day. (By the way, any of these recipes can be baked in advance and enjoyed throughout the week, meaning they’re an effortless addition to your meal prep routine.) And thanks to a few key ingredient changes, these nutritious bread recipes are packed with health-boosting benefits.
7 easy breakfast bread recipes filled with protein and gut-friendly fiber
1. Lemon Chia Seed Breads
Almost too pretty to eat, this lemon chia seed bread from baker and nutrition coach, Sasha Handal, is bursting with flavor, is gluten-free and has a ton of gut-healthy fiber. The perfect-for-summer recipe calls for ingredients like longevity-promoting lemons, omega-3-rich chia seeds, and heart-healthy olive oil for a tangy and refreshing treat to enjoy with a steaming cup of tea. For a little extra sweetness, Handal fills her lemon bread with an easy citrus glaze that takes seconds to prepare, is dairy-free, and just too delicious to resist.
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Lemon Chia Bread
2. High Protein Pumpkin Pecan Bread
Prove those who say you shouldn’t eat dessert for breakfast wrong with this decadent protein-packed pumpkin pecan bread that’s both healthy and delicious (and yes, it’s delicious any time of year). Naturally sweetened with coconut sugar, pumpkin puree and an overripe banana, you’ll hardly believe this isn’t dessert. Plus, Handal’s recipe is packed with tons of protein (almost 14 grams per slice) thanks to a blend of alternative flours like almond, coconut, and millet.
Get the recipe: High Protein Pumpkin Pecan Bread
3. Gluten-Free Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins
If breakfast biscuits are your jam but you don’t feel like making them at home, these easy gluten-free jalapeño cornbread muffins are perfect for you. Cheesy, savory, and tangy, this one-bowl recipe takes seconds to prepare, requires no kneading or special equipment, and bakes in just under 20 minutes. You’ll have warm, steamy muffins in no time that you can foam with your favorite toppings such as cream cheese and honey in no time.
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins
4. Gluten-free pumpkin bread
Give your loved ones the perfect excuse to indulge in breakfast in bed with this warm and tangy gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe that is sure to bring a smile to your face. The recipe calls for pumpkin puree and orange juice, both of which help keep your gut happy and give the bread its silky and smooth texture. Mia Rigden, nutrition coach and trained chef, also shares a tip for making sure you never end up with dry, sad pumpkin bread. “This bread is sticky, so when testing for doneness, the cake tester may not come out completely clean. That’s good! Make sure the top is nicely browned and that it continues to set after you take it out of the oven,” says rigden.
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
5. Easy, Healthy Banana Bread
You may have already mastered baking banana bread in recent years; however, this version by chef and nutritionist Mia Rigden and chef and writer Jenny Dorsey is gluten-free, low in sugar and also easy to bake. The duo come up with the perfect banana bread recipe and apply a bit of *food science* to explain how swapping certain ingredients, like maple syrup and nutrient-packed bananas versus regular sugar, make this recipe both healthier and tastier. Sweet, moist and ideal for dipping into your morning cup of joe, this banana bread will have you saying: Starbucks, who???
Get the recipe: Easy, Healthy Banana Bread
6. Zucchini Bread
A textbook example of “don’t knock ’til you try,” this zucchini bread recipe is just as surprisingly good as it is packed with sneaky veggies and nutritious spices. Made with fiber-rich zucchini and anti-inflammatory spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, this delicious zucchini bread is perfect for snacking throughout the day. And if you’re feeling a little apprehensive about the vibrant vegetable that dominates the flavor of the bread, Mia Rigden reassures you that it’s approved for picky eaters, especially if you’ve had enough banana bread for a lifetime.
Get the recipe: Gluten-free Zucchini Bread
7. Paleo Bread Recipe
If you don’t have a sweet tooth in the morning, this paleo bread is Mia Rigden and Jenny DorseyIt’s go-to for a delicious hearty breakfast. Made with protein-rich ingredients like flax, almond flour, and eggs, the recipe can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a schmear avocado or a warm bowl of soup. Plus, this paleo bread contains a few unexpected gut-friendly fermented ingredients like apple cider vinegar and miso.
Get the recipe: Paleo bread
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