This isn't your grandpa’s wheat germ

By Maxine Builder and Maxine Builder
Updated February 13, 2018
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Think “healthy breakfast” and you might get a mental image of spooning up gloppy oatmeal or holding your nose while you swallow a mealy protein shake. But it doesn’t have to be so. Lucky for you, there are some surprisingly healthy breakfast recipes that’ll let you have your health food and actually be able to stomach it, too. These are high-protein, low-carb breakfast options that use whole-wheat oats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and all those other things your mom always told you to eat in the morning because they were good for you. But these health-conscious breakfasts are so unexpectedly delicious you’ll probably even forget they’re healthy, and really, tricking yourself into eating better is the ultimate hack for eating well.

The use of wholesome ingredients in these recipes also ensures you’ll stay full until lunchtime, even though you’re eating a doughnut or a taquito. (Really. Someone has figured out a way to make doughnuts healthy.)

These healthy breakfasts aren’t your grandpa’s wheat germ, that’s for sure, but they can be just as wholesome. Here are seven unexpectedly healthy breakfast dishes that don’t taste disgusting and might even inspire you to ask for more.

Blueberry Pancakes

These low-carb pancakes are made by mixing together plain Greek yogurt, oats, unsweetened almond milk, and a banana. Throw in some fresh or frozen blueberries to add some extra sweetness, but really, you don’t even need them to make these protein-packed pancakes taste delicious.

Homemade Toaster Pastries

These homemade toaster pastries are filled with fresh fruit and berries instead of high-fructose corn syrup or sugary jam, or you can add in spinach or another vegetable for a savory option. The pastry dough used in this recipe is also packed with healthy ingredients, like whole-wheat flour, Greek yogurt, and baking stevia instead of white sugar.

Breakfast Taquitos

Though taquitos are usually flash-fried, this recipe for baked taquitos gets that same crisp exterior without excess oil. Plus, the taquitos are filled with fresh spinach and bell peppers and the protein of your choice, like eggs or sausage, rather than some mystery meat.

Pizza Bites

There’s no need to eat around a dry, overcooked crust with these low-carb pizza bites, which replace a traditional flour crust with slices of Canadian bacon or ham.

Red Velvet Doughnuts

Doughnuts aren’t exactly a health food, but against the odds, these baked red velvet donuts are high-protein and low-fat. The recipe replaces flour with two types of protein powder, and baking this breakfast-slash-dessert keeps the doughnut from getting greasy.

Hash Browns

Hash browns are, almost by definition, starchy and full of carbohydrates, but by substituting spaghetti squash, this hash brown recipe is a lower-carb option than the traditional potato version.

Brownie Batter

Eating brownie batter for breakfast might sound like a joke, but this healthy brownie batter bake isn’t. This mix of oats, almond milk, and lots of chocolate is naturally sweetened with maple syrup. The recipe is also easily adapted to be vegan or gluten-free, if that’s your fancy. Even though this brownie batter bake looks like gruel, it certainly doesn’t taste like it and makes for a surprisingly hearty, and healthy, breakfast.