Taste of Autumn – 5 Healthy breakfast ideas with an autumnal twist

From Hot Chocolate Oatmeal to Pumpkin Pancakes, we take a look at the best autumn-inspired breakfast ideas to kick-start your mornings.

Autumn is quite possibly our favourite season— the turning of the leaves, cosy nights in wrapped up in warm blankets, new TV shows hitting our screens…

It’s also the time of year when getting out of bed becomes a bit of a struggle. Stepping out into those crisp, blustery mornings requires a little extra effort than it did in the summer. But that’s not always a bad thing. In fact, it’s the perfect excuse to fill your boots with some of the season’s tastiest foods to start your day.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite autumn-inspired breakfast recipes to see you through the week. Oh, and just to make you feel even better, they’re (mostly) just as healthy as they are super scrumptious. Enjoy!

Monday: Overnight Oatmeal

The start of a brand new week is always a pain, especially when it’s cold outside. So what better way to beat those Monday morning blues than with something that’s heart-warmingly delicious and already prepared the night before.

In a slow cooker, stick 1 cup of oats, 1 cup of dried cranberries, 1 cup of dried figs, 4 cups of water, and a 1-half cup of milk before you go to bed on Sunday and leave to stew overnight. Now that’s what we call ideal oatmeal!

Tuesday: Apple and Cheddar Omelette

For this tasty autumnal twist on the classic omelette, you’ll need to pan-fry 2 apples (cut into segments) in a little olive oil, a pinch of thyme, and 1tbsp of honey until soft on both sides.

Then in a separate pan, whip up the makings of your typical cheese omelette (2-3 eggs, 2tbsp milk, 2tbsp grated cheddar, a pinch of salt) and add the cooked apple segments before transferring everything to a pre-heated oven until baked to perfection.

Wednesday: Hot Chocolate and Banana-Nut Oatmeal

Get over the mid-week hump with dessert for breakfast. Well, kinda. It’s super-healthy. We promise!

Bring 1 cups of almond milk to boil in a large saucepan — along with 1 diced bananas, 1 cup of water, and a dash of vanilla extract over a high heat. Then stir in 1 cup of oats, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, and 1-half tbsp honey reduced to a medium heat until the oats are cooked. If you’re feeling a little naughty, top with a pinch of ground cinnamon and a handful of chocolate chips before serving.

Thursday: Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin is an obligatory-must at this time of year but can be a bit of an acquired taste in large doses. All you really need to jazz up your typical breakfast pancakes are a couple of teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice mix. Otherwise, combine 1tsp ground cinnamon, 2tsp ground ginger, and 1-half tsp ground nutmeg for the same effect.

The trick to getting your pancakes thick and fluffy, if you like them that way, is to separate your egg yolks and combine them first with your wet ingredients (milk) before combining with your dry ingredients (spices, flour, etc.) and adding the whites at the end. Oh, and always cook with butter instead of oil.

Friday: Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

The end of the week calls for something simple you can eat with your fingers, but fun and tasty enough to give that Friday-feeling.

It’s basically the same as your standard french toast, except you toast your bread and cut into sticks before pan frying them in a coating of egg and milk mixture, and then dusting them with sugar and ground cinnamon. Yum!

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