15 Healthy Brunch Recipes that Taste Like Dessert

Chocolate, berries, and more!

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There’s something about brunch that makes it simply irresistible. Brunch can be a delicious family gathering or an opportunity to meet with friends. Whoever you’re sharing the table with, brunch is a great time for indulgent food. So the next time you’re hosting or attending brunch, try one of these 15 Healthy Brunch Recipes that Taste Just Like Dessert! Made with clean-ingredients, they’re guilt-free treats everyone can enjoy.

Healthy Brunch Recipes

Without further delay, take a look at our glorious list of healthy brunch recipes!

1. Apple Puffs

Perfect for a family style brunch or potlucks, these sweet and flaky apple puffs are just over a hundred calories each. Apple, raisins, cinnamon, and maple syrup combine into the perfect puff pastry.

Try it here: Apple Puffs

2. Chunky Chocolate Buckwheat Granola

Coconut flakes, hazelnut, chia seeds, oats, and buckwheat are melded into this perfect crunchy chocolate granola. You can have it over yogurt or sprinkled atop fresh fruit.

Try it here: Chunky Chocolate Buckwheat Granola

3. Heavenly Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

You’ve probably never thought of putting carrots in your oats – until now! This carrot cake oatmeal is made with fresh carrots, sweetened with maple syrup, and spiced with cinnamon and freshly grated ginger. Top with raisins and walnut halves for a brunch dish that’s better than dessert.

Try it here: Heavenly Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

4. Single Serving Vegan Mini Donuts

These mini donuts are absolutely ingenious! Made in a cupcake tin and glazed with silky maple almond icing, they’ll be a hit at every party!

Try it here: Single Serving Vegan Mini Donuts

5. Gingerbread Pancakes

These tasty pancakes contain a variety of superfoods including chia seeds, flaxseed, and chickpea flour. They get their delicious flavor from a combination of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. It’s the perfect meeting of healthy and delicious! To make things even better, they’re gluten-free and vegan.

Try it here: Gingerbread Pancakes

6. Cherry Chocolate Chip Pancakes or Waffles

Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please! This batter includes sweet cherries, banana, almond butter, vanilla and dark chocolate chunks.

Try it here: Cherry Chocolate Chip Pancakes or Waffles

7. Dutch Babies with Maple Pecan Strawberries

Dutch babies are similar to large pancakes or crepes, but they’re made in the oven with a cast iron skillet. They’re soft and flaky with a hint of crispness. These dutch babies are smothered in strawberries, pecans, and maple syrup.

Try it here: Dutch Babies with Maple Pecan Strawberries

8. Healthy French Toast

French toast is a breakfast classic. Warm, thick, and fluffy, French toast slices are incredibly satisfying and indulgent. This recipe is a healthy take on traditional French toast, using egg whites, low-fat milk, whole wheat bread, and no refined sugar.

Try it here: Healthy French Toast

9. Overnight French Toast Casserole

Made with decadent French bread, vanilla, and cinnamon, this recipe couldn’t be any more like dessert. This casserole can be prepared the night before and feed large crowds. You can also make our slow cooker french toast, which requires no oven!

Try it here: Overnight French Toast Casserole

10. Skinny Strawberry Banana Bread

Made with fresh fruit, coconut milk, cinnamon, and maple syrup, this versatile batter can be baked in a loaf pan or as muffins. It’s a great potluck dish because it works with almost every diet. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and paleo.

Try it here: Skinny Strawberry Banana Bread

11. Pumpkin French Toast

This is the perfect brunch recipe for fall. It’s made with real pumpkin and flavored with pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. Pure decadence!

Try it here: Pumpkin French Toast

12. French Toast Bread Pudding

This french toast-inspired recipe is made just like bread pudding. It incorporates fuji apples, sprouted wheat bread, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla for a sweet dessert-like dish you can serve for brunch.

Try it here: French Toast Bread Pudding

13. Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins with Vanilla Protein Glaze

These glazed berry muffins are soft and chewy with a crunch from chopped walnuts. The best part? They’re light and healthy. With only 75 calories, these muffins are a guilt-free indulgence.

Try it here: Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins with Vanilla Protein Glaze

14. Chunky Monkey Muffins

Gluten-free and low in added sugar, these soft muffins are filled with chunks of gooey chocolate and crunchy walnuts. They prove that you can have delicious, indulgent food without processed ingredients.

Try it here: Chunky Monkey Muffins

15. Flourless Hazelnut Chocolate Muffins

Hazelnut and chocolate are a deadly combination. It’s the duo responsible behind Nutella’s popularity the success of many desserts. Now you can enjoy this successful combination in a flourless, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free recipe that’s made without refined sugars. It’s the perfect chocolate guilt-free treat!

Try it here: Flourless Hazelnut Chocolate Muffins

For more great healthy ideas browse our breakfast and brunch recipes, all made with clean ingredients.

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Sofia Lopez

Sofia received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA from San Francisco State University. She creates workouts and fitness challenges. Her hobbies include running, hiking, and listening to audiobooks from the exercise bike.

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