No matter how busy your morning may be, know that grabbing a hearty slice of breakfast bread can help keep your energy up on a busy day. (BTW, every single one of these recipes can be baked ahead of time and enjoyed throughout the week, which means they're a perfectly effortless add to your meal prep routine.) And thanks to a few key ingredient swaps, these nutrient-dense bread recipes are loaded with health-boosting benefits.
7 simple breakfast bread recipes filled with protein and gut-friendly fiber
1. Lemon Chia Seed Loaves
Almost too pretty to eat, this lemon chia seed bread by baker and nutrition coach, Sashah 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-boosting lemons, omega-3-rich chia seeds, and heart-healthy olive oil for a zingy and refreshing treat to enjoy with a steamy cup of tea. For a little extra sweetness, Handal tops her lemon loaf with a simple citrus glaze that takes seconds to prepare, is dairy-free, and just too good to resist.
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Lemon Chia Bread
2. High-Protein Pumpkin Pecan Loaf
Prove those that say you shouldn't eat dessert for breakfast wrong with this decadent high-protein pumpkin pecan loaf that’s equal parts healthy and delicious (and yes, it's delightful any time of the 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 loaded with tons of protein (nearly 14 grams per slice) thanks to a mix of alternative flours like almond, coconut, and millet.
Get the recipe: High-Protein Pumpkin Pecan Loaf
3. Gluten-Free Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins
If breakfast biscuits are your jam but you can’t be bothered to make them at home, these easy gluten-free jalapeño cornbread muffins are perfect for you. Cheesy, savory, and spicy, this one-bowl recipe takes seconds to prepare, requires no kneading or special equipment, and bakes in just under 20 minutes. Meaning you’ll have warm, steamy muffins that you can lather with your favorite toppings like cream cheese and honey on the table in no time.
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins
4. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
Give your loved ones the perfect excuse to surprise you with breakfast in bed with this warm and spicy, gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe that will definitely bring a smile to your face. The recipe calls for pumpkin puree and orange juice, which both help keep your gut happy and give the loaf its silky-smooth-and-tender texture. Mia Rigden, nutrition coach and trained chef, also shares a tip for making sure you don’t ever end up with dry, sad pumpkin bread. “This bread is sticky, so when testing for doneness, the cake tester might not come out totally clean. That’s okay! Make sure it’s nicely browned on top, and it will continue to set after you take it out of the oven,” Rigden says.
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
5. Easy, Healthy Banana Bread
You may have already nailed banana bread-making in the last few years; however, this version by chef and nutritionist Mia Rigden and chef and writer Jenny Dorsey is gluten-free, low in sugar, and beyond easy to bake. The duo concocts the perfect banana bread recipe and apply a little *food science* intel to explain how certain ingredients swaps—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 it ‘til you try it, this zucchini bread recipe is as surprisingly good as it is loaded with sneaky veggies and nutrient-packed spices. Made with fiber-rich zucchini and anti-inflammatory spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, this delicious zucchini bread is perfect for snacking on throughout the day. Plus, if you’re feeling a little apprehensive about the vibrant veggie overpowering the flavor of the bread, Mia Rigden reassures you that it’s picky-eater-approved, 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 much of a sweet tooth first thing in the morning, this paleo bread is Mia Rigden and Jenny Dorsey’s go-to for a deliciously savory breakfast. Made with high-protein ingredients like flax, almond flour, and eggs, the recipe can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a schmear of avocado or a warm bowl of soup. Plus, this paleo bread features a few unexpected gut-friendly fermented ingredients like apple cider vinegar and miso.
Get the recipe: Paleo Bread
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