If you're anything like me, you don't think all too often about what you're going to have for breakfast. It's easy to get into a routine, especially when you have a thousand things to do first thing in the morning and never enough time. But one of the best ways you can improve your mood for the rest of your day -- and even get your whole week off to a good start -- is by making something delicious and seasonal first thing in the morning. That's why these fall breakfast recipes are so great for Meatless Monday. We love that they're packed full of protein and flavor, for a satisfying and filling breakfast that gets you going first thing.
Who doesn't love pancakes? This fall-inspired version isn't the regular sugar-laden variety, though. These flourless pumpkin pancakes are made with seasonal pumpkin, protein-rich Greek yogurt, and oats for a delicious, healthy, and gluten-free version of the classic. The pumpkin pie spices add just the right amount of flavor; we'll let you decide if you want to include the chocolate chips or not.
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If you love pumpkin spice but need something that's a bit easier to throw together first thing in the morning, we suggest our pumpkin chia seed pudding. Coconut milk, maple syrup, and pumpkin unite for a richly flavored pudding full of aromas of autumn. And perhaps best of all -- most of the work is done the night before.
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For a more savory breakfast, this sweet potato hash fits the bill nicely. The hash portion of the dish is spiced up with Aleppo pepper, and the eggs are the perfect topping to add both protein and moisture. You can even prepare the whole dish shakshuka style, in one big skillet, for an easy breakfast that can serve the whole family.
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For a fall breakfast recipe that doubles as a snack, there's nothing better than a tasty -- and healthy -- pumpkin muffin. Our recipe is vegan and gluten-free--made with almond flour and gluten-free oats and sweetened with coconut palm sugar and apples, these muffins are just as delicious as they are nutritious.
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