The Best Desserts You Can Eat For Breakfast

Breakfast at many busy households consists of a bowl of sugary cereal slurped down while the morning rush has everyone running around trying to get to school or work on time. If there's absolutely no time to sit down, a granola bar grabbed on a mad dash through the kitchen to the bus or car simply has to suffice. 

Saturdays are a great time to relax and enjoy a stacked plate of fluffy pancakes slathered in butter and syrup. Sundays are perfect for languidly noshing on a piping hot homemade cinnamon roll. Sometimes, though, everyday breakfast fare like pancakes, oatmeal, or eggs and toast, no matter how tasty, just doesn't hit the spot. 

We have more than a dozen recipes for beverages and baked goods of the dessert variety that double as the perfect breakfast food, believe it or not. A homemade orange Julius will really hit the spot and heart-healthy oatmeal cookies are a welcomed change to a bowl of oatmeal. A mug of coffee pairs fantastic with a coffee cake square and a slice of iced lemon pound cake is quite refreshing in the morning, too. Read on for more recipes highlighting desserts doubling as breakfast and see if you can't spruce up your morning routine with one of these delicious tasty treats.

Zingy zucchini bread

Beautiful and refreshingly delicious — what more could you want in a dessert that you can devour for breakfast? Zucchini walnut bread with lemon glaze may surprise you with how incredible it tastes considering the main ingredient of this bread is none other than a veggie. Balancing out the healthiness of this bread are the walnuts, which you can leave out if you aren't a nut fan. 

This recipe makes one loaf of zucchini bread in just 15 minutes of prep time and a cooking time of approximately one hour. All you'll need to make this for breakfast are eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla extract, grated zucchini, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, walnuts, powdered sugar, fresh lemon juice, finely chopped walnuts, and the zest of one lemon. It's that simple!

Blissful no-bake oatmeal cookies

When you dream about a batch of cookies, you usually think about them as a snack or dessert. Well, these no-bake oatmeal cookies could work for breakfast, too. Brimming with healthy oats and raisins, this recipe calls for natural maple syrup or honey instead of sugar with a burst of cinnamon. There's plenty of protein in the almond butter used that it substitutes for a sugary bowl of cereal just fine. 

To make these no-bake oatmeal cookies, you'll need oatmeal, raisins or another dried fruit, almond butter or the nut butter of your choice, maple syrup or honey, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. It takes just 10 minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of baking time before you can bite into one of these fantastic cookies.

Thirst quenching orange julius

Tart and tangy, this recipe for orange julius will wake you up with a blast of flavor bright and early in the morning. It's a wonderful twist on traditional orange juice and requires a blender, orange juice, milk, vanilla ice cream, sugar, ice, and vanilla extract. Yum! All you have to do is add all of the ingredients to the blender and run it on high for approximately 30 seconds. Be sure to blend all of the ingredients thoroughly but not for too long, because you don't want your ice and ice cream to melt and run the drink thin. As soon as it's just blended, it's ready to slurp up and enjoy!

Scrumptious Starbucks copycat banana bread

If you're like us, when you think of Starbucks, images of coffee, frappuccinos and their delectable desserts dance through your head. Their pastries and breads are perfect for breakfast, but if you aren't in the mood to hit the drive-thru or stroll into the store to order some, we have the perfect solution for you. This copycat Starbucks banana bread recipe needs a few bananas, flour, baking powder, salt, maple syrup, an egg, vegetable oil, almond milk, vanilla extract, and chopped walnuts, which you can leave out if you want. In fact, you could add chocolate chips for an extra hint of sweetness. Trust us, there's nothing quite like a slice of warm banana bread first thing in the morning.

Crumbly coffee cake

Coffee cake needs no explanation. According to Foodimentary, the Danish created the earliest known versions of coffee cake to enjoy when drinking coffee beverages, hence the name. There are many different types of coffee cakes ranging from fruit flavored to almond and cinnamon. 

This particular coffee cake recipe leans more traditional and features a cinnamon streusel topping paired with a sweet glaze drizzled across the top. All you'll need to make it is white sugar, brown sugar, softened butter, sour cream, eggs, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and hot water. It takes just 15 minutes to prep and 30 minutes of baking time before it's ready to slice and serve before breakfast. Trust us, everyone will sit down to sample this dessert first thing in the morning.

Luscious iced lemon pound cake

If you can't imagine eating cake for breakfast, then you haven't tried this amazing iced lemon pound cake. Don't be deterred by the "cake" part of this recipe though. It will work just fine for breakfast, too, with its lemony flavor. The recipe comes together in just 20 minutes with butter, flour, caster sugar, eggs, and obviously — lemons. If you haven't heard of caster sugar, it's considered to be a finer sugar than granulated and is the best for this recipe, although regular granulated sugar would work in a pinch. While the cake has a lovely lemon flavor, the icing does, too. This fruit-infused cake not only looks great but will taste terrific for breakfast, too.

Cookie butter banana bread crushes it

If you love banana bread, you will adore this recipe for cookie butter banana bread. Even better is that it uses up any overly ripe bananas still hanging out in your fruit bowl on the counter. The star of this recipe, cookie butter, comes from Speculoos, which are sweet and spiced cookies baked and served typically during the holidays in European nations. It takes flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, salt, butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, eggs, bananas and of course the cookie butter. While it takes 60 minutes to bake, you can make it the night before and have it ready for breakfast. It even tastes fantastic slathered with a scoop of cookie butter, which will jumpstart your morning.

Pumpkin bread perfect for breakfast

Morning tip: the fastest way to draw everyone out of bed is to bake a loaf of delicious pumpkin bread. Brimming with pumpkin spice, this scent will lure everyone into the kitchen, stomachs growling. One whiff of the cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and pumpkin will have you fixing this recipe for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other ingredients you'll need are flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, fine sea salt, vegetable oil, eggs and pumpkin puree. 

You can try and use fresh pumpkin puree, but canned works just fine, too. Be sure to pick up pumpkin puree specifically. You can also add other ingredients to this recipe to customize it for your family's preferences. Throw in a handful of chocolate chips or toss in some raisins, walnuts, or roasted pumpkin seeds. The sky's the limit!

Heart-healthy oatmeal cookies

If you're carefully watching what you eat and tend to gravitate toward a cereal like Cheerios for its heart-healthy attributes, then put the box back and instead whip up a batch of these heart-healthy oatmeal cookies instead. They're crisp on the outside but chewy on the inside. 

With the addition of walnuts, they boast a nutty flavor that pairs well with the oats and sweet raisins. The unrefined coconut oil the recipe calls for gives it a tropical taste. And because the cookies feature flaxseed meal, they're even healthier than you imagined. In just 30 minutes total, you'll have a batch of these cookies ready to munch on in the morning.