Sometimes you just want to wake up to a simple and sweet treat in the morning. There’s nothing better than that.
I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you might want to start with something nutritious and filling.
But sometimes, you just want to break free of the sensible life.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of 33 simple and sweet breakfast recipes you can enjoy. Nothing stops breakfast from being delicious, so consider these when you want something different.
1. Apple Pie Biscuits
These apple pie biscuits are a great sweet treat to start your day. You can make plenty, and if your family wants a weekend treat, this may be your best bet.
Made from apples and cinnamon, it doesn’t matter if you make it from scratch or frozen materials.
Just pop them in a skillet, cover them with some glaze and cinnamon, and you’re looking for the perfect weekend treat.
2. Banana Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is great because you can have it for breakfast or dessert. I have a general rule that anything you can have for dessert, you can almost definitely have it for breakfast.
Whether you have it warm or cold, you could make this the night before and put it in your refrigerator.
Just cut up some bread into cubes, mash up four bananas, add everything else you need to make the bread, and drizzle over your caramel sauce for a great treat.
3. Banana Cream Cheese Muffins
I love bananas, and you definitely can’t go wrong with banana muffins. Add in some cream cheese, and you may have the perfect treat to go.
The best thing about these muffins is that the cream cheese will melt into them, so it’s almost like they’re self-frosting cupcakes.
Just make your swirl muffins, which always look more challenging to make than they are, and add in some pecans or walnuts if you want that added texture.
4. Baked Lemon Donuts
Donuts are a great go-to option for anyone who feels they might need something easy to eat as they get ready. The best part is that they’re also quick and easy to make, especially if you have a donut pan.
If you don’t want something deep-fried, these donuts are an excellent option for a healthier alternative to your usual donut recipe.
Just bake your donut batter, and make your icing with powdered sugar and lemon juice. You won’t regret the delicious zesty flavor.
5. Blueberry Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Breakfast casseroles are in a world of their own. This recipe is super easy to make, with only four ingredients needed.
Grab your cinnamon rolls, butter, brown sugar, and blueberries, and fill your pan with them.
The butter and brown sugar will make up your sauce, and you will do all of this in the short time of forty minutes!
Don’t forget that if you’re not a fan of blueberries, you can always change them up with another berry of your choice.
6. Cannoli Pancakes
These buttermilk pancakes are delicious with their cannoli filling.
They only take half an hour to make. Make sure you get dry ricotta when you make your cannoli, or it will all end in disaster.
To ensure it’s dry, drain it well and leave it in your refrigerator overnight, then wring out any more moisture in the morning.
When you’ve finished, drizzle your pancakes with powdered sugar and enjoy this as a perfect dessert-like treat.
7. Cherry Danish With Cream Cheese
You don’t have to bake everything from scratch, and these cherry danishes with cream cheese prove just that.
Made with store-bought crescent rolls, you can make these with cherry fillings or with lemon or chocolate.
If you can’t find crescent rolls, use some pastry dough instead. Fill the center with cherry filling and cream cheese; each bite will taste delightfully sweet.
8. Chocolate Pancakes
Who said that chocolate has to be unhealthy? These chocolate pancakes are made using cocoa powder and wholemeal flour.
However, you can use any type of meal or flour you prefer. You can even top them with a variety of different fruits and syrups.
Nothing is stopping you from going all-out and enjoying these chocolate pancakes however you like.
9. Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
While you may think that overnight oats are basic, leaving them overnight is an easy way to enjoy them. Add some chocolate chips, vanilla, and some peanut butter, and you can enjoy this however you want.
The original recipe is vegan and gluten-free, but you can adjust it to make this easy treat however you prefer.
10. Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
These crescent rolls are super easy to make, and you don’t have to fill them with cinnamon if you want them.
There are cherry pie and cream cheese, blueberry and cream cheese, and raspberry crescent rolls for you to try.
The main ingredients you need are the crescent rolls, butter, sugar, and egg (depending on your chosen version).
Enjoy your crescent rolls with your chosen filling, and delight in the variety of treats you can have.
11. Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Cinnamon roll pancakes are easy to make and beautiful to boot. You can make your pancakes from scratch or use Bisquick (or another pancake batter) to speed up the process.
Each pancake has a swirl of cinnamon, and you can top them with a delicious cream cheese glaze.
To maximize the taste, make sure you add the glaze to each pancake as you put them on the plate.
12. Cinnamon Sugar Cruffins
If you’ve never had a cruffin before, you’re missing out on a delicious combination. A cruffin is a hybrid of both a croissant and a muffin.
While this recipe focuses on topping them with cinnamon sugar, you can fill them with cream, jam, and custard.
They’re easy to make, and the formula is easily adjustable so that you can vary these sweet treats.
13. Coffee Cake Muffins
These coffee cake muffins are just like what you would find in a bakery but in the form of a muffin.
Add the cinnamon streusel to the top, and you’ll have a great sweet treat with your morning coffee.
These are great to dip in coffee or milk, so everyone in your family will enjoy them. After all, there’s no coffee to be found in this recipe!
14. Coffee Smoothie
This coffee smoothie is a great way to energize you in the morning, but sometimes, you just want something cold.
To make this, make your black coffee, a milk of your choice, banana, cacao powder, and some rolled oats, and blend them all.
If you want some more flavor, you could even throw in some vanilla and hemp seeds.
Just make sure when you mix it that your coffee is chilled. For some extra chill, make sure you remember the ice cubes!
15. Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls
These cranberry orange sweet rolls are great to make ahead of time, have orange blossom flavors, and are filled with a sweet cranberry filling.
These treats get their taste by filling them with cranberries and sugar, then glazing them with the orange blossom water.
You might not be able to make these in the morning, but you can easily make a batch and keep them for three days once you make them.
If you want to prepare in advance, you can even freeze them for three months!
16. Fluffy Belgian Waffles
You can’t have a list of sweet breakfast treats and not include Belgian waffles. All you need are your ingredients and your waffle iron. It doesn’t matter what kind of waffle iron you have.
Either way, you’ll get the delicious flavors you deserve. The best thing about Belgian waffles is that you can top them with fruit, blueberry, strawberry sauce, or anything you like!
17. Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes
We can’t forget the gluten-free crowd. These fluffy pancakes are an absolute hit!
Available with both dairy-free and vegan options, these pancakes are versatile. You can mix in various ingredients to enjoy these fluffy pancakes, all in 15 minutes.
18. French Breakfast Puffs
French breakfast puffs are a great way to enjoy your morning and relax. These vanilla muffins are tender and drenched in melted butter.
You can even dip them in cinnamon sugar for a sweet, delicious, and crunchy coating.
However, I will admit that this isn’t a particularly French recipe, and once more, we can thank Betty Crocker for her breakfast-time service.
19. French Toast Casserole
I’m not sure what it is about breakfast casseroles, but they’re so easy to make the night before to serve up to the family.
Filled with berries and french toast, it’s filled with everything you could want: berries, cinnamon, powdered sugar, and maple syrup.
You can use whichever bread you want for your french toast. You could even add some bacon on the side, and you’ll be in breakfast heaven (see also ‘28 Brilliant Breakfast Recipes With Bacon‘).
20. French Toast Roll-Ups
I can’t tell you how much I love french toast. Having a bite-sized roll-up version too? That’s practically the best breakfast I could think of.
Just coat them in cinnamon sugar, and dip them in syrup. These are perfect when you just want to lounge around in the morning.
Just roll up your french toast, cut off the crust to roll them up, and voila, you’re good to go!
21. Homemade Pop Tarts
Who said that you just need to buy a packet of pop tarts? Make your own to make life easier when you don’t have any in the kitchen!
These are fun to make, so you can involve them in the breakfast process while you cook!
You don’t have to limit yourself to the usual pop tart flavors; you can fill them with whatever you want and put on as much icing as you like!
22. Italian Bomboloni Donuts
Donuts are a great way to start your day, and you can add to this by making Italian Bomboloni donuts.
Roll them in sugar, fill them with cream, and you’ll have the best morning. Bomboloni stands for a big bomb in Italian, and it’s no surprise with these donuts bursting with flavor!
23. Lemon Crumble Breakfast Muffins
Breakfast muffins are always a great way to start your day, so remember to include these for some quick snacks before you go.
These muffins are filled with zesty lemon flavor and are topped with streusel. These muffins are subtle and sweet, so you can enjoy a sweet breakfast without feeling too stuffed.
24. Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls
Maple bacon cinnamon rolls are great for the fall months, with candied bacon and maple frosting coating these mouth-watering goods.
Surprisingly, these aren’t that hard for you to make. Just get your cinnamon rolls, bacon, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Using these ingredients, you’ll enjoy these treats in no time at all.
25. Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Why not try these breakfast bars if you’re in a rush but still want a sweet breakfast treat to enjoy? They’re gluten-free and already naturally sweet.
You don’t have to go out to the store to grab some breakfast bars when you can make these in the comfort of your own home. Whip up a batch, and you can enjoy them with some fruit or yogurt!
26. Oatmeal Banana Muffins
Oatmeal banana muffins are a great treat to batch up when you need something early in the morning.
All you need to do is leave them in the refrigerator so that they stay fresh for longer, and then this recipe will be ready for the days ahead.
Just make your muffins, and mash them with banana. For added decoration, you just need to stick on some sliced bananas. Once that’s done, you can enjoy these healthy and tasty treats.
27. Oatmeal Pancakes
There are so many different pancakes around the world, and these oatmeal pancakes are a great take.
They only take ten minutes to make and consist of just six ingredients: oats, honey, egg, yogurt, baking soda, and vanilla.
Once you’ve mixed all these and put them in the pan, you can top these with whatever you like! Try them with butter, maple syrup, honey, chocolate, fruit, or even jam. The possibilities are endless.
28. Orange Roll Breakfast Cake
I adore breakfast cake in the morning, and while orange rolls take time, this cake will not.
With a sweet orange cream buttered topping and an orange cream cheese glaze, it’ll be tough to beat this in the morning.
Made with butter and buttermilk, this cake only takes 50 minutes to cook. If you’re looking for a sweet treat to enjoy around Christmas time, this will be a hit with the family!
29. Sticky Buns
Sticky buns are a simple overnight recipe baked in a sugary, buttery, pecan mixture.
When you pop them in the pan, just pour over the items mentioned earlier, and leave them ready for the morning.
These only take half an hour to cook, and the best thing is you don’t even have to make the dough from scratch. The family will quickly tear these sticky buns apart because they’re just that delicious.
30. Strawberry Banana And Nutella Crepes
You might see crepes as a dessert, but you can enjoy these as a great breakfast treat. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this classic French dish.
You need to alternate each layer with some strawberries, bananas, and Nutella. Crepes always feel like such a sophisticated dish, but while they may feel that way, they’re simple to make.
31. Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
Sometimes, you just want something sweet and healthy as you go through your morning routine.
This recipe is easily adaptable, and you can add more to your strawberry and blueberry mix.
You could even include peanut butter, oats, and chia seeds. Blend them all together, and garnish them with some strawberries and blueberries if you’d like!
32. Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Bowl
All you need are five ingredients for this simple and sweet smoothie bowl. Grab some banana, strawberries, kiwi, lime juice, and a plant-based milk (or otherwise).
Combine all these ingredients, and your smoothie bowl will be ready in just five minutes! The difference between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl is that you need to ensure that these have a thick and creamy consistency.
33. Yogurt Custard Toast
The air fryer has been my personal savior for a reason. You can finish everything in the space of ten minutes.
Grab your toast, preferably brioche, and spread on your custard, or rather, the Greek yogurt, honey, and egg. Top it off with some fruit, serve it with powdered sugar, and you’ll be in for a leisurely morning treat.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you have dessert for breakfast?
Many of these recipes are sweet and could easily be eaten as a dessert. There are benefits to eating a sweeter breakfast, as it can help stave off hunger for the rest of the day.
Eating these could be healthier for you. If you do have a dessert-style breakfast, you must have a well-rounded diet.
Why do some people prefer a sweet breakfast?
Breakfast kicks off your metabolism for the rest of the day and helps you avoid hunger pangs.
If you eat something heavy in carbs, your sugar levels can spike and crash, so your body may need something sweet to balance this.
If you go for something too sugary, you may struggle. However, fruits can be a great way to enjoy a sweet breakfast.
Does it matter what you eat for breakfast?
Studies have shown no real difference in weight between those who eat breakfast and those who don’t. However, people who eat breakfast regularly have lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
What does a healthy breakfast look like?
You can enjoy sweets for breakfast, so long as it’s done in moderation. Go for whole, unprocessed foods from the five food groups.
You can have fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy. So long as you have all these food groups in your breakfast, you’re set for an easy meal.
These are our 33 favorite simple and sweet breakfast recipes! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so what better way to enjoy it than to make it the tastiest meal of the day too!
You’ll never want to skip breakfast again once you’ve had some of these delicious meals and snacks.
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