Healthy Breakfast Ideas: 17 Healthy, Autumn-Inspired Recipes (Pumpkin, Pomegranates, Pecans & More)

09/28/2013 10:56 am ET | Updated Aug 08, 2014

Autumn has some true culinary stars.

Apples, roasted winter vegetables and pumpkin-flavored everythings tend to steal the show come dinner and dessert. Not often enough, in our opinion, do these ingredients make their way into our morning meals. But breakfast is an ideal time to feature fall's best produce: Unlike the sweet dessert and rich dinners, here's a time to enjoy the season's foods unadorned, without the copious amounts of sugar and fat that can accompany later meals.

For the sake of flavor, health and an indelible love for fall, we've rounded up 17 truly inspiring breakfast bombshells that pulse with autumnal flavors and boast a bounty of nutritional benefits to boot. You just became the world's best brunch host.

  • Pomegranate Pecan Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Bowl
    sproutandpea.com
  • Pecan pie for breakfast is no longer a fantasy (nor do you have to succumb to that left-over slice in the fridge): The protein-rich supergrain bowl makes nice of the tart, delicious flavor of the pomegranate seed (which serves up an honorable dose of antioxidants).

    Find the recipe here.
  • Protein Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes
    fit-fun-delish.com/
  • Do not be mistaken: These are not your average mix-from-a-box pancakes that leave you feeling sluggish in the afternoon. These are protein pumpkin oatmeal pancakes, which have 30 grams of protein and over 7 grams of fiber, making this dish a breakfast to write home about.

    Find the recipe here.
  • Poached Egg With Sweet Potato And Brussels Sprouts Hash
    l-o-r-e.com
  • Yes! Brussels for breakfast is a thing. This recipe combines one of our favorite cruciferous veggies with vitamin C-rich potato and an egg -- the planet's perfect protein.

    Find the recipe here.
  • Cinnamon-Nutmeg Sweet Potato Noodle Pancakes With Greek Yogurt And Nectarines
    inspiralized.com
  • This is a sweet potato noodle pancake topped with everything you need to feel full-throttle autumnal. (For the noodle shape, you'll need a special kitchen tool, but you can get the same taste results by shredding the potato instead).

    Find the recipe here.
  • Apple Breakfast Sandwich
    talesofakitchen.com
  • Oh hello, innovation, This neat number takes the sandwich to a whole new level by nixing basic bread for a crunchy tart twist. Only clean ingredients here, including your favorite nut butter, chia seeds and, of course, an apple. Feel free to get creative here -- we're thinking Greek yogurt could make for a nice addition (and a protein punch).

    Find the recipe here.
  • Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oatmeal
    everybodylikessandwiches.com
  • On a cool, crisp morning a hearty bowl of steel cut oats sits perfectly in your belly and warms you from the inside out. This particular recipe brings that fuzzy feeling up a notch with pureed pumpkin, warming spices and toasted pecans.

    Find the recipe here.
  • Fresh Fried Egg Salad (With Pecans!)
    diethood.com
  • We were already mesmerized by the romantic pairing of eggs and avocado. But the addition of the pecan (which boasts healthy, unsaturated fat and a bounty of antioxidants) really makes this dish magical.

    Find the recipe here.
  • Sweet Potato Apple Hash
    hollyshelpings.com
  • Nothing can compete with your favorite diner's infamous greasy hash. Except for this.

    This -- this is better, thanks to the sweet potato's brag-worthy vitamin D, C and B6 count. Plus, the apple adds a sweetness to the dish that your sad, white potato fry-up just can't match.

    Find the recipe here.
  • High Protein Carrot Cake Muffin
    dessertswithbenefits.com
  • If you're in then market for a single-serving, nutritious and microwavable breakfast, this little guy is waiting for your call. The muffin gets its power from heart-healthy flaxseeds.

    And happy to note, this dish is vegan and gluten-free.

    Find the recipe here.
  • Eggs In A Mini Pumpkin WIth Roasted Squash
    everydaysouthwest.com
  • At last, those ridiculously cute miniature pumpkins serve for more than a decorative piece for your mantel.

    This fancy thing might tie with the eggocado for innovation, taste and nutrition.

    Find the recipe here.
  • Apple Cheddar Omelet
    cuisineous.com
  • Eggs? Apples? Cheese? Hello, dream come true. The omelet combines every flavor you'd ever want in a breakfast dish while receiving an A-grade for a filling meal that'll keep you full, sans a sugar crash.

    Find the recipe here.
  • Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
    loveandzest.com
  • America's favorite pie tends to be teeming with butter and sugar.

    With this recipe, have your pie and eat it too, thanks to a clean list of ingredients, which includes protein-packed quinoa, almond milk and apples. Breakfast never tasted so patriotic.

    Find the recipe here.
  • Baked Breakfast Apple
    healthyaperture.com
  • This sweet thing boasts 8 grams of fiber 6 grams of protein, so it'll keep you going all morning long. Plus, it's a work of art.

    Find the recipe here.
  • Pumpkin Breakfast Parfait
    theskinnyfork.com
  • Berry parfaits have become so passé, so out with the old and in with the new: This recipe calls for protein-packed greek yogurt and fiber-filled pumpkin puree, along with a few extra niceties, like crushed gingersnaps and chopped pecans. Bonus: It'll keep you cool on those wild-card hot September days.

    Find the recipe here.
  • Apple Pie Porridge
    wallflowergirl.co.uk
  • No need to limit your affinity for apple pie to just one dish. This delight is raw, vegan and gluten-free and relies on chia seeds, dates and almond butter for its divine texture and taste.

    Recipe here.
  • Roasted Pumpkin And Goat Cheese Fritata
    naturallyella.com
  • In less than an hour's time this delectable egg dish can be yours. While you wait for the fritata to bake, revel in the many health benefits you'll soon be gobbling up, like the eggs' B-vitamins and the pumpkin's high vitamin A content.

    Find the recipe here.
  • Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Banana Roll
    somethewiser.danoah.com
  • Hello, stunning thing. This potassium-rich nanner is rolled in peanut butter, pumpkin pie spice and ground flax, making it an easy, filling and all-around delicious breakfast grab. Freeze it, we say!

    Find the recipe here.

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