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
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).
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.
Cinnamon-Nutmeg Sweet Potato Noodle Pancakes With Greek Yogurt And Nectarines
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.