If your mornings consist of a bowl of cereal at the kitchen island or a granola bar and quick cup of coffee as you head out the door, you are not alone. Between work and school and the general rush of daily life, it’s hard to find time for a wholesome and delicious homemade breakfast. But there is a compromise. A good breakfast doesn’t have to be a hot meal, and it doesnt have to be corn flakes, either. Not when you can easily whip up a tasty breakfast bread the night before — in your very own kitchen! Make it, bake it and set it to cool on the kitchen island, and you’ll have a sweet and satifying breakfast waiting for you in the morning. All you need to do is cut off a slice and enjoy! Here are a few of our fall favorites.
Banana bread is a classic, and it has seen a huge resurgence this year. In fact, CNN called it the “unofficial snack of the coronavirus pandemic” in a recent article titled, Banana Bread is Having a Moment. Not only is baking good for your mental health, but there is no better use for spotty bananas! As bananas age, they get sweeter, but they also become a bit too mushy to eat like you normally would. Instead, pull up your heavy-duty mixer and put them to good use.
There are tons of recipes out there, from old-fashioned cookbooks to Pinterest, but we like this one from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Super moist, thanks to the addition of yogurt or sour cream, plus crunchy nuts (optional) and a hint of ground cinnamon from your spice rack, this breakfast bread is healthy and sure to please. For the complete recipe, plus how to make a fabulous cream cheese frosting, click here. You can even use leftovers to make Banana Bread French Toast on a lazy weekend morning!
Lightly sweet and also a bit savory, Pumpkin Bread is the quintessential autum breakfast. This healthy version features all the warm spices traditionally paired with pumpkin (allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg), plus a few unexpected ingredients from your kitchen pantry cabinet, like whole wheat pastry flour and extra virgin olive oil — and pumpkin puree, of course. For the recipe from Love & Lemons, click here.
Apple Cinnamon Bread
Perfect for busy fall mornings, this recipe from Delish food editor Lena Abraham calls for tart Granny Smith apples, but feel free to substitute your favorite variety. Like apple pie in loaf form, Apple Cinnamon Bread is sure to become your family’s new fall favorite. And it’s healthy, too! According to Eating Well, there is truth behind the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Like the other fruits that flavor this list of breakfast breads, apples are both delicious and nutritious, and are a great ingredient to help start the day off right. Click here for the recipe from Delish.
All of these breakfast breads should keep well at room temperature for a few days, or store them in the refrigerator until you want a slice. Just make sure to let them cool completely on the kitchen island first and then wrap them well.
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