Build a Better Breakfast Round-Up & Giveaway!

April 26th, 2011 at 11:11 am

It’s been so inspiring to see such a wide variety of delicious, creative, and healthy breakfast ideas roll in for the Build a Better Breakfast Challenge over the past few weeks. I’m excited to finally share them all with you!

Too often these days, breakfast is a gold-mine of sugar, refined carbohydrates, hydrogenated oils, or—perhaps worst of all—nothing, for those who skip the meal altogether. In an effort to inspire us to load our breakfast plates and glasses with nutritious and high-quality food, I launched the Build a Better Breakfast Challenge a few weeks ago. In today’s round-up of all the great ideas that poured in, my only challenge is choosing what I’ll eat for breakfast tomorrow!

The Giveaway

UPDATE 5/2/11: This giveaway is now closed.

Before we get to the recipes, let’s talk about the Build a Better Breakfast giveaway! To get you well on your way to fueling up with a nutritious morning meal, the giveaway package includes:

  • 1 jar of Bionaturae Organic Wild Berry Fruit Spread: With no added sugar and the flavor of real fruit, this is one of my favorite jams to spread on rice cakes, scones, or muffins. It’s also delicious swirled by the spoonful into hot rice or quinoa cereal.
  • 1 sample packet of Artisana Organic Raw Almond Butter: I joke that I could live on almond butter alone, especially when it tastes as good as Artisana’s. As a dip for apples or celery sticks, a spread for crackers, and a binding agent in baked goods like my Grain-Free Granola Balls, almond butter is a staple in my kitchen. 
  • 1 jar of Simply Organic Ground Cinnamon: My favorite breakfast “booster food,” cinnamon makes its way into my smoothies, baked goods, and hot cereal bowls. Apart from its warm and comforting flavor, cinnamon also helps to balance blood sugar levels, making it a great addition to your morning meal.
  • 1 box of Allegro Organic Breakfast Blend Tea: I’ve never been a hot beverage drinker, but when I need an A.M. pick-me-up, a good cup of breakfast tea with a splash of almond milk does the trick perfectly.


This giveaway will be open until May 1, 2011 at 6 pm CST, at which time I will select and notify a winner. Enter by doing any or all of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this post sharing about your favorite breakfast food or meal.
  • Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you did.
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did.
  • Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you did.
  • Subscribe to Daily Bites via email or RSS and leave a comment telling me you did.

(Disclosure: None of the companies related to the products featured in this giveaway paid me to offer them. I purchased the items for this giveaway by choice. This is not a sponsored giveaway.)

And now, the recipes!


Hot Cereal

Claire shared a tasty Millet Porridge that looks like just the thing to warm me up on these chilly spring mornings.

Sara, aka SnoWhite, writes this about her Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal, pictured above: “I’m very excited to share one of our favorite ‘better breakfasts’ – baked oatmeal.  We love plain, berries, apples & cinnamon and sweet potato.  The best part about these recipes — you can prep them the night before and just bake in the morning.  And, once the dish is baked, wrap up small serving sizes and freeze; they re-heat beautifully.” 


Pancakes, Waffles, & Baked Goods

Maggie baked up some tasty looking Almond, Oat, & Date Muffins chock-full of nutritious breakfast all-stars like almond flour, chia seeds, protein powder, and applesauce.

Nothing says breakfast better than pancakes! Ricki submitted her tantalizing recipe for gluten-free, sugar-free Coconut Pancakes.

If pancakes aren’t your thing, you might try Ashlie’s 100% whole grain Buckwheat Waffles. Topped with some fresh fruit or jam, what could be better?


Egg-cellent Ideas

Check out Shirley’s super-informative post featuring Colorful Quiche. I’d happily eat a slice of this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

MercedesSweet Potato Hash had my mouth watering from the second I saw the picture. Doesn’t this look like the quintessential breakfast “Blue Plate Special?”


Other Creative Breakfast Ideas

Jelly Jar O' Yum

Deanna shared a unique recipe for a raw, vegan breakfast: Banana Split Parfait. Count me in for anything that makes breakfast sound like dessert!

Catherine submitted a well-balanced recipe for a nourishing Breakfast Soup, complete with vegetables and loads of protein to start the day off strong.



Last but not least, smoothies! My all-time favorite breakfast food.

Kathy W., a reader, sent in a couple of her favorite smoothie recipes (below). Although she can’t recall where she originally got the recipes, she gives them both a big thumbs-up!

Dr. Jim’s Favorite Smoothie Recipe

In a blender, mix:

1 cup rice milk (or soy, cow, almond)
• 1 scoop of chocolate flavored multi-nutrient protein powder
• 3 – 4 frozen strawberries
• ½ cup frozen blueberries

And … blend!

The chocolate protein powder makes the consistency of the smoothie a cross between a chocolate milkshake and a fruit smoothie. Note: If your kids are used to drinking chocolaty milkshakes, you might need to temporarily add a little bit of chocolate syrup, but reduce the amount over the next week or two.

Dr. Jim’s Niece’s Favorite Smoothie Recipe

In a blender, mix:

2/3 cup carrot juice
• 1 scoop vanilla flavored multi-nutrient protein powder
• 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
• ½ cup uncooked kale or spinach
• ½ frozen banana (for extra sweetness)

Blend on high for 1 minute.

While it may sound strange, my niece Ashton loves this recipe. The kale or spinach taste and color are covered up and therefore undetected. This is a great way to get kale (the number #1 cancer-fighting vegetable) into your kids! Protein powder or any of the milks (rice, soy, almond or cow) are much healthier than the average chocolate shake. Feel free to experiment!  


A few of my favorite smoothie recipes guaranteed to help you build a brilliant breakfast:


  1. So many great ideas. I have to try Ricki’s coconut pancakes, for sure. And Maggie’s muffins look delicious, too!

  2. Wow, everything looks so good! Such a good idea, thanks for organizing all this Hallie! Makes me want to go try one right now… those buckwheat waffles have my name written all over them!

  3. P.S. Just shared your link on my Cultivating Consciousness Facebook Page!

  4. What a delicious list of breakfast recipes… love all the smoothie ideas.

  5. Maggie’s Almond, Oat & Date Muffins look delicious!!! Gotta give those a try! :)

  6. I adore breakfast! Sometimes I have overnight oats, sometimes hot oatmeal, buckwheat bakes and sometimes I’m perfectly fine with a big bowl of Grape Nuts with blueberries on top!

  7. I want to eat everything featured! ;-) And wow, on the lovely giveaway, Hallie!


  8. I agree! These look awesome! And thanks for inspiring me to try new things too! :) That baked oatmeal looks great! Now I just need to find some sweet potatoes…they’re not cheap where I live! The buckwheat waffles are the other ones I really want to try! They look kind of chocolatey! :D Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Jodi castallo said on April 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I love swt potato/potato cakes topped with smashed avocado and either a poached or fried egg.

  10. I’ve been obsessed with steel cut oats lately. My favorite creation has been Carrot Cardamom Oatmeal – Inspired by Indian Carrot Halwa.

    Now maybe I’ll start on millet!

  11. i love love love breakfast and could eat it at every meal. I love cereal, oats, pancakes and eggs. Not together…but i couldn’t choose just one :)

  12. My favorite breakfast food of late is gluten-free granola atop MimicCreme maple or butterscotch pudding. I have a clear weakness for dessert-like breakfasts.

  13. I follow you on Twitter.

  14. I subscribe to you via email as well!

  15. I so wanted to contribute to this! With our move, I just haven’t gotten as much done this month.

    But, what I was going to submit is a current favorite, brown basmati rice with pecans, cinnamon, and a little salt. Carb comfort food without the sugar in the mornings! I’m in love.

  16. Lately I’ve been doing shiro (white) miso soup with seaweed as a first course. It’s so comforting and helps me wake up. A little while later when I get hungry I have eggs (our fave is egg/avocado/sausage scramble), oatmeal, or a smoothie. These recipes look great – think we’ll be trying the baked oatmeal really soon!

  17. I follow you on Twitter (@anjanetteopal)

  18. I eat grain-free and have to keep my blood sugar in check, so breakfast is a tricky meal for me. I love almond flour waffles with agave or yacon syrup on top! I also enjoy grain-free granola with almond milk!

  19. I shared a link to the giveaway on FB.

  20. I subscribed to the RSS feed.

  21. Hallie this is an incredible roundup! I love the sounds of sweet potato hash. That might be the first recipe I try! So many choices. I always love breakfast ideas since it seems to be the first place I need inspiration. Thanks so much for hosting this.

  22. I tweeted it!! :-) awesome contest!

  23. Awesome giveaway! I would love to win and share those goodies with my housemates! I missed the deadline, but I’m finally getting my breakfast post up and I’m going to link to this because I think it’s a great resource. The post’ll be up later tonight!

  24. What a great round-up of breakfasts! My favorite breakfast food used to be pancakes. I still love some gluten-free varieties, but I just don’t fix them as much. My favorite these days is anything with a mix of veggies topped with a runny egg. :D And a side of fruit!

  25. Always looking for new nutritious breakfast ideas. What an awsome giveaway package. Cinnamon puts it over the top…

  26. If these yummies are for breakfast…..i love indulging…….healthy, delectable and awesome way to kick start the day…love that giveaway…..

  27. Happy to follow u on twitter….

  28. Tweeted about giveaway….

  29. Subscribed reader of u r space…

  30. Following u on facebook too…

  31. Green Smoothies

  32. Subscribed through email.

  33. Shared on Facebook..thank you!

  34. Hallie,

    I just resubscribed to the email updates…not sure how I got off the list, but anyway…
    Love this roundup (not sure how I missed getting in on this one, maybe next time). What a fantastic collection of healthy breakfasts you’ve compiled!


  35. I love any and all kinds of hot cereal (still haven’t been brave enough to try oatmeal since going gf, but have found cream of buckwheat to be a great option; favorite so far is bob’s red mill gf hot cereal, though). I enjoy any and all mix-ins, nut butters being a favorite. I have yet to put any kind of jam in, but now I most definitely will try that.

  36. These are all great ideas! I particularly am fond of the idea of the sweet potato hash and the baked oatmeal. Yum.

  37. I could eat oatmeal with peanut butter on top every single day and be perfectly happy. Old fashioned oats, cooked on the stove with half milk, half water. Or steel cut oats if I have a few extra minutes!

  38. I follow you on twitter (corgipants)

  39. My favorite breakfast is Steel-Cut Oat Porridge with Date Pecan Compote. :) I had it for breakfast this morning!

  40. Katherine said on April 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    nothing can beat a hot bowl of oatmeal with melted banana and blueberries!

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  41. My fave breakfast food as actually a protein shake… and on rare occasions,… very rare, a fluffy omelette with poblano peppers, vidalia sweet onions, chopped garlic, fresh basil on top of organic baby spinach… I also follow up the smoothie with medjool dates and a little almond butter.
    cathy b
    pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

  42. following you now on twitter…. @projecthope7

    cathy b
    pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

  43. oatmeal. I love oatmeal ~ plain, baked, topped with roasted squash, savory – with caramelized onions or crumbled seaweed. and of course, in cookie form. But I have not eaten cookies for breakfast in a looong time.

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