60 Sweet Breakfast Recipes to Treat Yourself Before You Can Hit Snooze

Sorry, savory breakfast lovers, but we’re on team sweet. We don’t care if it’s French toast, a cinnamon roll as big as our face or a thick slice of chocolate babka (chocolate, not cinnamon), if it can moonlight as a dessert, we want it on our plate. If we still have your attention, we’ll assume you feel the same—luckily, you can find all those treats and more on this list. Here are the best sweet breakfast recipes for treating yourself. (C’mon, we all need a reason to not hit snooze.)

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Julia Gartland/Dada Eats

1. Morning Soft Serve

Sure, it tastes like a treat. But it’s actually completely plant-based (and made from just five ingredients, too).

sweet breakfast recipes vegan spiced blueberry breakfast cake recipe
Nisha Vora

2. Vegan Spiced Blueberry Breakfast Cake

It’s sweet but not too sweet, and it’s moist, tender and bursting with juicy fruit. Basically, you can feel good about going for a second slice.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

3. No-bake Gluten-free Breakfast Cookie For One

Warning: This protein-packed cookie might give you superpowers.

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Photo: Matt Dutile/Styling: Erin McDowell

4. Broiled Citrus Ricotta Toast

Haven’t you heard? Ricotta toast is the new avocado toast.

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Photo: Mark Weinberg/Styling: Erin McDowell

5. Skillet Blueberry Cornbread

It’s like a combination of a blueberry muffin, coffee cake and cornbread—and it’s delicious with a strong cup of coffee.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

6. Cinnamon-roll Pancakes

No one should have to choose between a stack of pancakes and a gooey cinnamon roll.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

7. French Toast Sticks

With a rich egg custard and a honey-vanilla dipping syrup, we’ve proved that these cuties aren’t just for kids.

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The National Honey Board

8. Coffee Oatmeal With Buckwheat Honey, Blueberries And Yogurt

Caffeine and breakfast at the same time—our favorite kind of multitasking.

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Erin McDowell

9. Cinnamon-sugar Waffles

Psst: You’ll make the batter the night before, so all you need to do in the morning is heat up the waffle iron.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

10. Doughnut Muffins

They’re like those doughnut holes you can buy in a bag at the store, only better.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

11. Cake Batter Waffles

Monday mornings are a lot more appealing when rainbow sprinkles are involved.

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Simon Pask/The Happy Balance

12. Chamomile And Maple Porridge

If your breakfast routine is chaotic, try these oats. They’re basically zen in a bowl.

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Maria Siriano/The Probiotic Kitchen

13. Sourdough With Whipped Cottage Cheese And Raspberry Chia Jam

Whipped cottage cheese is like ricotta’s cousin who’s into wellness blogs and just wants you to take care of your microbiome.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

14. Sunday Morning French Toast

Pass the maple syrup, please.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

15. Double Chocolate Chip Muffin Tops

Everyone knows the top is the best part.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

16. Dutch Baby Pancake

A Dutch baby is basically a cross between a pancake and a popover—light and airy with a touch of sweetness. Bonus: There’s no flipping required.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

17. Gingerbread Pancakes

This has Christmas morning breakfast written all over it.

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Erin McDowell

18. Pizza-dough Cinnamon Rolls

As much as we adore cinnamon rolls, we’re not in love with the idea of waking up at 4 a.m. to bake them. Luckily, these are ready in an hour.

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Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

19. Brown-sugar Pear Puff Pastries

Who’s the professional pastry chef? You are.

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Photo: Tyler Mauk/Styling: Anne Mauk

20. Sheet-pan Pancakes With Chocolate Chips

Slice the leftovers into strips, toast them up and serve them with syrup for dipping.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

21. Giant Cinnamon Roll

We’ve died and gone to cinnamon roll heaven.

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Cloudy Kitchen

22. Earl Grey Buns

We feel like Mary Berry would approve of these tender, pillowy buns.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

23. Waffle Bread Pudding

Don’t tell anyone, but this starts with frozen waffles.

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Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

24. Pecan Pie Scones

It’s hard to stay in bed when the smell of pie is wafting from the kitchen.

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Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

25. Sugared Holiday Bread

It doesn’t need to be a holiday for you to make a loaf of this sweet, yeasted quick bread. And in case you’re wondering, it makes excellent French toast.

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Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

26. Carrot Cake Doughnuts With Cream Cheese Glaze

You might say they’re almost too cute to eat, but then there’s that cream cheese glaze.

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Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

27. Cocoa Peanut Butter Granola

It’s like the cookie-shaped sugar cereal of our childhood, only a hundred times tastier.

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Erin McDowell

28. New Orleans-style Beignets

Good news: You don’t need a ticket to New Orleans or a deep fryer to indulge in these fluffy beauties.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

29. Baked Eggnog French Toast

Once you’ve mastered homemade eggnog, you’ll want a reason to use up the leftovers.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

30. Apple-cider Doughnut Holes

The apple cider doesn’t just add a seasonal touch—it also keeps the doughnut holes nice and moist.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

31. Nutella Pancakes

Because slathering chocolate-hazelnut spread on top, while delicious, is a total rookie move.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

32. Watercolor Doughnuts

They’re part breakfast, part dessert, part work of art.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

33. Swedish Pancakes

Since they’re layered with jam, there’s no need for maple syrup. (Well, theoretically.)

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Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

34. Apple-cider Pear Spelt Cake

Cake for breakfast? When the cake is made from nutritious spelt flour with just a touch of sugar, absolutely.

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Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

35. Sourdough Doughnuts With Concord Grape Glaze

They’re light on the inside and crispy on the outside, like the best parts of cake and yeast doughnuts combined.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

36. Sheet Tray Pancakes With Peaches And Strawberries

Square pancakes? You heard us.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

37. Cranberry Apple Danish

Store-bought puff pastry has entered the chat.

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Lisa Romerein/Love Is Served

38. Vegan And Gluten-free Baked Doughnuts

Just because you’re eating plant-based doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.

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Photo/Styling: Katherine Gillen

39. Classic Banana Bread

We see those cheetah-spotted bananas sitting on your counter, making their journey from ripe to rotten.

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Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

40. Mini Citrus Monkey Bread

They start with store-bought pizza dough and end with three in our belly.

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Sarah Copeland/Every Day Is Saturday

41. Johnnycakes With Rhubarb And Sour Cherries

Johnnycakes are a Southern-style, cornmeal-based pancake with a little more texture and flavor than traditional flapjacks—ideal for sopping up those cherry juices.

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Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

42. Chocolate Pinecone Rolls

Cereal has nothing on these babies.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

43. Croissant Bread Pudding

Stale pastries: sad. Stale pastries turned into a glorious, custardy breakfast: nothing better.

sweet breakfast recipes chocolate banana bread babka recipe
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

44. Chocolate Banana Bread Babka

It’s like a cross between a traditional banana bread and a fancy bakery-style babka and it’s unequivocally delicious.

sweet breakfast recipes pumpkin spice pecan rolls recipe
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

45. Pumpkin Spice Pecan Rolls

These sweet rolls are great for fall, but we wouldn’t complain if someone made them for us any other time of year. (Hint, hint.)

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

46. Braided Apple Danish Loaf

The braided top looks really impressive, but it’s super simple to pull off.

sweet breakfast recipes swedish salted caramel cinnamon buns recipe
Yuki Sugiura/Lagom

47. Swedish Cinnamon Buns Topped With Salted Caramel

Ribbons of cinnamon sugar, crunchy almonds and pools of sticky salted caramel mingle with a pillowy-soft dough. We’re going in for seconds.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

48. Monkey-bread Danish

Each pastry is pieced together so you can pull it apart for a bit of cream cheese and streusel in every bite.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

49. Maple Candied Bacon

Meet the new star of the brunch spread.

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What’s Gaby Cooking

50. Strawberry Muffins With Walnut Streusel

If only all grab-and-go breakfasts could be this sweet.

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The Modern Proper

51. Coffee Cinnamon Rolls With Maple Cream Cheese Icing

If you need us, we’ll be daydreaming about diving head-first into pools of maple cream cheese icing.

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Cookie and Kate

52. Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Quinoa

If cinnamon toast was your most-loved childhood breakfast (same), this healthier version will hit the spot.

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Spoon Fork Bacon

53. Banana Bread French Toast

And here we thought it was impossible to improve upon banana bread.

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Two Peas and Their Pod

54. Coffee Cake

It pairs really well with a steaming mug of coffee. (But you knew that, right?)

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Half Baked Harvest

55. Mini Brown Butter Popovers With Jammy Strawberries

Mini muffins, but make ’em fancy, buttery and light as a cloud.

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So Much Food

56. Old Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts With Coffee Glaze

The glaze is spiked with brown butter. Need we say more?

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Spoon Fork Bacon

57. Strawberry Studded Cinnamon Rolls With Chamomile-vanilla Glaze

Do you ever just stare into the swirls of a pan of breakfast rolls and get lost?

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Half Baked Harvest

58. Easy Swirled Cinnamon Sugar Croissant Loaf

It doesn’t look like it, but this flaky loaf is surprisingly easy to make. Just set aside some time for rising (and eating).

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

59. Banana Nut Scones With Maple Glaze

They’re the opposite of those sad, dry hockey pucks you know as scones.

sweet breakfast recipes gluten free lemon poppyseed pancakes recipe
Broma Bakery

60. Gluten-free Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...