5 Hot Winter Breakfasts to Warm You Up

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The temperature is dropping, and the typical breakfast of a bowl of cold cereal has (for me at least) become less appealing.

I crave something hearty and warm to eat on these cold mornings, but with Seasonal Affective Disorder in full swing I don’t relish the thought of standing over the cooker all morning making something.

Hot breakfasts have a reputation for being time consuming- and that’s not necessarily incorrect, when comparing it to the seconds it takes to pour milk over cereal, but these recipes can be prepped in advance, frozen and defrosted when needed. So if you can put aside a little time now, you can have breakfast ready on those busy mornings where time is of the essence!

All of these recipes are plant based- bonus!

American Pancakes

Fluffy American Pancakes are such a breakfast treat! I make a big batch of these and freeze them in sandwich bags for portioning. Top tip- get some silicone egg moulds for your frying pan to get the even round shape that I got here.

Suggested Toppings

  • Lashings of Maple Syrup (My choice!)
  • Fruit such as Bananas or Berries
  • Plant based bacon

Recipe HERE

Classic Porridge

The mainstay winter breakfast- and for good reason. Oats are cheap, loaded with fibre and porridge is the quickest hot breakfast you can make! Make sure you buy rolled oats- NOT the instant or easy cook kind (i.e Ready Brek) as these are more processed, and less filling.

I’m sure almost everyone has their own recipe- but in case you don’t, here’s mine (If you can call 2 ingredients a recipe!) This makes one bowl- feel free to double or triple it to make a batch you can keep in the fridge all week and reheat.

  • 50g Rolled Oats (Scots porage oats for me- not the cheapest, but they make the best porridge IMO )
  • 200ml-250ml Milk (200ml if you like it super thick like me, 250ml if you like it normal!)

Simmer over a medium low heat until thickened- or cover and microwave for a few minutes (depending on the wattage of your microwave )

Suggested Toppings

  • Golden Syrup (My favourite)
  • Maple Syrup and Cinnamon
  • Fruit such as Bananas or Berries
  • Nuts and/or seeds

Classic Waffles

These are well worth the time investment, made easier with a waffle maker but still achievable in the oven with a silicone mould.

Suggested Toppings

  • Lashings of Maple Syrup (My choice!)
  • Fruit such as Bananas or Berries

Recipe HERE

Tempeh Bacon Sandwich

For savoury plant based lovers- tempeh a makes fantastic bacon subsititue! You can slice and marinate it, then help yourself throughout the week when the mood strikes. I oven bake mine, but you can fry it if you’re short on time.

Recipe HERE

Breakfast Muffin

If you’re partial to a breakfast muffin from the golden arches, you should definitely try this! Plant based, less fat and you can customise it to your liking.

Ingredients

  • English Muffin
  • Quorn Breakfast Patties (for convenience) OR Tempeh Bacon
  • Cheese

Optional, but nice

  • Hash Browns (Iceland 1/4lb Hash Brown Burgers are PEREFCT in these)
  • Tofu Scramble, or other egg substitue

Cook everything according to package instructions, then assemble and devour hungrily.

To Freeze– Allow to cool then wrap in foil and place in a sandwich bag. I don’t recommend freezing vegan cheese. Defrost overnight in fridge, remove foil then place in the oven or air fryer at 200c/Gas 6 for a few minutes until heated through.

Do you have a favourite hot breakfast? What are your go to toppings for pancakes and waffles? Share in the comments below!

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