16 Whole Grain Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day

Hot Grains Power Bowl
Photo: Andy Lyons

They say the first meal of the day is the most important, so make it count by whipping up nutritious whole grain foods for breakfast that the whole family will love. Whether you crave pancakes, parfaits, oatmeal, or cereal (hot or cold!), you'll love these delicious whole grain breakfast ideas brimming with oats, quinoa, barley, millet, and more whole grains.

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Bacon-Teff Pancakes with Sweet Potato and Pear Hash

Bacon-Teff Pancakes Pear Hash
Blaine Moats

Power Grain: Teff

Never heard of teff? There's no better time to add this whole grain to your pantry. It lends a molasses-like flavor to these unique pancakes, which combine sweet and savory flavors for breakfast.

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Tropical Fruit Breakfast Parfaits

Tropical Fruit Breakfast Parfaits
Karla Conrad

Power Grain: Rolled Oats

Oats are one of the most versatile whole grain foods for breakfast that can easily be incorporated into an early-morning parfait. For a tropical take, pair them with shredded coconut, sunflower kernels, and mango on tangy lime yogurt.

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Two-Way Nutty Granola Cereal

Two-Way Nutty Granola Recipe
Kritsada Panichgul

Power Grains: Rolled Oats; Barley

Take your bowl of cereal beyond the box with a fiber-rich blend of oats, nuts, barley, and wheat cereal. Apple cider and cinnamon flavor the granola, which can also be served as a hot cereal.

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Hot Grains Power Bowl

Hot Grains Power Bowl
Andy Lyons

Power Grain: Multigrain Hot Cereal

Carrot cake for breakfast? Why not! You can get all the flavor of this delectable dessert without the sugar in this power bowl, made with shredded carrots and warming spices.

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Slow-Toasted Granola

glass jar slow toasted granola next to pitcher of milk
Andy Lyons

Power Grains: Rolled Oats; Flaxseeds

Slow-cooked to perfection, this crunchy granola satisfies grumbling stomachs with rolled oats and ground flaxseeds. The grab-and-go morning meal gets smooth flavor from honey and peanut butter, plus a sweet kick from golden raisins and dates.

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Peanut Butter and Fruit Quinoa

Peanut Butter and Fruit Quinoa in white bowls
Andy Lyons

Power Grain: Quinoa

Cook up a steamy bowl of quinoa in just 20 minutes, then swirl with creamy nut butter, fresh fruit, and jam. Add crunch to the gluten-free whole grain breakfast with a sprinkle of peanuts.

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Good Morning Cereal Blend

Good Morning Cereal Blend
Jason Donnelly

Power Grains: Barley; Oats; Bran

With 8 grams of fiber per serving, this simple cereal is guaranteed to keep you full all morning. Store the cereal in single-serve plastic bags for a quick, nutritious meal on the go.

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Air-Fried Flaxseed French Toast Sticks with Berries

Air-Fried Flaxseed French Toast Sticks with Berries
Caitlin Bensel

Power Grains: Whole Grain Bread; Flaxseed Meal

These easy French toast sticks rely on high-quality whole grain bread to help hold their shape, while flaxseed meal adds a nutty flavor and extra boost of nutrition.

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Spiced Apple-Berry Oatmeal

Spiced Apple Berry Oatmeal
Jason Donnelly

Power Grain: Steel-Cut Oats

Simmer oats in apple juice for tender hot cereal with crisp fruit flavor. Mix in fresh berries and pecans for a big-batch whole grain breakfast recipe your entire family will love.

Buy It: T-fal Nonstick 3-Quart Saucepan ($22, Target)

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Toasted Oat Muesli

Toasted Oat Muesli
Jason Donnelly

Power Grain: Rolled Oats

Crunchy oat muesli gets a quick toast in the oven before joining banana chips and a sprinkle of allspice. Serve the cereal with milk for a low-calorie breakfast.

Buy It: Wilton Nonstick Baking Sheet ($9, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Breakfast Fruit and Nut Cookies

Breakfast Fruit and Nut Cookies
Scott Little

Power Grains: Oat Bran; Flaxseeds

Cookies aren't just for dessert anymore. These grab-and-go whole wheat treats—one of the best whole grain breakfast ideas—feature crisp nuts and dates, plus a comforting cinnamon flavor.

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Quinoa-Pumpkin Seed Granola

Quinoa-Pumpkin Seed Granola
Andy Lyons

Power Grain: Quinoa

Granola tastes great over baked apples, yogurt, applesauce, or milk, and this cinnamon-spiced mix of quinoa, almonds, and pepitas is no exception. Store the healthy breakfast treat in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Strawberry-Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwiches

Strawberries and Cream Waffle Sandwiches with honey
Jason Donnelly

Power Grain: Whole Grain Bread

Add brightness to your morning meal with fresh strawberries. Stuffed inside whole grain bread, the antioxidant-packed fruit joins sticky-sweet honey, gooey cream cheese, and low-fat granola.

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Toasty Whole Grain Orange Muffins

Toasty Whole Grain Orange Muffins
Andy Lyons

Power Grains: Rolled Oats; Quinoa

Freshly squeezed orange juice lends bright flavor to these healthy muffins, one of the best whole grain foods for breakfast. Sour cream and buttermilk make the low-calorie muffins taste indulgent.

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Crunchy Oat Squares

Crunchy Oat Squares
Jason Donnelly

Power Grains: Rolled Oats; Oat Bran

Mimic the flavors of your favorite breakfast cereal without all the added sugar by using almond butter, honey, and brown sugar. Three types of whole grains fill the crunchy clusters to help delay hunger's return.

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Six-Grain Slow Cooker Porridge

Six-Grain Slow Cooker Porridge
Andy Lyons

Power Grains: Steel-Cut Oats; Barley; Brown Rice, Cracked Wheat, Millet

It's no surprise this sweet slow cooker porridge recipe provides 10% of your daily fiber intake. The easy breakfast staple is stuffed with six types of grains plus heart-healthy toasted pecans.

Buy It: Crock-Pot 4-Quart Slow Cooker ($50, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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