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Today we’re celebrating my favorite top food trend prediction with dairy-free chocolate breakfast recipes! According to the Sterling-Rice Group (SRG), recent research is encouraging us to enjoy chocolate for breakfast, and we as consumers are eager to oblige.
The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study has been evaluating the relationship between diet and cognitive function. They found that habitual chocolate consumption was associated with improved memory, abstract reasoning, and organization – benefits that can help prepare your mind for a busy workday!
Fortunately, chocolate is a naturally dairy-free food when void of additives like milk solids, cream and butter oil. And I’ve compiled 22 delicious plant-based ways to enjoy a dairy-free chocolate boost in the morning.
Creamy Chocolate Breakfast Recipes
Smoothie bowls may be “so 2016” but this version is on point with a double infusion of plant-based chocolate and just FOUR ingredients!
I think the chocolate shavings are a must on this candy bar-inspired healthy shake recipe.
Chia seeds gel for a unique tapioca-like experience, but are far more nutritious than those little pearls. They provide protein, Omega 3s, and even dairy-free calcium. Nonetheless, I usually reduce the sweetener in this recipe to suit my more sensitive morning taste buds.
A subtle infusion of cacao adds depth to this nutritious, plant-based smoothie.
I think this smoothie recipe is just sweet enough, and it’s a fun way to enjoy loads of nutritious ingredients. Plus, I can’t resist the cacao nibs, which make perfect “dirt” on top.
My chocolate breakfast recipes list wouldn’t be complete without a winter warmer. You can replace that morning cup of joe with this rich, creamy, dairy-free hot chocolate recipe. It’s infused with cashews for some staying power.
If you’re like me, then you may want to add a few drops of pure liquid stevia to brighten the flavors in this healthy blend.
I often whip together this simple blend that takes advantage of chocolate dairy-free yogurt. Yes, it does exist!
With a name that’s impossible to resist, this cocoa-infused smoothie delivers with a double dose of dairy-free and plant-based protein.
These lovely, spoonable smoothies are a fun favorite in our home. But if you don’t have the patience for layering, you can blend it all together!
Baked & Brunchable Chocolate Breakfast Recipes
They may be a little decadent, but these vegan, gluten-free, allergy-friendly crepes are still loaded with wholesome goodness.
This grand-prize winning gluten-free recipe is a special way to indulge in the morning. Note that there is a vegan and egg-free option included.
Fans of Seinfeld will definitely appreciate this easy vegan and gluten-free recipe. But I think everyone can agree that the muffin top is the best part of America’s favorite baked good! And fortunately, this recipe doesn’t require a special pan, just a baking sheet!
Technically these aren’t labeled as breakfast cookies, but I think think they’re wholesome enough for the morning. Each bite is sweetened solely with coconut sugar and packed with hearty oats. As is, the recipe is gluten-free, but you can use whole wheat flour or spelt flour in place of the gluten-free flour blend.
These naturally vegan, gluten-free and allergy-friendly muffins have just 8 ingredients, but I promise that you won’t miss a thing.
I adore this granola doused with almond, cashew or coconut milk beverage. In terms of both taste and nutrition, it puts cocoa crispies to shame.
This wholesome stack is topped with a dollop of cashew cream! The cakes themselves are naturally vegan, gluten-free, and infused with cocoa. If you’re in more of a waffle mood, try Emily’s Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Waffles with unsweetened almond milk beverage.
Chocolate chips are optional on this scrumptious overnight oatmeal recipe, but we don’t think they should be. I swap in cacao nibs sometimes for a lower sugar crunch, or I go all out with chopped dairy-free dark chocolate.
What would a round-up of chocolate breakfast recipes be without a vegan delight from Chocolate-Covered Katie?
These are a wonderful vegan treat, but you can make them more nourishing with a whole grain flour and coconut sugar swaps. Or you may want to skip the added sugar and enjoy the light hazelnut sweetness.
This is a beloved recipe from my own kitchen. As a bonus, I’ve included speedy microwave and traditional oven directions. Plus, the recipe is naturally vegan and gluten-free with options for allergy-friendly.
Chocolate and peanut butter are literally layered into every bite of these short stacks. Vegan and gluten-free options are included, and you can swap whole grain flour in, if desired.
Just Top it With Dairy-Free Chocolate!
You can make many of your favorite breakfasts better with a sprinkle of cacao nibs, mini chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chunks, chopped pure dark chocolate or straight-up cacao powder. All of these can add delicious decadence to oatmeal, cereal, smoothies, baked goodies, French toast, or dairy-free yogurt.