Today we’re celebrating one of my favorite food trends with this delicious, healthy round-up of dairy-free chocolate breakfast recipes. According to a prior report from the Sterling-Rice Group (SRG), research is encouraging us to enjoy chocolate for breakfast, and we as consumers are eager to oblige.
The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study evaluated 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.
22 Dairy-Free Chocolate Breakfast Recipes for a Plant-Based Morning
I originally created this post with So Delicious, but sadly a few of the recipes they created are no longer online. So I’ve updated this round-up with some new dairy-free chocolate breakfast recipes.
Smoothie bowls might be “so 2016” but this version is on trend with no added sugars and a double dose of cacao. Plus it’s plant-based and paleo-friendly.
I adore this sweet, hearty granola doused with almond, cashew or coconut milk beverage. It puts cocoa crispies to shame!
It might look like an ordinary blueberry smoothie, but it’s infused with cacao for delicious depth in flavor.
This is a beloved recipe from my own kitchen, which is naturally vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly (simple ingredients!). I’ve also included speedy microwave and traditional oven directions.
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.
I’m not going to lie, this is an elaborate recipe. But it’s divided into three recipes that you can make individually. Personally, I’d eat that Chocolate Ganache with a spoon!
You won’t believe the combination of healthy ingredients in this healthy chocolate protein smoothie. And yes, it does taste delicious!
These nutty indulgences are made with unsweetened chocolate, have no added sugars, and are delicious with coffee or tea in the morning. They also store well in the refrigerator or freezer.
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.
If you’re on-the-go in the morning, reach for this dense and fulfilling recipe. These bars are raw, vegan, paleo-friendly and offer an extra boost of caffeine.
My chocolate breakfast recipes list wouldn’t be complete without a healthy hot cocoa. 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.
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.
These energizing breakfast muffins are simply loaded with healthy ingredients, but they taste delicious! My husband thinks the dark chocolate chunks are the star, but they meld seamlessly with these dense, wholesome muffins.
This easy pudding is rich in healthy fats, potassium, antioxidants, and of course, chocolate! It’s made with cacao and sweetened with fruit and maple syrup.
I know the title doesn’t sound easy, but the quinoa crumble takes minutes to bake, and the rest is just stirring and sprinkling.
I often whip together this simple blend that takes advantage of chocolate dairy-free yogurt. Yes, it does exist! So Delicious, Silk, Yooga, Almond Breeze, CoYo, and Good Plants each have a chocolaty, plant-based yogurt.
My friend Nicole is a master at creating top allergen-free treats. These decadent vegan and gluten-free chocolate waffles are just one delicious example.
Ice cream for breakfast? You bet! This creamy frozen dessert is dairy-free, protein-rich, and perfect for summer mornings.
Some mornings, I’m just too busy to get breakfast ready, so I reach for quick bites like these. They store well in the freezer.
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!
The original recipe calls for raisins, but we like to swap in dairy-free dark chocolate chips. These oatmeal cookies are naturally gluten-free, vegan, and made with almond flour for extra heft.
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.