2 Classic Holiday Breakfasts Made a Little Lighter and Healthier
Indulge or go healthy.
Overnight guests need breakfast to power through holiday festivities. Whether they want a decadent meal to get them started or something a little more nutritious — even gluten-free! — one of these recipes will do the trick. We'll share two classic breakfast recipes with two ways to do each one so you can choose to indulge or go healthy.
By Caitlyn Diimig, RD
Indulge: Chunky Monkey Pancakes
"I loved my mother's banana pancakes and can still picture her slicing them into the batter, so I had to do the same. Diced or sliced is better than mashed in my opinion." – naples34102
"These would be good with a little melted peanut butter drizzled over the top." – shelleyg
Go Healthy: Paleo Applesauce Pancakes
"These pancakes don't have the look or feel of a typical Paleo pancake, so the kids don't turn up their noses. They gobble them down and ask for more." – Kathie Chappell
Healthy Tricks for Pancakes:
The Paleo Applesauce Pancakes have 75 percent less saturated fat and three times more fiber than the Chunky Monkey Pancakes. Here's how we did it:
- Replacing butter and whole milk with applesauce cuts fat and calories but still keeps pancakes moist and fluffy.
- Using almond flour instead of all-purpose helps triple your fiber intake.
- Mixing in a little tapioca flour keeps the texture from being gritty.
- Topping pancakes with apple slices provides a little sweetness for far fewer calories and fat than chocolate chips and whipped cream.
Indulge: Loaded Breakfast Potatoes
"Best potatoes you will ever make, guaranteed! This recipe feeds a lot of people. I took it to a potluck and the pan came home licked clean, literally! People were going back for seconds and thirds and disappointed when it was all gone. This is a totally addictive potato recipe (hence the name), you just can't stop eating them! It's a cinch to toss together and goes great with chicken, beef or pork, heck it would even make your sneakers taste good. Recipe can easily be halved to feed a family of four." — Barbi
Go Healthy: Keto Cauliflower Hash Browns
"Cauliflower, cheese, and bacon come together in this keto alternative to hash browns." — Soup Loving Nicole
Healthy Tricks for Breakfast Potatoes:
The cauliflower hash browns provide 49 fewer calories and 9 grams less carbohydrate than the loaded potatoes Here's how we did it:
- Using riced cauliflower instead of diced potatoes cuts calories and carbs, making these keto-friendly.
- Mixing in a small amount of bacon bits with fresh chives instead of piling on the bacon keeps has browns flavorful without overdoing it on the saturated fat.
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This article originally appeared in the December/January 2020 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.