30 Delicious Ancient Grain Breakfast Bowl Recipes to Fuel Your Day
Don’t get us wrong, we love oatmeal — like, really love it — but these breakfast bowls go way beyond your standard microwaved bowl of cinnamony oats. There are a ton of ancient grains that people have cultivated for millennia that offer a wide range of health benefits, and they’re all excellent for shaking up your morning routine. (When we speak of ancient grains, many of them are technically pseudocereals, but since they cook like grains, we’re including them). The best part of making grain bowls for breakfast is they can last for a long time: make a big batch of grains on Sunday, and you can use it for breakfast grain bowls all week long.
We’ve found some especially easy, delicious recipes that can help you kick off your day with a nutrient-packed breakfast, many of which can be completely prepped the night (or even days) in advance.
Chia Breakfast Bowls
Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein, chia is an exceptionally nutritious seed, and was a staple of the ancient Aztecs. You can mix them into overnight oats or combine with another grain, or make a chia pudding to kick your day off right.
- Meyer Lemon Chia Breakfast Bowl
- Mango Chia Pudding
- Banana Split Chia Pudding
- Golden Milk Chia Breakfast Pudding
- Almond Butter Chia Pudding
Amaranth Breakfast Bowls
Amaranth has a nutty, sweet flavor and distinctive, chewy texture, with each individual grain creating a little pop in your mouth. This seed is also a complete protein, providing all nine essential amino acids, and has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels.
- Breakfast Amaranth with Walnuts and Honey
- Amaranth Breakfast Bowl With Persimmon, Honey, And Tahini
- Pumpkin Amaranth Bowl
- Korean-Inspired Breakfast Bowl with Amaranth
- Blueberry-Almond Amaranth Breakfast Bowl
Quinoa Breakfast Bowls
Quinoa’s mild flavor and fluffy texture makes it super-versatile and a great fit for breakfast grain bowls. It’s also gluten-free, packed with protein, and it cooks fast and keeps in the fridge for about a week, making it suitable for a quick morning meal or weekend prep.
- Quinoa Spinach Breakfast Bowl
- Avocado Pesto Breakfast Quinoa
- Dark Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
- Sweet Potato and Spinach Breakfast Skillet
- Pear, Pomegranate, and Pecan Breakfast
Farro is a chewy, nutty grain that doesn’t get soggy, even when it’s served in a pudding or make-ahead breakfast bowl. It also works well whether it’s served sweet or savory, warm or cold. It’s also an excellent source of protein, and packs plenty of fiber and vitamins.
- Cumin Spiced Farro Breakfast Bowl
- Mediterranean Farro Breakfast Bowl
- Farro Breakfast Pudding With Dates and Cardamom
- Farro Breakfast Bowl with Butternut Squash and Harissa Labneh
- Banana Nut Breakfast Farro
This gluten-free whole grain is rich in fiber, magnesium, phosphorous, and good-for-your-gut prebiotics. It’s very mild-tasting but lightly sweet, and easily takes on the flavors it’s cooked with.
- Cinnamon-Cardamom Millet Breakfast Porridge
- Savory Summer Squash and Millet Breakfast Bowl
- Banana and Walnut Millet Breakfast Porridge
- Sweet Potato and Kale Millet Bowls
- Toasted Millet Breakfast Bowl with Arugula and Blueberries
Despite its name, buckwheat is actually wheat-free, and has been cultivated in northern China since 2600 BCE. It’s rich in fiber and potassium, with an earthy, nutty flavor and a texture similar to brown rice.