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If you follow my Instagram, you’ll quickly learn that I love breakfast (lani_belle, if you want to see for yourself). I am constantly posting to my Instagram story the breakfast I have each morning. Honestly, I can’t get enough of it! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and now that fall has rolled in, it is time for fall breakfasts. 

What makes a breakfast “fall” themed? In my opinion, it must include either apples, pumpkin, or if you’re feeling crazy, use both. It also must be flavored with spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin spice. These criteria help me start off my days with the most “fall vibes” as possible. You will also notice these recipes are gluten free and dairy free, as that is what my diet consists of. However, you can make these recipes your own by adding or taking away whatever you would like.

Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl

This is a new recipe I decided to try this year. It can either be served cold or warm so it can adapt to the ever changing fall weather. The original recipe I found is by Eat With Clarity, however, I made some tweaks to make it my own. Instead of almond milk, I used oatmilk, and instead of almond butter, I used peanut butter. 

This recipe can be made the night before, so it is a great meal prep recipe. Toppings are key to making this meal delicious. My favorite things to add are peanut butter, cranberries, sunflower seeds, granola and banana. The toppings can really be anything you like, which makes this recipe versatile. This meal is also a healthy way to start your day. Sweet potatoes provide a variety of nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and are a great source of fiber. They also prevent inflammation and promote a healthy immune system.

Article Graphic. Photo by Lani Beaudette
Original photo by Lani Beaudette
 Apple and Pumpkin Yogurt

Once again, I am back with the pumpkin and apple combination. This is a perfect breakfast for when you are in a hurry. Simply chop up apples into small cubes, mix them into your preferred yogurt (I use unsweetened vanilla coconut yogurt), top with pumpkin butter, cinnamon and your granola of choice (I use a homemade granola from Living Beyond Allergies). Both the apples and pumpkin butter give the yogurt the sweetness that it is missing and that I crave. I really enjoy this breakfast because it feels light in my stomach, but I still feel full after I eat it! 

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a new breakfast for me. For the longest time, I refused to eat it; however, now that I have opened my mind to all the possibilities this dish provides, I am never going back! On a cold fall morning, apple pie oatmeal is the perfect breakfast to warm you up. I loosely followed a recipe posted by @plantyou on TikTok. However, instead of maple syrup, I add honey to my apple mixture. I also add nutmeg and a scoop of protein powder to the oat mixture. 

Along with these changes, I save some sliced apples to add on top to give it a fresh crunch, and I put Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter on top as well. I love the flavor combination of the sweetness of the apple with the rich flavoring of the pumpkin butter. Because of the oats and protein powder, this recipe helps me stay full and have enough energy on my busy days when I know I won’t have as much time as usual to eat.

In article photo. Taken by Lani Beaudette
Original photo by Lani Beaudette

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

I couldn’t write a whole article on fall breakfast without mentioning the infamous pumpkin spice. While lately I have been using the Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pancake Mix (yes pancake— I just place the batter in my waffle maker), another recipe that is great to use is this Gluten free and Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Waffle Recipe by MamaShire. The only thing I change about this recipe is that I use oat milk instead of almond or cashew milk. 

These waffles make me feel so cozy. I love making them on a Saturday or Sunday morning when I know I have nowhere to be, and I can relax and enjoy them. MamaShire shares a Maple Glaze to top her waffles with, however I typically put peanut butter on my waffles, butter and honey or apple cider jelly (yes, another apple and pumpkin combo!). These waffles are fluffy and warm and always put a smile on my face.

I hope that you try at least one of these recipes. They are a great way to start off your morning and make you feel energized and ready for the opportunities ahead! After having any of these breakfasts, you will want to hop on a witch’s broom or go carve a pumpkin. Happy fall and happy eating! 


Edited by Zoë Skvarka

Lani Beaudette is a sophomore at West Virginia University majoring in Journalism in the honors college. In addition to writing for Her Campus, she writes for Mirage Magazine and is the Social Media Coordinator at the Media Innovation Center on campus. In her free time, Lani enjoys reading, working out and hanging with her sisters in AOII
Kasey is a senior at West Virginia University from Elkton, Maryland. She is majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Strategic Social Media, Sport Communications and Fashion Merchandising. She loves writing, being outdoors, listening to music and going to concerts. Most importantly, she is an avid Katy Perry fan. In the future, she hopes to do PR for a sports team.