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15 New Twists on Classic Breakfast Recipes

Zucchini bread with chocolate chips? Yes, please.
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Sure, avocado toast topped with a fried egg is an easy, delicious breakfast. And weekends were just made for pancakes and waffles. But have you ever thought about those vintage breakfast recipes you used to eat when you were growing up?

The good news is, you don't have to break out the vintage cookbooks to have a delicious, old-school meal. These recipe ideas have new twists on classic breakfast favorites, so you can whip up a meal that's both classic and fresh. Now that's starting your day off on the right foot.

And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.

Ranch and Bacon Deviled Eggs

deviled eggs topped with bacon bits
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Deviled eggs are a classic Southern delicacy. But have you ever had them with ranch dressing and bacon? You'll never go back to the standard recipe again.

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Old-Fashioned Donuts

sprinkled donuts on a colorful plate
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If you've never made donuts at home before, this recipe is a new twist in and of itself. It's easier to make this treat at home than you think!

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Biscuits with Homemade Buttermilk

Low-calorie flaky southern biscuits
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If you grew up in a Southern household, biscuits and gravy might have been a breakfast staple. But when we're pressed for time, it's easy to fall into the trap of buying refrigerated biscuit dough. If you're ready to get back into the homemade groove, try our easy biscuit recipe, along with our recipe for homemade buttermilk to really give it a kick.

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Breakfast Hash with Sweet Potato and Chicken Sausage

Breakfast hash with sweet potato and chicken sausage
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Any breakfast hash is delicious, but not all of them are good for you. Skip the salty diner version and use our easy recipe, which calls for fresh ingredients like sweet potatoes and bell pepper.

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Shrimp and Grits

Low-calorie shrimp and grits
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Shrimp and grits are a Southern brunch staple. Our recipe adds scallions and cayenne pepper to the mix for an extra kick.

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The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.

Stuffed French Toast

Healthy french toast with strawberries
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If you've only had stuffed French toast at chain restaurants, allow us to show you how great the dish can be. With ricotta cheese and chopped almonds, this dish is just as decadent as what you'd find at a restaurant, but it's way better for you.

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Banana Bread

Banana bread on black background
Eat This, Not That!

Banana bread is delicious, but it can be heavy and fat-laden, especially if it's store-bought. Our recipe uses Greek yogurt for a loaf that's fluffy and moist.

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Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips

zucchini bread on a breakfast table
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Everything tastes better when chocolate chips are involved. That's just a fact.

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Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pop-Tarts

strawberry rhubarb poptarts on baking sheet
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

OK, Pop-Tarts aren't exactly a classic breakfast recipe, but they're certainly a breakfast classic. Try making homemade toaster pastries with this easy (and vegan) recipe.

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Maple Cinnamon Applesauce

bowl of applesauce

Applesauce is the perfect side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. But if you don't love the store-bought stuff, try this recipe, which incorporates maple syrup for even more flavor.

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Crispy Cornmeal Pancakes with Honey-Clementine Syrup

cornmeal pancakes
Courtesy of I Am a Food Blog

Cornmeal pancakes are a delicious breakfast for anyone who loves a side of cornbread with their dinner. But this recipe takes things to the next level with a homemade, citrus-flavored syrup.

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Everything Bagel Pull-Apart Bread

everything bagel pull-apart bread loaf closeup
Courtesy of Sallys Baking Addiction

Everything bagel seasoning is everywhere, and for good reason. If you're bored with bagels, try using this seasoning on an Instagram-worthy bread loaf.

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Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quiche

Courtesy of A Beautiful Plate

Quiche is a staple of brunch spreads. But adding goat cheese to the mix? Now that's inspired.

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Crispy Belgian Waffles with Eggnog Spiced Butter

belgian waffles on plate with butter and preserves
Courtesy of Half-Baked Harvest

If you're someone who would happily drink eggnog year-round, you'll love the homemade butter that's a part of this waffle recipe. You'll never want Eggos again.

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Ambrosia Smoothie

ambrosia smoothie with paper straw
Courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

If the sweet taste of marshmallow-filled ambrosia takes you back to childhood, you'll be happy to know that you can recreate all of that fruity goodness with this smoothie recipe.

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