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Chocolate For Breakfast? These 15 Recipes Show You How To Do It Right

The best thing about being an adult is the freedom.

If you want to stay up until 4 a.m. dancing at the club or playing video games, no one is going to stop you. If you want to buy all the coolest new tech gadgets or shoes or . . . whatever, the only thing standing between you and retail therapy is your credit limit. If you want to eat cookies for every meal, you can.

You are an adult, and you can do all of the things your childhood self desires.

The worst thing about being an adult, of course, it that you (mostly) know better.

Now your hangovers last all day, so going to the club every weekend is more trouble than it's worth. Shopping feels amazing in the moment, but you die a little inside when your credit card statement arrives. Cookies for breakfast = a childhood dream come true, but that 11 a.m. sugar crash can ruin your whole day.

Sometimes adulting sucks, doesn't it?

OK. So. This is where your childhood dreams can come true. That's right. Chocolate for breakfast. Not the overly-sweet, tooth-rotting candy monstrosities you loved as a kid, though—those will still make you feel terrible.

Sorry.

Here are 15 of the healthiest chocolate breakfasts out there. These delicious recipes are chocolatey enough for your inner 6-year-old and nutritious enough to make you feel like a responsible adult.

15 Chocolate Whole Wheat Waffles

Via: shewearsmanyhats.com

These waffles are so intensely chocolatey that kids will never even taste the whole wheat. Top with chia-seed jam and coconut whipped cream and you've got a nearly-vegan option made with simple, whole ingredients.

14 Dark Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Via: minimalistbaker.com

Hearty, comforting quinoa makes for the perfect grain-free breakfast bowl. Scratch that, the chocolate makes it perfect. The quinoa makes it nutritious. Check out the recipe here.

13 Deep Dish Double Chocolate Breakfast Cookies

Via: runningwithspoons.com

I almost cried when I saw this recipe. Oats, banana, and nut butter keep you full, and the chocolate keeps you happy. I don't know who decided breakfast cookies should be a thing, but they are my favorite person.

12 {Almost} Instant Chocolate Chia Pudding

Via: ohsheglows.com

This blended chia-seed pudding uses dates for sweetness, so you get an extra bit of fiber along with your sugar. Win-win. This is a fantastic breakfast if you're a grab-and-go breakfaster, as it can be made the night before and tucked into your purse for the morning train commute.

11 Coconut Flour Chocolate Chunk Bars

Via: ambitiouskitchen.com

Ok, so these bars aren't the healthiest thing on the list, but they're a paleo, gluten free treat that will give you way more energy than your average pastry. Check out the recipe here.

10 Healthy Chocolate Granola Bars

Via: minimalistbaker.com

Another deliciously gooey recipe that's perfect for a quick breakfast or a mid-morning snack. Make a tray of these no-bake bars today and have breakfast all week. LOL who am I kidding? These are too good to last that long.

9 Chocolate Crepes

Via: thebewitchinkitchen.com

These grain-free crepes are not traditional. At. All. Made from eggs, banana, and cocoa, they're moist, dense, and full of protein without all the pesky flour. Think of them as incredibly thin, flourless chocolate cookies. Check out the recipe here.

8 Brownie Batter Breakfast Bake

Via: runningwithspoons.com

This recipe had me at "brownie batter." Mix oats, some whole-wheat flour, a little coconut oil for healthy fats, and all the chocolate in a bowl, bake, and start your day.

7 Banana and Chocolate Chia Cream Pie Parfaits

Via: halfbakedharvest.com

These chia parfaits are a little more work than your average mason-jar breakfast pudding, but the results are absolutely worth it. All of the textures and flavors here make for a satisfying breakfast-dessert you can scarf down whenever you need a chocolate fix.

6 Chocolate Protein French Toast

Via: misskkitchencreations.com

The secret to this french toast? Chocolate protein powder in the batter! Top with fresh or frozen fruit and a melted chocolate drizzle and you're starting your day off right. Get the recipe here.

5 Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Via: ambitiouskitchen.com

The key to these moist pancakes is pumpkin puree. Throw in a handful or two (or three) of chocolate chips, and you've got a hearty breakfast that's perfect for crisp fall mornings. Find the recipe (and more amazing pancake porn) here.

4 Hidden Greens Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Via: ohsheglows.com

Frozen banana adds all of the creaminess you need, and a cup of kale never hurt anyone, either. Sip this smoothie and feel good about your life: you just got a serving each of fruit and veg in the form of a chocolate milkshake. You, my friend, are winning at life.

3 Chunky Chocolate Buckwheat Granola

Via: mynewroots.org

This chocolate granola is incredibly versatile: use the nuts and whole grains you have in the pantry, and then put this delicious, crunchy stuff on everything. I'm thinking a bowl of greek yogurt with blueberries. (Who am I kidding, we all know I'm just going to eat it by the handful).

2 Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Via: runningwithspoons.com

I get it. You don't think greek yogurt and zucchini sound like the optimal ingredients for a decadent muffin. I've been there, too. Try these beauties out and I guarantee you'll change your tune.

1 Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats

Via: backtoherroots.com

Overnight oats just might be my favorite warm-weather breakfast: they're quicker than pouring out a bowl of cereal and pack an awesome nutritious punch. Open your fridge, grab your oats, and find a spoon. Breakfast is served. See the recipe here.

Being an adult isn't always as easy or fun as we'd hoped when we were kids, but we CAN have chocolate for breakfast. That, my friends, is a big deal.

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