Though we like to eat a big breakfast of eggs or pancakes (or crepes or waffles!) most days of the week, sometimes we all need something light and refreshing for breakfast on a warm summer morning.  Here are a few ideas for a light and easy summer breakfast:

Bagel & Fruit “Pizzas”*

This is a fun and easy breakfast for any warm day.  Simply top your favorite bagel with cream cheese and a selection of fresh fruit.  We love whole wheat bagels topped with lemon cream cheese and strawberries, kiwi, and blueberries.  The lemon adds a refreshing zing to this morning meal.

Blueberry Cobbler Oatmeal**

This breakfast is almost like a summer dessert, especially when made with fresh blueberries.  You should prepare the night before, making for a very easy breakfast when you are in a rush in the morning!


1/2 plus cup plus 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats

1/2 cup milk, I used almond but any milk will do

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

pecans, optional

honey, optional


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Fold in blueberries.
  2. Divide evenly between 2 small bowls and cover to refrigerate. Leave in the fridge for at least 5 hours or overnight. Enjoy with a drizzle of honey and your favorite nuts, if desired.


Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Breakfast Shake***

This recipe will make you (and the kids!) think you are drinking a milkshake for breakfast!  Its cool, delicious, and filling!


2 large overripe bananas , peeled, sliced and frozen

1 cup almond milk (or more to thin as desired)

3/4 cup ice

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Serve immediately.

And don’t forget, when you come visit us for breakfast in Denver at The Original Pancake House, we have several menu items on “The Lighter Side” that will keep you cool like our Fiesta Bowl, homemade Granola, and our Old Fashioned Oatmeal!  Have a great summer Denver, stay cool!

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