Breakfast Bowls: Why Are They So Popular?

Put the power of ancient grains to work for your breakfast with this recipe for Steel Cut Oatmeal with Ancient Grains, Fruit and Nuts.

Breakfast Bowls: Why Are They So Popular?

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Breakfast Bowls: Why Are They So Popular?

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One of the best ways to enjoy the start of each day is by feeding yourself something delicious. There is something to be said about a hot, nourishing, and even filling breakfast; it’s like earning extra points before you even get in the game.

For those looking to fuel their morning with a variety of ingredients, and endless possible combinations, look no further than a breakfast bowl. While these dishes have some roots in culinary history, they are drawing attention now for being a perfect template for experimentation with new flavors and ingredients, including global, regional and seasonal.

Savory Dutch Baby//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch//The Food Channel

Savory Dutch Baby//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch//The Food Channel

A more traditional form of this morning dish trend is the Dutch Baby pancake, also known as a Dutch Puff, a Bismarck, or German pancake. This typically sweet concoction is best described as a cross between a pancake and a popover. It is made using a simple batter of eggs, milk, vanilla, and wheat flour, and then baked in a hot cast iron or metal skillet.

Once removed from the oven, the center collapses rather quickly, leaving a perfect bowl shape just made for topping with your favorite ingredients. Fruits and sweet syrups are more traditional toppings, but today’s chefs and restaurants are making Dutch Babies more modern by using savory fillings. The addition of eggs, vegetables, spices and additional proteins, such as cheese and meat, are making today’s Dutch Baby a suitable dish for more than just breakfast.

Chorizo Hash Breakfast Bowl//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch//The Food Channel

Chorizo Hash Breakfast Bowl//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch//The Food Channel

Looking at other breakfast bowl options, oats have a long history of being served for breakfast and are easily adapted to this format. The popularity of oats is due, in part, to their nutrition profile, which includes soluble fiber, essential minerals, and a low glycemic index, all of which qualify them as a superfood. Whether using steel cut, instant or rolled, oats make a great base for most any flavor addition, especially when they can be easily prepared overnight and ready to go first thing in the morning. Just add your favorite fresh fruits, nuts, and a pinch of cinnamon, and you have a hearty breakfast bowl built to your specifications.

If it’s not yet clear that breakfast bowls give you lots of options, here’s one more. When looking for a great base to construct the perfect morning meal, Southern classics like crispy potato hash and corn grits provide both texture and a rich savory alternative to sweet cereals or pastries. Potatoes can complement most breakfast staples, like eggs, sausage, cheese, and vegetables, which is why top prepared foods manufacturers are developing breakfast bowls as a convenient option that is easy to personalize. Grit Bowls, for example, are made with regional and globally-inspired ingredients and offer a contemporary approach to the traditional bowl meal, giving consumers more options for both flavor and portability.

Ancient Grain Oatmeal Bowl//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch//The Food Channel

Ancient Grain Oatmeal Bowl//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch//The Food Channel

No matter where your preference lies, there is a breakfast bowl option for everyone. By customizing your ingredients to suit your taste—whether it’s conventional staples, superfoods, ancient grains, or even a recipe pulled from grandma’s prized collection—the next time you wake up hungry, try adding your favorites all into one dish, and experiment!

Here are a few mouthwatering recipes from The Food Channel Kitchen that follow this trend, and we will continue to watch for the next evolution of the Breakfast Bowl.

savory Dutch baby pancakes with ham, eggs, and cheese

Savory Dutch Baby//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch//The Food Channel

Savory Dutch Baby//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch//The Food Channel

breakfast hash with chorizo, eggs, and cotija cheese

Chorizo Hash Breakfast Bowl//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch//The Food Channel

Chorizo Hash Breakfast Bowl//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch//The Food Channel

Steel cut oatmeal with ancient grains, fruit, and nuts

Ancient Grain Oatmeal Bowl//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch//The Food Channel

Ancient Grain Oatmeal Bowl//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch//The Food Channel

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