Challenge the Test Kitchen to lighten popular breakfast breads and they'll rise to the occasion. Behold: pure decadence for less than 300 calories.
Maple-Pecan Sticky Buns
Recipe: Maple-Pecan Sticky Buns
Enjoy these morning glories without skimping on size. The secret? A low-fat roll mix creates extra-indulgent (and easy) sticky buns. To make ahead, assemble unbaked rolls in pans, cover with plastic wrap, and chill overnight. Let stand 1 1/2 to 2 hours to rise; bake as directed.
Gluten-Free Banana Bread
Recipe: Gluten-Free Banana Bread
Brown rice flour and sorghum flour (in the organic section of supermarkets) make a bread so tender, you won't believe it's gluten-free. For best results, use a light-colored pan. Or, turn your dark pan into a shiny one by wrapping the outside of it with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Blueberry Coffee Cake
Recipe: Blueberry Coffee Cake
Combine the dry ingredients the night before for a quick morning start. Serve this cake warm or at room temperature.
Gingerbread Muffins with Spiced Nut Streusel
We cut over half of the sugar and butter, brightening up the ginger flavor. Applesauce and coffee add extra moisture minus extra calories. Bake these easy, melt-in-your-mouth muffins ahead of time, let them cool, and freeze up to 1 month. Reheat muffins in the oven or microwave for a fast breakfast snack to go.
Recipe: Breakfast Cookies
Recipe developer Carolyn O'Neil says: "Did someone say 'cookie'? These grab-and-go breakfast bites taste indulgent, but they're made with whole wheat flour, nuts, and dried fruit. Drizzle them with a cranberry juice-flavored glaze."