The word guilt is never far away from food writing. Which is silly really because we eat in order to stay alive – to keep our hearts beating, our legs moving and our hair growing.

So why not allow yourself to eat cake for breakfast when you feel like it? You probably wouldn’t eat chocolate-covered pancakes every day – can you imagine how boring, sickly and repetitive that would become? But some mornings you just need some indulgence, right?

We’ve searched high and low for nine indugent desserts to have for breakfast and not feel guilty about. Note that some of these recipes take a little time to make, so it might be wise to reserve them for a weekend, especially if you’re prone to hitting the snooze button.

1. Raspberry Greek yoghurt panna cotta

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This pud is a quick and simple option of indulgence. The recipe uses just three ingredients and describes itself as a “five-minute” job.

2. Easy heart churros

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A simplified version of the classic churros recipe, all in a wonderful heart shape.

3. Blueberry sweet rolls

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A twist on the classic cinnamon roll. They’re light, sweet, with a bit of crunch thanks to some sliced almonds.

4. Apple crumble muffins

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An apple crumble might be a bit too heavy for a morning meal, but these soft and fluffy apple crumble muffins stuffed with apple pieces and topped with a buttery crumble could do the trick instead.

5. Hot cross bun loaf

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A loaf of something is usually never far from the breakfast table, so why not opt for this sweet and aromatic hot cross bun-inspired one.

6. Chocolate hazelnut eclairs

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Chocolate eclairs are always a winner – and who doesn’t like pastry for breakfast?

7. Breakfast chocolate lava baked oatmeal cakes

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There’s oatmeal in this one to make it feel a little more like breakfast… it’s also gluten-free and vegan, for those concerned.

8. Chocolate croissant baked French toast

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This breakfast-dessert hybrid is the perfect option for those of you with an incurable sweet tooth.

9. Double chocolate pancakes

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And finally, a Bruce Bogtrotter-inspired dessert with the inclusion of pancakes… to make it more breakfast-like.