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Healthy Fathers Day Recipes!

Healthy Fathers Day Recipes

What do men want? If you search for guy food on google images, it’s pretty much exclusively burgers and steaks. And quite a few photos of Guy Fieri from The Food Network. So I shut off the computer and went straight to the source, asking male friends and family members for some of their favorite desserts or breakfast foods. Pancakes, brownies, and cookie bars seemed to be popular answers, and therefore this healthy Fathers Day recipes round-up will include all of those things.

But no Guy Fieri.

I think I’ve seen enough pictures of him to last a lifetime.

ryan reynolds blondies

Ryan Reynolds Blondie Bars


Oreo Brownie Bars

Oreo Brownie Bars from the Hello Breakfast Cookbook


Healthy Pancake Recipes – 50 Flavors!


Vegan Brownies

Vegan Brownies


healthy cookie dough dip

Healthy Cookie Dough Dip



Tagalong Peanut Butter Donuts


Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies


Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies


Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Chocolate Banana Bread


Healthy Banana Bread

Healthy Banana Bread


Are you making anything special for Fathers Day?

I focused on breakfast and desserts for this healthy Fathers Day recipes round-up for practical reasons; the non-desserts that my friends and family listed as their favorites weren’t foods you can find on my blog. Actually, I do have recipes on here for Cauliflower Bacon and Cauliflower Pizza Crust… but I’m pretty sure that would not go over well with any of the men I know! ?

Published on June 14, 2018

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  1. Tricia says

    Those look amazing 🙂 i have my dad’s dark, thick hair, but other than that I look mostly like my mom. My dad and i also share a love of learning new things… And almondmilk 🙂

  2. Katie says

    All the guys of the world must’ve gone to a secret meeting and decided to ask for pies, because that’s exactly the thing we’re making! All the wives are bringing a pie for their husband to our church this morning. But it gave me a chance to use my expert pastry skills (or lackthereof) and even though I’m not married I just totally nailed a Banana Cream Pie on the first try. YES!
    -Love the burger whoopie pies! Katie 🙂

  3. teabagginit says

    you and your dad look so happy! 🙂 love the guy food! i take after my step-dad’s personality and lifestyle – never be inside when you can be out, never be still when you can be moving!

  4. Juliana says

    Great picture! And funny – I was wanting to make peanut butter bread for my dad, too!
    And my dad and I are so alike – it’s clear we’re related, and our personalities are nearly identical.

  5. Alanna says

    Lol on Guy Fieri. My Dad and I are so much alike for a lot of things (science, sci-fi, movies, piano and classical music, singing, practicality, night owls, hate spicy food and love desserts), but fairly different on choices of regular foods. I try to eat healthy and am more adventurous in my selections, and he prefers the unhealthy stuff and is more of a meat and potatoes kinda guy (no ethnic food, unless you count Italian, haha). But usually if I don’t tell him something is healthy, he’ll eat it and like it. 🙂

  6. jo @ including cake says

    i take after my dad’s randomness and creative streak! he also got on board with a vegan diet after seeing how much of a difference it made to me…so we also share a lot on the food front. However i haven’t been able to make anything in the kitchen this Father’s Day even though i had loads planned as i’ve been laid up with a trapped nerve in my shoulder….soooo painful 🙂 i’ve really missed experiementing and so can’t wait to get better as i hate not being able to make food! Enjoy your day. x

  7. Kathy C. says

    Is your stir fry recipe on your blog? 🙂 That would be a great choice for dinner tonight. 🙂
    My Dad and I both LOVE chocolate…sigh. He is diabetic, so I try to make him treats every now and again that are delicious and “safe”. 🙂

    Thanks for all your incredible recipes!

  8. Nancy says

    In this picture, you REALLY look like your dad! The nose, the shape of the eyebrows, shape of your face, even your smile! Perhaps your eyes are your mom’s? LOL, sometimes when it’s you it’s hard to see it!

    • jeanne says

      This is
      what I was going to say! I saw a pic of your Mom and thought you didn’t look anything like her…then I saw your Dad! You are the spitting image of him…in a much prettier, more feminine way 🙂

  9. Erin says

    Love the photo of you and your dad 😀

    I don’t mean to be a grammar nazi… but it should be he *couldn’t* care less about desserts, not he could care less.

  10. Ruth says

    I don’t know if you noticed but the photo of your Almond Joy Biscuits has a heart in it. I don’t know if it’s intentional or not but it’s cute!

  11. Anonymous says

    Hello! When posting a recipe round-up for a special occasion, I think it makes more sense to post a few days in advance of the day so that readers are able to plan and prep in advance, as opposed to posting on the day of…when everyone will be out celebrating! Great photos! K

  12. Elizabeth says

    I think you look exactly like your dad! Before I read your post, I thought, “wow, she really looks like her dad.” My dad and I are kindred spirits — linguistics, eytmology, no athletics, and same temperament in general. He can, however, be more rational than I am sometimes. 🙂

  13. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! says

    My dad is a peanut butter fiend!! He would totally go nuts for a whole loaf of bread flavored with it!!

  14. Barbara says

    It’s easy to see where you get your good looks! You have your handsome Daddy’s smile and beautiful teeth, and you even have his eyebrows! Yours are just well-tamed, and his are manly, but they are the same shape. I’ll bet he dotes on you, as he should!

  15. Samantha says

    You guys are so cute together. Your peanut butter bread was one of the stars at my latest bake sale.

    I hope your recipe turns out tonight! 🙂 Have a great day.

  16. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says

    I think you and your dad totally look alike! My dad and I have similar personalities, generally stubborn, we like to take charge and organize things, and both quiet but funny. Ahhh I miss him! I hope you had a great time with your dad today!

  17. Amanda S. says

    Two things about this photo: 1. You and your dad look so much alike! 2. It looks like you are wearing less makeup than your usual photos and I think you look great without it! Prefer the look actually!

  18. Kathy says

    I am more like my dad than my mom….actually I am totally my dad’s MOM…aka my grandma. It’s weird how genes come out like that.


  19. Jolene @ Yummy Inspirations says

    What Yummy dishes! I have my Dad’s eyesight (I can’t see past my nose without my glasses/contacts!) though with the annoying eyesight genes I also have been blessed with “good” hair – am 30 with not a single grey hair and he’s almost 60 and only a bit of grey here and there!! Oh and we both LOVE our food!!

  20. Andrea says

    I’m not close with my dad at all, in fact we haven’t spoken in about a year but it’s for the best! (He only speaks by yelling).

    That’s great that you get along with yours!! My dad liked playing soccer but he never came to my games and I wish he did! If I did speak to him I’d definitely cook for him!!

  21. Sophie says

    Wow, all those recipes look delicious. And I bet that dessert you spoke of will be amazing too, and then you can post it and make me happy (desserts always make me happy).

    I take after my dad a bit. I have his same long tongue, at least! We’re pretty similar in terms of interests too as we both love to write. He however, hates to cook and I love it. I made him waffles for breakfast today because he wouldn’t have made anything special himself (and, you know, it was fathers day)

    On a different note, I have a random question. Since you’re vegan, does it ever bother you when you see someone eating meat? I’m not vegan, so I can’t really answer that, but I know that sometimes it can make me a bit sick when I see someone eating something that I really dislike. Is it the same with you?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Sometimes the smell bothers me (especially bacon and fish… but those smells actually bothered me even before I was a vegan).

      But in terms of noticing what someone else is eating, I just try not to think about it, and I focus on something else. To be honest, I’m not sure I really pay attention to what other people are eating. I’m usually paying attention to my own food or the conversation.

  22. Sarah says

    I freaked a little when I saw “father’s day”, how could I totally miss it? But here in Finland it’s in october. Poor pops’. :S

    I take after my dad when it comes to my build, thin and light, but with a little visible muscle tone, and I’ve got his temper and hair and eye colour. But I resemble his mom more, or so I’ve heard.

  23. Zestful Lou says

    It’s SO TRUE! Guys LOVE pie. I’ve never dated a guy who didn’t love a big slice of pie. My fiance always asks me to make pie. Apple is his favorite. 🙂

  24. Lisa M says

    My dad prefers pies too! I think it may have something to do with the filling (vs. a fluffy cake)…
    We’re alike because we think the same way. When it comes to family disagreements, we’re usually on the same side, and can explain each other’s point of view.

  25. Jenny$1983 says

    It’s so great that you have a good relationship with your dad! I’m nothing like my dad thankfully, because he’s a narcissistic ****. Unfortunately I live with my parents because I won’t have enough money to support myself for the foreseeable future, so it makes me kind of sad and wistful when I see heart-warming stuff about father-daughter relationships and knowing I’ll never experience that 😛

    I hope the dessert turned out well enough for you to post, and I hope you and your dad had a great day! ^.^

  26. Lisa @ The Raw Serenity says

    Hope you had a great time with your dad!
    Everyone thinks my personality is very much like my dads. I argue that I am nothing like him, which confirms to everyone I am actually like him (argumentative) .. cant win!
    Loving the food porn! All your desserts look amazing Katie!

  27. Damjana says

    In my country they sell cocoa shower gel, I bought it once a couple of years ago. After shower your skin and the bathroom smell like chocolate.

  28. Stacy says

    I look just like my mom, but I am my dad through and through! We both love being outside, reading, quiet contemplation and lifelong learning. Oh, and spicy food:)

  29. Emma says

    The Oreo Brownie Bars look so good! But they’re not in my edition of the Hello Breakfast cookbook. Quite a few recipes I’ve seen on the blog that are supposed to be in the book aren’t in mine. Was there a second edition that I’m not aware of?

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hi, emailing you the extra recipes ASAP! Let me know if you don’t see them within the hour

      Jason (media relations)

  30. Cassie Autumn Tran says

    OMG, the sweet potato brownies, Oreo bars, Ryan Reynolds blondies, and vegan peanut butter cookies look absolutely tasty! I want to make something special for my dad–not sure what it will be, but I know that he is a HUGE fan of carrot cake! Will have to look for a good carrot cake recipe then!

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