Slideshow: 9 Sweet Ways To Have Maple Syrup for Breakfast

Rye Pancakes with Apple-Maple Compote
Rye Pancakes with Apple-Maple Compote

Rye flour give these pancakes a hearty texture and nutty flavor that's complimented by a sweet apple-maple compote. A comforting breakfast for a chilly day.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Toasted Oatmeal with Maple Syrup, Cranberries, and Raspberries
Toasted Oatmeal with Maple Syrup, Cranberries, and Raspberries
Toasting your oats bring a nutty flavor to this hearty, just-sweet-enough breakfast. It's vegan to boot.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Maple Glazed Cinnamon Buns
Maple Glazed Cinnamon Buns
Just what you want on a cold winter morning: big, fluffy cinnamon buns brushed with a sweet maple glaze.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Blueberry-Maple-Pecan Conserve
Blueberry-Maple-Pecan Conserve
This versatile conserve is a cinch to prepare, and is wonderful over breakfast sweets like pancakes, crepes, or French toast.

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[Photograph: Lucy Baker]

Maple Syrup Dumplings
Maple Syrup Dumplings
These sweet dumplings blur the line between brunch and dessert, but some mornings call for a bit of sugar, or maple syrup. Instead of using syrup as a garnish it becomes the central player in this warm, sweet breakfast. These dumplings come out plump and coated in reduced syrup, and although the rye whiskey is optional it adds an agreeable boozy element to this dish.

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Bacon-Banana Waffle Sandwich with Peanut Butter and Maple Syrup
Bacon-Banana Waffle Sandwich with Peanut Butter and Maple Syrup
Maple and bacon are a natural match, and so are bananas and peanut butter--why not them bring them all together? This decadent sandwich is fun for brunch or dessert, and probably wouldn't suffer from a scoop of ice cream on top if you're feeling especially indulgent.

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Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes with Maple Roast Rhubarb
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes with Maple Roast Rhubarb
Tart roasted rhubarb compote is a lovely alternative to pure maple syrup. Whole wheat flour with a little roughly ground oats thrown in make fluffy, tasty pancakes, and a relatively healthy way to fuel a day.

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[Photograph: Anna Markow]