Since sugar-laden breakfast cereals, pancakes, and French toast sticks aren’t on the Paleo breakfast menu, getting your morning started can feel like a challenge – especially with kids. But Paleo breakfast recipes don’t have to be difficult or complicated to prepare. The 12 tasty Paleo breakfast ideas below will give you a solid base to start with; try them exactly as described, or modify them to fit your needs.
Omelettes are a fantastic Paleo diet breakfast because they require very little time to cook and don’t take any special planning – you can use almost any veggies you happen to have in the fridge. Eggs are a great source of protein and several important nutrients; adding vegetables makes for a nutritious, delicious meal to start your day.
- Cooking Time(including prep, cooking, and cleanup): 10 minutes.
- Serves:as many people as you have eggs for! Directions are for each omelette.
- Eggs (3-4 per adult, 2-3 per child). Use the whole egg, as most of the nutrition is in the yolk
- 1 tbsp. of butter of coconut oil per omelette
- 1 tsp. pepper per omelette
- Small handful of chopped veggies per omelette. Mushrooms, onions, and any kind of peppers are especially tasty.
- (Optional): Small handful of leftover meat per omelette. If you have extra meatballs from last night’s dinner, or a small piece of extra fish of any kind, break the meat into small chunks and throw it in with the veggies.
- Directions (for each omelette)
- Over medium-high heat, melt the butter or coconut oil in a frying pan.
- Crack the eggs into a bowl or cup, and stir them with a fork until the yolks break and the entire mixture is the same shade of yellow.
- Stir the pepper into the eggs.
- When the butter or oil in the pan is entirely melted, toss in the veggies (and meat, if you’re using it). After 3-4 minutes, remove the vegetables and put them on a separate plate.
- Pour the eggs into the pan.
- Wait about a minute for the eggs to start hardening, then put the veggies back in on top. When you can easily slide a fork or spatula under the bottom of the omelette, flip one half over the other to form a semicircle.
- Cook to taste – some people like their omelettes runny; others like them very well-done.
2. Banana Pancakes
Just because you switched to Paleo doesn’t mean you can never have pancakes again! These delicious pancakes are completely gluten-free, made with bananas for a moist, tender Paleo breakfast treat that’s perfect with fresh fruit.
- Cooking Time(including prep, cooking, and cleanup): 15 minutes
- 4 bananas, preferably very ripe ones
- 4 eggs
- Butter or coconut oil
- 3-4 tbsp. almond butter
- (optional): fruit to mix into the batter; honey, fruit, or other toppings
- Mix the bananas, eggs, and almond butter (and fruit, if you’re adding it to the batter) – you can do this in a blender or by hand.
- Put the butter or coconut oil in a frying pan, and turn the heat on low until it melts.
- Pour the pancake batter into the pan, and wait for each pancake to brown completely on one side before flipping it. Smaller pancakes generally work better for this recipe.
- (optional): top with butter, honey, or fresh fruit, and enjoy!
3. Paleo Nut Crunch Granola
This is a great Paleo breakfast recipe for busy families. Paleo granola is fast and simple to make, and makes a great Paleo breakfast idea when you’re on the run. Eat it with almond or coconut milk, or on its own. This recipe is best prepared ahead of time, so you’ll have it on hand when you’re hungry.
- Cooking Time(including prep, cooking, and cleanup): 45 minutes
- Serves:6-8 servings
- 3-4 cups raw mixed nuts (the cheapest and easiest way to do this is to buy individual types of nuts in bulk, and then mix and match). Use any nuts except peanuts, which are actually legumes.
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- (optional): coconut flakes, dried fruit, sea salt, or spices – just make sure that if you add a substantial amount of these that you increase the honey a little bit to match.
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
- Mix the nuts in a large bowl. If you’re using spices, coconut, or sea salt, add them now. If you want fruit in your granola, wait until after the granola is cooked.
- Microwave the honey until it’s soft, then pour the honey and coconut oil into the nut mixture and stir well.
- Spread the granola onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and cook for about 20-25 minutes, until the granola is a nice golden brown color. About halfway through, open the oven door and stir the granola a little so it cooks evenly.
- Remove the granola from the oven, and let it cool completely. If you’re adding fruit, toss it in now.
- Serve plain, or with coconut milk, coconut yogurt, or fresh fruit.
4. Paleo Breakfast Smoothie
Smoothies aren’t just for vegans and weightlifters! Another great Paleo breakfast idea for busy mornings, this smoothie is a quick and filling breakfast that you can grab on your way out the door. Try different kinds of fruit and even vegetables (1/2 a cup of spinach adds a powerful nutritional punch and you can’t even taste it), but avoid your smoothie with artificial protein powders – these are no substitute for real food. If you want some protein, add an egg or two.
- 2 cups frozen fruit (any kind you like, but buy plain fruit, not prepackaged “smoothie mixes” full of artificial protein powders and flavorings).
- 2 eggs
- (optional): coconut milk to taste
- (optional): spices (vanilla and cinnamon are great with bananas)
- (optional): lemon juice (for tangier fruits like raspberries, a splash of lemon juice is a delicious addition)
- Pour the fruit, eggs, and any of the optional ingredients into a blender. Blend until the smoothie is at a consistent texture.
5. Sausages and Sweet Potatoes
Sausages are a classic breakfast food, which makes them a great Paleo breakfast recipe for hosting friends or family. The sweet potatoes complement the meatier taste of the sausage and make for a Paleo breakfast that looks as good as it tastes.
- 1 package of sausages (buy organic, all-natural ones or make your own – don’t use the cheap kind full of artificial flavorings and added preservatives.)
- 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
- 2 tbsp. of coconut oil or butter
- Chop the sweet potatoes into cubes about ½” square.
- Cut the sausages into chunks about ½” thick.
- Grease a frying pan with coconut oil or butter. Turn the heat to medium.
- Add the sweet potatoes to the pan. Wait for them to start sizzling nicely and become slightly brown on one side, then shake the pan to turn them.
- Add the sausages to the same pan.
- Cook until the sausage chunks are no longer pink (if you’re using pre-cooked sausages, you can add them a little later and just cook until they’re warm)
6. Fried Eggs and Bacon
While processed meats like bacon aren’t as healthy as unprocessed cuts, bacon is a delicious Paleo breakfast treat for a special occasion. This recipe is a homestyle classic – a perfect Paleo breakfast recipe for converting your skeptical friends! For an extra nutritional boost, try frying some broccoli or kale in the leftover bacon fat immediately after you finish cooking the eggs.
- 1 package of bacon (choose organic meat that wasn’t cured with nitrates or nitrites)
- 6 eggs
- salt and pepper to taste
- (optional): 3-4 cups of kale, broccoli, or another vegetable
- Pull out a frying pan and turn the stove to medium-high heat. You don’t need to grease the pan, as the bacon gives off enough fat on its own.
- Toss the bacon into the pan – make sure that you only have one layer of bacon. Depending on the size of the pan, you may have to cook the bacon in two batches.
- Cook the bacon to taste – some people like it very crisp, and others prefer it slightly chewy.
- Remove the bacon, but leave the fat in the pan. Crack the eggs directly into the bacon fat, and cook to taste.
- (optional): toss the kale, broccoli, or other veggies into the last of the bacon fat and cook for 4-5 minutes.
7. Coconut Milk Yogurt (or kefir)
The Paleo diet discourages dairy, but coconut milk is an excellent replacement, and a delicious source of healthy fats. Coconut milk yogurt or kefir also includes probiotics that help support digestion. This is a great Paleo breakfast idea for when you don’t feel like cooking.
- Coconut milk yogurt or kefir (you can buy this at most health food stores)
- Coconut flakes, nuts, raw honey, or other toppings
- Pour the yogurt or kefir over the berries. Top with coconut flakes, nuts, or honey. Enjoy!
8. Spaghetti Squash “hash browns”
If you roast spaghetti squash and scrape out the insides, the flesh separates into thin strings that look just like pasta – hence the name. Fortunately, spaghetti squash has none of the drawbacks of wheat, so you can enjoy it on a Paleo diet without fear. Roasted spaghetti squash on its own makes a tasty Paleo side dish for any meal, and its rich flavor works very well as a potato substitute in these Paleo “hash browns.”
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 1-2 tbsp. coconut oil or butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.
- Scrape out the seeds from the middle and save them in the fridge – you can roast or pan-fry these for a tasty snack later in the day.
- Place the squash cut-side up on a cookie sheet or baking pan, brush each half with butter or coconut oil, and bake for half an hour to 45 minutes (the bigger the squash, the longer it will take)
- Remove the squash from the oven. Scrape out the flesh, and throw away the rind. Add salt and pepper to the flesh if you like.
- Wait for the flesh to cool a little, and form it into patties with your hands.
- Grease a frying pan, and fry the patties until they’re brown and crispy on the outside.
- Serve your “hash browns” with eggs and bacon, or just by themselves!
9. Scotch eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are a Paleo breakfast staple, but these Scotch eggs add flavor and heft to power you through the toughest of mornings. Enjoy them hot or cold; these would make a great accompaniment to the “hash browns” above!
- 6 hard-boiled eggs
- 1 pound of meat (ground pork or ground beef)
- Seasoning to taste (use pre-mixed sausage seasoning or experiment with your own combinations!)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Boil the eggs. Remove them from the stove and let them cool in a bowl of cold water.
- Mix the meat and the seasoning.
- Divide the meat/seasoning mixture into six roughly equal parts.
- Roll one chunk of meat into a ball. Using your thumb, gently create an indentation in the ball, and widen it until you have a bowl shape big enough to hold the egg.
- Put the egg inside the meat bowl, and carefully work the meat with your hands until it completely surrounds the egg.
- Repeat for the other 5 eggs
- Place the meat-covered eggs on a greased baking tray (if you have a muffin pan, you could also place each egg in one of the cups), and bake for 20-25 minutes.
10. Bulletproof Coffee
Some people just aren’t hungry for a huge plate of bacon and eggs, but still need just a little something to pep up their morning. Bulletproof coffee is the Paleo answer to the double tall no-whip no-foam two-equal latte with three pumps of vanilla syrup. Another Paleo breakfast recipe that’s quick and simple to prepare, it’s easy to throw in a travel mug and enjoy on the road, but also perfect for lingering over the paper on a lazy Sunday morning.
- 1 mug of freshly-brewed coffee
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- (optional) 1 tbsp. coconut milk
- ½ tbsp. cinnamon
Stir the coconut oil, cinnamon, and coconut milk (if you like it) into your coffee. The coconut oil gives you a morning boost of healthy fats, and the cinnamon is just plain tasty. You could also exchange cinnamon for cocoa powder.
11. Ultra-Portable Egg Muffins
The days of the Egg McMuffin are long behind you, but a fast, easy, grab-it-and-go breakfast doesn’t have to be a thing of the past. For a Paleo breakfast idea that’s quick to make ahead and good hot or cold, these egg muffins can’t be beat.
- 1 dozen eggs
- Green peppers, onions, mushrooms, or whatever other veggies you like
- (optional): leftover meat of any kind (this is a great way to use up that last odd bit of ground beef)
- 1-2tbsp. coconut oil or butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Chop the vegetables into small pieces.
- Grease a frying pan, and toss in the veggies. Leave them cook for 2-3 minutes
- While the veggies are cooking, beat all the eggs together in one big bowl. Add salt and pepper if you like.
- Once the veggies are cooked, lay them out on a plate to cool for a few minutes, and then stir them into the egg mixture.
- Grease a muffin tin, and pour in the eggs.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the muffins are slightly brown on top but not burning.
12. Dinner for Breakfast!
“Breakfast for dinner” is a classic family treat – traditional breakfast foods are somehow so much more fun when you’re eating them at the “wrong time.” But there’s no real reason why certain foods have to be breakfast foods. If you’re pressed for time or ideas, try just using some leftovers from last night’s dinner. Cold chicken drumsticks with fruit salad or beef with some roasted veggies could be a perfectly nutritious breakfast, without the hassle of cooking in the morning.