The paleo diet focuses on unprocessed foods and avoids dairy products. That means your paleo breakfasts can be high in fiber, with seeds, nuts, and fresh fruits. They can also give you a morning dose of protein via meat and eggs. Turn to these paleo breakfast recipes when you want nutrition-packed paleo meals to start your day.
1. Chocolate Coconut Granola
Paleo dieters can enjoy this granola recipe in the morning with almond or hemp milk, or as a snack during the day. It’s packed with fiber thanks to the almonds, coconut, and pumpkin seeds. One cup of pumpkin seeds has nearly 8 grams of fiber. This recipe also calls for chia seeds, which are very nutritious. They’re rich in protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and phosphorous.
2. Broccoli, Mushroom & Egg Muffins
You don’t need traditional muffin ingredients to make something that both looks like a muffin, and hits the same spot. These breakfast muffins are egg- and vegetable-based, but are baked in a muffin tin just like their grainy brethren. They also pack quite the protein punch; one egg supplies about ten percent of your daily protein requirement.
3. Strawberry Doughnuts
With heavily processed wheat flour and sugary additives, the very last treat you’d expect to eat on a paleo diet is a doughnut. But doughnut lovers, rejoice! Here’s a paleo doughnut recipe for you. It uses coconut flour for the dough and freeze-dried strawberries made to resemble pink icing. Now this is a treat you can enjoy and feel good about.
4. Almond Zucchini Bread
Zucchini bread has always been a good way to sneak veggies onto the plates of picky eaters. In this recipe, the classic baked good goes completely paleo with ground almonds as a base. The almond flour holds the bread together, just as wheat flour does in traditional recipes. This paleo-friendly ingredient also provides a nutty flavor and a pleasant crunch.
5. Sweet Potato Hash
You might think of hash browns as a greasy diner staple. With this recipe you can enjoy this typically heavy breakfast food without the empty calories. The sweet potatoes here are shredded in a food processor and lightly sautéed in lard. Top off the meal with eggs to add a bit of protein.
Top tip: Not the type to cook with lard? Try coconut oil instead.
6. Almond & Blueberry Muffins
There’s a reason why blueberry muffins are a breakfast staple. These densely delicious muffins are easy to grab and nosh on the go, and perfect with hot java or tea. Fresh berries will hold their shape better than frozen ones, but feel free to use either.
7. Immune Booster Orange Smoothie
When you’re looking for immune-boosting vitamin A, look for foods that are bright orange, red, and yellow. This recipe includes sweet potato, one of the best sources of vitamin A around. Bonus points: this breakfast smoothie is also vegan friendly.
8. Classic Banana Pancakes
No breakfast menu is complete without pancakes, but the traditional non-Paleo variety don’t provide much in the way of nutrition. We found these banana pancakes to be both easy to make and packed with all the nutrients bananas provide, namely, fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, and eggs, that provide a good amount of protein. Serve with a paleo-friendly fruit or maple syrup, which provides iron, magnesium, and calcium.
9. Sausage Frittata
Savory sausage combines with eggs and sweet potato in this paleo-friendly breakfast recipe. You won’t miss the cheese typically found in a traditional frittata. The shredded sweet potato provides a lightness cheese never could (not to mention plenty of fiber).
Top tip: Add a cup of chopped kale for color and texture.
10. Hawaiian Loco Moco
Here’s a paleo version of loco moco, the traditional Hawaiian comfort food of white rice and beef. This recipe relies heavily on cauliflower. When cooked, cauliflower provides phosphorous, vitamin C, and folate. It also has twice as much fiber as white rice.
Top tip: Use a cheese grater or a blender to grind cauliflower into grain-sized bits.
11. Hazelnut Chocolate Crepes
The French aren’t known for their paleo-friendly desserts. Fortunately, there is a recipe for a paleo version of a very French treat: crepes. This yummy, grain-free concoction relies on green plantains as a base.
12. Pumpkin Spice Muffins
With the use of full-fat coconut milk in these muffins, you’ve got yourself a moist, delicious morning treat. Pumpkin pie spice is mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Numerous studies suggest cinnamon works as an anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering agent. Pumpkin is a great source of vitamin A. All that and frosting too!
13. Sweet Potato Waffle Breakfast Sandwich
Sometimes you want to grab a bar for breakfast as you run out the door, and sometimes you want a complete, filling meal right at the start of the day. This recipe is for the latter craving. The slight sweetness of the sweet potatoes provides a delicious base for savory bacon and garlic mayo. Avocados, tomato, and lettuce make this a complete meal any time of day.
Top tip: Feel free to use yams as a substitute for sweet potatoes.
Since the paleo diet doesn’t allow grains, getting rid of all oats is the only way to make a paleo version of oatmeal. But don’t worry, it’s not as impossible as it sounds. This recipe uses coconut flakes and coconut flour to replicate that grainy oatmeal texture.
Top tip: You can add an egg to boost protein or opt for a banana to make the recipe completely vegan friendly.
15. Blueberry Breakfast Cookies
If getting your kids to eat a healthy meal before they head out for the day is a challenge, here’s the recipe for you. These breakfast cookies are delicious sources of nutrition that are easy to bring when you’re on the go. The combined fiber from the nuts in this recipe amounts to nearly 20 grams.
16. Sausage Egg Muffins
These bright green “muffins” are anything but the sugary, fat-laden, white flour pastry you grab at the coffee shop. Relying on just a little almond and coconut flour to hold them together, these are protein-packed single-serving complete meals. The recipe makes 14 muffins in total.
Top tip: Two muffins are good for one person. Consider adding to the recipe when serving large groups.
17. Strawberry Pancakes
Here’s a fruity, paleo recipe all pancake lovers can enjoy. This recipe adds delicious pureed strawberries to its almond flour-based batter. A tablespoon of ground flaxseed provides omega-3 fatty acids and 2 grams of fiber.
18. Breakfast Casserole
Busy times call for quick recipes and busy lifestyles call for lots of protein. Here’s a one-dish meal that satisfies both needs. Eggs are one of nature’s best protein sources. They are also a significant source of folate and vitamin D. Sweet potatoes provide yummy bright color and offer more fiber and fewer calories than white potatoes.
19. Banana Bread
This recipe is a paleo- and gluten-free-friendly version of a classic comfort food: banana bread. Even the sweetener in this recipe does its part to create a high nutrition profile. One-quarter cup of maple syrup has about the same number of calories as white sugar, but it packs in important nutrients like calcium, iron, and potassium.
20. Cranberry Orange Muffins
You can never go wrong with a batch of warm, fresh muffins for breakfast. These may seem like your average muffins, but there’s a secret ingredient, a superfood, in this paleo recipe — avocados! They add a creamy, moist texture to these breakfast baked goods, without interfering with the tart flavors of orange and cranberry.