29 Paleo breakfasts that aren't just eggs
If you're sticking to a Paleo diet, what on earth do you eat for breakfast? Yes, eggs are a great protein-packed, nutrient-dense option that you can safely munch, but there's far more to breakfast than eggs, whether they're poached, scrambled or in an omelette. We know that part of sticking to a healthy eating plan means ensuring you have enough variety in your diet, so we're here to inspire you with these 29 great ideas for healthy Paleo breakfasts - which one will you be making tomorrow?
We prefer hearty English muffins to their sweeter, more calorific American cousins, and making your own means you can control exactly what ingredients to include, so making them Paleo-friendly is easy! Did we mention these cook in the microwave in just two minutes? No more excuses for skipping breakfast! We love to serve them with some almond butter or even poached eggs for a lazy weekend brunch.
You might be missing pancakes since converting your diet to Paleo, but we have some good news! These light, fluffy ones are made with coconut flour - totally yummy! Serve with some fresh fruit for a healthy start to your day.
Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? With ripe bananas and dates, there's no added sugar in this fruity, creamy shake. Just add everything to your blender, whizz it up and you've got breakfast-to-go, no matter how busy you are!
This spiced sweet potato waffle recipe is a great way to up your intake of sweet potatoes, packed with beta carotene for glowing skin and a healthy immune system. The recipe calls for pumpkin spice, but if you can't find it a shake of cinnamon does the job just as well. Top with some fresh bananas for a yummy start to your day!
This gluten-free and Paleo granola can be made in minutes with a food processor! Just throw in your nuts, seeds and coconuts and let it do all the work! Super-easy to make, we love that this can be stored in airtight jars for months. Serve with coconut or almond milk yoghurt and your choice of fresh fruit - blueberries (for a vitamin C boost) and bananas work really well!
Zingy grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C and contrasts perfectly with the sweetness of raspberries in this 100% fruit smoothie, with no added nasties. Making your own smoothies means you have total control over the ingredients. We recommend having some protein with your smoothie - try a hard-boiled egg - to keep you satisfied until lunch time!
These delicious chewy bars take just minutes to make and have the fresh, sweet flavours of ripe figs and juicy cranberries. Just combine the ingredients in your food processor, press into a tin and leave to set. Delicious! Plus they're packed with nutrients thanks to the raw ingredients - the perfect Paleo breakfast-on-the-go.
We have to admit that sometimes we just can't stomach a green smoothie for breakfast, no matter how healthy it is! Adding avocado to a banana smoothie not only gives you all that green goodness and monounsaturated fats, it also gives your smoothie a delicious, creamy texture. Adding spinach makes this super-nutritious and the healthy fats will ensure you feel full until lunchtime, yum!
Frittata shaped into mini muffins, wrapped in crispy prosciutto? It's eggs, but not as you know them! These mini muffins are super-tasty, nutritious and packed with protein from the eggs and prosciutto, plus good fats from coconut oil and milk. Plus, they're portable, so pack a couple for your post-workout breakfast at the gym.
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#10. Coconut Date Bars
Gather just three ingredients and ten minutes later you'll have some delicious coconut date bars that you can enjoy for a Paleo breakfast or even a post-workout snack. With coconut, dates for sweetness and crunchy almonds, you'll never buy another cereal bar again...
"Making banana pancakes, pretend like it's the weekend noooow..." Okay, so maybe these aren't those kind of banana pancakes (!) but these are still pretty amazing! Flourless, of course, since they're Paleo, they've become a staple on the Expertrain team's breakfast menu. Did we mention you need just eggs and bananas to make them? Serve with some fresh fruit and perhaps a drizzle of maple syrup, for a real treat.
Spicy sweet potato hash (we like to add a dash of chilli powder to the mix) topped with a fried egg sounds to us like the breakfast of champions. Paleo, packed with slow-burning energy, sweetness and beta-carotene (which your body converts into vitamin A) from the sweet potatoes and protein and essential nutrients such as lutein (for healthy vision) from the eggs, this is so tasty you may find yourself craving it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
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The title of this breakfast recipe may not make it sound the most tempting, but trust us when we say it's creamy and moreish. Actually, don't trust us - make it for yourself and see! Cashews are packed with healthy fats and when pureed, they take on a creamy consistency which is perfect for parfait. Add some avocado, loaded with monounsaturated fats and some vitamin C loaded kale and you have an insanely healthy breakfast, that doesn't taste unlike a Paleo, vegan cheesecake. Pass the spoon!
Cauliflower is a really underrated vegetable and it's something the Expertrain team like to eat as much of as possible, which is why you'll find recipes for cauliflower rice, cauliflower rolls and even cauliflower pizza bases in our recipes section. Making a tasty veggie hash with cauliflower and adding some crispy bacon is the perfect base for protein-packed eggs and this is packed with vitamins C and K. We think it would make a great breakfast or weekend brunch.
#15. Paleo Breakfast Bars
What do pre-packaged cereal bars and breakfast bars have in common? Most are really high in sugar and don't contain a whole lot of nutrition - although there are exception. Making your own Paleo bars for breakfast couldn't be simpler. These contain almonds, raisins, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, golden flaxseeds, dried fruit, spices, and raw honey, molasses and coconut oil to bind the mix together. Yes, it's quite an extensive ingredient list, but the end results are well worth it!
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#16. Creamy Orange Julius
Fresh orange juice for breakfast is so boring - we want something more exciting, and nutritious! Turn your orange juice into a healthy breakfast with this recipe, which is dairy-free and gluten-free and uses coconut milk, vanilla and honey to create a fruity, creamy shake. Try it, it's really delicious!
#17. Green Smoothie
Fancy a green smoothie that's fruity and refreshing? With pineapple, spinach (we prefer to use kale) and chia seeds for added thickness and protein, this is one of the best Paleo green smoothies around for an energising start to your day!
What could be better than baking French toast in the oven? This breakfast casserole makes the most of juice, vitamin C-packed blueberries and tastes just as good heated up for breakfast the next day, so no food waste! You'll need to make your own bread first, but that's part of the fun!
Breakfast dishes don't have to be sweet, and if you fancy a savoury kick, this Paleo sausage and sweet potato casserole is for you. Sweet potatoes and kale or spinach mean you're getting two of your five-a-day, not to mention plenty of vitamins A and C and a dose of iron too! Add protein with eggs and sausage and this is a pretty hearty breakfast/brunch that's great for active weekends of bouldering, cycling or running.
If you find yourself craving sugar after your morning workout, give your expensive (and unhealthy) coffee habit a miss and whip up this too-good-to-be-good-for-you chocolate shake. With creamy avocado and protein-packed nut butter, this healthy take on a classic recipe adds some cinnamon to the mix for a really unusual flavour.
If ever you needed a reason, or an excuse, to eat cake for breakfast - this is it! But not just any cake, a delicious homemade carrot cake with fruity blueberry compote and creamy coconut topping. This is as good for dessert as it is for breakfast - save it for the weekends when you have plenty of time to prepare the different elements!
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Just when you thought banana bread couldn't get any better, chocolate chunks get added to the mix. We love this recipe, which is gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free and Paleo! Well, the only added sugar is in the chocolate. You could try using cocoa powder instead of chocolate, and with almond butter, coconut oil and coconut flour, this is one healthy banana bread. We like to serve ours with a cup of Chai tea.
#23. Breakfast Burrito
A burrito, for breakfast? Arriba! Using ham slices as the burrito wrap and scrambled eggs with veggies for the filling makes these burritos Paleo and super-easy to prepare. They're a great idea for the whole family and loaded with protein!
#24. No-Bake Paleo Muesli
Forget granola, we think it's about time muesli made a comeback! This Paleo muesli recipe is ready in just a few minutes - all you'll need are some nuts, seeds and dried fruit - it's easiest to make this in a food processor for the crumbly texture. Top with some yoghurt and fresh fruit and breakfast is served!
#25. Banana Nut Porridge
Waking up to a creamy bowl of porridge is great year-round, and we love this recipe - just remember to soak your nuts overnight as this makes them easier to digest. With cashews, pecans, almonds, bananas, coconut milk and cinnamon, this is a delicious bowl of comforting goodness that's loaded with good fats, vitamin E and potassium.
Adding a scoop of your favourite protein powder to these bars makes them the perfect post-workout breakfast - why not try our pre-breakfast HIIT workout? With shredded coconut, chia seeds and cocoa powder, these will seriously satisfy your sweet tooth and your hunger pangs until lunchtime!
Fancy recreating (well, almost) a McMuffin at home? This Paleo version uses eggs as the 'muffin', with sausage and homemade guacamole as the fillings. Add some spicy sriracha sauce, if you like! All you'll need to make the right shaped eggs are some round biscuit cutters, which you can pick up fairly cheaply.
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This tropical-flavoured granola has unsweetened coconut flakes, dried mango, cashews, flaxmeal, almond meal, chia seeds and coconut oil - that's a lot of goodness to pack into one breakfast bowl! The beauty of granola is that once you've made it, it keeps really well and so it's ideal for those busy days when you don't have time to prepare a time-consuming healthy breakfast. Serve alone or with some fresh fruit and coconut yoghurt.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that your average blueberry muffin is far from Paleo, but this recipe replaces sugar, milk and flour with honey, coconut milk and almond flour to make these an (almost) guilt-free treat! Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, although you'll need to make sure you use fresh berries for this recipe.
Hopefully you're now feeling inspired to try some Paleo breakfast delights - let us know which recipes are your favourites and Tweet us with pictures of anything you make this weekend; we always love to see!