Many people trying to switch over to the Paleo lifestyle have found breakfast to be a little challenging to begin with. The truth is that you are going to have to go against the grain here (pun intended) and eat different foods to most people for breakfast. After all, we are trying to achieve results that are different to most people – great health and a lean body, so it will be necessary eat differently, and it starts at breakfast time!
It helps to look at the main groups of Paleo breakfast foods, then just pick and choose one or more options from each group and come up with a combination you fancy. Foods you should try to include on your Paleo breakfast menu are:
- Proteins - Eggs, fish and meat etc.
- Veggies – Basically anything is fine, whatever you feel like.
- Fats (where required) – Butter, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil etc.
My Paleo shopping list should also give you some help and ideas.
If you can get used to the idea of eating foods in the morning that are not traditionally associated with breakfast then you will be totally fine. You can of course add fruits too, just not too many. Try to stick to those which are low in sugar, such as berries, if you are really trying to lose body fat. Read more on fruits and the Paleo Diet.
One final tip is to use various herbs and spices to add variety to meals that may otherwise seem very similar. There are truly endless combinations you can try
To make things a little easier to begin with and to wet your appetite a little I have compiled a list of my favorite Paleo breakfast ideas and recipes to give you some quick and easy meals to get going – hopefully you will enjoy them as much as I do!
Before we get to the recipes, you should know about the most comprehensive Paleo recipe resource available online - The Paleo Recipe Book. It contains over 370 Paleo recipes and hundreds of great cooking tips. There is also a great section dedicated to breakfast and some really quick and easy Paleo breakfast recipes which I am sure you will love!
Paleo Breakfast Recipes
Here are 11 great Paleo diet breakfasts. This list is a product of much of my own research online as well as a little experimentation in the kitchen. I have provided a link to any website that provided inspiration or the recipe itself.
1. Sweet Paleo Breakfast Omelette – Thanks to HealthFoodLover.com
A delicious, healthier alternative to pancakes, cereal or toast, this Paleo breakfast omelette recipe is both low in carbs and high in protein. The gorgeous sweet taste is sure to get your morning off to a fantastic start.
You can really get get creative with this recipe and start adding your own ingredients too. Fruits like peaches and pears work really well, as do nuts such as almonds and walnuts.
- 2 whole eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 T. butter/ghee or coconut oil, to cook with
In a bowl, beat the vanilla with the eggs until thick. Set aside. Heat the butter in the frying pan on medium heat till the butter has melted and started bubbling. Add the egg mixture into the pan making sure the mixture is evenly spread around the pan. Cook until it is firm and all the liquid has cooked. Fold the omelette over itself and then serve how you like.
I highly recommend serving with fresh fruit and/or nuts for extra flavor and texture – what a way to start your day!
2. Paleo Breakfast Zuccini Pancakes – Courtesy of PaleoBreakfasts.com
In my opinion this is an awesome Paleo breakfast idea! These pancakes are filling and fairly quick to make on a morning. Also anything that contains zucchini is a winner in my book, it is an ingredient that is definitely not used enough.
Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to these Paleo pancakes and add other ingredients such as more veggies or some herbs to create some new flavors. Let me know if you come up with something cool.
- 1 zucchini of medium size
- 1 large egg
- 1 green onion of medium size
- 2 ½ tables of olive oil
Grate the zucchini into a bowl, chop the green onion and mix both together. Add 1 large egg to the mixture and mix thoroughly by adding salt and pepper. Put 3 mounds of zucchini mixture into the pan and fry it by pressing down to flatten until lightly browned, then turn it and let the other side to be browned. Now you have some amazing Paleo breakfast pancakes!
3. Paleo Bacon Breakfasts
Bacon has to be one of my very favorite foods (thank god it is Paleo, along with sausages). Any breakfast which includes bacon is a winner for me. Simply fry it up in some fat such as butter or or coconut oil and you are good to go.
I always like to add some other ingredients as well, most often fruits which which actually taste great with bacon and complement it well. Add some cinnamon to finish off this Paleo breakfast recipe nicely.
One other cool thing to do with bacon is to cook it until slightly crispy and use it as a replacement for chips when eating a Paleo dip such as guacamole.
4. Paleo Breakfast Blueberry Muffins – Thanks to PaleoDietRecipes.org.uk
I’m sure these will be one of your favorite Paleo breakfast recipe ideas after you have tried them for the first time, so why not make a large batch to keep so they are ready any time you need a tasty snack?
- 2 TBSP Arrow Root Flour
- 2 TBSP Coconut Flour
- ¼ Cup Almond Flour
- ¼ TSP Baking Powder
- ½ TSP Sea Salt
- 3 Medium Eggs
- 2 ½ TBSP Sugar
- Free Applesauce
- 1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
- 2 TBSP Coconut Oil
- ¾ Cup Fresh or Frozen (Thawed) Blueberries
- Coconut Oil Spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees before preparing muffin mixture. In a large mixing bowl, combine salt, baking powder and flours. In separate bowl, combine vanilla extract, applesauce, eggs, honey and coconut oil. Mix all wet ingredients with dry ingredients. After mixing, fold blueberries into mixture. Spray large muffin pan with coconut oil spray. Pour each muffin cup half full of mixture. For larger muffins, pour ¾ full of mixture. Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow your muffins to cool, then eat and enjoy!
5. Paleo Broccoli Frittata – from PaleoBreakfasts.com
Traditionally, broccoli is not something many people would choose to eat for breakfast but when added with other ingredients in a Paleo breakfast such as this I am sure it will start to appear regularly in your mornings.
Try making these in larger batches to keep for when you are short of time too.
- 10 eggs
- 1/2 diced red onion
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped broccoli
- 1 cup diced mushrooms
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Sea salt and pepper to
- 2 tbsps coconut oil
Warm the coconut oil in a pan. Sauté the onions until they caramelize. Add the diced mushrooms and chopped broccoli and sauté until the broccoli is soft (usually about 5 minutes). Spread the vegetable mix across the bottom of the pan. Add the eggs, sea salt, pepper and garlic powder by gently pouring over the top of the vegetables until eggs are cooked.
6. Paleo Apple Crisp – Thanks to wheatfreedairyfreebreakfastrecipes.blogspot.com
This recipe makes a quick, easy and nutritious Paleo breakfast snack option but can also be eaten as a meal at any time throughout the day, or just whenever you fancy a nutritious snack.
If you are not keen on apples then they can be replaced with something like pears or peaches. Use berries if you are trying hard to lose fat. As long as you limit your fruit/sugar intake then you should be fine.
- 4 apples, cored and chopped
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 3/4 cup pecan halves
- 3/4 cup sliced walnuts
- 3/4 cup golden raisins
Put apples in an 8-inch square baking dish or 2-quart casserole dish. Drizzle with orange juice, toss until the fruit is coated and smooth the top. In a food processor, combine pecans, walnuts, golden raisins, ginger and cinnamon and pulse just until chopped. Spoon the nut mixture over the apple mixture and serve.
7. Sweet Potato Paleo Hash Browns - Thanks to PaleoEffect.com
Hash browns are great for breakfast any day of the week but unfortunately traditional ones are not exactly Paleo. Thankfully though this Paleo hash brown recipe using sweet potatoes proves to be an absolutely delicious alternative.
Served with eggs and bacon this recipe is for sure one of my best Paleo breakfasts, great on a Sunday!
- 2 or 3 Sweet Potatoes
- 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ½ tsp Garlic ½ tsp Parsley
- ½ tsp Chives
- ½ tsp Bell Pepper or Chili Pepper
- ½ tsp Onion Powder
- ½ tsp Lemon Pepper
- ½ tsp Sesame Seeds
- 1 tbsp Chipotle Pepper Sauce
- Sea Salt and Pepper (to taste)
The first step is to peel the sweet potatoes then grate them using a cheese grater. Next mix them with the salt, pepper and spices and toss until everything is combined nicely. Now heat the olive oil in a pan on medium-high. Add in the sweet potato mix and cook gently, making sure you stir everything periodically.
These Paleo hash browns can be eaten on their own or combined with eggs and bacon to make an excellent Paleo breakfast recipe.
8. Paleo Bacon and Fruit Breakfast Scramble
As I mentioned above in #3, bacon and fruits can taste really excellent together. The fruit scramble recipe below serves four and has been a long time favorite of mine and I highly recommend adding it to your go-to list of Paleo breakfasts.
Feel free to change up the fruits according to your tastes or what your sugar intake is, and let me know if you find another good combo!
- 1 lb organic bacon in small pieces
- 2 peaches, cut up in slices
- 2 pears, sliced and cored
- 1 apple, sliced and cored
- 2 tsp cinnamon, or to taste
After cutting up the bacon, cook it in a pan on a medium heat for a few minutes. The fat from the bacon will act as cooking oil/fat for this, so don’t worry about adding any of your own. When the bacon is cooked (but still soft) drain off a little of the fat and add in the chopped fruits. Mix them in with the bacon nicely. Allow everything to cook for around two minutes and stir regularly. Sprinkle and mix in the cinnamon and cook for one more minute.
As you can see this is and extremely quick and easy Paleo breakfast recipe. I’m sure you will love it!
9. Paleo Breakfast Eggs with Parsley and Onion
This is an extremely simple Paleo diet breakfast idea that can be prepared in under 15 minutes. Eggs are a real staple breakfast food for anyone eating Paleo style and will feature fairly often at breakfast time.
As you will see with this breakfast recipe, adding a few simply herbs and/or spices is a great way to mix things up and create some new tastes.
- ¼ cup fresh parsley
- 2 green onions
- Coconut oil spray
- Sea salt & pepper
Spray your pan with coconut oil and heat on medium. Next crack the eggs into the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. On a medium heat, eggs should take about 12-15 minutes to cook. Before serving, sprinkle the onions and parsley on top to add color and flavor.
10. Crustless Zucchini Paleo Breakfast Quiche – From PrimalRecipe.com
This delicious quiche is something a little difference and definitely one of the Paleo diet breakfast recipes that I don’t get around to making often enough. Zucchini is an ingredient that doesn’t get the credit it deserves in my opinion so I was keen to feature a recipe in this list where it plays a major part.
Make sure you give this one a try, I certainly prefer it to regular quiche and it is far better for you.
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 2 cups shredded zucchini
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 organic eggs
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- coconut oil
Firstly, pre-heath your oven to 350F so it is ready to cook the Paleo quiche once we have prepared it. Now sauté the onion, coconut oil, garlic and zucchini in a frying pan on a medium heat.
Next take a mixing bowl and mix the eggs, almond milk and cheese together well. You can now add the zucchini, onion and garlic mix from earlier into bowl. Continue to beat everything together until mixed thoroughly.
The whole mixture should now be poured in to a casserole dish which has been greased with the coconut oil. Cook in the pre-heated oven for around half an hour. It is a nice idea to also fry up some bacon to serve with the quiche – what an amazing Paleo breakfast!
11. Zucchini and Sweet Potato Paleo Breakfast Frittata – From PaleoDietLifestyle.com
Here is another easy Paleo breakfast recipe that is absolutely gorgous and super healthy as well. You can really add whatever vegetables and/or herbs to this recipe, depending on what you like to eat or what you have lying around that needs to be used up.
This is a tried and tested combination though that I personally love. Be sure to let me know if you come up with your own version of this, or if you have any other cool frittata recipes
- 2 tbsp butter (Ghee) or coconut oil
- 8 organic eggs
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced
- 2 sliced zucchinis
- 1 sliced red bell pepper
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Heat up a frying pan on a low-medium heat and add the sweet potato and oil. Cook until the potato is nice and soft, this should take around 8 minutes. At this point you can toss in the red pepper slices along with the zucchini, allow everything to cook for another 4 minutes.
Begin whisking the eggs in a bowl and sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste. This mixture can now be added to your vegetables in the frying pan. Cook the entire mixture for about 10 more minutes on a low heat until the frittata is just about set. Sprinkle the parsley on top to finish off this lovely Paleo breakfast dish in style.
What Do You Think?
I hope you found the above list helpful, I certainly have. I tried to include ideas that would be helpful to everyone and also cover some common requests such as Paleo breakfast recipes with no eggs (not everyone likes them) and also a number of high protein Paleo breakfasts that are great to eat around gym or other training sessions. If you want some occassional breakfast treats, be sure to read about Paleo cookies and also Paleo brownies.
Lastly I made sure to include a few of the all important ‘on the go’ Paleo breakfasts that can be prepared in a quick and easy fashion for those of you who are short on time in the mornings.
It would be great to get your feedback on the above, feel free to ask any questions about Paleo breakfast choices or to mention any specific recipes you would like to get added to the list.
The Best Paleo Breakfast Recipes
Lastly I would like to give another mention to the Paleo Recipe Book which is simply the best Paleo diet resource and recipe collection available at the moment. It contains absolutely everything you need to know about this style of eating including step by step instructions and beautiful photographs. It total there are over 370 different recipes and a whole section dedicated to Paleo diet breakfasts.