A lot of people are ditching grains these days in favour of a paleo or keto-style diet, making a replacement for traditional carb-heavy breakfasts, like toast, bagels, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches and oatmeal, a real challenge. For this reason, grain-free breakfasts almost always consist of eggs: scrambled, poached, over-easy – you name it. But eating eggs every day can become tedious.
Luckily, there are plenty of healthy and exciting egg-free options to get to know. Think outside of the egg carton with 5 healthy paleo breakfast ideas to spruce up your morning, without a yolk in sight.
Coconut Strawberry Chia Bowl
Blending coconut cream, chia seeds and strawberries is basically like eating (a super-healthy!) dessert for breakfast. When combined with a liquid, or in this case, blended strawberries, the chia seeds thicken to resemble an indulgent pudding. This is a great paleo-friendly breakfast that will give your body the energy boost it needs in the morning.
Get the recipe for Set Strawberries with Coconut Cream.
Salad for Breakfast
Salad for breakfast has been embraced globally, so why not try it for yourself, right at home? Eating vegetables in the morning provides a boost of fibre, antioxidants and phytonutrients – all components your body is craving to get up and go. Give salad for breakfast a chance, and add a blast of freshness to your morning meal.
Get the recipe for Cucumber Salad with Fresh Coconut.
Smoothies & Smoothie Bowls
Smoothies and smoothie bowls are quick to make, easy to take and very nutritious. Blend together kale, spinach, banana, berries, nuts and protein powder, and you have a deeply nourishing morning meal. To assemble your own Instagram-worthy smoothie bowl, pour your blended creation in a cereal bowl and decorate with superfood ingredients like hemp seeds, bee pollen, blueberries and chia seeds (or the Paleo Granola recipe below). Before diving in, don’t forget to take a picture! Enjoy an entire gallery of gorgeous and delicious smoothie bowls to inspire your creation.
Dairy-Free Yogurt with Berries & Nuts
One of our favourite go-to paleo breakfasts happens to be the quickest and simplest: a bowl of dairy-free yogurt topped with blueberries, strawberries, almonds and walnuts. Of course, that’s the skeleton of the recipe – feel free to spruce it up with a drizzle of honey and sprinkling of cinnamon, raw cacao powder, pomegranate seeds and hemp seeds. For the yogurt base, if you’re eating paleo, dairy is out, though there are many tasty dairy-free yogurt options made from plant milks (usually coconut or almond milk) that can be found at your grocery store, many of which still provide belly-friendly probiotics.
Most granola is made with oats (a grain), but this paleo granola recipe replaces them with toasted coconut chips, nuts, seeds, cacao nibs and raisins for a grain-free, naturally sweetened, protein-packed breakfast.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
1/2 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
3 Tbsp coconut oil, very soft or melted
1 to 2 Tbsp maple syrup, less or more for desired sweetness level
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened toasted coconut chips or pieces (not shredded)
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Scatter hazelnuts, walnuts and sunflower seeds on prepared baking sheet. Toss nut and seed mixture with coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly browned (watch closely to be careful not to burn the mixture).
3. Remove nut and seed mixture from oven. Mix in coconut chips, raisins and cacao nibs. Cool before serving, if desired.
4. Serve granola in a bowl with dairy-free milk of choice and fresh fruit.
5. For storing, cool granola completely and keep in airtight jar at room temperature for up to one month.
Looking for paleo lunch and dinner recipes? Explore these grain-free zucchini noodle recipes, and kick carb cravings to the curb.