The 15 Best Keto Breakfast Ideas to Power Up Your Morning
You’ve probably heard of the keto diet, the trendy weight loss plan that advocates for cutting down carbs and upping your fat intake. (That means no to pastries and pasta, and yes to meat, eggs, and heart-healthy oils.) If your morning routine of the past involved bagels, toast, or oats, trying to come up with keto breakfast ideas can feel like a rude awakening. With so many carb-heavy a.m. foods, it’s arguably the hardest meal to find ketogenic diet-approved substitutes for — especially when you’re staring right in the face of a donut on your morning coffee run.
Sure, regular bacon and eggs are A-OK, but you can only whip them up for so many days before things start to feel repetitive. The good news? There are some creative keto breakfast ideas out there that’ll make you forget all about your old standbys.
Here are 15 keto-friendly a.m. recipes to inspire your keto breakfast game.
1. Taco Breakfast Skillet
Loaded with protein-packed ground beef, sharp cheddar, veggies, and everyone's favourite taco add-ons (salsa and sour cream, anyone?), this skillet from Peace, Love, and Low Carb is like eating nachos for breakfast — minus the chips. The best part: It can be meal prepped ahead of time for a week's worth of breakfasts. (Just leave the toppings off and add them after you've heated up a serving in the morning.) Who says tacos only belong on Tuesdays?
2. Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
Instead of a complicated keto bread recipe, this breakfast sandwich from Hey Keto Mama gets creative and simple by using spicy pork sausage patties in place of an English muffin or bagel. An egg plus a sriracha and cheese mixture are sandwiched in between, along with any veggies of choice (a slice of tomato and spinach would fit right in).
This is one of the speediest keto breakfast options around, especially if you mix the dry ingredients together ahead of time (Healthy Sweet Eats' recipe is made up of hemp hearts, almond flour, shredded coconut, flaxseed meal, and chia seeds). It can be made on the stovetop or in a microwave, and from there, the topping options are endless.
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4. Pulled Pork Hash
Put leftover pulled pork to good use with this hash creation from Cast Iron Keto — after all, something about the combination of pulled pork and runny egg yolks just feels so right. Brussels sprouts, lacinato kale, red onion, and turnip give this recipe a boost of veggies for added fibre and nutrients.
5. Cinnamon Roll Knots
Cinnabon's got nothing on these keto-friendly treats from Gnom-Gnom. With only two grams of net carbs and 426 kilojoules each, they taste more indulgent than they really are. Crafting the dough (made with almond flour and coconut flour) is a relatively involved process, but you can whip it up and keep it in the fridge for up to five days before you're ready to make (and eat) the cinnamon roll knots.
6. Sausage and Egg Breakfast Bowl
Minus the salt and pepper, there are only four ingredients in this simple breakfast bowl from Keto Connect. It starts with radishes as a satisfying stand-in for breakfast potatoes, and sausage, cheddar cheese, and eggs are all layered on top. Since the egg cooks separately, you can fry it up exactly the way you like it.
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7. Corned Beef and Radish Hash
This recipe from I Breathe I'm Hungry proves that corned beef isn't just a St. Patrick's Day standby. You can use leftover corned beef or canned corned beef, but either way, you'll end up with a crispy, unique breakfast. Pair it with eggs in the morning, and save the leftovers for lunch or dinner.
8. No-egg Breakfast Bake With Sausage And Peppers
Let's face it: Eggs make a lot of appearances in keto-friendly recipes. And, hey, eggs are great! But every once in a while, you need a break. Enter this eggless breakfast bake from Kalyn's Kitchen. Red and green peppers give the recipe a colorful touch, and chicken breakfast sausage delivers a solid dose of protein to start the day.
9. Meat Bagel
Yes, you read that right. Meat. Bagel. It's basically ground pork cooked into the shape of a bagel (or a donut, however you'd like to think of it). After it's cooked, cut it in half and fill it with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and onions for one hell of a breakfast sandwich. They also freeze up nicely. Meat lovers, you've got Ditch The Wheat to thank for this creation.
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10. Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes
A stack of pancakes might sound like the opposite of a keto-friendly breakfast, but where there's a will, there's a way. These ones from A Big Man's World are made with the perfect combination of almond flour, coconut flour, and eggs for a result so fluffy, you'll hardly be able to tell they're low in carbs. The blueberries add a touch of sweetness (but they contain sugar, so be careful about the portions).
11. Steak and Eggs
This is a classic breakfast for a reason: It's delicious, and the steak and eggs each pack a monster punch of protein to keep you fueled up till lunch. Next time you're grilling up steak at night, cook a little extra with incredible keto breakfast leftovers in mind. Tasteaholic's take uses sirloin, a leaner cut of beef, but feel free to use what you have on hand.
12. Creamy Kale and Eggs
This creation from Health Starts in the Kitchen just might be the perfect brunch recipe. Made with coconut creamed kale, roasted red peppers, cherry tomatoes, and a touch of mozzarella, these individual dishes demand to be savoured on a weekend morning.
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13. Freezer Breakfast Pockets
Hot pockets get a healthy, low-carb upgrade with these winning creations from Joy Filled Eats. Packed with ham, cheese, and egg, they're designed to be made ahead of time and then frozen. When you're running late, just pop one into the microwave and you've got a filling keto breakfast on the go.
14. Berry Chia Pudding with Coconut Milk.
If you feel like you're going overboard with animal products on the keto diet, this chia pudding from Julie's Lifestyle provides a change of pace — it's vegan, made with coconut milk for creamy texture and decadent flavour. It's also incredibly satiating: Chia seeds are a great source of fibre, and protein powder and healthy fat filled-MCT coconut oil will keep you satisfied all morning.
15. Breakfast Egg Muffin
These breakfast egg muffins from Hurry The Food Up just might be the ultimate meal prep food. They take only 25 minutes to throw together, and three muffins provides 20 grams of protein for under 300 calories. You can also change up your mix-ins with different cheeses, vegetables, and seasonings. Freeze them for later or keep them in your fridge for the week — chances are, it won't be long before you need to make another batch.
Originally published on menshealth.com. Photos reprinted with permission.