19 Easy Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas That Aren't Low on Flavor

Low Carb Sugar Free Keto Blueberry Muffins with Almond Flour

Food Faith Fitness

The easiest thing to do for breakfast is pick up a bagel or muffin on the go, but what about when you’re trying to start the morning off the healthy way? The truth of the matter is that incorporating low-carb breakfast ideas into your diet can promote better eating all day long. “Without a good breakfast, many people struggle to get control over their eating,” says John Briffa, MB, a nutritionist and the author of The True You Diet. “The most common breakfasts—packaged cereals and toast—tend not to satisfy the appetite for long and provoke low blood sugar, which stimulates appetite, particularly for sweet, starchy food.”

That's exactly why it's helpful to have low-carb breakfast ideas on hand. Read on for 19 satisfying low-carb breakfast recipes that'll help keep you full and satisfied all the way through lunch—and beyond.

01 of 19

Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs With Pesto Veggies

goat cheese scrambled eggs with pesto veggies

Pinch of Yum

Tired of your everyday scrambled eggs? In Pinch of Yum's recipe for goat cheese scrambled eggs with pesto veggies, the basic breakfast protein gets a major upgrade with the addition of tangy, creamy goat cheese. Also on the platter? A sautée of fresh kale, pesto, pumpkin seeds, and sun-dried tomatoes. Talk about filling.

Pro Tip: Soft-cooked eggs are the key to this recipe, so don't overcook your eggs.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

02 of 19

Breakfast Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Breakfast Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Chelsea's Messy Apron

Ice cream for breakfast? Okay, not quite, but this recipe for breakfast frozen yogurt from Chelsea's Messy Apron comes close. It combines Greek yogurt, almond milk, Nesquik chocolate powder, and your favorite sweetener for a satisfying and sweet start to your day. We suggest whipping up a breakfast smoothie by blending a banana with a few scoops of the froyo.

Pro Tip: This recipe relies on Nesquik to bring a malty flavor to the frozen yogurt, so don't swap it out for plain cocoa powder.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes in an ice cream maker

03 of 19

Baked Eggs With Goat Cheese and Chives

Baked Eggs With Goat Cheese and Chives

 Rose & Ivy

How photogenic is Rose & Ivy's recipe for baked eggs with goat cheese and chives? Eggs mixed with goat cheese and chives are baked up in a ramekin until they’re just right—and ready to be immortalized on Instagram. By the way, you can make more than one at once if you have company or just want extra for the week.

Pro Tip: If you don't have ramekins handy, you can bake the eggs in a muffin tin instead.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

04 of 19

Zucchini Muffins With Tahini

Low-Card Zucchini Muffins With Tahini

Food Faith Fitness

Leave it to Food Faith Fitness to show us a low-carb muffin recipe that’s also free of dairy, gluten, and sugar. Grated zucchini, almond meal, tahini, and monk fruit sweetener (zero calories!) are mixed up with the regulars for an airy, satisfying muffin that’s awesome for breakfast on the go.

Pro Tip: To give the muffins a bakery-perfect domed top, use a large ice cream scoop to dose the batter into the muffin tin.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

05 of 19

Baked Eggs in Stuffed Peppers

Baked Eggs in Stuffed Peppers

FoodieCrush

We’ve had stuffed peppers for dinner before, but never as an a.m. eat. All that ends with FoodieCrush’s recipe for baked eggs in stuffed peppers. Sweet multicolored peppers work overtime as edible vessels, which are stuffed with butternut squash hash, ricotta, feta, and just a drizzle of brandy on top, all cooked up in a rich tomato sauce.

Pro Tip: To be sure that the eggs are fully cooked, use a food thermometer to confirm that they've reached 160° F. 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

06 of 19

Winter Citrus Salad With Persimmon and Rosemary Rooibos Syrup

Winter Citrus Salad With Persimmon and Rosemary Rooibos Syrup

The First Mess

This winter citrus salad by The First Mess is worth waking up early for. The brightness comes from persimmons, grapefruit, satsumas (a variety of mandarin oranges), Bosc pears, and pomegranate, all of which are topped with a yummy dressing of maple syrup, ground cinnamon, rosemary, and vanilla rooibos tea. A sprinkling a black sesame seeds and fresh mint ups the visual wow factor.

Pro Tip: To quickly de-seed the pomegranate, cut it in half, position it face down over a bowl, the hit the back with a wooden spoon.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

07 of 19

Artichoke Shakshuka

Low-carb artichoke shakshuka

Half Baked Harvest

A Middle Eastern dish consisting of baked eggs in a spicy, red pepper-spiked tomato sauce, shakshuka is delicious in its most basic form. Still, Half Baked Harvest's recipe for artichoke shakshuka manages to make the casual dish even better, thanks to the addition of creamy feta (or goat) cheese and savory, tender artichoke hearts. And while shakshuka is traditionally served with bread for dipping, you could opt for something lighter, like pita—or just exercise a little self-control with the carbs.

Pro Tip: Because shakshuka is meant to be served family style, it's perfect for low-key brunches with friends.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

08 of 19

Egg Muffins With Ham, Kale, Cauliflower Rice

paleo-friendly egg muffins

Food Faith Fitness

Not only are these four-ingredient egg muffins from Food Faith Fitness delicious, they're also a cinch to make. All you need to do is mix together eggs, ham, kale, and cauliflower rice (homemade or store-bought), and pour the “batter” into muffin tins. Finish by baking for about 20 minutes or until the tops start to brown. P.S. They also freeze well.

Pro Tip: To ensure consistency among your muffins, spoon the ham and kale into each tin first, then pour the egg mixture over top.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

09 of 19

Simple Southwest Breakfast Scramble

Low-Carb Breakfast Southwest Tofu Scramble

Minimalist Baker

Protein-packed tofu serves as the foundation for Minimalist Baker's Southwest breakfast scramble. Fresh kale, red peppers, and onions are sauteed in a skillet before being joined by crumbled-up tofu. The whole gang gets a drizzle of spicy sauce (made with chili powder, garlic powder, turmeric, and a few other ingredients) before continuing to cook until slightly browned. Serve the scramble with a scoop of salsa and a low-carb fruit (think berries, cantaloupe, or avocado).

Pro Tip: To drain the tofu, wrap it in a clean tea towel, place it under a cutting board, and place something heavy on top. Or you can make things easy and invest in a tofu press.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

10 of 19

Poached Eggs with Asparagus, English Pea, and Mint

Low-Carb Poached Eggs with Asparagus, English Pea, and Mint

Add1Tbsp

Never quite mastered the poached egg? Now's the time to hone your technique. In Add1Tbsp's recipe for poached eggs with asparagus, English pea, and mint, the luscious yolk of a poached egg is a delicious contrast to lightly charred asparagus and thinly sliced radishes. The dish is finished with a spoonful of pea puree and shaved parmigiano reggiano for a low-carb breakfast that's almost too pretty to eat.

Pro Tip: Be sure to use the freshest eggs possible. Their whites are firmer, so you'll have an easier time achieving a spherical shape when poaching.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

11 of 19

Cheesy Mexican Frittata

Low-Carb Cheesy Mexican Frittata

 Boulder Locavore

With all the yumminess of quiche—sans the carb-y pie crust—this cheesy Mexican frittata recipe from Boulder Locavore uses taco seasoning as a shortcut to a spicy kick. The rest of the recipe is easy, too: Simply saute red onions, jalapenos, and diced green chilies in a heat-proof skillet, pour the spiced egg mixture over top along with some shredded cheese, then bake until set.

Pro Tip: Enhance the frittata's south-of-the-border flavors by garnishing each slice with fresh pico de gallo and chopped cilantro.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

12 of 19

Breakfast Scramble Stuffed Avocado

Low-Carb Breakfast Scramble Stuffed Avocado

Spoon Fork Bacon 

Did you know that avocados are naturally low in sugar and high in fiber? This proves avocados to be a welcome (and delicious) complement to a low-carb meal. In Spoon Fork Bacon's recipe for breakfast scramble stuffed avocados, however, the bumpy-skinned fruit has a starring role. Here, avocados are halved and pitted, then packed with cheesy, bacon-studded scrambled eggs. We promise you won't miss the toast.

Pro Tip: To tell if your avocados are ripe, give them a little squeeze. Ready-to-eat avocados will give slightly under gentle pressure.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

13 of 19

Coconut Flour Porridge

Low-Carb Coconut Flour Porridge

Low Carb Maven

For those who prefer their breakfast on the sweet side, this recipe for coconut flour porridge by Low Carb Maven delivers. Coconut flour, coconut milk, flax meal, and an egg are combined to create a warm, farina-like cereal with only four net carbs per serving.

Pro Tip: Top the porridge with a handful of fresh berries, a drizzle of honey, or some crispy bacon.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

14 of 19

Keto Chaffles

Keto chaffles recipe

Wholesome Yum

What's a chaffle, you ask? Simply put, it's a waffle made with cheese and eggs instead of grains. The result is a low-carb, gluten-free breakfast that can be customized with all sort of add-ins. Wholesome Yum shows how to make keto chaffles five different ways, including a basic plain recipe to be used in place of sandwich bread and a variation that mimics the sugary sweetness of churros.

Pro Tip: While a mini waffle maker is the preferred tool for cooking chaffles, they can be prepared in a frying pan, too (although they'll look more like a pancake than a waffle).

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

15 of 19

Keto Avocado Smoothie with Coconut Milk, Ginger, and Turmeric

Keto Avocado Smoothie with Coconut Milk, Ginger, and Turmeric

Low Carb Maven

Not only is it satisfyingly thick and creamy, Low Carb Maven's avocado smoothie with coconut milk, ginger, and turmeric is rich in antioxidants and low in carbs (only 4.18 net carbs per smoothie). And because the smoothie is low in sugar, it won't leave you feeling sluggish mid-morning.

Pro Tip: Freeze the smoothie in ice-pop molds for a cold (and nutritious) treat on a hot day.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

16 of 19

Cauliflower Rice Pudding

Coconut Rice Pudding

Running on Real Food

Yep, cauliflower rice pudding is a thing, and according to Deryn Macey, the recipe developer at Running on Real Food, it's delicious. Her six-ingredient cauliflower rice pudding recipe requires only three simple steps: Add riced cauliflower and almond milk to a saucepan; toss in some cinnamon, raisins, vanilla protein powder, and sugar-free sweetener; then simmer until thickened.

Pro Tip: "The cauliflower should be tender but still a little chewy and sweet enough that it doesn’t taste like cauliflower," notes Macey.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

17 of 19

Keto Granola Clusters

Low-Carb Grain-Free Keto Granola Clusters

All Day I Dream About Food

Have a weakness for crunchy snacks? These keto granola clusters from All Day I Dream About Food can help you satisfy a craving—without the guilt. Flaked coconut stands in for the oats, while a medley of nuts adds a dose of fiber and protein. A mixture of melted butter, sugar substitute, and vanilla extract is drizzled on top before baking, giving the clusters a satisfying, salty-sweet flavor.

Pro Tip: For a crunchy granola, use an erythritol-based sweetener in the recipe—other kinds of sugar-free sweeteners can result in softer clusters.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

18 of 19

Keto Blueberry Muffins With Almond Flour

Low Carb Sugar Free Keto Blueberry Muffins with Almond Flour

Food Faith Fitness

The secret ingredient in Food Faith Fitness's recipe for keto blueberry muffins? Applesauce. Not only does it act as a binder, cutting down on the amount of eggs needed, the applesauce imparts extra moistness to the finished product. Almond flour, coconut flour, monkfruit sweetener, melted coconut oil, and fresh blueberries round out the ingredients list to the grain-free, gluten-free, low-carb muffins.

Pro Tip: For the best results, be sure to weigh the flours.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

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Creamy Keto Chia Pudding

Low-carb keto chia pudding recipe

Low Carb Maven

When combined with a liquid, chia seeds create a gel called mucilage. And in the case of Low Carb Maven's creamy keto chia pudding, it doubles as a built-in thickener that guarantees a rich and creamy (and vegan!) rice pudding. Better still, this six-ingredient recipe couldn't be easier to make: Just whisk together black chia seeds, coconut milk, vanilla extract, salt, and liquid sweetener, then park the mixture in the fridge for the night; it'll be ready to eat the following day.

Pro Tip: "If using a granulated sweetener, dissolve it completely in the coconut milk prior to mixing with the chia seeds or it won’t dissolve completely," advises Kim Hardesty, the recipe's developer.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours (chilling time)

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