It’s breakfast time and you’re hungry, but you have ten items on your to-do list before you need to dash out the door. I feel you. This describes almost every morning in my house. On any given morning, I’m either getting the kids off to school or heading to a TV segment, tennis match, or Pilates class. Regardless of your individual morning routine, we all have to fuel our bodies before we become hangry.
For many people, breakfast tends to be carb loaded quick AM fixes like bagels, toast, and cereal. Whether you are following a keto-lifestyle or you’re simply looking for nutritious and delicious low carb breakfast ideas, that are quick and easy to make, keep reading for some of my favorite keto-friendly ideas and recipes!
Low Carb, Keto Instant Hot Cereal
There is no denying that hot cereal like oatmeal is the ultimate breakfast comfort food! If you thought cereal (a word that actually takes its meaning from the word grain) was a taboo word in the keto breakfast realm, you were mistaken! The warming, filling, and flavorful, experience of starting your day with a piping hot bowl of oatmeal is hard to beat, not to mention the nutrient rich profile it offers that includes key vitamins, minerals, and an excellent source of fiber. However, for keto dieters true oatmeal can easily throw you out of ketosis, with an average serving size of prepared oatmeal providing over 60 grams of carbs, subtract the fiber and you still get over 50 grams of net carbs.
Unfortunately oatmeal doesn’t exactly fit a strict keto plan, but oatmeal lovers don’t fret cause there are some awesome low carb breakfast alternatives to oatmeal. Whether you’re craving the comfort of sweet hot cereal for breakfast or you simply need a break from eggs, HighKey Instant Hot Cereal is a low carb breakfast that fits the bill. Made with hemp seeds, coconut and sunflower seeds, it contains only 5 grams of net carbs and no added sugar, and is available in four tasty flavor options. It’s so satisfying and holds me over until lunchtime. If you’re craving chocolate, try out this doctored up coconutty Keto Samoa Cereal recipe.
Keto Cold Cereal
If hot cereal is not your jam, and you are simply wanting a cold cereal for your keto breakfast, then HighKey’s Keto Granola is just the ticket. With only 2 grams of net carbs per serving this crunchy, lightly sweetened granola packs a punch of flavor and nutrition with sunflower, pumpkin and chia seeds, almonds, and a hint of cinnamon, vanilla and coconut. It is perfect with your favorite low carb milk or as a yogurt topping. Although it’s pretty much guaranteed that you will love this granola, you can find other keto friendly cold cereals but be cautious that the carbs are within what the keto calculator suggests for your daily carb allotment.
Pancakes and Waffles!
Yes, you heard me right...I said pancakes which is probably not a word you thought fit into the keto breakfast dictionary. If you are looking for a simple and speedy keto solution to pancakes or waffles, then look no further than HighKey’s own Pancake/Waffle Mix that has only 2 grams of net carbs per serving. This lightly sweetened almond flour based baking mix combines easily with an egg, coconut oil, unsweetened almond milk, and a dash of vanilla extract, for the quickest and most delicious keto pancake feast you could imagine. You can add blueberries, cinnamon, sugar-free chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, or any other keto-friendly addition that you choose, simply top with keto maple syrup and you are all set!
High Protein, Low Carb Breakfast Ideas
Keto Egg and Avocado Breakfast Salad to-go
I love a quick and easy avocado and hard-boiled egg salad drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. To hard-boil eggs, place as many eggs in a pot as you will eat in one week. (Older eggs peel easier.) Cover completely with water. Bring to a simmer on high heat. As soon as bubbles rise to the surface, cover and turn off the heat. Set the timer for 12 minutes. Drain and cover with ice water. Peel as you need them to retain moisture.For additional flavors and textures, stir in diced red bell pepper, tomato, or sliced scallions. Serve in a cup, grab a fork, and go.
Keto Breakfast Scramble
There are infinite ways to make a keto-friendly breakfast egg scramble. One of the quickest recipes that doesn’t involve any chopping is with pre-washed baby spinach and a cheese of your choice—I love this with feta. Simply whisk 2-3 eggs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Stir in a splash of heavy cream for added fluffiness. Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat and drizzle in olive oil. Add a big handful of spinach and cook just until it starts to wilt, about 30-60 seconds. Stir in the eggs, reducing heat as needed. Stir until cooked through, about 1-2 minutes.
Keto Breakfast Bowl
Just like scrambles, there are endless possibilities for Keto Breakfast Bowls. An easy and nutrient packed option is to use spinach (raw or sauteed) as the base, add two hard boiled egg halves (or fried if you prefer), crumbled bacon, diced avocado and diced tomato. Every bowl can use a little sprinkle of something to add savory crunchy flavor such as:
- “Everything” bagel seasoning
- Hemp seeds, plain or seasoned
- Sunflower seeds
- Crumbled HighKey Cheese Crunch
High Protein, Low Carb Breakfast Recipes
If you have a little bit more time and want to create a keto breakfast that is sure to impress not only your own taste buds but also those of any family member or guest, try these savory recipes:
Broccoli Cheddar Frittata Biscuits - With only 6 grams of net carbs per serving this easy and versatile vegetarian keto breakfast dish makes a great weekend morning even greater, or store them in your fridge for a quick grab-and-go boost during the week!
Keto Sunday Brunch Quiche - Sunday mornings were made for fresh-out-of-the-oven quiche. This fluffy quiche features crisp asparagus and a savory blend of leeks and sausage -- all wrapped in a creamy egg custard. The keto-friendly crust is made from a combination of almond flour, butter, and cheddar cheese. This has all the upscale brunch vibes, but don’t be fooled as it is incredibly easy to make. Whip it up on a Sunday and eat well all week.
Cheesy Spinach Jalapeno Baked Eggs - This warm, hearty breakfast dish feels gourmet, but it won't have you slaving away in the kitchen all morning. It's quick to prepare, and it's packed with both flavor and nutrients.
Other Low Carb Keto Breakfast Ideas (No Eggs)
If you are wanting a super simple keto breakfast with no eggs, these are some of my favorite low carb breakfast ideas/recipes whether you are keto or not!:
Easy Keto Breakfast Sundae
When creamy, salty cottage cheese meets juicy blueberries, something magical happens. Sprinkle with almonds for a nutty crunch, and this might just become one of your favorite and easiest breakfast choices. 1/2 cup cottage cheese contains only 4 grams of carbs per 1/2 cup. 1/4 cup blueberries contain just 5 grams of carbs. If you’re craving more sweetness, stir in erythritol sweetener. Sprinkle on cinnamon or pumpkin spice for added depth and pack it in a container to go. You have yourself a keto breakfast with no eggs. Boom.
Chia Seed Pudding- I’m not one to shy away from pudding for a yummy low carb breakfast, just make this recipe the night before for a quick and healthy keto friendly breakfast. Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and are a plant source of omega 3 fatty acids. This keto chia pudding is so easy and is great to have around as a quick snack topped with some berries, nuts or toasted coconut.
Keto Pumpkin Doughnut- Although inspired by Fall flavors these cake-like keto donuts are a great low carb breakfast any time of the year, without any guilt.
Keto Breakfast Smoothies!
It is more than possible to make a smoothie keto-friendly with a mindful selection of ingredients.
- First, you’ll want something creamy. Keto-friendly creaminess comes in the form of coconut milk, Greek or Icelandic plain yogurt, cottage cheese, avocado, and unsweetened plant-based milks like soy or almond milk. If you use something really thick like yogurt, add a big splash of your preferred milk to get it to your desired consistency. Protein powders add creaminess, too.
- Second, pick a fruit and/or greens. Berries are the lowest carb fruits, so you can sprinkle in a quarter cup or so, you can choose frozen berries or fresh berries that you batch-washed the day before to save on time during your busy morning. Don’t forget to add in a handful or two of kale or spinach to boost your nutrients.
- Swirl in a nut butter. I’m a big fan of nut butters like almond or peanut butter in smoothies since they add creaminess and healthy fats for staying power.
- Get spicy. Sprinkle in ginger or apple pie spice for a flavorful, sugar-free addition to your smoothie.
Finally, I find that most smoothies need a pinch of something sweet to balance the taste. To keep it low-carb, try a HighKey erythritol blend sweetener. Add a few ice cubes to make your smoothie extra cold and frothy.
Keto Breakfast Fast-Food Ideas
Although most of the low carb breakfast ideas I’ve mentioned are likely faster to make on your own than hitting the drive through, if you insist on the latter you should know that most fast food stops have options that you can easily “keto-fy”. Take for example, the breakfast sandwich….simply lose the biscuit or the English muffin...and lo and behold you have a low carb breakfast and are ready to hit the road! You can even “keto-fy” Starbucks coffee drinks, simply steer clear of ingredients such as whipped cream and flavored syrups, for more tips on ordering keto friendly coffee drinks check out this article on Keto Friendly Starbucks Holiday Drinks.
Parting Thoughts on Breakfast for Keto-Dieters
Don’t get sucked into the idea that every keto breakfast has to be a giant plate of bacon and eggs, or that typically carb-rich breakfast choices like cereal and pancakes are no-go for a keto breakfast! I hope that I have inspired you to try some of these low carb, quick, and keto- friendly breakfast ideas and recipes.