The paleo diet is also known as the caveman diet. The idea is that you only eat foods that would have been available back in the days of the cavemen, which means cutting out refined sugars and some of your usual favourites. It can seem like breakfast will become extremely challenging, but that is definitely not the case.
Following the paleo diet is healthy and nutritious, and there are lots of ways that you can combine foods to make delicious breakfasts. They don’t all involve eggs, either! Here are just 10 paleo diet-friendly recipes to try out for your breakfasts.
Banana Bread With Chocolate Chunks
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Bread isn’t completely banned, but you will need to make it yourself. It’s also important to watch out for the ingredients you use to make sure they are paleo friendly.
Banana bread with chocolate chunks is a favourite for many on the paleo diet. The benefit is that it offers something filling, nutritious and sweet at the same time. You can also make a few substitutions while keeping it paleo, such as using nuts and seeds instead of chocolate. Banana and walnuts or almonds work really well together.
This isn’t just a great breakfast idea, either. You can opt for this as a snack.
But chocolate isn’t paleo, is it? You can make your own chocolate chunks to keep it completely paleo or substitute them if you want.
- Nut butter
- Coconut oil and flour
- Baking soda and powder
- Cinnamon and vanilla extract
- Chocolate chunks
It’s simple to make and will soon become a favourite breakfast for the kids.
Paleo Friendly English Muffins
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Sometimes you just want an English muffin for your breakfast, but isn’t that a non-paleo food? Well, you can make your own to benefit your whole family. A great benefit to this recipe idea is that you can make it in the microwave, giving you breakfast in just two minutes. This is definitely one to consider for your weekday morning rush to get the kids to school.
You can use a nut butter on the top of your muffins or even top with an egg. It’s completely up to you how you enjoy them once you’ve made them.
There are two different types of quick English muffins to make: plain or with cinnamon and raisin. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Cashew and coconut flour
- Baking soda
- Coconut oil
To make the cinnamon and raisin ones, just add:
- Maple syrup
Just whisk it all together and put into a microwavable bowl. They’ll be ready to eat in two minutes. You can pop them in the toaster if you want, afterwards.
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Sometimes you just want something quick, tasty and crunchy. Homemade granola is certainly the way to go. While you can buy it from the store, there are many additives that aren’t paleo friendly. Making it at home is the best way to follow the diet properly.
- Almond flour
- Coconut oil
- Cinnamon, vanilla extract and nutmeg
- Coconut flakes
- Hemp hearts
You could add various dried fruits to your cereal too if you want to get a few more nutrients. The choice really is up to you. Avoid the dried fruits until you’ve actually made the cereal, because you will need to bake it at 275F for about 45 minutes to make it crunchy.
Pour some coconut or almond milk over it to keep it completely paleo.
Sweet Potato Muffins
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Who said sweet potatoes could only be eaten for dinner? That is certainly not the case with a paleo diet. They make great breakfast muffins to give you a filling start to the day.
You can make these when you have a free day, and then give them to everyone in the house when you’re on the go. Watch out, though! These make great snacks, too. You may find that they’re all gone within a matter of hours.
You’ll just need:
- Sweet potato
- Coconut and Apple
- Raisins and dried figs
- Almond flour
- Honey or maple syrup
- Cinnamon and nutmeg
- Baking powder
Shred your carrot and coconut, chop your walnuts, apple and raisins and mash the sweet potato. Mix everything together and then place the mixture in equal amounts in a 9-12 space muffin tray. You don’t need to line the sections, but it is worth it to avoid sticky and too much cleaning!
Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes. You should be able to stick a knife through and pull it out cleanly. Allow to cool once cooked. They’ll store for about 5 days in an airtight container. It’s best to store in the fridge.
Paleo Breakfast Bread
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The clue in is the name. This makes an excellent breakfast option, whether you have time to sit or need to eat on the go. It can also be a side to go with your mushrooms, tomatoes and eggs one morning. Top with some nut butter and you’ll forget all about the traditional bread you could have had without the diet.
- Almond butter
- Honey, cinnamon and vanilla powder
- Stevia and salt
- Baking soda
Just mix it all together and then place in a loaf tin. You’ll just need to bake for around 25 minutes at 160C. Like the muffins, the loaf is cooked once you can stick a knife through and it comes out clean.
You could add some raisins or walnuts to this bread if you really want, but it really doesn’t need it. Try a few different additions to give yourself something different to try now and then.
Breakfast Burrito the Paleo Way
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Breakfast burritos a popular for many, especially for the day where you get to sit together and enjoy your breakfast completely; no rush to school or work. Breakfast burritos can also be eaten on the go if you’ve decided to go on a family trip somewhere.
The problem is most aren’t paleo friendly. It’s time to make a few changes so you can have something you will enjoy.
For this recipe, you will need:
- Onion, tomatoes, green chillies, red pepper and cilantro
- Cook meat of your choice
- An avocado
- Eggs, with the yolks and whites, separated
- Some salsa or hot sauce for your dressing
This is a little trickier to make than some of the other recipes. It’s worth trying this on a day where you’re not in a rush until you get used to it. It will be more the egg white tortillas that take a while to get used to making.
You’ll need to whisk the egg whites and pour half of them in a skillet. Swirl the pan, so the whites spread across the pan evenly. Put a lid on the pan after 30 seconds and leave for a minute.
Your egg whites will make a tortilla for the burrito. You can use the other half to make the second burrito.
Cook the rest of your ingredients together and pour the yolks into the pan to make a mixed scrambled egg filling. The avocado doesn’t need to be added to the very end, and should be placed directly onto the tortilla without being cooked.
Add your meat and serve with your salsa or hot sauce.
Italian Scrambled Eggs
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While you may want to avoid too many egg recipes, there is a reason they are so popular. Eggs are easy to use, and they work with almost anything. You can also make a hot breakfast, perfect for the winter months.
Scrambled eggs are extremely popular. This Italian version is extremely quick to make and extremely filling. All the vegetables thrown in will also offer some great nutritional benefits to the diet.
What do you need?
- Cherry tomatoes
You need to cook the tomatoes and kale first, in the oil with the rosemary. This will take about four minutes, and you’ll want to press down on the vegetables to release all the juices.
Push the vegetables to one side of the pan and then add your beaten eggs. Scramble and cook them and then fold the vegetable mixture back in. Cook until your eggs are done to your liking.
If you want to throw in some more healthy fats, you could serve with a slice or two of avocado on the side. For a more Italian feel, drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.
Make Your Own Paleo Cereal
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This is another option for those looking for something quick and easy. Like with the homemade granola, you can just use almond or coconut milk for your cereal to keep it all paleo friendly.
You won’t need much for this, and you can add as much or as little fruit as you want. It’s worth experimenting to give yourself some variety on the paleo diet.
All you’ll need is:
- Pumpkin seeds (best roasted with cinnamon and honey)
- Chia seeds
- Any fruit you want
For a little variety, rather than just throwing the chia seeds in, add them to your coconut milk first and let them expand and soak in the flavours.
You could blend your nuts and seeds, but keep them big if you love chunky cereal to make it feel like you are getting more.
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With the paleo diet, does it mean that McDonald’s is off the table? Well, technically yes, but you can make your own. The sausage and egg McMuffin is easy to replicate, and you can even make one of the English breakfast muffins mentioned above to give you the full effect.
- Pork sausage
- Salt and pepper
This is more hands-on to make, and you will need some breakfast cutters to create the round eggs and sausage. Grease the cutters with the ghee and then fill the cutter with your sausage meat. Cook in a skillet while still in the cutter. Only remove the cutter when the meat shrinks away from the side, and then cook for about three minutes on each side.
Whisk the eggs and pour into the cutters in the skillet. Add water to the outside of the cutters and cook with the pan covered.
You can serve with the eggs as the muffin, or you can then use the English breakfast muffins above to finish it really off. Serve with some guacamole.
Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins
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The final one is a popular one on the paleo diet. This is because it is so much like the traditional lemon and poppy seed muffin, and makes a great breakfast on the go. These muffins are also great for a snack. They’re also full of health benefits, especially from the lemons.
- Almond and coconut flour
- Baking soda and powder
- Lemon juice and zest
- Honey and vanilla extract
- Poppy seeds
Mix the flours, baking soda and baking powder together with some salt. In another bowl, combine all the rest of the ingredients, except the poppy seeds.
Add the two bowl together and stir, then adds in the poppy seeds. Pour the mixture evenly into muffin tray liners and bake for about 25 minutes at 350F.
You’ll need to keep an eye on the mixture while cooking. It’s very easy to burn these!
Have fun with your breakfasts on a morning. Following a paleo diet doesn’t mean you can only have eggs. While there are recipes that use them, there are some great other options available. Some are perfect for on the go, while others will be great for those sit-down breakfasts with the whole family. It’s time to enjoy the paleo lifestyle because it will make it much easier to stick to it and really benefit.
Always remember that making a routine of this diet can change your life for a long period. Also, the benefits this diet will provide you should affect not only your health but also your overall wellness.