19 Paleo Breakfast Ideas to Start Your Day Right

Cassava Pancakes
Photo: Brie Passano

Jump-start your day with these Paleo breakfast recipes. Whether you're new to the diet plan or you're an old pro, these quick and easy Paleo breakfast ideas are easy to add to your morning routine. Each breakfast is hearty enough to keep you satisfied until lunch.

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Butternut and Brussels Hash

Butternut Brussels Hash
Andy Lyons

Here's a surefire Paleo recipe that only takes four ingredients and 20 minutes of your time. This easy breakfast features a simple hash with cubed butternut squash and shredded Brussels sprouts. Top off the healthy meal with a slice of bacon and a fried egg—that's it!

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Breakfast Salad with Avocado and Eggs

Breakfast Salad with Avocado and Eggs
Jason Donnelly

Bring lettuce to life for breakfast by serving it topped with eggs, radishes, avocado, and carrot ribbons. This healthy Paleo breakfast also has a homemade dressing made with fresh herbs (parsley and basil), garlic, and lemon. All of the fresh ingredients will perk you right up in the morning!

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Berry-Coconut Smoothie Bowl

Berry-Coconut Smoothie Bowl
Adam Albright

A lot of breakfast smoothies contain yogurt or milk to help make them hearty and creamy enough to get you through the morning. And while it's true that this smoothie bowl uses Greek yogurt, it's Paleo-friendly, dairy-free coconut yogurt. Blend it with berries, cashews, and coconut water, and the result is a quick Paleo breakfast you can take on the go or dress up for an Instagram-worthy photo.

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Avocado Egg Bake

avocado egg bake
Hannah Bigot

Make healthy, Paleo-friendly egg cups in less than half an hour with help from an avocado. After you cut it in half and take out the pit, the center is just the right size for a piece of ham and an egg. Bake until the yolk is set (or just how you like it), then add a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning for a simple, delicious Paleo diet breakfast.

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Nut-Coconut Granola

Nut-Coconut Granola
Andy Lyons

With no grains and no sugar, this Paleo breakfast granola is a cinch to make. It contains only nuts, dried fruit, and a little natural sweetener (honey, in this case). Add it anywhere your Paleo meal needs a little extra crunch, like on top of a smoothie bowl or a dairy-free yogurt. This recipe includes a few different options for dried fruit (cherries, apricots, or golden raisins), but there's no reason you can't use all three options!

06 of 19

Scratch Scotch Eggs

Scratch Scotch Eggs
Andy Lyons

A classic English dish turns into a Paleo breakfast recipe. Traditionally made with sausage and bread crumbs, this Paleo edition uses ground pork and ground almonds to form the coating for the hard-cooked egg inside. If you want to include greens at breakfast, serve over arugula with spicy Paleo mayo on the side.

07 of 19

Cassava Pancakes

Cassava Pancakes
Brie Passano

Yes, Paleo pancakes are on the menu for breakfast. Thanks to cassava flour (made from yuca root, a vegetable commonly grown in South America), there are no grains in the mix. This recipe is just like classic pancakes, which means you can add any stir-in you want—Paleo blueberry pancakes, anyone?

08 of 19

Sausage- and Egg-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sausage- and Egg-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Andy Lyons

Breakfast bowls take on a whole new meaning when you use roasted acorn squash for your "bowl." These edible bowls include a healthy serving of veggies, and they're so tasty stuffed with scrambled eggs, sausage, and chopped apples. To add some crunch, finish off this healthy Paleo breakfast with a sprinkle of chopped pecans.

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Cassava Pumpkin Muffins

paleo pumpkin muffins with cassava
Brie Passano

These Paleo breakfast muffins take just 20 minutes to prep and satisfy any cravings for a breakfast pastry. The muffins are made with cassava flour and canned pumpkin to keep them Paleo-friendly. If you're more of an apple fan, you can swap the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice for applesauce and apple pie spice to switch up this easy Paleo breakfast.

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Paleo Breakfast Nachos

Paleo Breakfast Nachos
Andy Lyons

Nachos aren't off-limits if you're eating Paleo—and you can even eat them for breakfast! Plantain chips form the crunchy base for this Paleo breakfast and add a helping of fruit to your plate. Top them off with your favorite breakfast fixings like scrambled eggs, chorizo, and red bell pepper.

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Paleo Egg and Sweet Potato Scramble

Paleo Egg and Sweet Potato Scramble
Andy Lyons

Make simple scrambled eggs heartier and more flavorful by bulking them up with sweet potato slices and fresh spinach. This Paleo breakfast comes packed with protein and good-for-you veggies, so it's a great way to start your day on a healthy note. To wake up your taste buds even more, add a dash of hot sauce before digging in.

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Paleo Spicy Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce

Paleo Spicy Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce
Andy Lyons

If you're looking for a way to dress up a plain plate of eggs, look no further than this Paleo breakfast skillet. This take on traditional shakshuka serves up runny poached eggs in a spicy fresh tomato sauce with a few herbs sprinkled on top.

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Breakfast Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers aren't just for dinner. Start your day with a Paleo breakfast of roasted sweet peppers filled with meaty mushrooms, smoked sausage, and spinach. We added a chopped jalapeño to the filling to bring some heat—it's not enough to set your mouth on fire, but there won't be any falling asleep at the breakfast table.

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Paleo Frittata with Rainbow Chard

Paleo Frittata with Rainbow Chard
Peter Ardito

If you need to serve a Paleo breakfast for a crowd, turn to this veggie-filled frittata recipe. Rather than cooking in a skillet, this bigger-batch frittata bakes in a sheet pan so you can serve larger square slices or cut it into smaller portions to share at brunch. We filled our frittata with rainbow chard, cherry tomatoes, and fresh herbs for lots of flavor and nutrients.

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Sweet Potato Egg Nests

Sweet Potato Egg Nests
Andy Lyons

Start your morning with this quick Paleo breakfast that comes together in less than 20 minutes. Serving spiralized sweet potatoes adds more veggies to your day, and the cooked egg on top is the only pizzazz they need. Because the veggie noodles look so similar to spaghetti, this recipe also makes a great breakfast-for-dinner idea.

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Squash Breakfast Bowls

Squash Breakfast Bowls
Andy Lyons

Need a Paleo diet replacement for your morning oatmeal? Smashed butternut squash may not taste exactly like oats, but it's a nutritious replacement. You can even use some of your favorite oatmeal toppings to dress it up. We topped off this healthy breakfast with crispy bacon, fresh berries, and crunchy pumpkin seeds.

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Tropical Fruit Smoothie Bowls

Tropical Fruit Smoothie Bowls
Blaine Moats

This Paleo breakfast smoothie sneaks in healthy greens alongside all of its tropical flavors. The bowl of warm-weather flavors is a blend of mango, banana, pineapple, and coconut milk (no dairy!), and the smoothie's bright green color comes from fresh spinach. Make this Paleo breakfast recipe picture-pretty by arranging extra fruit slices, macadamia nuts, chia seeds, toasted coconut, and mint leaves on top.

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Paleo Banana Pancakes

Paleo Banana Pancakes
Andy Lyons

Just one look at this best Paleo breakfast should inspire you to add it to your breakfast plans for the week. Almond flour and almond milk replace the traditional non-Paleo ingredients in this easy pancake recipe. Stirring in mashed bananas makes this breakfast healthier (and yummier), and instead of maple syrup, try sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey on top.

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Paleo Green Eggs with Ham

Paleo Green Eggs with Ham
Andy Lyons

There are plenty of reasons to eat green eggs and ham, and one of them is that this Paleo diet breakfast is downright delicious. To give this dish its signature color, cook chopped ham with plenty of fresh spinach. Then serve with a poached egg on top and a dash of chimichurri sauce for additional green color.

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