The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, and low-carb diet. Some people use keto to help regulate illnesses, some to lose weight, and some people follow keto to feel healthier in their day-to-day lives.
Keto can lower your blood sugar and insulin levels by removing carbohydrates from your diet and shifting the body’s metabolism. Under an uncontrolled diet, your body would naturally burn carbohydrates, however, in keto conditions your body will burn fat and ketones instead.
If, like me, you’ve tried to browse the grocery store cereal aisle for keto breakfast options, then you’ll likely be unimpressed with the lack of options. But don’t be disheartened, there’s plenty of options for you!
Let’s have a look at 31 of the best keto breakfast recipes.
Did you know that your average serving of pancakes has 20-65g of carbohydrates present?
If that sounds like a lot, then you’d be right. Stating the day with carbs can make you feel bloated and eating too many carbs can heighten your blood sugar, causing you to have a short burst of energy, followed by a crash.
These keto friendly breakfast pancakes contain just 5 ingredients, and they only have 3g of carbohydrates per serving!
This no-bread breakfast casserole is a quick and healthy keto breakfast, sure to get your day off to a great start.
Most people would never even consider making a no-bread casserole but the key to having a great keto diet is creativity and trial and error in ingredient substitution.
One of the best things about this recipe, after the taste, is how you can make a big batch, portion it off, and freeze so you can prepare meals in advance.
If you’re looking for a convenient smoothie to kick off your day then this a great easy keto breakfast idea for you.
Peanut butter has to be one of my favorite snacks and I absolutely love it in smoothies. Make sure you get 100% peanut butter with no added sugar and no added oil so it is definitely keto friendly.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that on top of being keto friendly, it is also dairy-free.
Now, I might be cheating here because this recipe includes protein-packed egg cups in 9 different flavors.
If, like me, you enjoy a meal prep day then make sure you add these egg cups to your recipe book.
These egg cups are easy to freeze and are super easy to prepare from frozen, just pop them in the microwave for 30-45 seconds and you’re good to go.
Sometimes in the morning I really fancy something sweet. These cinnamon buns have to be one of the best simple keto breakfasts.
These cinnamon buns might even be better than ‘normal’ carb-full buns. In fact, they taste exactly like the Cinnabon ones, despite being low carb.
It might sound a little odd at first but the secret ingredient in this incredible recipe is mozzarella cheese!
6. Keto Cereal
I mentioned the poor keto cereal options available at the grocery store but remember, you can always make your own!
This recipe is low-carb, high-fat, super easy to make, and it tastes incredible.
One of my favorite things about making my own cereal is how customizable it is. If you don’t like sunflower seeds, then why don’t you try adding some Cacao nibs instead?
We all know it is bad for you… but do you sometimes wish there was a keto-friendly version of the Sausage and Egg McMuffin? I know that I occasionally find myself craving one.
Well, want no more! This quick keto breakfast is the perfect fix for your cravings and it only takes 15 minutes to make and only contains approximately 1g of carbohydrates per serving!
8. Keto Waffles
Sometimes a bad keto recipe can feel like a poor attempt to copy the ‘real thing’ but you don’t have to worry about that with this keto breakfast idea.
One of the trickiest things to get right in keto waffles can be the maple syrup as it is quite difficult to find a keto-friendly one. That said, there are some really great options out there.
This keto waffle uses cream cheese as its secret ingredient and it really elevates the entire recipe.
Did you go through a banana bread phase during the first lockdown? I know I sure did! If the first lockdown taught me anything, it’s how to make great banana bread.
You might be thinking that any good banana bread is full of carbs and sugar and I can understand why you might think that.
However, by using overripe bananas and almond flour, you can make a keto-friendly banana bread that everyone will enjoy.
10. Easy Keto Bagels
I don’t think it’s too dramatic to say that this healthy keto breakfast will change your life!
Unlike many keto recipes, you don’t need any special keto ingredients like almond flour or xanthan gum. To make these keto bagels, you will essentially be baking eggs and cheese in a doughnut pan.
This recipe takes around 20 minutes to make and will yield approximately 6 bagels, each one with less than 1g of carbohydrates!
Low carb oatmeal, now that sounds counterintuitive… maybe ‘oatmeal’ would be a more appropriate name for this delicious breakfast.
So, how do you make keto-friendly oatmeal? Well, this clever recipe uses a blend of hemp seeds, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, and collagen all cooked in coconut milk which produces a thick and creamy oatmeal-like bowl.
The only difference between this and ‘normal’ oatmeal is that this contains more nutrients!
12. Breakfast Hash
A breakfast hash is typically made of potatoes but potatoes are not keto-friendly due to their high levels of carbohydrates and starch.
This recipe details how to make an incredible breakfast, substituting the potato for turnip and plenty of other vegetables and only contains 5g of carbohydrates per serving.
If you’re looking to prepare meals for the week then this recipe can be easily scaled and stored in the freezer until you’re ready to have it.
These sweet breakfast muffins are the perfect keto breakfast recipe to start your day and they get a bonus point because they conform to the paleo diet, and they’re vegan!
There are many different keto-friendly flours you can use in baking but almond flour always leaves a light and fluffy mixture that will leave everyone wanting more.
It will take you just 20 minutes to make 12 of these delicious chocolate and raspberry muffins.
I’ve always loved the soft and nutty taste of oatmeal cookies and searched low and high for a great keto alternative.
These cookies taste just like the real thing; they’re dense, sweet, chewy, and they even look like oatmeal cookies. This is a great no-compromise keto breakfast idea.
When I think of fat bombs, I think of the suet-based ‘fat balls’ that you leave in your garden to feed the local birds. Fear not, these are much tastier than bird feed!
These are cheesy, rich, and rolled-in bacon. For this recipe, simply mix egg, cream cheese, and onion in a bowl and form them into balls. After freezing for 10 minutes, the balls should be set.
My favorite thing about these fat bombs has to be the crispy bacon crumb!
I’m not really a morning person and sometimes I really don’t want to deal with the effort of making breakfast in the morning. One of my fixes for this is meal prepping and the other… smoothies!
Smoothies are a great go-to breakfast when you’re short on time and in need of something packed full of nutrients.
This blueberry smoothie only has 5g of carbs and can be made in just 5 minutes.
Crepes have always been a little hit and miss for me, sometimes I make them absolutely perfectly, and other times, I can’t seem to make them at all – even when I’m following the same recipe!
However, I’ve never had that problem with this recipe, they are perfect every time.
These pancakes use cream cheese in the mixture and my top tip is to make sure the cheese is softened before you blend it with the other ingredients.
Scrambled eggs are a real breakfast staple and they are completely keto-friendly!
Each regular-sized egg contains 4-9g of protein and 5-12g of fat so if you’re looking for a strong start to your morning then eggs are a great way to go.
This tasty breakfast Is great for keto and will be ready within just 15 minutes.
If you’re looking for something different and exciting in the morning then this might be the recipe for you.
This is another egg and avocado-based healthy keto breakfast. Taking just 30 minutes to make, this is a recipe that goes down well with children and adults alike.
By adding spinach and fresh herbs to this dish, you can have a restaurant-worthy breakfast from the comfort of your own home.
20. Pumpkin Bread
Have you ever tried pumpkin bread? I have to confess that I never had before tried this recipe out! I might not be an expert in pumpkin bread but I do know that this one is very tasty and only uses 6 ingredients that you probably already have at home.
Keto and bread certainly don’t go hand in hand but this recipe uses almond flour and has fewer than 3g of carbs per slice of bread so this is the perfect keto breakfast!
These pancakes are completely flourless and only use three simple ingredients. In the past, I’ve made these pancakes for keto, or even when I haven’t had many ingredients in the house.
All you need to do for this recipe is mix together banana, egg, and cinnamon. My top tip for this recipe is to add the ingredients to a blender to ensure you get a smooth and silky batter.
Be ready to add this recipe to your list of all-time favorite keto breakfasts, I know it’s on mine!
22. Avocado Toast
Avocado toast… on keto? That’s right!
This recipe doesn’t cover how to make keto bread but there are plenty of keto-friendly options out there. My favorite keto bread to use is Sola Low Carb Sandwich Bread but there are plenty of recipes online, teaching you how to make your own.
Sometimes, if I’m feeling a little lazy, I like to use guacamole dip instead of avocado on this simple keto breakfast.
Cabbage hash browns are an excellent addition to your keto breakfast recipes, and one you’re going to love!
They’re quick, healthy, and super easy to make. Potatoes are a central ingredient in your average hash brown and, as they aren’t keto-friendly, this recipe has swapped them out for cabbage.
Another great benefit of this dish is how great it is for meal prepping. I tend to make a big batch of these hash browns and have them over the next week.
24. Chia Pudding
If you have a sweet tooth in the morning then this chia pudding is a great healthy keto breakfast recipe for you to try.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is how versatile it is. This is an overnight recipe where you leave two teaspoons of chia seeds in a glass of milk with a sweetener.
In the morning you can serve this delicious pudding with any of your favorite toppings. One of my favorite toppings on a chia pudding is matcha!
This is a truly incredible breakfast casserole and, on occasion, I have even been known to make it for lunch and dinner too.
Cauliflower rice is a real keto gem and one ingredient that I wish everyone would use more, keto or not. It can be a little fiddly to make your own cauliflower rice but there are plenty of ready-made cauliflower rice options in the grocery store.
This is a real family-friendly recipe and everyone is sure to love it!
A good frittata should be light, fluffy, and have a little spring to it and this frittata has all of that and so much more.
This recipe works really well with bacon and chorizo but personally, I like to use a little bit of both. Crispy and salty bacon works incredibly well with the fiery little chorizo chunks.
I think what really brings this frittata together is the clever use of heavy whipping cream to make the frittata lighter and fluffier.
27. Breakfast Cake
Skillet cakes are a great treat, I enjoy them at breakfast and I love them as a dessert.
Each serving of this breakfast cake is full of healthy fats that will keep you satisfied throughout the day but very low in carbohydrates.
Remember to make sure you pick up the sugar-free syrup and use your favorite sweetener in this recipe – cake doesn’t have to be full of sugar.
28. Breakfast Salad
Have you ever had a salad for breakfast before?
I have once or twice and, to be completely honest, it can be a little hit or miss sometimes. A nice light salad that may be perfect for lunchtime can be completely impractical for breakfast where you need something a little more nutritious and filling.
This salad is guaranteed to give you a good start to your day. It is full of healthy fat and protein and is a great simple keto breakfast recipe.
Now, this recipe is called the best keto breakfast burrito but I think it’s a little too modest, this might just be THE best breakfast burrito.
You might be wondering how you even make a keto breakfast burrito. Maybe you use a lettuce wrap, maybe you buy or make a keto-friendly tortilla? Both are great options but, in this case, they are both wrong.
This breakfast burrito is encased in a layer of melted and then crisped mozzarella and I don’t think I’ve tasted anything like it before or since!
This collagen smoothie is quick to make and is incredibly healthy. Collagen is known to support healthy, youthful skin by replenishing your body’s natural collagen supply.
In addition to helping you look great, collagen is reported to ease joint pain and help the functions of a healthy digestive system.
This thick and luxurious berry protein smoothie is packed full of goodness and is sure to keep you satisfied for hours.
For this recipe, you are going to need a doughnut pan. If you don’t already have one, then I understand how it might put you off the recipe.
However, once you’ve tried making your own keto doughnuts you’ll be making them nonstop, and the pan will be a great investment!
One of my favorite things to do when making doughnuts is to set up a little dipping station with several different flavors, chocolate, berry, etc. and make a batch with many different toppings.
- 4 ounces. cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon. lemon zest
- 1/2 cup. almond flour
- 4 eggs
- Butter, for frying and serving
- Grab a medium mixing bowl and add the almond flour, cream cheese, and eggs.
- Take a lemon and shave 1 tsp of lemon zest into the mixture then whisk until smooth.
- Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat and then add 1 tbsp of butter.
- Once the butter has melted, pour approximately 3 tbsp of pancake batter into the pan and cook until one side is golden brown. This should take around 2 minutes.
- Then, flip the pancake and cook for 2 minutes on the other side.
- Cook the remainder of the batter in 3 tbsp servings and serve topped with butter.