The first time I tried going paleo there was one meal I really struggled with.
If you’ve ever had an attempt at eating low carb or going ‘full paleo’, I bet you’ve struggled with this too.
Yep. Breakfast. Breakkie.
Now I think about it, when I went vegan for a week, breakfast was the most tricky then too.
This time, my experiment of eating full paleo for a month, breakfasts have been relatively easy.
Since moving to our little farm last year and getting a flock of chooks (that’s chickens for you non-Australians!), I’ve become a huge fan of having eggs for breakfast.
There’s something so great about having a proper breakfast of poached eggs and some veggies.
I love it.
But even I can’t have eggs for breakfast every single day, so I thought I’d share my fave breakkie ideas for when eggs aren’t an option…
6 Egg-Free Low Carb / Paleo Breakfast Ideas
1. Green Smoothies
I don’t have a high speed blender so I find my green smoothies tend to be a bit fibrous… not exactly smooth! So I haven’t really gotten into this craze. But they can be a brilliant way to start getting some veggies in your breakkie.
2. Coconut Yoghurt
If only I’d known about coconut yoghurt back during my vegan week! I’ve been enjoying a commercial one but if you’d like to make your own, there’s a recipe over here.
I’ve bookmarked a page from the My New Roots cookbook for cashew yoghurt which I’m really eager to try.
3. Chocolate ‘Granola’
I’d forgotten about this recipe until I was doing research for this blog post. Looking forward to whipping up a batch this weekend as a treat for my last days of paleo month!
4. Overnight ‘Chia’
In Summer I do love to soak rolled oats to make bircher musesli or ‘overnight oats’ but you can get great results with chia seeds as well.
For one person, just soak 2-3 tablespoons chia seeds in 2/3 cup coconut milk, almond milk or other milk. Either leave in the fridge overnight or as long as you’ve got. The longer you soak the less crunchy the chia will be. Serve straight up or with fresh fruit such as blueberries.
5. Paleo Toast + Avocado
I’ve been making my paleo bread, which is based on coconut flour (and does contain some eggs!) to have with avocado. Fergal isn’t convinced (he spits it out!). But I do like having it as a quick change from my eggs.
6. Coconut & Almond ‘Cereal’ (recipe below)
This grain-free Paleo cereal mix (pictured above) has been a life saver during my month of eating paleo for those days when I don’t feel like cooking eggs. See below for the recipe…
Need more ideas?
Coconut & Almond ‘Cereal’
This grain-free Paleo cereal mix was inspired by the lovely Eleanor Ozich from over at Petite Kitchen.
I generally have it with coconut yoghurt and sometimes a handful of blueberries or raspberries. But you could eat it with milk or your favourite dairy-free milk if you prefer a more traditional ‘bowl of cereal’ experience.
takes: about 20 minutes
makes about 2 cups
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup sliced almonds
4 tablespoons psyllium (optional)
2 tablespoons chia seeds, whole or ground (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F). Spread almonds on a baking tray and toast for about 10 minutes. Stir and cook for another few minutes until the almonds are just lightly golden.
2. Cool the almonds on the tray then toss in the coconut, psyllium (if using) and chia (if using).
3. Store in an airtight container in the pantry for a few months.
raw ‘cereal’ – don’t worry about toasting the almonds.
sweet – feel free to add your favourite dried fruit. Or serve with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
more! – feel free to double of triple the recipe.
nut-free – replace almonds with sunflower seeds or pepitas or both. Skip the toasting step.
different additives – any whole, chopped or ground seeds or nuts like hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, linseeds, sunflower seeds or pepitas. You could also add rolled oats or oat bran for a more cost-effective cereal but it won’t be paleo any more.