The Whole 30 diet has quite a few “nos”: No packaged foods, no dairy, no sugar, no grains, no alcohol. Clearly Pop Tarts and mimosas aren’t on the menu for breakfast, so what is? When eggs become boring, reach for these 12 delicious and filling Whole 30 breakfast recipes, which include skillets, parfaits, pancakes, and more. These dishes will tickle your tastebuds from savory to sweet, and get you energized for another beautiful day! Just be sure to read nutrition labels carefully and avoid hidden sources of gluten, added sugars or any other additives.
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1. Bacon and Veggie Breakfast Skillet
Stick to classic bacon (rather than brown sugar) and this one-pan pork and potato hash is Whole 30-approved. Since the meat has enough fat to cook the veggies, there’s no need to add extra oil. The delectable combo of potatoes, cherry tomatoes and spinach will fill you up, while garlic and fresh dill infuse the dish with satisfying flavor.
Photo and recipe: Bailey Ryan / Whole Kitchen Sink
2. Low-Carb Strawberry Smoothie
Craving a milkshake? Start your day with this creamy Whole 30 breakfast smoothie. Consuming one avocado a day has been linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease, according to research performed at Penn State University. Strawberries keep the sugar content low, but they still give you the touch of sweetness you desire.
Recipe: Maya / Wholesome Yum
3. Banana Bread Pancakes
Thanks to this clever cooking method, you don’t have to give up flapjacks for a whole 30 days. You’ll go ape for these dense banana pancakes made simply with banana, egg, cinnamon and coconut oil. And, they come together in just 10 minutes! Melt a couple tablespoons of all-natural almond butter to drizzle over the top of your pancakes for seven more grams of muscle-building protein.
Recipe: Natalie / Tastes Lovely
4. Tex Mex Sweet Potato Hash
Think of this skillet sweet potato hash like tacos minus the tortillas. Ground beef or turkey and fresh veggies get the Tex-Mex treatment, Whole 30-style. Add garnishes like avocado, cilantro and jalapeños for more favor.
Recipe: Stacie Hassing and Jessica Beacom / The Real Food Dietitians
5. Whole 30 Breakfast Chia Pudding
A high-fiber, protein-rich Whole 30 breakfast that actually gets better after chilling out for a day or two? Yes, please! This chia seed pudding has a creamy base, thanks to cashew-hemp milk, and one medjool date is all you need to sweeten things up. Prepare this pudding up to four days in advance for a grab-and-go meal.
Recipe: Michelle Miller / Sunkissed Kitchen
6. Strawberries with Coconut Cashew Crumble
Chewy dates, salty cashews and shredded unsweetened coconut blend up into a tasty granola that makes for a crunchy counterpart to the sweet-tart strawberries. Since yogurt isn’t a Whole 30 breakfast, pair this recipe with coconut cream or a blended frozen banana.
Photo and recipe: Randa Derkson / The Bewitchin Kitchen
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7. Sweet Potato Protein Breakfast Bowl
Mashed sweet potatoes aren’t just for holiday dinners. Here, you can dress ‘em up with fresh fruit, nut butter, cacao nibs and a scoop of Whole 30-compliant protein powder. Enjoy warm or cold!
Photo and recipe: Ashley Walterhouse / Fit Mitten Kitchen
8. Pineapple Blueberry Smoothie
A spoonful of chia seeds and a banana are the secret ingredients that make this fruit smoothie thick and rich. Frozen pineapple chunks and blueberries make this sip an inflammation-fighting superhero.
Recipe: Michelle Nemis / North South Blonde
9. Avocado Hashbroffle
Mash-up not two but three breakfast concepts — avocado toast, hash brown potatoes and waffles — to create this winning morning meal. Crispy potato fans will adore this recipe, as the waffle iron turns the taters golden brown and crunchy. This creates the perfect foundation for the mashed avocado and tomato salad.
Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Simple Roots Wellness
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10. Instant Whole 30 Apple-Cinnamon Hot Cereal
If you miss oatmeal on the Whole 30 plan, try this almond-flax creation that’s mixed with coconut milk for a spot-on hot cereal substitute. Top with fresh and dried apples, plus plenty of cinnamon for possible blood sugar benefits.
Recipe: Kaylie Johnson / Paleo Gluten Free
11. Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie
Sweet! This smoothie contains zero added sugars. Frozen berries, a banana and some lemon juice are all you need to mix up this antioxidant-packed, low-calorie drink. Add a scoop of almond butter or Whole 30-approved protein powder to bulk up the beverage from snack to meal territory.
Recipe: Kristi Barnes / Farmstead Chic
12. Sheet Pan Chicken Apple Harvest Hash
Brussels sprouts, squash and sausage make this sheet pan recipe just as appropriate for breakfast as it is for dinner. For even more flavor, toss in a chopped apple and some savory herbs like rosemary and thyme. Then, put an egg on it (if you’re not too sick of them, that is).
Photo and recipe: Tess Forneris / Easy Gluten Free Recipes
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Originally published on January 22, 2018. Updated on January 12, 2022
All images (except for the recipes 1, 6-7, 9-10, 12) via Shutterstock