Many of us are looking for ways to incorporate more protein into our diets, and research shows that a high-protein breakfast is especially important if you want to reap the benefits.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of making the same high-protein recipe for breakfast every day, which can get monotonous after a while.
Whether you’re hoping to build muscle, lose weight, or see an improvement in your metabolism and blood pressure, we have 28 high-protein breakfast recipes to recommend.
They’re all satisfying, delicious, and easy to make, so you can start creating your new breakfast menu today!
Muffins are typically considered a high-carb breakfast option rather than a protein-packed dish, but these blueberry muffins get their high protein content (and moisture) from the Greek yogurt.
Meanwhile, the blueberries provide antioxidants.
This recipe is low in sugar, so if your goal is weight loss, this could be the perfect high-protein breakfast for you.
Avocado toast with a poached egg on top is a fairly common breakfast, but did you know that it’s one of the best choices if you want to fuel your body with protein in the morning?
The avocado contains both protein and healthy fats, but it’s the egg that really makes this recipe a great high-protein option.
Seasoned with salt, pepper, and fresh herbs, this will be one of the best toast dishes you ever have.
For those busy mornings when you don’t have time to sit down and eat a protein-rich breakfast, why not make yourself this banana and peanut butter smoothie?
The banana will provide you with plenty of energy to start your day while the peanut butter, Greek yogurt and flax seeds pack a punch of protein and nourishing fats.
Who doesn’t love pancakes in the morning? We know we do – and we love these healthy protein pancakes even more!
These pancakes take less than 15 minutes to make, and you only need rolled oats, Greek yogurt, eggs, baking powder, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, and an oil and sweetener of your choice. The results are incredible.
5. Egg Muffins
If you enjoy the Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s, try this healthier alternative. These egg muffins are perfect for a quick and easy high-protein breakfast.
You don’t need many ingredients for this recipe. In fact, you just need eggs, cheese, bacon, mixed vegetables, and black pepper to season.
We recommend using broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, and spinach for the vegetables.
We’ve recommended a couple of egg-based breakfast recipes so far, but if you don’t like eggs (or if you’re vegan), you might prefer to start your day with this delicious tofu scramble!
This recipe completely disproves the myth that tofu is a bland food choice.
By scrambling your tofu with a mix of onion, garlic, paprika, turmeric, nutritional yeast, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper, you’ll create a flavorful scramble that’s perfect for serving on toast.
Overnight oats are a great option if you want to enjoy a satisfying high-protein breakfast but don’t have a lot of time in the mornings.
This recipe for blueberry pie overnight oats is made with oats, Greek yogurt, nonfat milk, blueberries, and your chosen sweetener.
It’s healthy, tasty, and keeps in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so it’s perfect for preparing well in advance.
Spinach and cheese breakfast pockets are a great savory choice that you can eat on your way to work, school, or wherever you need to be in the morning.
You will need eggs, ricotta cheese, baby spinach, sun dried tomatoes, basil, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, and salt. You’ll also need to buy some ready-made pastry to save yourself time.
Who says pizza isn’t a breakfast food? This breakfast pizza recipe might not sound like the healthiest choice, but thanks to the ham, eggs, and cheese, it’s loaded with protein and contains fats that benefit your body.
This Mexican-inspired recipe is highly versatile, meaning you can recreate it with your own high-protein ingredient combinations. We recommend bacon and asparagus.
10. Huevos Rancheros
Huevos Rancheros is an authentic Mexican breakfast recipe (see also ‘Top 10 Popular Mexican Breakfast Foods‘), so if you’re a fan of Mexican food and want to prioritize your protein intake, we recommend giving this a try.
You’ll need a ranchero sauce for this recipe, which you can either make from scratch following these guidelines or buy ready-made.
The other ingredients you’ll need are flour tortillas, eggs, black beans, avocados, queso fresco, chorizo, and vegetable oil.
If you’re looking for more savory high-protein breakfast recipes that include chorizo, this roast potato and chorizo hash checks all the boxes.
The hash itself is made with sweet potatoes, yellow potatoes, garlic, red onion, poblano pepper, chorizo, and sharp cheddar.
To take the recipe to the next level, serve it with some tortillas and a fried egg as the recipe suggests.
We’ve already recommended overnight oats as a high-protein breakfast, but if you prefer a hot, steaming bowl of oatmeal on cold mornings, try this peanut butter oatmeal recipe. It only takes 5 minutes!
Not only is the combination of oatmeal and peanut butter excellent for protein intake, this recipe is versatile enough to suit everyone because you can add your own favorite toppings.
Enchiladas might seem like another unusual breakfast choice, much like the protein pizzas, but trust us when we say that this is one of the best high-protein breakfast recipes out there.
You’ll need a lot of ingredients to make these enchiladas, including avocado, Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, cheddar cheese, and enchilada sauce, but while this is a slightly more high-effort recipe than some others on this list, it’s absolutely worth it.
You might remember that we’ve already suggested a protein pancake recipe made with Greek yogurt in this guide, but if Greek yogurt isn’t your thing, try these cottage cheese pancakes instead!
Cottage cheese is high in protein and can be combined with flour, eggs, baking powder, sugar, vanilla extract, and canola oil to create delicious, fluffy pancakes.
These sweet potato and black bean burritos are super filling and packed with flavor as well as plenty of protein.
If you find that your usual breakfast doesn’t provide you with the energy you need, try these burritos and you’ll see an incredible difference.
The main ingredients in this recipe are black beans, sweet potato, bell pepper, garlic, and onion, and brown rice, but you can also add avocado, spinach, salsa, or other toppings of your choice.
If you want something slightly more substantial than a smoothie for breakfast but also don’t feel like a whole plate of food, this mocha banana smoothie bowl is the perfect middle ground.
This smoothie bowl takes 5 minutes to prepare in total, so it’s easy to make this recipe even when you’re in a rush to get to work.
You might not have heard of shakshuka before, but once you’ve made this recipe, it will be one of your favorite breakfast options.
Shakshuka is a North African breakfast dish that is popular throughout much of the Middle East. It’s a spiced mixture of tomatoes and onions served with eggs and bread for dipping.
Quiche is just as much a breakfast food as it is a lunch or dinner option. In fact, this spinach and ham quiche is the ideal protein-packed breakfast staple.
You can save yourself some time making this quiche by using a frozen pie shell, which you can then fill with a mixture of eggs, milk, swiss cheese, spinach, and smoked ham.
If you’ve never tried a granola parfait for breakfast, this banana and strawberry granola parfait is the perfect introduction.
In just 30 minutes, you can make 4 of these parfaits and refrigerate them for the week ahead.
The dates, honey, almond butter and fruit contribute lots of sweetness to the recipe, which is beautifully balanced by the cinnamon. Most of the protein comes from the oats and Greek yogurt.
You might think of waffles as a sweet breakfast option, but this sausage and egg waffle recipe proves that waffles can be savory, healthy, and delicious all at the same time.
This is a keto-friendly (low-carb) recipe made with eggs, breakfast sausages, spinach, cheddar, onion, pepper flakes, and black pepper. It really is that simple!
If you love the classic peanut butter and jelly combination, you’ll fall in love with this high-protein peanut butter and jelly chia pudding!
This is a vegan recipe made with coconut milk, almond milk, chia seeds, peanut butter, vanilla, and maple syrup. The amount of protein and good fats in this recipe will set you up for a great day.
Smoked salmon scrambled eggs is a sophisticated twist on your typical scrambled eggs recipe.
Not only does the salty flavor of the salmon work perfectly with the eggs, but both of the main ingredients are high in protein and Omega 3 fatty acids.
Start by making your scrambled eggs and then stir in the pieces of smoked salmon before adding some chopped chives for extra freshness and flavor.
Contrary to popular belief, oatmeal doesn’t have to be a sweet dish. This savory avocado and kale oatmeal is absolutely amazing.
This oatmeal contains avocado and kale, of course, but it’s also made with hummus and is especially delicious (and proteinous) when topped with a poached egg.
Another wonderful avocado and egg combination we recommend for a high-protein breakfast is this baked avocado egg recipe.
To make these avocado eggs, you just need to wash and pit the avocado before cracking an egg into the empty well.
Then season and bake in the oven for 7 minutes and you have an incredible protein-heavy breakfast!
If you prefer an easy breakfast that you can grab as you rush out of the door, these peanut butter energy bites are ideal.
They only require 5 ingredients: oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, flax seeds, and honey. Just combine the ingredients, refrigerate for up to 30 minutes, roll into balls, and keep in the refrigerator until breakfast time.
A simple smoked salmon sandwich can be all you need to meet your morning protein requirements.
Use whole wheat bread and fill your sandwich with salmon, whipped cream cheese, red onion, capers, sliced tomato, and baby greens. Season with salt and black pepper.
If our tofu scramble suggestion wasn’t to your taste, the good news is you can still make a vegan alternative to scrambled eggs using chickpeas.
Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein, and if you slightly mash them with turmeric, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, and olive oil before serving with mixed greens, avocado, cilantro, and parsley, you can make the perfect proteinous breakfast bowl (see also ‘23 Delicious Breakfast Bowls You Need To Try‘)!
28. Homemade Granola
Finally, homemade granola is a delicious protein-filled breakfast option that manages to be both low-effort and high-reward.
This granola is made with rolled oats, coconut flakes, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, maple syrup, turbinado sugar, salt, and either coconut or olive oil.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Breakfast Foods Are High In Protein?
As you can see from our chosen recipes, you have plenty of options for high-protein breakfast foods. Some examples include eggs, Greek yogurt, cheese, plant-based milks, tofu, beans, smoked salmon, and oats.
Why Should I Eat Protein For Breakfast?
Studies show that a high-protein breakfast can help to reduce unhealthy food cravings later on in the day. Eating protein earlier in the day has also been linked to better results in terms of building lean muscle.
Additionally, many people choose to work out in the mornings rather than the evenings, making protein at breakfast essential.
What Should I Eat In The Morning To Lose Weight?
Dietary research has demonstrated that the best breakfast foods for weight loss tend to be high-protein foods because protein helps to curb cravings for fat and carbs.
Therefore, to lose weight, you should eat a high-protein breakfast like scrambled eggs, protein pancakes, or oatmeal with yogurt.
Eating a high-protein breakfast for your health doesn’t have to mean drinking the same protein shake each morning or sticking to boring, bland foods!
Instead, try a selection of the amazing protein-packed recipes we’ve recommended in this article to start your day right.