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Bread, cereal, milk, and cheese — It may seem difficult to find a meal that doesn’t start the day with one of these items included—but with a little creativity, you can whip up a delicious grain and dairy-free breakfast in no time.
While grains make up a majority of many American’s diets, they’re also rife with anti-nutrients, that interfere with the absorption of other essential vitamins and minerals. Phytic acid, the outer coating found on grains (as well as legumes and nuts), binds with important minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc and inhibits their full absorption. Lectins, or plant-protecting proteins, can disrupt good gut flora and wreak havoc on the digestive system.
For those with lactose and/or casein intolerance— sugar and protein found in dairy, respectively—dairy is out of the question, and mainstream dairy has little to offer the general population compared to other sources of the same nutrients.
Luckily, it’s easy to remove grains and dairy from your diet thanks to an abundance to healthier, better-for-you options. From swapping grains with veggie solutions (or bacon “crust”) to replacing dairy with creamy almond milk, you’ll have a sustaining, nutritious breakfast idea for every day of the week.
10 Grain and Dairy Free Breakfast Meals
1. Maple Bacon Breakfast Pie
With a maple-brushed bacon lattice ‘crust’ and a hearty vegetable and egg filling, you’ll be beyond satisfied with this protein-packed indulgence.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Maple Bacon Breakfast Pie
2. Mango Raspberry Acai Bowl
A solid smoothie bowl should be a staple in any breakfast rotation, thanks to its fruit-filled goodness. Give this mango and raspberry combination a try for a bright start to your morning.
Recipe: The Goodfood Goddess | Mango Raspberry Acai Bowl
3. Sweet Potato Toast
That’s right: You can enjoy “toast” for breakfast, just sub in thinly sliced sweet potatoes for a much healthier option than bread. Go to town on Paleo-friendly toppings, like almond butter with bananas, cinnamon, and honey.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Sweet Potato Toast, 3 Ways
4. Roasted Butternut Squash Hash with Apples and Bacon
Who doesn’t love a breakfast hash? This autumnal version combines mildly sweet butternut squash with tart, crisp apples, and decadent bacon. Top the whole shebang with an egg, and you’ll have a delicious morning meal.
Recipe: Paleo Running Momma | Roasted Butternut Squash Hash with Apples and Bacon
5. 3-Layer Raspberry Almond Butter ‘Oats’
Going Paleo doesn’t mean foregoing the ever-versatile overnight oats for breakfast routine. Sub in for oats and milk a blend of coconut milk, cashew milk, coconut flour, flaked coconut and chia seeds. From there, use whichever Paleo sweeteners and flavors appeal to you. This recipe layers ‘oats’ with fresh raspberries and almond butter.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | 3-Layer Raspberry Almond Butter ‘Oats’
6. Sweet Potato Hash Browns
Hash browns are a beloved side to eggs for breakfast. These Paleo-friendly ones keep all the crispy glory and none of the downsides of traditional fried hash brown potatoes. Pro tip: These hash browns make great beds for poached eggs.
Recipe: Bravo for Paleo | Sweet Potato Hash Browns
7. Churro Waffles
Another decadent brunch staple, waffles come filled with grain, dairy, and refined sugars—but not this cinnamon and maple sugar-dusted churro waffles. Hello, breakfast heaven.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Churro Waffles
8. Paleo Pumpkin Coffee Cake
A deliciously moist coffee cake that pairs amazingly with herbal coffee or tea. You need this on your breakfast table.
Recipe: Jay’s Baking Me Crazy | Paleo Pumpkin Coffee Cake
9. Paleo Bagels
What’s better than a crisp-on-the-outside, warm-and-soft-on-the-inside bagel? This Paleo version serves as a basic recipe for any savory bagel topping you desire, from poppy seeds to dried onion to sesame seeds—or make it an everything bagel and go with all of the above.
Recipe: Elana’s Pantry | Paleo Bagels
10. Coconut Flour Pancakes
This fool-proof Paleo pancake recipe will leave you with pancakes just as light and fluffy as the flour and dairy-laden version. Whip them up for your family on a lazy Sunday morning.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Coconut Flour Pancakes
Here are a few more great breakfast choices: