30 High-Protein Breakfast Recipes

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Looking for a protein-packed breakfast recipe to start your day off right? Here are over 30 high-protein breakfast recipes each with 15+ grams of protein!

Starting the day off with a balanced, protein-packed meal is so important! It gives you the energy you need to be productive throughout the morning and can help prevent overeating and cravings later in the day.

When you think of a protein-packed breakfast you probably immediately think about eggs and some type of meat. While those are both great ways to get your protein in, there are so many other high-protein options… from Greek yogurt and cottage cheese to protein powder and tofu and tempeh.

Collage of breakfast items: egg cups, protein baked oatmeal, hash brown casserole, chocolate protein smoothie.

Why is Protein Important?

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while you know how much I stress the importance of protein! I specifically aim to have a balance of protein, fiber and healthy fats for every meal and snack. But why? Protein helps stabilize your blood sugar and keeps you feeling fuller, longer.

It helps satisfy cravings, helps with weight loss (or weight management) and has so many important functions within the body, including muscle repair. So while the mainstream media messaging might be that protein is only important for athletes and bodybuilders, I’m here to let you know that protein is important for everyone!

High-Protein Breakfast Recipes

I’ve pulled together over 30 high protein breakfast ideas have at least 15 grams of protein per serving! Enjoy!

Egg Dishes

One of my favorite ways to get my protein in for breakfast is from eggs. Frittatas, quiches, egg muffins, omelets… there are so many options to choose from!

Sweet potato kale goat cheese frittata in a skillet.
4.35 from 40 votes

Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Frittata

This sweet potato kale frittata is a quick and easy healthy meal that can be whipped up in less than 35 minutes and served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 
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Cottage cheese eggs garnished with chives on a plate with toast and a salad with greens and cherry tomatoes.
5 from 13 votes

Cottage Cheese Scrambled Eggs

These cottage cheese eggs are a great way to switch up your morning breakfast! They're super easy to make and result in fluffy, creamy eggs that are high in protein.
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Veggie egg white bites on a plate. One has a bite taken out of it.
4.27 from 123 votes

Egg White Bites

Make Starbucks red pepper egg white bites with this simple recipe! They're creamy and taste just like sous vide egg bites, but they're made in the Instant Pot!
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An egg white omelette on a plate served with a fork and fresh basil.
4.56 from 9 votes

Egg White Omelette

This egg white omelette is fluffy, delicious and loaded with veggies. It comes together quickly and is a healthy way to kick start your day!
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A white bowl with a golden fork containing hard boiled eggs, avocado, red onion, red bell pepper, and topped with spices.
4.41 from 52 votes

Hard Boiled Egg and Avocado Bowl

This hard boiled egg and avocado bowl combines hard boiled eggs with creamy avocado and fresh veggies for a super healthy and quick low-carb meal that's loaded with protein, healthy fat and fiber.
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A healthy breakfast casserole in a baking dish.
4.43 from 33 votes

Healthy Breakfast Casserole

This healthy breakfast casserole is flavorful, cheesy and packed with veggies. It's the perfect make ahead dish for brunch and great for serving a crowd!
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Hash brown casserole in a baking dish.
4.99 from 53 votes

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

This vegetarian hash brown breakfast casserole is loaded with vegetables and cheesy goodness and has a hash brown crust. It's the perfect healthy breakfast dish to serve a crowd.
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Casserole dish with an egg, veggie, and chicken sausage bake. A wood serving spoon is to the side.
4.17 from 217 votes

Sausage Egg Casserole

This veggie-packed sausage egg casserole is the perfect healthy dish to serve a crowd. It’s dairy-free and gluten-free, but still packs tons of flavor!
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A breakfast salad bowl topped with eggs and avocado.
4.78 from 18 votes

Easy Breakfast Salad

A simple, delicious breakfast salad with sautéed greens, roasted veggies and two fried eggs! You'll feel so good after starting your day with this combo of protein, healthy fat and veggies.
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On a white plate, two halved avocados with an egg in the center, each recently baked.
4.75 from 4 votes

Baked Avocado Eggs

This quick and easy baked avocado egg recipe is perfect for breakfast or snacking. It's low in carbs and sugar and loaded with protein, healthy fats and fiber!
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An unsliced crustless quiche in a pie plate.
4.69 from 41 votes

Kale and Feta Crustless Quiche

This healthy crustless quiche is an easy low-carb dish that can be served for any meal. You'll love the delicious combination of kale, onions, mushrooms and feta cheese. 
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Sweet potato hash on a baking tray.
5 from 6 votes

Sweet Potato Hash

This sweet and savory sweet potato hash is made with brussels sprouts, spinach, breakfast sausage and eggs. It's easy to make, loaded with flavor and great for breakfast or any time of the day!
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Caramelized Onion & Red Bell Pepper Frittata.
3.87 from 30 votes

Onion & Red Bell Pepper Frittata

This caramelized onion & red bell pepper frittata  requires only seven ingredients and takes less than 30 mins to prepare. 
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Oatmeal Recipes

For those of you that think oatmeal isn’t very filling or you find yourself hungry 1 hour after eating it, all you need to do is add some protein and healthy fat. That’s why I’m a huge supporter of making protein oatmeal. Adding a good protein source (think protein powder, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, etc) to your oatmeal ensures that breakfast will keep you full for hours.

Protein baked oatmeal in a baking dish with bowls of blueberries and oats around it.
4.95 from 72 votes

Protein Baked Oatmeal

Have your oatmeal and get your protein in with this protein baked oatmeal! It's easy to make, perfect for meal prep and packs over 17 grams of protein per serving.
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Jar of protein overnight oats topped with berries, almonds and peanut butter.
4.19 from 282 votes

Protein Overnight Oats

With protein overnight oats you can have your oatmeal and get your protein in! Each serving has over 20 grams of protein! 
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A baking dish containing cauliflower brownie baked oatmeal.
4.88 from 8 votes

Cauliflower Brownie Baked Oatmeal

This cauliflower brownie baked oatmeal sounds decadent, but is made with healthy ingredients and packed with 19 grams of protein per serving. It's delicious, easy to whip up and perfect for meal prep.
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A bowl of cauliflower oatmeal topped with fresh mixed berries.
5 from 3 votes

Cauliflower Oatmeal

Sneak veggies and extra nutrients into your bowl of oats with this cauliflower oatmeal. It's made with a combo of rolled oats, cauliflower rice, protein powder and just a touch of sweetness.
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A bowl of protein oatmeal topped with fresh berries, banana slices, and a drizzle of nut butter.
3.79 from 461 votes

Protein Oatmeal

This simple protein oatmeal recipe packs in over 25 grams of protein thanks to the addition of protein powder. It's easy to make and will keep you full all morning long!
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White bowl of oatmeal topped with almond butter, a fried egg with red pepper flakes, and scrambled egg whites. Black coffee next to the plate.
4.27 from 38 votes

Egg and Oat Combo Bowl

Having eggs and oats for breakfast? Put them in one bowl for a sweet + savory egg and oatmeal bowl that offers the perfect balance of protein, carbs and fat. Vegetarian and gluten-free.
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Pancakes, Waffles + More

You can still enjoy a sweet breakfast and get your protein in with these high-protein options!

A stack of protein pancakes on a plate topped with fresh blueberries, nut butter, and maple syrup.
4.48 from 65 votes

Protein Pancakes

These high protein pancakes are made with 5 simple ingredients and packed with over 40 grams of protein per serving. They're fluffy, delicious and will keep you feeling full all morning long.
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An overhead photo looking at a plate with a rectangular protein waffle that has been drizzled with maple syrup and peanut butter.
4.75 from 95 votes

Protein Waffles

Protein waffles made with vanilla protein powder, Greek yogurt, eggs and rolled oats. They're super easy to make, absolutely delicious and perfect for meal prep.
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Stack of pumpkin pancakes, drizzled with peanut butter and maple syrup, with a bite taken out of the stack.
4.65 from 42 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

Healthy pumpkin pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. Full of pumpkin spice flavor and packed with protein and fiber, these pancakes are the perfect way to fuel a fall morning!
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A large stack of cottage cheese pancakes on a plate with maple syrup topped with fresh blueberries and blackberries.
4.81 from 21 votes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

These cottage cheese pancakes are soft, fluffy and packed with over 20 grams of protein per serving. Plus, they're kid-approved and easy to make with only 7 simple ingredients.
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Five apple pancakes stacked on one another on a white plate with diced apples and maple syrup on top.
4.77 from 30 votes

Healthy Apple Pancakes

Healthy apple pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. They taste decadent, but are packed with protein and fiber. 
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Two protein chia pudding jars topped with fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, greek yogurt and a drizzle of nut butter.
5 from 21 votes

Protein Chia Pudding

This protein chia pudding packs in about 20 grams of protein and has only 3 grams of sugar per serving. It's so easy to whip up and is the perfect healthy breakfast or snack to meal prep for the week.
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White bowl with cottage cheese and roasted strawberries
4.82 from 11 votes

Roasted Strawberry Cottage Cheese Bowl

This strawberry cottage cheese bowl pairs roasted strawberries with cottage cheese for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast or snack.
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Four yogurt bowls served in white bowls with spoons.
4.75 from 4 votes

Yogurt Bowls (4 Ways)

How to make the best yogurt bowl with four different topping variations. They're protein-packed, easy to make and perfect for breakfast or a snack.
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Vegan Recipes

You can still get your protein in while eating vegan! Tofu and tempeh are great high-protein vegan options that are so versatile.

Turmeric tofu scramble on a plate with avocado on top. Two slices of bread with jam on the side. Glass of orange juice and fork also on the side.
4.43 from 7 votes

Tofu Scramble

This vegan tofu scramble is packed with flavor, has a great texture and easily lends itself to any additional veggies or spices you’d like to add in! Delicious served with sliced avocado and toast.
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A vegan breakfast sandwich loaded with creamy avocado, almond butter, sautéed kale and tempeh bacon, on an english muffin.
4.60 from 5 votes

Vegan Breakfast Sandwich with Tempeh Bacon

A vegan breakfast sandwich loaded with all the goods: creamy avocado, almond butter, sautéed kale and tempeh bacon, served on a perfectly toasted english muffin. 
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Smoothies + Shakes

Whenever I’m in need of a quick, on-the-go protein boost in the morning I opt for a protein shake or smoothie. They act as a meal replacement and are so easy to whip up!

Straight shot of two snickers protein smoothies with drizzle of peanut butter inside glasses.
5 from 8 votes

Snickers Protein Smoothie

This snickers protein smoothie is packed with healthy real food ingredients, over 20 grams of protein and tastes like a liquid snickers bar!
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Oatmeal smoothie in a mason jar.
4.60 from 32 votes

Oatmeal Smoothie

This oatmeal smoothie tastes just like a cinnamon oatmeal cookie, but in smoothie form. It's healthy, packed with over 20 grams of protein and makes for a great breakfast or post-workout snack! Vegan + gluten-free.
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Chocolate smoothie with peanut butter drizzle and chopped peanut butter cup on top.
4.39 from 39 votes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this peanut butter cup smoothie! Filled with chocolate peanut butter flavor and loaded with healthy ingredients.
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Bird's eye photo of 6 different protein shakes.
4.56 from 50 votes

How to Make a Protein Shake

Protein shake 101! Everything you need to know about making a protein shake, the difference between shakes and smoothies, why protein shakes are good for weight loss and six protein shake flavors.
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A strawberry banana protein smoothie in a glass.
5 from 3 votes

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

This strawberry banana protein smoothie comes together quickly with only 4 simple ingredients. It's packed with over 20 grams of protein and is perfect for a post-workout snack or filling breakfast. Vegan + dairy-free.
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A mason jar containing green protein smoothie. The jar is resting on a plate with a small bowl of protein powder. The smoothie has been topped with chia seeds and a wooden straw sticks out of the top of the glass.
4.93 from 14 votes

Green Protein Smoothie

This green protein smoothie is packed with spinach, banana and vanilla protein powder and makes for the perfect healthy breakfast or post-workout snack! Added bonus: it’s vegan and dairy-free!  
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Two tahini smoothies with straws.
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Tahini Smoothie

This tahini smoothie is loaded with healthy ingredients and packed with over 20 grams of protein. It's rich, creamy, delicious and makes for the perfect quick breakfast or post-workout snack.
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Green smoothie in a mason jar, topped with banana slices and a peanut butter drizzle. A metal straw is in the jar. A bowl of peanut butter on a cutting board is out of focus in the background.
4.73 from 48 votes

Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothie

The BEST green smoothie with frozen banana, peanut butter and baby spinach. If you're new to green smoothies this is the perfect recipe to start with. 
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A butterfinger smoothie in a glass with a straw topped with goji berries.
5 from 4 votes

Butterfinger Smoothie

This butterfinger smoothie combines milk, frozen banana, zucchini, peanut butter, chocolate protein powder and goji berries for a healthy protein-packed smoothie that tastes like liquid butterfinger.
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Two clementine smoothies with straws.
4.72 from 14 votes

Clementine Smoothie

This creamy clementine smoothie combines clementines with a frozen banana and almond milk for a delicious smoothie that tastes like a creamsicle. Vegan and gluten-free. 
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Two strawberry cheesecake smoothies topped with whipped cream and a fresh strawberry.
5 from 5 votes

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

This strawberry cheesecake smoothie is thick, creamy and requires only 5 simple ingredients. It tastes like dessert but is loaded with healthy ingredients and over 20 grams of protein!
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More Collections to Check Out

Be sure to check out all the protein recipes as well as the full collection of breakfast recipes on EBF!

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High-Protein Breakfast Recipes + Protein Chia Pudding

Looking for a protein-packed breakfast recipe to start your day off right? Here are over 30 high-protein breakfast recipes each with 15+ grams of protein!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Soak Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients  

  • 1 scoop (25 grams) vanilla protein powder
  • 1 ¼-½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plus more as needed
  • 4 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ Tablespoon maple syrup, honey or sweetener of choice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt (or non-dairy yogurt)
  • Granola, for topping
  • Toppings: fresh berries, granola and nut butter.

Instructions 

  • In a bowl or mason jar, whisk together almond milk and protein powder until protein powder has dissolved. If you’re using a mason jar, you can put the lid on and shake the mixture to combine.
    Almond milk and protein powder mixed together in a jar.
  • Add chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir or shake mixture until well combined. Once the chia pudding mixture is well combined, let it sit for 5 minutes, give it another stir/shake to break up any clumps of chia seeds.
    Chia seeds added to almond milk and protein powder in a jar.
  • Cover and put the mixture in the fridge to “set” for 1-2 hours or overnight. The chia pudding should be nice and thick, not liquidy.
    A spoonful of protein chia pudding, showing how thick the mixture should be after sitting overnight.
  • When ready to serve, portion chia pudding into two glasses with layers of granola, if desired. Top with ¼ cup Greek yogurt each, fresh berries, additional granola and nut butter or toppings of choice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 without toppings | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast/Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: protein chia pudding
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About Brittany

Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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  1. 5 stars
    I am so glad that I found this web site! I am currently using ‘My Net Diary’ to record what I am eating on a daily basis. I goal is to loose 30 lbs, and the app is noting that I am not eating enough protein. I so look forward to trying these recipes!

    1. Ah congratulations on starting this journey, Therese! I am so glad you found my site and I hope you enjoy my recipes as well. Can’t wait to hear which one you try first!