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.

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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.
4.34 from 39 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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Veggie egg white bites on a plate. One has a bite taken out of it.
4.26 from 122 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.
4.40 from 51 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.
4.37 from 30 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.
4.95 from 20 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.
4.12 from 206 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.
4.77 from 17 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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Crustless quiche with kale, onions, mushrooms and feta in a white baking dish on a rustic napkin.
4.63 from 35 votes

Kale and Feta Crustless Quiche

This crustless quiche is such an easy low-carb meal that can be served for breakfast/brunch, lunch or dinner. You’ll love the delicious combination of kale, onions, mushrooms and feta.
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Sweet potato hash on a baking tray.
5 from 4 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.
3.79 from 28 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.
4.97 from 33 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.
4.11 from 252 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.
4.86 from 7 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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Oatmeal topped with nut butter drizzle, chocolate chips, and sliced banana in a blue bowl.
3.72 from 434 votes

Protein Powder Oatmeal

Add protein powder to your morning oats for a protein-packed breakfast that will keep you full all morning. 
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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.
4.20 from 35 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!

Plate with protein pancakes topped with maple syrup, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Glass or orange juice is next to the plate of pancakes.
4.29 from 46 votes

Protein Pancakes

Here's my classic recipe for protein pancakes made with oat flour, egg whites and protein powder. The full recipe gives you 40 grams of protein and the pancakes taste delicious.
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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.
4.71 from 64 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.
4.63 from 40 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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Five apple pancakes stacked on one another on a white plate with diced apples and maple syrup on top.
4.75 from 28 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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One protein chia pudding jar topped with fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, greek yogurt and a drizzle of nut butter.
5 from 10 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
4.78 from 9 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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Overhead view of 4 different varieties of yogurt bowls.
4.67 from 3 votes

Yogurt Bowls (4 Ways)

Sharing how to make the best yogurt bowls 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.
4.20 from 5 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 5 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.
4.34 from 36 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.
4.53 from 46 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 2 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.
4.91 from 10 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.
4.71 from 44 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 3 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.
4.70 from 13 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

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!
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Cuisine: American
Keyword: high protein breakfast
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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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