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39 of the Best Keto Breakfast Ideas to Power Up Your Morning

We're talking sausage sandwiches, pancakes, bagels, and more.

By Alexa Tucker, Isadora Baum, Melissa Matthews and Perri O. Blumberg
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YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD of the keto diet, the trendy weight-loss plan that advocates for cutting way down on carbohydrates and upping your fat intake. (That means no to pastries and pasta, and yes to meat, eggs, and heart-healthy oils.)

So if your morning routine of the past involved bagels, toast, or oatmeal, trying to come up with keto breakfast ideas can feel like a rude awakening. With so many carb-heavy a.m. foods, it's arguably the hardest meal to find ketogenic diet-approved substitutes for—especially when you're staring right in the face of a doughnut on your morning coffee run.

Sure, regular bacon and eggs are okay, but you can only whip them up for so many days before things start to feel repetitive. The good news? Due to a strong community of keto food bloggers, there are plenty of creative keto breakfast ideas that'll help you diversify your diet and give you something to look forward to waking up to.

More good news: Just because you're on a keto diet doesn't mean you have to sacrifice flavor for the sake of meeting your macros. The recipes we've collected all have one big thing in common: huge amounts of deliciousness. (And they'll help power you through your workouts too.)

So, here's a buffet's-worth of keto-friendly morning recipes to inspire your breakfasts for days (and months) to come.

Taco Breakfast Skillet

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Peace, Love, and Low Carb

Loaded with protein-packed ground beef, sharp cheddar, vegetables, and everyone's favorite taco fillings (salsa and sour cream, anyone?), this skillet from Peace, Love, and Low Carb is like eating nachos for breakfast—minus the chips. The best part: It can be prepped ahead of time for a week's worth of breakfasts. (Just leave the toppings off and add them after you've heated up a serving in the morning.) Who says tacos are only for Tuesdays?

Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

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Hey Keto Mama

Instead of a complicated keto bread recipe, this breakfast sandwich from Hey Keto Mama gets creative and simple by using spicy pork sausage patties in place of an English muffin or bagel. An egg plus a sriracha and cheese mixture are sandwiched in between, along with any veggies of choice (a slice of tomato and spinach would fit right in). To lighten it up, swap in turkey sausage patties and use just egg whites instead of the whole egg.


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Healthy Sweet Eats

This is one of the speediest keto breakfast options around, especially if you mix the dry ingredients together ahead of time (Healthy Sweet Eats' recipe is made up of hemp hearts, almond flour, shredded coconut, flaxseed meal, and chia seeds). It can be made on the stovetop or in a microwave, and from there, the topping options are endless.

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Pulled Pork Hash

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Cast Iron Keto

Put leftover pulled pork to good use with this hash creation from Cast Iron Keto, because something about the combination of pulled pork and runny egg yolks just feels so right. Brussels sprouts, lacinato kale, red onion, and turnip give this recipe a boost of veggies for added fiber and nutrients.

Cinnamon Roll Knots

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Cinnabon's got nothing on these keto-friendly treats from Gnom-Gnom. With only two grams of net carbs and 102 calories each, they taste more indulgent than they really are. Crafting the dough (made with almond flour and coconut flour) is a relatively involved process, but you can whip it up and keep it in the fridge for up to five days before you're ready to make (and eat) the cinnamon roll knots.

Sausage and Egg Breakfast Bowl

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Keto Connect

Minus the salt and pepper, there are only four ingredients in this simple breakfast bowl from Keto Connect. It starts with radishes as a satisfying stand-in for breakfast potatoes—and sausage, cheddar cheese, and eggs are layered on top. Since the egg cooks separately, you can fry it up exactly the way you like it.

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Peanut Butter Keto Smoothie

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Food Faith Fitness

Typically, smoothies are out of the question for keto dieters, but this one from Food Faith Fitness gets its sweetness from monk fruit instead of regular fruit. Plus, it packs in plenty of fat with peanut butter and avocado.

Corned Beef and Radish Hash

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I Breathe I'm Hungry

This recipe from I Breathe I'm Hungry proves that corned beef isn't just a St. Patrick's Day treat. You can use leftover corned beef or canned corned beef, but either way, you'll end up with a crispy, unique breakfast. Pair it with eggs in the morning and save the leftovers for lunch or dinner.

No-Egg Breakfast Bake With Sausage and Peppers

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Kalyn's Kitchen

Let's face it: Eggs make a lot of appearances in keto-friendly recipes. And, hey, eggs are great! But every once in a while, you need a break. Enter this eggless breakfast bake from Kalyn's Kitchen. Red and green peppers give the recipe a colorful touch and turkey breakfast sausage delivers a solid dose of protein to start the day.

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Keto Breakfast Burrito

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The Skinny Fork

If you miss traditional breakfast burritos, give this high-fat keto version a try. The Skinny Fork uses egg as the wrap, which is then stuffed with bacon, turkey, and cheese. Add avocado to up the fat intake.

Meat Bagel

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Ditch the Wheat

Yes, you read that right. Meat. Bagel. It's basically ground pork cooked into the shape of a bagel (or a doughnut, however you'd like to think of it). After it's cooked, cut it in half and fill it with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and onions for one heck of a breakfast sandwich. They also freeze up nicely. Meat lovers, you've got Ditch The Wheat to thank for this creation.

Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

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The Big Man's World

A stack of pancakes might sound like the opposite of a keto-friendly breakfast, but where there's a will, there's a way. These beauties from A Big Man's World are made with the perfect combination of almond flour, coconut flour, and eggs for a result so fluffy, you'll hardly be able to tell they're low in carbs. The blueberries add a touch of sweetness (but they contain sugar, so be careful about the portions).

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Steak and Eggs

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This is a classic breakfast for a reason: It's delicious, and the steak and eggs each pack a monster punch of protein to keep you fueled up 'til lunch. Next time you're grilling up steak at night, cook a little extra with incredible keto breakfast leftovers in mind. Tasteaholic's take uses sirloin—a leaner cut of beef—but feel free to use what you have on hand.

Creamy Kale and Eggs

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Health Starts in the Kitchen

This creation from Health Starts in the Kitchen just might be the perfect brunch recipe. Made with coconut creamed kale, roasted red peppers, cherry tomatoes, and a touch of mozzarella, these individual dishes demand to be savored on a weekend morning.

Keto Breakfast Bowl

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Cast Iron Keto

You won't even miss potatoes in this hearty skillet. Cast Iron Keto substitutes turnips for the starchy vegetable, then loads up on avocado, egg, and jalapeños. Serve with salsa for a spicy kick.

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Freezer Breakfast Pockets

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Joy Filled Eats

Hot pockets get a healthy, low-carb twist with these winning creations from Joy Filled Eats. Packed with ham, cheese, and egg, they're designed to be made ahead of time and frozen. When you're running late, just pop one into the microwave and you've got a filling on-the-go keto breakfast.

Berry Chia Pudding With Coconut Milk

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Julie's Lifestyle

If you feel like you're going overboard with animal products on the keto diet, this chia pudding from Julie's Lifestyle offers a change of pace. It's vegan and made with coconut milk, creating a creamy texture and decadent flavor. It's also incredibly satiating: Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, and protein powder and healthy fat filled-MCT coconut oil will keep you satisfied all morning.

Breakfast Egg Muffin

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Hurry the Food Up

These breakfast egg muffins from Hurry The Food Up might be the ultimate meal-prep food. They take only 25 minutes to throw together and three muffins provides 20 grams of protein for under 300 calories. You can also change up your mix-ins with different cheeses, vegetables, and seasonings. Freeze them for later or keep them in your fridge for the week—chances are, it won't be long before you need to make another batch.

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Keto Sausage and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

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Peace, Love, and Low Carb

If you can't shake a hankering for a good old-fashioned McDonald's Egg McMuffin, this keto-friendly take on the classic from Peace, Love, and Low Carb will scratch that itch. Use mason jar rings to cook the eggs into perfect bun-like circles, then layer it up with sausage and cheddar cheese. To upgrade way past drive-thru status (and to add a dose of healthier fat), throw some avocado in there.

Keto Dutch Baby

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Cast Iron Keto

Impress any brunch guest (whether they're low-carb eaters or not) with this keto Dutch baby, which is basically a big pancake, but better. Created by Cast Iron Keto, it's made in a cast-iron skillet—and believe it or not, there are fewer than 10 ingredients (which can be rare when it comes to bread-like recipes on the keto diet).

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Alexa Tucker

Alexa is a Denver-based contributor who covers all things lifestyle, wellness, travel, home, and beauty. When she's not writing, you can find her sweating it out at boxing or Pilates, planning her next travel adventure, or drinking red wine.

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Isadora Baum is a freelance writer, certified health coach, and author of 5-Minute Energy. She can't resist a good sample, a margarita, a new HIIT class, or an easy laugh. Learn more about her on her website:

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Melissa Matthews is the Health Writer at Men's Health, covering the latest in food, nutrition, and health.

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