If you're following a ketogenic diet, you know you have to start paying attention to your carb intake from the moment you wake up and cook up your usual groggy-eyed breakfast. While some standard morning fare isn't suited to the low-carb diet, plenty of it is. Here are seven great keto-friendly breakfast ideas.
1. Keto Pancakes
Pancakes probably seem out of the question on such a low-carbohydrate diet, but the wonderful news is that keto-friendly pancakes exist. The secret is a batter that's mostly cream cheese and eggs, with just a little almond or coconut flour and baking powder to achieve a little lift with each cake. To keep them truly keto, enjoy them butter and berries in lieu of maple syrup.
Get the recipe: The Easiest Low-Carb Cream Cheese Pancakes
2. Low-Carb Veggie-Packed Frittata
A frittata packed with all the low-carb vegetables in your crisper drawer is a seriously solid keto breakfast. Feel free to also add some meat to the situation, like cooked shredded chicken or pork, crumbled sausage, or bacon. Cheese is another nice addition, especially harder cheese like Parmesan and aged Cheddar, which tend to be lower in carbs but still deliver on flavor. You'll want to pay particular attention to the vegetables you use. Stick to low-carb options like broccoli or greens and be strategic about the use of sweet vegetables like bell peppers.
Get the recipe: How To Make a Frittata
3. Egg Wraps
While a classic breakfast burrito filled with eggs and meat won't work for the diet, a wrap made from eggs and filled with meat most definitely is. These egg wrappers can be used to hold just about any fillings. Here they're filled with ham and watercress, but combinations like turkey and spinach or prosciutto and arugula would be great too. As written, this recipe contains two tablespoons of flour, but for the keto diet, opt for low-carb flour alternatives like almond or coconut.
Get the recipe: Egg Wraps with Ham and Greens
4. Bacon Gruyère Egg Bites
Have you tried the silky, custardy sous-vide egg and cheese bites from Starbucks yet? They're sublime and incredibly keto-friendly. But these bites have a cult following, which means Starbucks tends to run out of them frequently. Plus, they can be a little costly. Well, now you can make them at home with a blender custard batter and a water bath for baking. These two details help to mimic that luxurious texture.
Get the recipe: Bacon Gruyère Egg Bites
5. Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl
A burrito bowl built of cauliflower rice is a keto-friendly meal any time of the day. Enjoy it for breakfast with any cooked chicken or steak you may have from dinner the night before or top it with a fried egg if you don't have leftovers lying around. This recipe is a great place to start — just skip the black beans and corn to make it low-carb.
Get the recipe: Easy Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls
6. Low-Carb Veggie & Sausage Hash
Potatoes are common in most hashes, but they are in no way necessary for a delicious one. Load up a hash with sausage and low-carb veggies instead, like zucchini, cauliflower, radishes, or broccoli rabe. Then top it with a few eggs and dig in.
Get the recipe: Radish and Turnip Hash with Fried Eggs
7. Classic Bacon + Eggs + Avocado
One of the most traditional breakfasts is, in fact, one of the most keto-friendly. It also happens to be incredibly versatile and hard to tire of. Cook up your eggs any way you like them — fried, poached, scrambled, soft-boiled — and enjoy them alongside some crispy bacon and sliced avocado.
Keto for Newbies: Curious about the ketogenic diet? This high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carb lifestyle puts your body in a metabolic state called ketosis, where you burns fat instead of carbohydrates as the primary fuel source. Read more here about what keto is and see all of Kitchn's coverage on keto here.