Gluten-Free Breakfast Ideas That’ll Have You Jumping Out of Bed
Breakfast alone can be a challenging meal of the day for many who are pressed for time, lack an appetite right upon waking up, or can’t find anything to suit both their palates and dietary restrictions.
And while there are many popular diets and eating patterns, gluten-free diet happens to be a common one, since people may have a sensitivity or intolerance to gluten (with adverse symptoms after consumption) or an allergy, such as those with Celiac disease.
Yet, there are actually several gluten-free breakfast foods and recipes that don’t lack in flavor of a traditionally seen as “gluten-containing” texture—think, pancakes, waffles, and oatmeal, which are all “bready” or grain or oat based.
The next time you’re struggling to come up with some gluten-free breakfast ideas that are simple and quick to make, so you can enjoy them on busy mornings or even better, meal prep them the night before or in a large batch earlier in the week, look to these delicious and nutritious options. Consider your mind at ease and your belly excited and soon-to-be full!
Oatmeal or Oat Bowl with Fruit, Nuts and Seeds
On its own, oatmeal is gluten-free, since oats are naturally gluten free. However, it’s when they are processed in a facility that also manufactures gluten-containing products where cross-contamination may occur. Luckily, you can see which oatmeal products may have a trace of gluten by checking the labels upon purchasing.
Or play it super safe by buying only raw, whole oats and then making your own oat bars, oatmeal and sweet or savory oat bowls from scratch at home. Or make a crumble for an easy topper for protein bases such as yogurt, chia seed pudding or cottage cheese.
You can also buy gluten-free breakfast bars online from reliable brands (like Bobo’s!) or make a big batch of breakfast bars at once to keep on hand for an easy, ready to eat gluten free breakfast throughout the week.
Nuts, fruit and seeds should all also be whole and raw to make sure it remains free of gluten, which is commonly found in seasoning blends, syrups, and other kinds of flavorings or sauces.
Greek Yogurt Bowl
Another gluten-free breakfast idea is a gut approved and unsweetened, plain Greek yogurt or skyr yogurt bowl, which you can then increase protein and fat content in by including raw nuts and seeds or a dollop of nut butter on top.
Going with plain keeps it gluten-free and maintains a lower sugar content so you can avoid spiking or elevating blood sugar after consumption. (That midday fatigue or surge of cravings is never pleasant, that’s for sure!) You can even combine oatmeal and Greek yogurt for that boost of protein to go with a serving of fiber-packed, naturally sweetened oats for immediate and sustainable energy.
Another option? Chia seed pudding, since chia seeds are naturally gluten-free have a thick texture that includes fiber and protein as well as ample fats to fill you up faster.
Ditch the bowl and toss your gluten-free contents into the blender for a breakfast smoothie high in nutrition but can be enjoyed on the go. This is great for those who don’t have time to sit down to a meal too or want to meal prep by creating freezer bags in advance for a quick go in the blender and that’s it.
Again, stick to the same method as you would with the Greek yogurt, except you can also include green veggies or swap dairy milk for plant-based milk, like soy or almond instead. If you are dairy free too, go with almond or oat, which is free of dairy! You can even add a scoop of your favorite protein to keep you full and energized all morning long.
Eggs + Gluten-Free Toast
Scrambled eggs make a gluten free breakfast. In any form, eggs are rich in protein and choline to boost cognition, so they are great for breakfast! Just be sure to eat them without any gluten sauces or seasoning—read labels or keep it simple with some olive oil and black pepper and herbs or spices.
Pair the eggs with a piece of gluten-free toast and you’re set with a good source of fiber and complex carbs to complement the protein from the eggs. A good gluten-free seasoning would be salt, pepper and cayenne for heat or you can go with herbs for something more savory and mild. You can also look for gluten-free labeled hot sauces and other condiments at the grocery store. For an extra nutritional boost, you can even add some avocado slices!