A high protein breakfast will keep you full all morning long and can even help rev up your metabolism. But you don’t have to stick to just protein shakes or plain egg whites. We’ve rounded up 15+ high protein breakfast ideas to help you start your day on the right foot.
19 High Protein Breakfast Ideas That Will Keep You Fueled All Day Long
1. High Protein Scrambled Eggs and Cottage Cheese
Eggs are a great option for a high protein breakfast, but you can kick the protein up a notch by adding cottage cheese to the dish. This recipe is a simple one, but it tastes great. All you need are:
- A few eggs
- Cottage cheese
Of course, you can add more spices, tomatoes or other vegetables if you like. Follow this recipe and you’ll get 17 grams of protein with each serving.
2. Protein French Toast
This isn’t your ordinary French toast, but it tastes just as delicious. It packs 20 grams of protein per serving and needs just a few ingredients.
You’ll need bread, egg whites, eggs, milk, protein powder and vanilla extract. Top with some powdered sugar, or some real maple syrup if you like.
If you’re into meal prepping, you can freeze a few slices and eat them later in the week. It’s a quick, filling and delicious breakfast that you can even eat on the go, if you’re short on time.
3. High-Protein Avocado Toast
Here’s a vegan high-protein breakfast that is filling, tasty and easy to make. This recipe calls for Ezekiel bread, which has 2 grams of protein per slice, but you can use any bread you prefer. To finish this breakfast, you’ll need an avocado, pumpkin seeds (unsalted), chia seeds, hemp seeds and everything bagel seasoning.
Toast the bread, mash the avocado and sprinkle the seeds and seasoning on top. each serving will give you 12 grams of protein.
4. Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins
Who says high protein breakfast ideas have to be boring? These chocolate chip protein muffins are so good, and they are high in protein (10 grams per muffin).
They’re easy to make, and you can bake a whole batch to enjoy throughout the week. At 130 calories per muffin, you can add these muffins to your regular breakfast. They’ll pair well with eggs, fruit or yogurt.
The protein powder is what adds so much protein, but the recipe also calls for walnuts and uses protein-rich flour.
5. Protein Power Breakfast Bowl
This protein power breakfast bowl is full of superfoods and packs in plenty of protein – 34 grams per serving.
This recipe does call for a lot of ingredients, but it’s worth the effort. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Almond milk
- Protein powder
- Chia seeds
- Greek yogurt
- Fresh fruit – blueberries, cranberries and raspberries
- Sunflower seeds
Drizzle a little maple syrup on top, and you have a filling breakfast that will keep you fueled all morning.
6. Yogurt Pancakes
These high protein yogurt pancakes are gluten free and taste great, too. They’re made with coconut and almond flour. Egg whites and Greek yogurt add more protein. Each serving has 9 grams of protein.
If you want to kick the protein up a notch, you can add a scoop of whey protein with a little more Greek yogurt.
7. High Protein Breakfast Burrito
If you’re looking for high protein breakfast ideas that will keep you energized until lunch, these high protein breakfast burritos are perfect for you.
They’re loaded with eggs, breakfast sausage, ground chicken, cheddar cheese, peppers, onions and spices. Load up the filling into 8” tortillas, roll each one up, and enjoy!
Freeze the leftovers for later in the week. Each batch makes 12 burritos, each with 16 grams of protein.
8. High Protein Cinnamon Rolls
What’s more comforting than a warm, gooey cinnamon roll for breakfast? This recipe makes this classic breakfast food a little healthier and adds more protein to keep you full.
Adding Greek yogurt to the dough adds extra protein. A cream cheese icing adds the gooey goodness that everyone loves with cinnamon rolls. Each batch makes five rolls, so you can freeze them and eat them for breakfast throughout the week.
9. Egg Cups
Egg cups are the perfect high-protein breakfast, and you can make them in so many different ways. Here are just a few ideas:
- Broccoli and cheddar
- Jalapeno pepper
- Spinach and cheese
- Buffalo chicken
- Ham and cheddar
- Tomato, parm cheese and spinach
- Sundried tomato
- Mushroom, pepper and spinach
The ingredients are so simple – eggs, salt, pepper and whatever add-ins you want (peppers, bacon, onions, etc.).
10. Egg White Crepes
These crepes are one of the best high protein breakfast ideas for a lazy weekend. They include egg whites, oat flour, almond milk and fresh berries.
Each crepe has just 80 calories and 7 grams of protein. With so few calories in each one, you can eat a few at a time.
11. High Protein Baked Oatmeal
These baked oats are high in protein thanks to the peanut butter. They use chia seeds instead of eggs, along with protein powder, oats, chocolate chips, brown sugar and a few other simple ingredients.
Mix it all together and bake for 25 minutes. Drizzle with some peanut butter and chocolate chips.
12. Superfood Protein Breakfast Cookies
Cookies for breakfast? Sign us up! These cookies are filling, nutritious and packed with protein. They are made with oats, protein powder, eggs, honey, coconut oil, vanilla, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips and shredded coconut.
If you’re not a fan of chocolate chips, you can add raisins, dried cranberries or whatever else you like.
One batch makes a dozen cookies, so you can eat a few at a time and throughout the week.
13. Banana Protein Muffins
Protein muffins are a great on-the-go breakfast idea, and these ones are packed with protein. They’re so easy to make, too. All you need are rolled oats, bananas, chocolate chips, Greek yogurt, protein powder, vanilla extract and a few other pantry staples.
Bake a dozen at a time and enjoy them all week. Each muffin has just 174 calories and 9 grams of protein.
14. High Protein Egg Scramble
We love high protein breakfast ideas like this one because they’re comforting, filling and so delicious. Along with fresh eggs, this recipe calls for gooey mozzarella, cooked quinoa, garlic, spinach and seasoning. Top with fresh basil or microgreens.
And if you don’t like mozzarella, you can use parmesan cheese instead. Parmesan has a little more protein than mozzarella, so you can make your breakfast even more protein rich.
15. Quinoa Breakfast Scramble
Quinoa is such a great substitute for oats in the comfort department, and it pairs so well with eggs. This breakfast scramble calls for quinoa, scrambled eggs, salsa, avocado and spices.
Each serving has an impressive 17 grams of protein, but it’s also rich in fiber (9 grams).
The avocado adds creaminess and healthy fat. Try making your own salsa to make this breakfast even more special. Here’s a great recipe to try
16. Broccoli Cheddar Egg Bake with Turkey Bacon
This egg bake makes enough servings for multiple breakfasts and is so tasty you’ll forget that it’s healthy. It calls for eggs, broccoli, onion, turkey bacon, shredded cheese and spices.
You can add more veggies if you like – peppers and tomatoes would be great additions.
Bake for 5-10 minutes and you have a great breakfast that’s easy to eat on the go.
17. Peanut Butter & Banana Cottage Cheese Bowl
Here’s a quick and easy breakfast that’s packed with protein and delicious. All you need is cottage cheese, a few tablespoons of peanut butter, a banana and some shredded coconut.
Top your cottage cheese with the banana slices and the coconut. Drizzle the peanut butter on top. If you’re not a fan of peanut butter, you can use almond butter, sunflower butter or any nut butter that you wish.
Each serving of this breakfast has 21 grams of protein, five grams of fiber and 412 calories. It’s a hearty breakfast that will keep you going all morning.
18. Protein French Toast Sticks
Here’s an on-the-go variation of French toast that’s packed with protein. It calls for whole wheat bread, protein powder, almond milk, egg whites and cinnamon. Cook the French toast as normal and slice it into sticks for easy dipping in maple syrup or to grab and eat as you head out the door.
A serving of six French toast sticks provides 20 grams of protein and is just 230 calories.
19. High Protein Oat Waffles
These high protein oat waffles have 8.5 grams of protein in each serving (2 waffles). They’re easy to make, especially if you have a food processor, and you can top them with your favorite fruit.
To make these waffles, you’ll need cottage cheese, eggs, oat flour and a few other pantry staples.