7 High-Protein Breakfast Dishes That Aren’t Eggs

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If breakfast is the most important meal of your day, and you’re always on the hunt for a high-protein breakfast, it’s common to run into the same old ingredients in every recipe. While eggs are a versatile source of protein, they’re not the only option you have when it comes to a nutritious breakfast. Here, Goodness rounds up seven high-protein breakfast dishes that use a variety of ingredients so you can explore — and enjoy — a new range of recipes.


Avocado Toast with Cottage Cheese and Tomatoes

If you’re a millennial, chances are you’ve had avocado toast before. This recipe takes it up a notch by adding cottage cheese. Quick and satisfying — as well as packed with lots of protein and fiber — it’s a great option if you’re constantly on the go and looking for an easy breakfast that will help jumpstart your day. The cottage cheese can also be replaced with feta, depending on your preference.

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Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are another good option if you’re looking for a grab-and-go type of breakfast. This meal is nutritious, filling, and doesn’t require too much grunt work. Add your favorite fruit, some shredded coconut, or nut butter to spruce it up.

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Mocha Banana Protein Smoothie

This smoothie bowl packs quite a punch thanks to a mix of carbs, healthy fats, and superfoods. It even includes optional spinach to get you closer to your daily vegetable goals and coffee to get you out the door with a spring in your step.

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Waffles

If you prefer a more traditional breakfast, opt for waffles instead. This recipe is both vegan and gluten-free — plus they’re made with only seven ingredients. They’re entirely customizable, which means that you can get creative with both the batter (by adding chocolate chips, banana, vanilla, etc.) and the toppings (such as homemade chia jam, banana slices, nut butters, and so on). We recommend adding a scoop of vegan protein to the mix.

You can also make them in advance and freeze them for rushed mornings. All you’ll need to do is pop them in the toaster or the oven to heat them up.

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Blackberry Almond Butter Toast

Introducing the adult version of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which is just as good as you remember but without all that sugar. Chia seeds and mashed blackberries are a great substitute for sugary, store-bought jams and fruit preservatives, while the right brand of nut butter will ensure you’re off to a good start in the morning.

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal

This breakfast tastes exactly like dessert, but it’s in fact low in sugar and packed with fiber and protein to keep you going throughout the day. Before you dig in, add some Greek yogurt for a healthy alternative to cream cheese frosting. The fat in the yogurt will also help your body burn through the carbs much slower, avoiding a blood sugar spike and helping keep your energy levels up for longer.

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Southwest Tofu Scramble with Potatoes

If you’re looking for a hearty savory breakfast — this is it. Completely vegan friendly, this recipe offers between 15 and 20 grams of protein thanks to the tofu. It’s quick and easy to make, and you can throw in some extra vegetables to boost its nutritional profile.

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Tofu Scramble
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