Finding interesting gluten free breakfast ideas that are tasty and nutritious can be a real drag. But remember, breakfast sets you up for the day and sets the tone for what's to come.
On a gluten free diet, eggs, yogurt, and weird sugary free-from cereals get old really fast. So I've put together my favorite gluten free breakfast recipes from the blog.
You'll find nourishing, satisfying gluten free breakfast options. Some sweet, some savory. Some naturally gluten free, others that are modified for a gluten free diet.
Whatever your preference, and whether you're looking for a special celebratory breakfast or a general weekday option, there's something for you. And the conventional eaters won't even realize they're eating a gluten free breakfast!
My Favorite Gluten Free Breakfast Ingredients and Pantry Staples
As you'll see, my kids don't often eat cereal for breakfast. It's either really boring or laden with a huge amount of sugar, flavorings, and fillers. And it's also not possible to take it on-the-go, which we seem to do quite often.
Instead, I keep my freezer well stocked with make-ahead breakfasts and my pantry filled with some breakfast staples. These include:
- Hard-boiled eggs (I don't peel them after they're boiled; I just write an “H” on them)
- Washed and cut-up fresh fruit, ready to go out the door, wherever possible
- Milk and yogurt (dairy or non-dairy works just fine)
- Flours (almond flour, coconut flour, gluten free oat flour, brown rice flour, and a good all-purpose gluten free flour blend) to make pretty much any gluten free breakfast item you can dream up
- Nut butters (almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter) for baking or even just enjoying with a cut-up apple
- Gluten free oats
Quick gluten free breakfast ideas
Make-ahead breakfasts are the way to go for busy mornings! A slow cooker is an invaluable kitchen tool for gluten free oatmeal, for example, for a healthy, filling breakfast that takes minutes to prep the night before and minutes to serve the next day.
Breakfast for a busy school day
My kids rarely eat cereal for breakfast on a school morning, and it's not because I'm some sort of Supermom. 🦸🏻 It's really because I know how to stock a freezer.
I even sent my college freshman to school this semester with a stash of muffins. Nearly all of these 10 gluten free breakfast ideas can all be made ahead of time (except for the quiche?), and all are healthier than a bowl of cereal. These gluten free breakfast ideas help you feed your family a really good breakfast that sets them up for the day, even when you're in a rush.
Brunch for a weekend or holiday
I've always thought that breakfast foods should be among the first you learn to make when you're newly gluten free. That and cookies. (Hey, how about breakfast cookies?)
It's hard to find really good packaged gluten free muffins, waffles, pancakes and real bagels. And when you're hosting a springtime holiday, or you want to share a big, leisurely weekend brunch for your family and friends, you want to serve everyone's favorite foods.
When my son, then just a toddler, went gluten free, my extended family was not understanding at all. They insisted on stopping at the bagel store on the way to our house, regardless of the risk.
I promised myself I'd learn to make gluten free bagels that rivaled the New York bagel store, and refuse any gluten at the door. Done and done!
Tips for making gluten-free breakfasts
Here are my top tips to make gf breakfast stress-free, even on those crazy week day mornings.
Batch cook and freeze
This is my absolute number one tip for gluten free breakfast ideas. It's the way to make sure you've always got a gluten free breakfast ready to go. With a well-stocked freezer, breakfast is easy. Even if you suddenly find yourself feeding half of your extended family.
Aside from the quiche, you can make all of these gluten free breakfast recipes ahead of time and freeze them, ready to thaw or reheat whenever you need them.
Make smoothie kits on a Sunday
Now, I haven't included any smoothie recipes here, but a naturally gluten free smoothie packed full of fruit, nut butter, and coconut milk, is a great way to start the day.
And, again, you can prep these ahead of time by portioning up the ingredients into single-serve bags and freezing or refrigerating them. Then, just empty a bag into the blender, add your choice of milk, et voila, super easy smoothie.
I know that there's that fancy company that sells smoothie sets in pre-portioned cups, but have you seen how expensive they are?
Make dry mixes for pancakes, etc.
Another really simple but so effective tip for making gluten free breakfast is to make up all your dry mixes ahead of time. For example, make up a big batch of pancake mix, muffin mix, or waffle mix and store the dry ingredients mixes in glass jars.
Then, when you need to make a gluten free breakfast on the fly, half of the measuring is done for you. All you need to do is scoop out the right amount of dry mix and add your wet ingredients.
Repurpose dinner leftovers (or vice-versa)
Leftover potatoes make a truly delicious breakfast or brunch the next day. Sharp cheese, crispy bacon bits, and mashed potatoes all fried into crispy cakes. So, so good.
Leftover mashed potato cakes make a beautiful, warming gluten free breakfast and go well on lovely crusty bread for a hearty brunch. And they're versatile, too, so you can add whatever extras and seasonings sound good to you.
And there's no reason you can't make a breakfast quiche, then serve it with jacket potatoes and a salad for a light dinner. Or top that strawberry breakfast cake with some whipped cream or even some ice cream toppings and have it for dessert.
Get creative with your dinner or gluten free breakfast leftovers or your batch cooking. Rework things or dress them differently, and serve them whenever suits you.
Make a healthy breakfast with a few simple gluten free substitutes
If you're trying to avoid refined sugars but still like some sweetness in your life, switch out processed sugars and refined syrups for date sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey. Maple syrup adds a beautiful touch of sweetness without being overwhelmingly sweet.
Consider switching from fried eggs to baked eggs to cut down on fat intake. Add a spoonful of chia seeds to your oatmeal, overnight oats, or gluten free muffins for a boost of healthy fats, fiber, and nutrients.
A gluten free breakfast option isn't automatically healthier. A lot of the store-bought cereals and breakfast products are full of sugar, fillers, and chemical flavorings and preservatives that we just don't need or want.
But making your own gluten free breakfast recipes puts you back in control of what you're eating and lets you choose when to go for healthy ingredients and a nourishing breakfast. It might just be juicy blueberries and maple syrup on your pancakes, chia seeds, a little almond butter, and shredded coconut in your oatmeal, or a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs and crispy hash browns.
Do you want a satisfying breakfast of crispy hash browns, eggs, and salty bacon? Great! Go for it. You don't have to go for super healthy easy gluten free breakfasts every day, but when you do, those ingredients I listed above are simple, safe gf swaps.
Gluten and Dairy Free Breakfasts
If you're on a gluten and dairy free diet, you'll need to make sure any gluten free breakfast recipe is tweaked to be dairy free, too.
There are some great dairy free milks, yogurts, and other dairy substitutes widely available nowadays. And they mostly behave just like regular dairy.
Note that I don't usually recommend using coconut oil in place of solid butter, because that really does behave differently. Vegan butter, Miyoko's Kitchen or Melt brands specifically, works beautifully in most cases, but be sure to check the “substitutions” section of each post, usually toward the bottom, for instructions on how to make any particular recipe dairy free, too.
Almond milk or gf oat milk are both popular dairy milk substitutes for breakfast time, as is coconut milk.
And, for some recipes, you can use aquafaba or a chia egg if you're vegan or follow an egg-free diet.
For breakfast, just like any other meal when you're sensitive to gluten, it's vital you check that your ingredients are really free from gluten, whether you're making a traditional Mexican breakfast or some simple but hearty baked oatmeal. For a comprehensive guide when you're just starting out, please see our basic rules for a gluten free diet.
Cross contamination is a very real risk, so make sure you check product labels for to make sure it's certified free from gluten. While fruits and other fresh produce are generally gluten free, flours, oats, and other grains, dried nuts and seeds, may be processed in a factory with gluten grains, which can lead to cross contact contamination.
Can you eat oatmeal if you are gluten free?
Yes, you can eat oatmeal if you're gluten free, as long as you use gluten free oats. Oats are one of the grains that's often processed alongside gluten, so is at risk of cross contamination. Therefore, it's important to only use oats that are certified gf.
Are bananas gluten free?
Bananas are naturally gluten free. But, if they're in a recipe or a product that contains other ingredients, you should always check the ingredient label, just in case.
Banana slices go great on top of oatmeal, porridge, or in a beautiful banana pudding (which you could also enjoy for breakfast, right?)
Are scrambled eggs gluten free?
Yes, scrambled eggs that you make yourself are gluten free. They only contain eggs, a little fat, and some seasoning, and maybe a bit of sharp cheese. Just make sure you serve them on a slice of lovely crusty gluten free toast.