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The Ultimate Lectin-Free Breakfast Guide, Recipe Round-Up

February 19, 2021 (Last Updated: July 9, 2024)
The Ultimate Lectin-Free Breakfast Guide, Recipe Round-Up

Do you want to embark on a lectin-free lifestyle and have no idea what to have for breakfast? I get it. What’s left to eat once you give up bread, oats, pancakes, muffins, cereals, and potatoes?

I have good news; all the above have a lectin-free version as tasty and satisfying as the original and much healthier and more nutritious for you and your loved ones. Let’s explore some of my favorite lectin-free breakfast ideas.

What is ‘breakfast’?

But first, let’s clarify what ‘breakfast’ means. It is the first meal of the day, the one you break your overnight fast with. So, it doesn’t matter what time you eat it, if it’s your first meal of the day, it’s called break-fast.

That being said, you can eat anything for your first meal of the day. However, when people want ‘breakfast’ ideas, they refer more to the emotional significance of that first meal of the day, usually related to a familiar taste or texture that helps us recreate a positive experience.

With this in mind, I decided to put together a round-up of the most comforting lectin-free breakfasts you can have when you are following the plant paradox lifestyle. If combined and cooked appropriately, lectin-free foods will make delicious and beautiful meals.

I have been following the plant paradox lifestyle for over five years, and all these lectin-free breakfast ideas are my favorite plant paradox-approved breakfasts.

Intermittent fasting: when do we eat breakfast?

Many health enthusiasts, functional medicine practitioners, health coaches, and even MDs now advocate for the role of intermittent or time-restricted fast in improving our health.

Simply put, time-restricted fasting is when you voluntarily give your body a break from eating, even when food is available (a fundamental distinction from starvation, unfortunately still a reality for many people worldwide).

We all fast to some extent – we don’t eat when we are asleep, right? But, this period can be extended to 14-16 hours every day for health benefits. I do 14-16 hours most days without any effort.

My last meal of the day is around 6 pm, and the next meal is anywhere between 9 am and 12 pm, depending on the day. I also think this is the easier way to fast, as most of it is sleep anyway. Fasting should feel good once you pass the first few days when the body adjusts to the new schedule.

The ideal way to fast would be to have an earlier breakfast and skip dinner, but that is impossible for a lot of people. For me, for example, dinner is a family meal. I eat together with my husband as a way to connect, and that’s very important to us.

Experiment with fasting, do what feels good for you.

Fasting is a very personal experience and can be done in many ways. So you must listen to your body and do what feels good for you.

Start slowly and experiment with fasting in the particular context of your life. Do what suits you and what makes you feel good. Fasting should give us energy and clarity of mind and, overall, should positively impact our health. But, as with anything, there is too much of a good thing, so balance and considering bio-individuality are essential.

If you want to understand more about how you can make fasting part of your healthy diet, I recommend the following article, including an easy-to-follow meal plan and ten nutritious and satisfying meals:

But let’s focus now on what you can eat for the first meal of the day. If you want to dig deeper into the science of fasting, I recommend Dr. Jason Fung, The Complete Guide to Fasting, and Dave Asprey, Fast This Way.

What is a lectin-free breakfast?

If you are a long-time follower of The Plant Paradox and Dr. Steven Gundry, you probably know the YES and NO lectin-free food list by heart. But the lectin-free movement is growing every day. There are always new people trying to figure out what healthy eating is and how we can lead normal lives and eat delicious foods while eliminating so many familiar ingredients from our diets.

The list of approved food and foods to eliminate is long and can be found in any of Dr. Gundry’s books and here in this post: the plant paradox food list and shopping list.

But briefly, related to our topic of breakfast, you will eliminate:

All eggs have to be pasture-raised or Omega-3 eggs, and if you are very sensitive to corn, soy, or oats, you have to check with your supplier to make sure the hens are not supplemented with any of these (which is very common).

You are only allowed dairy coming from casein A2 milk, but in tiny amounts (food to consume only once in a while).

The lectin-free food lists are updating all the time as there is always new research on lectins coming in and a lot of new, plant paradox compliant products are introduced to the market.

So, to keep up with it, I recommend following Dr. Steven Gundry on his social media channels and reading the latest books with the most updated information.

Lectin-free breakfast recipe round-up

One quick note regarding the below collection of lectin-free breakfast recipes.

I am the only one following a lectin-free lifestyle (at least intentionally) in my family, but when I make such a breakfast, I make it for everyone. Most of them were tried and tested by people who are not on any particular diet, and they are all loved by everyone.

When you eat any of the below breakfasts, you won’t feel you are on a diet. They are satisfying, full of flavor, rich, and nutritious, and you will feel good after eating them.

What makes a healthy breakfast?

While some of the options below are lectin-free and comply with the Plant Paradox diet, this doesn’t necessarily make them the healthiest choice for starting your day. Here are a few guidelines to help you begin your morning right:

Food Order: Begin with fiber-rich vegetables and greens, followed by proteins and healthy fats, and finish with carbohydrates. For instance, start with a few sticks of carrots and radishes or a small green salad, then have some avocado and eggs or another protein source, and finally add carbohydrates.

Macros: A balanced breakfast is crucial to kickstart your metabolism. Ensure your meal includes adequate protein, fiber, and healthy fats, with carbohydrates playing a supporting role.

Nutritional Value: Opt for a nutrient-dense breakfast that provides essential vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and healthy fats. Incorporating broccoli microgreens (my favorite superfood) can enhance the nutritional value of your meal without adding bulk.

While healthy pancakes and muffins are great for weekend brunches, your regular breakfast should prioritize vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats. When you feel like a muffin in the morning, make sure you first nibble on some fiber-rich vegetables, like raw carrots.

Protein-Packed Egg Muffins – Perfect for Meal Prep

I love starting my day with a savory breakfast, especially when it’s protein-packed and fiber-rich. However, the thought of chopping vegetables and preparing elaborate meals in the morning often seems daunting. This is exactly why I created these delicious, healthy egg muffins.

protein packed egg muffins

Greens and Sweet Potato Hash Bowl

Inspired by one of my favorite meals in a restaurant in Dallas, this Greens and Sweet Potato Hash Bowl is a perfectly balanced lectin-free breakfast: it’s full of nutrients, healthy carbs, and fats, and healthy proteins, and tastes amazing. And it’s quick to put together.

If you are vegan or can’t have eggs; replace the eggs with a handful of plant paradox-approved nuts and seeds. Or, if you are sensitive to eggs but ok with animal protein, replace them with grilled or pan-cooked chicken breast or a steak (flank steak would be great).

Millet Porridge, a warming lectin-free breakfast

Millet is an ancient grain that makes an excellent replacement for oats. Its porridge is a creamy, comforting, warming, satisfying, and delicious lectin-free breakfast. With add-ons such as coconut oil and butter, nut butter, chopped nuts, frozen or fresh berries, cinnamon, and a little bit of a plant paradox-approved sweetener, this millet porridge is a winner.

Millet can be cooked in only water or with a mix of water and non-dairy milk. Get creative when it comes to add-ons and toppings.

millet porridge is a nice, warm lectin free breakfast

Sunchokes Breakfast Skillet – A fiber-packed breakfast

Sunchokes are delicious and packed with prebiotic fiber. They are also easy to cook and make the best replacement for white potatoes, in case that’s what you are craving.

This sunchoke lectin-free breakfast is super easy to put together and nutritious, and it will satisfy those cravings for a familiar potato and egg breakfast without compromising your health.

Grain-Free Spinach Pancakes with Wild Blueberries

These sweet and savory pancakes are my lectin-free take on the famous Finnish pancakes, pinaattiletut. They pack a lot of spinach and are made with almond and cassava flour, eggs, and non-dairy milk. I love to serve them with warm, wild blueberries.

If you want to stick to savory, you can get creative and have them with bacon, cheese, or salted butter. You can make the batter in a blender. With this fun presentation and interesting salty and sweet combination, you can wow anyone. This lectin-free breakfast is certainly not dull.

spinach pancakes lectin free

Green Shakshuka with Brussels Sprouts and Smoked Sausage

Something about shakshuka screams comfort, taste, and lazy but gourmet mornings. It’s simple and festive at the same time; it’s nutritious, easy to make, and sharable.

In this lectin-free version, I replace the traditional tomato base with a bed of nutritious greens. The result is a healthy, comforting, sharable, lectin-free breakfast. To tell you a secret, I’ve had people making this for their New Year’s Eve dinner, and in my family is a favorite holiday brunch.

Green Shakshouka with Brussels Sprouts and Smoked Sausage is a great lectin free breakfast

The Tortilla Wrap, the most satisfying lectin-free breakfast

This must be one of the most satisfying lectin-free breakfasts I’ve ever made. It started with a viral TikTok trend that took over the internet in just a few days. I felt we, too, the plant paradox followers, deserve to be part of such a viral experiment and show the world there are always healthier alternatives to any meal. And that’s how this lectin-free breakfast was born.

Lectin-free tortillas are easy to make at home. They can also be frozen and reheated, so you can always have some on hand when you want to put together a quick and delicious tortilla wrap for breakfast.

Lectin-Free Granola with Green Plantain and Nuts

I couldn’t put together a lectin-free breakfast recipe round-up without a granola recipe. Whether we want it or not, cereal breakfast is considered a familiar, comforting, and easy meal worldwide, and what you find in stores, even those labeled as ‘healthy,’ are far from being nutritious meals. This lectin-free and sugar-free granola recipe was one of the first recipes I created.

It freezes well, so you can make a big batch in advance and keep it in the freezer. Since it has so many nuts, it doesn’t really freeze, so you don’t have to take it out from the freezer a long time in advance.

Serve it with your favorite plant paradox-approved yogurt (goat, sheep, or coconut) or with a non-dairy plant paradox-compliant milk. I prefer hemp milk or tigernut milk. The best brand available in the US is Pacific – Hemp Original, Unsweetened. It’s also easy to make at home.

Coco-Nuts Crunchy Granola with Green Plantain

Basil Seed Pudding with Cherries and Pistachios

Looking for a healthy and delicious breakfast, high-fiber snack, or light dinner option? Look no further than this basil seed pudding with cherries and pistachios recipe! Not only is this pudding lectin-free, but it’s also packed with nutrient-rich ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized throughout the day.

Basil seed pudding

The Classic Pancakes, with Tigernut Flour and Wild Blueberries

Pancakes are a regular weekend breakfast in our home. I have many ways of making lectin-free pancakes, but this one is one of my favorites. They are easy to put together and personalize to your taste. Add your favorite nut butter, more or less sweetener, sprinkle with your favorite nuts, and you can even drizzle with Yacon Syrup, a healthy alternative to maple or agave syrup.

Gluten-Free German Pancakes Recipe (Low-Carb)

I’m excited to share with you my new recipe for lectin-free and gluten-free German pancakes, also known as Dutch baby pancakes. Because they are so good! These pancakes are not only delicious but also healthy and low-carb, making them a great option for anyone looking for a tasty breakfast treat that won’t weigh them down.

Gluten-free German pancakes

Gundry MD’s pancake mix (a quick and healthy option)

If you are not in the mood for the work, there is another, easier way. Get GundryMD’s Pancake Mix, and always have some in your pantry for the days when you feel like pancakes.

This plant-based, lectin-free pancake mix makes it possible to enjoy a delicious stack of pancakes right at home… without the grains, added sugars, or dangerous preservatives that come with most store-bought breakfast mixes. When buying GundryMD’s Pancake Mix on my Ambassador Store, you will get more than 30% off if you buy six boxes. Just use the link above and save up to $36.00.

Homemade bread thins: the perfect bread replacement

If you feel like a slice of bread for your eggs and avocado, these easy to make lectin-free bread thins are perfect. They are made with wholesome ingredients, and super tasty!

The superfoods, delicious smoothie with avocado and collard greens

Smoothies are a popular lectin-free breakfast. I don’t recommend having smoothies every day, but every now and then, when you feel for something light and a boost of nutrients, this superfood green smoothie that tastes like a decadent dessert is a great choice.

The classic, refreshing plant paradox smoothie

If you love smoothies, this is my smoothie recommendation for anyone doing the three-day plant paradox cleanse or whenever you feel like a reset. This lectin-free breakfast is packed with nutrients, and it’s easy to drink.

Creamy Fonio Porridge with Almonds and Blueberries

This creamy fonio porridge with almonds and wild blueberries, flavored with toasted coriander seeds, is such a delicate, tasty, and satisfying breakfast or snack. Fonio is an ancient lectin-free and gluten-free, nutritious grain that cooks really fast and can be prepared in a variety of ways.

Creamy fonio porridge

Sorghum Porridge with Walnuts and Warming Spices

Sorghum, a versatile and nutrient-rich grain, is the heart of this porridge recipe. Combined with the crunchy goodness of walnuts and a symphony of warming spices, it creates a comforting bowl that’s both delicious and healthful.

The Bread, Butter and Jam

While this is not the ideal way to start your day, sometimes you just feel like the classic childhood breakfast: bread with butter and jam.

One of my favorite treats would be The Brazilian Cheese Bread with French butter, and homemade berry jam. Alternatively, you can use our sorghum bread rolls or sorghum sandwich bread.

To make jam at home, you just have to simmer berries (frozen are great) on low heat with an approved sweetener, such as Lakanto monk fruit or inulin powder, until it thickens. Agar-agar is an excellent thickener for jams if you want them to look more like jelly. The jam can be stored in a fridge for about one week.

The ‘Peanut’ Butter and Jelly

Another classic breakfast (or even snack) many people are not ready to give up, is peanut butter on a slice of bread, topped with jelly or jam. I personally love this combination, and you can make it lectin-free by using pecan butter or walnut butter, a slice of lectin-free sourdough bread, and some fresh berries or homemade jam.

If you prefer the classic hazelnut spread, then try this healthy sugar-free Nutella. It is super easy to make and can be ready in 5 minutes.


The Occasional Lectin-Free Breakfast Treat

Muffins or oat cookies can make a delicious lectin-free breakfast in special moments. They are not the everyday favorite way to break your fast, but now and then, your first or second coffee (or tea) of the day deserves a little treat. Plus, these are made with wholesome, healthy ingredients, so you should not feel guilty. Just remember, snack on some lectin-free vegetables, and maybe eat a boiled egg before you have a muffin.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Muffins

Healthy Sweet Potato Muffins

Grain-Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Millet Flakes Chocolate Chip Cookies

I hope you enjoyed the lectin-free breakfast guide. If you have questions or feedback or need more ideas for a healthy breakfast, leave a comment.

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  • Reply
    Sian Wood
    May 31, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    This is great. Thanks. I just bought your book from Amazon.

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      June 5, 2022 at 4:50 am

      Thank you so much Sian. Happy cooking!

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    March 8, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Claudia! I just now saw your reply. I have looked for hemp tofu, unsuccessfully and just checked your website recipe page to see if there’s a recipe but couldn’t find one. I saw one recipe that required a special (expensive: nigari) ingredient and was hesitant to try it cuz hate to be wasteful if I didn’t like it. and also molds, which if I like it, wouldn’t mind buying, but would love to find an easy, inexpensive, no special “tools” needed recipe. Is that possible? Thank you so much!

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      March 10, 2021 at 1:53 am

      Hi Maria, I know, hemp tofu is so hard to find. I think you can improvise regarding the tools, but nigari is necessary. In fact I bought a jar of nigari recently for this purpose, but I didn’t have time to try to make the hemp tofu yet. If I manage to try and it’s successful, I will definitely share it here. xx

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    February 22, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Hi Claudia! You are inspiring as ever! I would absolutely LOVE to try ta VEGAN version of the Green Shakshouka with Brussels Sprouts and Smoked Sausage. The sausage, I know how to sub for that with my own mushroom/walnut sausage mix. But what do you think would be a good replacement for the eggs for texture and protein??

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      February 22, 2021 at 6:18 am

      Hi Maria, have you ever tried hemp tofu? It’s not that easy to find but not impossible either. You can also make it at home (maybe on my list of recipes?). I think that would work wonderfully (adding texture but also nutrition and protein). Thank you xx

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    Alice Bowers
    February 19, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Great! I have been on PP for more than a year and did not have any major “arthritis” attacks this Winter (thus far). I am 81 years old and feel great. Look forward to trying some of the recipes you posted. I have your cookbook and refer to it often. Thank you,

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      February 19, 2021 at 1:11 pm

      Happy for you Alice, I hope you never get to experience those pains again <3. hugs, Claudia

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    Siri Erickson
    February 19, 2021 at 11:47 am

    This is amazing and gorgeous. I totally agree the on PP, I eat wonderfully well AND feel so much better! Thanks for all you do!

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      February 19, 2021 at 11:50 am

      Hi Siri, happy you feel the same. Thank you so much <3

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