Rhubarb breakfast pots with granola topping served on a tray

10 high-protein breakfast recipes to try

Start your day with a healthy and satisfying burst of protein with our simple and delicious breakfast recipes, including eggs, yogurt parfaits, tofu scramble and halloumi breakfast bowls

Looking for a healthy, protein-packed way to start your day? Discover our tasty selection of protein-rich breakfast ideas and then check out our gut healthy and keto-friendly breakfasts.


Why is protein important at breakfast?

Consuming protein at breakfast has a plethora of benefits, including supporting satiety, energy and a balanced mood. Studies also show that including protein at breakfast can aid weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight by helping you to feel satisfied for longer. All of our chosen recipes provide at least 20% of their calories as protein.

1. Vegan tofu scramble

Check out this low-calorie vegan breakfast recipe made with smoked tofu, punchy chilli and pan-fried courgette.

Tofu Scrambled Eggs Recipe

2. Beetroot borani and halloumi breakfast bowls

Check out our vibrant breakfast bowl with salty pan-fried halloumi, creamy beetroot borani topped with crunchy dukkah. This wholesome recipe comes from food writer John Gregory-Smith.

3. Rhubarb breakfast pots

Check out these rhubarb pots for a healthy low-cal breakfast. These colourful breakfast pots are super-simple to make and are high in protein, perfect fuel to start your day.

4. Avocado and smoked salmon toasts

If you’re looking for a healthy eating recipe that feels like an indulgence, try our avocado and smoked salmon toasts – a recipe that will get you out of bed in the morning. It also comes in at under 300 calories. We’re a little obsessed with avo at olive, so you could also try one of our best avocado on toast recipes.

5. Smoked haddock and spinach rye toasts

One for those early risers with a savoury tooth, this quick and easy breakfast idea is high in protein and full of flavour from the smoked haddock, pecorino and garlic oil.

Smoked haddock and spinach rye toasts

6. Spring greens shakshuka

If you want a healthy brunch recipe to try for a weekend brunch, make this healthy spring greens shakshuka. Made with eggs and green vegetables, this dish is perfect for anyone wanting a healthy yet filling breakfast.

Green Shakshuka Recipe (Plus How To Video)

7. Vegetable omelette

Jazz your omelette up with plenty of grated courgette, kale, peas and chilli flakes, then serve alongside cherry tomatoes dressed simply with white wine vinegar.

8. PBJ breakfast parfait

Peanut butter is a breakfast time staple and, as this fruity, tangy, crunchy creation proves, its potential goes far beyond simply topping toast.

9. Sweet and sour lentil shakshuka

Jazz up your weekend brunch and make this veggie shakshuka with lentils and punchy spice. This simple egg recipe is not only easy to make, it’s low in calories, too.

10. Open-faced omelette with garlic mushrooms and taleggio

Cheesy, earthy and filling – this simple grilled omelette with garlicky mushrooms and soft melted taleggio is ready in just 20 minutes.


Tracey Raye is health editor for olive and BBC Good Food. Tracey, MSc, is a registered nutritionist, holding a master’s degree in personalised nutrition. She is passionate about harnessing the power of all things health and well-being, in a way that enhances, rather than limits our lives. She curates our nourishing recipes and collections, and stays abreast of the latest health and lifestyle trends in order to bring you the tools and inspiration you need to find what health means for you.