Special Diet Breakfast & Brunch Recipes

Find healthy, delicious breakfast recipes for every special diet, including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, diabetic-friendly, high-protein and Whole30 breakfast recipes. Healthier recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Cinnamon-Roll Overnight Oats

Rating: 4 stars 14
It takes just minutes to assemble this healthy no-cook breakfast, and you'll have meal-prepped grab-and-go breakfasts on hand for the rest of the week. Top these delicious vegan oats—inspired by classic cinnamon bun flavors—with fresh or frozen fruit and your favorite nuts and seeds.
By Carolyn Casner

Spinach & Mushroom Quiche

Rating: 4.5 stars 36
This healthy vegetarian quiche recipe is as simple as it gets. It's a quiche without the fussy crust! It's filled with sweet wild mushrooms and savory Gruyère cheese. Enjoy it for breakfast or brunch, or serve it with a light salad for lunch.

Breakfast Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cakes

Rating: 5 stars 6
Peanut butter is the star ingredient in these oatmeal cakes, providing not only flavor, but a boost of plant-based protein too. Hiding a bit in the center of each muffin is a fun way to ensure that peanut butter makes it into every bite.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

Breakfast Lemon-Blueberry Oatmeal Cakes

Rating: 5 stars 2
A cross between muffins and baked oatmeal, these oatmeal cakes are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or snack. If you prefer to use fresh blueberries, they're an equal swap for the frozen in this recipe. You can also make a double batch and enjoy one during the week and store the other batch in the freezer to savor later.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

Baked Banana-Nut Oatmeal Cups

Rating: 4.5 stars 29
Muffins meet oatmeal in these moist and tasty grab-and-go oatmeal cups.
By Carolyn Casner

Peanut Butter Protein Overnight Oats

Rating: 5 stars 6
Powdered peanut butter is a handy pantry staple that makes a great vegan protein booster for oatmeal and smoothies. Double or triple this recipe to meal-prep breakfasts for the week or to have breakfast ready for the entire family.
By Carolyn Casner

Mozzarella, Basil & Zucchini Frittata

Rating: 5 stars 20
This vegetable-studded frittata recipe is one of the quickest meals you can make. Make it for breakfast, or serve for lunch or dinner with a tossed salad and a slice of olive oil-drizzled crusty baguette.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Spinach, Mushroom & Egg Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
This delightful spinach, mushroom and egg casserole is layered with earthy cooked mushrooms and baby spinach, fluffy eggs and nutty cave-aged Gruyère that deepens the flavor. Serve this easy casserole for breakfast, brunch or even dinner with a green salad on the side.
Marianne Williams
By Marianne Williams

Breakfast Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal Cakes

These handy cakes are a great way to start your day. If you're in a hurry, toss one in a food storage container to enjoy once you get to work. If you have more time, pop one in the microwave for 30 seconds, then top with a little milk and enjoy!
By Sara Haas, RDN

Avocado-Egg Toast

Rating: 5 stars 10
Try it once and we think you'll agree: Topping avocado toast with an egg is a near-perfect breakfast.

Fruit & Yogurt Smoothie

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
This easy fruit smoothie recipe calls for just three ingredients--yogurt, fruit juice and whatever frozen fruit you have on hand. Mix up your combinations from day to day for a healthy breakfast or snack you'll never get bored with.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Really Green Smoothie

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
The combination of kale and avocado makes this healthy smoothie recipe extra green. Chia seeds lend this creamy smoothie a heart-healthy punch of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
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Inspiration and Ideas

22 Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Recipes for the Mediterranean Diet
Whipping up one of these delicious breakfast recipes will help you have a great start to any day of the week. These breakfasts are fitting for a diabetes-friendly eating pattern and star staple ingredients of the Mediterranean diet.
8 Make-Ahead High-Protein Breakfasts for an Easier, Healthier Morning
High-protein breakfasts are a great way to kick off your day and will actually keep you full until lunch for a change. While we have plenty of healthy egg dishes to start your morning, many of these recipes aren't your typical high-protein breakfast. From sweet pancake mixes to savory muffin-tin omelets, we have plenty of high-protein breakfast meal-prep ideas for every palate. 
Pumpkin-Oat Mini Muffins
Rating: 4.5 stars 16

These gluten-free pumpkin muffins are packed with oats and chocolate chips. Plus, these mini pumpkin muffins are made entirely in the blender, making cleanup a breeze. If you'd rather make 12 regular-size muffins, bake for 18 to 20 minutes and let cool for 10 minutes before turning them out of the pan.