Breakfast: it’s perhaps the menu with the most stumbling blocks for those living low-carb. Eggs are great, but—let’s face it—get old without some variety. At times we may find ourselves missing the traditional breakfast classics we might have enjoyed at one point—even when we know they don’t fit our current health goals.

But who said keto was about deprivation? Not us, for sure. With a huge array of keto-friendly classic recipes, we’re hellbent on showing the world just how great keto eating can be—with real food, full flavor and no compromises. So, back to breakfast now…. We dare you to bring this savory keto waffle breakfast sandwich to work—and see just how many people you convert.

Enjoy—and be sure to check out this week’s giveaway with our friends at Birch Benders (below)!

Servings: 2 sandwiches

Time In the Kitchen: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Birch Benders Keto Pancake and Waffle Mix
  • 1/2 water
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 sandwich slices of cheddar (or cheese of choice)

Instructions:

Mix Birch Benders Keto Pancake and Waffle Mix with water and coconut oil according to package instructions.

Grease mini waffle iron with Primal Kitchen® Avocado Spray Oil. Pour batter into waffle iron and cook according to iron instructions.

While mini waffles are cooking (or before), scramble 2 eggs in small skillet.

Cook 3 strips of bacon (in oven at 400 ºF/205 ºC).

When mini waffles are done, let cool slightly on plate or cooling rack.

When cooled, top two of the waffles with cheese slices, 1 1/2 bacon strips each, and divided scrambled egg. Top with the remaining two mini waffles to make 2 sandwiches.

For a little extra spice, add Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo. Now dig in….

Now For the Giveaway…

Have we won you over yet to Birch Benders easy and incredible mixes? (They have a paleo version, too, btw.)

Just follow @marksdailyapple and @birchbenders on Instagram and comment on today’s MDA Instagram giveaway photo with your favorite keto recipe.

One lucky (random) winner will score a Primal Kitchen package worth $100: Vanilla Collagen Fuel, Classic Mayo, Chipotle Lime Mayo, Ranch Dressing, Green Goddess Dressing, and Caesar Dressing.

Good luck—and bon appetit!

Nutritional Information (per sandwich):

  • Calories: 415
  • Net Carbs: 6.6 grams
  • Fat: 32.6 grams
  • Protein: 22 grams

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I always feel better when I start my day with a good serving of protein. I remain satisfied for a longer period of time, my energy levels are higher … it’s just a really simple way to show myself a little love before the demands of my day take over. Except, well. It’s not like most of my typical breakfasts are exactly complicated, but even a basic smoothie requires a few ingredients, plus the cleaning of the blender, so although I can whip one up in very little time, it’s still a far cry from grab-and-go. And sometimes, I really just…

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Warm, hearty, healthy dishes are seriously calling to me right now. Maybe it’s the cooler weather, maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been training for a half marathon and, well, more miles always make me hungry (and I know I’m not alone). Actual footage of me after a recent long training run: via GIPHY Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the fact that Brooks Running offered the blog ambassador team (which includes us!) this recipe for huevos rancheros from Hansons-Brooks athlete Brendan Gregg. Brendan took eighth place at the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 10k, so if he’s saying it fuels his…

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October means pumpkin…everything. Those who eating low-carb, however, may believe that most of those treats are off the menu. Not so. It’s possible to enjoy a variety of traditional pumpkin recipes (including pumpkin pie and this pumpkin bread) while you keep your low-carb commitment. Made with the goodness of almond flour, eggs, and all the traditional spices, this pumpkin bread bakes up moist and flavorful. Pumpkin puree rather than pumpkin pie filling means you can sweeten to your own taste. And don’t worry about sugar—this recipe doesn’t have any. It uses a popular low-carb standby—Swerve—to add sweetness without the sugar content.

Servings: 10

Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup organic pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ¼ cup Swerve
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • *½ cup of optional mix-ins: chopped pecans or walnuts

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place rack in center of the oven.

Grease an 8×4-inch loaf pan with butter or coconut oil and line with parchment paper so the paper overlaps the sides like handles. Grease the parchment paper lightly.

Sift almond flour to break up lumps.

In a large bowl, stir together almond flour, salt, baking soda, and spices. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, Swerve, and vanilla extract. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour in the wet. Gently stir until batter is just combined. Fold in any mix-ins.

Scrape into prepared loaf pan, and smooth the top of the batter. Bake for 43–46 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside to cool (for about 30 minutes). Lift the bread out using the parchment handles, peel off the paper, and slice.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for 5 days in the refrigerator. To freeze, wrap bread tightly (aluminum foil works) and store in freezer for 3 months.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 137
  • Fat: 10.7 grams
  • Protein: 6.2 grams
  • Net Carbs: 7.7 grams

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Try as we might, many of us find the temptation of pancakes too hard to resist. Maybe it’s the sweet, buttery aroma of the batter on the griddle or the soft doughy texture, or that eating something with the word “cake” in it for breakfast just feels so deliciously naughty. But it doesn’t have to be. There are decent Primal substitutes. Pancakes made with almond meal or coconut flour are a good option, but can be pretty heavy and, for some, overly filling. And then there’s this dish sent in by Jack Etherington for the Primal Cookbook Challenge. His Almond Banana Pancakes contain just three ingredients: banana, egg and almond butter. You can whip up a batch in five minutes flat and top the pancakes with a pat of butter, a scoop of nut butter, or fresh berries.

Almond Banana Pancakes are slightly delicate so you’ll want to keep the size fairly small (or add an extra egg) and wait until the edges are nicely browned before flipping them. This shouldn’t deter you from trying the recipe—the delicate texture of Almond Banana Pancakes is the very thing that makes them so irresistible. If you’ve tried pancakes made from almond or coconut flour and find them slightly grainy, you’ll really love the silky, airy texture of these cakes. The flavor is sinfully close to banana bread; add a little vanilla and cinnamon to the batter if you really want to get decadent.

As is evident from the comment board of last week’s recipe, this (very similar) recipe may be too carb-centric for some of you. For those who are keto or are restricting carbs for weight loss purposes this recipe might not fit into your personal Primal plans. For others, it might be part of your 20%. And for others that are extra active or have already achieved your preferred body composition, this recipe might be a perfect fit. (Kids tend to love it, too, by the way.) Enjoy!

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg (or 2 if pancakes aren’t holding together well)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter

Instructions:

Mash the bananas, add the egg and mix well.

Stir in the almond butter, adding more than a tablespoon if you want a more pancake-like texture.

Warm butter in a pan and pour batter into small cakes.

Brown on each side and serve warm.

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