Breakfast for me is usually a bowl of bran flakes or some granola with soya milk and whatever fruit is to hand. Maybe toast, and marmite. None of that’s allowed on low-carb so I’ve done quite a bit of experimentation.
The obvious option is the omelette. I ate a lot of omelettes in my low-carb month. Mostly veggie ones, sometimes with a bit of cheese added. I don’t need to tell anyone how to make an omelette but here’s a picture anyway.
The next thing I tried was low-carb granola. You can make a granola-a-like mix thing for about 5g of net carbs a serving (2 tablespoons). Have this with a couple of berries and some yoghurt and it’s almost like a proper breakfast.
Which yoghurt? Unsweetened, of course. Beyond that I just read the cartons and get the one which has the lowest carbs. Lactose is of course a sugar so yoghurt is not low carb, particularly not the “Low Fat” ones as they quite often have more lactose.
There are several low-carb granola recipes out there in the blogosphere – I’ve made this one at low carb maven and this one from ditchthecarbs.com. They’re both pretty tasty but I’ve gone off-piste and started inventing my own because it’s not that hard. Basically you want
- 200g ish of dessicated coconut
- 200g ish of seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, linseed)
- 50-100g of various nuts chopped up
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- some sweetener and a pinch of salt
- Some spices – ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, that kind of thing
Melt the coconut oil, put it in a baking tray with the stuff, stir it, put it in the oven on a medium heat (180c approx – gas mark 5, 350f) for 25 minutes or so. Stir it every 3 minutes or else it burns and good golly those ingredients are expensive so you don’t want to do that oh no you don’t.
Low carb “pancakes”
This wasn’t so much a conscious breakfast choice as a weekend treat on the last weekend of the low-carb diet. Frankly, I chose to make it because we needed to use up some cream cheese. The recipe is easy in terms of ingredients – cream cheese, eggs, cinnamon, sweetener – but the execution was harder than I thought. You can find the instructions here at I breathe I’m hungry. Six eggs and half a packet of cream cheese made us five decent pan-sized pancakes but we only ate two each, because the first one was crap and went straight to the compost.
Quite nice fried cheesy cinnamon egg things, but not really pancakes. Filled a hole.
 They burn quite easily