No need to sacrifice flavor when you’re eating breakfast on a gluten-free diet! From pumpkin pancakes and blueberry scones to a savory breakfast like cheesy grits or popovers, there are unlimited gluten free breakfast ideas for the most important meal of the day.

In this post you’ll find my top TRIED-AND-TRUE gluten-free breakfast recipes. These recipes are approved by hundreds of readers!

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If you’re on the hunt for tasty gluten free breakfast ideas for busy mornings, slow weekends, and everything in between, check out this roundup. I’ve gathered all of the BEST gluten-free breakfast recipes for any occasion.

Gluten-Free Waffles and Pancakes

Guess what? It’s totally possible to make light, fluffy pancakes and waffles that are gluten-free…and taste just as amazing as classic pancakes and waffles. All you need is a few pro tips to ensure the end result is something the whole family will love.

Follow these recommendations with any gluten free breakfast idea you try from this post:

  • Use Gluten-free 1:1 Baking FlourI like to use a high quality gluten-free measure-for-measure flour blend like King Arthur Flour in my baked goods, and pancakes are no exception. Look for a blend that contains xanthan gum for best results.
  • Substitute almond milk (dairy-free option): You can easily make buttermilk pancakes dairy-free by substituting the buttermilk with 1 ½ cups almond milk (or another non-dairy milk) + 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  • Cook at a lower temperature: Some gluten-free pancakes (especially pumpkin pancakes) need to cook at a lower temperature to ensure they cook all the way through without burning.
  • Add some cider vinegar. This helps to activate the baking powder and soda for extra crispy waffles.
  • Let the batter rest. It’s wise to let the batter rest with any gluten free breakfast idea you try from this list. This allows the gluten-free flours to hydrate and the baking powder/soda to activate.
A waffle on a plate, a pancake on a plate, and a waffle on a plate

Toppings for Waffles, Pancakes, and Other Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas

Gluten-Free Breakfast Baked Goods

Craving a sweet breakfast that’s also gluten-free? No problem! I have a slew of delicious ideas for gluten-free breakfast baked goods that are perfect for a weekday breakfast or weekend brunch.

Here are some tips to help you get delicious results with your gluten free breakfast ideas:

  • Use vegetable or coconut oil: Many of my muffin recipes call for oil instead of melted butter. As much as I love butter, I find that vegetable or coconut oil makes for a fluffier texture in gluten-free cakes and muffins.
  • Add lemon juice: Lemon juice not only adds a nice zing to gluten-free muffins and brings out the flavor, it also helps to tenderize the the crumb. You can add lemon zest for even more lemon flavor if you like!
  • Choose high-quality gluten-free flour: Look for a gluten-free flour blend that contains xanthan gum so the muffins have the structure they need. This is my favorite brand.
  • Cook scones at a high temperature: Placing chilled sconces in a hot oven will help them rise quicker and higher.
  • Add almond flour: Almond flour helps with texture and browning. A touch of almond flour is also my secret to gluten-free chocolate chip cookies

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Gluten-Free Muffins

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Gluten-Free Scones

More Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas (Baked Goods)

Gluten-Free Holiday Breakfast Recipes

When you’re taste buds are ready to celebrate the holidays, these gluten-free breakfast recipes will deliver! Best of all, they’re crowd pleasers that are great for parties.

Follow these tips and these will soon be some of your favorite gluten-free breakfast recipes!

  • Add lemon juice: A little lemon juice gives gluten-free baked goods some extra lift and helps the crumb to be tender rather than dense.
  • Measure you flour properly: Gluten-free flour tends to be denser than regular flour, so be sure to use the weighted measurement whenever possible.
  • Make dairy-free or vegan breakfast recipes with dairy-free chocolate chips: If you’re making a breakfast dessert that is gluten-free and dairy-free, don’t forget to use dairy-free chocolate chips.
A bundt cake next to pumpkin pancakes, next to donuts

Savory Gluten-Free Breakfast Ideas

Sometimes a savory breakfast is the better way to go! Healthy fats and protein from eggs are a perfect start to the day, and gluten-free breakfast casserole makes for an easy gluten-free breakfast to serve a crowd.

Keep these tips in mind next time you make a savory breakfast dish:

  • Let your quiche dough rest. When making a quiche crust, it’s important to let the pie dough sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour (up to overnight) before rolling it out. This allows the dough to hydrate form a cohesive ball.
  • Roll dough in between plastic wrap: Gluten-free pie dough is more delicate than regular pie dough. It helps to roll the dough in-between plastic wrap so you can easily transfer it to the pie plate.
  • Make ahead (if desired): Breakfast casserole or quiche is a great make-ahead option. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can reheat individual slices in the microwave or wrap the entire dish in foil and warm in the oven at 325F for 10-15 minutes (or until warmed through) before serving.
Breakfast casserole, next to cheese grits, next to a quiche

Gluten-Free Smoothies

Fortunately, making a delicious gluten-free smoothie is a breeze. Most smoothies are naturally gluten-free, so you won’t have to alter much to get a tasty drink that’s safe for a gluten-free diet.

I do have some tricks up my sleeve to make extra smooth, flavorful gluten-free smoothies. Here are my tips!

  • Add a dash of orange juice. When making fruit smoothies, a dash of orange juice is all you need to make the flavor sing.
  • Use ice: Ice is essential for thick, cold smoothies. If you’re using fresh fruit (rather than frozen), you’ll need to add extra ice.
  • Incorporate fresh greens: A handful of spinach or kale is a great way to add extra nutrients to your smoothie. Trust me, you won’t even know it’s there!
  • Add dairy-free cream with soaked nuts: If you’re dairy-free and have wondered how to make a creamy smoothie with no yogurt this is the trick. I soak ¼ cup almonds overnight or add ¼ cup cashews. Cashews are a softer nut and will blend up nice and creamy without the soaking time. The nuts add nutrition and a yummy creamy texture.
A chocolate smoothie next to a strawberry smoothie, next to a pineapple smoothie

Gluten-Free Chia Pudding

Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas FAQs

What can I eat for breakfast on a gluten-free diet?

There are lots of ways to enjoy a delicious, nutritious breakfast on a gluten-free diet. This roundup offers recipe ideas like gluten-free overnight oats, gluten-free bread for toast, fluffy gluten-free pancakes, gluten-free buttermilk biscuits, and more.

What common meals are gluten-free?

Many foods are naturally gluten-free, including meat, quinoa, rice, dairy and eggs, beans, nuts, and fruits and vegetables. In this blog post, you’ll find gluten-free breakfast ideas like waffles, pancakes, smoothies, and breakfast casserole.

What can I eat for breakfast instead of bread?

Instead of bread, try gluten free breakfast ideas like grits and eggs, breakfast casserole, smoothies, chia pudding, or breakfast hash.

I hope you love these gluten free breakfast ideas as much as we do! If you try these gluten free breakfast ideas, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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