Healthy Breakfast Bowl – Paleo Gluten Free Breakfast Recipe

This healthy Breakfast Bowl is a rich and filling mixture of dried fruit, apples, raw nuts, coconut and other good for you  ingredients.  It makes a great alternative when you are tired of the eggs if you have been following a whole foods eating plan like Paleo or other high protein plans.This healthy Breakfast Bowl is a warm bowl of healthy ingredients. It's also Paleo, Vegan, Dairy Free and Gluten Free. So filling and tasty!

A real plus is that this recipe is one of my 30 minute meals, ready in FAR less than 30 minutes too!

Are you trying to follow a whole foods or high protein diet but seem to get “egged out” for breakfast?  I love eggs as much as the next person but sometimes I just want a warm bowl of something without eggs. Can you relate?

It’s time to try this Healthy Breakfast Bowl. (And for another tasty and quick recipe without eggs, be sure to check out my Apple and Coconut breakfast bowl, as well.)

Since all forms of added sugar are a “no no” on an eating plan designed to reduce inflammation, dried fruit and the natural sweetness of apples and bananas add some sweetness.

The protein comes in the form of raw nuts (I used filberts, hazel nuts and cashews in my breakfast bowl.)  And coconut milk gives the bowl a nice creamy consistency.Ingredients for the Whole30 Breakfast BowlMany high protein and whole foods breakfasts normally feature eggs, so it’s nice to try one that does not, for a change, especially if you have been eating eggs for breakfast day after day.

Making this Healthy Breakfast Bowl only takes about 15 minutes!

Start by heating some coconut oil in a non stick frying pan and cooking the apples and nuts, until the apples are tender and the nuts are just starting to brown.  Add some coconut milk and cook for a minute or so.Add the apples and nuts and mix in the coconut milk

Stir in the shredded coconut milk and spices and then add the dried fruit.  Mix well and lower the heat and cook about 3 minutes covered. ( Don’t cook too long. You want the nuts to still have some crunch.)Mix in the spices, coconut and dried fruit

Top with a sliced banana and a few raw almonds and drizzle with some melted coconut butter. (This stuff is amazing right out of the jar or drizzled on fruit, too.)Serve this Whole30 Breakfast Bowl for a filling start to your morning.

If you want a creamier porridge style mixture, add in a bit of unsweetened coconut milk. Add some coconut milk to the bowl

This Paleo breakfast bowl has the sweetness of the dried fruit, crunch from the nuts and creaminess from the coconut milk.  It is hearty and filling and tastes great.  Best of all, it’s a nice change from eggs for breakfast every day.Yummy Whole30 Breakfast Bowl

One bite and you’ll be hooked.  And getting it on the table in 15 minutes?  Who can complain about that?Take a bite of this Whole30 Breakfast Bowl

This recipe serves 2 and works out to about 483 calories for each serving. It fits a Food Freedom plan, is Paleo, clean eating and gluten free.

Although it is made with all Whole30 ingredients, it is still a rather sweet breakfast which can be a problem for those who are trying to not eat sweet items.

A note on the Whole30 plan

All of these ingredients are Whole30 compliant. However, the plan has a specific requirement for the template of a meal for protein, vegetables, etc. It requires 1/2-3/4 veggies, protein and a plated fat.

It also requires that the consumption of fruit be kept to 1-2 servings a day in order to control the “sugar dragon.”

I have done the Whole30 plan twice and found that eliminating foods that tend to make inflammation a problem in the body was a real help for my arthritis.

However, since this breakfast is sweet, when I ate this bowl for breakfast, I make sure not to eat fruit for the rest of the day and I used it sparingly during the month.

The extra sweetness would seem to disqualify it from being totally Whole30 compliant if you are trying to follow this plan exactly as written.

For more clean eating recipes, try these recipes:

Yield: 2

Whole30 Breakfast Bowl - Paleo Gluten Free and Vegan

Whole30 Breakfast Bowl - Paleo Gluten Free and Vegan
This healthy breakfast bowl comes together in just minutes and fits into a Vegan, Paleo and Gluten Free Diet plan.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 small apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk (lite also works and will lighten the fat and calories slightly)
  • 1/2 cup of roughly chopped raw nuts (I used filberts, hazelnuts and cashews)
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened dry fruit. (I chose plums, figs and apricots, plus some unsweetened banana slices)
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp of shredded unsweetened coconut


  • Sliced bananas
  • A few almonds
  • Heated coconut butter


Heat the coconut oil in a non stick pan and cook the apples and nuts for a minute or so until the apples soften and the nuts start to brown.

Stir in the coconut milk and mix well.

Add the shredded coconut and spices and stir in the dried fruit. Cover and cook for about 3 minutes until the mixture is thick and creamy and some of the coconut milk is reduced. Don't cook too long, since you want the nuts to still have a bit of crunch.

Top with sliced bananas, a few almonds and some melted coconut butter.

Serve imediately


A note on the Whole30 plan

This breakfast bowl uses strictly Whole30 compliant ingredients.

However there is more to the plan than just the ingredients. They like to keep the fruit to just 2 servings a day and not have recipes feed the "sugar dragon."

The extra sweetness would seem to disqualify it from being totally Whole30 compliant if you are trying to follow this plan exactly as written but I will leave it to you to decide whether your will call it Whole30 or not.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bowlq

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 482.6 Total Fat: 19.6g Saturated Fat: 15.4g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0.0mg Sodium: 321.3mg Carbohydrates: 72.2g Fiber: 4.1g Sugar: 20.3g Protein: 6.4g
Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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  17 comments for “Healthy Breakfast Bowl – Paleo Gluten Free Breakfast Recipe

  1. Donna
    03/23/2018 at 9:08 am

    Hi someone mentioned ‘the plate”
    Are we to have the plate portions every day or is this breakfast ok and we don’t need the veggies?

    • Carol
      03/23/2018 at 10:32 am

      Hi Donna. I’m not an expert on the Whole30 plan. This recipe is compliant but whether it fits the way Whole30 wants you to fill the plate, I am not certain. It’s meant as a change from the normal egg breakfast on Whole30. Carol

  2. Kathryn
    03/16/2018 at 4:59 am

    This is yummy! I make it regularly. I normally have enough for breakfast the next day which is great. I add a heaped tablespoon of ground Flaxseed and shelled hemp. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Di
    02/17/2018 at 5:36 pm

    Could I make a batch of this and just heat it up during the week? I know you said it doesn’t take a lot of time to make but the last thing I need in the mornings when I’m trying to get my kid ready for work is to cook myself breakfast.

    • Carol
      02/17/2018 at 6:01 pm

      Hi Diana. The mix has fresh apples in it, so it would go brown as the days progressed. It’s best made fresh. Carol

  4. Liz
    02/07/2018 at 11:22 am

    Any suggestions for subbing the coconut ingredients? Not a fan of coconut anything lol

    • Carol
      02/07/2018 at 11:29 am

      Hi Liz. It would mean redoing the whole bowl. Coconut is the focus of it so taking it out would totally change the taste. Carol

  5. Lauren
    02/06/2018 at 6:59 pm

    What is the protein level for this?

    • Carol
      02/06/2018 at 9:33 pm

      Hi Lauren. The recipe serves two and each serving has 6.4 grams of protein. Carol

  6. Keisha Dokken
    02/05/2018 at 7:50 pm

    Is the coconut milk the canned kind? Or the bottles kind in the refrigerated section like almond milk?

    • Carol
      02/05/2018 at 9:54 pm

      Hi Keisha. Either type will do, but I used the canned type for this recipe. Carol

  7. Rachel
    02/03/2018 at 1:19 pm

    Soooo yummy! Modifications: didn’t peel the apples or get coconut butter. I ate half and saved the other half in the fridge. I warmed up the leftovers the next day in the microwave and it was delicious!

    • Carol
      02/03/2018 at 3:57 pm

      Glad you liked it Rachel. Thanks for including your modifications. Carol

  8. Christy
    01/28/2018 at 10:00 am

    This was really easy to make and yummy. I didn’t have dried fruit or coconut butter but it was still very good! Will definitely make again!

    • Carol
      01/28/2018 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Christy. Glad you liked it. I’ll have another egg free breakfast bowl recipe coming up soon on the site. Carol

      • Sharon
        02/06/2018 at 9:58 am

        I made this and added 1 Tbsp of chia seeds to the nut mixture.

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