Food and Nutrition

10 Protein-Packed Breakfasts You Can Make With Your Instant Pot

Emily Laurence

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Baked chicken, rice and beans, burrito bowls... If you have an Instant Pot, chances are you've fired that baby up to make them all. But you might as well keep the beloved cooking tool right out on your kitchen counter because dinner isn't the only meal of the day it can handle; it can be your breakfast-time hero, too.

Egg-centric casseroles, bite-sized protein balls, and even fluffy French toast casserole are just a few morning meals the Instant Pot can cook to perfection—all while you get ready for your day. All of the Instant pot breakfasts rounded up here are not only delicious, but packed with energizing protein, filling fiber, and other nutrients to help power you through your day. And trust me, these meals will be much more satisfying than that bar you were about to have.

Scroll down for 10 high-protein Instant Pot breakfasts.

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1. Eggy breakfast casserole

Any breakfast centered around eggs automatically has your protein and healthy fat bases covered. Each thick slice of this breakfast casserole also has spinach and bell pepper, meaning it delivers on the fiber front, too.

Get the recipe: eggy breakfast casserole 

Watch the video below to see why one registered dietitian calls eggs "nature's multi-vitamin":

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2. High-protein blueberry muffins

Chances are that the muffins for sale at your local cafe aren't exactly loaded with protein, but the ones in this recipe definitely are. The protein comes from three sources: eggs, coconut flour, and flaxseed meal. As you can tell from the name, they're all full of antioxidant-rich blueberries, making it a heart-healthy breakfast.

Get the recipe: high-protein blueberry muffins

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3. Egg bites

If you like the idea of an eggy breakfast casserole but need something you can pack with you or eat on the go, making a batch of egg bites in your Instant Pot will save your mornings. Or hey, maybe you just want to re-create the magic of the Starbucks sous vide eggs at home. Either way, this recipe delivers.

Get the recipe: egg bites

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4. Instant Pot oatmeal

We can't talk about Instant Pot breakfasts without including an oatmeal recipe. Some mornings, you just want a warm, stick-to-your-bones bowl of oatmeal. This recipe shows how to make it in your pressure cooker with just four ingredients: oats, water, honey, and vanilla. Top it off with your favorite fruit and nut butter, for extra protein.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot oatmeal

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5. Vegan French toast casserole

Typically, French toast is made by soaking bread in eggs, which means it's off the table for vegan eaters. This recipe uses flax eggs instead, which also happens to be a goldmine of protein and fiber.

Get the recipe: Vegan French toast casserole

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6. Apple pie steel-cut oatmeal

Made with apples, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla, each bite of this oatmeal tastes like a warm slice of apple pie. The best part? It only takes five minutes of prep time.

Get the recipe: apple pie steel-cut oatmeal

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7. Cornmeal porridge

This creamy cornmeal porridge is equal parts savory and sweet. The warming spices are key, so make sure you have vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon all on hand. The protein comes from full-fat coconut milk. Want to up it even more? Mix chia seeds right into the mixture.

Get the recipe: cornmeal porridge 

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8. Honey-cinnamon oatmeal bites

Can't decide whether you want a muffin or oatmeal for breakfast? Get the best of both worlds with these oatmeal bites. Combining oats, eggs, brown rice flour, and baking soda gives them a cake-like texture. Add honey, cinnamon, and your favorite fruit for sweetness.

Get the recipe: honey-cinnamon oatmeal bites

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9. Peanut butter and banana bites

This is another breakfast bites recipe, but it tastes completely different than the honey-cinnamon ones. Instead, it centers around another classic duo: peanut butter and bananas. Besides the nut butter, eggs also add protein.

Get the recipe: peanut butter and banana bites

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10. Breakfast casserole with sausage

All you need to make this savory, mouth-watering breakfast casserole are four ingredients: eggs, sausage, bone broth (or chicken broth), and cheddar cheese. Mix it all together and let them hang out in your Instant Pot for 30 minutes and you have a breakfast big enough to serve a whole house full of people (or yourself for the majority of the week).

Get the recipe: breakfast casserole with sausage

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