Best Healthy Nigerian Breakfast Ideas and Dishes

Cereal for healthy breakfast

In our Nigerian homes, it can be hard to decide what to eat every day. Particularly for breakfast. This guide will show you Nigerian breakfast ideas that are healthy and easy to make.

We know how hard it can be to not know what you’re going to eat for the next meal. After hearing many people in Nigeria complain about how hard it is to choose a healthy, balanced diet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we made this resource for you.

The most important meal of the day is breakfast. Breakfast is a meal that breaks the overnight fast, as the name suggests.

Breakfast gives your body important nutrients like proteins, carbs, and lipids. It lets out enzymes that help you burn fat and lose weight. It is good for your heart and helps you take in more nutrients.

Breakfast is often thought to be the most important meal of the day, but many Nigerians don’t know what to eat in the morning. We’ve put together a list of the best healthy breakfast ideas in Nigeria that anyone can use.

10 common Nigerian Breakfast Ideas and Dishes

1. Sandwich on bread and a hot drink

Sandwich on bread and a hot drink

This is what most Nigerians eat for breakfast. Bread and “tea” are always there. This is the most common breakfast dish in most homes. Both adults and kids love it, and it’s quick and easy to put together. Bread and “tea” can be served with boiled egg, omelette, sausage, bacon, canned sardines, corned beef, mackerel in tomato sauce (geisha), etc. Many children call any hot drink “tea.”

2. Akara and Pap

Akara with pap

This is another dish that Nigerians often eat for breakfast. Most people buy their akara and pap from street vendors. The akara is fried right there, so it is still hot when you buy it. Some people process and fry theirs at home for different reasons. Akara is a bean paste fritter, and pap is a paste made from grains, usually corn but also millet, etc. With boiling water, it is turned into a gruel to go with the akara.

3. Instant noodles and egg

Instant noodles and egg

This is another dish that is often served for breakfast. In most Nigerian homes, it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is so common that there are stands on street corners that serve tasty noodles all day and night. Instant noodles are so easy to make, cheap, and convenient that they will compete with bread and tea in Nigerian homes. Most of the time, it is served with a boiled egg or an omelet. In fact, this is often the first thing kids learn to cook at home.

4. Moi-Moi served with custard or pap

Moi-Moi served with custard or pap

Moi-Moi is a kind of bean pudding that is steamed. If you use whole beans, you have to start very early in the morning if you want to eat it for breakfast. You can also use bean powder or buy moi-moi that has already been made to save time.

Pap or custard made from custard powder is served with it.

5. Cereal

Cereal for healthy breakfast

Even though cereals, especially imported ones, are getting too expensive for the average Nigerian to buy, they still like them. Cereal isn’t as filling as other breakfast foods if you don’t add something else to it, which is another thing that goes against it. Coco Pops come in second place after Cornflakes.

6. Okpa

Okpa for breakfast

Okpa is what people in the area call Bambara nuts. It is also the name of the pudding made by boiling the powdered Bambara nuts. Even though it’s easy to make okpa, almost no one makes it themselves. Instead, most people think it’s not worth the trouble to make it at home, so they buy it from one of the many okpa vendors. Most of its sales are in the east of Nigeria. Okpa is a very filling food that can keep you from being hungry until lunch. It is great for people with diabetes.

7. Ewa Agoyin with Agege bread or any soft, stretchy bread

Ewa Agoyin with Agege bread or any soft, stretchy bread

Ewa agoyin is a porridge made of mashed beans that is served with a stew that the agoyin women of Togo make. This dish is sold on the streets by these Togolese women. It is served with Agege bread, which is soft and chewy. Most of them are sold in Lagos, which is in Nigeria.

8. Hausa Koko and Koose (Spicy millet porridge and akara)

Hausa Koko and Koose (Spicy millet porridge and akara)

Hausa Koko is a gruel similar to Pap. It is made from millet and is spicy and tasty. Koose is made from beans paste just like akara. In northern Nigeria, this is a common breakfast food.

9. Egg stew with fried plantains and yams

Egg stew with fried plantains and yams

This is another great combination that is often eaten for breakfast in Nigeria. It can also be eaten for lunch or dinner. Ripe plantains are used to make the fried plantains. Some homes like plantains that have been boiled or that aren’t quite ripe yet. Some people also add sweet potatoes that have been fried.

The egg stew is not really a stew, but more like scrambled eggs with other things added to them.

10. Pancake

Pancake for breakfast

Nigerians also eat pancakes for breakfast almost every day. Most kids like pancakes a lot. There is also a pancake called Diet that is made in Nigeria.


To stay healthy, you need to eat a healthy breakfast, and eating the right foods can help you do that. You can choose from a lot of healthy Nigerian breakfast recipes and ideas to start your day off right.

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