Breakfast: Healthy Nigerian Breakfast Ideas


Breakfast is often described as the most important meal of the day. It’s the first meal of the day, eaten after waking up and breaking the overnight fast. 

Breakfast is a morning meal that is often served between the hours of 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. 

However, With all of the hustle and bustle, and the continual need to leave the house extremely early to meet work and business needs, getting a proper breakfast in Nigeria has become a challenge. 

Breakfast used to also be limited to toasted bread and tea, bean cake and pap, or leftovers from the previous night’s dinner, but currently, most Nigerian households have a diverse breakfast menu.  

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Here are the common Nigerian breakfast dishes

Akara and Pap/Akamu 

In the southwestern area of Nigeria, this is also referred to as the sleeping pill. However, This is something they consume every Saturday morning or during the holidays. 

Moi-Moi with Custard or Pap 

Moi-Moi is a type of steamed pudding made from beans. The process of preparing Moi-Moi is quite tedious. Alternatively, to save time and energy, Moi-Moi can also be bought already made. It’s taken with pap/custard or can be taken alone. 


Okpa is the local name for Bambara nuts. It’s also the name of the boiled pudding made with the Bambara nut powder. very common in eastern parts 0f Nigeria, it is not tedious to prepare, but you hardly come across any who make their own Okpa, rather most people prefer to buy from the numerous Okpa vendors. It can also be combined with Pap/Akamu or eaten solely. 

Koko and Akara 

Koko is a gruel similar to Pap. It’s deliciously spicy and is made from millet. This is a staple breakfast dish that is very common in Northern Nigeria. 

Bread and tea

In Nigeria, this is the most basic breakfast food. This is the standard morning meal in most households. It is enjoyed by both adults and children, and it is simple to prepare. Boiled egg, fried egg, butter, and other condiments served with bread and ‘tea.’ 

‘Tea’ refers to any of the following beverages: coffee, tea, chocolate, and so on. . 

Instant Noodles/Spaghetti/ Macaroni 

In most Nigerian homes, this is another common breakfast meal that we eat for breakfast, lunch, or even supper.

It’s so ubiquitous that noodle booths seen on street corners serving delectable noodle meals at all hours of the day and night. It is also Easy to make, inexpensive, and handy that it’ll give bread and tea a run for their money in Nigerian households. And usually accompanied by a boiled or fried egg.  

Bread and Ewa agoyin 

Ewa Agoyin is a bean porridge with a unique stew. It’s serve with Agege Bread, which is a soft, chewy bread. This is the most popular breakfast item on the streets of Lagos and other Nigerian southern states.  

Stew with Yam/Plantain  

This is another popular Nigerian breakfast meal that may also served for lunch or dinner. Depending on the consumer’s desire, You can also boil or fry the yam or plantain. Some folks may also choose to serve the stew with fried sweet potatoes.  

Bread and beans (ewa at breadi) 

Bread and beans, often known as laborer’s body food, provide the energy needed to go through the day. There are three sorts of beans: regular mixed beans, plain “ewa aganyin” beans, and fried special sauce beans. 

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