11 Easy Suhoor Recipes That’ll Keep You Satisfied All Day Long

Get nourished and ready to take on the day.

March 20, 2023
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Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, starts on March 22 this year and continues until the evening of April 21. It’s a time of restraint and self-reflection for Muslims, and according to Dua Aldasouqi, a registered dietitian and nutritionist who observes Ramadan, it’s a wonderful time to focus on everything you have, give thanks for your community, and bond with your loved ones.

“Muslims take a deep dive into their faith during this month,” says Aldasouqi. “Outside of fasting, which is an act of worship, we dedicate time to reading the Quran, charity, community, volunteering—anything that is for the good of the public.” Ramadan is also a period of fasting during which Muslims typically eat only two meals a day and abstain from drinking water from dawn until dusk. Iftar is the meal to break the fast at sundown, while suhoor is the pre-dawn meal before the fast begins.

According to Aldasouqi, however, many people skip suhoor because it’s so early in the morning—a big mistake, in her opinion, because you’re missing out on the only opportunity you have to fuel and hydrate yourself for the day.

“Ideally, you’d want to wake up 30 minutes earlier and have something sustaining, as well as hydrate with electrolytes,” says Aldasouqi. “Some people take this time to prepare a full meal and savor it, others will grab leftovers, and still others will just manage. We were a ‘just manage’ household growing up—you got up, barely awake, and grabbed whatever you could, but this can definitely leave you hungry if you don’t watch what you eat.”

A suhoor meal that consists solely of simple carbs, like a bowl of cereal or a piece of white toast, isn’t necessarily the way to go, either. “This will leave you feeling hungry before you even start your day in the morning, and it won’t do much in terms of fueling you,” says Nazima Querishi, RD. “Instead, reach for complex carbs paired with protein and healthy fats, and don't forget to chug that water!”

And while we get that waking up pre-dawn can feel pretty frustrating, we can guarantee that the recipes below might make it seem well worth it. In addition to helping you get through your fast without a midday crash, they’ll also make sure you take a moment for yourself before you start the day.

“Ramadan can be a very peaceful month where you focus on what’s important and reconnect to your spirituality,” adds Querishi. Hopefully, these recipes below can help you do just that.

1. Cheesy Chickpea Omelets

Chickpea flour is a protein-rich, gluten-free flour alternative that can easily work for breakfast in a pinch. Topped with cheese, smoked paprika, and Dijon mustard, this is an incredibly quick (and budget-friendly) recipe that’ll keep you satisfied all day long.

2. Blueberry Bakewell Muffins

While the average muffin may not help keep you full all day, these ones include almond flour that make them extra hearty. They’re also topped with a crunchy layer of almond streusel that makes them oh-so-satisfying to dive into.

3. Sweet Potato Shakshuka With Sriracha Butter & Pickled Onions From Ottolenghi Test Kitchen

We’ll be the first to admit that this option is a little more ambitious to make pre-dawn, but you can always prepare it before bed and eat the leftovers in the morning. It’s a vibrant, flavorful baked dish that features sweet potato, eggs, and sriracha. You can even top it off with some spinach or Swiss chard to give the meal an extra boost.

4. Mixed Mushroom Frittata With Goat Cheese & Herbs

Who doesn’t love a good frittata? And with April bringing the beginning of mushroom season, you’ll have tons to choose from to fill up this earthy, umami-filled recipe, chock full of zesty herbs and tangy goat cheese for added protein.

5. Golden Milk Smoothie

Querishi loves an easy smoothie for suhoor, and this one is full of all the good stuff. Turmeric is believed to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, while the coconut milk and almond butter add fats and protein into the mix. Also, a smoothie is another great way to hydrate.

6. Scrambled Egg Sandwiches With Garlic Aioli

The velvety, melt-in-your-mouth eggs and tender brioche bun in this sandwich provide a feeling of comfort to start the day. (It’s kind of like stopping at your local McDonald’s for an Egg McMuffin, but about 50 times more elevated.) Add some arugula on top to complement the rich sauce with some cool greens.

7. Cocoa Almond Oatmeal From Samantha Seneviratne

In a genius move, this recipe incorporates a non-stick skillet instead of a pot, resulting in creamier oats that are much easier to clean up. With only five ingredients, including protein-packed almond butter and creamy cocoa, it’s a dessert-like option you can make before bed and have first thing in the morning. (Nothing like a little extra sleep, right?)

8. Masala Oats From Parsi: From Persia to Bombay

For a savory take on the classic oatmeal, try this delicious, Parsi-inspired option. Garam masala, green chillies, onion, and turmeric add spice, while the chicken stock adds a deep, savory flavor. Think of it like a warming soup—only for breakfast.

9. Tahini Pistachio Granola From Jenné Claiborne

Making your own granola means just a few minutes in the oven will lead to that warm, crunchy result you love so much—and even better, if you create a large enough batch of it, you’ll have a week’s worth of breakfasts prepped in advance. Pro tip? Add in some dried rose petals for an even more elevated experience.

10. Creamed Leeks & Eggs

This recipe uses leeks to give heavy cream and eggs an extra-savory edge. Serve it on some toasted, crusty bread for a truly hearty combo.

11. Tuna Avocado Toast

Tuna for breakfast? Why not? It’s such an easy way to make your breakfast substantial and satisfying. Avocado is also great for keeping you satiated all day long.

Let us know which suhoor recipe you’ll be making in the comments below!
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Nikhita Mahtani

Written by: Nikhita Mahtani

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1 Comment

Alejandra March 2, 2024
Thank you so much! I'm making these this Ramadan!