Low Carb Grits with Sawmill Gravy for Breakfast

This dish of low carb grits and sawmill gravy will brighten up any day with just 3g net carbs and a whole lot of yum! If you’re low carb breakfasts have gotten boring and you can’t face another poached egg you’ll LOVE this easy, comforting dish!

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I have spent more than half my life in the south — much more. One of the things that I have learned to love is grits. I like them with a puddle of golden, melted butter in the middle, pooled in syrup or with gravy. It just doesn’t matter. I like ’em.I am not really much of a breakfast eater unless you’re talking about eating breakfast out but grits… well… they’re grits, y’all.

Low-carbing isn’t too bad when you are talking about lunch or dinner but most people get bogged down with breakfast. After all, most people in the United States eat things like toast, pancakes, cereal, bagels, oatmeal, and grits for breakfast. It’s the meal that is most likely to be made up of a high percentage of carbs. Once we switch to a low carb diet what do we eat? 


Eggs in omelets, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, boiled eggs, poached eggs…it doesn’t take very long to get tired of that menu. I don’t know about you but when things get boring I am likely to reach for something I shouldn’t be eating. A low-carb breakfast tends to be boring.

What if you could have low carb grits and gravy for breakfast? Would that make a difference? Well, heck yeah! It made a difference for me, anyway.

Obviously these are not grits because if they were the carbs would be too high to be on this blog and I wouldn’t be admitting to eating them. Here is one more time you are going to have to trust me even though you think I have lost my mind.

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It’s a mixture of cauliflower and almonds.

Put down the phone and stop looking at me like that. You aren’t the first person to question my sanity and you probably won’t be the last. Just hear me out and try it once, please?

Here’s the deal — remember that cauliflower has almost no taste and it has a creamy texture when it’s cooked. Grits also have almost no taste and a creamy texture when cooked. The thing is that grits also have a slightly grainy texture to them, too. At least they do if they haven’t been overcooked to complete goo. That’s where the almonds come in. It doesn’t take many but when they are ground they add just enough texture to make everything believable.

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Once you add the rich gravy with ground beef in it the whole thing becomes one, big, filling bowl of comfort for around three carbs per serving. Low carb grits and sawmill gravy?

And you can’t beat that with a big ole stick.

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So, see how easy it is? We’re talking about ten minutes start to finish. Yep, that’s all. Just ten, little minutes to a low-carb breakfast that does not include eggs.

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Low Carb Grits and Sawmill Gravy Recipe

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Low-Carb Breakfast “Grits” with Sawmill Gravy

Cauliflower and almonds make a fairly good, low carb substitute for grits in this recipe. Learn to enjoy breakfast again!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 621kcal
Author Lowcarbology Editorial



  • 1/3 cup raw cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon almonds
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter for the pan
  • salt Pinch of


  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup cooked ground beef about 3 ounces
  • Salt and Pepper to taste



  • Pulse the cauliflower and almonds in the food processor until the mixture looks like crumbs.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of butter to a small saute pan and melt it over medium heat.
  • Add the cauliflower mixture and saute for about 3 minutes until tender but not mushy.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and simmer for another minute or so.
  • Remove from heat, add salt to taste. Use a little more than you think you'll need.


  • Add the cream, butter, and cream cheese to the saute pan.
  • Stir over medium heat until the butter and cream cheese are melted and the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  • Add the meat.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Spoon the gravy over the cauliflower mixture.


The gravy freezes well but the cauliflower mixture does not.


Calories: 621kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1990IU | Vitamin C: 16.1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 0.9mg

Last Updated 10/01/2020

27 Responses to “Low Carb Grits with Sawmill Gravy for Breakfast”

  1. Thanks for posting this recipe. I woke up starving this morning so I tried it this morning and it hit the spot! I didn’t have any cream cheese on hand so I ended up replacing it with some raw cheese and a spoonful of sour cream. Turned out really well 🙂

    • Thank you for commenting Emily! so glad you liked it.

  2. This sounds awesome. I am so getting bored with eggs.

    • I really like it. 🙂

  3. WOW!! This was incredible. You are brilliant. adding the almonds truly turned cauliflower into grits (I’m a Texan too, love grits) I wish I had half of your kitchen creativity. Thank you for having a blog and for sharing!!

    • 🙂 thank you for reading!

  4. I will definitely be trying this… that’s the main thing I miss on this WOE… thanks!

    • Let me know!

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  6. Dear Marye, this is a wonderful idea. I love that you used cauliflower in place of the grits. I would love this with eggs every morning. xo, Catherine

    • Thanks Catherine… one of my favorites!

  7. Holy guacamole!! Are you kidding me?!?! So my husband was looking over my shoulder at your post and said, “Mmmmm! Grits!” I hadn’t read far enough to let him know about this amazingly creative recipe! I cannot wait to try this! Fabulous!

    • I really love it and, since I have to stay low carb for medical reasons.. well it’s a great alternative for me!

    • So are you able to taste the almonds in this recipe? Might be an odd question(i love almonds) but hubby generally wont touch almonds as he doesnt like the flavor.

    • Stacy – I don’t taste them. There’s so many other good flavors in here that they get lost. They are more for texture than anything.

  8. Are the almonds roasted like in the oatmeal? Or raw almonds?


    • I just use raw almonds but either would work

  9. I buy calilflower when I find it on sale…bring it home and rice it and seal in with my foodsaver and place in the freezer so all I have to do is reach in my freezer and keep right on with my cooking! Thank u for this recipe I will be trying.for sure!

    • Great idea!

  10. 5 stars
    Wow! I’m a Louisiana girl and these were so very satisfying. I also added some hemp seeds and flaxseed meal to give it even more grits texture. Yum!

    • I’m glad you liked it!

    • 5 stars
      That is an awesome suggestion!

  11. These grits would also be so great with some cheddar cheese in them topped with New Orleans BBQ Shrimp! Need to go buy some shrimp….can’t wait to try it.

    • What a yummy idea… BBQ shrimp and grits!!!

  12. 4 stars
    Love it! I added cheese to male it cheese grits, and may try to make shrimp and grits with it next

  13. I enjoyed those “grits”! So much so I immediately decided to give the recipe a try with the hemp seeds as you did with your cheese “grits”. Deee-licious!!! I appreciate the portion size because that’ll keep me from overindulging which I could easily do with these grits. I’ve tried other low carb “grits” recipes, but this is the closest I’ve ever come to the real thing that I often miss. Thanks ????

    Now I have to go back and give the gravy a try in the near future.


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