It’s no secret that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Most breakfast recipes typically consist of eggs cooked in various ways and meat such as bacon.
So, it’s easy to assume that there aren’t many plant-based breakfast options available.
A common misconception about vegans is that they are limited with breakfast options.
The truth is that veganism continues to develop new recipes, meaning there are countless options for people who don’t eat meat or animal products.
So, if you’re a vegan needing some breakfast inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 33 best vegan breakfast recipes!
Vegans have mastered the art of fluffy pancakes. Banana pancakes are quick to prepare and cook, and will carry your appetite through to lunch.
The key is to allow the batter to rest for 5-10 minutes and cook the pancakes at the low heat to prevent burning.
Plus, this is a great way to use overly ripe bananas! Serve with vegan yogurt, maple syrup, or fruit.
Avocado toast is a staple breakfast item, but the best way to remain full and energized for hours after your breakfast is to top the avocado with protein.
The protein of choice for this breakfast recipe is smashed chickpeas, which are then smothered over the avocado toast and seasoned.
Not only is this a filling meal, but it’s also delicious – especially with a dash of sriracha!
If you’re a new vegan and you’re missing scrambled eggs, check out this tofu scramble recipe.
This recipe consists of mashing up tofu into chunks and making a sauce that flavors the tofu, before scrambling like you would with eggs.
Sure, it’s not going to mimic the exact flavor of eggs, but this is a protein-packed breakfast nonetheless.
Serve alone or alongside toast.
Contrary to popular belief, smoothie bowls can actually be tricky to make. It’s not easy to make the smoothie thick enough to eat, otherwise you’re just drinking a smoothie.
This smoothie bowl recipe, however, uses nut butter as a thickening agent to make this highly nutritious and satisfyingly thick smoothie bowl.
Cover with your favorite toppings, such as granola, nuts and seeds, coconut flakes, and fruit.
If you’re new to veganism, the idea of overnight oats might sound confusing.
This recipe is great for newbie vegans, as it takes you through a simple overnight oats recipe that allows you to flavor it with whatever you like.
Plus, it means you can batch-make these oats for several days of breakfasts!
Serve with fruit and berries, chopped nuts, and maple syrup.
Whether it’s your designated cheat day or just a regular Tuesday, nothing quite beats a sweet breakfast. These vegan waffles are the epitome of indulgence – they’re fluffy, crispy, and oh-so simple to make.
The recipe takes you through how to make vegan buttermilk and the best way to ensure fluffy waffles.
Serve with your favorite toppings, such as vegan yogurt, berries, or even ice cream.
Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the finer things in life – including breakfast burritos.
While traditional breakfast burritos consist of meat, eggs, and cheese, these vegan breakfast burritos feature a tofu scramble, queso, crispy potatoes, avocado, and more.
These burritos are packed with flavor and nutrition, and will keep you full for hours.
Not only is it delicious, but starting your day with a bowl of fruit salad is the easiest way to maintain your five-a-day and fill your body with vitamins and minerals.
This fruit salad recipe is ridiculously easy to follow and a perfect way to use up pieces of fruit.
Plus, fruit salad is a light breakfast that will keep you hydrated in summer.
Serve alone, or even over vegan yogurt or a smoothie bowl.
While you can easily buy it in a grocery store, store-bought granola is typically filled with preservatives and sugar. So, the healthiest way to eat granola is to make it at home.
This is a really easy granola recipe that will make deliciously crunchy and nutritious granola for days on end, making it a budget-friendly option, too!
Oats are a great breakfast item, and if you don’t like overnight oats, check out this vegan baked oatmeal recipe.
Authentic baked oatmeal contains dairy and eggs, but this can be easily substituted for plant-based milk.
This baked oatmeal takes only 30 minutes to bake and is super simple – perfect for serving to friends and family.
Serve alone or with vegan yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup.
French toast is typically made with eggs to achieve the golden brown exterior, but the secret ingredient that replaces eggs in this vegan recipe is cornstarch.
Cornstarch works excellently to create the crispy toast, along with non-dairy milk, flaxseeds, baking powder, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
Serve alone or with your favorite fruits and berries.
12. Vegan Bagels
Making vegan bagels is as easy as going to the store to buy pre-made ones.
These vegan bagels consist of a handful of ingredients, including yeast, warm water, flour, oil, salt, and sugar.
You’ll need to prepare them ahead of time as with any bread, but the results are worth it – because we all know nothing beats homemade bread.
You can also bake seeds and nuts on top of these bagels!
Whoever said you can’t have muffins for breakfast needs to be cut out from your life.
Banana muffins are a great way to use up overly ripe bananas, plus they are absolutely delicious.
These vegan banana muffins consist of only a handful of ingredients that can be found in your kitchen cupboards, resulting in fluffy and moreish muffins.
Pastries are a beloved breakfast staple across the world, and you don’t have to miss out on your favorite pastries just because you’re vegan.
These vegan cinnamon rolls are proof of that, with almond milk and vegan butter replacing eggs and dairy milk and butter.
Sure, it’s not the healthiest breakfast option, but nothing beats freshly baked cinnamon rolls – especially with the icing on top.
A good alternative to overnight oats are chia pudding cups, which are thick breakfast puddings consisting of only four ingredients – chia seeds, vanilla, unsweetened plant-based milk, and syrup.
This breakfast is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber, which is ideal for aiding digestion throughout the day.
Serve with seasonal berries and granola.
If you’ve got a bit of time in the morning (or you’re preparing brunch on the weekend), check out this chickpea and sweet potato hash recipe.
This is a flavorful and nutritious breakfast consisting of sweet potatoes, chickpeas, bell peppers, onions, a spicy tahini dressing, and avocado.
Just keep in mind that this takes about 40 minutes to bake, so it’s a good late breakfast option!
Another great way to use sweet potatoes for breakfast is with these sweet potato breakfast bowls.
These bowls are similar to smoothie bowls, but they’re warmer and fluffier, and perfect for fall and winter.
The sweetness of the potatoes works beautifully with the included nut butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
Serve with autumnal toppings such as pumpkin seeds, granola, and pomegranate.
Banana bread is delicious, but have you tried it with chocolate chunks and peanut butter?
This recipe balances the flavors of sweet and savory together beautifully, making for a filling and tasty loaf that is perfect for breakfast.
Plus, it’s super easy to make – to the point where you’ll wonder why you ever bothered putting eggs and dairy in banana bread.
If you’re bored of eating toast and cereal for breakfast, try these vegan breakfast tacos.
These breakfast tacos are a real weekend treat, especially if you prepare a taco bar for everyone to tuck into.
They consist of scrambled tofu, beans, salsa, avocado, and even pomegranate, making for a delicious treat that you’ll want again and again.
Serve alone or with breakfast potatoes or hash.
While breakfast is the most important meal of the day, some people just don’t have an appetite in the morning.
So, if you know you need to eat something but you’re not hungry, you should try this vegan breakfast smoothie recipe.
This is a really tasty and nutritious smoothie that will carry you through until you’re hungry enough for food.
Nothing is quite like a bowl of warm, creamy oatmeal on a cold morning.
While oatmeal is simply just oats and milk (in this case, plant-based milk), it’s easy to turn a bowl of oatmeal into a filling and tasty breakfast.
This recipe takes you through how to make the creamiest and softest oatmeal, complete with your favorite toppings.
Cookies for breakfast? Sign us up! These vegan breakfast cookies are as healthy as they are delicious, made from wholesome ingredients including oats, almond butter, and seeds.
Not only are they tasty and filled with protein and fiber, but they’re also gluten-free, soy-free, free from added oils, and free from refined sugar!
This is a good option for those looking to lose weight.
Sure, you can buy breakfast bars at the store, but they can be costly and filled with preservatives. So, why not make them yourself?
This recipe makes breakfast bars consisting of carrots, oats, coconut, apples, seeds, and raisins, making for a flavorful and highly nutritious breakfast snack.
These bars are perfect for breakfast on-the-go and snacks throughout the day.
While oats are great, they’re not the best option for those who are gluten-free.
So, if you’re a gluten-free vegan, you should try a quinoa bowl, which is basically the gluten-free equivalent to oatmeal!
This breakfast quinoa bowl is filling and tasty, and it’s not too different to cook, either.
Flavor your quinoa bowl with your favorite seasonings and toppings.
If you’re looking for a savory breakfast, you have to try this confit garlic and tomato toast recipe.
This breakfast will make you feel like you’re on vacation in the Mediterranean with the mixture of garlic and tomatoes, making for a satisfying and luxurious breakfast or brunch.
Make sure to top this breakfast with balsamic glaze and basil leaves to compliment the tomato flavor.
26. Vegan Croissants
Croissants are a popular pastry breakfast, and just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the flaky goodness.
These vegan croissants are just as delicious as regular croissants, with the soft and fluffy interior and lightly crispy, flaky exterior.
Sure, they take a bit more work than simply buying them at the store, but the results are worth it.
Another delicious breakfast bar recipe, these vegan blueberry breakfast bars are nothing short of addictive.
These bars are surprisingly healthy as they contain no refined sugar, and instead are naturally sweetened by maple syrup and filled with protein from the oats and seeds.
The star of these bars is the blueberry chia seed jam in the middle, which is surprisingly easy to make!
If Brits know how to do anything right, it’s making a full English breakfast.
While a traditional full English consists of fried sausages, bacon, eggs, and various other items, you can still make a vegan version.
Instead, this fry-up uses seitan, vegan sausages, scrambled tofu, and all the other wonderful trimmings – -including grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, and toast.
If you’ve had a few too many drinks the night before, the best cure is with a vegan BLT sandwich.
This sandwich is the exact same as a regular BLT, except with vegan bacon made of eggplants and vegan mayonnaise.
And, of course, no BLT is complete without crunchy lettuce and juicy tomatoes.
This is a smoky and flavorful breakfast that doesn’t take long to make and is a perfect weekend treat.
It’s super easy to find vegan yogurt nowadays, and it makes for a delicious breakfast.
Start your vegan yogurt bowls with your yogurt of choice, and then top it with your favorite toppings – such as fruits, berries, granola, and nuts.
Then, add a bit of sweetness with maple syrup or agave.
Another great way to spice up your breakfast routine is with these flavorful breakfast quesadillas.
This is a savory and satisfying breakfast that will keep you full through to lunch – and they’re pretty healthy, too.
You can fill them with whatever you like, including scrambled tofu, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and more.
If you want a light, snackish breakfast to go with your morning coffee, you need to make these vegan apple cinnamon scones.
The flavors of apple and cinnamon work beautifully together (especially in fall and winter), and the scones themselves only take about 30 minutes to prepare and bake.
If you’re in a rush to get to work or the gym, and need something to grab for breakfast, try this protein powder smoothie.
This vegan smoothie is filled with a range of ingredients, including baby spinach, mango, banana, almond milk, and more.
While it’s optional, you can even add your favorite protein powder for an extra kick of protein.
So, there you have it! Turns out, there are countless vegan breakfast options, ranging from quick and easy to slightly more complex and delicious.
So, you don’t have to settle with just cereal and toast from now on. Happy cooking!
Frequently Asked Questions
Oats are vegan, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all oatmeal is vegan.
Most oatmeal consists of oats and milk derived from cows, which isn’t vegan.
However, this can be easily substituted with a plant-based alternative, such as almond or oat milk, which would make the oatmeal vegan.
You can make virtually any breakfast vegan, so vegans can eat anything for breakfast, including:
– Oatmeal with non-dairy milk
– Scrambled tofu
– Vegan breakfast burritos
– Overnight oats and chia puddings
– Homemade breakfast bars
– Banana bread
– Vegan full English breakfast
– Vegan bacon sandwich
– Vegan waffles
– Vegan pancakes
– And more!