As a vegan looking for healthy 100% vegan-friendly breakfast ideas, your focus should be on high-protein options like nut butter (think almond, peanut, cashew), avocado as well as whole-grain toast.
It’s important not to overload on nut butter since you will have too many fats in your diet.
So, how do you make sure that your vegan breakfast options do not revolve around peanut butter, smoothies, oatmeal, granola, and chia pudding? Consider these 12 Vegan breakfast ideas that might give you some inspiration.
Whether you are a morning person, and the only thing that gets you jumping out of bed is breakfast or if you aren’t and always eat your breakfast in the office or nibble at after waking, only to starve and eat unhealthy snacks at 10 am, these vegan breakfast ideas will ensure that you have something healthy and vegan to get you through the morning.
From oatmeal with peanut butter and hemp seeds for an extra protein source to quinoa breakfast bowls and tofu scrambles, your breakfast options are limitless.
Here are some vegan breakfast options you can try.
1. Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Source: Love and Lemons.
If you love quinoa or you are looking for new and fun ways to enjoy this highly-nutritious grain, then you might want to consider this thick, warm bowl of cereal bursting with quinoa, nuts, and fruity goodness by
For the longest time, quinoa was regarded as the best meal for dinner, but as it turns out, a serving of quinoa could be the best thing you have for breakfast. To enjoy your quinoa for breakfast, boil the cereals in soy milk until it becomes soft, hearty, and creamy.
If you want to make the porridge tastier/ sweeter, you can sweeten it with brown sugar, vanilla, and some cinnamon.
With the quinoa, you’ll need strawberries (or any other berries you like), a fruit of your choice, and nuts. The nuts are optional, but they are an excellent option if you need an extra crunch or a protein source for a tasty vegan breakfast option.
Go and check out the recipe here; Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
2. Chickpea Omelette with Vegetables
If you’ve just made the transition to veganism and craving eggs then you really need to give this chickpea version a try!
Who’d have thought that garbanzo or chickpea flour could possibly give you the texture and similar taste of egg, but according to this vegan breakfast recipe by Nutritiously, you will wonder why you waited so long to kick the egg habit.
Check out the recipe: Vegan Chickpea Omelette Recipe
3. Spinach, Tofu Scramble
Breakfast is often the most important meal of the day, and whether you have your breakfast a few minutes after waking up or if you prefer enjoying your breakfast a few hours of waking and after your morning cup of coffee, then this tofu scramble could be the best vegan-friendly breakfast option for you.
Packed with proteins and vitamins, this vegan scrambled tofu dish is the best way for you to start your day.
To prepare your scrambled tofu, crumble it then add in your sautéed garlic, tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms. You can also sprinkle in some soy sauce plus lemon juice. For that extra kick, finish it off with a touch of umami.
You can enjoy this breakfast with toast and fruit. Serve with coffee or your preferred breakfast beverage. An alternative to this spinach scrambled tofu would be the spicy scrambled tofu.
If you like a bit (or a lot) of spice to awaken your taste buds, then you could make a spicy scrambled tofu breakfast.
Onions, garlic, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, spices, tofu, and soy sauce will do the trick. Just make sure that you cook everything until the vegetables soften, and your tofu is a tad bit fried.
4. Tempeh and Potato Hash Browns
Tempeh has been described as Tofu’s distant cousin by many. Even though they don’t have much in common in terms of taste and texture, both tofu and tempeh are known for their high protein content, hence their preference as breakfast options.
So, even though hash browns are often regarded as empty calorie foods, the addition of tempeh leaves you with a very hearty and filling breakfast.
5. Peanut Butter Banana Bread Granola
Granola is one of the best vegan breakfast options thanks to its tastiness, as well as the fact that granola leaves you fueled for the entire day. Just make sure that you soak your granola the night before.
For this peanut butter banana bread granola, you need peanut butter and mashed bananas. To save time, prepare your granola the previous night.
If you prefer to prepare everything in the morning, gather all your ingredients: banana chips, combined oats, quinoa, brown sugar, peanuts, cinnamon, salt, and sugar, all in a bowl.
As you gather these ingredients, preheat your oven at 325°F on large baking sheets.
Next, heat butter or vegetable oil, honey, and peanut butter over medium or low heat, stirring the mixture consistently, until your peanut butter melts (2-4 minutes), then remove it from the heat and then add and stir in the vanilla and banana chips, followed by oats.
Stir until everything is blended in perfectly. Now you have your granola, spread it on the baking sheets until they turn golden brown – this should take between 20-30 mins.
Next, cool your bakeware on the wire racks, and then break your granola into small pieces, then pack and store your granola bars.
To make the granola savory, turn the bars into a savory breakfast by adding some almond milk, berries, and any other fruits you might like to add.
6. Blueberry Tofu Smoothie
If you find yourself running out every morning, breakfast on the go would be the ideal breakfast for you. So, take your tofu and transform it into a smoothie by putting in some blueberries and blending these with some natural honey, banana, and soy milk.
This smoothie is easily the best vegan smoothie, and the best part is that it is really filling and the perfect pick-me-up for the mornings you wake up tired.
7. Chickpea pancakes
For your protein and fiber-filled breakfast, this perfect hummus, salsa, avocado beauty could be all you need for breakfast.
The chickpea pancake is 100% vegan, very nutritious, and when topped with salsa and avocado, this is the only breakfast you will want to eat for the rest of the week.
Besides being the perfect filling meal for breakfast, you can also enjoy this meal for lunch. In addition to being vegan, chickpea flour is also gluten-free, hence a perfect fit for anyone with a sensitive digestive system.
To make your chickpea pancake extra tasty, add some red pepper, garlic, finely chopped green onion, sea salt, baking powder, and black pepper into the chickpea flour, then add water to make the batter.
Make your pancake in a 10inch skillet, over medium heat. The avocado and salsa work as your toppings.
8. Vegan Gluten-Free Oatmeal Waffles
Source: Minimalist Baker
You can make the healthiest, vegan-friendly waffles by using oatmeal.
Remember to soak your oats in water or almond milk to soften them. Alternatively, you can use a processor to grind your oats into oat flour, which will form batter for the waffles faster.
To ensure that your oatmeal waffles turn out great, you should spread the batter on the waffle maker gently and then close the lid firmly, but very slowly.
Check out the recipe here: Vegan Gluten-Free Oatmeal Waffles
9. Cucumber Avocado Toast
Avocado toast makes for a quick and delicious breakfast, and there are so many variations you can try. But let’s start with one of our favorites which is avocado with slices of cucumber; super easy to prepare and especially if you are running late.
This recipe is just for one serving of toast so adjust accordingly. You can use any type of bread to your liking, but we prefer sourdough.
- 2 Tablespoons mashed avocado.
- 1 Slice sourdough bread – toasted both sides.
- 2 thin slices of cucumber – Preferably English variety.
- 1/4 Teaspoons sesame seeds.
- Salt to taste (opt)
Spread avocado on toasted bread. Add slices of cucumber, along with sesame seeds and a pinch of salt, and you are done!
Variations to try instead of cucumber;
- Fresh sliced strawberries & pomegranate seeds.
- Red Pepper Flakes, nutritional yeast & a dash of salt.
- Sliced garlic mushrooms.
- Vegan cream cheese.
Give these a try and get creative with more variations to suit your taste buds.
10. Green Pea, Kale spread toast
If you love an avocado toast sandwich, then this green kale sandwich might be just as appealing. The spread, in this case, is a blend of high-protein peas made with olive oil, garlic, and kale.
Slather this spread on your whole grain bread, and you will be starting your day on a delicious, filling, fiber-packed note.
11. Flourless Pumpkin Muffins
Take canned pumpkins, warm spices, and cranberries to make these flourless and wheat-less vegan muffins.
These muffins will only need ten minutes of bake time, meaning that you don’t have to worry about running late for work. These muffins are not only tasty, but they are also gluten-free, and you can enjoy them on the go.
12. Zen Quinoa Bowl
This bowl has all the vegan goodness in it with ingredients like tofu, spiced up quinoa, avocado, and a nice and nutritious heap of fresh veggies.
There also are no-bake vegan options, vegan breakfast ‘eggs,’ burritos and wraps, as well as vegan breakfast casseroles. All you need to do is to use your creative side to mix different vegan ingredients to attain the desired taste.