As a vegan looking for healthier and 100% vegan-friendly breakfast options, your focus when it comes to the best vegan-friendly breakfast options revolve around the high-protein plant-based options like almond butter, peanut butter, and soy nut butter, as well as whole-grain toast.
But even with this option, you know that you cannot have peanut butter every day for breakfast since you will have too much 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?
Despite your short list of pickings for breakfast, you can still enjoy a decent and healthy breakfast on the vegan lifestyle.
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 10am, 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.
Below, we look at some of the vegan breakfast options you could try.
1. Vegan Quinoa Breakfast Porridge (With Nuts and Strawberries)
If you love quinoa or you are looking for new and fun ways to enjoy this cereal, then you might want to consider this thick, warm bowl of cereal bursting with quinoa, nuts and fruity goodness.
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.
When this happens, your quinoa will for the best base, which allows easy addition of flavors and other vegan-friendly ingredients like fruits and nuts. It also doubles as an excellent vegan porridge.
If you want to make the porridge tastier/ sweeter, you could sweeten it with brown sugar, vanilla, and some cinnamon. Thanks to these options, this porridge would be the perfect breakfast option for your entire family.
Besides 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.
2. Maple Cinnamon Quinoa for breakfast
To add a kick to your leftover dinner quinoa, throw in some raisins, maple cinnamon, apples, berries, or any other fruits. If you love your instant oatmeal for breakfast, the taste of this maple cinnamon quinoa will be just as good or even better.
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 Joe, then this tofu scramble could be the best vegan-friendly breakfast option for you.
Packed with proteins and vitamins, this vegan scrambled tofu ‘egg’ 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 could 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
Tempe has been described as Tofu’s distant cousin by many. Even though they don’t have much in common in terms of the taste and the 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 25 and 30 minutes.
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 savory breakfast by adding some almond milk, berries, and any other fruits and enjoy your breakfast.
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 throwing in blueberries and blending these with some natural honey, banana, and soy milk.
This smoothie is easily the best vegan smoothie, and the best bit is that it is quite filling, and your family will love it. The smoothie is also quite filling, and it’s 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 could 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, throw in 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. Blueberry Oatmeal Waffles
Who doesn’t love blueberry waffles? Well, 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 could use a processor to grind your oats into oat flour, which will form batter for the waffles faster.
To ensure that your blueberry waffles turn out great, you should spread the batter on the waffle maker gently and then close the lid firmly, but very slowly.
9. Cucumber Avocado toast
If you love avocado, it most certainly means that you also love avocado sandwiches. Instead of the old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich, switch things up with crunchy cucumbers and the fiber-rich fruit that boasts a high content of healthy fats.
Whether you enjoy this sandwich open-faced or you’d like to turn it into a full sandwich to eat on the go, this breakfast option is quite filling, nutritious, and vegan.
10. Green Pea, Kale spread toast
If you love 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 this 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.