What do vegans eat for breakfast? So much more than oatmeal, we promise! (Though we love us a big bowl of healthy vegan oatmeal.) At MamaSezz, we know a plant based breakfast can be hearty, delicious, and protein-packed. However, we all also know you don't have to spend all morning prepping to fuel up! With that said, here are 12 of our favorite plant based breakfast ideas, along with some delicious vegan breakfast recipes to kickstart your day.
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When you're new to a whole food plant-based lifestyle, it’s easy to fall into the routine of smearing peanut butter on your toast as you head out the door every morning. But you're doing yourself a disservice, trust us. There's so much more vegan breakfast options out there for you! These plant based recipes for breakfast will blow you out of the water.
So how can you jazz up your plant based breakfasts game?
First, zero in on what you liked before going plant-based. After that, you can focus on the whole food plant based diet breakfast ideas that best fit your taste preferences.
For instance, do you like savory? Are you a sweets in the morning person? Maybe you crave fats first thing, or perhaps something a bit lighter? Start there and build your vegan breakfast on those preferences.
Just remember, when you’re eating a whole food plant based diet it’s okay to fill the tank, even when you're trying to lose weight! Plant-based foods are often nutrient dense. In other words, they are high in nutrients and relatively low in calories. Moreover, it’s a good idea to start the day off with a satisfying, hearty meal to prevent mid-morning hunger and junk food cravings. And don't worry, these vegan breakfasts are quite satisfying.
Above all, go with what feels right for you. If big breakfasts don't do it for you, that's OK! Eat until you're satisfied, whether it's your plant based breakfast or your snacktime.
So...what exactly do vegans eat for breakfast? Here are 12 of our favorite plant based breakfast ideas. They're all easy, quick, and absolutely delicious!
1. Vegan chocolate peanut butter shake
Let’s start with a MamaSezz team favorite: a super simple, thick and creamy, oh-so-dreamy, chocolate peanut butter shake. A milkshake for breakfast? Yep! No dairy, no refined sugar means you can drink this vegan chocolate peanut butter shake for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or as a hearty snack. WHATEVER!
2. Dairy-free chia seed pudding
Chia seeds are in and while not all superfoods are worth the hype, these little seeds certainly are; ahey re FULL of nutrients, like fiber, protein, magnesium, and B vitamins, which can all help you feel and look your best. But how do you use chia seeds in your vegan breakfast recipes? Make this decadent overnight chia pudding. Tasty down to the last spoonful. Another great recipe for those who prefer something sweet in the morning — and even better if you're someone who need to eat on the go.
3. Oil-free home fries
Next up on our plant based breakfast ideas is a classic: Oil-free home fries. This delicious breakfast staple is 100% fat and cholesterol free! So go back for seconds, thirds, even fourths. Guilt free and delicious. Enjoy as a side or toss in your vegan breakfast sandwich with MamaSezz Breakfast Sausage.
4. Vegan green smoothie
Smoothies are one of our favorite plant based breakfast ideas because they're quick, easy, and nutrient-packed. This super easy vegan creamy green smoothie is a staple in my household. With only four ingredients, this vegan smoothie is naturally sweet, thick, creamy, and most importantly, packed with nutrient-dense leafy greens.
5. Plant-based oatmeal muffins
Need a grab-and-go plant based breakfast? These healthy oatmeal muffins are the perfect choice for when you don’t have the time or energy to make yourself a big breakfast in the morning. Plan ahead this week and make a batch to keep in the refrigerator, then grab-and-go all week long!
6. Black bean toast
Avocado toast is so last year. BO-ring! Time to spice things up by adding toppings on toppings. The pièces de résistance? Chipotle spiced black beans, cooked down into a thick paste and topped with onion, tomato and corn. A hearty, healthy, and healing toast recipe. This plant based recipe for breakfast will be sure to please.
7. Plant-based breakfast paninis
Prefer a big breakfast? When a smoothie just won’t cut it and a vegan breakfast sandwich is sounding too savory, it’s time to whip out whole grain bread, a jar of peanut butter, and ripe bananas. This breakfast panini is refined-sugar free (thank you sweet raisins). Even better: your picky eaters will love this one!
8. Plant-based blueberry lemon french toast
Thought you had to say goodbye to French toast, didn’t you? Let me introduce you to flax eggs! Grab your favorite whole grain bread and whip up this vegan french toast on the weekend for your family's new plant based breakfast favorite.
9. Antioxidant blueberry smoothie
More of a light eater in the morning? Or maybe you’re more like me and you like to wash down your hearty breakfast with a refreshing smoothie. Either way, this quick and easy blueberry smoothie is rich in antioxidants, loaded with flavor. A plant based breakfast recipe for the win!
10. Chewy oatmeal vegan gluten-free pancakes
Last but not least, a whole food plant based breakfast recipe that’s naturally gluten free! PLUS, these tasty and easy vegan oatmeal banana pancakes are kid-approved!
11. Savory chickpea pancakes
While we are talking pancakes, we might as well go savory, too! These gluten free savory pancakes will make you never questions your vegan breakfast game again.
12. Banana baked oatmeal recipe
Image and recipe from A Couple Cooks
Give tired regular oatmeal a break and opt for this easy baked oatmeal recipe instead. Made with wholesome ingredients, this is the perfect plant based breakfast idea for anyone with lots of mouths to feed in the morning. Moreover, it's great as leftovers throughout the week.
13. Vegan breakfast benedict
Missing Eggs Benedict? Moving to a whole food plant-based lifestyle doesn’t mean your Sunday morning has to be bland! For example, this plant based breakfast Benedict recipe is the ultimate vegan brunch. So put it on your weekend calendar to whip up this protein-packed dish and indulge without the cholesterol.
14. Plant based breakfast tofu scramble
Image and recipe from Love and Lemons
In the same vein as the benedict, say hello to the tofu scramble! A protein-packed and savory plant based breakfast that's easy to whip up and most importantly, versatile as heck. And it certainly scratches that "I miss eggs" itch.
15. The best avocado toast
Confession: this is a bonus recipe because you need a special MamaSezz ingredient. But yYou will not be sorry we included it; this plant based breakfast recipe is a MamaSezz staff favorite. We quite literally fight over the MamaSezz Baked Beans so we can create this filling and delicious beauty of a plant-based breakfast. (To clarify, no one was hurt in the process of making this baked bean loaded avocado toast.
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In conclusion, there's a whole delicious world of plant based breakfasts! Some of our favorites...
- Chocolate peanut butter shake
- Dairy-free chia seed pudding
- Oil-free home fries
- Vegan green smoothie
- Plant-based oatmeal muffins
- Black bean toast
- Plant-based breakfast paninis (a sweet twist on a vegan breakfast sandwich!)
- Plant-based blueberry lemon french toast
- Antioxidant blueberry smoothie
- Chewy oatmeal vegan gluten-free pancakes
- Banana baked oatmeal
- Plant based breakfast benedict
- Tofu scramble
- Baked beans and avocado toast
- Want more? Browse MamaSezz plant based breakfast recipes.
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Caroline is a plant-based chef, recipe designer, and whole food plant-based nutrition educator, with a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.