Trying to eat more plant-based foods but missing eggs for breakfast? It can be hard to imagine your morning without this American breakfast staple, but you don't have to give up old favorites just because you've moved to a more plant-based lifestyle. There are plenty of healthy plant-based egg substitutes for your vegan breakfast. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite healthy vegan breakfast recipes for people who miss eggs. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, we've got you covered.
Missing a hearty breakfast scramble? This veggie loaded plant-based take on the familiar favorite is packed with vegan protein to power your day. And it’s spiced with inflammation-fighting turmeric for your healthy heart, joints, brain, and skin. All that in your first meal of the day? And the best part? You just heat and eat. Get your MamaSezz Breakfast Scramble here.
Want to go plant based but not sure how to replace eggs? Worry not. There are plenty of whole food plant-based egg substitutes...and they’re easy to whip up at home.
1 egg = 1 Tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seed mixed with 2 ½ TBS of warm water. Let the mixture sit for 8 minutes. Once it has reached the consistency of an egg, add to your recipe.
1 egg = ¼ cup of applesauce.
1 egg = 1 mashed banana. Mash with a fork until smooth then add to your recipe. Banana is a great egg replacer but keep in mind you will taste the banana. If neutral is what you’re after, try applesauce.
1 egg = 1/2 ripe avocado, mashed. Note: this will add a greenish tint to your dish so keep that in mind. It works really well with anything chocolate because the chocolate color overpowers the green, like this raw cacao pudding.
1 egg = 1/4 cup natural peanut butter or other nut butter. Note: nut butters have a strong flavor so best if using in recipes that call for a peanut buttery taste (i.e. peanut butter cookies).
Most of the savory recipes we share below are going to use extra firm tofu, silken tofu, or chickpea flour in place of eggs in egg-centric dishes like scrambles, breakfast burritos, even quiche!
Prefer sweet over savory first thing? This vegan blueberry lemon french toast recipe is what Saturday brunch dreams are made of — and it’s healthy, to boot, packed with fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants. The plant-based egg substitute? Ground flaxseed and water. How easy is that?
“Wake up slow” with these vegan banana pancakes. This gluten-free recipe is perfect for the kiddos, or heck, the kid at heart. They’re not only easy to prepare (chia seeds act as a binding plant-based egg substitute), but are also loaded with potassium, calcium, fiber and plant protein, making them a healthy choice that only feels like indulgence.
Think you can’t have baked goods in the morning without eggs? Think again! Once again, the magic of binding power of flaxseeds and water comes in clutch with these moist and delicious vegan oatmeal muffins. Make a big batch to grab and go all week long.
Heat up that waffle maker! These vegan Belgian waffles from Shane and Simple are crispy on the edges and fluffy in the middle — just the way you want it! And made with maple syrup instead of granulated sugar, they’re a refined sugar-free wfpb breakfast you can feel good about.
Moving to a whole food plant-based lifestyle doesn’t mean your Sunday morning has to be bland! Case and point: this vegan breakfast Benedict recipe. Next time you've got brunch on the mind, whip up this protein-packed dish and indulge without the cholesterol. Serve with oil-free home fries on the side.
Image and recipe from Plant-Based Cooking
Running short on high protein vegan breakfast ideas? Look no further than this vegan breakfast burrito from Plant-Based Cooking. Made with turmeric spiced tofu instead of eggs, these easy-to-assemble burritos are ideal for anyone who likes something a little heartier in the morning. Plus, they’re freezer-friendly so make a big batch to have easy grab-and-go breakfasts when life gets busy.
Thought your huevos rancheros days were behind you? This healthy vegan twist brings an old favorite back to your weekend mornings. Another high protein vegan breakfast, this hearty plant-based huevos rancheros from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is made with protein-scrambled tofu instead of eggs. Don’t forget your favorite salsa!
Image and recipe from Emilie Eats
Yep, you read that right -- vegan quiche! And it’s delicious. How the heck can you make quiche without eggs? Emilie Eats’ vegan quiche recipe uses a magical combination of silken tofu and chickpea flour to create the perfect plant-based egg substitute, minus the cholesterol.
Image and recipe from Nutriciously
Want to enjoy plant-based egg substitutes but don’t love tofu? That’s OK! You can still have an egg-inspired vegan breakfast with this easy vegan chickpea omelette from Nuticiously. We love this recipe because it’s made with minimal ingredients (most of which you probably have in your plant-based pantry already) and it uses chickpea flour as a plant-based egg substitute.
This is the perfect vegan breakfast recipe for someone who wants all the bells and whistles, but doesn’t have the time to spend all morning cooking. Essentially, MamaSezz has done all the work -- and you get to have a healthy hearty breakfast. Sounds pretty sweet, yeah? Simply heat up a healthy scoop of MamaSezz Breakfast Scramble and one MamaSezz Breakfast Sausage then place inside your favorite whole grain English muffin. Top with avocado, tomato, and dairy-free Mama’s Mac Sauce for the ultimate hearty vegan breakfast sandwich.
By Ali Brown
Ali is a mom, wife, and nutrition and lifestyle writer and editor. She has her Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.