Breakfast is the first meal of the day, therefore, in my opinion the most important meal of the day.
It is the first bit of food that passes your lips each and every day. It is the taste that resonates throughout the day. It is the provider of energy that will power you through till lunch.
So it best be a great meal.
A vegan breakfast should be no different. We’ve got so many incredible options that you can enjoy something different every day. Or if you are like me and you love routine, you can schedule them in so that every Sunday you know you are having pancakes and the rest of the week that tasty chocolate granola with coconut yoghurt will see you through.
Without further ado, let me take you through all these tasty and nutritious vegan breakfast ideas.
Toast & Peanut Butter
This is my go-to vegan breakfast. Get a nice loaf of bread, sourdough is preferable, toast it and top it with a huge dollop of crunchy peanut butter.
Take it a step further by adding either sweet or savoury toppings. My favourite combinations are:
Peanut butter + banana + chocolate shavings
Peanut butter + sriracha sauce
Play around with your toppings until you find the perfect combination for you. Feel safe in the knowledge that peanut butter is packed full of protein, so those extra calories are definitely worth it.
Granola & Coconut Yoghurt
Granola is in my opinion one of the nicest ways to eat oats. They are crunchy and sweet and normally nestled amongst nuts and seeds. This makes granola both a very tasty and nutritious breakfast option.
My favourite pairing is some fresh fruit, like banana and blueberries, and a dollop of coconut yoghurt.
Banana Pancakes & Maple Syrup
These vegan American style pancakes are a weekly staple in my house. They are delightfully fluffy and easy to make. Likely to impress vegans and non vegans alike.
They are made using mashed up banana which is mixed in with plant milk, flour (GF works), and blueberries. Fry them off in a frying pan with plant based butter and serve with lashings of maple syrup.
I also recommend adding a dollop of crunchy almond butter on top for extra noms.
Scrambled Tofu on Toast
Scrambled tofu is a great way to pack loads of protein into your breakfast. It is also easy to flavour, meaning you can get inventive with it.
Serve on a slice of toasted sourdough bread with a drizzle of chilli oil.
Cereal & Plant Milk
Eating a bowl of cereal takes me back to being a child scoffing down little chocolate nesquik balls that had been coated in milk.
We can relive these memories thanks many vegan-friendly cereal brands popping up. Yes there are some vegan-friendly Nestlé cereals, but I try to avoid companies like this.
Check out all these cereals from Surreal, they are all vegan-friendly and jam packed full of healthy ingredients. So you can summon your inner child at breakfast.
Serve them up with your favourite plant milk (mine is oat).
Vegan Fry Up
Whilst you don’t have to attempt a vegan fried egg like I have in the photo, you can create a perfectly tasty protein-filled vegan fry up with ingredients that you’ll find pretty much anywhere.
Pop down to your local supermarket and pick up a range of fake meats (think sausages & This Isn’t Bacon), chestnut mushrooms, a good loaf of bread, hash browns, and maybe even some tofu. Fry it all up and enjoy.
Or, why not bring all the flavours of a vegan fry up into this vegan breakfast tray bake recipe?
The chia pudding was one of the first breakfasts I perfected when I went vegan. It is packed full of healthy ingredients and is really handy for those mornings where you need to rush out the house.
Mix some chia seeds and oats into some coconut yoghurt and plant milk. Mix in some blueberries and leave to chill in the fridge overnight. This gives the chia seeds some time to expand in the liquid.
Top with some almond butter and eat. It is creamy and tasty, so i’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how good it is.
Gram flour (the flour made from chickpeas) is a magical ingredient. Whisk it up with water and it turns into a yellow batter which binds together and cooks into an egg like substance in a frying pan.
Add any seasoning or spices to the chickpea batter to flavour it. Heat up some oil in a frying pan and drop a ladle full of the mix in, cook it until the underneath starts to brown and then flip. Then you can add some ingredients on to the top, like peppers, cooked mushrooms, or even fake meats. Once the other side is cooked, fold in half and slide onto a plate.
Yes, it is that simple.
Fancy experimenting more with vegan eggs? Check out my favourite vegan egg alternatives.