November 14 2021 – Michael Berry
Most experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? And we all know the incredible benefits of a plant-based diet, right? Then perhaps there’s nothing better you can do for your health than start your day off with one of these simple, delicious plant-based breakfast ideas.
If you’re anything like us, then you likely find breakfast to be the most difficult meal to plan for and consistently eat healthy options. Trust me, we get it… most of us are SUPER busy these days. Who has time to wake up, get ready for the day and prepare a home-cooked meal every morning? Not us, usually. Far too often, we’ve found ourselves in the fast-food line or skipping breakfast all together. That’s what motivated us to launch our awesome plant-based meal planner, after all.
And that’s why we’ve put together this list of our favorite plant-based diet breakfast ideas. Many of these recipes are quick plant based breakfast options (five minutes or less) or make ahead vegan breakfast options which are perfect those busy mornings. We’ve also tossed in a few of our favorite, longer-to-make plant-based breakfast recipes for good measure – just in case you have one of those slow mornings or are looking for a family breakfast idea for the weekend.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 21 easy and delicious plant-based breakfast ideas…
1. Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
Let’s start with a simple yet delicious, low carb vegan breakfast smoothie: the blueberry smoothie. When you’re in a hurry, or seeking a healthy but light option, this blueberry smoothie should be one of your go-to options! Just toss a few ingredients in the blender and you’re on your way with a refreshing plant-based meal replacement smoothie that is full of antioxidants and loaded with fiber. Blueberry smoothies are also used as a staple for diets designed for weight loss, reduced inflammation and to promote heart healthy.
This recipe makes two servings and consists of nine grams of total fat (including 1.5 grams of saturated fat), 32 grams of carbs, five grams of protein and eight grams of fiber per serving.
2. Banana Oat Muffins Recipe
These banana oat muffins only take about 10-15 minutes to prepare and approximately 25 minutes to bake. And when refrigerated in an air tight container, these muffins should remain good for five days. That makes these muffins a perfect option to meal prep for a quick, healthy grab-and-go breakfast.
This recipe, as is, makes about 15 muffins and can easily be adjusted to make more or fewer muffins depending on your needs. Each muffin is slightly under 150 calories with zero grams of saturated fat (and only one gram of total fat). They also contain 35 grams of carbs, three grams of fiber and four grams of protein.
3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe
If you’ve ever had a friend or family member, tell you that vegan food tastes disgusting… then make them this smoothie! Trust me, these are one of those recipes that even the most anti-vegan person you know will absolutely love. And hidden in all the deliciousness is a protein-packed, nutrient rich blend that will be sure to kick your day off right.
The chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie makes two servings. Each serving consists of just under 500 calories and contains 71 grams of carbs, 21 grams of fat (including only 3 grams of saturated fat), 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber.
4. Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe
Chia seed pudding is a fantastic option for a meal prep grab and go breakfast (because they require at least four hours in the refrigerator). But they only take about 10 minutes to prepare and stay good in a refrigerated air tight container for at least five days. Meaning, you can easily make one batch and have breakfast for the entire week.
And, while this recipe doesn’t call for it, there are unlimited options for toppings when it comes to toppings. Nuts and fresh fruits are excellent (and nutritious) options!
This chia seed pudding recipe makes four, 145 calorie servings (seriously, only 145 calories). Each serving consists of 25 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fat (0 grams of saturated fat), 3 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.
5. Vegan Banana Oat Pancakes Recipe
If you’re a fan of pancakes then you can’t go wrong with this banana oat pancake vegan recipe! Made with whole grains, bananas, vanilla, cinnamon and plant milk, these pancakes are not only tasty, but healthy as well. These are the perfect option for a slow Sunday morning breakfast with the family.
And here’s a pro tip: kick the flavor up a notch by topping these pancakes with your favorite berries or nuts.
This banana oat pancakes recipe makes four servings. Each serving is 267 calories and consists of 51 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat (1 gram of saturated fat), 9 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.
6. Chickpea Omelet Recipe
Chickpea omelets are another great option for one of those days that are a little slower. While, it may take a bit more time… these omelets are still super-easy to make. And to make it even better, this recipe is incredibly flexible so you can throw in your favorite vegetables and vegan meats (if desired). When wrapped in the chickpea flour mix (which has a delicious egg-like taste), it will surely make your taste buds explode.
This recipe creates one omelet. The omelet is just under 300 calories and consists of 26 grams carbs, 16 grams fat (just one-gram of saturated fat), 11 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.
7. Vegan Tofu Scramble Recipe
Your eggy pleasure breakfast is just a scramble away!
Start your day off with this “you can’t get more vegan” tofu scramble recipe and feel energetic all day long. Not only does it taste delicious but it is free from cholesterol-rich eggs and is the perfect gluten free vegan breakfast. Comes together with the perfect blend that could fool even your taste buds when taking the first bite that brings almost egg flavor (but better); thanks to some spices like black salt, paprika, and turmeric… yeah all crumble down beautifully in between soft strands.
This plant-based recipe for two, is filled with vital nutrients (calcium, magnesium and zinc) so your body has all it needs. Per serving is under 300 calories, consists of 13.1 of total fat (including 2.3 grams of saturated fat), 3.8 grams of carbs, 20.3 grams of protein, and 0.9 grams of fiber.
Bonus: Now there are no excuses not be able to whip up something healthy when hunger strikes at night time too.
8. Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
Add a touch of sweetness that will keep your taste buds on heels (no pun intended) throughout this feast for breakfast or lunch – because these best-tasting cookies without eggs or butter are hearty, crumbly & loaded with peanut love. So, whenever your stomach starts rumbling or craving something quick and delicious, all you have to do is roll 2-3 ingredients into moist bite-size and vegan-friendly cookies.
These are super healthy too, since the applesauce in them, lowers blood pressure levels as well as reduces cholesterol which leads to heart disease risk down considerably. Not bad right?!
Pair it with honeyed drizzle and see how appetizing it turns out! (Trust me, you will drool over every second bite.)
This instant recipe makes 7-10 melt-in-mouth cookies (high in sweet pleasure but lower than 10-gram carbs). It consists of 5.9 grams of total fat (including saturated fat of just 1.1 gram), and 1 gram of fiber per serving.
9. Blueberry French Toast Recipe
If you are done with that same old-school breakfast, try a morning full of plant-based goodness! This French toast is yet another sweet addition to your weekend breakfasts and surprisingly tastes delightful for something so quick.
Best of all… it is warm (just like summers), crunchy, and goddess of pleasant smell; all hail to its creamy dairy-free flavors of almond milk mixed up with fine-chopped almonds and chia seeds. With ingredients like cinnamon, more than just flavor is delivered while blueberries (dripping blushingly) on top will explode your energy levels.
You’ll feel great to know that it's healthier than anything found in most restaurants or bakeries.
10. Vegan Panini Recipe
If you’re looking for a high protein vegan breakfast option, then look no further than this vegan panini recipe!
Within just 5 minutes, you can have this lowkey panini sandwich for lunch (that keeps sugar spikes at bay, yet tastes heaven) … just pick three ingredients on the way home and this might be the only thing you eat all week until the 30th.
And best yet? This sandwich recipe (less than 120 carbs) makes one, contains 27 grams of protein, 34 grams of total fat (including 6 grams of saturated fat), and 0% cholesterol per serving.
11. Vegan Vanilla Milkshake Recipe
Vegan vanilla shake is a perfect sweet relief for those that are always on-the go. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and forget about what you're craving, but this organic shake (as soon it's finished with its first sip) will make everything better. Nothing fancy… just shake up few ingredients from the fridge and add toppings to satisfy your sweet tooth.
And here’s a million dollars tip: kick the creamy flavor up by adding your favorite whipped cream, ice cream or melted hot chocolate (if desired).
This plant-based recipe for one glass, contains 261 calories in total which makes it less than 30 carbs, 13 grams of fat (including 13 grams of saturated fat), 17 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.
12. Vanilla Chia Pudding Recipe
It’s 3:30pm and you're already done with this day. But there's something sweet to hold you over until dinner time. We bet, if you add this fruity filling (which by the way, is also very healthy), easy option, 4-ingredient vegan chia pudding into your line of goodies, you'll never want to eat anything else than this comforting treat for breakfast, as an afternoon snack or after dinner.
This recipe makes two, is a powerhouse of nutrition, containing 8 grams of fiber to help control blood sugar levels and cholesterol while also providing 4 grams of protein for muscle building per serving.
Overall, it consists of 8 grams of total fat (including 97 milligrams of potassium, 5 grams of sugar, 301 milligrams of calcium). The healthy fats in chia can help you feel fuller longer so your hunger pangs don't get the best of their prey!
13. Vegan Hash Browns Recipe
If you can spare 20 minutes, then nothing in the world is better for brunch than these golden vegan hash browns… it will leave you satisfied, satiated, and savored all day long.
And, this recipe calls for endless options when it comes to toppings (mayonnaise and tomatoes sauce are great (healthy!) options), so for boss babes (and boys) that have recently moved out and don't know how to cook, this tempting hash brown recipe does good! Spiced with sea salt, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne will have your taste buds coming for more.
This vegan hash brown recipe makes six, 170 calorie servings (yeah, fewer calories and more nutrients). Each serving consists of 29 grams of carbs, 4.7 grams of fat (0.6 grams of saturated fat), 3.6 grams of protein, and 2.4 grams of fiber.
14. Vegan Banana Bread Recipe
This vegan banana bread is foolproof (not lying!) for those that are working from home (because it takes approximately 60 minutes to bake) but requires only 10 minutes to prepare. You know the best part? It can stay up to 2 months if refrigerated in air tight container which you can thaw anytime. If it is too banana-y for you, top other half of the loaf with apple sauce; meaning, you can play with this a little (or cut sweets).
Made from simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen—this banana bread recipe makes one loaf, with moistness loaded to keep you going until lunch time rolls around again. Per serving it contains 318 calories (that makes it less than 50 carbs), 12.5 grams of fat (including 5.2 grams of saturated fat), 4.8 grams of protein and 2.4 grams of fiber.
15. Vegan Overnight Oats Recipe
This quick 5-minute breakfast is an excellent (healthiest) option for those who hate mornings, can’t wake up on the first alarm, and are always the last to enter the office (most probably empty stomach), even though we all know those types of mornings really mess with our productivity levels when your body is telling you that there's nothing hungry, and it just wants ten more minutes of sleep.
And if you share the same pain then prepare this breakfast 5 minutes before bedtime, leave it overnight in the fridge (yes when it's still light out!) and eat it while driving to work or college.
This vegan overnight oat recipe makes one, contains less than 500 calories, 56 carbs, 23 grams of fat (including saturated fat of 2.1 grams), 14.7 grams of protein, and 10.1 grams of fiber per jar.
16. Vegan Baked Oatmeal Recipe
Baked vegan oatmeal is another great deal for those vegans that prefer to spend more time with family (during breakfast hours) rather than cooking and thinking about what else needs doing. It's also an easy recipe (non-dairy yet so delightful) that can be made in the night letting you do what matters most.
It requires 40 minutes to bake approx. and hardly takes 10 minutes to prepare—makes for four, has just 9 grams of total fat, less than 500 calories (about 264 calories), and 4 grams of protein per serving.
17. Chickpea Scramble Recipe
Chickpea Scramble is a surprising twist on the slow weekday mornings that will have your mouth desire more! If you’re not in mood to make toast with jam (again) then there are plenty of other ways we can get our fix without cracking up a little egg. This vegan chickpea scramble recipe makes two (leave so much space for your vegetable fantasy), has a spicy flavor that warms your insides, is less than 180 calories and makes every other breakfast taste boring. Plus, there ain't eggs in it (vegan and satisfying!)—so no mid-morning snacks needed here either; just tuck into the plate of heartiness before work starts knocking on doors.
18. Vegan Granola Bar Recipe
The next time you’re craving a sugary, crunchy treat that's too easy, chilling, and tempting, Vegan Granola Bars is your go-to (guilt-free) snack.
Not just that but Granola (vegan & gluten-free) helps you fight long-lasting problems like high blood sugar, anemia, and blood pressure. When wrapped in the nuts, dried fruits, and dripping maple syrup inside (which has rich nutrients), no second thoughts that it will surely make your heart crave for it again yet again.
This 5-minute (no bake) recipe makes 8 bars. Per bar, it consists of 14 grams of fat (including 3 grams of saturated fat), 260 milligrams of potassium, and 4 grams of fiber.
19. Vegan French Toast Recipe
Vegan French Toast will make you the belle of the brunch ball. With its sweet, tender texture and golden color like the real thing made with eggs (reminds of an old-fashioned kind)— it is sure not to disappoint even on busy mornings when nothing else sounds fascinating at all.
And if you have friends that are meat-eaters, make them this! Take my word, it is something they might want to know before making their own judgment call.
This 15-minute recipe makes six servings and each of them consists of 238 calories, 5 grams of total fat (including 38 grams of carb), 10 grams of protein, and 1.5 grams of fiber.
20. Vegan Buckwheat Crepes Recipe
If you have a little time on your hands, then you'll want to spend it making these crepes! They only take about 25 minutes to make and are to die for. This recipe is also gluten-free.
Each crepe is about 70 calories and consists of 8 grams of carbs, 1 gram of protein and 3 grams of fat.
21. Cinnamon Roll Pancake Recipe
Want more plant-based breakfast ideas?
If so, then we’ve got some more easy and delicious plant-based recipes to share with you in the next blog. Till then… don’t stop yourself trying above healthy options that will have your stomach rumbling before 8am!