These easy vegan breakfasts take all of the complication out of that early morning meal.
People often ask me, “What do vegans eat for breakfast?”
In a meal that is often a land mine of fried foods and processed meats, I can see why plant-based fare doesn’t immediately pop to mind. And when people are considering going vegan, looking at what they’re going to eat for breakfast is a good place to start. After all, when the sun is only starting to peep from the horizon and dreams are still fresh in the mind, it’s best to make it simple to start the day with something easy, healthy, and satisfying. No one wants to awake from a deep slumber only to look across the kitchen overwhelmed and wondering, “What am I going to eat here?”
Want to see how easy vegan breakfasts can be? Watch this video!
1. Peanut butter toast and fruit
Peanut butter toast is uncomplicated and fool-proof. Whole grain toast goes in the oven, it’s slathered with peanut butter (or your nut butter of choice), fruit is washed, and it’s ready to go.
The fruit changes depending on the season, which keeps it interesting. It’s ready in less than ten minutes, and it’s something I can eat regularly without feeling bored.
Similar alternative – Hummus on toast with a few slices of avocado and a sprinkling of nutritional yeast flakes
2. Eggy tofu & toast
If you were a person who enjoyed fried eggs and toast before going vegan, this vegan egg will really scratch that itch. Eggy tofu is made by quickly browning slabs of super firm tofu in a skillet, and seasoning them with kala namak (black salt) and pepper. Kala namak is kind of magic.
You can also serve eggy tofu with breakfast potatoes in the air fryer or oven. Or check out those old school frozen hash brown patties, which cook really well in the air fryer. (The loose frozen hash browns don’t cook so well in the air fryer, unfortunately.)
3. Bagel sandwich
I love a good bagel sandwich. Fill it with hummus and sliced vegetables.
Or hearken back to those fast food sandwiches of yore with cashew cream cheese, eggy tofu, and seitan bacon or vegan breakfast sausage. For seitan bacon, I opt for Upton’s Naturals or Herbivorous Butcher. For breakfast sausage, Gardein breakfast patties cook beautifully in the air fryer.
4. Whole wheat tortillas slathered with nut butter and banana slices and toasted in a dry pan
In our house, we call this “El Elvis.” In the same vein as peanut butter toast, consider this the lazy person’s crepes. Protein, whole grains, and fruit come together in one convenient package. Have any left over? A wedge or two makes a nice mid-morning snack.
Similar alternatives – hummus or baba ganoush on toasted tortillas with salsa, hot sauce, or jalapeños.
5. Cold cereal and non-dairy milk
Read the ingredient lists on the cereals and granola at your natural food store, and you’re sure to find several that are animal-product free. I’m often trying something new. At my local grocery store, they even have cold cereals in the bulk bins, which means I can try a small amount and see if I like it.
This hot and fiber-rich option is great for cold, winter mornings when something warm sounds best. It feels hearty and substantive. It can be changed up by adding a handful of berries or dried fruit, a sprinkling of cinnamon, a dollop of nut butter, or slices of banana.
7. Creamy polenta
I like to make creamy polenta using De la Estancia organic polenta, because it’s a fine grain polenta that has a good, creamy mouth-feel. Plus, it is ready in five minutes. Add a handful of sun-dried tomatoes, a spoonful of nutritional yeast flakes, and a little non-dairy milk for a quick and savory breakfast.
If you have more time, go all out with this recipe and top it with roasted Brussels sprouts, Field Roast breakfast sausages, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
They are a great on the go meal, but also a nice way to start the morning with a hefty serving of fruits and vegetables.
Check out these smoothies for ideas:
- Peanut butter banana smoothie
- Very cherry smoothie
- Blueberry banana smoothie
- Green pumpkin smoothie
- Chocolate peanut butter cup smoothie
Don’t feel like eating first thing in the morning? Pour a smoothie into a mason jar, top it with a lid, and take it to work to sip as you read over morning emails.