Ease into the day with these easy vegan breakfasts. Being vegan is deliciously uncomplicated with these dishes that anyone can make.
“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 for many people.
And when folks are considering going vegan, looking at what they’re going to eat for breakfast is a good place to start.
After all, morning is the last time when you want a long, arduous project or to start pulling out cookbooks. Instead, start the day with something simple, healthy, and satisfying.
Peanut butter toast and fruit
Peanut butter toast is uncomplicated and fool-proof.
Bread goes into the toaster. Once it pops, it’s slathered with peanut butter. (Pistachio butter is also an excellent choice!)
Fruit is washed.
And it’s ready to go.
Avoiding nut butter? For a similar alternative, slather hummus on toast with a few slices of avocado and a sprinkling of nutritional yeast flakes.
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.
For a portable option, make a breakfast quesadilla. Put eggy tofu between two toasted tortillas with red bell pepper, onion, spinach, and non-dairy cheese. Or put eggy tofu in a toasted sandwich with seitan bacon and melted non-dairy cheese.
I love a good bagel sandwich. It’s a portable breakfast that can go with you anywhere.
Fill it with hummus and your choice of sliced vegetables. I particularly like cucumber, red bell pepper, and onion.
Or hearken back to those fast food sandwiches of yore with a vegan breakfast sandwich. Top it with cashew cream cheese, eggy tofu, seitan bacon, or vegan breakfast sausage.
Toasted tortillas with nut butter and banana slices
In the same vein as peanut butter toast, consider this the lazy person’s crepes – peanut butter and banana on tortillas. 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.
Cold cereal and non-dairy milk
A bowl of cereal has to be the height of easy vegan breakfasts.
Read the ingredient lists on the cereals and granola at your natural food store. You’re sure to find several that are animal-product free.
Here are some accidentally vegan cereals to get you started.
Peanut butter banana oatmeal is a 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 blueberries or dried fruit, a sprinkling of cinnamon, or varying the nut butter. Or in the fall make pumpkin oatmeal!
I like to make creamy vegan polenta with a fine grain polenta. It has a pleasant, smooth 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 polenta breakfast. Top it with roasted Brussels sprouts, vegan breakfast sausages, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Smoothies 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.
For an even easier but similar option, keep some non-dairy yogurt in the refrigerator. Then you can just grab a spoon & go.
Obviously, avocado makes any meal better. It also adds some fat & staying power that keeps you going until lunchtime.
Use packaged baked tofu in teriyaki or sriracha flavors for a really easy start to the day.
When the weather is biting, vegan corn cakes fit the bill for something hearty & satiating at breakfast.
They’re great on their own. Or if you have some time, they’re even better alongside a tofu scramble. Corn cakes are ready in less than 15 minutes.
What are your favorite easy vegan breakfasts?
Content updated July 19, 2021. Originally posted December 7, 2011.