Toast with butter, a barely touch the sides breakfast bar, or a banana. That was my boring breakfast before veganism found me. Not very exciting or filling, is it?
Facing the day is much easier after a healthy and filling breakfast, and veganism forced me to find new and interesting meal choices.
We’ve compiled a list of our ten favourite vegan breakfasts for you to start your day the right way. Carry on reading for a little brekkie inspiration, perfect for any beginner vegans.
Marmalade and toast – photo by Calum Lewis on Unsplash
1. Overnight Oats
We LOVE Oats! Oats are versatile, full of vitamins, minerals, and keep you fuller for longer. Overnight oats are also quick, easy and perfect as meal prep as they can be made in bulk.
For one portion you’ll need:
- 40g to 50g porridge oats (depending on how hungry you are).
- Berries and sliced banana (or other fruit).
- 100g plant-based yoghurt (we like Aldi’s Soygurt).
- 2 tbsp plant-based milk (any variety you like).
- Choc shot, agave syrup, maple syrup or stevia drops (optional).
- Chia seeds or milled flax seeds (optional but super nutritious).
Need a weeks worth? Just multiply the above by however many days you need, mix in a big bowl and separate into smaller containers.
2. Good Old-Fashioned Porridge
Who doesn’t love porridge, especially on a chilly morning? Add nutmeg and cinnamon for a warming breakfast or cocoa powder to satisfy that chocolate craving. Then with fruit, maple syrup, chopped nuts, or chia seeds. You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted a spoonful of peanut butter or dark chocolate melt devilishly into the hot porridge. Check out our chocolate orange porridge recipe here, for a breakfast of champions.
3. Baked Oats
All I seem to see online lately is baked porridge, and there must be a reason. Very similar to your normal porridge recipe or overnight oats method, but baked in an oven-proof dish. There are lots of baked oats recipes online, but this is one of our tastiest and easiest choices at Simple Vegan Blog.
Literally the easiest vegan breakfast. Simply add plant-based milk or yoghurt, fruit and/or sweetener for an easy vegan breakfast.
Always check that your cereal is vegan rather than just vegetarian, as some cereals contain animal-derived Vitamin D. Head over to the Choose Veganism site for a helpful article on vegan cereals.
Granola with banana, blackberries, kiwi, Alpro Vanilla Yoghurt and Sweet freedom Caramel Syrup
Photo by Anju at Anju’s Kitchen.
Vegans can eat pancakes? YES, they really can! Many recipes containing egg can easily be adjusted to make a tasty vegan alternative. Our banana and oat pancakes are easy to make, delicious and completely vegan. Don’t believe me? Head over to the recipe yourself and tell me you don’t love it.
6. English Breakfast
Why should vegans miss out on the staple English Breakfast? It’s so easy to make a vegan fry up with the huge amount of meat replacement options available in supermarkets today. Fill your plate with the below and tell me that’s not a fry up.
- Vegan sausages and vegan bacon
- Fresh tomatoes
- Baked beans or tinned tomatoes
- Lightly fried spinach
- Scrambled tofu
- Hash browns or home-made rostis.
Try frying small cubes of white potatoes on medium to high heat with a little oil and some chilli flakes for a tasty hash brown swap.
7. The Earl of Sandwich
If sandwiches are good enough for an Earl (heck, they must be if he’s credited with their birth) then they’re good enough for us. Top your vegan sausage or bacon sandwich with slices of well fried tofu and a dollop of ketchup or brown sauce for that unforgettable British taste.
8. Toaster Time
There are lots of toaster friendly breakfast items available in supermarkets. Simply pair with vegan toppings. A quick scan for a vegan label or any bold egg/dairy ingredients will tell you if the item is vegan. We love:
- Hot cross buns
- Fruit loaf
I love to top cinnamon bagels with vegan cream cheese. Yum yum.
9. Toast Toppings
We’re a toast-loving nation, and who can blame us? There’s just something about a slice of hot, crispy toast topped with lashings of vegan butter and jam. But I bet you didn’t realise how many other vegan toast toppings there are. Some of our faves are:
- Vegan chocolate spread and sliced strawberries (Sweet Freedom Choc Shot is low fat and delicious).
- Mashed Avocado with slices of tomato and a little salt and pepper.
- Peanut butter or any other nut butter and sliced banana.
- Baked beans.
- Tinned tomatoes.
- Scrambled tofu. Silken tofu works the best, but any tofu will do. Cook similarly to scrambled egg, but add ½ tsp of, pepper, turmeric, chili flakes, and a little salt. If you have black salt add a ½ tsp instead of salt; it gives a real eggy taste.
10. Fruit Salad
No I don’t mean those awful tins of fruit salad we all used to eat as kids, getting excited over that one lone cherry. I mean a fresh, delectable fruit salad.
Try an exotic fruit bowl full of Mango, Pineapple, Kiwi, Papaya, and Banana; perfect for summer days. Grapes, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are handy for a quick breakfast. Top yours with a plant-based yoghurt, raw nuts, or maple syrup for a satisfying but healthy breakfast.
Remember, you can have anything you want for breakfast! Fancy a curry? Go for it! Does salad take your whim? Who cares. Eat whatever you like and most importantly; enjoy!