Plant Based Diet Breakfast Ideas – 9 Healthy and Simple Recipes

One of the most popular questions that people ask Vegan’s is ‘What do you eat?’ This is a fair question as we are used to eating things like eggs on toast, using dairy milk with our cereal or eating our famous bacon and egg roll for breakfast.

But what they do not realize is a large number of options available to Vegans for breakfast and although there are many more, I wanted to show you some simple, less time consuming and inexpensive ideas 🙂

1.       Tofu Scramble on Toast

This is an easy but tasty way to get some protein in the morning!

I have mine in a variety of ways but the usual is using the following ingredients:

  • 100 grams of tofu
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • A handful of mushrooms
    A handful of spinach
  • 1/2 a tomato (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. of Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp. of curry paste or powder
  • 1 x toast
  • An avocado or hummus for the spread

Method:

  1. Stir fry the onion and garlic
  2. Scramble up your tofu to make it into a curried egg like texture
  3. Add in mushrooms and tomatoes and let them cook for a minute or two
  4. Toast 1 piece of bread
  5. Add in curry paste and soy sauce to the dish
  6. Finally, add in spinach on low heat as it shrivels up very quickly
  7. Spread hummus or avocado on toast
  8. Pour some of the stir-fry mixtures onto the toast and the rest on to the side

Bon appetite!

2.       Oats – So Many Varieties

Oats are a very simple but effective way to fill you up for a long time, add all sorts of additives for taste and nutrient value and to enjoy your first meal of the day.

Some examples include (using plant-based milk with the following options):

  • Berries and Banana
  • Peanut butter, Banana, and Honey or Rice Malt Syrup
  • Cinnamon, Banana, Berries, Honey or Rice Malt Syrup
  • Coconut Yoghurt, Banana & Cinnamon
  • Protein Powder mixed with the above variations

Mix and Match these variations to your preference!

 

3.       Avocado on Toast

Just as it says! So simple but delicious, great for those who enjoy a light breakfast.

Just add some salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice and you are in for a lovely breakfast.

 

4.       Fresh Juice

You can make your own juice if you have a juicer using a variety of fruits such as orange juice, watermelon or carrot with ginger!

Another option is to purchase your own packaged juice.

I would recommend buying a juice that has all natural ingredients and is cold pressed not reconstituted (which is labeled in the ingredient section of the packaging).

Reconstituted juice means that it is pressed in a juicer but has all the water removed so it is left with solely the flavor concentrate. Manufacturers do this for the long transportation of the product but add more water to the juice when it arrives at the given location.

Unfortunately, the reconstituted juice is not as nutritious unlike freshly squeezed juice because the enzymes required for food metabolism and the immune system are destroyed through the heating and reconstitution processes.

Cold Pressed Juices are ideal because they do not use these methods but instead use a hydraulic pressure to press the fruit or vegetable. They are generally more expensive because they are stored for a shorter period of time but it is also because they contain purely natural ingredients and no additives, which is what we want!

5.       Hot Breakfast
Plant Based Breakfast Idea

If you want to have a hot breakfast (café style) then you can cook up some veggie sausages, grill a tomato and some mushrooms, get some beans on toast and have avocado and spinach on the side.

This plate is very healthy as there is a range of nutrients presented. Superb!

 

6.       Fruit Salad

Super easy to make and versatile! Chop up your favorite fruits and top it off with some coconut yogurt and chopped nuts!

7.      Blue Berry Smoothie

Smoothie, healthyThis is a great way to start your day with a light breakfast and get some healthy foods into you first thing in the morning.

One idea is blending together the below ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tbsp. of chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. of Greens Powder
  • 2 tbsp. of protein powder
  • A handful of berries (your choice)
  • 1 cup of Coconut water or your choice of plant-based milk

For more ideas on smoothies check out this video! 🙂

8.       Protein Pancakes

Visit this post for a delicious protein, plant-based pancake recipe that I mentioned earlier in ‘How to Make Protein Powder Taste Better’.

Vegan Protein Pancakes - Easy Recipe

9.       Banana on Toast

Banana on Toast, plant based breakfastThis is one of my favorites and not even for breakfast, I have this for morning or afternoon tea too!

Simply have toast with peanut butter, chopped banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. If you have coconut flakes, you can sprinkle that on top too which is also a favorite of mine 🙂

You can even mix it up by having a hazelnut spread or some dark chocolate liquid on top of the bananas. The options are so versatile!

 

So there you go!

Some simple, cost and time effective ideas to help you out in your plant-based lifestyle!

I hope this article helped you find some breakfast options you like, and if so let me know in the comment section below, I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

Yours truly,

Danielle Packer

The Founder of The Earth Co.

18 thoughts on “Plant Based Diet Breakfast Ideas – 9 Healthy and Simple Recipes

  1. Ooh, you are making me hungry. These all look so delicious, thank you for sharing them. One of the problems that I have in the morning (and I don’t think I’m alone in this) is just the lack of time. I have to get 2 children out to school and I always seem to be late so we are always just grabbing something to eat in the car, which is always something unhealthy like a pain au chocolate.
    Apart from getting up earlier(!) what foods would you recommend for us in this situation. I’d like them to be healthier than we currently use.
    Thanks .

    1. That’s a great question Gail! I would recommend any cereal that you would deem healthy and use a plant based milk! Super easy and simple 🙂
      But if you do not have any time at all to even sit down and eat, I think instead of grabbing something unhealthy to eat in the car, grab a banana or an apple!
      Another option would be to prepare breakfast the night before, maybe a fruit salad or overnight oats! I will be making a post about overnight oats soon so stay tuned 🙂

      Thanks again for commenting!

  2. Hey Danielle,
    Some really tasty and healthy delights you have shared to be included in the breakfast. I am going to try it for sure.
    Thanks.

  3. Some great alternatives to the normal and look very appetizing, the only problem, and we all suffer from it, is the time it takes and the fact that we just can’t be bothered most of the time, but in the last couple of years I have certainly looked into this avenue and a change of lifestyle, because our bodies just can’t cope with all that processed garbage that there is. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I definitely agree with you Mick! However, I would encourage you to try the oats recipe! Just put some oats in the microwave for a minute or two, add some plant based milk and maybe some berries or a banana and that will not take long at all, especially if your a fast eater like me haha
      Good luck with it all!

  4. Wish I had a dish that was not on your list so I could share. I am an oatmeal guy with fruit on top. That tofu scramble recipe and pic made my mouth water. That’s something I should try one of these days. Not normally a fan of tofu, but the one you have there really looks good. And yes the important thing you raised once how simple and easy it is to make — a so much variety you could have and even come up with yourself especially the smoothies. People think there is nothing to eat if you don’t have eggs and bacon or some other animal food. Great to show people the possibilities… I like your website by the way!

    1. Thanks Dwyan! Appreciate the support 🙂 Yes it is true that you don’t just have to eat salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner on a plant based diet, there is so much variety!

    1. Neither! I use to hate tofu, but now I have found ways to make it taste similar to curried egg! I am so glad it looks yummy to you haha

  5. You have made my mind up for me, i,m going to start with the Hot breakfast and then finish off with the Banana on toast.

    There are great ideas on you post just keep adding more recipes, this is one site i will be bookmarking.

    Thanks

  6. Hi Danielle,
    All of the 9 breakfasts you have listed look absolutely delicious.
    I have tried some before, but others I haven’t, but I think I will do now.
    My favourite of them has to be avocado on toast. Sometimes I will do egg with it too.
    I love avocado and eat it regularly and it helps that it is good for you.
    I also like to add avocado into my smoothies when I make them for breakfast sometimes (normally with protein powder too).
    Thanks for these great breakfast ideas.
    Best wishes,
    Michael.

    1. Amazing! Yes I love avocado so much and it works well in smoothies I do agree, makes it more creamy 🙂

      Thanks for commenting Michael!

    1. Thanks for commenting Les Trow! Glad to hear your willing to try these plant based breakfast alternatives! They are all seriously delicious 🙂

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