The phrase “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” has been repeated so many times, it is impossible to ignore. We are inclined to agree since having a fulfilling meal at the beginning of the day will give you enough energy and make you snack less.
And while meat eaters (even vegetarians) have no problem throwing together a quick bacon & eggs or grab a sandwich to eat on the go, when it comes to vegans, possibilities seem to decrease. Do vegans really need to be limited to smoothies and granola for breakfast? Not anymore. We have compiled an amazing list of healthy and easy vegan breakfast recipes that includes pancakes, cookies, wraps, French toast, soups and more!
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Having in mind that weekday mornings can be quite chaotic, we made sure they are quick to make – done in no more than 15 minutes in order to prevent you from running late. And finally, we have selected the star of each vegan recipe, the ingredient in each recipe that makes your meal extra fulfilling, nutritious, and delicious.
Sweet Quick and Easy Vegan Breakfast Recipes
Time: 10 minutes
Why make pancakes only at the weekend when they are done in only 10 minutes? To make the process really quick, mix the ingredients in a blender for about a minute, then cook each side of the pancakes for about two minutes. One more upside is that, besides being vegan and incredibly easy to make, these fluffy flapjacks are also gluten-free. Top with pure maple syrup, peanut butter, fruit, or vegan chocolate chips.
Star of the vegan recipe: Oats are considered one of the healthiest breakfast options for a good reason- they are a whole grain, which means they retain their germ, endosperm, and bran, which means that the nutrients remain intact. Oats are rich in dietary fiber, plant-based protein, and essential minerals. Note: These whole grains are gluten-free but can be contaminated in the production process. That is why, if you are following a gluten-free diet, you should look for ‘certified gluten-free’ labels.
Time: 15 minutes
This vegan breakfast recipe is so good, you won’t even know it lacks eggs. The secret ingredient that gives the toast ‘eggy’ taste is nutritional yeast, also known as ‘nooch’. Throw some cinnamon & nutmeg and top with maple syrup, powdered sugar, fresh fruit, or nut butter. Perfect for using up your stale bread!
Star of the vegan recipe: Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast made from beet and sugarcane molasses. It is widely used as a condiment because of its nutty and cheesy flavor but also as a thickener for soups and stews. Nooch is gluten-free and filled with protein and B-complex vitamins. It also contains folates, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, zinc, and selenium. Furthermore, this flaky ingredient is low in fat and sodium and contains no sugars or preservatives; enough to dub nooch a superfood!
Time: 7 minutes
The simplicity of cream of wheat collides with the rich flavors of Indian rice pudding to create a quick and yet luscious breakfast. Low-fat, sugar-free, and rich in iron & calcium, this elegant vegan recipe bursts with flavors from the rose water, cardamom, coconut, and pistachio nuts.
Star of the vegan recipe: Thanks to the ads featuring Ernie the Elephant, aired during the Super Bowl, as well as the marketing campaigns featuring celebrities, pistachios have become one of the most popular nuts. It’s no wonder everyone is going nuts about pistachios – they’re packed with unsaturated fat, which lowers bad cholesterol levels and keeps your heart healthy. Moreover, these healthy fats in combination with dietary fiber and protein, contribute to weight loss and weight control!
Time: 5 minutes
Described as a smoothie you can eat with a spoon, this easy vegan recipe involves much more chewing than a regular smoothie. It combines several vegan breakfast favorites like granola & fruits and complements them with acai powder. Not only will this purple powder give your dish an amazing color and a tangy note, but it will also contribute a great deal of nutrients as well.
Star of the vegan recipe: Filled with vitamins C and A and richer in antioxidants than raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries or goji berries, acai berries inhibits signs of aging, control appetite hormones, boost energy, and prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Time: 10 minutes
How about a double coffee for breakfast? Pour a large cup of warm coffee and treat yourself to these amazing, super-quick cookies made with espresso powder. The author suggests that you use good-quality cocoa powder; we support that and add our own advice: substitute sugar with a healthier sweetener option like stevia because these bites are addicting. The best part? You can pack and eat on the run.
Star of the vegan recipe: Coffee is the second most consumed beverage in the world (after water) and despite concerns, studies have shown that drinking up to 3-5 cups of coffee a day is not only safe, but also recommendable; coffee reduces the risk of heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, and prostate cancer.
Savory Quick and Easy Vegan Breakfast Recipes
Time: 10 minutes
Having a jar of delicious homemade hummus in the fridge at all times really pays off. But even if this is not the case, humus is done in no more than 5 minutes in a food processor and is extremely versatile. This creamy paste can be used as a side dish, dip, or, in this case, a spread over toasted baguette bread slices. Together with crisp, sun-dried tomatoes and garnished with fresh pea shoots, it creates a fun, easy meal that can be served as a breakfast, snack, or appetizer.
Star of the vegan recipe: Hummus has been consumed in the Middle East and some North African countries for a long time but the USA and Europe have ‘discovered’ it recently and seem to really enjoy its amazing taste, experiencing its numerous health benefits at the same time! The main ingredient in this creamy spread, chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are rich in protein and fiber. They increase satiety, improve digestion, and keep your heart in good health.
Time: 5 minutes
This quick and easy Mexican take on vegan breakfast is made with toasted bread (make sure the bread is vegan), topped with refried beans paste. If you decide to go with a homemade version, bear in mind that it will take about 20 minutes, so it is better if you get it ready the night before. Finish off with avocado & onion slices and garnish with coarse salt. For those in your family that are not vegans, add a poached egg as well. Top with another slice of bread to get a vegan sandwich or, if there are family members sensitive to gluten, use gluten-free bread.
Star of the vegan recipe: Often dubbed “one of the healthiest foods on the planet” and “the most nutrition-packed food in the world”, avocado steals the show in every recipe, whether vegan or not. Packed with heart-protective fats, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, and numerous minerals, this creamy fruit improves heart health, balances hormones, and contributes to better digestion.
Time: 15 minutes
These easy and low-carb wraps are made with sautéed tofu, mushrooms, and veggies. They are bursting with exotic flavors from the red peppers and jicama and red peppers. The original recipe recommends wrapping the filling in tender butterhead lettuce leaves, but if that’s not fulfilling enough for you, opt for the good old tortillas. Drizzle with hoisin sauce.
Star of the vegan recipe: Over the past few years, tofu has found its way to the unhealthy food lists due to the fact that it is GMO and filled with antinutrients. That is why we recommend that you replace it with fermented soy products like natto or tempeh in your vegan recipes. The fermentation process increases the level of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making these tofu alternatives really good for you.
Time: 15 minutes
Delicious vegan recipes like this soup are a welcomed change from your pancake/waffle routine. Not that there is anything wrong with them! The point is to eat diverse, nutritious food that will not only make you feel full, but will also contribute to your good health and good shape. And this soup does all that for you – flavorful, vibrant and summery, it is the ideal combination of sweet and savory. Chop the veggies the night before and your easy breakfast will be served fresh and warm in no time!
Star of the vegan recipe: With so many good-for-you-ingredients such as onion, garlic, carrots, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and basil, picking the star of this vegan recipe is really difficult. That is why we have decided to ‘crown’ cumin, the spice that gives this soup an exotic note in addition to the numerous nutrients like vitamins E and B1, iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Time: 15 minutes
Simple & casual and yet so fulfilling. This summery classic is packed with enough protein to keep you going for hours. The use of hummus instead of mayonnaise reduces the calorie count and the addition of lemon juice, parsley, fresh mint, garlic, and scallions really brighten it up. The potatoes will take only 7-8 minutes to cook but since this salad is usually served chilled, you can make them the night before and keep them in the fridge (in a plastic container, covered with a lid) until the next morning.
Star of the vegan recipe: Potatoes contain more potassium than bananas and provide you with almost half the daily value of vitamin C! This combination, in conjunction with the protein content, makes potatoes more energy-packed than any other widely consumed veggie, perfect to fuel your brain and body throughout the day.
Hope we have given you enough choices to make a different vegan breakfast every day. Find more ideas for a delicious start of your day in our Quick and Easy Vegan Recipes collection.