When it comes to healthy vegan breakfast recipes, I think a lot of people get stuck in a rut with oats and smoothies day after day. Don’t get me wrong, oats and smoothies are delicious but everybody needs a change every now and again. If you’ve been stuck in a breakfast rut, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve rounded up a huge list of easy healthy vegan breakfast recipes that will get you thinking outside the box when it comes to healthy plant-based breakfasts.
I’ve still included oats and smoothies because let’s be honest, they’re the best! But in addition you’ll find scrambles, hashes, pancakes, smoothies, waffles, frittatas, muffins, quiches, sandwiches, breads and more! With back to school upon us and this awesome list at your fingertips, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a healthy, balanced breakfast, no matter how busy your morning.
Breakfast Time-Saving Tips
Mornings can be busy, especially now that back to school has arrived. Anything I can do to make the process smoother, ensuring you have time to eat a quality, balanced breakfast, I’m here to help. Let’s get into a few time-saving tips that can help you get the whole family fed and out the door, without too much stress and rushing. I’ve talked a lot about food prep on the blog so before we get into these breakfast time-saving tips, I’d also like to point you in the direction of these meal prep posts to get the ideas flowing.
Meal Prep Posts
- Vegan Food Prep Tips for Healthy Meals All Week
- Vegan Meal Prep Ideas | Part 3
- Vegan Meal Prep Ideas | Part 2
- Vegan Meal Prep Ideas | Part 1
Here are a few breakfast time-saving tips I use to make my mornings stress-free while still making sure I eat a healthy breakfast.
- go for overnight oats or chia pudding as they’re so easy to prep the night before and grab n’ go in the morning
- get creative with dinner leftovers, try adding stir-fry veggies to a tofu scramble or using left over rice to make breakfast porridge
- keep plenty of frozen veggies and fruits on hand so you’re always ready for smoothies, or try making pre-made smoothie packs so all you hve to do is dump them in the blender with some liquid
- pre-chop veggies on the weekend to make things easy in the mornings, anything you think you’ll use, prep it ahead of time, this also increases the chances you’ll use up all your produce and reduce food waste
- pre-pack the dry ingredients for a weeks worth of overnight oats, then all you need to do is pull from the pantry, add liquid and fruit and stick them in the fridge so they’re ready in the morning
- plan ahead, take the time on the weekend to make a thorough meal plan for the week and then shop for everything you need
- keep a well-stocked pantry so you have everything you need to create healthy breakfasts
- food prep baked items like oatmeal bars, muffins and breakfast cookies on the weekend so you have grab and go options for those extra busy days
- keep a selection of nut butters on hand for making toast on those extra crazy mornings
- and always remember, you can never go wrong with peanut butter and banana or salt and peppered avocado on toast
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- 12 Small Steps for Better Nutrition
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Alright enough chit chat, right? Let’s get into what you came here for! Easy, healthy vegan breakfast recipes that will help you start your day stress-free with a delicious, well-balanced, plant-based meal.
Easy Healthy Vegan Breakfast Recipes
I’ve divided this list into categories to help organize it. Whether you’re feeling pancakes, an omelet, a smoothie, baking or oats, you’ll find it on the list below. You can also follow my Vegan Breakfast Pinterest board for even more ideas for healthy vegan breakfasts.
Pancake, Waffle, Crepe and French Toast Recipes
You can’t go wrong with pancakes or waffles for breakfast! There are countless ways you can make healthy vegan pancakes, from gluten-free to chickpea flour, to adding veggies and loading them with toppings, pancakes, waffles and french toast are a classic breakfast option. To save time, pancakes and waffles can be made in advance and frozen or stored in the fridge and then quickly heated up in the toaster, just like Eggo’s!
My go-to grain-free pancake recipe. These are so easy to make, naturally gluten-free and are extra fluffy.
Made from chickpea flour so they’re gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free and taste amazing loaded up with healthy topping like avocado. You can make these savoury like in the recipe, or leave out the herbs and make them sweet with added fruit toppings.
My go-to pancake recipe. Super easy, ready in minutes, fluffy and delicious!
Try making these vegan chia seed pancakes ahead of time and freezing them. That way you can pop a couple in toaster anytime you need a quick breakfast but really want pancakes!
I wasn’t sure where to categorize this recipe from Running with Spoons but I think it’s close enough to french toast it can go with pancakes and waffles. Somewhere between oatmeal and fresh toast, this single-serve baked banana fresh toast is super easy to make, high in fibre and can be made with gluten-free bread if desired.
These pancakes by Feasting on Fruit posted on The Big Man’s World are a little bit of pancake magic. They’re flourless, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free and come out nice and fluffy.
There vegan waffles by Whole Living Lauren are really easy to make with just a few ingredients. I’d recommend topping them with fresh fruit and almond butter to balance them out. These would be awesome to make ahead of time, freeze and enjoy as toaster waffles. These ones are not gluten-free and do contain a little oil. See the next recipe for an oil-free, gluten-free option.
Feasting on Fruit is the master of all things sweet but still healthy. You can make your own oat flour for these and if you’re short on ingredients, go ahead and skip the blueberries for a quick, healthy, gluten-free breakfast. I wanted to include a gluten-free waffle that doesn’t call for numerous kinds of flour and tapioca starch since I never have al l that on hand, so these are a great solution to simple gluten-free baking.
Frittata, Quiches, Omelettes and Scramble Recipes
You can make egg-inspired vegan breakfast recipes with a number of different ingredients. Tempeh, chickpeas and tofu being the go-to. Vegan scrambles and other egg-like recipes are high in protein, a good way to include veggies at breakfast and many of them can be made ahead of time to make your mornings even easier.
My guide on how to make tofu scrambles. You can make them with any veggies and just a few spices. They’re good for food prep and can be stored in the fridge for quick breakfast over a few days. Try them in a wrap, piled on toast or on a tortilla with refried beans for a vegan take on huevos rancheros. As for veggies anything goes, bell pepper, onions, spinach and zucchini are all delicious.
Tofu omelettes are easy to make and taste great Made from tofu. This vegan omelet from Isa Chandra is stuffed with healthy ingredients like asparagus and avocado.
As an alternative to tofu omelettes, you can make an omelet with chickpea flour, or sometimes called besan flour. Chickpea flour is easy to work with and can be customized with various spices and herbs for different flavours. This chickpea flour omelet from Fork and Beans features turmeric, garlic powder, onion powder and a stuffing of red onion, garlic, tomato and broccoli.
I’m putting this under scrambles as it’s kinda like a chickpea scramble of sorts. I think it’s important to alternate sweet breakfasts with savoury ones and these Green Chickpeas on Toast from Lazy Cat Kitchen are a great place to start! There are super easy to make too, all you need to do is cook up the chickpeas in a pan and then load it on to toast of your choice. I’m thinking these chickpeas would also go great over waffles!
This Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Bowl from Well and Full is super easy to make and you can add any veggies you like. You only need a few ingredients to make the scramble, the dish is high in protein and it would make a yummy and easy start to your day. It can be made ahead of time, you could add the mixture to a wrap to make a breakfast burrito and it makes a good option for taking breakfast on the go.
These mini frittatas from Mostly Vegan are perfect for meal prep and busy mornings because they’re pre-portioned to grab and go. Try them on a toasted english muffin or toast, with a side of fresh berries, topped with vegan cheese or have a couple on their own for a high-protein and high fibre breakfast. They’d also make a great morning snack. You can customize them with your favourite veggies or whatever you have on hand.
Savoury Vegan Breakfast Bowls
As much as I love sweet breakfast recipes, I try to start the day with a savoury recipe at least a couple times a week. By going savoury at breakfast we can easily sneak a few more servings of veggies into our day.
I love starting my day with a sweeter breakfst like a smoothie or oatmeal but I think it’s a good idea to alternate that with low-sugar, savory options. This Breakfast Bowl from To Her Core features quinoa, sweet potato and tempeh and if you prep the igredients ahead of time, it will only take minutes to assemble in the morning.
Loaded with plant-based protein, these savory oatmeal breakfast bowls from Emilie Eats are an excellent way to start your day. If you don’t have time for feel like making tempeh bacon, you could skip the marinade and just heat the tempeh in pan. The bowl also contains avocado, kale and black beans so it’s very well-balanced containing healthy fats, carbs and protein.
Muffins, Loaves and Breakfast Cookie Recipes
Vegan baking makes a good choice for lazy weekends went you want something on the sweeter side to go along with your coffee. Choose natural sweeteners to create healthier alternatives to traditional baking.
These loaded breakfast cookies from My Darling Vegan are made simply with oats, coconut, almond meal, seeds and nuts for a filling and balanced, sweet breakfast option.
This gluten-free fruit and veggie loaf from The Colorful Kitchen is made with spelt flour and loaded with berries and spinach so you can feel good about eating it for breakfast. You can freeze it in individual pieces or even make it as muffins instead of a loaf. Enjoy it for breakfast with almond, peanut or coconut butter.
These apple oat protein muffins are refined sugar-free, high in protein, gluten-free and with added chocolate chips, taste like a decadent treat. Try them with almond butter for a healthy breakfast option.
These zucchini muffins are a good way to sneak some veggies in while still enjoying a muffin for breakfast. Sweetened with applesauce and xylitol, they’re low in sugar but still perfectly sweet.
Breads, Sandwiches, Wraps and Toast
There’s nothing like fresh baked bread, is there? Okay, maybe there is. Fresh baked bread slathered in peanut butter. Yep, that sounds perfect. While I didn’t include any traditional homemade bread on this list, I did include the famous seed loaf from My New Roots and some great ideas to up your toast game including of course, easy avocado toast.
If you’ve never made the infamous life-changing loaf of bread from My New Roots, it’s time to give it a go. It’s high in protein, high in fibre, easy to make, customizable, doesn’t require kneading or yeast, it’s gluten-free and vegan and it taste incredible. Once you have psyllium husks, the rest of the nuts and seeds can be customized to whatever you have on hand. You can top this hearty bread with almond butter, tofu scramble, tahini, spinach and asparagus, basically anything you can think of to make a healthy, balanced, high-fibre breakfast.
Avocado toast is one of my favourite meals or snacks. The Glowing Fridge has laid out all the details you need to make avocado toast. You can go plain or add healthy toppings like cucumber, sprouts and hemp seeds for a well-balanced, healthy and delicious breakfast.
No recipe needed for these vegan breakfast toast ideas! From caprese toast to avocado sriracha, Emilie Eats shares 5 awesome and healthy ideas for making delicous vegan breakfast toasts.
These healthy vegan breakfast burritos with avocado and black beans are a healthy take on Mexican food. You can prep the tofu scramble ahead of time to assemble them in minutes each morning.
If you’ve never tried tempeh before it can take some getting used to but if cooked right, tempeh is a delicious and nutritious source of plant-based protein. Try it in these breakfast sandwiches from Connoiserus Veg. These are easy to make. It’s just a natter of whipping up a simple maple soy sauce, cooking the tempeh and then layering in a toasted english muffins with avocado and spinach. To save time, make the tempeh ahead of time and then all you have to do is assemble the sandwiches in the morning. You can also wrap these up and take them on the go.
I’m in love with this idea from Cotter Crunch! If you need a healthy breakfast to-go, throw your favourite breakfast foods in a wrap and you’re set. She suggests everything from brown rice and almond butter to chocolate oats and banana, talk about delicious! If you need a 5 minute breakfast you can take on the road, this is a great option.
I wasn’t sure where to put this recipe but the filling is a scramble of sorts so I’ll put it with the scrambles. The filling for these breakfast tacos is tofu-free and made with beans, spices and veggies. You can make these ahead of time, wrap them in foil and heat them in the oven while you’re getting ready in the morning.
I need to start making more breakfast wraps! I love the looks of this yummy breakfast wrap from Two Healthy Kitchens. It’s loaded with sliced apple, peanut butter, raisins and granola. I could see this being a big hit if have kids!
I love these because you can bake the sweet potato ahead of time, mix int the black beans and then your’e ready to assemble a healthy and filling breakfast burrito in minutes each morning. These are high in protein and complex carbs to help keep you full through the morning. Use gluten-free wraps if needed.
Homemade Energy and Protein Bars
I like homemade energy bars and protein snacks for a quick bite before the gym or going hiking. I’ll usually have one of these for an early morning snack before having a complete breakfast later in the morning. Making your own energy bars is easy, healthy and delicious and a less expensive alternative to store-bought bars.
I love that these bars from Beaming Baker are no-bake. All you need to do is whip a few ingredients together, press into a pan and set in the freezer. They’re gluten-free, can be customized with add-ins and would make a good breakfast to-go.
One of my most popular bar recipes, these chia seed granola bars are highly nutritious and a good option for a made ahead breakfast bar for extra busy mornings.
If you can’t eat nuts, these bars are for you. These nut-free, raw energy bars are made with tahini, sunflower seeds and raisins so they’re packed with nutrition and can be enjoyed by those with nut allergies.
You only need a couple of ingredients to make these healthy, raw energy bars but they’re not short on flavour and make a good breakfast if you have to grab and go.
You can sub the hemp protein in these bars for a plant-based protein powder of choice. Other than that, you only need a few ingredients to make them, they’re nutritious, refined sugar-free and taste amazing.
In a pinch? Prep these on the weekend so if you’re short on time you can grab a couple of these and hit the road. They’re easy to make with everyday ingredients and taste like a decadent dessert.
Homemade Granola Recipes
Homemade granola is one of my favourite breakfast options. It’s easily customizable so can work regardless of what add-ins you have on hand, it can be made with oats or even be made grain-free with ingredients like nuts, seeds and coconut. Enjoy homemade granola with your favourite plant-based milk and fresh fruit.
You only need a handful of ingredients to make this delicious and healthy peanut butter granola. Try it with almond milk and berries for a PB & J-inspired breakfast.
This healthy cinnamon raisin granola is sweetened naturally with banana and contains healthy, high fibre and high protein ingredients like hemp seeds and sunflower seeds.
Healthy Porridge Recipes
Porridge, whether it’s oatmeal or made from another whole grain is probably the breakfast I eat the most. My go-to is oats, chia seeds, protein powder and fruit cooked in water and topped with almond butter. It’s delicious, quick, healthy and filling. I love breakfast quinoa too. It’s a great way to use up leftover quinoa, simply heat it up with a little almond milk and then add yummy toppings like coconut butter, nuts and banana.
For a grain-free breakfast porridge option, try this Simple Hemp Seed Porridge from The Clean Dish. It’s gluten-free and paleo, high in fibre, healthy fats and protein and can be loaded up with your favourite toppings like coconut, fresh fruit and cacao nibs. It can be made the night before or the morning of in just a few minutes.
You can make warm morning porridge with everything from oats, to quinoa, to brown rice. This cinnamon raisin brown rice porridge from An Edible Mosaic takes just 10 minutes to make and is a great way to use up leftover brown rice. This breakfast is great for food prep too as you can batch cook the brown rice ahead of time and them prepare the porridge as needed during the week. Customize this healthy porridge with your favourite toppings such as banana, walnuts or coconut.
These hearty coconut breakfast bowls from Bourbon and Honey are made with whole grain quinoa, light coconut milk, fresh fruit and nuts for a filling and completely vegan breakfast. They’ll take about 20 minutes to cook so if you don’t have time, go ahead and prep them on the weekend or the night before.
Overnight Oats Recipes
Overnight oats are the perfect solution to busy mornings. Just a couple of minutes of prep the night before and you’re done. The flavours you can create are endless. You can add in anything from veggies, to berries, to coconut and protein. Try prepping 4 or 5 days worth of the dry ingredients for oats in small containers and storing int he pantry. That way all you need to do is add the liquid and any fresh fruit the night before and you’re set.
Prep these the night before and you’ll be waking up to a delicious, high fibre and high protein breakfast. These are a good way to get some extra veggies in your diet and they taste just like carrot cake.
Brownie batter for breakfast? Go ahead! Prep these simple brownie batter protein oats the night before so you can wake up to a healthy yet decadent quick and easy breakfast.
Everybody needs a good peanut butter jelly overnight oats recipes! These ones from Be. Whole. Be. You are nutritious, easy to make and will have you popping out of bed just to eat them. You can also check out her Banana Bread Overnight Oats or Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats.
If you love coconut, these are the overnight oats for you. All you need to make them is oats, coconut, coconut sugar and vanilla. Mix it up, stick it in the fridge and you’ll be ready for breakfast in the morning.
Thick and doughy like cookie dough, these overnight oats are decadent but healthy enough for breakfast. Swap the chocolate chips for cacao nibs to keep them sugar-free.
If you love the flavour of gingerbread, you’ll love these gingerbread oats with protein and chia seeds.
If you love coffee, why not combine it with your breakfast. Try these energizing overnight protein oats with chia seeds from Love and Zest for a healthy breakfast optoin with a little added boost.
Baked Oatmeal Recipes
Oatmeal bakes are a good option for food prep. One batch on the weekend and you’re ready for breakfast all week. They’re easily customized, high in fibre, kids love them and taste great. Eat them on their own, enjoy with some dairy-free yogurt, peanut butter or coconut butter or with a side of fresh fruit.
These healthy baked oatmeal bars by Hummussapien feature everything from walnuts to carrots and are an excellent make-ahead breakfast option. They’re kid-friendly, gluten-free and made with whole grains and would be perfect with a dollop of almond butter. They can also be wrapped individually to take as a breakfast to-go.
She Likes Food has kindly provided 6 different ways to make these baked oatmeal cups. These are a great food prep option, completely customizable and can be enjoyed on their own, with toppings like peanut or coconut butter ot wrapped up and taken to-go. They’re gluten-free and super easy to make and if you use coconut sugar, they’re refined sugar-free.
These baked oatmeal bars from Simply Quinoa are made with quinoa, oats, hemp seeds and banana making them a healthy and filling make-ahead breakfast option. They would work well for breakfast to-go or if you just don’t have much time to eat. Try them heated up with some peanut butter or coconut butter and fresh berries on top.
I love that these oatmeal cups have zucchini in them. Zucchini is an ideal veggie for adding to sweeter recieps and it works perfectly when paired with banana and oats in these baked oat cups. Make a batch of these on the weekend for quick, healthy breakfasts all week.
Chia Seed Pudding Recipes
This sweet and salty chia pudding is made with peanut butter and dates for the ultimate sweet-salty combo. This can be ready in about 20 minutes or made in advance.
You can’t beat peanut butter and chocolate together! Make this chocolate chia pudding the night before and then add your favourite toppings in the morning for a decadent yet healthy breakfast option.
These chia seed and coconut breakfast bowls take just minutes to make and be made differently every time. Try them with healthy add-ins like almond or peanut butter, nuts, seeds, berries or banana.
This chia pudding is high in protein thanks to added plant-based protein powder. It has the most amazing, smooth texture and is packed with nutrition. Take it to go or enjoy it at home topped with fresh fruit and peanut butter.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Recipes
I wasn’t sure where to put sweet potato breakfast recipes sot hey’re getting their own category. My favourite way ot enjoy sweet potato for breakfast is in a sweet ptoato breakfst tbowl but my breakfast protein cookie dough is also a frontrunner. Sweet potato can be used to make delicous breakfast hashes and its a great optino for make ahead recipes to streamline your mornings.
Sweet potato breakfast bowls are the ultimate grain-free breakfast solution. If you make a batch of baked sweet potato ahead of time, they only take moments to prepare. They’re completely customizable, cam be assembled in advance and are incredibly delicious.
All you need to make this two-ingredient protein cookie dough is baked sweet potato and plant-based protein powder. Add a spoonful of almond butter for healthy fats, spread it on a piece of toast, add a scoop to a smoothie or just enjoy it on it’s own.
This sweet potato hash from Blissful Basil is an ideal recipe to make ahead of time but if you do make it the morning of it can still come together in about half an hour. If you don’t have time to make guacamole and pico do gallo, simply top the hash with sliced avocado and a few spoonfuls of salsa or just enjoy at is. Whether you make it as part of your food prep or get up a little earlier to whip up this delicious and spicy breakfast meal, you will love this extra flavourful and nutritious vegan breakfast option.
Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls
Smoothies and smoothie bowls are the ultimate quick and easy vegan breakfast. You can make them as healthy or as decadent as you feel like and they’re a great way to sneak extra nutrition into your diet. Smoothies are the perfect vessel for superfoods, fruits, hidden veggies and healthy fats and the number of flavour combinations you can create is endless. I’ve rounded up some delicious and creative smoothie recipes that you can try starting your day with. For more tips on smoothies, check out my posts about Best Superfoods to Add to Smoothies and Best Vegetables to Add to Smoothies.
I’ve never put beans in a smoothie but I think it might be time to start. This Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie from The Muffin Myth looks delicious and is a great way to get some protein without using protein powder. I would also be a good way to use up any leftover black beans and get extra fibre in your diet. You can substitute the black beans with another bean of choice such as adzuki beans or white kidney beans. I can’t wait to try this! I might toss a few handfuls of greens or frozen cauliflower os zucchini into mine for a bit of extra nutrition.
Smoothie bowls are an amazing way to start your day because you can load them up with all your favourite toppings. This smoothie bowl is made with cauliflower for a low-sugar alternative to banana.
Low in sugar with healthy fats and protein, this chocolate avocado smoothie bowl never disappoints.
If you love coffee, you’ll love this cashew latte smoothie. It’s made with banana, coconut, protein and cashews and is incredibly smooth and creamy.
This is one of my favourite smoothies ever. It has a secret ingredients that boost the nutrition and adds the perfect sweet and salty, Reese’s peanut butter flavour.
So Many Breakfast Options!
What a list!! I hope you now have everything you need to handle back to school mornings with confidence. A little weekend prep goes a long way so my biggest pieces of advice is investing time on Sundays so your mornings goes smoothly and you’re not stressed over what the heck to eat for breakfast. If I’m going to the in the morning, I’ll have a small snack then take overnight oats with me for after. If I have 30 minutes for breakfast, I love making pancakes or scrambles and always try to get some veggies into my breakfasts.
I really hope this list helps point you in the right direction if you’re intersted in starting your day with a plant-based meal. Vegan cooking is easier than you think and more delicious than you can imagine. If you’re new to it, ready my post with tips for plant-based beginners and just have some fun and get creative in the kitchen. Now, who else thinks breakfast is the best meal of the day?
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