Mornings are my favorite. I love that I often get an hour or so to myself before Brett wakes up to read and think. I love feeling the sun grow warmer through the window as I sit on the coach. I love how alert my brain is and how I’m most productive and creative right after I wake up. And of course I LOVE breakfast food! If you’ve clicked on this post, then I’m guessing you love breakfast as well.
I rarely eat the same exact meal twice in a row when it comes to breakfast. Yes, I may eat oatmeal two days in a row, but I’m always switching up the spices, fruit, and toppings I use. If I eat a lot of smoothies one week, the base may be bananas, but the other fruit and greens I add are always changing. I love how easy it is to be creative with breakfast foods, while not having to spend hours in the kitchen.
Today I thought I’d share a bunch of easy plant based breakfast ideas with you all. All of the recipes below are easy to make, delicious and healthy. They’re even easy enough to make on a typical weekday. While I know everyone is so different in what foods make them feel their best in the morning, I sure you’ll find some inspiration from one or more of these easy plant-based breakfast ideas!
Oatmeal has been a staple in my life for years. It fills me up and satisfies me more than any other breakfast food. What I love most about oatmeal is that it comes in a few different forms (steel-cup, rolled, quick cooking, etc.) and can be prepared in so many different ways. From stove-top oats to overnight oats, baked oatmeal to breakfast cookies, you’ll never get bored experimenting with different cooking styles and flavors of oatmeal. So many of my oatmeal creations are inspired by other foods like zucchini bread, carrot cake, Mexican hot chocolate, etc. If you love oatmeal, but feel stuck in a rut, check out some of the recipes below!
I find stove-top oatmeal so basic that I’ve rarely shared how to make it on my blog!
My go-to, basic stove-top oatmeal recipe is
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1 tablespoon
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- cooked in 1 1/2 – 2 cups of liquid
Then to that base recipe I usually add in a super ripe mashed banana for sweetness and different spices depending on what I’m feeling.
For chocolate oatmeal, I’ll whisk in some.
For pumpkin oatmeal, I’ll stir in some pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice.
For zucchini bread oatmeal, I’ll add in some shredded zucchini, raisins and walnuts. Get creative!
Overnight oats, unlike stove-top oats, are not cooked, but instead are soaked overnight in milk or a mixture of milk and yogurt.
I love to eat my overnight oats cold, straight out of the jar I made them in. If cold oats aren’t your thing, however, you can also heat them up for a quick, warm breakfast.
Below I’ll share some of my favorite overnight oat recipes!
- Healthy Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
- Vanilla Protein Overnight Oats with Zucchini
- Vegan Golden Milk Overnight Oats
- Brownie Batter Protein Overnight Oats
- Low-Fat Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Additionally, if you love to meal prep I have an entire post sharing how to make 5 different overnight oat recipes for you busy weekdays! In this post I share my favorite overnight oat flavors including double chocolate, mango coconut, lemon blueberry, cinnamon apple and PB&J!
I LOVE cake. Which is why I also love baked oatmeal.
Baked oatmeal is great for a number of reasons. One batch can provide several servings. So if you have a large family or want to make a few days worth of breakfast in one session, baked oatmeal is the way to go. Plus, it stores and packs well making it perfect for school or lunch breakfasts on the go! Below are some of my favorite baked oatmeal recipes.
- Maple Pecan Baked Oatmeal
- Make-Ahead Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
- Vegan Brownie Batter Baked Oatmeal
- Healthy Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Berry Baked Oatmeal
Smoothies are another easy breakfast food that you can adapt to your tastes. They’re great for sneaking in some veggies and they travel well.
I almost always use frozen bananas as a base, but then add in different fruit, berries, greens, nut butters, etc. to make them more filling. If you’re someone like me who likes to chew their food, you can also pour your smoothie into a bowl and add a bunch of toppings to it to create a smoothie bowl.
Check out my:
- Refreshing Green Smoothie
- Chocolate Smoothie with Frozen Cauliflower
- Healthy Dairy-Free Mocha Smoothie
- Papaya Date Smoothie
I’ve mentioned this many times before, but I used to be a cereal addict. Now I prefer to stay away from store-bought cereals because of how many extra ingredients they contain, but occasionally I still get a cereal craving. When that happens I usually eat one of the following: Fruit Cereal, Homemade Bran Flakes, or one of my homemade granolas. Occasionally I’ll eat some store-bought cereal, one that has a very small list of ingredients. Of course, I always add sliced banana and berries on top!
Here are some of my favorite homemade granola recipes:
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Granola
- Family-Size Basic Vegan Granola
- The Best Homemade Granola Recipe
- Chocolate Quinoa Cluster Granola
And of course, you can’t have cereal without chilly, non-dairy milk! I love to make my own non-dairy milk when I can. It’s super easy and is often affordable depending on what kind of milk you’re making and where you buy your ingredients. Below I’ll share my favorite homemade, non-dairy milks that pair perfectly with cereal!
- The Best Homemade Almond Milk
- Homemade Oat Milk (so good and cheap!)
- Homemade Chocolate Oat Milk
- Homemade Soy Milk
Toast has become quite popular recently, and I can see why! It such a quick meal option and you can use whatever toppings you want. Two of my favorite kinds of toast are avocado toast and peanut butter banana toast. You can see some other Creative Plant-Based Toast Ideas here!
When it comes to making my ideal plate of toast, I’m all about starting with good-quality bread. I love to make my no-knead whole wheat sandwich bread!
Chia Seed Pudding
4 Ingredient Chocolate! Pudding recipePudding is a great make-ahead meal that you can make the night before and have all ready to eat first thing in the morning when you wake up. A basic ratio for making Pudding is to mix 3-4 tablespoons of with 1 cup of liquid. Use three tablespoons if you like a thinner pudding and use four if you like your pudding on the thicker side! If you’re adding in any extra ingredients, then you’ll need to increase the liquid to about 1 1/4 cups. Here is my favorite
Banana Ice Cream
Banana Ice Cream is something I choose for breakfast when I feel like my body wants something super simple. Eating a mono-meal consisting of just one ingredient is a great way to give my body a break from having to digest a bunch of different foods all at one time. Plus, ice cream for breakfast?! Don’t mind if I do!
How To Make Banana Ice Cream
To make Banana Ice Cream, simple slice and freeze some really ripe bananas overnight. In the morning, place the frozen banana slices into a high speed blender or food processor and process until smooth.
Feel free to add cacao orfor chocolate ice cream or berries for a more fruity treat.
For some added texture and staying powder, top your ice cream with granola, nuts and seeds or more fruit!
If you’re someone who doesn’t have a lot of time in the morning or who wishes they could eat breakfast at a coffee shop every day, baked goods are perfect for you! They’re easy to make ahead, they store wonderfully and they make for great grab-and-go portable meals. By making your own at home you can make large batches to last for a while, control the ingredients, and fill them with healthy fats and fiber to keep you full. Check out my favorite breakfast baked-goods below!
- Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins
- Healthy Chocolate Breakfast Muffins
- Chickpea Flour Banana Bread (V + GF)
- Easy Vegan Lemon Scones
- Wholesome Vegan Banana Nut Muffins
Energy Bites & Granola Bars
You can’t get a more perfect, packable breakfast than energy bites and granola bars. They are perfect for meal prepping at the beginning of the week, keep well for days (even weeks!) in the fridge and pack well for quick on-the-go breakfasts. We of course also love to have energy bites and granola bars for snacks…even dessert too! My favorite go-to recipe is my 5 Ingredient Adaptable Granola Bar (we ALWAYS have these in our fridge!) You can either roll the dough into balls or press it into a sheet and cut it into bars. Use whatever nut butter, sweetener and add-ins you desire! Below are some of my other favorite energy bite and granola bar recipes:
- Lemon Coconut Energy Bites
- Homemade Chewy Popcorn Granola Bars
- Chewy Almond Butter Date Granola Bars
- Homemade Mint Chip Brownie Lara Bar Bites
- Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars
- Almond Joy Brownie Bites
- Easy Homemade Oatmeal Date Granola Bars
Pancakes have always been considered a breakfast treat in my mind until recently. Lately I’ve been whipping up pancake batter in my blender and enjoying these 2 Ingredient Oatmeal Banana Blender Pancakes as a mid-week breakfast. Pancakes store really well in the fridge and can be reheated in a toasted. They also freeze well, so make extra when you can! Pancakes don’t always have to be sweet either. If you’re looking for a more savory breakfast, check out my Savory Chickpea Flour Falafel Pancakes! I’ve listed more of my favorite pancake recipes below:
- Whole Wheat Vegan Banana Pancakes
- The Fluffiest Pumpkin Sheet Pan Pancakes
- Healthy Chocolate Chickpea Flour Pancakes
- Vegan Gluten Free Banana Pancakes
- Vegan Whole Wheat Lemon Yogurt Pancakes
While I’ve always gravitated towards sweet breakfasts, every once in a while only savory will do. Plus, I know there are a lot of you out there who are looking for savory, plant-based breakfast ideas!
Tofu scramble is a great scrambled egg substitute and pairs perfectly with some crusty bread. Put tofu scramble in a tortilla with some black beans, salsa and guac and you’ve got a delicious, filling breakfast burrito.
My savory chickpea flour falafel pancakes drizzled with and served with sautéed mushrooms and chopped tomatoes are amazing!
Avocado toast is always a winner in my book. I especially love it when I spread a thin layer of marmite underneath the avocado and add chopped tomatoes or sautéed mushrooms to top. YUM! Even if you don’t like marmite (or Vegemite) you’ll love this combination.
This plant-based breakfast idea is pretty self-explanatory. Sometimes when I’m in a time crunch or just want something light and refreshing, I’ll just eat fruit. Usually my body does better with more fiber and protein in the morning, but every once in a while a juicy melon just sounds amazing.
Grab a couple bananas or enjoy a juicy cantaloupe or watermelon when you don’t want to think about making anything for breakfast!
I hope that all of these plant-based breakfast ideas don’t overwhelm you, but instead inspire you to try something fully plant-based this week for breakfast!
This post was originally published in 2015 and is regularly updated to keep the recipes fresh!
FAQ About Eating A Plant-Based Breakfast
The term plant-based is typically synonymous with vegan. Vegans do not eat animal products. Eggs come from chickens, so they would not be included in a plant-based diet.
Energy bites and granola bars are good options because of their portability. They can be made in advance in large batches. Overnight oats andpuddings also transport well if stored in a mason jar. Additionally, smoothies are quick and easy to take on the go.
Tofu Scrambles are high in protein, as well aspudding and breakfast burritos loaded with black beans, whole grains and tofu scramble. Plant-based protein powder is also an easy way to add more protein to your overnight oats, puddings and smoothies.
Chickpea flour is high in fiber and can be used in pancakes and banana breads. Vegetables can also be added to oatmeal and overnight oats recipes.
Adding chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and/or dried fruit to your oatmeal, overnight oats and smoothies will give them an iron boost. Chickpea flour is also high in iron and can be used in pancakes and banana breads.
Addingto any savory breakfast will give you a boost in B12. Some store bought breakfast cereals and oatmeals are also fortified with B12.