These vegan breakfast ideas are the best plant based recipes to start the day! They’re easy, healthy, and totally irresistible.
Need vegan breakfast ideas? Breakfast doesn’t have to be all eggs or yogurt! Whether you eat a fully plant based diet or want to cut dairy and meat out of your morning, we’ve compiled our most delicious vegan breakfast ideas for you! Most of these plant based recipes feature minimally processed foods like vegetables, plant based proteins and whole grains, like oatmeal and acai bowls. Of course, we’ve got a few waffles and pancakes in there too! Ready to get started?
And now, our top plant based and vegan breakfast ideas!
Here’s the ideal healthy vegan breakfast idea, easy and full of irresistible flavor: vegan banana baked oatmeal! This incredible recipe is wholesome and filling, and it’s made with good-for-you ingredients: mostly oats and bananas. Serve it for guests or even better, make up a big pan and eat off of it all week! You can cut it into “bars” for quick snacks, too. Topped with a little nut butter and banana slices, it’s a decadently wholesome treat.
Next up in our vegan breakfast ideas: toast! It’s ultra simple, but something we eat all the time. No joke, we love us some nut butter toast for breakfast. It’s protein packed and keeps us satisfied all morning long! Use purchased almond butter, or homemade peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or nut butter if you have a food processor. Top with berries or honey. For added flair, try our Easy Strawberry Jam for a delicious morning meal.
A favorite in our vegan breakfast ideas: a tofu scramble! You'll be surprised how much this has the flavor and texture of scrambled eggs! It's a healthy, savory plant based breakfast that takes only 10 minutes to whip up. If you'd like, serve it with a veggie sauté: red onion, peppers and greens cooked until tender. Add a side of Pan Fried Potatoes or Homemade Hash Browns to make it extra filling.
Another favorite in our plant based breakfast ideas: smoothies! They pack in the vitamins and nutrients: add some nut butter to keep them filling. This acai bowl is a perfect vegan breakfast, topped with nuts and fruit. Acai bowls are a popular dish in Brazil, and they’ve now become very popular here in the US as a healthy breakfast or snack!
Here’s a spin on flapjacks we think are even better than the standard: these Go-To Vegan Pancakes! The flavor is rich and buttery, but there are no eggs or dairy at all. There’s a secret ingredient that makes them extra savory irresistible. And though they’re vegan, this recipe will please literally anyone, no matter their diet.
Oatmeal is the powerhouse of plant based breakfast ideas. This Tasted Oatmeal is chewy and toasted, and the flavor has readers around the world swearing off “normal” gooey oats. Our favorite toppings: all natural peanut butter and strawberry jam. They'll keep you full all day long!
This vegan French toast recipe uses bananas in two ways: both in the bread soak and caramelized on top. Combined with chia seeds and chopped pecans, it makes for a more nutrient-filled, real food rendition of the traditional brunch recipe. And wow, is it delicious! As a vegan breakfast idea, we suggest slathering with a bit of peanut butter to balance the sweetness and make it a bit more filling.
Another favorite smoothie for breakfast? This sweet tart glowing green apple smoothie, which is loaded with leafy greens and lightly sweetened with maple syrup and green apple. The tangy is balanced with sweet, and it has a loose but creamy texture that’s easily drinkable and a vivid, glowing green color. It tastes incredible and it is packed with nutrients.
Muffins and breakfast cookies are perfect vegan breakfast ideas for mornings on the go. These Turmeric Vegan Blueberry Muffins are another fan favorite recipe: they’re lightly sweet featuring tangy blueberries and a hint of turmeric. Slather with nut butter for an extra dose of filling protein.
Another vegan breakfast idea: make up a big pot of steel cut oats you can eat off of all week! This one is apple cinnamon flavored and oh so delicious topped with fresh fruit and cashew butter. Try it in an Instant Pot, or on the stovetop with this Perfect Steel Cut Oats recipe.
For the easiest vegan breakfast idea ever, try our DIY instant oatmeal! You can make up a batch in 5 minutes. Then when you go to eat it, you can microwave it in just 2 minutes. Breakfast in 2 minutes? Yes please.
Many store-bought granolas and homemade granola recipes are full of sugar and oil. But this healthy granola recipe healthier than most granolas, and easy to make too! It’s so tasty: perfectly crunchy, warmly spiced, and just the right amount of sweetness. Serve with oat milk or almond milk and top with fruit.
Muesli is homemade breakfast cereal: it’s similar to granola but with no oil and very little sweetener. This plant based breakfast is a fan favorite, cinnamon-scented with toasted coconut, pecans, and dried cherries. Top with your favorite almond milk or oat milk and enjoy!
These vegan apple muffins are perfectly fluffy and moist. The best part is a crunchy apple streusel muffin topping: it gives each bite a perfectly sweet crunch, without being overly sugary. Slather with peanut butter or almond butter and it's a fantastic plant-based breakfast recipe.
Here’s a make ahead breakfast that fits in the palm of your hand: these Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies! Yes, it’s magic: oats, nut butter, applesauce, and maple syrup transform into cookies that you can eat for breakfast. There’s none of those traditional cookie ingredients: no flour, no butter, no oil, and no refined sugar. How is it possible? You’ve got to taste.
Looking for vegan comfort food for breakfast? Try this vegan biscuits and gravy! Impossibly flaky biscuits are covered in a thick and creamy mushroom gravy. It's so good, it's hard to believe this one is 100% plant based.
Looking for the epitome of an easy vegan breakfast idea? Try this overnight oats recipe! There’s no cooking involved here: in fact, you can mix up a jar in just 2 minutes! Leave rolled oats in the fridge overnight with oat milk, and it magically makes them into a sort of porridge. Eat them cold topped with berries or nut butter and they’re absolutely fantastic.
Think plant based waffles are any sort of compromise? Think again. These vegan waffles are light, fluffy, and exactly what you want in a waffle. The ingredients are simple: flour, sugar, oil, oat or almond milk, and spices: things you’ll likely already have on hand in your pantry. You’ve got to try these: whether you eat plant-based or not. Serve them with strawberry sauce to take them over the top.
Try these Vegan Banana Pancakes! These babies are fast, easy and so delicious: and leftovers make for great snacks, slathered in nut butter with a hint of maple syrup. This latest plant-based pancake recipe is so easy to make using simple ingredients: no need for any egg substitutes! We tried them out on family and they couldn’t stop raving.
Last up: a bit of a vegan breakfast treat: Vegan Scones! They come out golden and lightly sweet, an ideal morning treat for weekends or entertaining. Like a good scone, they’re scented with vanilla and orange zest (non-negotiable, we think). Swap the glaze for a slather of nut-butter for a heartier breakfast.
More plant based breakfast ideas
And that’s it: some of our very favorite vegan breakfast ideas! If you’re looking for more, here are a few additional ideas that we love:
Butter an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the rolled oats, pecan pieces, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, and kosher salt.
Dump the dries into the prepared pan.
Mash the bananas. In the same bowl, whisk together the bananas, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Stir lightly with a fork to make everything gets evenly incorporated.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
Before serving, spread the top with almond butter or peanut butter (or a combination) and top with banana slices. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 1 week: reheat in a 300 degree oven or microwave until warm.
*Make ahead instructions: do not make the entire pan in advance and refrigerate overnight because the oats will absorb all the liquid. You can mix up the wets and dries separately and store in separate containers (with the wets refrigerated), then pour them together in the morning and bake.