15 Plant Based & Vegan Breakfast Ideas

These tasty vegan breakfast ideas are full of whole grains and plant based protein. Best of all, they’re totally delicious!

Plant based & vegan breakfast ideas

Looking for plant based and 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!

These plant based recipes are full of whole grains and protein. And most importantly: they’re totally delicious! From cashew butter steel cut oats to carrot cake breakfast cookies, there are hundreds of ways to start the day with plant based breakfasts! Most of these recipes are also considered whole food plant based recipes (WFPB), recipes that feature minimally processed foods like vegetables and whole grains. Just skip the recipes with refined flours and sugars and focus on things like oatmeal and acai bowls.

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Banana baked oatmeal

Vegan Baked Oatmeal & More Breakfast Ideas!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This banana baked oatmeal is the ideal healthy breakfast! It’s full of good-for-you ingredients and so delicious, everyone will want seconds.


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup mashed banana or 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 3/4 cups milk of choice (dairy, almond or oat)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • For serving: Banana slices, almond butter or peanut butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.*
  2. 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.
  3. Dump the dries into the prepared pan. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: Vegan Breakfast Recipes, Vegan Breakfast Ideas, Plant Based Breakfast Recipes, Plant Baked Breakfast Ideas

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    February 21, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks for all these great ideas! It reminds me I need to shake up my breakfast routine :) Love the idea of simple almond butter toast, blueberry muffins, and of course acai bowls never get old! Thanks Sonja and Alex. You’ve inspired me to change up my morning routine.

  • Reply
    Kiana Dyson
    February 27, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    I re did the calorie amount because the nutrition didn’t seem right with the exception of almonds instead of walnuts or something else. And this is what I found Calories
    2cups rolled oats 1214 calories
    1/2cup of almonds 266
    1tsp baking powder 2
    1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 9
    1/2 tsp allspice 7.5
    2 bananas 178
    1/4 cup syrup 204
    1 1/3 chocolate almond milk 54

    Total divided by 8 is 242 averaged per serving

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      March 1, 2021 at 9:44 am

      Thank you! There was a bug in our software and now fixed (ours comes to 243)

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