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.

PS don’t forget coffee! Try our best cup of coffee or easy cold brew.

And now, our top plant based and vegan breakfast ideas!

Looking for more plant based breakfast ideas?

And that’s it: some of our very favorite breakfast ideas! If you’re looking for more, here are a few additional ideas that we love:

Vegan blueberry pancakes

Vegan Pancakes Recipe

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 large pancakes 1x


These vegan pancakes are everything you need for a plant based start to the morning! They’re fluffy, lightly sweet, and perfectly tangy if you add a handful of blueberries.



  • 1 flax egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, plus additional for serving
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil (vegetable or grapeseed)
  • 1 pinch turmeric (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (optional)
  • Optional: Quick Blueberry Sauce, for serving


  1. Start the flax egg (it needs to sit for 15 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and kosher salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, pour in the almond milk, maple syrup, and oil. When the egg is done, add the egg.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. If you’d like, add a tiny pinch of turmeric (our batter was very light, and a little turmeric mimics the color an egg yolk adds).
  5. Lightly press a skillet with additional grapeseed or vegetable oil. Heat the skillet to medium heat. Pour the batter into small circles, and place blueberries on top. Cook the pancakes until the bubbles pop on the top and the bottoms are golden. Then flip them and cook until done. Serve immediately with maple syrup.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: Vegan Breakfast Recipes, Vegan Pancakes, Vegan Pancake Recipe

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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.

1 Comment

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    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.

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