Here are all the best vegetarian breakfast ideas, from savory to sweet! These healthy meatless recipes start your morning off right.
Looking to start your morning off right…and keep it meatless? There are loads of filling ways to start the day that deliver on flavor and nutrients, without the need for sausage or bacon! From breakfast skillets and scrambles to overnight oats and smoothie bowls, they’ve got one thing in common: they’re all colorful and pure delicious.
Here are all our best vegetarian breakfast ideas to start the day! Many of the recipes below are also vegan (plant-based), and they range in effort level to customize based on your level of morning energy. Ready to get started?
Want a hearty, savory vegetarian breakfast that doubles as a tasty simple dinner? Try this Breakfast Skillet! Cheesy hash browns topped with runny egg yolks and salsa? Yes please! Even better, the spices in the potatoes mimic breakfast sausage so the entire vibe is extremely hearty and satisfying.
Want to eat more vegetables for breakfast? You’re not alone. Eating more veggies to start the day is starting to trend. Because let’s face it: the American breakfast is largely based on carbs and sugar. Pancakes, waffles, muffins…all sugary. Why not re-imagine breakfast? Try this Breakfast Vegetable Scramble! You can make it two ways: with eggs or tofu, and both are delicious.
When it comes to a special vegetarian breakfast…this one might be our new favorite. Try this epic Breakfast Tacosrecipe! These tacos are solidly Tex Mex, stuffed to the brim with breakfast potatoes, cheesy eggs, cilantro and pickled onions. It’s the perfect fast and easy breakfast idea to jump start your morning.
Need a great idea for a quick breakfast for dinner? Try this basic yet beyond satisfying Easy Breakfast Sandwich! There’s nothing better than fluffy eggs perched on a toasted English muffin with gooey cheese. The kicker for this one? A slather of smoky mayo brings an irresistibly savory undertone: and you can even skip the bacon.
Try this tasty Vegetarian Breakfast Quesadilla! Wow, is it satisfying! Scrambled eggs, black beans and melty cheddar cheese sandwiched between toasted tortillas and dipped into in guacamole? It’s basic in all the right ways, and at the same time a revelation in each bite.
There’s no vegetarian breakfast idea better than oatmeal, in our minds! So let us introduce you to a daily staple around here: this delicious Peanut Butter Oatmeal Oatmeal can be gloppy, gooey, or under-seasoned. But cook up a pot the right way, and it tastes like a dream! Here we’re sharing our favorite method for chewy toasted oats, and there’s a peanut butter banana variation if you prefer a little natural sweetness.
Here’s a healthy vegetarian breakfast idea that’s a bit unexpected, but surprisingly satisfying…Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls! Sure, cottage cheese and pineapple or melon seems a little retro. So let’s dust off the concept and make a modern way to start the day. Top this high protein cheese with fresh berries or apple, cinnamon and drizzle of honey.
Here's a make ahead vegetarian breakfast that fits in the palm of your hand: these Healthy 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.
Another vegetarian breakfast idea: Greek Yogurt Parfaits! Layer yogurt, berries and peanut butter granola or or homemade granola in a glass, and looks loads fancier than it actually is. Make it day of, or it's also a quick make-ahead breakfast!
Try a make-ahead crustless quiche for breakfast! It’s deliciously savory and hearty, with lots of protein to keep bellies full all morning. Even better: it’s so easy to whip up! No need to bother with a quiche crust: just whisk together the filling and pop it in the oven.
Here’s a genius simple vegetarian breakfast idea that tastes far greater than the sum of its parts: Ricotta Toast! Spread ricotta cheese on toast, then load it up with sweet or savory toppings. Go basic with juicy ripe tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil, or hearty with tender smoked salmon, capers and fresh dill. Or go sweet with fruit, a drizzle of honey and cinnamon. Anything goes here!
Here’s a vegetarian breakfast that’s so full of cozy-spiced flavor, you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life. Meet this incredible easy and healthy baked oatmeal! Here’s that perfect breakfast or brunch recipe you search for when you have house guests to impress. But guess what? It also works for quick mornings! Bake up a pan in advance and then grab a square to go.
Here's a vegetarian breakfast recipe trick: mini frittatas! Basically a muffin made of egg, they’re easy to meal prep and grab as you’re headed out the door. Refrigerate or freeze ’em, and you can eat off them all week. The best part: they’re so tasty! They’re filled with colorful veggies and crunchy pecans for added protein and nutrients.
Here’s a deliciously comforting recipe that makes your kitchen smell like a cozy diner: Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole! It’s beautifully hearty, pairing cheesy hash browns with chili powder, garlic powder and cumin for massive savory flavor. Because it’s easy to make ahead, it’s super unfussy and low maintenance.
If there’s a smell of cozy, it’s wafting pancakes on a hot griddle. It’s the aroma of lazy mornings, slanted morning light, and cradling a warm mug of coffee. Here’s the only recipe you need to create that magic: these go-to Banana Pancakes! You can customize it to different diets, and to the amount of bananas you have on hand.
Have you tried savory oatmeal? Instead of topping it with sweet fruit or syrup...think savory! This breakfast idea makes a pot of chewy toasted oats that are irresistibly tasty. Top the bowl with a fried egg and garlicky sauteed kale, and the yolk makes a creamy sauce that covers everything in goodness.
Looking for a vegetarian breakfast idea that’s healthy and outrageously delicious? Meet these incredible Oatmeal Pancakes! They’re fluffy, they’re made with 100% oats, and they’re easy to whip up in a blender. Even better: they taste like vanilla cake! Yes, these are the best oatmeal pancakes we’ve had! Many oatmeal pancakes can be very dense or fall apart easily.
Looking for the epitome of an easy vegetarian 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 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.
Need ideas to start your morning? Try this genius Breakfast Burrito! In just 15 minutes, you’ve got a burrito that’s bursting with zesty flavor. Many breakfast burrito recipes call for rice or cooked meat or potatoes: and who has time for that in the morning? You’ll need just 5 minutes to cook two layers of eggs here: one chorizo-spiced and one cheesy. Take a bite and it’s irresistibly savory and delicious, with all the right cozy textures.
Here's a granola recipe that's actually healthy: maple pecan granola! It turned out so delicious: perfectly crunchy, warmly spiced, and just the right amount of sweetness. We’ve been making it on repeat to this day. Serve it with milk or maple-sweetened Greek yogurt for a tasty breakfast.
Ready for a heart start to your mornings? TryScrambled Eggs with Cottage Cheese! This healthy cheese adds an irresistibly savory flavor and fluffy texture to the eggs. Even better, it adds a pop of protein and helps to stretch the serving size without adding extra eggs. By adding the cheese, you can get away with 1 egg per serving and 9 grams protein.
Sounds simple, but fried eggs are one of the best easy vegetarian breakfast ideas there is! Cooking eggs is a skill that many home cooks have never mastered. But you’re in luck! All you need are a few quick pointers and you’ll be making diner-style fried eggs like a pro. There are 4 ways to fry an egg: sunny side up, over easy, over medium, and over hard.
Here’s a recipe that’s perfect for vegetarian breakfasts...and all those in between moments, too. This ridiculously easy no bake Oatmeal Bars recipe! These were big winners in our house and quickly solidified themselves into the weekly repertoire. These breakfast bars star peanut butter, honey, and Old Fashioned oats, and they’re a healthy breakfast or snack you can feel good feeding yourself or your family.
Here's a tasty breakfast idea: a classic omelette! This recipe makes the most delicious omelette you’ve ever had: classic French style, with a golden exterior, soft interior, and loads of savory flavor. Here’s our adaptation of Julia’s classic technique, and it really does make the best omelette recipe imaginable.
What’s better than a crispy-on-the-outside, vanilla scented waffle warm from the griddle? (Not much). Here’s your new go-to: the Best Easy Waffle Recipe. We’re ready to stand behind that title! This one is everything you need for cozy weekend mornings. It’s simple to put together with that classic waffle house flavor, and works with a standard waffle maker or Belgian.
One of our most popular muffin recipes that's perfect for breakfast is these healthy banana bread muffins! They’re lightly sweet and made of 100% oats (no flour!) and bananas. They’re blender muffins so they’re easy to make at home: you can make them in advance and refrigerate until serving.
Last but not least in our vegetarian breakfast ideas...the mighty acai smoothie bowl! This traditionally Brazilian treat is a frosty purple smoothie topped with a confetti of beautiful toppings. They're a total treat! One reader told us: “Made your acai bowl recipe and OH MY! I’ve never had one I’ve enjoyed as much as this. It was so perfectly balanced, and my husband loved it too!”
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¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus a sprinkle more
1 tablespoon butter
For the garnish: Salsa, fresh cilantro (optional)
Cook the hash browns: Heat the olive oil in a large oven-proof or cast iron skillet and add the hash browns, flipping occasionally until browned. At 6 minutes, add the chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, fennel seeds, and kosher salt. Cook another about 6 minutes until browned, continuing to flip so they don’t stick.
Add the cheese and eggs: Reduce the heat to low. Add the green onions (reserving a handful for the garnish) and cheese and mix it in. Make divots for the eggs (all the way down to the bare pan) and add ¼ tablespoon butter into each well. Crack 1 egg into each well, and top each with a pinch of kosher salt. Add a sprinkle of additional shredded cheese on top.
Cook the eggs on the stovetop: Increase the heat to medium low and cook for 3 minutes on the stove. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler.
Finish in the broiler: Transfer the skillet to the broiler and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the whites of the eggs are set.
Serve: Garnish with salsa, the reserved green onions, and fresh cilantro. Serve warm.