Breakfast can be a tricky meal at the best of times. After all, you're often in a hurry to get out the door or you're simply a bit too groggy to think about what you want to eat. For vegans, having a good breakfast can much more difficult, as vegans can't eat most of the classic breakfast staples like eggs and bacon.
But, food restrictions don't mean that vegans have to miss out on having a great breakfast. Instead, there are lots of different options out there that can make perfect choices for vegans and non-vegans alike.
This roundup focuses on vegan breakfast choices from across the web. These range from the simple to the complex and cover a wide range of themes. In many cases, the recipes are vegan versions of breakfasts that non-vegans may have, but there are a number of exceptions to that theme.
Caramel Banana Cream Parfait
Okay, I admit that this breakfast option from blissfulbasil.com is a bit on the luxurious side and it isn't something you would want to have every day. However, it is still a fun option for breakfast, especially if you know that you that you have a stressful day ahead of you. The recipe also looks great in the glass and you wouldn't even know it was vegan from looking at it.
Banana French Toast
French toast is a pretty classic breakfast option and feels like a perfect way to start off the morning. This recipe for the dish comes from minimalistbaker.com and it's a good reminder that recipes don't have to be complicated. In fact, this recipe only uses five ingredients, so it's super easy. With this recipe, the main flavors are banana and cinnamon. That means it won't taste exactly like traditional French toast, but that shouldn't matter. After all, a little variation can be a good thing.
Baked Falafel Muffins
I love the idea of healthy muffins for breakfast, especially when those muffins are savory. With a recipe like this one, from thebigmansworld.com, muffins can be a great way to get protein. But, the real advantage is that you can make the muffins in advance, so they're ready for you to simply grab and go. That option is always perfect for breakfast because so many of us end up running behind and have very little time first thing in the morning.
Now, these muffins are a little different than most, due to their choice of ingredients. Don't let that put you off though. When it comes to food, the more unusual options are often particularly good.
Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal
Baked oatmeal has become a pretty popular variation on traditional oatmeal and it offers all the same benefits that oatmeal normally has. Personally, I imagine this type of recipe would work particularly well if you were trying to make a hot breakfast for your family because you end up with one big dish that you can serve out of. If you've never tried it before, baked oatmeal also has an appealing texture. In fact, some people prefer that texture over basic oatmeal. If you're interested in this one, you can find all the information you need at simpleveganblog.com.
Tofu Scrambled Eggs
As I mentioned before, eggs really are a classic addition to breakfast. This recipe is just one example of how vegans can create something that looks and feels similar to scrambled eggs, without compromising their diet. The recipe comes from forkandbeans.com and like many similar recipes, it relies on tofu as the base ingredient. Tofu works really well for this purpose because it doesn't have much taste. So, with the right spices and other ingredients, you can make masterpieces out of tofu, as this recipe illustrates.
Like many people, I'm a huge fan of chocolate and berries, so this recipe looks pretty heavenly to me. The recipe was hosted at veganfamilyrecipes.com and it is easy to follow along with the instructions. The recipe itself actually comes from a cookbook created by a different food blogger, but you can find out all about that by checking out the link above. Now, of course, you don't have to fill your version of the crepes with fruit. Instead, you can pick whatever filling you find the most appealing.
Kat's Overnight Oats
Overnight oats have become incredibly popular as a breakfast option and it isn't hard to see why. This approach to breakfast works extremely well because you prepare the whole thing the night before, which makes the next morning fast and easy. Most recipes for overnight oats rely strongly on non-vegan ingredients, including milk and yogurt. However, this recipe from hurrythefoodup.com is an exception to that rule. Overall, this recipe is a great introduction to the world of vegan overnight oats. Once you've got the hang of it, you could also start to swap out ingredients to create whatever flavors you prefer.
The Vegan Breakfast Sandwich
In general, breakfast sandwiches tend to be pretty similar to one another, often relying on bacon and egg for key flavors. However, a breakfast sandwich can also be completely different as this recipe from init4thelongrun.com shows. In this case, the recipe uses an unusual combination of flavors, including avocado, kale and almond butter, all of which you can see in the image. Don't like the combination of flavors scare you off though, as they actually combine together really well. Besides, the sandwich is much healthier than most non-vegan alternatives.
Strawberry Shortcake Vegan Pancakes
I absolutely love the way that these pancakes look, although that's probably partly to do with the toppings rather than the pancakes themselves. Regardless, the recipe from ohsheglows.com is for the entire thing, so you could make them exactly as pictured or you could just make the pancakes. This recipe for pancakes is pretty much perfect because it will feed just about anyone. That's because the recipe is gluten free as well as vegan. I personally love recipes like that, because it means you can make just one dish and it will please everyone.
Chickpea Flour Mini Quiches
Mini quiches are a bit like muffins because they're perfect first thing in the morning when you really don't have much time. The recipe for these quiches comes from powerhungry.com and it's another recipe that will work for a range of dietary needs. In particular, the quiches are gluten free and grain-free in addition to being vegan. That's pretty good when you think about it. The recipe itself comes in two parts. One part is for the batter and the other part is for the filling. That would give you the ability to tweak the recipe as you see fit to suit your taste preferences (or the taste preferences of your household).
Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy
Without a doubt, this breakfast addition is very American, but that just makes it even more appealing. The recipe comes from gimmesomeoven.com and it is completely vegan. The main part of the recipe focuses on the mushroom gravy that you see in the image, although the author does also link out to a separate (and simple) recipe for vegan biscuits. So, you could make the entire recipe as pictured or you could choose just to focus on one component, depending on what suits you. I personally think that making the whole thing is the only way to go, especially as the biscuits and gravy seem to go perfectly with one another.
Southwest Breakfast Tacos
This recipe comes from shelikesfood.com, and it's another example of the versatility of tofu. In this recipe, tofu is used to replace the scrambled eggs that you would typically see in a breakfast taco. The author even noted that her husband couldn't taste the difference between tofu and eggs in the recipe. Now, tofu does seem to have a pretty bad reputation, but most of that is undeserved. Yes, tofu doesn't have much taste, but that's a good thing when it comes to cooking, as that aspect lets you use tofu as a base for many different dishes. I'd recommend trying out this recipe even if you aren't that excited about tofu because you'll be in for a bit of a surprise.
Vanilla Chai Pudding
Chia has become pretty popular as a superfood recently. Much of that popularity comes from the nutrients contained in chia seeds, but their versatility is also another reason. This recipe, from detoxinista.com, is one example of this, as the recipe is a quick and easy way to make a filling breakfast. There are two variations to this recipe, depending on the type of texture you prefer. However, the author does note that it can take time to find a perfect texture with chia seed puddings, partly because everyone differs in exactly what they're looking for. So, if you don't get it right the first time with this recipe, don't be afraid to keep trying.
Banana Nut Scones
These scones are another fun breakfast option for vegans and non-vegans alike. The recipe for them comes from cookieandkate.com and it is a pretty flexible recipe. So, you could make some variations to it depending on what you like, and Kate even suggests a few options for doing just that. If you've having these as a breakfast option, you might choose to just make the scones themselves rather than the sweet maple glaze, depending on how much sweetness you are looking for.
Tofu Frittata with Spinach and Peppers
Scrambled eggs isn't the only way that you can use tofu in breakfast recipes and this frittata from ohmyveggies.com is another example of tofu for breakfast. Once again, the tofu in this recipe acts as a replacement for the eggs and plays a key role in the overall texture of this recipe. The other ingredients, including various vegetables and spices, help to create the overall flavor. The end result is a frittata that looks and tastes a lot like a typical frittata, but is entirely vegan.
3-Ingredient Vegan Pancakes
This recipe is another example of vegan pancakes and it comes from sweetsimplevegan.com. My favorite thing about this recipe is probably its simplicity. The basic pancake recipe just involves three ingredients, which makes it exceptionally easy to make. However, there are also a number of optional add-ins for the recipe, including additional ingredients for the pancakes themselves, along with a recipe for the berry maple sauce. This means that you could make these pancakes as simple or as complicated as you want them to be.
Banana Quinoa Muffins
This recipe is another great example of breakfast muffins. I found the recipe at kneadtocook.com and it is also gluten free. I love the way the recipe makes use of quinoa. Quinoa is actually a type of seed but it is frequently used as an alternative to grain in a wide range of recipes, especially for people who can't eat grains. Quinoa works extremely well in muffins like these ones, helping to add in an appealing texture and flavor. If you've never tried quinoa muffins before then this recipe is the perfect place to start.
Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole
I can't make a list about vegan breakfasts without including, at least, one example of a breakfast casserole. Breakfast casseroles can work exceptionally well as an option for breakfast because they offer a way of having something hot and filling first thing in the morning. Plus, if you use a recipe that is prepared in a crockpot, you can wake up to a meal that is ready for you. This particular example of a breakfast casserole comes from runninginaskirt.com and it is a great choice if you want a vegan breakfast casserole.
Hemp Tofu Scramble Breakfast Pizza
This breakfast option comes from veganricha.com and it certainly is a little bit unusual. Essentially, the recipe is for a breakfast pizza, which also uses a tofu scramble and hash browns. However, the recipe also relies on hemp tofu. That form of tofu has a different texture along with a nutty flavor, which would work really well on a pizza. However, as the author notes, you could just use regular tofu with the recipe if you would rather. Either way, this pizza option looks like it would be fun to make and to eat.
Eggless Waffle Recipe
I've mentioned pancakes a couple of times in this list, but a lot of people find that they love waffles just as much, so I needed at least one vegan waffle recipe. The recipe itself comes from spiceupthecurry.com and it's a great recipe because it is so simple and easy to make. The author also comments that most people wouldn't even realize the waffles are vegan. To me, that is particularly appealing, because that makes it easy to cook for a mixed group of people.
Savory Vegan Breakfast Muffins
This recipe comes from plantandplate.com and it's another example of vegan savory muffins. This particular recipe acts as a good source of fiber and protein, which would make them a filling start to the day. Personally, I've always found savory muffins more appealing than sweet ones and that's particularly true when it comes to breakfast. After all, sweet muffins tend to just spike your blood sugar and don't offer any sustaining energy. In contrast, the muffins from this recipe would keep you going for quite some time.
Breakfast pizzas have become pretty popular as an option for breakfast and it's easy to see why. My favorite thing about breakfast pizzas is that there are so many different options. This means you can vary the toppings based on what you enjoy and what you happen to have in the cupboard at the time. This version of a breakfast pizza comes from thatwasvegan.com and it uses entirely vegan ingredients. I love the fact that the end product doesn't even look vegan at first glance, in fact, it just looks like any other breakfast pizza.
French Crepes with Vanilla Cream Cheese
French crepes are a lot of fun for breakfast, especially as they are fairly fast to make. The recipe that I'm highlighting here comes from purella.com and the recipe is fun and simple. The author also includes directions for how to cook the crepes, such as when to turn them. I find that part especially appealing because crepes can be tricky to get right if you don't make them often. The recipe also includes directions for vanilla creme cheese, which would make a perfect filling.
Scrambled Tofu Potato Casserole
This recipe comes from jenniferskitchen.com and it's another example of a breakfast casserole. The nature of the recipe means that it would actually be a good option for pretty much any meal, including breakfast lunch or dinner. Now, this particular recipe is cooked in the oven, so it does take a little while to prepare. Nevertheless, it is still a good option for breakfast on days where you have a little time to spare (like the weekend). Alternatively, it would be perfect for a hearty brunch.
Healthy Stuffed French Toast
I mentioned a recipe for vegan French toast earlier in this list, but this recipe is a pretty big variation on this theme. The idea of doing stuffed French toast is pretty fun, especially as this is probably something that most people haven't tried before. The recipe for this comes from holycowvegan.com and it's a good option if you want something a little bit different for breakfast. You could make the recipe just about any type of bread, but the author does also link out to her own bread recipe if you want to use that instead.
Cinnamon Rolls with Apples
Cinnamon rolls might seem a little bit sweet for breakfast, but I know plenty of people that would eat them for breakfast without hesitation. The pictured recipe comes from veganheaven.org and the recipe is split into three components, one for the rolls themselves, one for the filling and one for the frosting. The recipe also takes the unusual approach of baking the cinnamon rolls in muffin cups. That technique would actually work exceptionally well and help the rolls to keep their shape throughout baking.
Spicy Sweet Potato Casserole
Visually, this sweet potato casserole is very unusual, so it's probably best for people who are a little bit open minded. The recipe comes from thefitchen.com and it's actually a spicy dish. The recipe would be particularly filling because of the combination of sweet potatoes and quinoa. That alone would make it a perfect option for breakfast, although this is another dish that you could actually serve at any time during the day.
I found this recipe at simple-veganista.com and it's another example of a vegetable frittata. Like the example earlier, this recipe uses tofu as one of its main ingredients, although the combination of vegetables and spices serves to add in quite a lot of flavor to the dish. The recipe is also a great way to get yourself eating more vegetables. As some commenters on the recipe noted, you could also change some of the vegetables to suit what you have on hand. Plus, it would reheat well, so you could easily make the dish one day and eat it later in the week.
Easy Baked Oatmeal
This baked oatmeal recipe has the advantage of being vegan and being easy to prepare. The recipe comes from eathealthyeathappy.com and it strongly relies on the flavors of apple and cinnamon, along with some other additions. The recipe is designed to make around eight servings, so it's best for serving a family rather than just yourself. Nevertheless, it's worth trying this recipe at least once even if you don't have anyone else to feed because it is seriously worthwhile.
Garlic Hash Browns with Kale
This hash browns recipe comes from forksoverknives.com and it stands out because it is a pretty simple way of making hash browns. In fact, the entire recipe just uses six ingredients and around half of those are spices. I find this type of recipe especially appealing, because hash browns can be quite comforting but often they are pretty unhealthy. This recipe provides an alternative way of making them that results in a healthy dish of hash browns.
Skinny Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins
I know I've already mentioned a few examples of quinoa muffins, but I really did have to include this particular recipe from simplyquinoa.com. There tends to be a lot of similarities between different quinoa muffins recipes, where most recipes focus on general savory flavors. I love this recipe because it doesn't follow that trend. Instead, the recipe relies on pumpkin flavor and even uses pumpkin seeds on the top. This would make the muffins a great choice for anyone who loves pumpkin or just for anyone who isn't quite sold on the concept of savory muffins.
Spinach and Artichoke Souffle
This souffle recipe is another option that is perfect for breakfast but would also work well at just about any time during the day. The recipe comes from neuroticmommy.com and it's quite a fun one if you are looking for something a little bit different. Personally, I love the way the souffle ends up looking and I also like the fact that you end up with a fairly small dish that is perfect for one person.