7 of My Favourite Vegan Breakfast Ideas
The question I’ve probably been asked most times is: What do you have for breakfast as a vegan? Most non-vegans tend to have eggs, yoghurt or toast with some type of spread or topping. This made me think that one of my first posts should give some tips and tricks on what to have for breakfast.
Mid-week breakfast picks (easy)
One of the easiest swaps is porridge for porridge! Porridge can be made with any non-dairy milk or even with water (not my preferred way though). Just make it as you usually would but sub milk for a plant-based one. I really like cashew or coconut for a very creamy porridge. My favourite toppings include:
- Peanut butter
- Raspberries / Blueberries
- Maple Syrup
You can even make it a bit more advanced by cooking some grated carrot or apple with the oats, to make a carrot cake porridge or for a comforting apple and cinnamon flavour. The variations are endless! The ones in the image are some of my favourite ones I’ve made (from left to right):
- Plain porridge with banana, raspberries, chia jam, walnuts and peanut butter
- Carrot cake porridge with walnuts, chia seeds, maca powder and cinnamon
- Cocoa porridge with puffed quinoa and nuts, banana and peanut butter
In summer porridge is not always what we’re craving, especially on those hot summer days. One of my favourites is overnight oats. It only takes 5 minutes max to prep at night and you can just pop it in your bag and have it at work or at university. The base I use always consists of oats, chia seeds, almond or coconut milk and coconut yoghurt (this is one of my favourite brands).
You can spice it up any way you like, the options are endless. Here are some of my favourites:
- Raw cacao powder, banana, peanut butter, maple syrup
- Spirulina & wheatgrass powders (I use this brand), raspberries (frozen are easiest), mango, maple syrup
- Vega vanilla protein powder, raspberries, blueberries
- Banana, raspberries, almond butter, vegan granola (sprinkle on top at the last moment)
Coconut yoghurt parfait
All you need is a coconut yoghurt, some fruit and granola. You can also opt to add in some superfood powders such as spirulina, wheatgrass, baobab or maca. My favourite coconut yoghurt is from The Coconut Collaborative, super creamy and filling 🙂
Peanut butter and banana on toast
This is the option I always go for when I need some quick but satisfying and filling breakfast. I will never get enough of it! You can make it more interesting by subbing the peanut butter for a hazelnut and cacao paste if you are craving something more sweet. I’m obsessed with ManiLife PB and Pip & Nut. No picture needed here!
Vegan buttermilk pancakes
One of my all time favourite pancake recipes was buckwheat pancakes with mashed banana in them, until I tried making these. They are from the Keep it Vegan book by Aine Carlin. I always have a tendency to adapt recipes to my palate, so also this time I left out the banana and I added in some choc chips to make them extra indulgent for pancake day last week. They were also approved by my non-vegan friends, so perfect for a Sunday brunch when you are having some friends over or for sharing with your other half.
Full vegan english
Sometime however, a really good savoury breakfast is in place. On the plate below there is:
- Scrambled tofu with turmeric and cumin
- Baked beans
- A Linda McCartney vegetarian (vegan) sausage (they are my absolute favourite)
- Sauteed mushrooms
- Garlic spinach
- Gluten free toast
- Avocado (of course!)
This comes last in my post as it is currently winter and I don’t tend to make acai bowls that much when it’s cold, but it’s absolutely gorgeous for a warm summer morning.
Just blend up some frozen bananas, dairy-free milk and some acai powder (I use Organic Burst) which is full of antioxidant Vitamin E and polyphenols, and with essential fatty acids omegas-3-6 and omega-9 oleic acid. You can add anything else you like such as any other fruits or superfood powders. Serve it in a bowl and add your favourite toppings! I added some granola, homemade raspberry chia jam, dessicated coconut and some raspberries.
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