10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Recipe Ideas to Make Next
There’s no denying that a good, healthy breakfast goes a long way towards starting your day off on the right foot. Whether you’re following a plant-based diet or simply fancy switching things up a bit, these easy vegan breakfast ideas will have you jumping out of bed!
Variety is the spice of life so, rather than sticking to the same couple of trusty recipes on repeat, we’ve rounded up a good mix of sweet and savoury, vegan-friendly dishes. From grab-and-go bites through to sit-down brunches, there’s a plant-based breakfast for every occasion on this list!
Sweet vegan breakfast ideas
When you need a morning meal that’ll fill you up and fuel you for the day ahead, a packet of oats will always come in handy. Simmered with a plant-based milk alternative until thick and creamy, a warming bowl of porridge is essential when you have an early start on a cold day.
This Coconut, Banana and Maple Porridge is our idea of the ultimate easy vegan breakfast – it’s ready in 15 minutes, and you’ll only need a few ingredients. Our hearty bowl of oats gets its nutty flavour from an easy-to-find coconut dairy-free milk alternative, with plenty of sweetness thanks to a drizzle of maple syrup.
It’s well worth popping the desiccated coconut under the grill for 1-2 minutes to get nice and toasty; it’ll add a lovely crunch when it’s sprinkled over right before serving.
Biscoff is one of our favourite ingredients, and it’s blissfully vegan-friendly! Mixed into your morning porridge, it makes breakfast time feel like an indulgent treat. This Biscoff and Banana Porridge recipe is just the ticket if you enjoy a sweet start to the day.
We’re talking about creamy oats made with unsweetened oat milk, swirled with smooth Biscoff spread and topped with sliced banana, all for just 260 calories. Not to worry if oat milk isn’t your preferred plant-based alternative – any non-dairy milk can be used for this recipe (just remember to adjust the calories accordingly, if you’re counting).
If you want a plant-based breakfast that’s warming and filling, can we tempt you with a bowl of Chai Rice Pudding? Pudding for breakfast might sound a little bit decadent, but as an alternative to porridge, this really works!
As well as being just 136 calories per serving, our creamy rice pudding is infused with deliciously spiced chai tea – making it perfect for early in the morning! This recipe does take a little while to make, either on the hob or in your slow cooker. We recommend making it the night before and reheating it for an easy vegan breakfast the next day (just be sure to follow the NHS guidelines when it comes to storing and reheating rice).
While we’re talking about rice pudding for breakfast, we have to give our Bakewell Rice Pudding a shoutout too! Just as good when it’s eaten cold, every bowl brings the perfect blend of creamy rice, sweet cherry compote and crunchy flaked almonds.
There’s something seriously comforting about this dish, which is exactly why you can only find the full recipe in our Comfort Food cookbook. Flick to pages 270-271 to get your day off to the best possible start!
Buttery pastries don’t have to be off the menu just because you’re following a plant-based diet. Our slimming-friendly Biscoff Swirls are every bit as flaky and delicious as a bakery treat, even though they’re made with vegan-friendly light puff pastry. Most supermarket and branded puff pastry sheets are suitable for vegans, but we still recommend checking the packaging to make sure.
Ideal if you need a brekkie you can grab as you rush out the door, these can be made in a big batch and stored in an airtight container to nibble on throughout the week.
Savoury vegan breakfast ideas
Not everyone likes to start the day off by indulging their sweet tooth! If you’d choose a vegan cooked breakfast over something sugary, we’ve got you covered. While there are all kinds of plant-based sausage and bacon options at the supermarket, we’ve filled these Vegan Bakes with Cornish pasty-inspired meat-free mince.
We think you’re going to love our hack of using sandwich thins instead of pastry! They seal in all the savoury flavours of our veggie-packed filling, and cook in the oven until beautifully crispy. At 177 calories per bake, they’re a great on-the-go breakfast option, although no one said they can’t be enjoyed any time of day…
You’ll need a copy of Pinch of Nom: Enjoy if you want to get your hands on the full recipe for this one. You’ll find all the details on pages 128-129.
Sometimes our recipes can be made vegan-friendly with an easy ingredient swap. These Tomato and Caramelized Onion Tarts are the perfect example – simply substitute the reduced-fat Cheddar cheese and skimmed milk for dairy-free alternatives and you’re onto a winner.
Whether you tuck into them for breakfast, brunch or lunch, you’ll be thinking about the sweet onions and melty cheese all day long. The good news is you can make them as often as you like, since this recipe is a budget-friendly banger! Skip to pages 134-137 of Pinch of Nom: Budget to find the full ingredients list and method.
By the time the weekend rolls around, we won’t blame you for craving a big cooked vegan breakfast. These American-style Breakfast Potatoes are hearty enough to serve on their own, but we think they’re even better with your favourite meat-free sausages and a scoop of avocado on the side.
Swap the Worcestershire sauce for Henderson’s relish to make sure that this easy vegan breakfast idea is completely free of animal products.
Psst…this recipe is exclusive to our Quick and Easy cookbook. You can pick up a copy here, if you don’t already have one.
We can’t talk about easy plant-based breakfast recipes without mentioning this Cheesy Chilli Toastie! Grab your favourite vegan cheese and you’ll be sitting down to this fiery dish in under 10 minutes.
To start your morning with a bit of a kick, forget nibbling on a couple of slices of toast. Instead, sandwich them together with our cheesy mixture of spring onion, coriander, fresh chillies and powdered chilli. Don’t panic if you can’t handle the heat – you can use as much or as little chilli as you like.
Beans on toast anyone? Rather than grabbing a tin from the cupboard, you can make these BBQ Beans from scratch in just 6 minutes – and once the flavour has wowed you, you’ll be making them for breakfast all the time!
Whether you spoon them onto your vegan Full English or enjoy them on their own, they’re a perfectly plant-based breakfast that’s naturally low in calories, packed with protein and full of fibre. What more could you want to set you up for the day ahead?
Find the full recipe on page 226 of Pinch of Nom: Comfort Food.
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