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20 Vegan Breakfast Ideas That Are Quick & Easy

Whether you’re a vegan or just looking for some new breakfast ideas, you’ll love these 20 vegan breakfast ideas! They’re all quick and easy to make, and many of them are perfect for busy mornings.

From simple bowls of oatmeal to vegan French toast, there’s something here for everyone. So let’s get cooking!

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  • Avocado Toast: This is one of the quickest and easiest vegan breakfast recipes around! All you need is one or two slices of bread (I love Dave’s Killer Organic 21 Whole Grains and Seeds Bread because each slice is packed with 5 grams of protein) and a ripe avocado. While toasting the bread, slice the avocado into thin slices or smash with a fork and spread over the toast. Great additions and toppings include sliced cherry tomatoes, diced green bell peppers, a dash of salt and pepper, or Everything Bagel sesame seasoning blend.
  • Hash Browns: the simplest way is to grate a raw potato and place the grated potatoes into a quick bath of ice water to remove any excess starch. Strain the potatoes and pat them dry with a paper towel. In a small or large frying pan, add some oil and drop in the potatoes. Allow them to brown then flip over with a spatula. When both sides are crisp and brown, remove from the frying pan and allow place them on a clean paper towel to remove any excess oil. Then season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with toast and some sliced fruit.
  • Fresh Fruit Bowl: chop up your favorite fruits and top with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Excellent breakfast fruits include ripe bananas, sliced pineapple, diced apples, oranges, peaches, grapes, cherries, kiwi, mango, papaya, cantaloupe, and watermelon.
white bowl of fruit with berries, oranges, kiwi and grapes for vegan breakfast ideas article
  • Oatmeal: for the best fiber option, buy steel-cut oats and prepare according to directions. Serve with your favorite plant milk (ie soy milk or almond milk) and top with brown sugar, fresh or dried fruit or fresh berries.
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes: this pancake recipe is so easy to make! Just take one medium to large sized ripe banana and mash into a bowl. Add one-quarter cup of flour, one-half cup of water or plant milk, one-half teaspoon of baking soda, one-half teaspoon of baking powder, a small handful of chocolate chips, a dash of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla. Stir until all ingredients are mixed. The consistency should be like a smoothie, so add additional liquid if needed. Pour the batter into 2″ to 4″ circles, and cook on one side until bubbles begin to form over the top surface. Allow the bottom of the pancake to brown then flip. Serve with maple syrup and vegan butter, or spread peanut butter or almond butter on top and enjoy!

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  • Fruit Smoothie: take fresh or frozen fruit and place into a small blender (like the Nutribullet or Ninja personal blender). Add a handful of fresh spinach and pour in coconut juice or a plant milk like soy or coconut milk. Blend at medium to high speed until well-blended and enjoy. A few of my favorite scrumptious smoothies are: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and coconut milk; frozen or fresh peaches, pineapple, and coconut water or coconut milk; fresh or frozen pineapple, coconut milk, and a banana; and mango, papaya, spinach and soy milk. You can also make a smoothie bowl by pouring the smoothie mixture into a bowl, and topping with fresh fruits.
  • Vegan Banana Bread: here’s a super quick and easy plant based banana bread that is so delicious for the first thing in the morning. The best bananas to use for this recipe are the ones that look like they’re ready to toss!
Loaf of banana bread with two slices of bread, and two bananas
  • Sweet Potato Hash: This tasty breakfast idea is the perfect way to use up leftover sweet potatoes. I like to bake several at one time so the next day, all I need to do is dice one medium to large peeled baked sweet potato and add to a hot frying pan with a little oil, a crushed garlic clove, one quarter cup of diced onions, and some salt or pepper. Top with chopped fresh parsley or cilantro and serve. You can also brighten this delicious breakfast by adding a squeeze of lemon juice, or make it spicy by adding a dash of Sriracha, if desired!
  • Protein Smoothie: This is another quick and easy way to get some protein into your vegan diet. Just pour plant milk into a container, add a scoop of protein powder and a spoonful of peanut or almond butter, and blend. I usually add a banana, and to make it more like a milkshake, add some ice cubes before blending.
  • Breakfast Sandwich: If you want a more savory breakfast, a sandwich made with a vegan sausage patty is a winner. Just toast an English muffin and top with some smashed avocado, pesto, or vegan mayo. Add the vegan sausage patty, and top with a thick tomato slice, thinly sliced onions, and some lettuce or some vegan cheese. .

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  • Yogurt Fruit Parfait: Add sliced bananas, strawberries, apricots, melon balls, pineapple chunks, and/or apples to a small bowl and cover with a quarter cup of your favorite vegan yogurt. Top the yogurt and fruit with some coconut flakes and a sprinkle of granola. If you want a little spice, add a dash of pumpkin spice or cinnamon on top and enjoy!
two clear jars with chopped strawberries, apricots, honey dew melon and grapes topped with yogurt and granola
  • Vegan Homemade Crunchy Granola: I’m a huge Martha Stewart fan and absolutely LOVE her homemade granola recipe. The recipe has oatmeal, maple syrup, olive oil, pecans, chunks of chocolate and dried cherries, plus coconut, pepitas and other ingredients. I’ve made it numerous times and have substituted and added ingredients based on what I have available. And consider doubling or tripling this recipe – the granola stores really well in these air-tight Bell jars!
  • Elvis Toast: The King was known for his love of fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. And according to this article, his personal chef Mrs. Langston would sometimes be summoned to make one of these sandwiches in the wee hours of the morning! I call my recipe Elvis toast, but it’s a much healthier version. Just make a piece of toast and top with spoonful of peanut butter. Spread a thin layer of jam or jelly over the peanut butter, and top with banana slices. If desired, top with another piece of toast and make yourself a sweet breakfast sandwich. If you want to be more like Elvis, butter the toast before adding your peanut butter and other toppings.
  • Breakfast Tacos: Honestly, you can taco almost anything to create a delicious breakfast taco! For breakfast tacos I like to use the small street tortillas like these corn tortillas or the flour ones. Filling ideas include sauteed mushrooms, black beans, hash browns, country potatoes, sweet potato hash, or even marinated and seasoned tofu. Top with some diced onions, chopped cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. And if you want to really wake up your taste buds, add your favorite hot sauce.
  • Overnight Oats: talk about timesavers! Simply put old fashioned rolled oats or quick oats into a large bowl and add an equal amount of vegan yogurt and a splash or two of plant milk. Mix in some berries, chia seeds, and maple syrup or brown sugar for some sweetness, if desired. The consistency should be semi-thick but still liquid-like, similar to a pudding. Spoon into small Mason jars with lids, or covered bowls. Allow the mixture to sit overnight or a minimum of eight hours to ensure the oats have softened properly. Avoid using quick oats or steel-cut oats as they may either be too soft or not soft enough. Another great feature about overnight oats is they can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, so they make great grab and go meals.

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  • Salad Bowl for Breakfast: another of my best breakfast go-to options is salad for breakfast. This is simply a scoop of grains like quinoa or cous cous, some greens, and fresh vegetables like beets, corn, carrots, avocados, tomatoes or celery. Add your favorite dressing or just some olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and enjoy. You can also top with some sliced strawberries or add some blueberries for some extra fiber and sweetness!
  • Vegan French Toast: This morning meal is perfect for a Sunday brunch and is SO good! Plus, any leftovers can be frozen and popped in the toaster for another time. Just pour one cup of plant milk (soy or almond is my preferred choice) into a medium-sized bowl. Add two tablespoons of corn starch, 1 teaspoon of ground flax seeds, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or brown sugar, and one-half teaspoon each of vanilla and cinnamon. Add a pinch of salt and stir. I use stale French bread or Ciabatta, but you can also use whole wheat or white bread if you desire. (cut the French bread or Ciabatta into one-half inch slices or use stale store-bought bread – otherwise the bread can absorb too much liquid and won’t cook properly). Add some vegan butter to a frying pan over medium heat. While the butter is melting, dip the bread into the liquid then lay in the pan. Allow the bread to brown, then flip and remove from the heat when both sides have cooked. Serve with maple syrup or jam.
  • Vegan Breakfast Burritos: Sauté some finely chopped vegetables like squash, peppers, thinly sliced carrots, onions, celery, and tomatoes in a pan. Season as desired, and allow the vegetables to soften over the heat. On a flour tortilla, spread some vegan refried beans or smashed black beans, and top with some guacamole or avocado slices. Add the cooked veggies over the avocados, and garnish with some finely chopped cilantro and onions, if desired. You can add hot sauce or a salsa if you’d like, then fold the tortilla into a burrito. Additions can be vegan cheeses, jalapeño peppers, lettuce, or rice. If you want to crisp the outside of the burrito, melt some vegan butter in a medium pan and place the burrito in the pan. Let it brown for a minute or so, then flip over. Cut in half and serve with your favorite salsa!
vegan breakfast burrito with rice, peppers, beans, lettuce, and parsley on a white plate
  • Veggie Breakfast Hash: This savory vegan breakfast is packed with protein and lots of fiber-rich carbs. Chop a quarter of a medium onion into small pieces and add to a frying pan with some olive oil over medium heat. Cut a day-old baked potato into small one-half inch pieces and leave the skin on. Add to the pan and stir. Mix in diced red and green bell peppers and a minced garlic clove, and allow to sit until the potatoes begin to brown. Mix slowly until the potatoes are evenly brown and add half of one can of Cannellini beans (or other white bean). Stir and add salt, pepper, and a shake of paprika and Italian seasoning, then serve.
  • Hummus Toast: Just take a piece of toast, and top with some hummus. Add chopped Kalamata olives, some diced cherry tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes, and freshly chopped parsley. Add a sprinkle of pepper and salt, if desired, and enjoy.

Bonus vegan breakfast ideas

I hope you have enjoyed reading these 20 vegan breakfast ideas! If you have any delicious vegan breakfast ideas to add, please share them in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

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