Vegan Breakfast Inspirations
Breakfast is an important meal of the day. Sometimes breakfast meals can feel monotonous when we get in the morning routine of making the same things over again before work or school.
By GREEN CUISINE
Breakfast is an important meal of the day. Sometimes breakfast meals can feel monotonous when we get in the morning routine of making the same things over again before work or school. For new vegans, sometimes breakfast can be a challenging meal because they are unsure of the amazing options available to us, and are used to eating eggs in the morning. We created this post to help you start your day with something delicious and healthy for you, and ideas of how to “vegan-ize” some old favourites. Fortunately, vegan versions of the traditional breakfast are lower in fat, cholesterol free, and best of all– animal cruelty-free!
Oatmeal is an underrated breakfast option! With a little creativity, you can make oatmeal into an exciting breakfast that you look forward to. Not only is it delicious and versatile, but it is healthy and satisfies hunger for the morning. Oatmeal is full of fibre, and is a great source of plant-based protein.
Please be mindful of which oats you are purchasing– we strongly recommend using organic oatmeal, as many GMO oats have been found to contain high levels of dangerous pesticide, Glyphosate.
There are organic instant oatmeal packets or old fashioned oats, just depends on how much time you want to spend in the morning and how many people you are cooking for.
Many people are even enjoying “overnight oats” which involves soaking the oats in plant milk overnight, rather than heating them.
However you cook your oatmeal, here are some ideas of toppings and mix-ins to keep it flavourful and interesting:
- Nuts or seeds
- Cacao nibs
- Shredded coconut
- Peanut butter or another nut or seed butter
- Maple syrup
- Varied plant milks — unsweetened, vanilla, chocolate etc
- Cocoa powder
- Raisins or dried cranberries
Experiment a bit and see what textures and flavours you like best. Let us know what you like the most.
Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seed pudding can be made in a similar way to overnight oats — combine chia seeds with your plant milk of choice and let it soak overnight. You can add fruits, spices, and sweeteners, similarly to your oatmeal. Chia seed pudding tastes great as it’s own breakfast or eaten as a side with a tofu scramble.
Tofu scrambles and chickpea-flour scrambles are wonderful for breakfast. In both scrambles, the key is the use of kala namak, which is an Indian black salt that gives a sulphurous, eggy flavour. Here is a savoury chickpea-flour scramble that is excellent for breakfast.
How’s this for a hearty breakfast with tofu scramble?
If you want a tofu scramble, then go here to find a delicious recipe.
These options are high in protein and flavour, and are reminiscent of old favourite meals without any of the negative.
Who could forget those fond childhood memories of eating pancakes in the morning? If you want a tasty, fluffy, vegan pancake, then look here. These are also delicious topped with some of those oatmeal toppings (or even mix them into the batter!)
You can have fluffy, scrumptious, vegan pancakes.
Here is a well-loved tofu bacon recipe (scroll to the end of this article on liquid smoke). You can have the smokiness and sizzle of bacon without any animal products by using this recipe. Some people like to pair the tofu bacon with a tofu or chickpea-flour scramble, with an avocado on the side.
A vegan version of French Toast is here. Yes, you can have French Toast without eggs. However, if you have store-bought “vegan egg replacer”, you can use that to make your French Toast too.
Vegan French Toast, with edible decorations.
You can mix potatoes with tempeh for your hash browns, as in this recipe. This could even work well as a lunch or dinner, just change up the accompaniments.
This one might seem too obvious, but we aren’t joking. Great breakfast toast comes from the delicious combination of toppings. Toast doesn’t need to be a side, it can be the star! You might even want to have it for a quick and easy dinner some busy nights, too! Try these spreads and toppings in any combination and see how filling your morning toast can be:
- Avocado slices or guacamole
- Vegan mayo
- Carrot Lox
- Cucumber slices
- Tofu or tempeh slices
- Peanut butter
- Fruit jam / compote
- Coconut yogurt
- Maple syrup
- Seeds or nuts
And many more!
Vegan Breakfasts Can Be Creative, Healthy, and Delicious
Fortunately, we don’t ever have to feel like we are missing out on the fun of traditional breakfasts– we have plenty of fun crafting vegan versions of the classics as well as coming up with totally new ideas. What traditional breakfast would you like to “vegan-ize” next? How do you like to spice up your breakfast staples?
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