Breakfast can be an instant frustration when you’re on a plant-based diet. Don’t believe me? Try ordering something vegan off your local diner’s menu that isn’t just a fruit salad. Annoying. So while we wait for diners to catch up with the times, we’re finding some incredible at-home solutions that you can easily create to satisfy your morning hunger. Sometimes all you need is a few fresh ideas and your morning will be completely transformed. Each recipe varies from the “rush out the door” type to the slow, easy, Sunday morning options. Whatever it is you’re craving, there’s definitely a vegan recipe for that.

1. Vegan Breakfast Skillet

If you thought breakfast skillets were only for those who opt for ones with eggs and meat in them, you’re wrong. This breakfast skillet takes back the breakfast hash in a way that will keep you creating it differently week after week.

With rustic russet potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, and seasonings, you can create this entire dish that serves four people, in just under half an hour. Yes, please. 

2. Vegan French Toast

French toast is back on the menu, folks! Using chickpea flour in place of eggs, you can create a vegan substitute for the classic version without sacrificing on anything you know and love about french toast (including the protein!).

The best part is? It only takes 5 minutes of prep time and 5 minutes of cooking time. So if you’re looking for a quick and easy breakfast that is decadent and filling, this is a definite go-to recipe to satisfy.

3. Dairy-Free Pecan Pie Overnight Oats

Looking for something sweet and delicious that’s ready when you wake up, perfect for throwing in your bag and enjoying on the go? Look no further, you have found your way.

These overnight oats don’t require cooking at all, they simply are assembled in a mason jar the day before and refrigerated overnight. The soaking process softens the oats just as they would if they were cooked, saving you a pretty big step. Once they’re ready you can enjoy them cold, or heat them up quickly in the microwave.

4. Chickpea Flour Egg Cups

All the trend, these little egg cups. Now, vegans can join in on the easy and versatile recipe all the same with miniature vegan omelets with the help of chickpeas!

Made with simple ingredients, and some vegan staples like nutritional yeast (for a cheesy flavor) and turmeric (for its color) you can prep these in just 10 minutes, and be as creative with the ingredients as you like!

5. Vegan, Gluten-Free Cinnamon Buns

Oh, we are OWNING breakfast now, vegan friends! Cinnamon buns? Oh heck yes! With the added bonus of being gluten-free as well, since all too often these lifestyle/diets go hand in hand.

These are definitely a more slow-morning type breakfast because they are made from scratch, but trust me, they’ll be worth it. Using gluten-free flour, applesauce and coconut milk along with some other surprising ingredients, you’ll have a cinnamon bun worthy of the breakfast brunch table, with zero complaints or eye rolls from your non-vegan diners.


6. Gorgeous Pink Chia Smoothie Bowl

You eat with your eyes first, after all. With a breakfast this beautiful, your entire day will be started off in a stunning way. Almost too good to eat. Almost. 

Since chia seeds when soaked in a liquid become gelatinous, they create a perfect pudding that you can assemble and take pictures of for your Instagram feed before eating. It’s all in the details.

7. Fluffy Vegan Biscuits

With only 6 simple ingredients, you can create fluffy, buttery (without the butter) biscuits to enjoy at breakfast. Whether you enjoy them warm with a spoonful of fresh preserves and coconut whipped cream, or perhaps with a smear of vegan butter or vegan cheese – these biscuits are not something you want to miss out on.

Way better than the canned variety, these come to fruition with some simple steps anyone can follow to yield about 8 fresh biscuits, baked up in just 15 minutes in the oven.

8. Vegan Breakfast Potato Polenta Bowl

If you’ve never tried polenta, that needs to end now. Polenta is an easily created dish using cornmeal, similar to grits, but finer and much more savory. It’s seriously delicious.

This dairy-free (yet creamy) polenta serves itself as the base of this breakfast bowl, topped with fried potatoes, green peppers, zucchini and cherry tomatoes. One recipe for this will serve 4 and takes about half an hour to create, but less than $4 in cost. Talk about an impressive budget-friendly meal to start your day off right (and help justify that almond latte you’re likely to grab later on).

9. Vegan Breakfast Burrito

Here. We. Go! Burrito blasting your way through breakfast, is truly something dreams are made of. This recipe is not only easy to make but yields 8 servings and not to be enjoyed all at once (I mean, you could…) but these are perfect for freezing and grabbing when you need them! A meal prepped breakfast? Now we’re talking.

This recipe creates a simple vegan breakfast hash with tofu, enchilada sauce, roasted cashews, salsa and of course nutritional yeast for an extra added punch of cheesy flavoring and some b12 vitamins. If you’re a fan of Mexican cuisine, this breakfast is the one for you.


10. Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars

There’s something magical about grab-and-go foods. Especially at breakfast. Not sure about you, but mornings are typically my biggest time of rushing, often falling victim to that “snooze” button.

These breakfast bars pack protein by using quinoa, while also providing you some antioxidants with the addition of blueberries. They also have hemp seeds in them, which give a nice nutty texture to your breakfast. In just half an hour you can make a dozen of these, coming in under 200 calories each. Truly a perfect breakfast on the go.

11. Gluten-Free Vegan Double Chocolate Donuts

Forgive us, but there just had to be a true “treat yo’ self” breakfast option in here. Maybe not for every day, but for the occasions that we truly just want donuts. Like a Tuesday. Tuesdays can be special.

These donuts are completely common allergen-free by being gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut and tree nut FREE. Yet these donuts don’t miss out on anything when it comes to taste and texture. Using all real ingredients, you can create and decorate your own dozen donuts in just under 30 minutes.

12. Vegan Breakfast Enchiladas

When you’re up for something a little heartier, perfect for serving at a brunch or to a larger family, breakfast enchiladas will certainly be a breakfast to be remembered.

Enchiladas are loaded with delicious Mexican spices while remaining mild enough for kids to enjoy as well! Stuffed with chickpeas potatoes, avocados, peppers and more – these will be a recipe you’ll come back to again and again.

13. Crispy Vegan Bacon

You thought your bacon days were long gone, didn’t you? No way! When there’s a vegan will, there is a vegan way! This recipe will satisfy your need for a smoky, salty breakfast food without the use of any animal byproducts!

Shockingly enough, these bacon strips are made with rice paper! Marinated and baked to perfection, they’re a healthy way to enjoy “bacon” alongside your favorite vegan breakfast option, like a Vegan Scrambled Egg.


14. Vegan Eggs Benedict WIth Fried Tomato & Hollandaise

Yes, it’s still vegan, and yes – this is a little over the top, but we’re all about it.

Stacking an English muffin with a fried tomato, vegan deli slices, Tofu, asparagus and some drizzled vegan hollandaise (recipe included) these are a decadent breakfast that will make you drooling days later just thinking about it. It may seem like this would take some serious slaving in the kitchen to create, it comes together in about 10 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of cooking time. Not bad for something so indulgent.

15. Vegan Hashbrown Omelet

Traditional omelets (or omelette if you’re French or British) are made with eggs. Well, vegans don’t do eggs…but they still love a good omelet, of sorts.

This omelet removes eggs entirely and focuses on another delicious breakfast food – potato hashbrowns. Grilled and folded, filled with whatever you choose, similar to an omelet, this breakfast is the best merging of worlds.

16. Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Cake

Cake for breakfast? Sure, why not. This sliceable recipe is reminiscent of coffee cake, so it’s perfect for serving with morning tea or just grabbing to enjoy on your way out the door.

What we love about this recipe is its use of common ingredients such as almond milk, apple cider vinegar, flour, cornstarch, and of course – cinnamon sugar. It only takes 10 minutes to prep before you pop it in the oven for a delicious loaf that will serve 6!

17. Vegan Sausage Rolls

Wrapped in vegan puff pastry, is sauteed kale, mushrooms, onions, garlic, beans and more that creates a savory breakfast experience.

While I do think this makes a killer breakfast option, there’s no way you need to stop there. Why not have these for lunch or dinner too? With a recipe that makes 40 of these delicious rolls it’ll be no surprise when you find yourself enjoying them far beyond the breakfast table.


18. No-Bake Carrot Cake Breakfast Bars

So when you’re ready to impress a carrot cake loved one, this is the recipe to break out and try. The best part is, you don’t even have to do any baking!

This recipe is vegan and gluten-free, along with being refined sugar-free and healthy! Yes, a healthy cake! Made with carrots and oats, dates, coconuts and walnuts, it’s layered from cake to a coconut cream and topped with an adorable marzipan shaped carrot.

Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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