When following a plant-based diet, there’s no limit to the breakfast dishes you can make for you and your family. Whether you need a quick weekday breakfast or are looking to treat your family to something special at the weekend, we’ve got you covered on our list today.
Keep reading as we share with you twenty-five of the best plant-based breakfast recipe ideas, all of which will cater to anyone following a plant-based diet every day of the week.
Delicious Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas Your Whole Family Will Love
1. Chia Seed Pudding
Kids and adults alike love chia seed pudding, and it’s an easy way to convince your whole family to enjoy a plant-based breakfast. It tastes just like dessert and is the ideal way to feed your family a nutritious breakfast before they head to school and work for the day. Love & Lemons shares this simple recipe that even the most inexperienced chefs will be able to follow. It’s packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, so it will set you up for the day and see you through until your lunch break.
2. Orange French Toast
Just because you are following a plant-based diet, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious breakfasts. This orange French toast from Forks Over Knives uses aquafaba instead of eggs, which works to create a soft, thick, and eggy dish. You can use your favorite vegan-friendly bread and berries to create a delicious dish. This would be the perfect breakfast to serve at the weekend or during the holiday season and can be enjoyed all year round. Serve with the topping of your choice and add fresh fruit for a healthier and lighter topping to finish off the dish.
3. Creamy Vegan Oatmeal
You can’t go wrong with a classic vegan oatmeal for a plant-based breakfast. Veggies Don’t Bite shows us how to create this oatmeal, which is anything but boring for your daily breakfast. It has a rich and creamy flavor like you’ve never experienced before with vegan oatmeal. The great thing about this dish is that you can fully customize it with any toppings at the end, and it’s a family-friendly dish you can serve any day before school and work. It only takes a few minutes to make, so even if you are short of time in the morning, you can still offer your family a filling breakfast.
4. Vegan Overnight Oats
Another classic vegan-friendly breakfast dish is overnight oats. If you like meal prepping on a Sunday, this is the perfect plant-based breakfast to prepare in advance. You can prepare multiple dishes in one go, which will ensure that you always have breakfast ready when you are rushing out the door to work. No chia seeds or hard-to-find ingredients are needed for this recipe, and Nora Cooks takes you through the step-by-step instructions to make this simple dish.
5. Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
The Conscientious Eater shares one of our favorite plant-based breakfast dishes, which will make you feel like you are eating a delicious cake for breakfast. It’s full of whole grains and contains shredded carrot in the dish for extra nutrients. This is another great dish to make ahead of time and is perfect for a busy morning. It is naturally sweet, so kids and teens will also enjoy this recipe, and you can top it with anything you like before serving. We enjoy adding sliced bananas and nut butter for a sweet topping that makes a complete meal.
6. Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
We love smoothies for a plant-based breakfast dish, as they are quick and easy to make but will set you up for the busy day ahead. While you could just chuck any leftover ingredients you have around your home into the smoothie, this vegan chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie from The Spruce Eats is a great option for the whole family. Smoothies are packed with vitamins and nutrients, and they help you to easily get your fruit and vegetable servings for the day. Just throw all of the ingredients into your blender, and you’ll have breakfast ready to go in just a few minutes.
7. Basic Vegan Granola
Another great dish to make ahead of time is granola. In fact, you can prep enough granola for a few weeks at a time, and then you’ll just need to serve it with plant-based milk and fruit. You could even try to make your own non-dairy milk, which is much easier than you might think. The Conscientious Eater shows us how to make this delicious granola which is sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar. It has plenty of nuts and chewy coconut in the recipe, so you’ll enjoy the varied textures in this dish.
8. Vegan Banana Ice Cream
If you are looking for something that’s a little different for a summer plant-based breakfast, try out this vegan banana ice cream from Lazy Cat Kitchen. While you would usually eat this dish for dessert, there’s no reason you couldn’t have it as a treat for breakfast one day. Kids will love this dish, and it’s a much healthier alternative to regular ice cream. You just need a standard food processor in order to make this dish, and you’ll be surprised how quick and easy it is to make.
9. Vegan Blueberry Muffins
Another great dish to meal prep is a batch of vegan muffins. These blueberry muffins from The Simple Veganista are great for cooking at the weekend. You can then store them in your freezer if you like and just defrost them over the next few weeks when you need a plant-based breakfast or snack in a rush. Of course, consider trying different muffin flavors for some variety or add various nuts or fruits that you enjoy to the recipe.
10. Plant-Based Pancakes
Pancakes can easily be made in a vegan-friendly manner. This recipe is vegan-friendly and oil-free, so it’s a little healthier than typical pancake dishes. Zardy Plants shares this recipe which makes the perfect fluffy pancakes each and every time. They are packed with protein, fiber, and micronutrients, and they will leave you feeling satisfied for the day ahead. This would be the perfect weekend dish for your whole family, and you can add any toppings that you like to finish off the meal.
11. Chocolate Chip Vegan Muffins
Food With Feeling shows us how to make a great muffin recipe that’s bound to be a crowd-pleaser when you need a quick plant-based breakfast. We love that this recipe uses just one bowl to mix everything together, so you won’t have to worry about making a mess all over your kitchen when you are cooking these muffins. The recipe is completely vegan-friendly and only uses simple ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen. Muffins are so easy to switch out ingredients in the recipe, so you can add or remove ingredients to make your perfect dish.
12. Easy Vegan Lemon Scones
If you are looking for a unique bakery option for your plant-based breakfast, we love these easy vegan lemon scones from The Conscientious Eater. You don’t need too many different ingredients to get started, and the recipe is infused with lemon zest for a little bit of tang in the dish. They are ideal for a quick breakfast or afternoon treat, and it’s a good option if you are a little bored of eating muffins for breakfast. It’s the perfect treat to have with your coffee or tea in the morning when you are looking to enjoy a light breakfast.
13. No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls
Energy balls are a great plant-based breakfast option for anyone who enjoys heading to the gym first thing in the morning. Well Plated by Erin shares this energy ball recipe which doesn’t involve any cooking. Even if you aren’t the most experienced cook, you’ll have no issue putting these together. They are packed with healthy ingredients and are a very portable snack or breakfast for eating on your commute to work. Once you’ve tested this recipe, have a go at trying out different variations by adding your favorite ingredients.
14. Homemade Granola Bars
For anyone who always finds themselves eating breakfast as you run out of the door in the morning, consider meal prepping a batch of these homemade granola bars from Bianca Zapatka. This recipe is vegan-friendly and gluten-free, so it can help to appeal to a wide range of dietary requirements. When you are creating the mixture, add your favorite seeds, nuts, and chocolate chips to add more flavor and texture to your granola bars. They would also be perfect for adding to your children’s lunchboxes for a delicious treat during the school day.
15. Vegan Banana Pancakes
A great way to make plant-based pancakes is by using bananas as the basis for your dish. It creates a healthy yet filling pancakes dish that would be great for serving at the weekends to your whole family. BBC Good Food shares this recipe, which shows you how bananas can be added to your pancakes. They still have a light and fluffy texture while being free of dairy and egg.
16. Tofu Scramble
While many of our dishes so far have focused on sweet plant-based breakfast options, remember that you can still enjoy delicious savory breakfast dishes. Tofu scramble is ideal for anyone who wants a cooked breakfast and is quick and easy to make. Nora Cooks offers us this ultimate tofu scramble, which is a good replacement for scrambled eggs. You only need seven ingredients, ten minutes, and one pan to get started, and you’ll have a filling breakfast to keep you going until lunchtime.
17. Avocado Toast
Avocado Toast has taken the world by storm in the past few years, and All Recipes shows us how to create the ideal vegan-friendly recipe for this dish. You just need to find your favorite vegan-friendly bread for the base and then ensure you have perfectly ripened avocadoes ready to eat. Add some chili flakes and anything else you like on top for a more filling and flavorful dish that would be great for breakfast or lunch every day. You don’t need to always wait to eat this dish in restaurants, and you can make the perfect avocado toast at home in just minutes.
18. Chickpea Omelet
Just because you aren’t eating eggs, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy an egg-free omelet. This dish from Forks Over Knives uses chickpea flour, a few simple flavorings, and nutritional yeast. You can serve it with any toppings you like, but we highly recommend tomatoes, salsa, spinach, or hot sauce for more flavor and texture. This dish can be enjoyed at any time of the day, including lunch or dinner, and is surprisingly quick and easy to make at home.
19. Whole Oat Porridge
In the cold winter months, there’s nothing better than waking up to a bowl of warm whole oat porridge. This dish will convince anyone that doesn’t like oatmeal that this is the best way to start the day, as it’s warm, hearty, and creamy. You can make this recipe to be either sweet or savory, and Love & Lemons offers us a variety of ways to serve this dish. It’s not bland at all, so you’ll find that everyone in your family will appreciate this dish each morning.
20. Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
If you think that quinoa is only reserved for your lunch or dinner dishes, think again. This cinnamon quinoa breakfast bowl from Eating Bird Food is a filling breakfast dish that will keep you full for many hours. You might be surprised to learn that quinoa can be added to many different breakfast dishes, such as fruity quinoa or quinoa parfait, and it’s a good option for anyone who is getting a little bored of their regular oatmeal breakfast dishes.
21. Vegan Waffles
No plant-based breakfast list would be complete without waffles. Jessica in the Kitchen shares this vegan waffles recipe, which makes fluffy yet crispy waffles that kids and adults will love. It’s another great dish to serve at the weekend or when you have vegan family members and friends over to stay in your home. You’ll find that this recipe shares plenty of top tips for overcoming some of the typical issues you might experience when making plant-based waffles. You’ll find that they taste and look just like regular waffles, so your family won’t even know the difference when you serve them this plant-based breakfast.
22. Thick Vegan Smoothie Bowl
If you’ve visited popular vegan-friendly restaurants, you’ll likely find smoothie bowls on their menus. These bowls are similar to smoothies but are usually a little thicker and packed with delicious toppings to finish it off. You’ll find this to be a great way to get a good dose of fruits in the morning, and the vitamins and nutrients will help you to feel your best all day long. You can fully customize this recipe from Veggies Don’t Bite to fit your needs and the ingredients you have in your home, and you’ll love eating this dish at any time of the day in the future.
23. Vegan Carrot Waffles
For a twist on your traditional vegan waffle recipe, try out this carrot waffle recipe from Love & Lemons. When you have some leftover carrots during the peak season, you can throw them into so many different recipes to use them up. While we love adding them to soups and cakes, this breakfast option is delicious for a unique waffle recipe. Your kids won’t even know that carrots have made their way into their waffles, and you can drizzle them in syrup and your favorite toppings before serving as usual.
24. Brown Rice Breakfast Pudding
When you are looking for something new to try for a plant-based breakfast, try out this dish from Forks Over Knives. Brown rice breakfast pudding is a healthy and filling dish that you’ll love eating in the cold winter months. Instead of using regular milk, you’ll add almond milk and chopped dates for a more wholesome dish that doesn’t contain too much sugar. You can add a sprinkle of cinnamon as well before serving for more taste.
25. Quick and Easy Banana Muffins
If you are in a rush every day, another good plant-based breakfast is banana muffins. The Spruce Eats offers us this simple recipe that creates a healthier treat than you might imagine when you think of baked goods for breakfast. It’s a great way to use up overripe bananas, and you’ll stop them from going to waste. You can even freeze these muffins once they are cooked and then just defrost them when you need breakfast in a rush one day.
There’s no shortage of options when it comes to enjoying a plant-based breakfast, and you’ll find enough recipes here to keep you going for months. As with typical breakfasts, you can prepare many of these dishes in advance to save time in the morning, and during the weekends, you can cook something special to impress your family and friends while still catering to everyone’s needs.