New to a vegan diet? These hand-selected plant-based breakfast ideas for beginners make every morning much brighter. From meal prep-friendly recipes to 3-minute quick breakfasts, super healthy or chocolatey and delicious, this list has got you covered.
Breakfast is our favorite meal of the day! You get to eat delicious sweet food like breakfast cookies or fruity chia pudding and then enjoy a good cup of coffee over a lovely chat.
But if you’re new to a plant-based diet and used to eating bacon, eggs and dairy products first thing in the morning, you might be wondering what your new go-tos could be!
Although we did add a few of them to our easy breakfast ideas, we also have vegan French toast, fluffy pancakes, granola parfait, muffins, savory breakfast skillets and a couple of toasts and sandwiches.
Oatmeal or granola bars can be whipped up on a lazy Sunday morning to enjoy fresh out of the oven or you can keep them for the upcoming week as an on-the-go breakfast option. Vegan oat bars are endlessly customizable — our traditional recipe is made with rolled oats, soy milk, banana, walnuts, dates, chia seeds and coconut flakes.
This vibrant strawberry and blueberry smoothie is secretly high in protein thanks to the added white beans! You won’t taste them at all, of course, just like the hidden frozen cauliflower that’s used in this recipe. Try this creamy & kid-friendly plant-based breakfast idea on busy mornings and if you’re longing for a really refreshing but healthy shake.
Everyone loves a good breakfast muffin, right? Especially with a mug of freshly brewed coffee or tea. These oat-based vegan blueberry muffins are naturally gluten-free and made with applesauce and dates for some no-sugar-needed sweetness. Loaded with fresh berries, they are moist, dense, filling and weight loss-friendly. It’s a great on-the-go plant-based breakfast for the whole family!
Made with rolled or instant oats, cocoa powder, soy milk and some shredded zucchini (yes, we’re going there — vegetables for breakfast!), these chocolate overnight oats can be topped with your favorite seasonal fruit and a handful of nuts. This easy plant-based recipe is best made the night before (they can be meal prepped up to 4 days in advance!) and helps you make healthier choices on a consistent basis.
If you’re getting bored of eating the same quick breakfast over and over but can’t be bothered to spend a lot of time in the kitchen each morning, listen up! Our simple vegan parfait with juicy mango, creamy almond yogurt and crunchy granola looks super pretty and is ready to eat in minutes. Super customizable and fun to make!
What could be easier to make than fluffy plant-based pancakes for breakfast? This recipe calls for oats, applesauce, vegan milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract — most of which you probably already have in your kitchen. Ready to enjoy in 15 minutes total, top them with fruit, maple syrup, chocolate chips or anything else you like!
If a sweet and filling breakfast is your jam, this healthy chocolate-baked oatmeal is sure to be in your upcoming plant-based breakfast rotation. Lightly sweetened oatmeal, flavored with decadent chocolate and baked into a soft and chewy grab-and-go beginner-friendly breakfast.
Do you enjoy preparing your meals in advance? Plant-based chia puddings are perfect for that! Just whisk together a handful of simple ingredients like chia seeds, non-dairy milk, spices and mashed banana for some healthy sweetening, then place it in the fridge overnight. Grab your chia pudding in the morning and top with some fresh fruit, granola or anything else you like!
Similar to our easy vegan oat bars, these raspberry flapjacks are made from rolled oats plus some other pantry staples and offer a delicious homemade raspberry chia jam filling! Baked to perfection with a delicious oat crumble topping, enjoy these sweet and healthy plant-based breakfast bars over the course of a few days.
This easy plant-based apple crumble is our favorite healthy baked breakfast! Naturally gluten-free and made with super simple ingredients, this beginner-friendly recipe is usually loved by the whole family. You can easily make this with any seasonal fruit like berries, too! Serve with a dollop of coconut yogurt or ice cream if you like.
Our healthy almond milk crêpes are surprisingly easy to make, taste exquisitely delicious and look really fancy. They are a delicate, velvety plant-based breakfast idea made from 5 basic staple foods and are like very thin wraps — just waiting to be filled with all the delicious vegan treats you can think of from nut butter to fruit, coconut whip or date caramel sauce.
This vibrantly orange tropical breakfast smoothie bowl is made with roasted sweet potatoes, frozen bananas and can be topped with any fruit, nuts, seeds or even plant-based baked goods like crumbled breakfast bars or a fudgy vegan brownie. If you’ve experienced being hungry again soon after a smoothie, adding satiating foods like sweet potato really helps!
No sugar needed to make this naturally sweet whole food plant-based breakfast bread! It’s perfect for meal prep as it does take about an hour to make, but your future self will thank you for days to come. You can leave it plain and rich in banana-date flavor or spice it up by adding a raspberry jam swirl (quick homemade recipe included), chocolate chips, pumpkin puree and more!
Ready for a luscious and really tasty plant-based breakfast idea? These blueberry baked oats offer a wonderful cake-like texture and make for a fruity, sweet and nutritious start into the day. From rolled oats, ripe banana, almond milk, blueberries and a few spices, this recipe requires just a few staple foods.
Waffles are another easy plant-based breakfast the whole family will enjoy! This recipe is gluten-free and made with oat flour, grated apple, cinnamon, almond milk and a touch of sugar. Only 10 minutes of prep time are needed and the vegan waffles are even freezer-friendly.
This delicious vegan zucchini bread is moist and tender, mildly spiced with cinnamon and made in just one bowl! No complicated steps are needed for this simple recipe and you can use your favorite flour from all-purpose to whole wheat, spelt or gluten-free flour. Add in some nuts or vegan chocolate chips if they are calling your name and enjoy this breakfast for a few mornings in a row!
Skillet apple pie toast is a quick way to use up any apples before they go bad. Plus, it takes under 10 minutes to cook, allowing you to make it right before work or school! Spread with your favorite vegan cream cheese and top the slices with apples sautéd in brown sugar, spices and pecans. Perfect during fall and winter!
This savory Southwest vegan breakfast skillet features loads of veggies cooked up with vegan sausage and spices. You can customize the veggies based on your preference and switch up the protein by using tempeh, chickpeas, pinto beans or black beans. If you’d like to make a savory plant-based breakfast that’s filling and high in fiber, try this recipe!
These 15-minute oatmeal breakfast cookies are super healthy, delicious and easy to make! Requiring only one bowl and basic staple ingredients like bananas, peanut butter, raisins, rolled oats and a few spices, it’s a simple and portable breakfast idea for the whole family!
Another quick and easy plant-based breakfast option are these no-bake apricot bars. They are made with everyday ingredients, suitable for freezing and don’t even require any baking! Just blend dried apricots, coconut almond meal, maple syrup and chia seeds in your food processor, press the mixture into a baking dish and refrigerate for about an hour before slicing.
Speaking of portable breakfast ideas, these easy vegan chocolate protein muffins are ready to enjoy within 35 minutes and suitable for the whole family! They are moist, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and even freezable. Plus, these muffins are great for meal prepping and eating over the next 4-5 days.
If you haven’t liked tofu dishes before, try this easy tofu scramble which is flavored with black salt that makes anything taste super “eggy”! It takes only 10 minutes from start to finish and can be served with toast, a side of hash browns or in a breakfast burrito. This beginner-friendly recipe is protein-packed and super customizable!
This delicious cinnamon French toast is wonderfully crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s ready to enjoy in 30 minutes and requires 7 ingredients from plant-based milk to flax meal, sandwich bread and some spices! Top with vegan whipped cream, maple syrup and anything else you like.
Ready for a delicious 3-minute plant-based breakfast idea? Try this sweet cherry coconut polenta that’s gluten-free, vegan and so creamy! The polenta gets cooked in coconut milk in one pot and can be topped with cherries or other fruit of your choice.
Do you love a good donut for breakfast? These sweet and fluffy plant-based donuts are super wholesome, satisfying and even gluten-free. Made with rolled oats (blended into flour), cinnamon, apple sauce, almond butter, non-dairy milk and vanilla extract, these freshly baked donuts are so easy to make and crowd-pleasing!
This beautiful vegan parfait is like a mixture of overnight oats and chia seed pudding, topped with vegan yogurt that’s beautifully colored thanks to a pinch of beetroot powder! Prepared within 5 minutes and super customizable by just using any fruit of your choice for the topping.
This is the ultimate vegan breakfast sandwich you’ve been looking for! Everything bagel packed with vegan cream cheese, the most fluffy tofu scramble, tomato, avocado and sprouts. It’s hearty, creamy, layered with flavors and texture and oh-so-comforting.
If all else fails, make peanut butter jelly sandwiches! They are almost always already vegan and the perfect beginner-friendly recipe in our books. Try this recipe with added sliced strawberries for a family-friendly no-fuss breakfast.
This great breakfast bowl is like nature’s cereal! Loaded with different fruit, nuts, dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes and some nut butter, it comes together within just 3 minutes and is fully customizable to your preferences.
This nutrient-dense and make-ahead breakfast is great for replacing eggs and having a grab-and-go option in the morning! These savory chickpea-flour frittata muffins are loaded with chopped vegetables and can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If you run out of ideas for what to put on your toast, here are 5 creative vegan topping ideas — from banana almond joy and sriracha avocado to pesto chickpea and more. Try these delicious plant-based breakfast ideas as soon as you can!
More Beginner-Friendly Vegan Recipes
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30+ hand-selected plant-based breakfast ideas for beginners from baked oats to chia pudding, muffins, smoothies, parfaits and breakfast bars! Find your favorite recipe and be sure to try the following easy vegan oatmeal with cocoa powder, banana, coconut flakes and fresh berries — it’s an exclusive snippet from our popular Vegan Starter Kit.
1 cup rolled oats (90 g)
1 cup water (240 ml)
1 cup soy milk (240 ml)
1 banana, chopped
1 tbsp coconut flakes
1 tbsp maple syrup
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cacao powder
1 cup fresh berries (120 g)
1 oz chopped nuts (30 g)
Add oats and soy milk to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and let simmer for 3 minutes until the oats have soaked up the liquid. Stir often and add more soy milk when needed.
Add banana, coconut flakes, maple syrup, cinnamon and cacao powder, stir well
and let simmer for another 5 minutes until everything has heated through.
Remove from heat and pour into a serving bowl.
Top with fresh berries and chopped nuts and enjoy!
This recipe is super customizable! You can swap the soy milk for any other dairy-free alternative, omit the maple syrup or cocoa powder, choose any nuts and replace the berries with apple, mango, melon or whatever is your favorite fruit.
Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge and reheated in the microwave.
Use certified gluten-free oats if needed and add some vegan protein powder if you prefer higher protein oatmeal.
We also like to top our oatmeal with coconut or soy yogurt!
Find 30+ more easy plant-based breakfast options in the article above.
Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.