10+ Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas For Beginners (Quick & Easy)

by Alena
Jun 29, 2020

Intrigued by a vegan lifestyle but have no clue where to start? Don’t worry — our guide on easy plant-based breakfast ideas for beginners is going to make things a lot easier and will have your mouth watering in no time.

Because healthy vegan breakfast choices are already all around you — from toast to oatmeal, fruit or hashbrowns, many ways of starting your day are filled with plant-based foods.

No matter if you feel hungry right upon getting up or like to wait for a few hours until you have your first meal of the day, you’re going to need a couple of quick and easy go-to plant-based breakfast ideas to make your life a lot easier.

Who can be bothered with following extensive vegan recipes before their first cup of coffee, anyway?

Luckily, many of our favorite plant-based breakfast ideas are made in just a few minutes or work perfectly for an easy vegan breakfast meal prep.

If you’re into meal prepping in general, find our in-depth guide including a free downloadable 1-week vegan meal plan here. 

Let’s face it, having a tasty and healthy breakfast will not just jump-start your metabolism and fuel your brain, it also sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Research has shown that your first meal can help you meet your recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption for the day, increase your fiber while encouraging a healthy BMI and improving your attention span.

Well, sign us up for that!

Let’s see what the best vegan breakfast foods are and how to make an easy vegan breakfast that will please plant-based eaters and omnivores alike in no time.

What Is A Good Plant-Based Breakfast?

If you’re imagining what a plant-based breakfast looks like, your mind probably goes straight to oatmeal. Yes, these healthy whole grains are certainly a staple in our kitchen (and should be in yours, too!) — but what if you’re over oatmeal at some point?

Fortunately, there is a whole host of plant-based breakfast recipes for beginners you can turn to. Some are high-protein or low-calorie; others work for weight loss or for kids, can be eaten on the go and prepared when you’re on a budget.

Generally speaking, a good and nutritious plant-based breakfast includes some fresh produce (fruits or vegetables), complex carbohydrates from whole grains (hello, pancakes and almond milk crêpes), potatoes or legumes, and some essential fats (flax, chia and walnuts are common choices).

You can make almost any of these healthy plant-based breakfast foods taste good with delicious add-ons! Think nut butter, jam, cinnamon, maple syrup, vanilla, cocoa nibs, almonds, dried fruit, coconut shreds, plant-based milk or yogurt and any spices you like.

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Easy & Healthy Vegan Breakfast Foods

While not all of them can be made within minutes, there are easy recipes which are even fully whole food plant-based you can follow — vegan breakfast muffins can be baked days in advance (there are also store-bought varieties!) and chia pudding is best made the night before.

We’re sure at least some of these sound really delicious and enticing to you, especially if you’re a breakfast person like us.

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Vegan Breakfasts Are The Best

From easy oatmeal bowls to crunchy cereal, refreshing ripe fruit or a hearty potato skillet for breakfast — the healthiest and tastiest options to start your day are often already vegan or at least easy to make fully plant-based.

Here’s why we love them!

  • Colorful and nutritious
  • Rich in fiber & antioxidants
  • Versatile and customizable
  • Easy to make on a budget
  • Low in calories & weight loss-friendly
  • Satiating, filling and easy to digest
  • Grab-and-go choices

These are just our favorite benefits of making healthy vegan breakfasts, and not all of these apply to all recipes simultaneously — but there sure is something for everyone.

10+ Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes

The following hand-selected list of the best vegan breakfast ideas for beginners shows you that you never have to eat the same meal twice in a row — even when following a vegan diet.

Your plant-based options are countless and easily customizable to your preferences! Most of the following breakfast ideas work well for a typical weekday, so let’s take a look at them.

Vegan Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

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Oatmeal or granola bars can be whipped up on a lazy Sunday morning to enjoy fresh out of the oven — and you can keep a bunch of them for the upcoming week as an on the go breakfast option.

While you can certainly get granola bars at the store (watch out for added honey to keep it vegan), they are usually loaded with sugar and oil. Our whole food plant-based breakfast bars require only a handful of plant-based staple ingredients and no sugar at all!

Vegan oat bars are endlessly customizable — our traditional recipe is made with rolled oats, soy milk, banana walnuts, dates, chia seeds and coconut flakes.

Why & How We Love Them

  • Kid-friendly, on the go option
  • High fiber with complex carbs
  • Great fuel for brain & body
  • Gluten-free, meal prep-friendly
  • Add chocolate chips, almond butter or berries

Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl

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You’ve probably made the odd smoothie in your life if you’ve ever been into plant-based eating or followed a health-ish diet at all — but this sweet potato smoothie bowl takes things up a notch.

We do love a refreshing fruit smoothie, don’t get us wrong. But what we don’t appreciate is being hungry again an hour later! The solution? Adding more satiating foods to your smoothie!

This vibrantly orange tropical breakfast smoothie bowl is made with roasted sweet potatoes, frozen banana and can be topped with any fruit, nuts, seeds or even plant-based baked goods like crumbled breakfast bars or a fudgy vegan brownie.

Why & How We Love This

Raspberry Banana Bread

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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!

It makes for a wonderful coffee shop feeling (don’t forget a cup of your favorite beverage along with it) and keeps you full for hours on end.

Why & How We Love This

  • Gluten-free, sugar-free & low in fat
  • Very simple to follow
  • Moist, sweet and satisfying
  • Spotted with crunchy walnuts
  • Kid-friendly, perfect for on the go
  • Spread with some almond or cashew butter

Chocolate Overnight Oats

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You know we had to add a few plant-based breakfast ideas made with oats! Not just our oat bars and the banana bread call for this delicious grain, the most simple and convenient vegan breakfast also made this list: overnight oats.

Made with rolled or instant oats, cocoa powder, soy milk and some shredded zucchini (yes, we’re going there — vegetables for breakfast!), they can be topped with your favorite seasonal fruit and a handful of nuts.

This plant-based recipe is best made the night before (they can be meal prepped up to a week in advance!) and helps you make healthier choices on a consistent basis.

Why & How We Love Them

Vanilla Almond Milk Latte

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While we wouldn’t say that a vanilla almond latte makes for a balanced breakfast, it definitely makes for an awesome add-on to a delicious plant-based morning table.

This silky homemade beverage can be enjoyed hot or cold and is made with a quick almond creamer — no sugar added (but totally addable). 

If you have been wondering how to enjoy a good coffee without any dairy in it, here’s your answer!

Why & How We Love It

Easy Vegan Chickpea Omelet

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Are you a savory breakfast person who used to love eggs? Then meet our easy vegan chickpea omelet stuffed with colorful vegetables!

This delicious breakfast is made with chickpea flour (surprise, right?) and is definitely more on the pancake side — nice, thick and satiating!

Ready in about half an hour, this vegan omelet is whole food plant-based, high in protein, savory and slightly cheesy.

Why & How We Love It

Sugar-Free Date Granola

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Getting out of bed certainly becomes a whole lot easier when you know you have some homemade plant-based sugar-free granola in a jar waiting for you.

Sure, you can go for store-bought granola (again, watch out for that sneaky honey) — if you’re up for the sugar rush and added oil!

These crispy golden clusters of healthy oats and nuts, naturally sweetened and perfectly spiced with cinnamon, combine everything we love about plant-based foods.

Why & How We Love It

Easy Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

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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.

This is how you can make great use of the aforementioned homemade granola (or just use any vegan store-bought variety!) and create something really pretty within just a couple of minutes.

It works with any kind of plant-based yogurt (2-ingredient almond milk yogurt recipe here), fresh or frozen fruit and delicious toppings of your choice!

Why & How We Love It

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

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Everyone loves a good breakfast muffin, right? Especially with a mug of freshly brewed coffee or tea. These oat-based gluten-free vegan blueberry muffins are naturally gluten-free and are 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!

Easily customizable with lots of affordable add-ons, these muffins need to become a breakfast staple in your home.

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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

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Ready for some delicious weekend brunch goodness? These whole wheat cinnamon rolls take over an hour to make, but boy are they worth it.

Can you imagine a better smell filling your kitchen before a scrumptious vegan breakfast treat? Nutty, fluffy and still nourishing, everyone we have served these cinnamon rolls to loved them.

What a delicious way to stick to a healthy plant-based diet — warm your prepared cinnamon buns in a toaster oven to have a sweet and tender plant-based breakfast ready in only a few minutes.

Why & How We Love It

Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie

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Here are two words you probably haven’t heard in the same sentence: “bean smoothie”. Or “strawberries” and “beans”. But first of all, you won’t taste the beans in any way — and second of all, they are a great solution to making your fruit smoothies more satiating while adding a bunch of wholesome plant-based protein.

No powder needed! Plus, we all need to eat some more legumes in our diets — they are so darn good for us.

Vegan smoothies are nutritious, super handy, quick and easy to make, kid-friendly and customizable until the cows come home!

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Carrot Cake Breakfast Squares

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Can you have cake for breakfast on a plant-based diet? How about some wholesome carrot cake squares with homemade cashew frosting?

Sure, this isn’t just your average quick breakfast that you can whip up at 7 am, but it’s simple to make in under an hour during the weekend to enjoy over the following days.

The recipe calls for whole grain flour, a small-ish amount of brown sugar and freshly grated carrots along with a bunch of warming spices and vegan buttermilk! Enjoy the carrot breakfast squares as they are or top with an easy cashew frosting.

Why & How We Love Them

  • Perfect on the go breakfast idea
  • Moist, tender and topped with a luscious cashew cream frosting
  • Undetectably plant-based and healthy
  • Kid-friendly, great for sharing
  • Full of cozy, warming and fragrant spices
  • Share with a loved one over a good talk

Vegan Toast or Sandwich

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Truth be told, one of the easiest and quickest plant-based breakfast ideas is the good ol’ piece of bread with a vegan spread.

No matter if you have some almond ricotta in the fridge (highly recommended!), go for an avocado toast, indulge in a delicious peanut butter and banana combo or use some spicy hummus for a protein-rich spread, we’re always up for a delicious breakfast toast!

You can also spread some vegan mayo on your slice of bread and top with some smoked tofu, lettuce and tomato for a vegan ‘BLT’-style sandwich. Find lots more ideas here.

Why & How We Love Them

  • Colorful, satiating and fun
  • Prepared in a few minutes
  • Doubles as an easy to-go lunch idea
  • Approachable and beginner-friendly
  • Try vegan cream cheese or ricotta, sliced fruit & avocado

Enjoy Your Plant-Based Breakfast

We hope you liked these affordable and easy to make ideas and that you feel confident to move on in your plant-based journey.

As you can see, many plant-based breakfast recipes are made with vegan foods that you already know and have! Many of these options are gluten-free, high-fiber and even decently high in protein (depending on your add-ons).

No matter if you’re looking for some vegan breakfast meal prep or need something quick, on the go and kid-friendly, starting your day off completely plant-based is an important step in your transition to a vegan lifestyle. 

You can enjoy these recipes any time of the day — and you don’t even have to eat typical breakfast foods in the morning, by the way! Go for some leftover pasta or bean burritos if you like.

What are your go-to vegan breakfast choices? Have you been trying some of the recipes we listed above? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to Pin these plant-based recipes!

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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.
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