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These easy, quick, and absolutely delightful plant-based breakfast ideas will keep you feeling full, and satisfied all morning long. They are vegan, oil-free, high in plant protein, and many include gluten-free options!
What is a plant-based diet?
A whole food plant-based diet consists of natural plant foods. This means that you are consuming foods that are free of refined flours, sugars, and in many cases free of oil. While a vegan diet is free of all animal products including meat, dairy, and eggs, it dos not restrict processed ingredients.
A plant-based diet in some cases allows for some wiggle room when it comes to the consumption of animal products. Some people who say they follow a plant-based diet may consume animal proteins, dairy, or eggs in moderation, 10% or less of their overall diet.
While others who consider themselves plant-based completely eliminate all animal derived foods. A plant-based vs. vegan diet has many nuances.
Here at Keeping the Peas, my recipes are always 100% vegan, meaning they do not contain any animal products. Most of my recipes are also whole food plant-based, meaning they do not contain any refined flours, sugars, or oils.
In this round-up of recipes you will find breakfast ideas that are all whole food plant-based, which means they do not contain any oil, refined flours, or refined sugars.
Does a plant-based breakfast offer enough protein and nutrients?
You are sure to get enough protein and nutrients with these plant-based breakfast ideas. When following this diet you consume more fruits and veggies, whole grains,
What do you eat for breakfast on a plant-based diet?
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts: Enjoy nuts such as peanuts, almonds, cashews, and pecans.
Nut Butters: You can also consume nut butters such as peanut, almond, or cashew. When looking for nuts and nut butters look for ones that are free from palm oil, sugar, or molasses. I go for the natural nut butters. When looking at the ingredient label there should be only one ingredient, the nut that’s in the nut butter.
Seeds: You may also sprinkle seeds on top of your breakfast for added crunch. Seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, flax, hemp, and chia add a lot of nutrients, and healthy fats to your meal.
You don’t need to shy away from veggies in your breakfast. Load them up on the side, or mix in your tofu scramble, or top them on whole grain toast.
Below is a list of veggies I like to include in my breakfasts:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Brussel Sprouts
- Fresh Herbs
Fruit is an excellent choice for breakfast. Keep it simple and slice a grapefruit. Place berries on top of your oats, granola, or cereal bowls. Slice apples and dip in peanut butter.
Below is a list of my favorite fruits to enjoy for breakfast:
- Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
- Citrus Fruits: Oranges, clementines, grapefruit, mandarins
- Stone Fruit: Peaches, plums, nectarines
- Tropical Fruits: Mangos, Bananas, pineapple, kiwi
- Melons: Honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupe
When it comes to whole grains you can enjoy bread, muffins, bagels, pancakes, waffles, and more! You just need to be sure that they are made with 100% whole grains. You can even find varieties that are gluten-free.
Look out for labels that say “enriched.” Anything that uses this word means it is a refined flour. You don’t want to consume refined grains because they are essential stripped of all nutrients and a form of sugar.
Below is a list of whole grains you can include in your breakfasts:
- Whole grain bread
- Granola (sugar-free)
- Brown Rice
- Wheat Berries
Utilizing plant milks in your breakfast is an excellent substitute for milk. It can be added to whole grain cereal, oatmeal, and smoothies. Be sure to look for unsweetened plant milks. You can also make your own at home!
Below are types of plant milks you can use:
- Almond Milk
- Cashew Milk
- Soy Milk
- Coconut Milk
- Rice Milk
- Oat Milk
- Hemp Milk
A legumes are the fruit or seed of some types of plants. They are full of plant protein and nutrients, making them an excellent option to incorporate into your breakfast.
Below is a list of types of legumes:
- Kidney Beans
- Black Beans
- Pinto Beans
- Lima Beans
- Black-Eyed Peas
- Split Peas
- Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas)
- Soy Beans
- White Beans
Tubers are an underground stem of a plant that grows and enlarges to store nutrients. Common tubers that we eat include:
- Sweet Potatoes
What is the best plant-based breakfast?
An excellent plant-based breakfast is well rounded and includes plant protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. There are many options when it comes to putting together a healthy nutrient rich plant-based breakfast.
- Tofu Scrambles
- Overnight Oats
- Baked Oatmeal
- Vegetable Hash
- Power Bowls
- French Toast
- Dairy-free yogurt parfaits
- Fresh Fruit
- Chia Pudding
- Avocado Toast
Can you eat eggs on a plant-based diet?
Eggs are not traditionally included in a whole food plant-based diet. Depending on your definition of plant-based that may change slightly.
If you consider yourself plant-based but allow yourself 10% or less of animal protein and dairy, then yes, you can include eggs.
However, if you are following the whole food plant-based diet then you do not include eggs.
Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas
Plant-Based Pancake Recipes
Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes
These vegan pumpkin pancakes are light and fluffy with real pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice. They are whole food plant-based made with whole wheat flour, and no refined sugar!
Tropical Mango Pancakes
Sweet tropical Mango Pancakes are simply delicious. Whole grain pancake batter is combined with mango puree and cinnamon to create a healthy, nutrient rich pancake that’s light, fluffy, and vegan.
Vegan Protein Pancakes
These vegan protein pancakes are made with a combination of almond flour, oat flour, and flax giving these pancakes added protein and they just happen to be gluten-free too!
Vegan Whole Wheat Pancakes
Easy vegan whole wheat pancakes are the perfect weekend breakfast. Stir in your favorite pancake filling such as chocolate chips, bananas, blueberries, or pumpkin. The options are endless with these eggless, dairy-free, nut-free vegan whole wheat pancake recipe!
Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas: Oatmeal Recipes
A decadent dessert like breakfast, this Brownie Oatmeal is rich and chocolaty topped with a peanut butter drizzle, and chocolate shavings. It’s naturally sweetened, vegan, and gluten-free.
Protein Overnight Oats
A healthy and delicious way to start the day Protein Overnight Oats with Berries has you covered! Rich and creamy with a combination of protein, complex carbohydrates, and antioxidants.
Vegan Baked Oatmeal
This vegan baked oatmeal is like a healthy apple pie for breakfast! It’s simple, naturally sweetened, and keeps you full and energized all morning long!
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Creamy nutty peanut butter overnight oats is the solution to your busy morning breakfast dilemma. It’s an easy, healthy, hearty, delicious, grab and go breakfast!
Sugar Free Granola
Nut lovers unite! This easy sugar free granola made with almond butter, pecans, and unsweetened cranberries is your answer to breakfast on busy mornings. With no added sugar this homemade granola is a healthy start to the morning coupled with your favorite dairy free milk.
Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas: Scrambles and Hash
Silken Tofu Scramble
Silken Tofu Scramble with Mixed Vegetables is an easy, protein filled savory vegan breakfast! Serve with toast, or make into a breakfast burrito! The options are endless!
Sweet Potato Brussel Sprout Hash
This Sweet Potato Brussel Sprout Hash is a savory way to start your morning or enjoy as a main dish. Roasted sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and sweet onion are roasted then tossed in cinnamon spice, topped with dried cherries and a balsamic drizzle.
Plant-Based Sweet Breads and Muffins
Vegan Pumpkin Muffins
Easy oil-free vegan pumpkin muffins are moist, fluffy and full of fall spices. Made with whole wheat flour these muffins are healthy and delicious!
Vegan Zucchini Muffins
These moist and flavorful Vegan Zucchini Muffins are made with whole food plant-based ingredients and are oil-free. A healthy and delicious muffin perfect for breakfast, snack, or even dessert topped with coconut vanilla icing.
Vegan Banana Carrot Muffins
These easy vegan banana carrot muffins are light, moist, and refined sugar free. They’re a healthy breakfast option, a sweet snack, or a decadent dessert when topped with vegan cream cheese frosting!
Vegan Pumpkin Bread
A light and moist vegan pumpkin bread recipe that’s full of fall flavors and made with plant-based ingredients. It’s a healthy plant-based quick bread you will come back to again and again!
Vegan Banana Nut Bread
This simple and easy one bowl dairy free banana bread will become the only recipe you’ll ever need. Banana bread gets a healthy vegan makeover while staying moist, sweet, and totally delicious. Put your own spin on this recipe by adding your favorite chopped nut, or chocolate chips!
Vegan Coffee Cake
Whole food plant-based ingredients combine to create an out of this world Vegan Coffee Cake with Apple Cinnamon Streusel topping. Moist, light, fluffy, totally indulgent and healthy too!
Vegan French Toast Casserole
This Vegan French Toast Casserole is smothered in a pumpkin coconut milk custard, topped with a pumpkin spice glaze and chopped pecans.
Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas: Smoothies and Drinks
Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
This Chocolate Smoothie Bowl is made with all natural vegan ingredients, and topped with sliced banana, chocolate shavings, nuts, and chia seeds making it a healthy yet decadent sugar free breakfast, snack or dessert!
Mango Banana Smoothie
This creamy high protein mango banana smoothie is naturally sweet and vegan. It’s a healthy way to start your day!
Spinach and Apple Green Smoothie
This spinach apple smoothie is a fresh take on the traditional green smoothie made with spinach, avocado, a Granny Smith apple, banana, and chia seeds. It’s just the thing to start your morning off right, or quench your hunger between meals while fueling your body with plant powered nutrients!
Blueberry and Spinach Smoothie
Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie
This Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie made pumpkin puree, bananas, and mangos is a natural, healthy, way to start the day.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
Chocolate Chia Pudding is a healthy dessert with all natural sugars that whips up in 5 minutes. Top with your favorite fresh fruit, seeds or nuts to make it your own!
Golden Turmeric Latte
Healthy, warm, subtly sweet, a hint of spice, and a frothy foam, make this vegan Golden Turmeric Latte the perfect drink to warm up with.
Oat Milk Latte 5 Ways
Learn how to make a creamy, frothy, simple oat milk latte with endless flavor combinations to suit your taste. Choose from plain, vanilla, pumpkin spice, gingerbread, or mocha!
More Plant-Based Resources and Tools
I hope you have found this list of plant-based breakfast ideas helpful! I will continue to update this list as more recipes are added.
If you are a beginning the transition to a plant-based lifestyle you can find more helpful information on a WFPB Diet (whole food plant-based die) and how to get started with my plant-based vegan grocery list.
If you’ve tried this any of these breakfast ideas, let me know how they turned out. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for more plant-based family recipes your whole family will enjoy!