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48 Plant Based Breakfast Ideas

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Enjoy this list of delicious recipes for plant based breakfast ideas! Kid-friendly and filled with fresh and healthy ingredients, these recipes for breakfast are the best and so filling. There are options for everyone including high protein savory recipes, sweet and creamy oatmeal, baked goods, and more. Perfect for meal prep, too!

collage of various plant based breakfast ideas

Believe me when I tell you I understand how important it is to have a healthy well-rounded breakfast! This list of easy, plant-based breakfast ideas is a great vegetarian option for those who want to try something new at home, serve Sunday brunch, or add more plant-based recipes to your diet.

All of these recipes are family-friendly and kid-approved! Made with wholesome ingredients that are yummy, rich, and fresh, these delicious recipes will make breakfast time a breeze. If you’re looking for satisfying, high protein plant based breakfast ideas for meal prep, this list has you covered!

The whole family will beg you for these recipes – there really is something for everyone! I have created the perfect combination of morning meals that are great for whenever you are wanting something sweet or savory.

For an easier and quicker way to enjoy breakfast at home, prepare the baked goods, oatmeals, and other refrigerator-friendly recipes ahead of time in airtight storage containers. Or enjoy these healthy vegan breakfast recipes for dinner when you don’t feel like cooking a huge meal!

What Is A Plant Based Diet?

A plant based diet is exactly what it sounds like – a diet focused on eating foods that primarily come from plants. Both vegetarian and vegan diets are plant based, but vegan diets are considered 100% plant based while vegetarian diets are mostly plant based (but also consist of some animal products – dairy, honey, and eggs).

Nutritious plant based diets are considered especially healthy as they are high in fiber, high in protein, and high in whole grains, healthy fats and other vitamins, but low in unhealthy fats and processed ingredients.

Plant-Based Protein Sources

Who says that a vegan diet doesn’t contain protein? There are so many options for protein out there when you’re living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. I love to add nutritious healthy fats and plant nutrition to my oatmeals, smoothies, baked goods, and much much more. Some of these protein options have 20 grams of protein per serving!

  • Chia Seeds: Chia seeds a rich in fatty acids, omega-3s, and protein! These little superfood seeds are perfect for chia puddings, smoothies, overnight oats, and more whenever you need an extra boost of energy and protein.
  • Hemp Seeds: Another great superfood protein option is to sprinkle hemp seeds in your healthy breakfast! You can commonly find hemp seeds at most health stores and grocery stores. Hemp seeds are rich in fiber, healthy fats, and other nutrient-dense minerals.
  • Flax Seeds: Great for baking and adding fiber to different types of baked items and recipes, flax seeds are rich in healthy fats and a wonderful source of protein! You can use either whole or ground flax seeds.
  • Silken Tofu: Silken tofu is a great base for creamy puddings, scrambles, creamy pastries, and more. You can also make your favorite breakfast pies or quiches out of this versatile ingredient.
  • Nut Butter: There are various types of filling nut butters out there including cashew butter, peanut butter, almond butter, and even sunflower butter (even though it is a seed). Drizzle different type of creamy nutty butters over oatmeals, sandwiches, scones, smoothies, and sweet bread.
  • Pumpkin Seeds: Pepitas or pumpkin seeds are rich with grams of fiber and fatty acids! Crunchy with a slight nuttiness, pumpkin seeds are great for adding to your smoothie bowls and other sweet breakfast recipes.
  • Protein Powder: Use any kind of protein powder for your smoothies, bread, cookies, and more! I like to use vanilla or chocolate because they are the yummiest! Tejari has some of my absolute very favorite protein powders because they are rich with protein, conscious ingredients, superfoods, and more.
  • Nuts: Sprinkle your favorite crunchy nuts over casseroles, in vegan oat bars, and much more! Cashews, pecans, walnuts, almonds, and even peanuts are great for homemade granola and other delicious recipes.

Easy Plant Based Breakfast Ideas

Enjoy this list of foods for your very first important meal of the day! All of these delicious plant based recipes are packed with healthy ingredients that are great for the body and mind. And all of them can be modified to be vegan friendly (all of them are already vegetarian friendly). You will love these easy recipes!

Savory Breakfast Options

Low-Calorie Omelette

This omelette is delicious! Super low in calories and made with fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, spinach, and more! Add black beans for extra protein. Substitute chickpea flour for eggs to make an easy vegan omelette.

low calorie omelette with indian spices and veggies served on a black plate - healthy omelette

Creamy Avocado Toast Recipe

This creamy and toasty avocado toast recipe is a great option for a light breakfast or brunch. You will have a yummy breakfast item ready in minutes! Serve with your favorite bread including gluten-free bread.

close up shot of a avocado toast in a white tray

Tofu Scramble Recipe

This Southwestern tofu scramble recipe is so savory and delicious! This recipe calls for protein-rich black beans, warm and aromatic spices, vegan cheese, corn, onions, tomatoes, and more. Feel free to add nutritional yeast for even more plant based cheesy flavor! You can add it to a wrap, or smash it between two slices of toast for a vegan breakfast sandwich. Ready in 30 minutes and super satisfying – it’s great for a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner!

tofu scramble recipe topped with tomatoes, salsa, green onions in a blue bowl - plant based breakfast ideas

Eggs in a Basket

Enjoy this classic traditional breakfast! Toddlers and kids will love this crispy bread just as much as the adults. Tasty served with a side of fresh fruit! You can also make vegan eggs in a basket using this recipe!

eggs in a basket - a classic vegetarian breakfast served on a white plate

Fried Potatoes and Onions with Rosemary

These tender and savory fried potatoes are just what you need for a warm breakfast. Made with onions and fresh rosemary, this recipe is easy to cook and smells amazing. Use sweet potatoes if you would like!

fried potatoes and onions served on a white plate with rosemary on top

Easy Tofu Breakfast Tacos

These easy savory plant based breakfast tacos are great for whenever you just cannot stop thinking about tacos. Top with cilantro, cheese, and fresh tomatoes!

Vegan breakfast tacos! High protein and full of fiber: pepper scramble, roasted sweet potatoes and avocado-verde sauce - plant based breakfast ideas

Sweet Vegan Breakfast Ideas

Healthy Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Incredibly sweet, soft, with comforting aromas, these cinnamon-filled gooey rolls are an amazing breakfast or brunch option for the entire family! Serve these rolls drizzled with a sweet and sticky glaze.

top view of easy homemade healthy cinnamon rolls recipe with healthy icing

Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Soft and warm vegan pumpkin bread is a great option for whenever you want to stick to a vegan breakfast! Flavors of pumpkin are swirled with spices and sweetener to create the best combination.

healthy easy vegan pumpkin bread gluten free - on a white background with pumpkin seeds on top - plant based breakfast ideas

Vegan Carrot Cake

This moist and bright carrot cake recipe is one of my favorites! The creamy and tangy vegan cream cheese frosting is not too sweet and tastes wonderful with tea or coffee. For a more decadent breakfast, keep it as is. For a healthier version, omit the frosting and cut the sugar in half. Top this cake with chopped walnuts if you would like!

vegan carrot cake with cream cheese frosting on a white plate

Mini Pancakes

These mini silver dollar pancakes are so much fun and perfect for meal prep! Make a hatch of these pancakes and store in the refrigerator to enjoy throughout the whole week. They’re super easy to customize and can be made vegan and gluten free. Just warm them up before serving!

thick and fluffy mini pancakes - silver dollar pancakes recipe on a white plate with fresh fruit

Banana Oatmeal Cookies With Peanut Butter

Sweet banana and nutty peanut create the perfect combination with chewy oatmeal cookies. Chocolate chips are highly recommended!

vegan peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies served on a white plate, topped with chocolate chips

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

This gluten-free pumpkin bread or coffee cake recipe is made with cinnamon, pumpkin, and delicious ingredients that are great for fall and winter. Easily made vegan by using flax eggs instead of regular eggs!

gluten free pumpkin bread - pumpkin coffee cake - on a wire rack

Healthy Flapjacks

These nutty flapjacks are great for a light breakfast! Made with seeds, oats, and other healthy ingredients!

homemade healthy flapjacks, cut into squares and pictured on a sheet of parchment paper

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

Creamy and sweet, this sweet potato casserole isn’t just for the holidays! It actually makes for a perfect plant based breakfast! Cinnamon, pecans, nutmeg, and more… this casserole is indulgent, satisfying and healthy too!

healthy easy vegan sweet potato casserole recipe in a white baking dish

Matcha Muffins

Get your matcha fix with these sweet and easy muffins. Crumbly and moist, these fluffy muffins are delicious served by themselves or with the yummy glaze.

easy healthy matcha muffins recipe on a white plate with lemon frosting - plant based breakfast ideas

Healthy Vegan Pop Tarts

Fruity vegan pop tarts are fun and easy. The kids will love them as well as the adults! Have fun with different flavors and colored sprinkles.

healthy homemade vegan pop tarts with strawberry filling with rainbow sprinkles and coconut yogurt icing

Healthy French Toast Recipe

Warm and sweet, what is better than soft french toast? The house will smell amazing while you prepare this healthy recipe. Cinnamon, butter and pure maple syrup – what more is there to love? You can also make a vegan french toast using this recipe!

quick healthy french toast with berries and syrup served on a white plate

Raspberry Chia Pudding

This creamy and indulgent raspberry chia seed pudding tastes just like cheesecake but way healthier and filling! Chia seeds are packed with protein and make a perfect pudding for meal prep. Grab and go!

Hand holding a jar of raspberry cheesecake chis pudding layered with raspberries and topped with granola and raspberries.

Healthy Pumpkin Scones

These healthy pumpkin scones are a perfect consistency! Soft, flavorful, and great for whenever you are craving pumpkin.

vegan healthy pumpkin scones with pumpkin on a cutting board, drizzled with a maple glaze

Easy Biscuit Recipe Without Baking Powder

These fluffy biscuits are great for breakfast. Serve them by themselves or alongside butter, jam, or your favorite vegetarian graving. So buttery and delicious!

Easy Biscuit Recipe without Baking Powder - biscuits stacked in a bowl and on top of each other

Vegan French Toast Casserole

This french toast bread pudding is made with fresh berries and is totally versatile. Make this recipe for your morning meal with seasonal fruit such as apples, cranberries, pears, etc!

Overhead shot of a white pan of vegan french toast casserole with a serving spatula.

Banana Breakfast Cookies

Chewy banana breakfast cookies are great for whenever you need something light and quick. Make a big batch and store in an airtight container to enjoy all week long!

Breakfast Cookie Recipe: A stack of banana Breakfast Cookies on a white plate - plant based breakfast ideas

Gluten Free Banana Muffins

Chocolate chips and bananas are perfect together. Wouldn’t you agree? These soft and sweet muffins are tasty and great for chocolate lovers out there. Use vegan butter, a flax egg, and plant based milk to make this recipe vegan.

Gluten free banana chocolate chip muffins on parchment paper on a wooden cutting board.
Chocolate chip muffins with milk served on glass bottles on white kitchen countertop.

Granola Recipe

Crunchy and easy, this easy homemade granola recipe is one of those easy breakfast ideas you will keep coming back to! Serve it with any plant-based milk or yogurt for a balanced snack, or top some vegan ice cream with it for dessert!

low calorie Granola served in two bowls

Vegan Graham Crackers

These crunchy vegan graham crackers are so easy to make! I love to dip them in peanut butter or other types of delicious treats when I’m feeling a little hungry for a snack in the morning. The kids will love them!

easy healthy homemade vegan graham crackers recipe on a wire rack - plant based breakfast ideas

Banana Bread Without Butter

This vegan banana bread is one of my favorite healthy vegan breakfast recipes! Perfectly sweet, moist, fluffy, and soft, you will love this bread with your favorite vegan butter and a glass of plant-based milk.

vegan banana bread recipe without butter served on a grey cutting board with a glass of milk

Mini Bundt Cakes

Mini bundt cakes are fun and classic for breakfast or brunch. Enjoy with tea, coffee, or a smoothie!

mini bundt cakes with banana and walnuts, served on a baking sheet, top view

Healthy Pancakes Recipe With Oatmeal and Banana

Oatmeal is filling and a great source of protein. These healthy pancakes are packed with whole grains and will keep you full for hours! Use maple syrup instead of honey, and plant based milk to make these into vegan pancakes!

Healthy Pancakes stacked on a white plate with oatmeal and bananas and nuts and syrup

Instant Pot Applesauce With Cinnamon And Honey

Sweet and warm applesauce made in the pressure cooker is the perfect way to use up leftover apples. Applesauce is light, flavorful, and naturally sweet!

instant pot applesauce with cinnamon and honey, in a white ramekin with a sliced apple on top, pictured with an instant pot in the background - plant based breakfast ideas

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Soft and sweet cinnamon muffins are easy to make and filled with tart raspberry jelly. Rich and delicious!

Cinnamon streusel muffins served on a white plate.

Pumpkin Greek Yogurt Parfait

Crunchy and creamy at the same time, this Greek parfait is a great option for whenever you just love yogurt and want it all the time. Make a batch of these to keep in the fridge for a few days for a quick breakfast option on the go! Substitute with coconut yogurt to make it vegan!

pumpkin greek yogurt parfait, with layers of pumpkin puree and yogurt, topped with granola in a glass cup

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Apple and cinnamon are perfect. Use any kind of apples to make sure you create the best pancakes out there.

stacked apple cinnamon pancakes on white plate, with diced apple compote on top

Apple Carrot Muffins

These are the best muffins I’ve ever had! Rich with cinnamon flavors and soft textures, these sweet muffins are so good and you will want to eat the whole pan!

healthy apple muffins on a wire rack - plant based breakfast ideas

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Enjoy these oatmeal raisin cookies before a workout or your morning run. You will love the sweet flavors of these oatmeal raisin cookies!

healthy oatmeal raisin cookies stacked on a white plate

Delicious Smoothies

Broccoli Smoothie Recipe

This green and chilled broccoli smoothie is full of antioxidants and fiber! Enjoy this whole food plant based smoothie in the morning by itself or with your other favorite breakfast items. Thanks to the combination of fruit, and no added sugar, you can enjoy this sweet treat completely guilt-free!

easy healthy vegan gluten free broccoli smoothie recipe with banana in a glass

Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin, cinnamon, coconut, cranberries… Mmm. This breakfast smoothie is a great twist on traditional smoothies! Top it with extra nuts if you prefer.

Healthy pumpkin smoothie served in a tall glass with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice on top.

Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie is naturally sweet and full of healthy fiber. Made with mixed berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and more, it’s an easy way to get your daily dose of antioxidants and nutrients!

berry smoothie in a glass with a metal straw

Banana Peach Smoothie

This tropical smoothie is bright and creamy! Enjoy this creamy beverage whenever you want extra tropical flavors.

A banana peach smoothie in a glass

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Strawberry and banana is the perfect combo! Sweet and creamy, this smoothie is great for breakfast or a snack. Use frozen or fresh fruit!

strawberry and banana smoothie in a glass mason jar with a straw - plant based breakfast ideas

Kale Smoothie

This is a great way to increase your leafy greens! Enjoy this healthy plant based green smoothie whenever you want an extra boost of fiber, vitamins and nutrients to start your day.

kale smoothie in a glass against a white background with a green and white straw

Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

Quinoa Oatmeal

Fluffy, creamy, and flavorful, this warm quinoa oatmeal is a great gluten-free option for breakfast. Top with bananas and blueberries for the perfect first meal of the day!

Quinoa Oatmeal with Nuts Milk and Berries, served in a blue bowl

Chocolate Oatmeal

Oatmeal of all kinds makes for a great vegan breakfast option. Gluten-free and rich in chocolate, this creamy oatmeal is a dream! Add peanut butter for an extra level of flavor.

Dark chocolate oatmeal served in a white bowl, with a spoon

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Just like pumpkin pie, this spiced sweet oatmeal is perfect for whenever you can’t stop thinking about pumpkin. Add vegan milk for extra creaminess. Delicious with crunchy nuts and fresh berries!

Top shot of Cinnamon and Spice Oatmeal with berries and pumpkin in a white bowl

Spicy Oatmeal Recipe

Creamy and spicy, this warm oatmeal recipe is inspired by traditional Indian food and contains the perfect amount of aromatic spices. Saffron, nutmeg, and cinnamon. What is there not to love?!

Spicy Oatmeal Recipe (Masala Oats) with saffron in a white bowl

Strawberries And Cream Oatmeal

This creamy and sweet oatmeal recipe is a match for almost anyone! If you love strawberries, you will love this creamy oatmeal.

strawberries and cream oatmeal, strawberry oatmeal in a white bowl

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Easy overnight oats are a great option for breakfast whenever you just need to grab breakfast and leave the house or get to work. Prepare these oats the night before for an easy breakfast!

peanut butter overnight oats in a mason jar with strawberries and bananas

Banana Bread Oatmeal

Classic flavors of sweet banana bread encompass this oatmeal recipe. Perfect served either warm or chilled!

Top shot of Banana Bread Oatmeal in a white bowl - plant based breakfast ideas

Vegan Baked Oatmeal

Vegan-baked oatmeal is a great option for breakfast because it lasts for a few days and is easy to customize. Switch up the fruits for different flavors and textures. I like to use all kinds of things like bananas, apples, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and more. This is one of the best vegan breakfast recipes ever – super satisfying and kid friendly too!

vegan baked oatmeal topped with berries in a casserole dish, fresh out of the oven


Can you eat eggs on a plant based diet?

Typically, plant based is considered a vegan diet, although some use plant based to describe a vegetarian diet. Since eggs come from chickens, they are an animal product, and wouldn’t be allowed on a vegan diet.

Are Vegan Breakfast Recipes Healthy?

Absolutely! All of the vegan recipes you see here are high in protein and fiber, and are balanced with a variety of vitamins and minerals. They are also lower in calories than traditional breakfast recipes.

If you’re looking for high protein options, I recommend the scrambles, omelettes, and smoothies or oatmeal (which you can add protein powder into).

If you need ingredients high in iron, go for all of the seeds (chia, hemp, etc), and add them to smoothies, oatmeal, etc. For a vegan friendly B12 add in, use nutritional yeast – it’s great for savory recipes!

What do vegans not eat?

All animal products are off limits on a vegan diet. This includes: meat, poultry, fish, dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, ghee), eggs, honey, and mayo.

How do you make a vegan friendly breakfast recipe?

Here are a few easy swaps to turn any recipe into a vegan dish:
1) Swap out the milk for your favorite plant based milk
2) Use tofu or chickpea flour instead of eggs in scrambles and omelettes
3) Use flax eggs or chia eggs instead of eggs in baked goods, pancakes or french toast
4) Use vegan butter, coconut oil or olive oil instead of butter
5) Use maple syrup instead of honey
6) Swap vegan yogurt for regular yogurt

I hope you found this guide to easy vegan breakfast recipes helpful!

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10 responses to “48 Plant Based Breakfast Ideas”

  1. I’ve been looking for healthier recipes to start the new year and I love all of these healthy breakfast options. Thanks for all the great ideas!5 stars

  2. I am all about a healthy and fulfilling breakfast. These recipes are guilt free and a great source of energy to start the day.5 stars

  3. These all look wonderful! I think I’m going to start with those rosemary and onion potatoes, but I’m definitely going to make my way through this list.5 stars

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