Time for another installment of Mile High Healthy’s “Easy Vegan” Mofo! Let’s talk about one of my favorite meals of the day: breakfast.
A plant-based breakfast can be quite intimidating for the new veggie or even those thinking about making the leap from vegetarian to vegan – what’s a breakfast without eggs, right? We all need our protein to start the day, right? Fear not! Vegan breakfasts are as easy as they are varied. Today, I am going to highlight my most favorite and frequented easy vegan breakfasts.
If you have ever read any blogs you have likely heard of Overnight Oats. I don’t know who originally came up with the idea but basically they are oats that you mix with non-dairy milk and let sit overnight. The oats will soak up the liquid and be delicious and filling in the morning. Overnight oats are the perfect breakfast for those who rush out the door in the mornings! They take less than 5 minutes to prepare the night before and you can just grab-and-go on your way out the door.
Oats + almond milk not sounding appealing? The mix-ins and toppings are where it’s at…consider outs merely a vehicle for your favorite fruits and nuts. Some of my favorite Overnight Oat Combos are:
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats (making these tonight for breakky tomorrow!)
Banana Bread Overnight Oats
Berry Chia Overnight Oats
Peaches-n-Cream Overnight Oats
- Basic Recipe – 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup almond milk, 1tbsp nut butter, 1 sliced banana, dash cinnamon. Combine and stir. Let sit in a container overnight. Just stir and eat when you are ready!
For more Overnight Oats ideas (and amazing photography) check out Oh She Glows.
We all know what cooked oatmeal is like. Again, no reason to be bored – think of the oats as a plain canvas. Add whatever you like! I would suggest berries, nuts and seeds, nut butter, shredded veggies like carrot or zucchini, granola, and even chocolate chips if you’re feeling crazy. Some of my favorite cooked oat combos are:
- Basic Recipe – combine in a pot: 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 sliced banana, a dash of cinnamon. Heat and stir occasionally till bubbly. Lower the heat and simmer until oatmeal is preferred consistency. Top with crushed walnuts.
For more oatmeal ideas that will have you drooling check out Kath Eats.
I just talked about smoothies last week and how they are the best post-workout recovery food. Don’t forget about them for breakfast as well! Hop on over to that post to check out some of my favorite varieties.
- Basic recipe – 1.5 cups almond milk, 1 scoop brown rice protein powder, large handfuls of spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1tbsp almond butter. Blend and enjoy.
For more vegan and raw food smoothie ideas check out Healthy Happy Life.
As with oats the possibilities are endless! Chia puddings not only make a great breakfast but can double as dessert as well. Don’t be turned off by them, I promise they are so good. As with oats, basic chia pudding is quite bland so don’t be afraid to add plenty of toppings like fruit, cacao nibs, and shredded coconut. Cacao powder and a sweetener like stevia or maple also do a great job of making chocolate chia pudding. Check out my recipes for chia:
- Basic Recipe - 2tbsp chia seeds and 1/2 cup almond milk (adding more as needed).
For more delicious and creative chia pudding recipes check out Choosing Raw.
- Whole grain cereal with almond milk; topped with walnuts and dried cranberries
- Toast with nut butter and sliced banana (sliced pears are great too)
- Breakfast sandwich: English muffin spread with nut butter and chia jam, topped with sliced banana
- Baked goods – breads and muffins are great make-ahead breakfasts; simply Google “Vegan muffins” and you’re good to go!
- Tofu Scrambles – cook a large batch on Sunday and simply reheat throughout the week
- Vegan Pancakes or Waffles – make the batter ahead of time and store in a mason jar (Happy Herbivore has some tasty vegan pancakes)
- High Protein Banana Soft Serve with plenty of toppings
I hope that gives you some ideas! Did I miss your favorite vegan breakfast? Let me know…I could always use more variety.