The best vegan breakfast ideas for me, have to give a nod to the meals I used to enjoy the most.
I don’t know about you but a big fry-up or a plateful of fluffy American pancakes is totally my idea of an amazing breakfast and since going vegan, it’s absolutely no different so there’s no point pretending otherwise.
All this means, is that to eat happily as vegan, I need to find suitable swaps for my favorite meat / dairy instead of pretending that I now actually love broccoli with everything. Because no. I don’t.
Now, I’ll be honest here because I have always been cow’s milk free. I’m lactose intolerant so soya milk is just part of my DNA and whilst I know that a lot of you struggle with the taste, I have to say that I genuinely enjoy it. I guess that makes coming up with the best vegan breakfast ideas a bit easier for me but if you do struggle then I recommend experimenting with oat / almond / soya /cashew milk until you find one that is right for you.
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Anyhoo, right about now, two months into this vegan life, these are the breakfast options that I’ve been enjoying:
Our best vegan breakfast ideas
It’s horribly underestimated don’t you think? But for us, during the colder months (so that’s about 10 months of the year) it’s super comforting and homely. Porridge is one of those evocative meals that brings back the feeling of being little, sat at the table and sneaking extra sugar when mum’s not looking.
These days, there is less sugar and more cinnamon, always a generous helping of fruit – be it blueberries, strawberries or maybe some stewed apple (soooo yummy!).
I prefer to use steel cut oats – they have a longer cooking time (around 10-12 minutes) but make a more hearty and filling bowl of porridge but honestly the instant stuff will do just as well when we are in a rush.
If I’m making it myself then the ratio is always: 1 cup of oats : 2 cups of dairy-free milk (I use Alpro Soya milk but any will do). You can use water but when you want comfort and that creamy consistency, it’s got to be soya milk all the way.
When I can be bothered dragging my bum to the gym at 6am, I always fancy smoothie afterwards. I have a zillion smoothie recipes but I often just throw whatever fruit (or veg!) is left in the fridge / freezer into my nutribullet.
For something sweet and creamy I always use frozen bananas and I especially love them in combination with almond milk.
My favourite smoothie right now is perhaps the simplest:
1 frozen banana
300 ml almond milk
1 tbsp all natural Peanut Butter
1 scoop of Vegan Vanilla Protein
1 tsp chia seeds
Et voilá one smoothie to go.
I’d have pulled my face at this one a few months back but it’s surprisingly satisfying and can be made around the classic weekend fry up.
Linda McCartney Red onion sausages
Grilled mushrooms and tomatoes
Possibly a hash brown or two
I think this was one of the first recipes I Googled when I decided to go vegan and it remains a fave.
Being that pancakes contain milk and egg as their core ingredients, I was a little skeptical about how they’d turn out but y’know what? They’re actually really good.
The basic premise is that you replace the fat in the eggs with fat from oil. Not so healthy but hey, it’s pancakes so who cares.
I’m still experimenting with the recipe a little but why this is the current fave:
1 cup of flour
1 cup of soya milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp baking powder
You can of course flavor pancakes in the exact same way as you would normally. For instance, I like to add a drop of vanilla essence and some cinnamon. Often I will drop some blueberries into the batter as I’m cooking too.
Avo on toast
I think it would be remiss of me not to mention this. It’s the Instagrammer’s dream food but most importantly, it’s the simple dish that’s made me rethink my hatred of the old avocado.
Because believe me, I hated it. Reeally, really hated it.
And then one day I was presented with it as the “vegan option” and my greed got the better of me so I ate it. Crusty, thick slices of toast and creamy avocado, salt and pepper and I had to admit that this little dish really is quite nice.
I don’t eat it much but it has to make the list because if you can fathom getting into the avocado, then this has to be one of the best vegan breakfast ideas.
So that’s it for this post – a simple look at the best vegan breakfast ideas, well the best one’s I’ve got right now anyway 😉
I hope it might have been useful and that you will come back for more. Please feel free to Pin any images to your own Pinterest boards for inspiration, share the post with any other reluctant vegan mama’s and of course let me know if you try any of these ideas out.