Plant Based Breakfast Ideas for the Whole Family

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As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Without it, our bodies can lack energy throughout the day and our immune systems can weaken. However, there are infinite vegan breakfast ideas to experiments with that can help you start your day off on the right track.

At The Green Parent, we enjoy sharing ideas with our green readers that can help them on a daily basis. So, we thought it would be best to share a hefty list of breakfast ideas that are suitable for your entire family. This includes both children and adults who crave a healthy, vegan breakfast so no one’s left behind. So, without further ado, here is a list of breakfast ideas that are completely plant-based for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Save blue macaws in the Amazon with Nature’s Path Cereals.

When it comes to cereals, we tend to immediately think about those filled with sugar and artificial food coloring. Obviously, these are not the best examples of a hearty breakfast as they’re packed with processed ingredients in addition to the number of artificial flavors and dyes that these contain. It’s best to steer clear of these cereals whether you’re vegan or not.

However, Nature’s Path is known for its simple 3-ingredient breakfast cereals—non-GMO cornmeal, cane sugar, and sea salt. Not to mention, their dedication to the Earth’s sustainability and its living creatures is beyond amazing—they have the initiative to help save the blue macaws of the Amazon Forest. Whenever you purchase a box of their healthy breakfast cereal, EnviroKidz Amazon Frosted Flakes Cereal, 1% of the sales goes to support the Amazonian Conservation Team. So you can enjoy your healthy breakfast and help the planet at the same time.

Test your baking skills with homemade cereal flakes.

Alt-Text: Spoonful of cereal containing nuts, flakes, and fruit bits.

Did you know you can make your own homemade bran flakes? You can choose to ditch the store-bought options and make your own batch of homemade bran cereal. There are many breakfast recipes out there to play around with when making plant-based cereals from scratch. We encourage you to replace dairy milk with your favorite choice of soy or almond milk and only use vegan ingredients for a healthier meal.

Chow down on a fruit salad breakfast bowl.

Fruits contain the necessary sugars that our bodies need to function on a daily basis. They also include many of the nutrients that we need such as vitamins, fibers, potassium, and antioxidants. Fruits are not only tasty as snacks, they can be a part of a healthy breakfast routine as well.

Whenever you don’t feel like cooking up a big breakfast, there’s always the alternative to go for a fruit salad breakfast bowl. You can make exquisite fruit bowls with just about any fruit in existence. All you need is a bowl and some creativity. You can use fresh fruits like lemon, strawberry, mango, coconut, and banana. In addition, you can add oats or granola, or sweets like cinnamon for flavor and texture. Some people even go the extra mile and add yogurt or chia seeds pudding for an extra boost first thing in the morning.

Have a smooth morning with a nutritious smoothie.

Much like fruit juices, smoothies can be a great source of nutrients in a balanced and healthy plant-based breakfast. Smoothies are a great way to start your morning and they can be customized to your own tastes and lifestyle. You can throw as many fresh fruit variations as you want into your blender and delight yourself in a healthy breakfast smoothie.

You can even add soy-based protein powders or pea proteins to your smoothies for an extra punch to your fitness routine. Additionally, you can use non-dairy milk like soy milk, coconut milk, and oat milk, or combine them, depending on your tastes. Smoothies can also be smooth or chunky, depending on your preference, and can even have some vegan chocolate flakes sprinkled on top.

Serve up some granola however you prefer them.

Alt-Text: Glass bowl full of granola and fruits with granola spilled across the countertop.

Granola is a very versatile food. You can use it as toppings in smoothie bowls or you can make granola bars. People enjoy the crunchy nutrients it offers such as natural fibers, sugars, and protein. Additionally, these healthy ingredients can be excellent sources of vitamins, calcium, and phosphorous.

Also, if there’s a snack everyone in the family loves, it’s popcorn. You can rest assure that both adults and children will enjoy a breakfast made with this savory ingredient. You can make these popcorn granola bars in the microwave or use an oven with any additional flavors, nuts, and organic sweeteners.

Support a healthy sugar balance with carrot muffins.

Among the many benefits of carrots, they can also help your body maintain a healthy sugar balance. With the many ways in which we can cook carrots, we’re bound to find some really tasty and healthy breakfast recipes out there. One breakfast idea is vegan carrot muffins.

Vegan carrot muffins are filled with hearty nutrients from ingredients like flaxseed, oats, walnuts, and raisins. Additionally, they contain nutrients from bananas, maple syrup, and cinnamon in every bite. These nutritious and yummy muffins are guaranteed to be loved by everyone in your family.

Sleep tight and enjoy some overnight oats in the morning.

Overnight oats can be an alternative to the traditional and favorite stovetop oatmeal breakfast—not to mention perfect for those busy mornings. They are packed with vitamins and can be as creamy or fruity as you want them to be depending on your taste buds.

You can go ahead and meal prep these overnight oats with a different flavor for each day of the week. You can also add fresh fruit for an even tastier healthy breakfast or your choice of vegan nut butter such as almond butter or peanut butter for those daily grams of protein intake.

Calm your sweet tooth with oatmeal breakfast cookies.

Alt-Text: Oatmeal cookie with nuts and chocolate.

We think the whole world can agree that breakfast cookies are a staple in the plant-based community. Who wouldn’t want to have a savory cookie for breakfast? For those who prefer a sweet breakfast over a salty one, this is the dish for you.

You can choose to make oatmeal breakfast cookies with flaxseed, walnuts, chocolate chips, and even maple syrup. As if that wasn’t enough, you can take the easy way and fix a fast batch of oatmeal breakfast cookies with the no-bake technique on busy mornings.

Have some amazing vegan pancakes.

Alt-Text: Plate of stacked pancakes with maple syrup, bananas, and blueberries.

Moving on to pancakes. Yes, you can make delicious pancakes a part of your plant-based diet. To prepare this delicious breakfast, you can use whole-grain flour or coconut flour for these staple breakfast dishes as well.

There are many easy recipes for vegan pancakes that include lemon yogurt pancakes, oatmeal banana pancakes, as well as gluten-free banana pancakes. Some people drizzle maple syrup on their vegan pancakes while others choose to add pecans for a nuttier texture.

Let’s make a toast for a healthy plant-based breakfast.

Another staple in healthy plant-based breakfasts is whole-wheat toast. These toasts can be topped with any veggie or nut butter spread of your liking. For example, some people enjoy their avocado toast with mushrooms while others may enjoy a sweeter alternative like peanut butter banana toast. Additionally, you can replace sandwiches with whole-wheat bread if you’re looking to make your bread intake healthier.

Sizzle your veggies in a tofu scramble.

Based on the all-time favorite scrambled egg breakfast, the tofu scramble takes the cake when it comes to vegan breakfast ideas. Tofu is another versatile ingredient packed with pea protein. It comes with different levels of firmness and can be prepared in a skillet as well.

You can throw some vegan sausage, vegan cheese, greens like broccoli, chickpeas, cashew butter, and a few slices of vegan bacon for a delicious breakfast that the entire family will love. Additionally, you can make tofu scramble as a side to other vegan breakfast options such as vegan waffles and vegan french toast.

Wrap up your morning with some vegan breakfast burritos.

Alt-Text: Two halves of a burrito with vegetables and rice lying on a wooden chopping board.

Among the many easy breakfast ideas, vegan breakfast burritos take a place under the spotlight. These burritos make for a delicious breakfast any day of the week. Each family member can delight themselves in their favorite breakfast burrito version given their tremendous versatility and flavors.

You can throw some flax eggs or tofu on the skillet on medium heat and fill it with some peppers, kale or spinach, and quinoa or brown rice. Additionally, you can include tomatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, and black beans. The beauty of these burritos is that they can be enjoyed as breakfast dishes as well as brunch. It’s simply one of the easiest and most filling vegan breakfast options out there!

These easy vegan breakfast recipes are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a healthy plant-based breakfast that fits their vegan diet.

Jamie Klein
Jamie Klein is the founder and CEO of The Green Parent. She regularly contributes articles to the site and can always be depended on to bring vegan donuts from Donut Friend to the LA office.

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