We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What you eat literally fuels your body for the next 12 hours—or more—so it’s important to make the right choices. Eggs are always great in the morning because they’re simple to make and packed with tons of protein. But if you’re vegan or thinking of trying a plant-based diet, you definitely need to find a new go-to. What you don’t need, however, is a ton of meal prep or a new dish that only keeps you full for a bit (is there anything worse than needing a snack in an hour?).
Yes, a vegan diet may mean you need to do a little extra planning, but we’re here to show you that compliant meals are not that difficult to make. In fact, these vegan breakfast ideas will give you a ton of morning meal inspo, whether you’re on a plant-based diet or just looking for some new recipes. From delectable cashew goji berry bars to apple pie overnight oats, there’s something for every eater. Scroll through to see our very favorite vegan breakfast ideas—we promise you won’t be disappointed no matter which one you try.
BAKED ALMOND BUTTER BANANA
The Hero Ingredient: Cinnamon adds a punch of flavor to this meal, which can also double as dessert—plus the spice is known to keep your sugar cravings at bay.
The Recipe: Bananas stuffed with almond butter and sprinkled with cinnamon are baked in the oven in this vegan breakfast recipe. Make sure to wrap them in aluminum foil first.
The Clincher: Start to finish, this recipe takes 15 minutes—you can have it bake while you’re getting ready in the morning.
BROWNIE VEGAN PANCAKES WITH COOKIE DOUGH SWIRL
The Hero Ingredient: Dairy-free mini chocolate chips give these completely vegan pancakes a fudgy texture.
The Recipe: A “cookie dough” is made from chickpeas, powdered peanut butter, agave syrup, unsweetened applesauce, regular peanut butter, vanilla almond milk, vanilla extract, salt, baking soda and the chocolate chips. It’s later mixed into a pancake batter of flaxseed meal and a few other ingredients—just wait till you see the cookie dough swirls in this recipe.
The Clincher: These pancakes are so good, you won’t even need syrup.
SUPERFOOD CASHEW GOJI BERRY BARS
The Hero Ingredient: Dried goji berries are the true star in this recipe. Their slight bitterness is balanced out with just a dash of vanilla extract in the mixture.
The Recipe: The base for these healthy homemade granola bars is made with toasted cashews, almonds, coconut, sesame seeds, and hemp. Use a food processor to chop the nuts and seeds along with quinoa, tahini, cinnamon, and salt. A mixture of honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract is poured over the dry ingredients, goji berries are added, and then it’s all baked in the oven.
The Clincher: Once cooled, these bars are perfect for long travel days or breakfast on the go (they’ll stay fresh for a few days in an airtight container).
The Hero Ingredient: Crisp Fuji apples make this overnight oats recipe taste as close to warm apple pie as humanly possible.
The Recipe: Microwave the apples with a bit of water until they’re softened; add some maple syrup and nuke the apples until the syrup is mostly absorbed into the fruit. Then, mash the apples and divide between two cups. Fill both with rolled oats, apple sauce, cinnamon, and vanilla almond milk, and leave the cups in the fridge overnight. Sprinkle with a homemade crumb topping in the morning, and add a bit of maple syrup if needed.
The Clincher: You don’t even have to turn on the oven. Done and done.
For more plant-based recipes, be sure to read five healthy vegan recipes even carnivores will devour. Tell us which vegan breakfast idea you want to try first in the comments!