7 Tasty Plant Based Diet Breakfast Ideas & Recipes – All Easy!

The pant based diet, awesome as it is, can often leave you scratching your head for new and exciting ideas for meals, and breakfast is no exception. You want a healthy and nutritious start to the day, something that will fill you up until lunch and give you lots of energy right?

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day which is exactly why you should always make an effort to make it great, and these 7 quick and easy plant based diet breakfast ideas and recipes should not disappoint.

Plant Based Diet Benefits

There’s many reasons why the whole foods plant based diet is so popular right now, the biggest being the absolute amazing well-being and health it can bring when done correctly. This means with proper attention to correct food combining and an understanding of plant based macronutrients.

Both of these things are very important if you are to stay healthy on your plant based or vegan diet. Get them wrong and you could be storing up trouble down the road, especially if you’re not paying attention to your protein needs; or if you’re swapping your usual animal products for high carb/sugar foods.

The Plant Based Diet and Weight Gain

You may even find that by not paying attention to these issues, or not taking the time to learn about them, then you may actually start gaining weight due to either eating too many fats in the form of nuts and seeds, too many refined carbs and not enough good quality protein. Please also check out gaining weight & eating plant based if this is happening to you.

Benefits of a Nutritious Breakfast

A nutritious breakfast (like those on this list) will help negate any of the problems you may have in this respect as they are all high protein, high fiber and low sugar. These 3 together will make you breakfast low GI to give you a slow burn of energy throughout your morning, hopefully quashing any mid-morning sugar cravings that may drive you to the biscuit tin with your mid-morning cuppa.

Breakfasts that Boost Metabolism

fresh strawberries and oats

The breakfasts on this list are made from high protein, high fiber, known fat burning foods which help to boost your metabolism and get your body into fat burning mode. To do this you MUST steer clear of all refined carbs and sugars from your meals and stick to only high protein, high fiber and wholegrain foods.

Eating these foods, and especially eating the right kind of breakfast plays a crucial role in helping to keep your blood sugar stable throughout the whole day. Stable blood sugar means less sugar spikes and troughs, less snacking, and LESS weigh gain.

Not only that, but you will also be burning belly fat specifically – which is the most dangerous kind to be holding onto long term as it can be the pre-curser to certain diseases, so keeping it to a minimum through diet AND exercise is an absolute must.

Your 7 Day Breakfast Meal Plan

You don’t necessarily have to have a different breakfast every day of the week, but by the same token it’s good to mix things up for a broader spectrum of nutrients and also to stop boredom from setting in. Most of these are pretty simple to make, and should take no more than 10-15 minutes – some much less.

1. HIGH PROTEIN BUCKWHEAT GRANOLA

blueberries and granola

This delicious granola is something I always have prepared in a mason jar in the corner of my kitchen. Once you’ve made it it lasts for weeks, probably months, and is one of the fastest breakfasts to prepare as all you need to do is add a dash of plant milk or coconut yogurt, and maybe some fresh chopped fruit.

And it’s SO versatile because you can use whatever is in your cupboard, as long as you use the main base of buckwheat grouts and oats. I keep topping mine up with extra dried fruits, nuts, seeds and whatever I fancy so I never get to the bottom of it – a bit like one of those old-fashioned stews that was left on the stove back in the old days ha ha.

Ingredients:- (all in very rough amounts)

  • 2 x cups of dried buckwheat grouts (it’s important you use these for the protein element).
  • 3 x cups of jumbo oats.
  • 2 x cups of chopped mixed nuts. Make sure they are raw and unsalted and contain a mix of walnuts/pecans, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts and almonds. Pistachio nuts go well in this too.
  • Couple of large handfuls of mixed seeds including raw pumpkin, hemp and sunflower seeds.
  • A large knob of coconut oil (optional, but makes it SO tasty).
  • 2 x cups of chopped dried fruits. Be sure to use in your mix only no added sugar fruits, preferably raw and organic. Fruits full of nutrition and fat burning properties are prunes, unsulphered apricots, goji berries, dates, apple rings and raisins.

Method:-

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200 C
  2. Take two large baking trays and add your coconut oil to one and melt.
  3. Add your buckwheat grouts to the pan with the oil, and your jumbo oats to the dry pan (you can put oil in this pan too if you like, but I personally like to keep the fat content down).
  4. Bake both in the oven until turning golden (about 20 minutes). Make sure you shake up half way through.
  5. Leave to cool, then mix in your chopped nuts, dried fruits and seeds. It’s important to ONLY cook the oats and buckwheat grouts to get that nice nutty taste, the rest of your delicate ingredients should be kept raw to keep nutrients as in tact as possible. Trust me, you won’t know the difference anyway.
  6. Store in an airtight container to keep it as crunchy as possible.
  7. Serve with nut milk/coconut yogurt, mixed berries and cinnamon. Cinnamon has it’s own amazing fat burning properties, which is why I love to add to my breakfasts as much as I can.

2. SMASHED AVOCADO ON SOURDOUGH

A hipster classic but oh so good. Creamy, low GI avocado is really satiating and will keep you really full for hours. The tahini gives you a hit of the calcium which can often be missing on the plant based diet if attention isn’t paid to eating high calcium foods, and is the reason is why I have added it in.

Ingredients:-

  • Wholegrain or spelt sourdough bread.
  • Tahini.
  • 1/2 a very ripe avocado.
  • Squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Grated carrot (optional).

Method:-

  1. Toast 1 large, or 2 small slices of your favorite sourdough. Always go for wholegrain or spelt version where possible as they are higher fiber and lower GI. If you can’t get hold of sourdough, then use granary bread.
  2. Spread with a couple of teaspoons of tahini spread.
  3. Finish with half a large smashed avocado and a twist of lemon juice. Don’t be stingy with the avocado here if you really need a satiating breakfast, or especially you’re doing a manual job.
  4. If you can get your head around eating raw carrot with your breakfast, then the addition of grated carrot on top of this also works really well – however you may want to save that for a lunch or brunch dish. If you do add the carrot then you should also rub a garlic clove over your toast before you add toppings, and then also a twist of lemon on top of you carrot – it makes all the difference!

3. HIGH PROTEIN CHOCOLATE PUDDING

If you like all things chocolate then you’ll be in heaven with this one! This smooth chocolate pudding is very low carb, and tastes amazing if you make it just right and with a good protein powder base.

I eat this a lot when I want to keep my body in fat burning mode right up until lunchtime, which is why you can only use a low GI sugar substitute if you want more sweetness.

Ingredients:-

  • 30g of total protein powder (you need the total protein in the powder to come to 25-30g no matter how much powder in weight you need to use). TIP: It’s a good idea to use a high quality protein blend for this job, preferably with already added natural sweeteners.
  • Around 50ml of sugar-free plant milk – any kind.
  • 1 x tablespoon of cacao or carob powder.
  • 1/2 a medium ripe avocado.
  • Xylitol, stevia, or another healthy sweetener alternative (not syrups) to taste.

Method:-

  1. Put your plant milk into a powerful blender first in order to stop the other ingredients from sticking to the bottom.
  2. Add everything else on top, then mix to a smooth very thick paste.
  3. The trick is to add just enough milk as to not make it too runny. It’s best to add less in the beginning and slowly add more as you need it. You’re going for a pudding texture not a milkshake (though, if you prefer a milkshake then be my guest, but I always think the thick pudding version seems to fill you up for longer).

4. QUINOA PORRIDGE

sultana and banana porridge

This one is such a fantastic start to the day due to the fact that quinoa is one of the few plant foods to contain a complete amino acid profile. This means it doesn’t need to be combined with other plant sources of protein to get the full spectrum of amino acids that are vital to plant based eaters. Please read more about plant based protein and food combining if you are unaware of how this works.

But back to quinoa: this little seed is high in protein, is a low GI carbohydrate, and contains healthy omega 3 fatty acids. That’s a powerful concoction that makes for a wholesome breakfast; not only that, but it is so versatile. Once you make the base you can pretty much flavour it how you wish.

For the purpose of this post I will give you my cinnamon, sultana and banana version, but you can also add blueberries, strawberries and even cacao with dark chocolate chips for an awesome chocolate treat.

Ingredients:- (serves 2-3)

  • 1 x cup of dried white quinoa (quinoa flakes are fine too – it depends on the texture you prefer).
  • 2 x cups of plant milk (maybe more).
  • 2 x very ripe bananas mashed up.
  • Handful of sultanas.
  • 1 x teaspoon of cinnamon.

Method:-

  1. Wash your quinoa and cook in the plant milk until tender. This should be when all the moisture is soaked up, but you may need to add more as all quinoa seems to be different in my experience; also, the flakes tend to cook a LOT quicker therefore may need more moisture. You can add water as well as plant milk if you don’t want it too creamy.
  2. The finished quinoa should be in a runnier oatmeal/porridge type texture that makes it nice to eat – you would cook it much drier if you were using it for a rice substitute for instance.
  3. Add the rest of your ingredients and heat through.
  4. Serve with some more milk if you like; or even a spoonful of coconut yogurt.

5. PEANUT BUTTER & BANANA SOURDOUGH

We’re on the sourdough again, but it is delicious and filling so that’s why. This easy and quick breakfast hardly takes any explaining but it’s great when you need something fast, or even something you can run out the door with.

Ingredients:-

  • Wholegrain or spelt sourdough.
  • Sugar-free peanut or almond butter.
  • 1x banana.

Method:-

  1. Toast your sourdough (or some other wholegrain bread of your choice).
  2. Spread with a generous portion of sugar-free peanut or almond butter.
  3. Top with a sliced banana and you’re good to go!

6. TOFU SCRAMBLE

This is a super high protein breakfast that also contains 2-3 portions of your daily vegetables all in one. You can use any veggies you like, but I find the best ones are those which you would usually use in an omelette such as onions, spinach, peppers, courgettes and peas.

To make this dish more filling you can also add some toast, or even potatoes if you have time to cook them (probably easier to keep some leftover cooked spuds from your dinner from the night before), but if you would like to keep it really low carb for weight loss reasons then you can leave them out.

Ingredients:- (serves 2)

  • Block of ready prepared tofu (they usually come in around 300g blocks). The smoked tofu may be nicer if you like that smoky taste.
  • Veggie mix (onions, peppers, courgettes, peas, spinach, cooked sliced potato if using). About 2-3 cups worth.
  • Herbs and spices of your choice (I like garlic, a pinch of cumin and paprika, plus salt and pepper to taste).
  • Glug of olive or coconut oil.

Method:-

  1. Soften in a frying pan chopped onions, peppers, courgettes, peas and potato if using in a little hot olive or coconut oil.
  2. Take your block of tofu and either crumble off in random sizes with your fingers, or chop roughly on a chopping board into about half inch pieces.
  3. Add to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes. You may prefer your tofu to get some crust, so you can cook for longer if you do.
  4. Add your handful of spinach for the last minute of cooking (make sure your spinach is very dry first).
  5. Serve on toast to make it heartier.

7. STRAWBERRY, CHIA, BUCKWHEAT AND OATS

fresh strawberry porridge

This is a higher protein take on plain oats, and what’s even better is the fact that buckwheat is a complete protein source, making it very handy on a plant based diet; plus the chia and pumpkin seeds add some healthy EFA’s to the mix. The strawberries take me back to my time in Southern Spain when strawberry oats were my go to breakfast every day. Cheap, delicious and nutritious, oh, and full of Spanish sunshine!

You don’t necessarily need to use strawberries as this dish works perfectly well with fresh or frozen blueberries too. Just be sure to mush a few of them up in order to ‘pop’ them open and release their juices, which also turn your porridge a deep stunning shade of purple incidentally.

Ingredients:- (serves 2)

  • 1 x cup of rolled or jumbo oats.
  • 2/3rds of a cup of flaked buckwheat (or you could use flaked quinoa or millet).
  • Enough nut milk to achieve desired consistency. This will be different depending on the type of ingredients you choose, but oat and rice milk both taste great in porridge as they are naturally quite sweet.
  • 1 x cup of blueberries or chopped strawberries.
  • 1 x tablespoon of chia seeds.
  • 1 x tablespoon of pumpkin seeds.

Method:-

  1. Mix the oats and buckwheat flakes with the plant milk and heat in a saucepan until tender (should take no more than 3-5 minutes). You may need to add more milk or water to get desired consistency of porridge.
  2. Add your fruit and chia seeds at the very end of cooking time as not to damage their nutrients too much with the heat.
  3. Serve sprinkled with pumpkin seeds and a little more plant milk if preferred.
  4. For extra sweetness you may wish to add a drizzle of maple syrup, or some other healthier sweetener.

CONCLUSION

Eating a good wholesome breakfast like those on the list above is a great start to any day whether you’re plant based or not, and not only for you body and energy levels, but also your mind too. They all contain healthy fats that will help keep your brain and memory sharp for the day ahead, so great if you’re learning, at school, or in a high level of thinking job.

For plant based recipes for lunch and dinner too, please refer to this one week meal plan that has been put together to contain the perfect ratios of fat, protein and carbohydrates to keep you thriving and healthy on your plant based diet. There is also a grocery list attached to make it super simple!

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Stefanie Taylor
Plant based eating is set to EXPLODE in 2019; not just for health reasons, but also to help keep our beautiful planet thriving. I have lived this healthful lifestyle for over 2 years, which is the reason why zestforever was born to share my experiences, trials and errors, how I overcame them, and how to turn to this lifestyle in such a way that you will thrive too.

I have studied, tried and tested healthy foods, superfoods and diets for over 25 years, but nothing has come close to giving me the buzz of wellness that plant based eating has. To expand my knowledge further I have also studied and worked as a Sports Nutritional Advisor, Nutritional Therapist, and Clinical Weight Loss Advisor - all of which can tie in with the plant based diet.

This website is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical diseases or illnesses. It's merely meant as a way of showing you how to boost your health through the eating of more nutritious plant foods in place of junk foods.

I am grateful for your support, and I hope that the tips and guides you find here will help to guide you on your own plant based journey.

20 thoughts on “7 Tasty Plant Based Diet Breakfast Ideas & Recipes – All Easy!”

  1. I love these recipes! I have been vegan for around 10 years now and I have noticed the many health benefits that came with it. I feel more energized, I don’t get sick easily, and I have less unhealthy cravings.
    I have made the tofu scramble a few times, and it is very tasty. I love it! I should make it again soon.I’d like to make the first recipe you shared, it sounds delicious, and I also want to try the chocolate pudding. I have never seen such an easy chocolate pudding recipe, so I will definitely be making that one.

    • Hi Christine, wow, vegan for 10 years!! I can’t imagine how that could feel, but it’s amazing; respect to you. And it sounds like you’ve had all the amazing benefits that come with this lifestyle too. Getting less sick is definitely a big one that I notice as well.

      I’m glad you like the recipes, and honestly, they are all the things that I eat for my vegan breakfasts and I absolutely love them. I can’t imagine why some people think eating plant based is boring, it’s the complete opposite in fact.

      I hope you enjoy the chocolate pudding – it’s really delicious.

  2. Wow some really fantastic breakfast ideas on here, although I’m not strictly vegan or vegetarian I do have an interest with increasing plant based foods into my diet. I especially love the High Protein Chocolate Pudding one, it’s never too early to eat chocolate right?

    Thanks for these I shall try them out and hopefully implement some as a regular feature for breakfast.

    • Hi Jules, that’s what I love about the plant based diet, it’s never to early to eat chocolate and you don’t even have to feel bad about it! I must confess, I am a chocolate addict and eat it daily, but only the very high cacao stuff as I don’t like to eat too much sugar.

      I hope you do try our and like the recipes as they really are yummy and filling.

  3. Hi, greetings. Great article and very informative, A lot of information and good tips for health. The only thing I see is that there are not enough pictures backing up the ideas and tips. When we talk about health and fitness, we talk about food and food carries a lot of weight mentally.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Bertis, I really appreciate your feedback about the images, so thank you I will definitely take it on board.

      It’s hard to strike a balance with images as they can slow down your loading time, which of course has negative impact on SEO. I will have to try and find some that are highly optimised already, I guess that is an option.

      Thanks

  4. I am not a vegetarian yet, but I could easily be one. I realize that a plant based diet is by far the most healthy way a person can eat. Lots of good information and great recipes.

    • Hi Eldon, yes, this post was designed for beginners to the plant based diet to prove to people how simple and healthy it can be – breakfasts especially.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Hello there,
    This is a great site about plant-based eating. I especially love anything to do with granola. I will also be doing the chocolate protein pudding recipe.

    Your site is very professional looking and very clean and non-distractive as well.
    I have book marked this site to come back to later.

    Have a great day

    Dee

    • Hi Dee, thanks so much for your complimentary comments about my website, it’s really appreciated and great to know I’m on the right path.

      I hate websites with too many pop-ups and advertising distractions, so therefore keep mine to an absolute minimum.

      Yess, you will love the chocolate protein pudding; it’s my absolute favourite breakfast and is great for a protein boost any time of day actually. Enjoy!

  6. Hi Stephanie,
    Great informative post. I am always looking for great “easy” breakfast ideas. I have a gluten intolerance so breakfast becomes quite challenging at times. I think I may be able to modify a few to suit my needs. Keep up the good work.

    • Hi Tammy, yes, you could easily modify them. For instance, the buckwheat granola is gluten free, especially if you use gluten free oats. Quinoa is also another easy gluten free breajfast, and something that I make a lot of as well.
      Hope you enjoy the recipes.
      Thanks

  7. Hello Stefanie,
    Thank you for some great breakfast ideas. I had never thought of using sour dough for breakfast. I will have to try that with almond butter and bananas. I am also excited to try your granola recipe.

  8. What great ideas! I’ve always known that fruit is an ideal food for breakfast, but it can be boring. For someone whose dream breakfast contains a pile of bacon, you have provided another world of tasty meals to get into! Thank you so much for your wholesome ideas!

    • Hi Cathy, I’m glad that I have provided some nice plant based breakfast idea for you. This is actually one if the easiest meals to make plant based. Newbies to this lifestyle often struggle with dinner idea. Hell, I still do!

      Thanks for commenting!

  9. Great read! Health and Fitness is my industry. Though I am not eating fully plant based, I do enjoy many different dishes that are plant based and love adding new ones to my meal planning. I will try some of the recipes for sure. They are simple but look like they would be delicious. Thank you again for the information!

    Shelley

    • Hi Shelley, that’s great you are in the health and fitness industry too!
      Most people are dabbling with more plant based dishes these days, which is a great thing as they are usually so healthy and full of antioxidants. Also, more planet friendly, which of course is a major plus.

      I hope you enjoy the recipes; they are all fully-rounded and nutritious!

  10. Hey Stefanie,

    These are really good suggestions, but I’m so lazy about breakfast. Do you have any good, ultra-simple suggestions for us lazy people?

    • Hi Lane,
      I understand how hard breakfast can be for some people, especially if you’re not really hungry in the morning. I guess my advice would be to eat when you’re hungry, even if that’s not until lunchtime. Your body will tell you when it wants to eat, and that is the crucial thing here. Once you get hungry – eat. If you don’t, then you will throw your blood sugars out of whack which often leads to low mood, anxiety and lack of energy.

      If you really have problems finding something quick and healthy then I would pre-make a batch of low sugar muffins, or protein balls or bars that you can keep in your fridge and eat all week long. Or, if you don’t even have time for that, then buy some low sugar pre-made bars – that’s what I do! I probably use these 3-4 times a week if I’m honest. My favorite are the organic chocolate covered raw greens bars. I’m addicted to them haha.

      Another suggestion might be to make some overnight oats or chia pudding; both of which you can prepare the night before. Just soak one or the other (or even a mix of both) in some milk of your choice, with maybe some assed chopped up fruit or a mashed banana, leave in the fridge overnight and voila, a yummy breakfast all ready to go. If you make it in a mason jar you can even take it to go.

      Hope that helps!

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