If you want something hot, simple, and filling, oatmeal is a great choice. Steel cut oats take longer than rolled oats to cook, but many people consider the improved texture worth the added time. Kathy Hester has devoted an entire cookbook to vegan oatmeal recipes. And oatmeal is just the start of your hot cereal options. Also be sure to try:
- Cream of Wheat
- Bob’s Red Mill Cream of Buckwheat
Hot cereals offer a great opportunity to add in chopped walnuts or chia seeds, both of which are loaded with omega 3—an important type of fat that is abundant in very few vegan foods. Also try adding chopped dates, cinnamon, or maple syrup to your whole-grain hot cereal. And for a nice change of pace, also try muesli, which can be served hot or cold.
One of the easiest breakfasts is a smoothie made from frozen fruit and your favorite nut milk. You can make these in your blender in less than a minute and it’s a terrific way to start the day.
Want to get fancier? There are countless recipes for vegan pancakes, french toast, waffles, and muffins. If eggs are more your style, consider making a tofu scramble or a vegan omelet. There are likewise a number of excellent vegan sausages and bacons on the market: we especially recommend the sausages made by the Field Roast Grain Company
Orange juice, coffee, or almond milk are terrific beverages to accompany your breakfast. If you prefer cream in your coffee, you can get outstanding vegan coffee creamers in the dairy case of any good natural foods store.