What Do Vegans Eat for Breakfast? The Complete Guide

If you’re trying to figure out what vegans eat for breakfast, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got tons of fantastic vegan breakfast ideas here. Let’s start with the easy stuff, and work our way up to more involved meals.

Cold Cereals

Many breakfast cereals are vegan, so just add a little soy milk or almond milk and you’re in business. If you use an unsweetened vegan milk, you’ll cut your meal’s sugar intake dramatically. In order to keep blood sugar levels steady, it’s especially important to avoid sugars early in the day. I’m a big fan of organic puffed brown rice, which is basically Rice Krispies without the junk. Along with soy milk I consider this the finest simple breakfast imaginable.

When it comes to cold cereal, Nature’s Path deserves a special shout-out. While some of their products contain honey, all their cereals are whole-grain and organic.

Hot Cereals

If you want a hot, simple, and filling vegan breakfast, 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:

  • Farina
  • 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.

Special Vegan Breakfasts

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. I especially recommend the sausages made by the Field Roast Grain Company.

Finally, if you want to pull out all the stops for a weekend breakfast or brunch, pick up a copy of Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Vegan Brunch or Maya Sozer’s Easy Vegan Breakfasts & Lunches.

Breakfast Beverages

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.

For further reading: Don’t miss our vegan brunch, lunch, and dinner pages. And if you want to step up your food preparation skills, check out our comprehensive guide to vegan cooking.


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