10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas

Whether you’re looking for a healthy smoothie or oatmeal recipe or a more indulgent yet quick breakfast option, this list of 10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas will help make mornings less stressful and more delicious.

Since so many people are working from home these days and have many responsibilities to juggle in addition to work (kids, I’m looking at you!), and many others are working essential jobs that are require a lot of time and energy, I figured almost everybody could use some easy breakfast recipes right about now.

Here are 10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas for you try! Whether you’re looking for a healthy smoothie or oatmeal or something a little more indulgent, there’s something for everyone!

The full recipes are linked below: click the link or the corresponding photo to be taken to the recipe.

10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas

1. Healthy Chocolate Chia Mousse

Healthy Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse

This Chocolate Chia Mousse is creamy and satisfying but 100% vegan, gluten-free, and healthy. With a double dose of healthy fats and lots of antioxidants, it’s a healthy breakfast option that’ll keep you full all morning.
Check out this recipe
Healthy Chocolate Chia Mousse in glasses with whipped cream

Favorite toppings: fresh or stewed frozen berries, sliced bananas, slivered almonds, shaved dark chocolate!

10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas

2. Southwest Scramble Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Southwestern Scramble Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Baked sweet potatoes stuffed with tofu scramble, black beans, and salsa
Check out this recipe
vegan southwestern tofu scramble with black beans and salsa stuffed into a sweet potato

This is “recipe #3” in the blog post.

10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas. Tofu Scramble Stuffed Sweet Potato.

3. Pear and Date Spiced Oatmeal (Instant Pot recipe)

Instant Pot Pear and Date Spiced Oatmeal

This Instant Pot Oatmeal is healthy, vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened with dates and pears. But you would never know it's healthy because it's so comforting! Easy to make and perfect for meal prep! 
Check out this recipe
Instant Pot Pear and Date Spiced Oatmeal

This oatmeal is also easy to customize. You can swap pears for apples, and if you don’t have dates, add a bit of maple syrup.

10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas. Instant Pot vegan oatmeal.

4. Satisfying Vegan Smoothies

This isn’t one specific smoothie recipe, but a collection of several vegan smoothies to choose from, all-satisfying and hearty (no sad 100-calorie smoothies that leave you hungry in minutes)!

Or, use the customizable smoothie chart in the blog post to build your own smoothie based on what you have in your fridge and freezer!

10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas. Vegan Smoothies. smoothies food photography.

5. Pumpkin Sheet Pancakes

Pumpkin Sheet Pancakes

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Light and fluffy vegan pumpkin pancakes in a fraction of the time and effort as traditional pancakes! These vegan pumpkin sheet pancakes allow you to make pancakes for a crowd without standing in front of the oven all morning!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Cooling Time 10 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet Vegan
Keyword: no added oil, pancakes, pumpkin, refined sugar free
Serving size: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups almond milk*
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice**
  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (~100-110g) almond flour***
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Scant 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: ground nutmeg, ginger, and cloves
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup (240g) pumpkin puree (homemade or from a can)
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup (~75-115g) vegan chocolate chips (optional)
  • For serving: pure maple syrup, coconut whipped cream, orange zest, chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C) and position an oven rack in the middle.
  • Stir together the almond milk and lemon juice in a medium bowl and set aside to curdle. This is the vegan “buttermilk.”
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
  • To the buttermilk, whisk in the maple syrup, pumpkin puree, vanilla and orange zest until well combined. Gradually pour this mixture into the dry ingredients, whisking together until well combined.
  • Allow the batter rest for 5-10 minutes. This helps it rise.
  • Meanwhile, line a half sheet pan (18×13 inch pan, also referred to as a 16×11 inch pan) with parchment paper.
  • After allowing the batter to rest, pour the batter into prepared sheet pan and smooth out with a spatula. If using chocolate chips, scatter them on top of the batter.
  • Bake the pancake tray for 15 minutes. If possible, rotate the the pan 180° halfway through baking to allow for even baking. The pancakes are done when they’re slightly golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the pancakes comes out clean.
  • Allow pancakes to cool for 5-10 minutes, then slice the pancakes into squares or rectangles. Serve with pure maple syrup and with optional toppings.
  • To reheat leftover pancakes, preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C) and place the squares on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes.

Notes

*I recommend using a relatively thin plant-based milk, such as almond milk. If you use a thick milk such as coconut milk or oat milk, the batter can be a bit too thick. If all you have is a thick milk, mix in a bit off water into the milk to thin it out.
**You can use apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice.
***You can make these pancakes without almond flour and just use more all purpose-flour, but the almond flour adds a nice light and fluffy texture.

Pancakes might not sound like an “easy” breakfast idea, but these are the EASIEST pancakes ever. All you need is a sheet pan and they take 15 minutes in the oven. Plus, they feed a crowd, so you can easily make breakfast for the whole family in one pan.

These are light and fluffy, but vegan and oil-free!

Don’t have canned pumpkin? You can swap in the equivalent amount of mashed ripe bananas or applesauce!

10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas. Vegan Sheet Pancakes.

6. Sweet and Spicy Almond Butter Date Latte

Sweet and Spicy Almond Butter Date Latte

This Sweet and Spicy Almond Butter Date Latte is a cozy hug in a mug! Sweetened with dates and flavored with orange peel and cayenne, it’s the perfect sweet-spicy-zingy flavor combination! And while it’s vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and paleo-friendly, it’s still incredibly indulgent.
Check out this recipe
Sweet and Spicy Almond Butter Date Latte

If you think a latte doesn’t sound like a sufficient breakfast, wait till you try this one! It’s extremely satisfying, and with oat milk, medjool dates, and almond butter – it’s got a decent amount of complex carbs and healthy fats!

10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas. Vegan Almond Butter Date Latte.

7. Warm Apple and Almond Butter Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Warm Apple and Almond Butter Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Baked sweet potatoes stuffed with cinnamon apples and almond butter
Check out this recipe
sweet potato stuffed with coconut yogurt, almond butter, and sauteed apples

If you want a breakfast that tastes like dessert but is still 100% nourishing, this is the recipe for you! A warm baked sweet potato get stuffed with stewed apples (made with warming spices and lightly sweetened with maple syrup), almond butter, and coconut yogurt.

Of course, feel free to substitute apples with pears or bananas, and almond butter with peanut butter or tahini.

This is “recipe #2” in the blog post.

10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas. Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potato.

8. Healthy Vegan Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Vegan Breakfast Cookies (gluten-free, oil-free)

These Vegan Breakfast Cookies are healthy enough to eat for breakfast or a post-workout snack! Made with oats, seeds, and almond butter, these cookies are deceptively delicious and are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, and soy-free!
Check out this recipe
Healthy Vegan Breakfast Cookies (gluten-free, oil-free)

So you can happily and proudly eat cookies for breakfast without any guilt, and even feel good about feeding your kids cookies for breakfast!

They’re also easy to customize based on what you have in your pantry (customization ideas are in the blog post).

10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas. Healthy vegan breakfast cookies.

9. Simple Vegan French Toast

Simple 15-Minute Vegan French Toast with Berry Compote

All you need are a few simple ingredients and 15 minutes to make this Simple 15-Minute Vegan French Toast. This vegan French Toasts has that traditional eggy flavor without using any eggs!
Check out this recipe
Simple 15-Minute Vegan French Toast with Berry Compote

Serve with pure maple syrup, or try the easy berry compote included in the recipe (you can use frozen or fresh berries)!

10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas. Vegan French Toast with berries.

10. Chocolate Sweet Potato Milkshake

Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Milkshake

This vegan chocolate milkshake is just as luscious and creamy as the classic but it's packed with nutrients and antioxidants! Made with sweet potatoes, frozen bananas, and raw cacao powder, it's a milkshake you can feel good about!
Check out this recipe
Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Milkshake
10 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas. Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Milkshake.

11. Creamy White Beans with Kale and Wild Rice

Creamy White Beans with Kale and Wild Rice

Creamy White Beans with Kale and Wild Rice - a simple yet flavorful meal for those busy weeknight dinners. Made with wholesome everyday ingredients, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free but doesn't skimp on flavor.
Check out this recipe
ceramic bowl on pink backdrop with creamy white beans and kale served over wild rice

To make this a fully pantry-only meal, do the following:

  • Omit the kale (sad, I know). But if you have frozen greens in the fridge, you can try adding those!

  • Substitute the 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves with 1 teaspoon dried thyme.

15 Easy Vegan Pantry Recipes: Creamy White Beans

12. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

This is the easiest and most delicious chickpea salad ever!
Check out this recipe
bowl of marinated chickpeas with parsley and lemon

This is the easiest and most delicious chickpea salad ever! Doesn’t even require you to soak the chickpeas thanks to the Instant Pot! Be sure to use a high-quality extra-virgin olive oil at the end to impart a rich flavor to the beans.

This is the second recipe in the blog post.

To make this a fully pantry-only meal, do the following:

  • Omit the parsley at the end.

15 Easy Vegan Pantry Recipes: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

13. Chana Masala

Vegan Instant Pot Chana Masala

This vegan Instant Pot Chana Masala is packed with authentic Indian flavor and rivals any restaurant dish, but is easy and quick to make. Stovetop instructions included.
Check out this recipe
Vegan Instant Pot Chana Masala

To make this a fully pantry-only meal, do the following:

  • Follow the instructions for the Recipe Notes on the “strict pantry” version.

15 Easy Vegan Pantry Recipes: Vegan Chana Masala

14. Instant Pot White Bean Quinoa Chili

Instant Pot Vegan White Bean Quinoa Chili

This vegan Instant Pot White Bean Quinoa Chili is easy, quick to make (a 6-minute cook time in the Instant Pot), and perfect for weeknight meals. Plus it's hearty and cozy yet healthy, vegan, and gluten-free.
Check out this recipe
Instant Pot Vegan White Bean Quinoa Chili

To make this a fully pantry-only meal, do the following:

  • Don’t have jalapeño peppers? Omit them. For heat, add a few pinches of of cayenne pepper.

15 Easy Vegan Pantry Recipes: Instant Pot White Quinoa Chili

15. Spicy Mexican Kidney Beans (“Frijoles”)

Spicy Mexican Kidney Beans

A spicy version of Frijoles that requires absolutely no hands-on cooking.
Check out this recipe
Mexican-spiced kidney beans or frijoles in a bowl with cilantro

A spicy version of Frijoles that requires absolutely no hands-on cooking thanks to the Instant Pot! I soak the beans for the most even texture, but if you don’t soak the beans, increase the cook time from 8 minutes to 30 minutes. If you don’t have kidney beans, feel free to substitute pinto beans and follow the instructions as written.

This is the first recipe in the blog post.

To make this a fully pantry-only meal, do the following:

  • Don’t have jalapeño peppers? Omit them. For heat, add a few pinches of cayenne pepper.

  • Don’t have cilantro? Omit it at the end.

15 Easy Vegan Pantry Recipes: Instant Pot Mexican Kidney Beans (Frijoles)

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