Switching to a plant-based diet can feel overwhelming at first – after all, most of us were raised in households where beef, pork, and chicken were staples of nearly every meal. This is especially true for the first meal of the day: breakfast.
While it may be hard to imagine breakfast without the traditional staples like eggs, bacon, or sausages, it’s far from impossible. There are plenty of filling, healthy, and delicious plant-based ways to start your day – as with so many delectable dishes, all it takes is a little creativity in the kitchen!
What is a Plant-Based Breakfast?
Simply put, a plant-based breakfast is one that does not use animal meat as a part of the meal. No pork, no beef, no chicken – zip, zilch, nada. Instead, a plant-based breakfast utilizes plant-based meats (such as our Very Good bean-based meats).
There are tons of different ways to create a plant-based breakfast that caters to your unique tastes, dietary needs, and preferences. Many of our favorite plant-based breakfasts use plant-based sausages, jackfruit, burgers, bacon, and even tofu-based eggs as a substitute! But there are also breakfast recipes that don’t require plant-based meat at all, relying solely on vegetables, fruits, and healthy grains instead.
If you’re struggling to find plant-based inspiration, look no further. See below for 25 amazing breakfast recipes that just may become your favorite go-to meals – no meat required.
Overnight Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas
Breakfast Potato Casserole
For a crunchier breakfast alternative, try making some homemade granola with this recipe! Oats, coconut flakes, dried cranberries, apples, and almond butter create a sweet and salty snack that is perfect on dairy-based yogurt or vegan yogurt.
Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
Who says that you can’t have cookies for breakfast? It’s your kitchen, so feel free to exercise that culinary freedom to make your breakfast a little sweeter with Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies! Packed with protein and totally plant-based, add a serving of Very Good Breakfast Sausages and you really can have it all.
Quick Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas
Omelette and Scramble
The best part about this omelette and scramble is that it’s completely up to you on what kind of plant-based meat you want to use.
Are your taste buds craving an omelette with sausage? We’ve got you covered with A Very British Banger. If you’d rather stick to the traditional breakfast, fry up some Very Good Bacon. And if you really want to flip the script, you can even get creative and throw some Very Good Pepperoni into your scramble.
Now that the coffee is brewing and your mouth is watering, let’s cut to the chase. We’ll give you all the ingredients and walk you through the process of creating tofu “eggs” in our Omelette and Scramble recipe here.
Plant-based breakfast sausages are not only savory, but they’re Very Good – so good that they tend to sell out quicker than we can make them! Whether you want to grill them or fry them in a pan next to a healthy serving of tofu-based eggs, these breakfast sausages are the perfect addition to any morning meal.
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Avocado toast is delicious, easy, and totally plant-based. It’s not hard to see why it’s become so popular – after all, if this is the reason we can’t buy houses, we might as well make it tasty! Here are six ways to make avocado toast from simple lemon and lime juice to mozzarella, tomatoes, and red onions.
Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas for Kids
Vegan French Toast
Cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup – need we say more? We love a good french toast recipe, and this recipe from Love and Lemons is all that and more. Use almond milk and coconut oil for a filling and delicious plant-based breakfast.
Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
Satisfy your morning sweet tooth without using any animal byproducts with cinnamon rolls that are designed with vegans in mind. Almond milk, vegan butter, and cinnamon shine in this recipe for vegan cinnamon rolls. And for a little something extra, add pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree for Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls!
Vegan Egg McMuffin
Ah, the Egg McMuffin – it’s a staple of McDonald’s breakfast. But you can get all of the taste and more of the nutrition by opting for a plant-based version instead! This recipe uses tofu “egg” and vegan cheese as a foundation for a healthy, tasty alternative. (We suggest our Very Good Bold Cheddah Cheese, but if you’re more of a Pepper Jack person, we wouldn’t dream of telling you no.)
No list of plant-based breakfast ideas would be complete without pancakes. This recipe for banana pancakes takes meat completely out of the equation by using flax seed, vanilla extract, almond milk, and – of course – bananas as a basis for this healthy, naturally sweet breakfast.
Whole Wheat Vegan Waffles
You don’t need eggs or butter to make waffles. Instead, you can create a wholly plant-based, vegan-friendly breakfast waffle by opting for almond milk, pastry flour, flax meal, vegan butter, and more! Head to this recipe to start building your grocery list.
There are plenty of ways to make breakfast tacos, but this recipe is one of the best. Along with avocado and cilantro, our Very Good Taco Stuff'er uses ground beans to create a flavorful, healthy, and zesty take on breakfast tacos. Add some black beans, red onions, and vegan cheese and you’ll be ready to leave meat-based tacos behind forever!
On the Go Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas
Vegan Breakfast Sandwich
Sausage and Sweet Potato Sandwich
Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Sandwich
Packed with greens and veggies, the Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Sandwich is perfect for those days when you want to get back to the basics. Baby spinach, mushrooms, onions, and avocado create a gorgeous green sandwich that works perfectly with a bagel, croissant, or english muffin.
White Bean Breakfast Sandwich
Beans are a staple in plant-based foods (we’re Bean Butchers, we should know!) and that certainly means breakfast, too. This recipe uses mashed white beans as a substitute for eggs, as well as baby spinach, vegan cheese, and more.
Smoked “Salmon” and Cream Cheese
Pesto and Caprese Sandwich
Who says that caprese sandwiches belong to lunchtime? We’re reclaiming this Pesto and Caprese Sandwich in the name of breakfast. Tomatoes, mozzarella, pesto, and basil are all you need for a fresh, plant-based start to the day.
Savory Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas
Tofu Eggs Benny
Few breakfast meals scream “brunch and mimosas” like a good ol’ eggs benedict. Good news for a plant-based diet (and for chickens): you can make a completely plant-based eggs benedict without touching a single egg.
Our Tofu Eggs Benny uses a delicious plant-based hollandaise sauce, crispy home fries, and – yup, you guessed it – a tofu “egg” to create a wholly nutritious, wholly delicious alternative. You’ll find all the ingredients you need and a detailed recipe for a delightful, plant-based Tofu Eggs Benny here. What are you waiting for? Head to the grocery store and get cooking!
Vegan Sausage and Gravy
There’s no denying that sausage gravy and biscuits are a delectable combination. Ditch the crumbled pork and use our Very Good Breakfast Sausages, or turn up the heat and opt for our Smokin’ Bangers. This recipe will give you everything you need for a fully vegan, healthy, and downright delicious take on vegan sausage and gravy.
Vegan English Breakfast
The traditional English breakfast is well-known even outside of the U.K., and for good reason. With beans, eggs, sausage, tomatoes, and mushrooms, it’s packed with enough protein, flavor, and texture to satisfy nearly every taste bud!
Turning an English Breakfast into a Very Good Breakfast is a piece of cake. Swap out the pork sausages and use A Very British Banger and use our Very Good Omelette and Scramble as a guide for the eggs. This vegan recipe will give you all of the details you need to complete your Very Good English Breakfast.
This recipe for Vegan Jackfruit Hash puts a spin on the typical corned beef and hash breakfast by substituting jackfruit. It’s got a meat-like texture and savory taste, making jackfruit the perfect plant-based option for a hash-style breakfast. Use our BBQ Pulled Jackfruit to amp up the flavor even more!