30 vegan breakfast recipes

Whether you’re a new or long-time plant-based person looking for more satisfying ways to start your day, or just someone looking for high-protein breakfast recipes outside of eggs and yogurt , this list is to live.

We share our best vegan breakfast recipes, from jaw-dropping brunch dishes to easy breakfast bowls and decadent baked goods so good you’ll be whipping up batches to freeze for future mornings.

Pastries and confectionery

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Naturally sweet, nutrient-rich sweet potatoes are mashed for the glaze that dips these pecan-stuffed cinnamon buns. They come out of the oven doughy, hot and sticky – like all good sweet rolls should.

Honey Blueberry Muffins

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The Samah Dada version of the classic blueberry muffins is sweetened with just a hint of honey, which complements the juicy blueberries perfectly. These muffins are a perfect on-the-go breakfast or a wonderful afternoon snack with a cup of coffee.

Chinese Kabocha Squash Cakes (Nan Gua Bing)

Megan Zhang

In China, these cakes are a common sweet treat, with different interpretations made from other gourds of similar texture or stuffed with fillings like red bean paste. But the ease and simplicity of this three-ingredient version makes these kabocha squash cakes a staple for breakfast (or dessert later in the day).

Cinnamon pancakes

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Can’t decide between cinnamon buns and pancakes for breakfast? Now you don’t have to! Hot cinnamon and brown sugar are swirled into fluffy pancakes for the ultimate morning mashup.

Banana Donuts with Maple Glaze

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These banana fritters are baked, not fried, making them perfect for a healthier breakfast or light dessert. Banana and maple is a classic combo. To brighten them up, you can add chocolate chips to the donuts or decorate the tops with sprinkles.

Sweet potato pancakes

This vegan pancake recipe makes fluffy, fluffy, and incredibly flavorful pancakes. Plus, they make the whole house smell like heaven.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffin Tops with Lemon Cashew Frosting

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These Lemon Poppyseed Muffin Tops are an ode to the traditional lemon poppyseed muffin, but Dada has added a twist: a smooth and creamy cashew frosting (dairy-free) to top it all off. . Another plus is that you don’t even need a muffin tin to make them. Genius!

Oatmeal Banana Balls with Chocolate Chips by Dylan Dreyer

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Perfect for on-the-go breakfasts and between-meal snacks, these three-ingredient oatmeal balls are sweet and satisfying. Oats and bananas provide the warmth needed to start the morning, and chocolate chips (use vegan dark chocolate) provide a little energy boost with antioxidants.

Oat bars with chocolate chips and banana bread

Samah Dada

If you’ve ever wished your morning bowl of oatmeal was portable and snackable, you’re in luck! These chocolate chip oat bars are beyond easy to put together (you only need one bowl) and they’re perfect for a sweet breakfast or a delicious snack.

Divine Start Smoothie

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When you drink this green machine, you’ve got all your bases covered: a handful of kale and spinach for a smooth green veggie flavor and a ton of antioxidants, banana and date for just the right amount of sweetness, chia seeds for protein and omega-3 fatty acids, flax seeds for fiber, and frozen coconut meat and coconut milk for a healthy fat with lots of coconut flavor.

Vegan breakfasts in a bowl

Red smoothie bowl

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Rev up your smoothie game with fresh, fruity smoothie bowls topped with your choice of healthy, crunchy add-ins. You can increase the amount of protein by adding protein powder.

Homemade coconut granola from Natalie Morales

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How many times have you heard or read that granola is not good for you? This is because too often there are all sorts of unnecessary sugars or oils mixed in. But granola is easy to make at home and can be really healthy if you keep it simple. Make it when you have a little time, then enjoy it all week over yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, ice cream, or just by the handful.

Healthy breakfast ice cream

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Yes, you can eat ice cream for breakfast when making this healthy vegan version. Top it with your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds or granola.

Vegan chocolate and avocado pudding

Joey Skladany

This pudding is incredibly decadent for a sweet morning fix but doesn’t use heavy cream. For that reason, it’s soothing to finicky guts and tasty enough for milk lovers and vegans to make it a breakfast staple.

Pear and Almond Oatmeal

Frances Largeman Roth

To make your morning even better, Frances Largeman-Roth ups the fiber game in this vegan oatmeal bowl by adding pear and almonds, which bring extra flavor, crunch, and—you guessed it! — fiber.

Acai smoothie bowls

Catherine McCord

Why spend $12 to $15 for an acai bowl at a cafe when you can make your own in just five minutes? This bowl is nutrient dense, refreshing and tastes like ice cream. The best part is that you can top it with whatever you like and have on hand, so have fun experimenting with toppings!

Energy Duo Smoothie Bowl

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Anyone who likes to workout in the morning, reach for this rich yet motivating smoothie bowl at least 15 minutes before exercise. It will take that long for the caffeine to kick in. Caffeine doesn’t just wake you up, it increases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that improves focus and lets you train harder without feeling like a struggle.

Tropical fruit and nut smoothie bowl

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Tired of the same old fruit combos in your vegan breakfast bowl? This one combines buttery raw cashews with spicy ginger, warm nutmeg, and refreshing tropicals like mango and banana. It is nutritious for the belly and lively for the taste buds.

Oat flakes with figs

Jennifer Carroll

This is one of those make-it-and-forget-it recipes that you can whip up in just 10 minutes the night before. Come morning, you’ll have a delicious, soothing bowl of oats ready to enjoy.

Cold Brew Overnight Oatmeal

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Start your morning with this low sugar overnight oatmeal recipe that combines slow-burning oats with a shot of caffeine.

Slow Cooker Make Ahead Maple Oatmeal

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If you still haven’t tried making oatmeal in your slow cooker, you’re in for a treat. This make-ahead oatmeal serves a whole house and couldn’t be easier to make the night before, so it’s perfect for lazy weekend mornings or busy weekdays.

Dylan Dreyer's Apple-Cinnamon Rolled Oats

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Dylan makes this hearty vegan oatmeal all the time for his son, Calvin. Cinnamon and apple with a little banana add a natural sweetness.

Salty side

Crispy Eggplant 'Bacon'

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Believe it or not, eggplant can be a delicious and healthy substitute for bacon. It’s also so easy to do. Serve it on everything from pancakes to breakfast sandwiches.

Pesto and avocado toast

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This savory dish falls somewhere between crostini and avocado toast. A delicious pesto spread, juicy tomatoes and buttery avocado put a new twist on the vegan breakfast staple.

Vegan Loaded Pizza Bagels

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Pizza for breakfast? When it’s on a bagel, of course! “I’ve always loved pepperoni pizza since I was little and have been looking forward to developing a simple, plant-based pepperoni substitute for years!” says Gabrielle Reyes aka One Great Vegan. “The meaty mushrooms really soak up the full, robust flavor, and since plant-based, gluten-free fierce bread is hard to find these days, I’m obsessed with these lovely bagels.”

Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Banana Toast from Joy Bauer

Joy Bauer

Looking to kick your morning meal up a nutritional notch? Try my sweet potato “toast”. You can use any toppings you like, but my kids love the traditional peanut butter and bananas. Find out what’s in season or what’s left in your fridge for inspiration.

Loaded Sweet Potatoes

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Every bite of this meal is bursting with flavor – it has the perfect combination of sweet and savory sweet potatoes, sautéed black beans and kale. Plus, the cashew dressing adds lots of creaminess.

Avocado toast with grapefruit and pomegranate seeds

Andrea Lynn

Tart grapefruit and creamy avocado come together in this delicious avocado toast recipe that’s pretty to look at. The pomegranate seed dusting also adds another level of juiciness and crunch.

Sweet potato and kale hash

Tanya Holland

Bring more nutrients to the table with this tasty and satisfying breakfast hash made with kale and sweet potatoes.

Al's Garlic Avocado Toast

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What really sets Al Roker’s Avocado Toast apart from many others is the fact that he rubs the garlic on the bread after toasting it. It’s a mixture of garlic and avocado toast that satisfies that craving for a hearty, salty breakfast.

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