For pretty much as long as I can remember, breakfast has been my favourite meal. I’m a major fan of cereal, but I also love indulging in things like waffles, pancakes, muffins and fry ups for breakfast! These fancier meals change relatively little as a vegetarian but it’s an awful lot more difficult to make these meals vegan when they’re usually so dependent on eggs, butter and milk.
Well, I’m glad to tell you that it is actually possible! I’ve been vegan for 9 months now and have tried all sorts of weird and wonderful vegan breakfasts (some good and some bad as I’m sure you can imagine!). I thought it’d be fun to share some of the best breakfasts I’ve managed to “veganise” with you!
Pancakes have always been a solid favourite of mine, but I struggled more to make them when I became vegan Pictured above are Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Coconut Pancakes with Pineapple Sauce from her book Vegan with a Vengeance. These are really easy and require very basic ingredients, using almond milk instead of regular milk with the only weird ingredient being arrowroot powder to thicken the sauce (be careful to only add this at the beginning otherwise it goes clumpy). The pancakes are very gooey and are made even more so by the sticky sweet pineapple sauce - it’s an absolutely delicious recipe! Her book is great for sweet breakfasts and has loads of fab baking recipes (plus a few dinner ones) too - I’d definitely recommend!
You’re probably thinking how can you make french toast vegan when it depends so heavily on eggs? The answer: banana! Banana French Toast, a recipe by Minimalist Baker, is soooo tasty and has only 5 ingredients, using bananas and flaxseed as a substitute for eggs. She uses tougher bread (typically sourdough) so that it holds it’s shape better too. This recipe is naturally sweet and to be honest I actually prefer it to traditional french toast! I love to top it with fresh fruit and maple syrup, but coconut whipped cream or vegan Nutella (Notella?!) could work really well too.
These are Cornmeal Waffles with Strawberry Syrup from Thug Kitchen’s Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook (Eat Like You Give A F*ck). Waffles are always a winner (even though our waffle machine can be a bit tricky and sometimes get jammed) so I was thrilled to be able to make vegan waffles. The strawberry syrup is lovely and sweet and again this recipe uses really basic ingredients too. Thug Kitchen’s cookbooks are fantastic (I own all three!), at least in part due to the ridiculously hilarious amount of times they mange to swear in each recipe! The instructions are so blunt but make cooking the recipes highly entertaining!
Who doesn’t love a good cooked breakfast? Back in January, I had a visit to the Boston Tea Party in Cheltenham and had the most delicious vegan cooked breakfast (pictured above). Well, I imagine those of you who aren’t vegan (which is probably the majority of you reading this) will look at the picture above and think it’s a shameful cooked breakfast - no meat or eggs! Trust me, I can completely understand where you’re coming from. I, however, absolutely loved it. Baked beans, potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms and toast are all I need and they’re absolutely delicious (even with our meat or eggs!)! So although it’s maybe not as grand as a traditional cooked breakfast, it still is possible to have it vegan (and to enjoy it too!)!
I’ve always loved baking cakes (see one of my favourite cake recipes here) and therefore quite like the excuse to have a slightly healthy cake (i.e. a muffin) for breakfast! Another Minimalist Baker recipe, Berry Coconut Muffins is brilliant for breakfast! The ingredients are a bit more complicated (including flaxseed and pureed apples - you can easily sub the gluten-free ingredients for normal things if you aren’t gluten-free) but it’s still an easy enough recipe to follow. These muffins are really healthy and taste amazing too! They’re very squidgy, especially when warm, so they can be a little messy at times - in my opinion they’re totally worth the mess though!
and a bonus vegan breakfast…
You’ll have likely heard all about my love of smoothie bowls in this post, but I thought I’d just add them in again as I adore them so much! Smoothie bowls are so easy to make and they’re super tasty and nutritious too! Many of them are naturally vegan (it’s mostly just fruit that goes in), but those that aren’t are easily made vegan by swapping normal milk to almond or soya milk. I love Minimalist Baker’s Super Green Smoothie Bowl recipe (you’ve probably guessed I’m quite a fan of all of her recipes!), but there are loads of others out there too. Smoothie bowls are so easy to have fun with and make them your own - you can read some of my tips on trying different sorts of smoothie bowls here.
I hope you enjoyed reading about different breakfasts that can be made vegan! It’s surprisingly easy to veganise so many recipes nowadays, making it even easier to maintain as a lifestyle choice. Good luck if you try any of these breakfasts!