10 healthy vegan breakfast ideas that take minutes
When you’re new to a vegan diet, breakfast can feel like the trickiest meal to get right.
Breakfast staples like eggs, milk and greek yoghurt are a no-go. Most vegan cereals are loaded with sugar. And finding a breakfast that contains enough protein can feel like a chore.
The good news? Our guide to healthy vegan breakfasts will teach you everything you need to know to make the vegan breakfast dilemma become a thing of the past. Here’s exactly how to make a healthy vegan breakfast, alongside 13 healthy vegan breakfast ideas to get you started!Skip to the vegan breakfast ideas
How to make a healthy vegan breakfast
Breakfast can really make or break your day.
A bad (nutrient-poor) vegan breakfast can send your blood sugar levels on a rollercoaster and leave you feeling hungry by mid-morning. But a good (nutrient-rich) vegan breakfast will fill you up until lunch, keep your energy levels steady and give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
If you’d prefer to fall in the second camp, make sure your breakfast ticks the following boxes:
1. Prioritise protein
It’s a myth that vegans can’t meet their protein needs. You can easily get the protein you need on a plant-based diet.
But for optimal health, it’s important to split your protein intake equally between breakfast, lunch and dinner. For most people, that’s 15–25g+ protein at each meal.
So make sure to include at least 1 or 2 servings of a high-protein food in every breakfast:
- Silken tofu (12.5g protein per half pack)
- Soy yoghurt (9g protein per 200g)
- Soy milk (8.5g protein per 250ml)
- Nut butter (8g protein per 30g)
- Chia seeds (7.2g protein per 30g)
- Flax seed (6.3g protein per 30g)
- Protein Powder (~20g protein per serving)
- Purition Vegan (15g protein per serving)
2. Include healthy fats
Healthy fats are the slowest-digesting macronutrient, which means they can help to regulate your appetite (no more cravings!) and keep your energy levels steady through the morning.
Try to include a serving of healthy fat in every breakfast. This could be as simple as cooking with olive or avocado oil if you’re choosing a cooked breakfast.
For no-cook breakfasts, the best options are:
- Coconut yoghurt
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts etc)
- Seeds (chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seed etc)
- Nut butter
3. Fill up on fibre
Vegan diets are naturally high in fibre, but that doesn’t mean you should forget to prioritise it at breakfast. Fibre slows down digestion and leaves you feeling fuller for longer, but it’s also one of the best things you can do for a healthy and diverse gut microbiome.
So make sure to include plenty of fibre-rich foods at every meal – especially breakfast. All fruits and vegetables are great sources, but here are the most breakfast-friendly options:
- Nuts & seeds
No-cook healthy vegan breakfast ideas
These healthy vegan breakfast ideas can be whipped up on the day – or even the night before – for whenever you need something quick, easy and nutritious.
1. Simple vegan smoothie
Vegan smoothies are a healthy breakfast option if you include the right combination of ingredients. Fruit-loaded smoothies won’t fill you up for long, so adding a source of protein and fat is essential.
How to make it: Start with a liquid base, add a protein source and some healthy fats and finish with a serving of fruit and/or veggies. Make it your own with these vegan-friendly options:
- Soy milk
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
- Oat milk
- Soy yoghurt
- Silken tofu
- Natural nut butter
- Vegan protein powder
- Nut butter
- Chia seeds
- Frozen berries
- Half a plum, peach or kiwi
- Kale or spinach
Or just use Purition Vegan! Made with simple, whole food ingredients and packed with the protein, fibre and healthy fats your body needs, it’s the easiest healthy vegan breakfast you’ll find. Just blend with your favourite plant-based milk for a nutritious and satisfying breakfast smoothie that’ll keep you full for 4–5 hours! Grab any 7 samples for £16.80 here.
2. Quick yoghurt bowl
This has to be one of the easiest breakfasts on the list! Plain soy yoghurt is a great vegan breakfast food. It’s high in protein, but low in sugar, to help keep your appetite in check and energy levels steady.
To make your yoghurt bowl extra nutritious, why not mix in a sachet of Purition Vegan? It’ll keep your appetite curbed for longer than yoghurt alone, without any extra prep or hassle. Our customers report feeling full for 4–5 hours or more!
How to make it: Add a generous serving of soy yoghurt to a bowl and load it with your favourite toppings. If you’re adding in some Purition, give it a good stir, then go in with your toppings. Nuts and seeds are a great way to add an extra protein boost – and finishing off with a large handful of fresh berries is an easy fibre boost!
3. Chia seed pudding
Chia seeds should be a staple on your vegan shopping list. They’re naturally rich in fibre, essential fatty acids and plant-based protein. Chia pudding is a great way to pack plenty of them into your diet and makes a great option if you need something to grab & go.
How to make it: Whisk together 150ml unsweetened coconut, soy or almond milk, 30g chia seeds and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add to a breakfast jar or small bowl, cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. When you’re ready to eat, top with a dollop of coconut yoghurt, some blueberries and a sprinkle of chopped nuts. To add an extra dose of protein and healthy fats, stir in a scoop or two of Purition Vegan before eating.
4. Overnight oats
If you love vegan protein oats but struggle for time in the morning, why not try overnight protein oats? You can prep them the night before (or prep in batches once or twice a week) for a healthy vegan breakfast you can grab & go come morning.
How to make them: Mix your protein powder (Purition works really well for this!), oats and milk together in a bowl or jar with a lid. Once it’s well mixed, stir in any added extras (nuts, chopped berries, seeds etc), seal tightly with the lid and leave in the fridge overnight. If the mixture is a little stiff in the morning, loosen it up with a drop or two of water or milk.
5. Instant porridge
Oats… without the oats? That’s right! If you prefer to avoid oats due to their high-carb content, why not try Purition as an instant vegan porridge instead? Mixed with a splash of hot water/milk, it makes a quick, easy and ultra-filling breakfast porridge.
Even better? It’s high in protein, fibre & natural fats to keep you healthy and energised on a vegan diet. Get started with 7 samples for £16.80 here – all customers get free support from our in-house vegan nutritionist!
How to make it: Take 40g of Purition Vegan, add a splash of boiled water or hot nut milk, mix well, add your choice of toppings (we recommend chopped nuts or fresh berries) and voila!
Cooked healthy vegan breakfast ideas
If you've got a bit more time on your hands and fancy something warm, these healthy vegan breakfast ideas have you covered. Even though these recipes need cooking, they're all still super easy to make!
6. Vegan protein porridge
Oats are a British breakfast staple – and the best part is, they’re vegan too! Oats are fairly carb-heavy and protein-poor, but adding in a scoop or two of vegan protein powder is an easy way to create a healthier, more balanced vegan breakfast!
How to make them: Cook your oats with nut or oat milk on a low heat, stirring consistently for around 10 minutes. Towards the end, stir in your protein powder or Purition. Make sure to keep the heat low and stir often – too much heat could cause your oats to clump up. Add in some healthy fats & fibre with your toppings – berries, nuts, seeds or nut butter are nutritious options!
7. Vegan protein pancakes
Looking for a healthy vegan breakfast idea for the weekend? This one’s for you! Adding protein powder to your pancake batter is a great way to slow down digestion and ensure they provide providing sustained energy throughout the day.
How to make them: Whisk together 40–50g Purition (or protein powder), 250ml almond milk, 50g flour and 1tsp baking powder until smooth. Heat 1 tsp of coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan on a low to medium heat. Add 1 tbsp of batter to the pan and cook until golden on both sides. Repeat until you've run out of batter.
8. Tofu scramble
Tofu is one of the highest-protein vegan foods out there and makes a great alternative to scrambled eggs. Serve it up with some avocado and sourdough toast – or, if you’d prefer to go low-carb – try it with a side of fried veggies. You’ll get a protein, fibre & healthy fat-filled breakfast in under 10 minutes!
How to make it: For 1 person, break around 100–150g of firm tofu into rough bite-sized chunks. Heat some coconut oil in a non-stick pan, add the tofu, along with 1 tbsp nutritional yeast and ½ tsp turmeric. Cook and gently stir for 5 minutes. Add 2 tbsp almond milk and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you’d like it a little creamier, feel free to add more milk. Season to taste and serve!
9. Tofu ‘omelette’
Miss omelettes on your vegan diet? Try a tofu omelette instead! They’re surprisingly easy to make and incredibly versatile. Even better? The combination of silken tofu and chickpea flour means they're seriously high in protein, making for an ultra-healthy vegan breakfast or weekend brunch!
How to make it: Add 300g silken tofu, 2 garlic cloves, 2 tbsp nutritional yeast and ½ tsp turmeric to a food processor and process until smooth. Then add ½ a cup of chickpea flour and 1 tbsp cornstarch and process again. Add half the batter to an oiled pan and spread it out. Cook for around 4 minutes, flip gently and cook again. Load the omelette with your choice of fillings – pre-cooked veggies work well – and fold over.
10. Healthy vegan fry-up
A healthy vegan fry-up? It’s possible! Rather than choosing processed options like vegan sausages, making your own tofu ‘bacon’ and pairing it with loads of fried veggies is a healthier option. You could even add some of the tofu scramble above! The result? A high-protein, high-fibre vegan breakfast that tastes too good to be healthy.
How to make it: First, make the tofu bacon using this recipe. Cut a large tomato or two in half and drizzle (cut-side-up) with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, before grilling for 10 minutes. Fry some mushrooms in olive oil for around 5 minutes, add a handful of spinach, cook until wilted and season with salt and pepper. If you’d like to add tofu scramble, use our recipe above. Lastly, pop half an avocado in a bowl, mash with a fork and stir in a squeeze of lime, some chilli flakes, as well as salt and pepper. Plate up and sprinkle with (optional) roasted mixed seeds for an extra pop of protein!
Have a healthy vegan breakfast with Purition
If you struggle to find a healthy vegan breakfast that leaves you feeling full, tastes good and doesn’t take up too much of your time, you’ll love Purition Vegan.
Purition is a whole food blend of seeds, nuts and premium quality protein that you can make into a shake, yoghurt bowl or instant porridge in seconds.
Our whole food ingredients are broken down more slowly than processed refined foods, keeping you fuller for longer. So long, in fact, that you’re unlikely to want to snack between meals!
Find out more about using Purition to support a vegan diet.
- Vegan shake: Blend with 250ml of your favourite milk
- Yoghurt bowl: Mix into 125g yoghurt
- Instant porridge: Add 50ml hot milk or water and stir
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