We scoured the internet for the 10 very best plant-based breakfast recipes


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Photo: Alison Wu

While there’s no shortage of different eating plans out there—who knows, there might be a new one being born right now—most healthy eaters agree that a diet that’s primarily plant-based is the best way to go. It’s also the safest when hosting a meal. If one person is dairy-free, someone else is vegetarian, and a third person is pegan, you’ll end up filling the table with food everyone can actually eat.

Thankfully, as plant-based eating has gotten more and more popular, people have really upped their recipe game (so long, flavorless tofu scrambles!). While this is definitely great news, it now takes quite a bit of work to dig through all of them to find the really good ones.

Well, we did all the hard work for you, sifting though well known recipe blogs—and not so well-known ones—to find 10 plant-based breakfast recipes that are delicious, healthy, and don’t take too much time to master. Keep reading to see the best of the best.

Scroll down for 10 plant-based breakfast recipes eaters of all diet types will love.

lemon chia muffins recipe
Photo: Lily Kunin

1. Lemon chia muffins

This is the perfect recipe for when you want to make something to share with your whole work team. (Oh, your review just happens to be tomorrow? What a coincidence!) Dreamed up by Well+Good Wellness Council member and holistic health coach Lily Kunin, the batter is a mix of gluten-free flour, flaxseed, and unsweetened almond milk. And those chia seeds on top aren’t just for show—they add protein so you’ll stay satiated until lunch.

papaya salad
Photo: My New Roots

2. Bali bliss papaya salad

What’s so beautiful about this recipe is that it celebrates nature’s bounty with little dressing up; papaya and coconut are so flavorful on their own, they don’t need much work. Created by My New Roots’s Sarah Britton, the only other ingredients are lime, ginger, sea salt, coconut oil, and honey (skip if you’re vegan).

banana pancakes
Photo: Love and Lemons

3. Banana pancakes

Nope, you don’t need milk or eggs to make a great stack of light, fluffy pancakes. Love and Lemons creator Jeanine Donofrio uses a clever blend of bananas, almond milk, olive oil, baking soda and powder, oat flour, whole wheat flour, and flax to mimic the classic pancake texture sans any animal products. Working bananas right into the batter already gives the ‘cakes some sweetness, but adding in vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg is a sugar-free way to boost the taste.

chia parfait recipe
Photo: Alison Wu

4. Strawberry almond coconut parfaits 

These parfaits may look and taste like dessert, but literally every ingredient is healthy and helps prep the body for the day ahead. Made by Alison Wu, this is not your average parfait. She also includes adaptogens maca and astragalus, which help the adrenal system combat stress. Oh, and the secret to making the texture so creamy: coconut butter.

matcha milkshake
Photo: 8th and Lake

5. Matcha milkshake with passion fruit whipped cream

You want matcha and breakfast, but you only have one free hand and have to go. Enter this recipe that gives an energy kick while satisfying those hunger pangs. What makes this recipe so special is the whipped cream, which is a blend of passion fruit and yogurt blend. (If you’re vegan, go for alt-yogurt, which is blessedly everywhere these days.)

vegan donuts recipe
Photo: Chocolate Covered Kate

6. Tagalongs peanut butter donuts

Serving a dozen of these donuts on the breakfast table is a total mic drop moment. Sure, it may sound like a sugar bomb, but it’s really not! While there is chocolate involved, maple syrup and vanilla extract are the primary sweeteners. Peanut butter also gives it that dessert-like taste, but doubles as the protein bomb needed to fuel your morning.

apricot crumble recipe
Photo: A Tasty Love Story

7. Raw apricot crumble

Fiber, antioxidants, protein…this breakfast has it all, while tasting like cobbler. It’s pretty hard to start the day off on the wrong foot with a breakfast like this. A Tasty Love Story blogger uses warming ingredients like cardamom, pumpkin seeds, and ground vanilla to make this dish really hit the spot.

savory vegan pancakes
Photo: Oh She Glows

8. Crunchy dill chickpea pancakes with lemon garlic aioli

More in the mood of a savory breakfast? Oh She Glows’s Angela Liddon has you covered. Her golden pancakes made with chickpea flour (protein!) cook the same way as the traditional ‘cakes you know and love, but taste tangy and not at all sweet. The topping is made with vegan mayo, garlic, and fresh lemon juice and can be whipped up in just a couple minutes, which is a good thing, because you’ll want to stick a fork in this stack ASAP.

gluten-free banana bread recipe
Photo: The Minimalist Baker

9. One-bowl vegan gluten-free banana bread

There’s nothing quite like a cup of coffee and thick slice of banana bread. This recipe, courtesy of Minimalist Baker blogger Dana Shultz, delivers on the classic flavor without using butter or eggs (or wheat flour!). And the combo of bananas, coconut sugar, and almond butter gives the perfect amount of sweetness.

zucchini bars recipe
Photo: Hummusapein

10. Almond butter zucchini bars

If you thought all zucchini was good for was making zoodles, you’ve been missing out. Work ’em into your breakfast with this recipe, which combines the squash with almond butter for protein and creaminess. Besides those two starring ingredients, all you need are a few spices and voila—breakfast is served.

Now that breakfast is covered, here are some plant-based ideas for lunch and dinner.


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