A vegan breakfast – much like any other type of breakfast – can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, from a quick fuel-up to an all-out brunch extravaganza. These are some of our favourite vegan ways to start the day.
You don’t need to use eggs and milk to whip up a delicious pile of breakfast pancakes! It’s hard to find a more satisfying weekend breakfast. Serve a stack topped with bananas, blueberries and maple syrup. Here’s an easy basic recipe.
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It may be stating the obvious, but toast slathered with Marmite, marmalade, peanut butter, jam or even dairy-free chocolate spread is a viable vegan option – just remember to use dairy-free margarine such as Pure or Vitalite. Or mix it up with crumpets, Scotch pancakes or English muffins. (Most supermarket brands are vegan, but do check the ingredients to be certain.)
3. Breakfast muffins
Go on, treat yourself a little. Muffins are equally good with your mid-morning coffee. This easy blueberry muffin recipe is pretty much foolproof.
Many types of cereal are vegan, including bran flakes, cornflakes, Weetabix, Rice Krispies and most brands of muesli. Instead of cow fluids, serve them with your dairy-free milk of choice.
5. Tofu Scramble
Way better than scrambled chicken ova, this delicious breakfast dish can be whipped up in minutes and customised with whatever additional vegetables and spices take your fancy.
A humble bowl of porridge is cheap, comforting and guaranteed to fill you up for hours to come! Oats and water are all you really need, but make the mix more interesting by adding soya or almond milk, toasted seeds, fresh fruit, jam, a dusting of cinnamon or all the above. This quinoa breakfast porridge is the super-food version – recipe available here.
7. Veggie sausage sandwich
Two slices of bread, two of your favourite vegan sausages (we say you can’t go wrong with Linda McCartney’s) and ketchup, brown sauce or your condiment of choice and there you have it – the healthier ethical equivalent of a bacon butty.
8. Stewed fruit
Chop and gently stew seasonal fruits such as apples, figs, pears, prunes, plums, rhubarb or fresh berries for a few minutes and then keep it in the fridge for up to five days. This dish also tastes great over cereal or soya yoghurt.
The best thing about smoothies? In addition to being refreshing and delicious, they’re a nifty way to consume several of your five-a-day in one go! Here’s some inspiration.
10. Homemade granola
This one takes a little more preparation, but it’s totally worth it for the delicious crunchy, nutty flavour. You can make a big batch and store it in an airtight container for several weeks. There are tonnes of recipes available online such as this one.
11. Hash browns
Many store-bought hash browns, such as McCain’s or Sainsbury’s, are vegan – or if you’re more into the homemade vibe, whip up your own!
12. Cereal bars
When there just isn’t time for a sit-down breakfast, vegan cereal bars such as Nākd bars, Clif Bars, 9bars and Trek Protein Bars are great for fuelling up on the go.
13. The vegan full English
Combine numbers 5, 7 and 11 above, add baked beans, fried mushrooms and possibly a cheeky grilled tomato or two, and you’ll have yourself a damn satisfying fry-up – and the fact that it will have been created without harming animals will only make it extra-tasty!
What’s your vegan breakfast of choice? Let us know by leaving a comment.
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