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Simple Vegan Breakfast Ideas

I remember when I first started transitioning to being vegan. Being vegetarian for many years made getting rid of dairy products quite easy. Only one aspect of it was actually hard. These kinds of products are included almost everywhere. Meet is simple, you either have it or not. With milk, eggs, cheese etc you really have to read through product’s labels to see if they didn’t actually add something during production. It’s really annoying at first but you can get used to it at some point. It takes some time to get familiar with the vegan products but on the bright side, you get to know new tastes and maybe find something you’ve never knew you’d love?

My favourite meal of the day is with no doubt breakfast. I celebrate it, make time for it and always make sure it tastes fantastic. At the same time I don’t have much time for cooking during the day due to the busy schedule. That’s why everything I make has to be done quick. I’ve put together for you some simple vegan breakfast ideas. I’ll tell you about a few of my favourite things to prepare in the morning. I’m sure that none of them take more than 15/20min to make. Have a look.

Magic Oat Meal / Porridge

One of my favourite things to do and something my guests falls in love with. I call it a magic breakfast πŸ˜‰ I found my favourite type of porridge and I’ll share it with you but remember that you can alternate it. Everyone prefers different things. The most important is to choose what You like the most and add it to your meal. It’s the first thing you’ll eat in the morning so it has to be fantastic to start your day right.

What you’ll need:

  • oats (preferably gluten free)
  • apple
  • dark chocolate
  • cinnamon
  • nuts (pick your favourites, I usually go for hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds)
  • boiled water (around 100/200ml)
  • agave nectar
  • chia seeds
  • fresh fruits (again, pick your favourites. My go to: banana, raspberries, strawberries, berries, kiwi, mango, pomegranate)
  • small pot

Start with apples. Pill their skin and cut to small square pieces. Then boil the water in the kettle. Start frying the apples in the pot. When they’ll get hot and a little brownish, add the nuts for a few moments. You don’t have to use any oil. This will make your kitchen smell delicious, trust me πŸ˜‰ Add the boiled water to the apples in the pot. Try not to fill too much, I’d say 1/4. You can always add some more. Continue with adding the oats. This also has to be done based on how much you want to eat. Remember that they’ll gain some volume as they’ll absorb the water. You want to keep stirring it while it’s steaming. Your porridge will get thicker with every minute. You have to choose which kind of consistency of porridge you like. Some people prefer it more watery. When I see that it’s almost done to my liking I add some cinnamon for a better taste and shred some dark chocolate in it. Usually one or two pieces. I keep stirring so my chocolate can melt.

In the mean time prepare your bowl, chop some bananas and put it in. When your porridge is ready, add it in and put your fresh fruits on the top. Finish your porridge with some agave nectar on top and sprinkle some chia seeds.

The magic breakfast is done, enjoy it πŸ˜‰

 

World’s Easiest Breakfast Pancakes

I usually make this breakfast with the help of my favourite blender. It really saves my time and energy. This meal is made literally from 3 ingredients and got plenty of compliments from my friends and family. It’s the best recipe if you wanna make a good impression, trust me πŸ˜‰ Let me tell you what you need.

Pancakes

  • oats (best gluten free)
  • banana (two if you want to make more)
  • plant milk (I usually use almond or coconut)

Ideas for toppings:

  • agave nectar
  • jam
  • peanut butter (I recommend the “Meridian’ brand for vegan butters from nuts. They make different types)
  • fresh fruits
  • vegan chocolate spread (“Vego” brand will change your life. I find it much better than Nutella)
  • vegan cream cheese (I usually go for “VioLife” brand)

Add the chopped banana, about half of the cup of oats and a little milk to your blender cup. I don’t have the right proportions as every time I just make it based on how I feel. Mix it.

The consistency shouldn’t been too thick but not to watery either. Think more of a yogurt consistency.

I heat up the pan with rapeseed oil. I used to cook with Coconut oil until I found out it’s not the healthiest option for frying. Rapeseed oil is the best one from what I know based on my research. I fry small pancakes from both sides until they’re dark brown. My pan can fit 3/4 of them and I usually make around 10 from one batch. 5 can fill you up quite well, I promise you. My flatmates are so happy when I make these because they know I’ll have to share some with them.

 

Breakfast Smoothie For Those In A Hurry

This is my favourite alternative when I’m in a real hurry. You can make it in your blender, close the cup, take it with you in your bag and drink it while you’re on your way to work or school. It really saves you some time. You have to remember that smoothie is still a liquid so even if you put a lot in it, the feeling of being full won’t last too long. That’s why they say that it’s not the best idea for a weight loss diet. Even if it sounds extremely healthy and it has loads of health benefits, it’ll still make you wanna eat after an hour or two. The fibre from the fruits will make sure of it as it’ll speed up your metabolism

I usually just throw everything I have in the fridge to my smoothie but let me tell you about the perfect smoothie I manage to make sometimes. These are the ideal ingredients:

  • plant based milk (I usually use almond or coconut)
  • banana
  • oats (preferably gluten free)
  • spinach
  • pomegranate
  • raspberries
  • avocado
  • protein powder / spirulina
  • chia seeds

When it comes to protein powders they can really make the taste of your smoothie. Especially for us vegans I recommend everyone to add it. Sometimes it can work better than a coffee in the morning.

WhyΒ Spirulina?

It has a high vitamin and protein content which is a great addition to the vegan diet.

Per amount 100g, % is the daily value.

Protein – 57g – 114% ,Β Iron – 158%, Magnesium – 48%, Vitamin B6 – 20%, Vitamin C – 16%, Calcium – 12%, Vitamin A – 11%

It also has antioxidant and inflammation-fighting properties. It’s a common belief that it can help regulate the immune system.

 

Luxurious Breakfast Bowl

This is something I’ve discovered recently after my holidays in Philippines. It became my go to choice during summer. It usually comes out a little cold as it includes frozen fruits. My house is very cold during winter so I usually prefer hot breakfast during that time. Breakfast bowl is nothing else than a thicker smoothie but not ice-cream yet, presented in a bowl. You can also alternate the ingredients more to your liking but this is my favourite mix.

  • frozen berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries)
  • banana
  • plant based milk (I usually use almond or coconut)
  • protein powder (You can add it but you don’t have to)
  • avocado
  • chia seeds

I mix it all in my blender. It should come out with a quite thick consistency so you have to use the spoon to take it all out. The magic is in the layers you put on the top of your breakfast bowl. You can get super creative with it. Here are some ideas for the toppings:

  • any kind of nuts or seeds
  • coconut (Flakes, Raw, Dried, Shred – whichever you prefer)
  • dry fruits
  • fresh fruits
  • more chia seeds of flax seeds
  • chocolate shavings
  • nut butter
  • granola

 

Vegan Breakfasts Rocks.

You can see that these are all very simple vegan breakfast ideas. The best thing is that you can alternate all of them and make it taste different very time. This way you won’t get bored with it. The other benefit is that they’re extremely healthy. They’ll make you feel fantastic in the mornings. You’ll feel energized and ready for the whole day rather than bloated and sleepy. I would recommend these for everyone, not just vegans.

Feel free to share your experience with these in the comment below. I’d love to hear what kind of mixtures you went for. If you have any questions I’ll also happily answer them.

Hope you’ll enjoy your new and tasty breakfasts!

2 Comments

  • Fran

    It’s nice to visit a vegan site, as I am curious about what being vegan is all about.  

    I must say, your breakfast recipes look wonderful.  Mind if I drop by some morning for a sample?  (I jokes — am undoubtedly too far away.)  I do think I will try one or two of them, though.  Perhaps you will transform me into a vegan.  

    I know a lot of people really embrace the vegan diet, so am glad to see you are putting out some good information for folks like me who need to be informed, or for folks who are already on a vegan diet.  It certainly appears to be a healthy way to eat.

    • Ola

      Hi Fran,

      thank you for taking the time to read through my post and comment. It makes me really happy to hear that more and more people are curious about vegan diet. It has definitely changed a lot in my life and only for good.

      I’ve made some of these breakfasts for my none vegan friends and they’re making them in their houses now. My mum absolutely loves it and not that long ago she thought that vegans only eat lettuce. Love her. πŸ˜‰ This new way of eating and cooking made me discover so many new tastes and nutritious foods. That’s why I recommend everyone to simply try. We can always go back to the old habits if you want to. Although a healthy diet can be quite life changing, promise πŸ˜‰ 

      Thank you for a lovely comment, all the best for you!

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