You don’t have to eat meat to build muscle, especially when you can get enough protein from these vegan recipes.
Whether you prefer a sweet or savoury start to your day, it’s surprisingly easy to amp up your protein intake with simple and delicious vegan breakfast recipes. From protein-packed smoothies to overnight oats, these dairy, meat and egg-free breakfasts will fuel you throughout the day while helping you achieve your weight loss goals.
Without further ado, here are 11 delicious, high-protein vegan breakfast recipes that are incredibly simple to make.
1. Avocado Toast
Who knew breakfast could be so simple? There’s nothing quite like the creamy simplicity of a slice of bread topped with avocado. Swap out butter or margarine for a ¼ to ½ avocado to start the day off with some healthy fats. Throw on some thinly-chopped onion, lemon juice, sea salt, pepper and chilli flakes for extra flavour. Choose high-protein variety bread to get your protein fill (some brands boast up to 28 g for two slices).
2. Avocado Spinach Smoothie
Combine the nutrition of raw greens into a coconut-water smoothie for a perfect green protein smoothie. The avocado makes this smoothie creamy without any additional dairy.
- 1 avocado
- ½ cup spinach
- Two scoops of your favourite vegan protein powder
- 2 cups chilled coconut water and blend until smooth.
Give a boost to your green smoothie with a sprinkle of chia seeds or cinnamon. Yum!
3. Five-Minute Vegan Oatmeal
Jazz up your oatmeal bowl with this five-minute vegan oatmeal recipe that is quick and easy to prepare.
- ½ cup oats
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoon pumpkin puree (homemade or canned)
Add the ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil. Cook on medium to low flame for five min and stir in ¼ cup of coconut milk. Serve with a dash of nutmeg, sprinkle with cinnamon and add your favourite berries, along with chopped walnuts or sliced almonds for added protein.
4. Chia Pudding
Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse in a tiny package. Soak the seeds the night before, so you’ll have your pudding ready in the A.M! In place of dairy, it calls for almond milk.
Soak three tablespoon chia seeds for one cup of almond milk. Top with thin slices of banana, two tablespoon of almond butter, and sprinkle with cacao nibs.
5. Vegan Berry Smoothie Bowl
Six ingredients are all you need for this dairy-free smoothie bowl. If you want to amp up the protein, just add a scoop of vegan protein powder or a couple tablespoons of almond butter into the mix. Top it with sliced banana, blueberries, strawberries, some chia seeds and granola of your choice. Each bit packs a protein punch that will keep you satisfied longer.
6. Quick Quinoa Bowl
One cup of cooked quinoa has 8 grams of protein, which makes this quinoa breakfast bowl ideal for starting your day.
- Add 1 cup quinoa, 2 cups almond milk, and ¼ teaspoon salt to a pot.
- Bring it to boil. Lower the heat and allow the contents to simmer for about 7-9 minutes while stirring occasionally.
- Close the lid and allow the contents to simmer for another 3-5 minutes until the quinoa is cooked.
- Remove from heat and leave covered for 1 minute.
- Stir and serve hot with a sprinkle of cinnamon, topped with almonds, diced banana and fresh berries.
- You can sweeten to taste with maple syrup or agave.
(To avoid adding the bitterness of saponin to your dish, rinse quinoa in a strainer with cold running water before cooking.)
7. Vegan Vanilla Milkshake
Made with only four ingredients, this high-protein vegan vanilla milkshake is not just the sweet treat for breakfast, but can also aid in your weight loss efforts.
- Add ½ cup soft tofu
- 1 cup vanilla soy milk
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ tablespoon peanut butter to the blender and blend until smooth.
Serve and enjoy the super healthy and simple breakfast recipe. That’s all there is to it!
8. Nut Butter Toast
It doesn’t get easier than this. Toast your favourite bread (protein bread if you’re getting a workout in today!), and spread with all-natural peanut butter or almond butter for a quick and filling breakfast. Upgrade your toast with your favorite seeds, fruits, nuts, or jam.
9. Wholesome Vegan Banana Bread
Bite into this soft and juicy vegan banana bread for a tasty breakfast treat. Try mixing in walnuts to your bread for added flavour. Bananas and walnuts are a tried-and-true flavour combination, and even your non-vegan friends will love this recipe!
10. Vegan Blueberry Protein Pancakes
Why not whip up some blueberry pancakes on a weekend morning? This protein-power pancake recipe is healthy, delicious and super simple. Pump up protein pancakes with fresh blueberries and any other berry of your choice. You can always play with the fruits to create variety.
11. Sweet Potato Breakfast Burrito
A savoury breakfast recipe for the weekends or to take with you on the go, this Mexican-style vegan burrito is an easy recipe for a quick and nutritious vegetarian breakfast. Loaded with sweet potato and black beans, this vegan breakfast burrito will fill you up with sustaining protein and fibre.