When you picture a quick, vegan breakfast, what do you see? Maybe a sad bowl of oat bran cereal with rice milk or dry toast? I find that people who are hesitant about veganism often have a very 1970s view of what vegans eat. Luckily, we’ve come a long way in the last 40 years! These delicious vegan breakfast ideas will fill your belly in 20 minutes or less.
1. Overnight Oatmeal
Oatmeal doesn’t take long in the morning, but if time is of the essence, mix yours up the night before! Overnight oatmeal is what it says it is. Instead of cooking your oatmeal, you mix up the oats with plant milk and add-ins the night before, then stick it in the fridge. In the morning, you can grab your quickie breakfast on the way out the door. If you want to warm it up, just heat on the stove for a few minutes or stick them into the microwave.
You can mix up a few days’ worth of overnight oats at a time. My favorite trick is to make a triple batch, then divide into individual mason jars, so I have a few grab-and-go breakfasts in the fridge.
What I like about overnight oatmeal is that I never feel like getting creative with my oats in the morning, but if I’m mixing them the night before I’m more likely to try fun flavor combinations. I wrote last year about how to create your own overnight oatmeal concoctions. If you prefer a recipe, here are a few that I really like!
- Gingerbread Overnight Oatmeal - This is my son’s new favorite.
- Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats - My favorite overnight oats recipe!
- Blackberry Mojito Overnight Oats - From Spa Bettie.
2. Avocado Toast
I know, avocado toast is crazy trendy right now. But I really think that its love is well-deserved! Cool, creamy avocado on crispy, warm toast is such a lovely combination. If you’re a bagel and cream cheese or buttered toast person, this is a good, quick vegan breakfast alternative for you!
The great thing about avocado toast is that you can create a lot of fun variations on this theme. These are a few avocado toast recipes that think outside of the box.
- Golden Avocado Toast with Spicy Kimchi Sauce - From Spa Bettie.
- Chipotle-Lime Avocado Toast - From Kelli’s Kitchen.
- Mango Avocado Toast - From Canned Time.
3. Savory Oatmeal
Grits are one of my favorite vegan breakfasts, but real grits take a long time on the stove. And as a self-respecting southerner, I can’t in good faith recommend making quick grits.
A great grits alternative for a quick, savory breakfast is savory oatmeal. If you’re hesitant about savory oats, you’re not alone! I’m so used to drizzling on maple syrup and mixing in lots of fruit that the idea of savory oatmeal seemed strange to me. The more recipes I look at, though, the more intrigued I’m becoming.
My editor here at Care2, Megan Zehnder, is a huge savory oatmeal fan. She says that she doesn’t follow a recipe, “I usually just add sauteed onion, greens and salt to cooked oatmeal.” Doesn’t that sound like a lovely, nutritious start to the day?
If you do prefer a recipe, though, here are a few that looks absolutely amazing!
- Savory Vegetable Oats with White Bean Gravy - From JL Goes Vegan.
- Rosemary Veggie Oats - From Vegan Yack Attack.
- Cheesy Savory Oats – From Oh She Glows.
4. Chia Pudding
This is another grab-and-go breakfast that you whip up the night before and eat in the morning. Chia seeds are nutritional superstars. They also soak up liquid and plump up to a tapioca-like consistency without any cooking needed. Just mix up your chia seeds in a liquid of your choice, and you’ll have pudding in a couple of hours.
Like with overnight oatmeal, I suggest making a big batch, then dividing the mix into individual serving jars. A few minutes of stirring in the evening yields days of healthy, quick vegan breakfasts.
Need some chia pudding ideas to get you started? Here are a few of my faves!
- Cherry Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding - From The Good Karma Diet.
- Figgy Chia Pudding - From Ricki Heller
- Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding – From Minimalist Baker
More healthy breakfast inspiration:
- 16 Savory Vegan Breakfast Recipes to Fuel Your Day
- Build Your Own Overnight Oats
- 9 Ways to Dress Up Your Avocado Toast
Do you have a favorite quick, vegan breakfast recipe? I’d love to hear about what’s cooking in the comments!