17 Delicious & Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes

Simple, delicious, and wholesome plant-based breakfast recipes to fuel you all morning long. All are vegan or vegetarian (they include eggs), gluten free, and dairy free!

17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Dairy Free Coconut Yogurt

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What is a plant-based diet?


I’m sure you’ve been hearing this term a lot more these days, but there seems to be a bit of confusion about what “plant-based” really means. Honestly the first time I heard “plant-based diet” I thought it was just another way of saying “vegan”, but it’s actually quite different. A vegan diet is one that is completely void of animal-sourced foods (meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, fish, etc.), and often those following a vegan diet will also follow a vegan lifestyle meaning they don’t usually use any animal-based products like leather or wool.  

While a vegan diet is free of animal products, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s free of sugar, refined flours, or processed foods as we all know there’s no shortage of vegan donuts, cookies, Mac & Cheez, and croissants on the market. A “plant-based” diet however, revolves mainly around healthy, unprocessed or minimally processed plant-sourced foods (nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes) with some animal based products like free-range eggs, organic poultry, or wild fish. A plant-based diet is focused around whole foods and unprocessed options, with the idea to eat plant foods… and lots of them!

I love this concept of eating and I truly feel that a plant-based diet is a great way to eat for amazing energy, stellar digestion, and overall great health.  With the growing popularity of plant-based eating, I thought it would be fun to share 17 delicious and healthy plant-based breakfast recipes from NITK and the blogosphere to show you just how wonderful plant-based eating can really be. Whether you prefer a savoury breakfast or a sweet breakfast (or a little mix of both) I guarantee there will be at least a couple easy plant-based breakfast recipes on this list to suit your fancy!

The Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes:


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Oat Free Coconut Porridge

Cocoprorridge Bowl from When Sweet Becomes Healthy

This stunning bowl is filled with delicious plant-based ingredients including banana, coconut flour, cinnamon, vanilla, buckwheat groats, and cocoa nibs. Grab a spoon and dive in!


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Banana Cream Pie Chia Pudding

Banana Cream Pie Chia Pudding From Choosing Chia

Chia seeds are an amazing and super healthy plant-based food that does wonders for your digestive system and works wonderfully in this delicious breakfast pudding recipe from Choosing Chia.


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Carrot Cake Vegan Overnight Oats

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats from NITK

Carrots may be a vegetable but they seem sweet and blend wonderfully with oats, raisins, walnuts, coconut yogurt, and plant-based milk in this tasty and satisfying overnight oats breakfast.


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Vegan Breakfast Skillet Recipe

Breakfast Skillet Recipe from Make It Dairy Free

This bright and beautiful breakfast skillet is loaded with plant-based ingredients including potatoes, bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, spinach, and the perfect touch of herbs!


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Mint Chocolate Green Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Green Smoothie from NITK

Gorgeous, green, and perfectly plant-based, this smoothie recipe is packed with spinach, banana, and ground flaxseed. The dark chocolate is optional but adds a delicious sweetness and a touch of antioxidants.


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Savory Vegan Breakfast Bowl

Savory Vegan Breakfast Bowl from Running On Real Food

This colourful breakfast bowl from Deryn of Running on Real Food is filled with scrambled tofu (an awesome plant-based breakfast protein), kale, avocado, mushrooms, and cooked brown rice.


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Fruit Filled Overnight Oats with Quinoa

Fruit-Filled Overnight Oats from NITK

Oats and quinoa are the beautiful grains that make the base of this delicious plant-based breakfast recipe topped with tons of fruit, seeds, coconut, and nut butter.


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheese Bagels

Strawberry Cream Cheese from The Vegan 8

Um, yum. I think I’d like to put this plant-based cream cheese on everything. It’s made from freeze-dried strawberries, cashew butter, and plant-based yogurt and is a perfect way to brighten up any morning!


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding

Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding from Choosing Chia

Another delightful and easy plant-based breakfast recipe from Choosing Chia, this pretty rice pudding is filled with coconut milk, rice, vanilla, cardamom, pure maple syrup, and topped with juicy berries.


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Tacos

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Tacos from NITK

Another tasty savoury option, these tacos do contain eggs (which are fine on a plant-based diet) but are also loaded with lots of plant foods including beans, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, and lime.


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Dairy Free Coconut Yogurt

Dairy Free Coconut Yogurt from Make it Dairy Free

Making your own homemade plant-based yogurt has never been easier with this super simple tutorial from Make It Dairy Free. The coconut yogurt finds it’s way into this delicious fruit and coconut yogurt breakfast parfait.


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Super Green Avocado Smoothie

Super Green Avocado Smoothie from Vibrant Plate

Filled with avocado, spinach, banana, lemon, and plant-based yogurt, this smoothie is sure to fill you up at breakfast and put a big smile on your face. I’m sure my almost 2-year old daughter would love this one too!


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Sunbutter Baked Oatmeal Cups

Sunbutter Baked Oatmeal Cups from Feasting On Fruit

These gorgeous looking plant-based breakfast cups are filled with natural, unsweetened sunflower seed butter, rolled oats, applesauce, hemp seeds, and chia seeds. They would make a great morning snack too and being nut-free, a great lunchbox addition.


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Zen Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Zen Quinoa Breakfast Bowl from NITK

This is still one of my most popular breakfast recipes, inspired by a lovely little cafe in Oahu. Loaded with plants like broccoli, tomato, kale, mushrooms, carrot, and quinoa then topped with scrambled eggs or tofu, avocado, and sprouts, it’s a plant-based breakfast bowl sure to please.


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Mushroom Bean Avocado Toast

Mushroom Bean Avocado Toast from Grateful Grazer

Move over plain avocado toast, this mushroom bean toast is another savoury option to try for a healthy and filling plant-based breakfast.


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Simple & Easy Muesli Breakfast

Simple Healthy Breakfast Muesli from NITK

Berries, berries, and more berries alongside plant-based yogurt, rolled oats, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and a sprig of mint. It’s all plants, it’s all yummy, and all drizzled with a perfect touch of honey. Delicious!


17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes // Avocado Egg Salad

The Best Avocado Egg Salad from Pinch Of Yum

This final addition to this easy plant-based breakfast recipe list is a super tasty egg salad option from Pinch of Yum that’s packed with avocado, dill, parsley, and lemon. Perfect on a gluten-free grain bagel or enjoy it with a spoon. It’s up to you!


If anyone ever said plant-based is boring, they are definitely mistaken. All that colour, all that wholesome goodness, I’d be happy to eat plant-based breakfasts for the rest of my life! Tell me, which one will you try first? 

Have you tried a plant-based diet, or is this a way you normally eat? Is this something you’d like to try but weren’t sure where to start? Start with breakfast and the recipes in this list. Let’s chat about it in the comments! Don’t forget to pin the photo below to save this awesome roundup for later and of course, share the love!

These 17 Easy Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes are loaded with the most delicious and wholesome plant foods and some might even surprise you. If you like savory or sweet for breakfast there's a healthy plant-based option for everyone and I'm answering 'what is a plant-based diet?' too!


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Have an awesome day!

Christal // NITK

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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  • For breakfasts I really like to eat oatmeals. It’s a fulfilling and healthy meal. I always add to it fresh fruits, if possible. My lunch most often consists of salads. I have a small garden next to my house in which I grow vegetables which I eat later. The most desiderable veggie in my family is lettuce so I always have its different varieties. Butter lettuce, romaine lettuce and of course rockets from https://gardenseedsmarket.com/perennial-wall-rocket-seeds-diplotaxis-tenuifolia-200-seeds.html . These are three which you’ll always find in my kitchen!

  • Oats is my favorite and combination with oats is always healthy and tasty. But after reading your article, i found so many other healthy breakfast options, i will try soon with my new breakfast meal. Thanks for sharing.

  • I’M so happy i found this site, and looking forward to your recipes with all the wonderful choices, to help me get started and stay on target.


  • Hi I just wanted to inform you that I am a follower of the plant based lifestyle for a few years now and while you are right about what the plant based diet is based upon, you are wrong in saying that it includes a small amount of animal products since the plant based diet excludes all animal products like the ones you mentioned (eggs, fish etc). It focusses on unprocessed natural foods that are in no way produced by animals since a lot of the substances found in animal products are seen as unhealthy and harmful to both our health and our environment. In any case this are some nice recipes but they don’t belong under the plant based diet category.

    • Thanks for the feedback and comment on my post, as to not confuse other readers and create dialogue with you, I wanted to talk about the accurate definitions regarding a “plant based diet” that actually can include a small or moderate amount of animal products. A person who follows a whole foods plant based diet may not eat any animal products or may eat a minimal amount. The key word is “BASED”, which is not “only” and not exclusive. People confuse plant based with vegan often as well thinking that plant based means exclusively plant foods. Here are two articles that explain further: https://www.piedmont.org/living-better/the-difference-between-a-vegan-and-a-plant-based-diet, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/plant-based-diet-vs-vegan, also the founder of the “plant based diet” who originally coined the term, Dr. Colin Campbell also specified that plant based diet is different from vegan in that it may include animal products and is not based on ethics, read more here: History of the Plant-Based Movement. I hope this helps clarify things for you a little bit and while you may consider yourself a follower of the plant based lifestyle who chooses to omit animal products, it would not be wrong for another follow of the plant based lifestyle to include some in their diet.

  • I have been obese all my life largely due to being sedentary and terrible food choices. One of my childhood friends has suggested going to a plant based diet but I am afraid the transition will be to difficult and I will turn back to my old ways and give up. I really want to change, I am 57 years old and my life expectancy decreases each day I remain overweight. I’m hoping you can help.

    • Hi Maurice! Congrats on choosing to make a change and searching online for inspiration! My suggestion would be to start slow, swapping out 1 meal per day with a plant based meal then after a month swap out a second meal, and continue until all meals are plant based slowly over time. Ease your body (and your mindset!) into it 🙂