How to Veganize Your Fav Vegan Breakfast Recipes
Here’s a quick guide on how to easily veganize some of your favorite breakfast recipes and turn them into vegan breakfast recipes.
Welcome! If you’ve landed here it’s likely because you’re a new vegan or considering going vegan. Either way, I hope you find what you need here and keep reading! Here is where you find what you need as a new vegan (or those considering going vegan) to veganize some of your favorite breakfast recipes… eventually making them your new favorite vegan breakfast recipes! Ready to get started?! Let’s Partii!
Start With The Basics
A classic American breakfast is known for a few staples. These staples include milk, hot or cold cereal, yogurt, eggs, protein and toast. Of course, I’m not suggesting you eat all of these at once.. or you could, no judgement here! I get it, I like my options too. But here I’ll equip you with the tips and tricks you need to begin to veganize some of your favorite recipes. This is guaranteed to make your journey to a vegan diet a whole lot smoother.
I remember standing in the Starbucks line as a new vegan having no idea what milk substitute to get in my coffee. I hate to admit I was nervous before walking up to the barista because I didn’t want to look dumb asking what plant milk to sub my regular 2% milk with. As I came closer to putting in my order I made the last minute to decision to just ask. I mean who wants a wasted coffee right?! Thankfully, the barista was nice and walked me through my options. But let me save you from this mild anxiety attack and help you out here. Below you’ll find a quick start guide on plant milks. Want something more in depth, like when to cook with which plant milks and why? Be sure to check out the Going Vegan Toolkit.
Here are a few of the most common plant milk options and my suggestions for your next Starbucks order!
- Oat Milk: very rich, creamy texture, thick and usually slightly sweet depending on the brand. Typically does have a slight oat taste but in my opinion not overbearing. I would recommend oat milk for lattes where you are looking for a creamy, thicker plant milk. Think of this like your whole milk alternative.
- Almond Milk: mild flavor, light consistency. This is a great sub if you usually order your lattes with dairy milk 2% or lower. Great with iced coffee for a light, refreshing pairing.
- Cashew Milk: thicker consistency, creamy texture. Does have a strong flavor profile. Not recommended for coffee and typically not carried as a dairy milk alternative. However, it’s perfect for cooking! If you want to learn more about cooking with cashew milk be sure to check out the Going Vegan Toolkit.
- Soy Milk: fairly light consistency, moderate to mild after taste. 2% dairy milk alternative and will mix fairly well with your Starbucks lattes. May have a slight after taste.
- Coconut Milk: very thick consistency with a bold flavor profile. This goes great with frappes and/or any drink where you want a heavy, thicker milk. Be warned you will likely taste a coconut after taste. This definitely falls on the whole milk alternative end of the spectrum. Plus, coconut milk is perfect for vegan cheese sauces, nice creams, gravies and so much more. I share more about this in my Going Vegan Toolkit.
Lastly, there is always the option to do it yourself and make your own nut milk! If you decide to go this route it’s easier than you may think.
Here’s a simple three step process:
- Pick your nut of choice. I personally like pecans, almonds and walnuts. Do not get salted nuts. Instead select whole, raw nuts.
- Make your nut milk using a whole slow juicer. This makes it super easy to make your nut milk from scratch. Alternatively, you can use a blender and then strain using a straining bag. Both work, just depends on your budget and time!
- Lastly, fortify your nut milk. Supplementing your homemade nut milk with calcium, vitamin D and B12 can help ensure you get the nutrients you need. If you make one gallon of nut milk here’s a ratio adapted from the Calorie Bee: 30 g Calcium, 4 ml liquid vitamin D3 and 60 drops liquid vitamin B12.
How long can I store and keep my homemade nut milk?
Generally, these nut milks will keep for about 4 – 5 days. Keep in mind, however, they are best served fresh.
How Do You Like Your Eggs
I’m not going to lie when you first go vegan, yes giving up cheese is challenging. But you may not consider how much you use eggs. This can be tricky! If you’re thinking you want help with baking and how to substitute eggs be sure to check out my Going Vegan Toolkit. For now, I’ll review five ways to cook with eggs for your next vegan breakfast.
Sunny Side Up Eggs
Looking for inspiration on how to use this vegan breakfast alternative?! Check out my breakfast ramen recipe.
Poached Eggs with Hollandaise Sauce
Poached eggs is a brunch fav. You may think it’s a lost cause when going vegan. But don’t lose hope! There are always creative ways to get what you want. In this breakfast salad with poached egg and hollandaise sauce recipe I share just that! One of the greatest thing you’ll learn when going vegan is, anything you can do I can do vegan!
Check out the poached egg breakfast salad recipe below.
Deviled Eggs (Recipe adapted from Tabitha Brown)
What about deviled eggs? Can this be made vegan? You bet! Tabitha Brown shared her deviled eggs recipe a few months back and I adapted it for this blog. If you’re looking for a tangy, zesty alternative to the traditional deviled egg this is it.
Get the recipe here.
Scrambled Chickpea Eggs
But how about if you love breakfast tacos, burritos and/or the traditional American breakfast with scrambled eggs toast and bacon? Don’t worry, you’re covered! You can make scrambled chickpea eggs. Not only are these delicious, packed with protein but they are just about as easy to make as traditional scrambled eggs… and fast too!
Want to give scrambled chickpea eggs a try? Start cooking here.
Know Your Protein
When it comes to vegan breakfast one of the easiest things to skip is protein. I’ve been there before. Sometimes you think you only have time to grab fruit or a smoothie and skip the protein powder. Other times you’re on top of it and set aside some time to make a protein packed breakfast for when you’re on the go.
However, when you just go vegan you may feel overwhelmed trying to determine what to cook. Here are a few suggestions for you.
Check out other easy breakfast recipes here.
Toast Five Ways
Lastly, there’s toast. Toast is so fun and customizable! One of the great things about going vegan is it forces you to get creative. Like these creative and yummy toast ideas below.
The trick to all of these great vegan options is of course adding them to our daily routines. What is it were easier than you having to search through my website, Google, Pinterest and more? What if you had meal plans delivered right to your email inbox every week? That’s what you get with the Going Vegan Toolkit. Weekly meal plans delivered straight to your inbox and lots of tips and tricks helping you go and stay vegan. Be sure to check it out here.