What Do Vegans Eat For Breakfast?

What Do Vegans Eat For Breakfast?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s no wonder a common question is what do vegans eat for breakfast? Here’s a list of a few vegan breakfast staples.

Deciding to go vegan can be a huge life shift. There’s so many questions you may have when first starting a vegan diet such as what do vegans eat for breakfast. Not to mention there are many different types of vegan diets you may adopt, such as whole food plant based, junk food vegan, raw vegan, fruitarian and more. But let’s start at the beginning… with breakfast and with some of the most common questions surrounding it.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes from some great vegan bloggers:

Do vegans eat eggs?

No, vegans do not eat eggs in the traditional sense such as chicken or duck eggs. However, there are several recipes which vegans may use to mimic and create “mock” vegan eggs from plants. Interested in learning more? Get the 5 BEST Vegan Egg Substitutes delivered to your inbox.

Can vegans eat cereal?

This is a tricky question. There are certain ingredients in cereal considered “non vegan”. Here are a few ingredients to avoid:

  • Honey (ex. Honey Nut Cherrios)
  • Gelatin (ex. Kelloggs Frosted Mni Wheats)
  • Vitamin D3 (ex. Lucky Charms)

Interested in learning more? Check out this article from Spruce Eats on 7 Sneaky Non-Vegan Ingredients.

Additionally, here are some cereals vegans CAN eat.

  • Quaker Life Cinnamon
  • Grape Nuts
  • Fruity Pebbles
  • Rice Krispies
  • Corn Flakes

Can vegans eat oatmeal?

Absolutely! This is a common breakfast staple in the vegan community. Of course, the substitute here would be not to use dairy milk and instead use a plant milk. I typically use oat or almond milk for my oatmeal recipes. For a yummy treat check out this Red Velvet Baked Oats recipe.

What do vegans eat for breakfast?

Aside from the ability to eat cereal, oatmeal and creating our own version of eggs there are many other possibilities when it comes to what vegans eat for breakfast. Below I share a few common breakfast meal options and recipes.

Breakfast Meat Alternatives

There are many different meat alternatives to choose form at the grocery store today including Beyond Meat, Field Roast and more! These meat alternatives are certainly great for new vegans as they transition to a vegan diet. They can act as a great stepping stone into a fully plant based lifestyle. However, one thing to keep in mind is these products are processed.

Therefore as you continue on your journey you may find you’d like to eat healthier, whole food plant based options. If that’s the case below you will find a few recipes not using any processed ingredients. Instead these recipes focus on using plants, herbs and spices to create the breakfast meat alternative you crave.

This recipe features a savory mix of lentils and walnuts. Seasoned with just the right amount of spices to create a deliciously satisfying breakfast meat alternative.

Looking for a vegan sausage link recipe? Check out this yummy, protein packed pecan chorizo recipe. Perfectly paired with toast and fruit in the morning.

Craving breakfast tacos? These taco recipes with soy chorizo are sure to hit the spot. This spicy chorizo recipe is perfectly balanced with sweet-savory flavors.

Bacon is number one on the list for many non vegan breakfast menus. This sweet and crunchy twist on Gordon Ramsey’s vegan bacon recipe is sure to satisfy those taste buds.


As mentioned above eggs are a staple of the traditional American breakfast. Which is why so many vegan egg alternatives exist. Here are a few vegan egg recipes to check out.

This vegan breakfast recipe uses chickpea flour along with fresh vegetables to recreate a beloved breakfast favorite. Pair this with mushroom bacon for a full feast.

This vegan fried egg recipe is paired with a flavorful breakfast ramen noodle soup. You can also choose to eat the egg alone of pair with toast and fruit jam. Enjoy!

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Vegan pancakes are top of the list when it comes to breakfast. The great news is you can make them with gluten free flour, oat flour, coconut flour, whole what flour, all purpose flour or just about any flour you can think of.

Here’s a basic vegan pancake recipe:

  • 1 cup flour of choice
  • 1 tbsp sugar of choice
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

If you’re looking for additional inspiration check out this Pineapple Upside Down Pancake recipe.


From baked oats to breakfast cereal there’s all type of options for vegans to consider for breakfast. Here are a few vegan breakfast cereal ideas to get you started:

This easy baked oats recipe is the perfect make ahead breakfast option.

A Fall favorite recipe for those feeling creative and craving something different. Perfectly paired with your favorite ice cold plant milk.

If you want to skip the cooking try Daily Harvest. A healthy and quick alternative for those on the go. Get $40 Off using my code KITCHENDAN.

Baked Goods

Baked goods can be tricky when going vegan because you’ll need to learn how to substitute eggs, butter and other dairy options. The recipes below help walk you through the process step by step.

While cinnamon rolls may not be the easiest breakfast option to make they certainly are one of the tastiest. This recipe is sure to be a favorite throughout all seasons.

This vegan breakfast cookie recipe is perfect for mornings on the go. Simply make ahead the night before and pair with your favorite green juice recipe or Daily Harvest smoothie for added nutrients.

Warm, buttery banana bread will never go out of style. Be sure to check out this Cinnamon Walnut Banana Bread recipe for the ultimate vegan breakfast treat.

Juice & Smoothies

Sometimes getting the nutrition you need in during every meal can be tough. But juices and smoothies are a great way to sneak your leafy green vegetables in to your meals. Check out the recipes below to help you get started.

A creamy vegan take on a Dairy Queen classic. This smoothie recipe is loaded with oranges and peaches for an immune boosting pick me up.

Beets and blueberries are a wonderful combo to help you get the brain and athletic enhancing nutrients you need to be healthy and thriving.

Sagen Jackson

Sagen knows first hand the harmful negative impacts bad habits can have on your health. For the past fifteen years, she has worked in the health industry developing programs for underserved women, partnering with doctors to create unique primary care services and serving with her local breastfeeding coalition and food bank. She loves helping women like you set health goals and crush them! Because she knows if she can overcome a drinking addiction and unhealthy eating habits so can you! It won’t always be easy but feeling and looking your best is always worth it! Download the HealthiHER app and get started on your journey to a HealthiHER you! You Glow Girl!

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