One of the most common questions we hear from people new to a plant-based diet is “What do I eat for breakfast?” Many of us grew up eating eggs, bacon, dairy…
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5-Minute Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
Ready in 5 minutes, this slurpable dragon fruit smoothie bowl makes healthy eating a breeze and is a great way to start the day! Look for frozen dragon fruit in your supermarket and blend it with creamy frozen bananas and beverage-style coconut milk. Starfruit is a particularly fun topping, but if you can’t find it, try golden kiwifruit, additional chopped dragon fruit, or any fruit you have on hand. Shredded coconut, chia seeds and granola add a nice crunch.
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Mango Smoothie Bowl
These fruity mango smoothie bowls are fortified with oats and chia seeds and are excellent for breakfast or as an energizing snack. Frozen bananas and mango create a smooth and creamy base, orange juice offers a subtle citrus background, and turmeric deepens the yellow hue. Top with fresh blueberries and sliced kiwi for extra juicy goodness. Feel free to get creative with your toppings.
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Granola Parfaits with Berries and Brown Rice Pudding
Dates, plant milk, and a splash of vanilla transform leftover brown rice into a mouthwateringly creamy rice pudding. Layers of juicy fresh berries and chewy oil-free granola add color and textural variety to these vibrant breakfast pudding parfaits. Healthy and delicious, these banded beauties make a great everyday breakfast and are perfect for a festive brunch.
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Gluten-Free Crepes
"After college I spent a year in France as a fille au pair, living with a French family, taking care of their children, and experiencing French culture. I learned a lot about French cooking, including how to make crepes. The key element is a very thin batter, which is similar to the Swedish version of large thin pancakes. The version I make today with a combination of chickpea and tapioca flours is successful in both achieving the classic flavor and reasonable sturdiness."
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Irish Porridge Bread
This dense, chewy loaf is a type of Irish soda bread, but it tastes more like the moist, crumbly rye breads of Germany thanks to the hearty portion of oats swirled through the batter. If you’re a bread-making beginner, this is a great recipe to start with, since it relies on baking soda to get its rise. There isn’t any proofing time, so all you need to do is mix everything together and pop it in the oven. Tip: This bread will keep for up to a week in the fridge and makes great toast.
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Dreamy Zucchini Breakfast Cookies
Almond butter adds richness to these wholesome zucchini breakfast cookies that are tender, chewy, and full of comforting flavor. Each little round features the warming notes of cinnamon and subtle sweetness of vanilla to complement the grated squash, which adds the perfect amount of moisture to each cookie. And while we love snacking on one or two of these treats for a light breakfast, they’re delicious at any time of day!
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Hash Brown Patties with Green Tahini Sauce
Hearty brown lentils add extra substance to these comforting hash brown patties, which are perfect for a nourishing morning meal. Curry powder, red pepper flakes, and fresh garlic infuse the patties with fragrant flavor, while savory tomato paste helps bind everything together. The hash browns get cooked in an oil-free skillet until a crispy golden-brown crust forms, making them a delight to sink your teeth into. A zesty homemade tahini sauce is ideal for dolloping on top.
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Spicy Cajun Hash on Grits Spicy Cajun Hash on Grits
Creamy grits and a jumble of spicy veggies make for a satisfying Southern-inspired meal. Here, we’ve cooked the grits with vegetable broth and garlic to create a savory base for the saucy Cajun hash. A colorful mixture of carrots, green beans, bell pepper, tomatoes, and kidney beans is seasoned with a Cajun spice blend that will bring the taste of the bayou to your dinner plate.
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Crunchy Hash Brown Waffles with Applesauce Crunchy Hash Brown Waffles with Applesauce
Not sure what to do for breakfast? These crispy, crunchy hash brown waffles are the answer to your morning meal woes. Unlike standard hash browns that only feature shredded potatoes, this nifty recipe sneaks in extra veggies by incorporating carrot and cabbage into the batter. A nonstick waffle maker does a great job of turning out oil-free waffles and creating perfect little pockets to hold your favorite toppings.
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Vegan Chilaquiles Vegan Chilaquiles
Chilaquiles originated as a way to use leftover tortillas the morning after a big meal, but this taco-inspired version would be perfect at any time of day. Here, crispy tortilla chips are smothered in a tangy homemade salsa and topped with hearty quinoa infused with the smoky, spicy flavors of Southwest seasoning. Creamy black beans add extra substance while fresh cilantro and scallions dial up the herbal aromas of this mouthwatering dish.
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Scrambled Tofu Casserole with Mushrooms and Spinach Scrambled Tofu Casserole with Mushrooms and Spinach
This scrumptious scrambled tofu casserole gets its eggy flavor from black salt. (Sea salt will work just fine, too.) Turmeric, garlic, lemon juice, and thyme join forces with the salt to elevate the flavors of this breakfast bake, while mushrooms, spinach, and bell peppers add satisfying veggie substance, and cubes of whole wheat bread soak up the extra sauciness
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Healthy Breakfast Nachos with Vegan Sour Cream
Crispy tortilla chips are loaded with hearty beans, sweet corn, and crunchy veggies that are coated in spicy Southwest seasonings. And while the toppings are an important part of the recipe, we all know that nachos are only as good as their sauce—trust us when we say the tangy, homemade vegan sour cream will leave you licking your fingers. Juicy pico de gallo and creamy avocado add Mexican flair to the dish, but feel free to drizzle on any other salsa or hot sauce you love.
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Vegan Cinnamon Muffins
Start your morning on a sweet note with these tantalizing vegan cinnamon muffins. A gluten-free blend of spelt and oat flours creates a fluffy texture that locks in the warming flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup, while raisins add pockets of natural sweetness throughout the batter. Vegan yogurt ensures a perfectly moist end result, but the best part of these baked goodies is the cinnamon-sugar date paste topping sprinkled on top.
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Quinoa and Apple Breakfast Casserole with Cherry Drizzle
This warming quinoa and apple breakfast casserole makes a nice morning meal for about four people. Orange- and ginger-infused quinoa takes on an oatmeal-like consistency when layered between tender apple slices and baked in the oven until all the flavors meld together. Dates add bursts of natural sweetness, while creamy almond butter forms the base of a sweet cherry sauce to drizzle over each serving.
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Sweet Congee with Dates and Apricots
A staple breakfast food in China, congee is a rice porridge that can be made either savory or sweet. In this satisfying recipe, the warming notes of cinnamon and clove are combined with tart dried apricots to create a morning meal packed with flavor. Dates lend natural sweetness to the dish, but you could easily substitute them for a drizzle of maple syrup instead.