53 Great Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas (Easy Recipes)
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The only thing worse than a bad breakfast is no breakfast.
Luckily, that’s not going to be an issue for you. We’ve put together a lineup of some of the best vegan and vegetarian breakfast ideas we’ve ever seen.
Each recipe is genuinely tasty – we like our food quick and nutritious, but it has to taste good too. If it didn’t make the grade, it didn’t make this list.
We’ve included ready-to-go recipes like overnight oats, through to yogurt compotes and vegetarian breakfast burritos. Pancakes, bakes and loaded toast all make appearances, too!
The breakfasts range from 3 to 25 minutes depending on how long you’ve got to spare, and all are easy enough that they won’t tax you first thing in the morning.
Naturally, they are all vegetarian recipes.
Of course, if you’re after vegetarian breakfast ideas for special occasions (like an Easter breakfast), we’ve got you covered there, too!
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And now… on to our best vegetarian breakfast recipes!
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so, without further ado, welcome to our list of veggie breakfast ideas. Enjoy
Raspberry Low Calorie PancakesCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: very low calorie with tasty berries and healthy protein
Fresh berries and low-calorie pancakes are sure to win over the crowd at your next brunch – without hurting your waistline!
Scrambled Eggs with CheeseCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Very quick and nutritious, suitable any time of the day
Make the best scrambled eggs you’ve ever had with our quick & easy but simple to follow recipe – so good you’ll never look elsewhere again!
Green Waffles with Cream CheeseCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Instagram worthy breakfast, kids will eat them without knowing they include spinach
Looking for a healthy breakfast upgrade? We’ve made eating your greens easy with these delicious green waffles!
Yogurt Breakfast with Raspberry CompoteCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Speedy weekday breakfast that’s packed with protein
Looking for a healthy way to start the day? Raspberry compote yogurt breakfast – 21g protein & just 303 kcal per serving!
Chickpea Pancakes #2 – Caramelized Onion and FetaCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Naturally gluten-free
These easy chickpea pancakes are sweet and salty, and absolutely delicious. Be warned, breakfasts will never be the same again!
Mint Pineapple and Spinach SmoothieCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Vitamin C, iron & more with a summery taste
Naturally, a healthy breakfast ideas list wouldn’t be complete without green smoothies (if you like green smoothies, why not check out these vegetable smoothies too!)! You’ve gotta try our pineapple and spinach smoothie with fresh mint twist!
Low Carb Breakfast Egg Muffins (25 Minutes, Vegetarian)Check out the recipe here
Bonus: Pack easily for work and are tasty cold!
Delicious and Healthy Breakfast Egg Muffins. Simple recipe, great taste. Low carb and high in protein. Perfect as a full meal or filling snack.
Spinach and Chickpea BakeCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Loads of nutrients, protein and fibre and super-filling
This spinach and chickpea bake is easy, delicious and super nutritious- a healthy start breakfast your body will thank you for (if you like this you will definitely enjoy our other easy veggie chickpea recipes!)!
Chickpea Flour PancakesCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Vegan protein, fiber, and a pleasingly aromatic smell
A savory pancake begging to be eaten with pickles and chutneys or yogurts and cream. East meets West with this beautifully, wonderfully healthy dish.
Actually, let me put the recipe into this post. Go ahead and try it out right away 🙂
- 1 cup chickpea flour (or besan/garbanzo flour)
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 3 spring onions
- 1 tbsp olive oil (ghee would be perfect here, but not vegan)
- ½ tsp chili flakes (I highly recommend this)
- 1 bell pepper, red
- ½ cup peas
- Add the flour, water, turmeric, salt, pepper and chili flakes (if using) to a mixing bowl and give it a quick blend using a food processor or blender. Leave it to settle for a few minutes while you heat up the oil or ghee in a non-stick pan. The batter needs to look very runny!
- Dice the veggies finely and add them to the mixture.
- Use a tissue or similar (a spray oil would work wonders here) to ensure the bottom of the pan is coated well in oil.
- Add about a ladle of the mixture and veggies when the pan is hot – a medium heat should be just right.
- Cook for about 3 minutes – the mixture will quickly start to firm. If you’re using two pans, you can make two pancakes at the same time.
- Make sure you use a large pan (or pans) here, you’re aiming for thin pancakes. They’re MUCH easier to handle!
- Use a large spatula to help you flip the pancakes, adding more oil underneath if necessary. After another 2-3 minutes your pancake will be ready!
- Keep it somewhere warm while you repeat with the second pancake, adding more oil when necessary.
- Done! Add your desired toppings and enjoy. Remember – it’s important to eat these pancakes warm – don’t let them get cold!
- Any chutneys (red onion is a favourite of ours) yogurt dip, hummus, avocado, guacamole, Branston Pickle (if you can find it where you are it goes incredibly well!).
Vegan Bulgur Porridge with Sweet RhubarbCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: A really refreshing change to porridge and a great way to use up rhubarb!
Looking for a tasty new porridge recipe? Try bulgur porridge! No oats, just bulgur wheat, drizzled with sweet rhubarb!
Silken Tofu Omelette with EggsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Great any time of day. High in protein and excellent for weight loss!
Looking to up your protein intake? Try this high protein, low fat silken tofu omelette with eggs – the perfect healthy breakfast and lunch (sound good? Try these other quick breakfast ideas too!)!
Pineapple Cottage Breakfast BurritoCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Low-fat and high-protein, can be made like a quesadilla
These are the best breakfast burritos we’ve ever had! An incredibly quick and easy recipe to follow, with just four simple steps and in the end, you get to enjoy a healthy, high-protein bite – starting your day the best way possible.
Italian-Style Healthy Breakfast Egg MuffinsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: fresh and full of taste
Fresh basil, salty feta, tangy sun-dried tomatoes and sweet cherry tomatoes: that’s the beautiful combo that gives these breakfast egg muffins the name ‘Italian Style’.
Bread Pudding BreakfastCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: A great way to use up old bread – with loads of protein!
Looking for a new breakfast treat? Try our bread pudding breakfast – a healthy, high protein take on the classic British dessert (too carb heavy? Try a low carb high protein dessert instead!)!
The Best Keto Waffles (Gluten & Sugar Free!)Check out the recipe here
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: KetoConnect
Bonus: Thick, fluffy, and low carb breakfast
If you’re looking to reduce carbs then these keto waffles are a must-try! On top they’re also gluten-free using almond flour. Thick, fluffy, and if you keep your toppings light, entirely keto friendly as well!
Egg on Avocado ToastCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Rich in healthy fats and nutrients, delicious 🙂
Our take on the tried and true combo of egg on Avocado Toast. It’s high-protein and delicious with just a hint of spice!
Chia Seed Pudding with Almond MilkCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Loads of nutrients and yummy fresh fruits
An insanely healthy chia pudding with almond milk that will give you all the nutrients you need, without any unnecessary calories (read more about the benefits of eating chia for weight loss here).
Dutch Apple Pancakes – Modernized!Check out the recipe here
Bonus: Super tasty and looks SO GOOD on the table!
This modernized version brings the classic dish up to date with quick preparation and easy ingredients, while keeping the same well-loved taste. A ton of flavor, fluffy eggs and fresh fruit, what could be better?!
Quinoa Breakfast Porridge with Hot Blueberry DrizzleCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: A really cool way to use quinoa with amazing almost-like-jam sweet blueberries
Quinoa Breakfast Porridge with Hot Blueberry Drizzle. A beautiful union of delicious but easy to find spices and fruits in a simple and satisfying breakfast.
Smoked Tofu Breakfast Egg MuffinsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Works as a breakfast or snack, can be stored in a lunch box and eaten cold
Boasting 22 grams of protein per serving due to the smoked tofu, cheddar cheese and eggs. Ever had a French Tarte Flambee? That’s what these egg muffins taste like! It’s also nice and easy to make a big batch if you need to.
Swiss Bircher MuesliCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Designed by a dcotor to help with weight loss
Ever heard how powerful a good oat breakfast can be? Try our Swiss Bircher muesli recipe – super easy and yummy!
Rhubarb-Mango OatmealCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: OatAndSesame
Bonus: Looks SO cool! Any breakfast tray will awesome with this beauty on it
For all those rhubarb lovers out there! This Rhubarb Mango Oatmeal is perfectly sweet & you can still taste the rhubarb flavor. Decorate it with edible Johnny Jump Up flowers and you have a masterpiece. A truly delicious vegan breakfast recipe.
Healthy Huevo RancherosCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: A complete breakfast. Just look at those rainbow colours!
Huevos rancheros are a quick and easy traditional mexican breakfast that make a great healthy option for vegetarians (more delicious veggie Mexican recipes this way).
Easy Tomato OmeletteCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Includes a trick to make the perfect omelette
One of the most classic vegetarian breakfast recipes of all time. There is a trick to making the perfect omelette – and it’s weirdly easy. We’ll show you how. You’re gonna love this one! A slice of toast doesn’t usually go amiss, either!
Gluten Free & Vegan Banana BreadCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Super moist and lots of fun to make with kids – also a great snack for everyone
Love banana bread, but want to make it vegan? Our vegan banana bread recipe is simple made with store-cupboard staples.
Couscous Kaiserschmarrn RecipeCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Totally cool new way of making pancakes
Love pancakes, but looking for something new? Try our couscous kaiserschmarrn recipe- healthy, delicious shredded pancakes!
Farmer’s BreakfastCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Works well for breakfast, lunch or dinner – very satisfying!
Hearty and filling Farmer’s Breakfast. Full of protein and energy to keep you going. Perfect any time of the day. Ready in 30 mins. Embrace your rustic side.
Mediterranean Breakfast BurritoCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: FoodMeanderings
Bonus: Packed with protein, low in fat, and freezable
This easy, meatless, perfect healthy breakfast burrito is full of protein, mediterranean flavours, make- ahead, freezable and a great brunch or breakfast potluck idea!
Scrambled Eggs with Cream CheeseCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Eggstreme protein levels are included here!
Level up your scrambled eggs with cream cheese, an easy way to pile on extra protein in a classic dish. A killer breakfast!
Breakfast Pear CrispCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Harnesses the goodness of pears to make a breakfast that tastes like dessert
Did you know you can have DESSERT for BREAKFAST? And still be HEALTHY!? Try our breakfast pear crisp & see for yourself!
Post-workout Healthy Fitness Sandwich For RunnersCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Awesome to daydream about while on a long run
A tasty AF sandwich that hits all your nutritional post-run needs – carbs, protein, healthy fats and electrolyte replenishment. It’s a nice quick breakfast, too.
The 2 Ingredient Banana Egg PancakesCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Pancakes don’t get simpler, and loads of nutrients are packed in too!
This world’s simplest pancakes recipe contains just two ingredients (egg and banana) and is super quick – just minutes from bowl to plate! Simple and tasty, these banana pancakes are our most successful recipe and a true must-try!
Eggs in a CloudCheck out the recipe here
Protein: not provided
Calories: not provided
Ready in: 11 minutes
Recipe by: ThePetiteCook
Bonus: Unique and delicate looking brekkie
These fluffy and light Eggs In a Cloud make an impressive, yet simple, breakfast/brunch/light lunch in less than 15 minutes – plus, they’re loaded with protein and are naturally gluten-free and meat-free!
Baked Eggs in Spinach and TomatoCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Hangover cure for tough mornings
Baked Eggs in Spinach and Tomato. A delicious breakfast to help combat hangovers by replenishing the most important nutrients and amino acids. Easy to make and very tasty. You know you wanna.
Chia Breakfast PuddingCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Mega simple and yet still nutritious
Chia breakfast pudding packs a lot of healthy goodness into a small package! Meet tomorrow’s breakfast!
High-Protein Lentil PancakesCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Nutritionally superior pancakes and still super quick
Not sure whether lentils really work in a pancake batter? We’ve tried and tested this recipe and can say these pancakes are not only delicious, but this is also a clever way to increase the amount of protein per serving.
Blueberry Banana Protein SmoothieCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Tastes like cheesecake, woop!
Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie. A superior blueberry and banana smoothie with a huge protein kick! Try it, love it. And thank us later.
Breakfast Beans and EggsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: A classic brekkie with a healthy weight-loss twist!
Try breakfast beans and eggs, for a hearty breakfast that will satisfy you until lunchtime, and quench the urge to snack. A great way to get some whole grains down you to start the day!
Quinoa Breakfast Muffins (Vegetarian)Check out the recipe here
Bonus: Quinoa and eggs are both heavy hitters – and here they’re combined!
These nutrient-dense muffins are a great way to start the moring. Bursting with flavour as well as more health benefits than you could shake a stick at they’re an easy complete breakfast, or even pack well for work or snacking!
Kat’s Vegan Overnight Oats in a JarCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Chia seeds for bonus omega 3!
Oats, soy milk and nuts make for a powerful natural vegan protein punch! High in fiber, great against diabetes and heart disease.
Vegan IRONMAN OatmealCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Morning fuel made by champions
This power breakfast from IRONMAN champion Patrick Lange is the perfect vegan way to smash your health targets!
Peppers and Onions Scrambled Eggs (Vegetarian)Check out the recipe here
Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: UmamiGirl
Bonus: Great any time of the day
This 10-minute meal of scrambled eggs with peppers and onions, cheese and hot sauce with a generous sprinkle of cilantro works equally well for breakfast or dinner.
Cashew Milkshake – Chocolate StyleCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Can be stored for a while in the fridge, sooo yummy 🙂
This deliciously smooth cashew milkshake can be made any way you like – just follow the simple instructions and you’ll be drinking a mega shake in five minutes! And best of all, it fits into a vegan diet, yay!
Vegan Breakfast PotatoesCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Vegan AND high-protein
Vegan Breakfast Potatoes – the best way to start the day. Animal-friendly, high in protein and even higher in taste. Yes please!
Moist Almond Flour MuffinsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Fluffy and tasty, give your belly a break from regular flour
These almond flour muffins stay soft and succulent – and only need five minutes to prep! Bung them in the oven and you’re good to go!
Healthy Yogurt ParfaitCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: dDelicious flavour combo and it’s ready when you are!
This yogurt parfait is rich with fruits and nuts and is a deliciously quick way to start the day. Never get bored of breakfast again!
3 Ingredient Microwave Mug OmeletteCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Can be made in just 3 minutes!
Looking for a protein packed start to your morning? Whip up our healthy & tasty microwave mug omelette in minutes!
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Veggie Brekkie FAQ
While scrolling though all those vegetarian breakfast recipes some general questions might have popped up in your head. So, before you go, let’s see if we have the answer to them 🙂
How do you make a great veggie breakfast?
First, decide if you want something savoury or sweet. After that we recommended choosing a protein source so the breakfast is well-balanced and filling. We have loads of ideas for you on the site!
What should a vegetarian eat for breakfast?
Along with a good protein source, we generally recommend some healthy fats and whole-grain carbs, too. A well-balanced breakfast can provide a great boost to start the day, as well as giving you enough energy for the full day ahead.
What is a good protein breakfast?
We would consider a bare minimum of 15g protein to be a good protein breakfast. Ideally, getting closer to 25g protein would be far better.
This can be through a dairy product like yogurt, Greek yogurt, cheese or milk, eggs, nuts, seitan or even tofu!
Many vegetarians struggle to get enough protein to meet their lifestyle needs. If that sounds like you then check out this free 7-day high-protein veggie meal plan.
So there we have it! Our favourite vegan and vegetarian breakfast ideas all in one place (aside from the ones included in these veggie low calorie breakfasts!). I hope they hit the spot – if they don’t just leave us a comment and let us know why!
I have just cooked the veg muffins for 5 young ladies – all vegetarian – staying with me for bnb. Super and I love the sound of lots of the others I shall be doing for my grandchildren in half term – excellent, quick, practical and ingredients already in the fridge – no special shopping trips! A bonus all round!
Ah, that’s so great to hear, Anne! I’m pleased it all worked out so well. And I’m glad you’ve found others you like the look of!! Happy cooking, and thanks for writing 🙂
I run a small b&b and usually serve bacon & sausage (locally bred) but I want to change and do veg/vegan breakfasts instead. That’s the reason I’m checking out this site.
Awesome! I hope you’ve found something you can use, Alex. Good luck with the b&b!
Can wait to try them all.
How the heck you guys use eggs, cheese in your recipes and call it vegetarian? How is that possible?
Hi Stanislaw, we use the generally accepted definition of ‘vegetarian’ – no meat or animal rennet. Our recipes without animal products are labelled as ‘vegan’.
Cheese is fine, eggs… I’d avoid calling it vegetarian.
Hi Nuno, thanks for the comment. We’re using the two simplest terms of labelling food – vegetarian includes ovo/lacto (so eggs and dairy), vegan is without any animal product whatsover. It’s the most widely accepted terminology at the moment.
Because these are not vegan recipes
Vegeterians dont eat meat and fish…..vegans dont eat any animal products like eggs and cheese. thats the difference.
Eggs are not vegetarian they are chicken embroys that arent fully devolped.
Hi Carrots, eggs fall into the broadest definition of vegetarian. They are not vegan though.
no eggs are not vegetarian if someone just eats eggs and continues a veg diet he/she is an eggetarian and this meal is probably for them vegetarians are the ones who just drinks milk from the cow and milk products
For ease of clarification, we use the lacto-ovo definition, as per the Vegetarian Society, and it includes eggs. Cheers.
Carrots- eggs are not “embryos that aren’t fully developed”. Egg laying hens aren’t exposed to roosters, therefore the eggs produced are not fertilized and will never become an animal. Just like human females have to pass the eggs that aren’t fertilized, so do hens.
This blog is really awesome for me I just try two recipes from it “Eggs in a Cloud” and “Runner’s Sandwich”, and both were just wow in taste. Thanks and keep sharing.
Love this breakfast roundup! I am starting to get tired of my breakfast favorites and need to change things up! Such great breakfast ideas here! Thanks!!
Glad to hear that, Emily!! 😀
Im doing a review on this for a school project, and I’m just going to say this was perfect!
Yum! I love all of the ideas.
I think your recipes look great and am going to try them. I’m trying to eat more vegetarian food so appreciate ideas with eggs and cheese as I would honestly struggle to become vegan. I think it’s great that people are trying to change their eating habits so all you vegans out there please give us a break and let us do it in small steps. Hopefully we will get there !
Thanks Margaret! Yes, every step helps, absolutely. Good luck eating veggie – it’s great!
I have tried several of the breakfast recipes and they were very good. My whole family enjoys them. Thank you.
Thank you very much, that’s great to hear! I’m really happy they all enjoyed them 🙂
I just stumbled on this site and although I do not eat meat or chicken, I don’t consider myself a vegetarian or vegan. I’m just trying to eat healthier. I appreciate all of your recipes and plan on trying a bunch of them. Thank you so much
Hi Cyndi – sounds good! That’s exactly what we’re aiming for to be honest – to inspire people to eat more healthily – and to show it’s possible for all to cut down on meat. Thanks for writing, and enjoy the recipes!
I’ve tried several of these recipes and I love them all so far! My favorite has to be the blueberry banana protein smoothie. I’m trying to go vegetarian for about 5 months because I had always wanted to try it but I am thinking of staying vegetarian because I’ve found lots of awesome recipes like this!
Hi Katsuki! Really glad you’ve enjoyed them so far! I love that smoothie too . Five months sounds like a great goal, and as you say – maybe you’ll stay that way! There are definitely looooads of awesome recipes 😀
Eggs are not vegetarian.
You can do your ovo lacto all you want, it’s a biological creation – not organic. Even if you don’t care about animal cruelty , eggs are not vegetarian by any means.
Hi Kay, as stated we use the broadest definition of vegetarian – ovo lacto – no animal flesh. You will also find milk and cheese in these recipes. Please check this compilation: https://hurrythefoodup.com/high-protein-vegan-breakfast-recipes/ for recipes with no eggs, milk or cheese 🙂
Vegetarian does not include egg buddy!
yes it does, mate!
Vegetarians don’t eat eggs. Infact animals in any form.
I guess we can just keep the conversation going here.
For all you “vegetarians don’t eat eggs” folks.
You guys have it all! I wish i’ve found you earlier!
Wow AWESOME! Thank you for writing, it’s much appreciated and hope to hear from you again!
I looked over these they are great. I am not a vegan or vegetarian . I do eat animal protein looking to cut back on it. Most of these will be great for me to try. Due to job in healthcare field I need quick n fast recipes. I look forward to checking out lunch n supper ones as well. What people dont realize everything we eat can be modified to suit your own personal lifestyle n. Cheers Petrina
Hi Petrina, glad you’ve found some ideas you like the look of! You’ve nailed it there – it can all be modified how we want it. Thanks for writing anf cheers too!
For myself and opinion be satisfied what you eat that’s is good for yourself and you’re body. Every body is in tittle to there own vegetarian meal and options. Just be happy living this journey is a free giving.
☹️Egg is not vegetarian
Love all your recipes. But, I will have to look for an egg substitute in most of them.
The Mediterranean Breakfast Burrito made me shed tears of joy. It was amazing. Thanks for the great recipe!
Haha, thanks! Glad you enjoyed 😀
Thank you for all these breakfast ideas! I’ll be trying them!
Thanks for your interest! All these recipes are definitely worth trying!
i dont like this sight vegetarian means you dont eat animal products that inclueds egg.
No, that’s vegan.
Hey, some good ideas but not sure why eggs are considered vegetarian they don’t grow on trees…
Hey Carol, glad you like the ideas. They’re considered ovo-lacto vegetarian as an animal is not killed for its meat.