Tofu scramble is a classic protein-forward, plant-based breakfast idea that replaces a traditional egg scramble. While cooking, feel free to add any number of your favorite veggies for more nutrients, and serve with plant-based sausage or bacon and sprouted grain bread for even more plant power.
2. Veggie Chickpea Pancakes
If you haven’t had savory pancakes yet, you’re missing out. This version requires no eggs or buttermilk — instead, they are made with protein-packed chickpea flour and loaded with veggies for more vitamins and nutrients.
3. Lemon Blueberry Quinoa
A cup of quinoa has about 8 grams of protein, which is a great way to start your day. This recipe adds in almond milk for a little extra protein, but if you really want to up your intake, add in soy or pea protein milk, which have 6.5 grams of protein and 8 grams of protein per cup, respectively.
4. Protein Oatmeal
There’s hardly a breakfast more comforting than a warm bowl of oats, and thankfully oatmeal is a dish that’s easy to veganize and customize to meet your protein needs. Cook the oats with plant-based milk and stir in your favorite nut or seed butter. You can also add a scoop of protein powder if you like, then top with fruit and your favorite nuts and seeds.
5. Veg Egg Salad
You can make a batch of this plant-based egg salad to enjoy on bread, greens or as-is. It’s made with creamy avocado and chickpeas for protein, and it is easy to make and affordable. A batch will keep for a few days in the fridge. Recipe here!
6. Hummus and Mushroom Toast
Eggs and toast are a popular breakfast option because aside from being a good source of protein, eggs have a savory quality that is hard to beat. But this toast boasts protein and plenty of that savory, umami flavor with a combo of hummus and sauteed mushrooms. For an added protein and fiber boost, use sprouted grain bread.
7. Bagel With Vegan Cream Cheese
If bagels are your go-to breakfast, you don’t have to give them up when you’re looking for plant-based meal ideas. Instead, make a batch of this super quick and easy vegan cream cheese, which is made from protein-packed cashews. Add to your favorite plant-based bagel and enjoy!
8. Chocolate Banana Nut Butter Smoothie
No time to cook in the morning? No problem! You don’t need to spend a lot of time making a nutritious, plant-based breakfast. Just blend up one of these chocolate, banana and nut butter smoothies, which taste like dessert. Add coconut whipped cream on top for an extra special treat.
9. Vegan Waffles
Saturday morning calls for waffles, and these vegan waffles are loaded with protein thanks to the almond flour, almond milk and flaxseed. You can top them off however you’d like, but nut butters and seeds will also up the protein content (and the delicious flavor).