Breakfast as a vegan can be tricky. America’s sweetheart breakfast foods like eggs and bacon don’t scream “plant-based”!
Going out to eat as a vegan for breakfast is rarely as simple as pointing at a menu; all trips to my local diner are punctuated with: “can I have the toast with no butter,” and “is the oatmeal cooked with milk?”. As a weekend brunch aficionado and lover of morning nomming, I’ve found a way to enjoy vegan breakfasting at home.
I haven’t always loved breakfast. As a kid I would tote a Pop Tart to the car with my backpack or laboriously eat half a bowl of cereal and leave the rest sadly swimming around a bowl of milk. As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to value the ‘Fast for sustained energy throughout the morning. As with everything, it just requires a little creativity.
In four years as a vegan I’ve discovered that coconut milk-banana french toast is delicious and sweet potato pancakes are better than most “regular” ones I’d eaten before. Cinnamon buns are just as tasty and luscious as their eggy, buttery equivalents. I like making homemade Nutrigrain bars, which are filling and hold up pretty well for a mid-morning snack. It would be nice to have these every day of the week, but I, like the average human, rarely have time to make something elaborate mid-week. On a weekday morning I usually stick to simple basics which I know will get me through to lunch. I eat oatmeal like my life depends on it because it’s fast, cheap, easy, filling, and can be dressed up or dressed down depending on how fancy I want to get.
My favorite way to eat oatmeal is fluffed up with banana. The banana makes it naturally sweet so you can avoid adding hefty amounts of brown sugar and the fluffy texture amps up a regular bowl of oatmeal and makes it more like banana pudding.
Here are a few of my favorite combinations:
-Banana Jammin’ oats Oats + raspberry jam + a sliced banana
-Apple-walnut oats (2 cups oats + 1 cup water or dairy-free milk + 1 or 2 apples diced + 1/2 cup walnuts + 1 tablespoon maple syrup + cinnamon)
-Blueberry-almond oats (1 cup oats + 1/2 cup water or dairy-free milk + 1/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberrys + 1 tablespoon crushed or slivered almonds + 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
-pumpkin pie oatmeal (1/2 cup oats + 1/4 cup water or dairy-free milk + 1/8 cup canned pumpkin + 1 tablespoon maple syrup + dash of cinnamon + nutmeg)