Vegan Breakfast Recipes

Skillet Potato and Tempeh Hash

Skillet Potato Tempeh hash

A hearty vegan spin on a “meaty” classic, this skillet hash of potatoes and high-protein tempeh (embellished with bell pepper and kale) is as good served as a quick dinner as it is an offbeat and hearty breakfast. For breakfast or brunch, serve with fruit; add whole-grain bread for a heartier meal. For a quick dinner, serve with an abundant tossed salad, whole grain bread, and orange slices. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Banana Fritters

banana fritters

This simple recipe for banana fritters, given to me by a wonderful Jamaican cook, makes a pleasantly offbeat breakfast treat. When my kids were growing up, I found this easy enough to make for breakfast even on school days, on occasion. They’re also a nice accompaniment to savory dishes like bean stews or spicy dishes.

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Hot Cereals for Breakfast

Whole grain cooked cereal

Though cream of wheat or oatmeal are fine choices as hot cereals, there is a world of grains to explore for breakfast, from tiny whole grains to cracked, rolled, and ground grains. Explore the hot cereal section of most any natural foods store and see what appeals to you. If these grains are new to you, buy them in packaged form so you can follow specific instructions for cooking. more→

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Vegan Chili-Cheese Grits

Vegan chili-cheese grits

Have you discovered grits (aka hominy grits)? To add variety to your grain repertoire, try grits (hulled, dried, and cracked corn kernels, long a Southern staple). Seek out stone-ground organic grits, which are much more flavorful than the ultra-refined variety sold in supermarkets. I like the Bob’s Red Mill brand; they’re flavorful and are made from non-GMO corn. This is great for breakfast or brunch, but it can also be a change-of pace dinner served with baked sweet potato and a crunchy coleslaw. Adapted from The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet.

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Slow Cooker Maple Pear Walnut Cake Oatmeal

Maple Pear Oatlmeal

This one is a comforting bowl of oatmeal. If you don’t have maple extract just use maple syrup as your sweetener to add that maple flavor. The maple really makes you think of the autumn leaves, the pear adds a little tart and a little sweet, and the walnuts add just the right amount of crunch. This is soy-free and gluten-free. This recipe uses a smaller slow cooker (1 1/2 to 2 quarts). more→

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Slow Cooker Carrot Cardamom Oatmeal

carrot cardomom oatmeal

This slow-cooker oatmeal is reminiscent of carrot halwa is a thick paste of carrot, sugar and cardamom that’s sometimes topped with saffron and pistachios. If you’re not sure if you’re a fan of cardamom or not just use 1/2 teaspoon instead of a whole teaspoon. You can always add more before serving. This recipe uses a smaller slow cooker that’s 1 1/2 to 2 quarts. more→

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Classic Crunchy Granola

Classic Crunchy Granola Recipe

To my mind, store-bought granola is a pale imitation of a good homemade variety. This granola recipe takes minutes to mix, a short time to bake, and tastes fresher than those bought in bulk or in boxes.  more→

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Mixed Grain Griddlecakes

Whole grain pancakes

These vegan pancakes are made with a variety of flours and meals — cornmeal, whole wheat, and more — making for a hearty stack. more→

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