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Fifteen Delicious Vegan Breakfasts.
As well as not eating meat, vegans also do not eat other products that are obtained from animals such as honey, eggs, milk and cheese. However avoiding animal products does not need to mean missing out on a tasty, quick to prepare and nutritious breakfast.
Although at first it may seem difficult to know what to eat or serve for a vegan breakfast, there are in fact many delicious and healthy options. Many foods that are ideal for breakfast such as toast, fruit, mushrooms and tomatoes are naturally vegan and many others can be easily adapted. An example of this is using non-dairy margarine and milks in place of their dairy counterparts.
Easy Vegan Pancakes
100g/3.5oz plain flour
Pinch of salt
300ml/1 cup non-dairy milk
1 tbsp non-dairy margarine, melted
1 egg replacer egg
Oil for frying
1. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.
2. Heat a small amount of oil in a pan until a small drop of batter sizzles when dropped in. Pour small amounts of the batter into the pan and move the pan around to spread it.
3. Cook until golden and then turn over to cook on the other side.
1. A dairy free cereal and non-diary milk such as soya, almond, coconut or rice milk.
2. Toast with non-dairy margarine, jam, peanut butter or dairy free cheese spread.
3. Vegan pancakes. These can be spread with a non-dairy margarine, jam, peanut butter or other suitable spreads of served with fresh, tinned, frozen (defrosted) or dried fruit. They can also be drizzled with agave nectar or golden syrup.
4. Soya or coconut yoghurt with fresh or tinned fruit. Plain and flavoured yoghurts are available and combinations could include:
- Vanilla yoghurt and sliced peaches
- Plain yoghurt with halved strawberries, drizzled with agave nectar
- Sliced apple and vanilla yoghurt sprinkled with cinnamon
5. Vegan fry up. Toast, baked beans, mushrooms and tomatoes are all vegan naturally and you can also add bought vegan sausages, bacon or tofu.
Tofu, drained and pressed
1. Crumble the tofu and then simply fry it with non-dairy margarine, herbs or a little nutritional yeast.
6. Baked beans on toast made using a non-dairy margarine. This could also be topped with grated vegan cheese and a sprinkling of paprika.
7. Porridge made using a non-dairy milk such as soya, coconut or almond milk.
8. Tofu Scramble. This can also be used like scrambled eggs with a fry up or on toast.
9. Green smoothies. There are many recipes for these online and in vegan recipe books. They are considered to be healthier than juices because they contain all of the vegetable and fruits that are used rather than just the juice, and so supply more nutrients and also contain fibre. Protein powders are often added to smoothies and several vegan versions are available such as those made from soya, peas or hemp.
11. Fresh fruit salad. Any combination of fruits can be used and tinned, frozen or dried fruits can be added as well. Fruit salad combinations could include:
- Sliced oranges, apples and bananas, halved strawberries and grapes.
- Pineapple pieces, papaya, pomegranate seeds, melon and dried cranberries.
- Diced mango and papaya, raspberries, sliced kiwi and chopped fresh mint leaves.
12. Wholemeal toast with nut butter and sliced banana.
13. Oatmeal made using non-dairy milk. This can be made plain or topped with fruit, nuts, seeds or a flavouring such as cinnamon, agave or cocoa powder.
14. Fruit kebabs – simple thread fresh fruit pieces or whole fruits in the case of grapes and small berries on to wooden skewers. The kebabs could be served with dips such as yoghurt.
15. Hummus or avocado spread on toast.
© 2015 Claire