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This roundup of 29 high-protein vegan breakfast recipes will get your morning started right. Many are easy, no-cook, make-ahead breakfast recipe options that also taste DELICIOUS! There’s a good mix of sweet and savoury options, so you’re sure to find something no matter what you’re craving.

Why is protein important at breakfast?

Protein is extremely satisfying, and helps to slow down blood sugar rise. As a registered dietitian, I place a lot of importance on including protein at every meal… and it can be transformative at breakfast! If you’re the type to scarf down a muffin or some cereal and a vanilla nonfat latte in the morning, perhaps you’ve experienced how hungry you can get (so soon!) after breakfast?

When you skimp on the protein – and particularly when you’ve got a lot of refined flours and sugars – your blood sugars soar and then crash just as quickly. 

It’s a surefire path to carb cravings, unstable energy levels and maybe even overeating. Getting adequate protein helps you jump off the blood sugar roller coaster. This is super important for all of us because of the effects blood sugars have on cravings, energy levels, and inflammation. So, while breakfast is a great start, enjoying higher protein lunch and dinner meals is a good idea too.

Where do vegans get their protein?

Here are 16 powerhouse sources of plant-based protein.

Nuts, seeds, legumes and grains all have protein, but the trick is ensuring you eat enough. A tiny sprinkle of quinoa just won’t cut it, or keep you satiated. When you eat a whole foods, plant-based diet it can feel like you are eating a lot of food… and it’s because whole plant foods are nutrient-dense, not calorie-dense (except for seeds and nuts!).

So instead of eating an 800 calorie muffin, you can pack in a nice big breakfast bowl that will keep you going for way longer.

You’ll notice that there are a lot of tofu recipes here; tofu is one of the most protein-dense plant foods.

I love it, and recommend that you buy non-GMO or certified organic tofu. As long as you aren’t allergic to it, tofu is a healthy food that’s also a low FODMAP protein option for folks on a plant-based diet.

To shake up your breakfast routine, try these awesome high protein vegan breakfast recipes. And if you’re looking for more great recipes and breakfast inspiration, check out some of my favourite plant-based cookbooks!

Vegan Breakfast Smoothie and Smoothie Bowl Recipes

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Blueberry Tofu Smoothie

From The Spruce. Silken tofu will make this smoothie extra creamy…if you need a higher level of protein (over 20g) just boost it with hemp hearts or a bit of extra protein powder.
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Blushing Beet Smoothie Bowl

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With the protein powder, this sweet-tart treat is a powerful way to start your morning. It’s still one of my faves!
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Chocolate Protein Shake (Protein Powder Free)

Not into protein powder? I got you! This shake from Minimalist Baker harnesses the power of grains, nuts and seeds to pack in 20g of protein without protein powder or tofu.
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Vegan Breakfast Burritos and Tacos

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High Protein Vegan Breakfast Burrito

This one from Oh She Glows is portable and great for meal prep…I would add some extra greens in here for nutrition!
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Spicy Tofu Scramble Breakfast Tacos

Another great option for meal prep from Blissful Basil…make a double batch on Sunday and enjoy all week!
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Vegan Sweet Potato Breakfast Burritos

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From From My Bowl. To really make these high protein, I would triple the black beans and spinach and reduce the sweet potatoes to 1 large. Then, you’ll have enough prepped for the whole week!
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Vegan Overnight Oats and Chia Puddings

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Peanut Butter Chia Overnight Oats

From the Glowing Fridge. This is a great option for peanut butter fans! If the serving size feels big to you, add 3 tbsp of hemp seeds to boost protein and take the oats down to 1/3 cup (and omit the extra 1/2 cup water).
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Overnight Cardamom Oat Parfait

By Oh She Glows. Cardamom is one of my favourite spices, so I had to include this! I would eat a double portion (recipe makes 6 jars, create 3 servings instead) for about 12 of protein. The easiest fix to boost it higher would be hemp hearts.
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Vegan Breakfast Sandwich and Toast Recipes

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Vegan Avocado Toast

From Lazy Cat Kitchen. Served on 2 slices of sprouted grain bread, this will net you just over 20g protein per serve!
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Hummus Toast 3 Ways

Learn how to make Hummus Toast 3 Ways. This is a healthy breakfast recipe that’s easy to make, with a variety of toppings!
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Greek chickpeas on toast – Lazy Cat Kitchen

Greek chickpeas on toast is a quick and simple dish that makes a very tasty and nutritious breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s naturally vegan and gluten-free.
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Tempeh Breakfast Sandwich

By Connoisseurus Veg. Tempeh tends to freak people out because they don’t know what to do with it. This will help! A nice savoury sauce makes this a unique and filling breakfast sandwich option.
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Vegan Oatmeal and Porridge Recipes

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Chai Breakfast Quinoa

By Well and Full. Love this recipe… but it’s not actually high protein on it’s own. It’s a common myth that quinoa has a lot of protein! So why is it on here? Because it looks super yummy, and if you stir in 1/4 of hemp hearts just before it’s done cooking, and divide it into two portions, you’ll get your 15+ grams of protein.
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Vanilla Breakfast Millet & Apple

By Vegan.io Adding a vanilla protein powder to breakfast is a simple way to boost protein levels; this breakfast millet is a great option.
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Paleo Blueberry Cream of Almond Porridge

By Yuri Elkaim. If you grew up with Cream of Wheat cereal like I did, this is kind of a genius recipe. Almond meal creates a healthy plant-based paleo and low carb porridge.
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15-Minute Vegan Apple Pie Oatmeal

These might just be the most delicious oats you’ll ever make! This vegan apple pie oatmeal is topped with cinnamon and swirled with a five-ingredient tahini caramel sauce that is so delicious your head might explode. As written, the recipe has about 12 grams of protein per serving but you could easily boost that by doubling the hemp hearts.
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Vegan Breakfast Cookie and Bar Recipes

Peanut Butter Protein Bars

By Seeded at the Table. Such a genius recipe…make your own protein bars! Perhaps have a piece of fruit too for a more balanced breakfast.
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Protein Breakfast Bars

By Wallflower Kitchen. These cookie-like bars are packed with nuts and seeds…SO good for you! And 10g of protein per cookie.
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Vegan Pancake Recipes

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4 Ingredient Fluffy Vegan Protein Pancakes

From Running on Real Food. Love this idea… I would substitute 100% whole grain wheat or rye flour (try a blend of brown rice and GF all purpose if you’re gluten free) and unsweetened almond mylk for the water.
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Chickpea Pancakes

By Oh She Glows. This is a great savoury pancake recipe that is easy to make. Boost the protein by adding 3 tbsp of hemp hearts to the batter…that will get you over 20g of protein!
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Vegan ‘Egg’ Recipes

Vegan Omelet | Minimalist Baker Recipes

Simple vegan omelet made with 7 wholesome ingredients. Tofu and hummus provide a sturdy base, and nutritional yeast and spices add tons of flavor. Easy, flavorful, healthy.
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Vegan Breakfast Sandwich

In just 25 minutes you can have this ultimate Vegan Breakfast Sandwich in your hands. It’s so easy to make and it’s loaded with savory flavors.
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Chickpea Scramble

With a full 3/4 cup of chickpeas and 2 slices of sprouted grain toast, this breakfast nets you 22g of protein! It’s my go-to for an easy savoury breakfast. And it’s one of the most popular recipes on the site!
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Vegan Curried Tofu Scramble with Spinach Recipe

This vegetarian and vegan curried tofu scramble with spinach takes a basic tofu breakfast scramble recipe and spices it up with Indian seasonings.
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Vegan Breakfast Bowls

Plant Protein Power Vegan Breakfast Bowls

The first time I made this high-protein vegan breakfast bowl recipe, I ate at 7 a.m., and I wasn’t hungry again until 2. I knew I’d made a rib-sticking, high-protein vegan breakfast.
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Chickpea Flour Mini Veggie Frittatas

By The Mostly Vegan. A great meal prep option, but note serving size; you’ll probably need 3 of these to hit 15 grams of protein.
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Vegan Breakfast Hash

By Minimalist Baker. This hash packs in greens, comforting and filling sweet potatoes and plenty of protein. If you need a higher protein breakfast, just boost with hemp hearts! 3 tbsp of hemp will get you to about 25g of protein total.
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OKONOMIYAKI

Okonomiyaki is quite possibly one of my favorite foods. Consider it a veganized, Japanese take on a frittata. SO good, from the folks at CAP Beauty + Dark Horse
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Mediterranean Farinata with Lemony Herb Salad

Quick brunch that's perfect for the family!
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High Protein Vegan Breakfasts: Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

This roundup of 29 high-protein vegan breakfast recipes will get your morning started right! Many are easy, no-cook, make-ahead options just like this yummy strawberry pineapple smoothie. This sweet and creamy smoothie takes just 5 minutes to make. It's also low FODMAP so it's a great choice for whenever you're feeling a bit bloated, or if you're following a low FODMAP diet for IBS.
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Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 3 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 1 tablespoon psyllium husks

Optional

  • 1 bottle vegan liquid probiotic, I use Bio-K+ blueberry

Equipment

  • High Speed Blender

Instructions 

  • Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender, with a couple of ice cubes if you want it extra frosty, and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.

Notes

This smoothie has about 10 grams of protein from the hemp hearts.
If you need more protein at breakfast, and you’re not worried about keeping it low FODMAP, make it with unsweetened organic soy milk instead of water for an extra 8-9 grams of protein! It will also make the smoothie extra creamy.
Confused about protein? Find more sources of plant-based protein here.