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?
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
Vegan Breakfast Burritos and Tacos
Vegan Overnight Oats and Chia Puddings
Vegan Breakfast Sandwich and Toast Recipes
Vegan Oatmeal and Porridge Recipes
Vegan Breakfast Cookie and Bar Recipes
Vegan Pancake Recipes
Vegan ‘Egg’ Recipes
Vegan Breakfast Bowls
High Protein Vegan Breakfasts: Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie
- 1 ¼ cup water
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- ½ cup fresh or frozen pineapple
- 3 tablespoons hemp hearts
- 1 tablespoon psyllium husks
- 1 bottle vegan liquid probiotic I use Bio-K+ blueberry
- 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.