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High-Protein, Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas

Posted on February 19, 2016

If breakfast really is the most important meal, then it makes sense to pack that meal with powerful protein to fill you up and energize your day. If you’re avoiding dairy, eggs and meat, it can be difficult to come up with new high-protein, plant-based breakfast ideas – so, to help out, here are some of our current favorites:

Morning Glow Vegan Overnight Oats

Morning Glow Vegan Overnight Oats Recipe, from Oh She Glows

With a small handful of key ingredients, it’s easy to turn basic oats into a protein-packed morning feast. This version is bursting with the sweet flavors of apple, blueberry, apricot and peanut butter – and, of course, we just love the fact that it can be made the night before a busy day.

Protein Trail Mix Smoothie

Protein Trail Mix Smoothie Recipe, from North Coast Naturals

Love trail mix? Love smoothies? Love the two of them together? Of course, you do – and so you’ve got to try this drinkable form of everyone’s favorite hiking snack. It’s made with hemp milk, and the frozen fruit and trail mix of your choice. It’s easily customizable to suit your preferences and what you have on hand, and is both vegan and gluten-free.

Vegan Sausage Patties

Vegan Sausage Patties Recipe, from Namely Marly

If you prefer savory to sweet in the morning, then this recipe is for you. These delicious, plant-based sausage patties (which can easily be made ahead of time and reheated as needed) are full of protein-rich chickpeas and the fragrant flavors of fennel, garlic, caraway, sage, paprika and turmeric.

The Life-Changing Loaf of Bread

The Life-Changing Loaf of Bread Recipe, from My New Roots (pictured)

What could possibly be life-changing about a loaf of bread, you ask? Well, if you’re a bread-lover who’s looking to cut back on unnecessary carbohydrates, gluten or empty calories, get this: This grain-free loaf is made entirely of nuts, oats (use gluten-free if you’d like) and seeds (chia, sunflower and flax.) The whole thing is bound together with psyllium seed husks and flavored with just a bit of maple syrup.

Jumbo Chickpea Pancake

Jumbo Chickpea Pancake Recipe, from Oh She Glows

A savory and (yes) large pancake, this one’s best eaten topped with protein-rich hummus or avocado – even though the pancake itself offers quite a bit of protein, thanks to the use of chickpea flour. Red pepper and garlic, meanwhile, add delicious flavor throughout.

High-Protein Vanilla Chia Pudding

High-Protein Vanilla Chia Pudding Recipe, from Simply Quinoa

If you haven’t jumped on the chia pudding bandwagon just yet, now may be the time to start. This sweet and creamy recipe packs a lot of nutrition into every spoonful: Along with protein-rich quinoa and chia seeds, you’ve got hemp hearts, cashew milk and cinnamon. Feel free to experiment with the flavor by adding other spices or fresh fruit, as well.

Looking for more deliciously dairy-free recipes? You’ll find them on the recipes page.

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