They don’t say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for no reason. A good breakfast will make sure that you’re morning commute is not any “hangrier” than it needs to be and that you’re ready to tackle whatever your first task of the day is with optimal energy. And of course, what better way to greet the day than with some delicious and nutritious food?

Protein-rich breakfasts provide your body with plenty of fuel to get through the day (or to lunch). While you can certainly make a protein-packed meal using whole foods, sometimes it’s nice to wake up and just pour yourself a bowl of cereal to go along with your morning coffee. Simple and easy. The trick is simply to find a cereal that packs in the protein, either with whole foods like chia and hemp seeds or with protein isolates. Now, you’re welcome to scour your local supermarkets for high-protein cereals, or you can let One Green Planet guide you! Here are 12 high-protein vegan cereals that supply the energy you need.

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  1. NutriWise Cereal: Cinnamon

    It’s always a good sign when a product has the word “wise” in its name. NutriWise Cereal: Cinnamon, for instance, has only three grams of fat per serving, seven grams of carbs, and zero grams of sugar. Made primarily with soy protein isolate, soy flour, soy protein concentrate, white rice flour, this cereal provides 15 grams of protein per packet, and each box comes with five packets. Reviewers are saying that this cereal is tasty, satisfyingly crunchy, filling, and may just be one of the healthiest on the market. You can get this box of five packets for $18.


  2. Bariwise Cereal

    Bariwise Cereal is a low-carb and sugar-free cereal that is made primarily from soy protein isolate, soy flour, soy concentrate, white rice flour, sunflower oil, and cocoa powder. Each serving provides 15 grams of protein and only has 120 calories and nine grams of carbs. The reviews are pretty much split on this one. Some think the cereal is tasty, filling, and impressively protein-packed. Others feel that the soy protein isolate leaves too strong of an aftertaste and is overall bland. To see how you feel about it, you can get one box with five servings for $13.


  3. Kay’s Naturals Protein Puffs: Almond Delight

    Kay’s Naturals Protein Puffs: Almond Delight is a gluten-free and low-fat product made primarily from soy protein isolate, a blend of flours – corn, rice, soy – corn starch, tapioca starch, almond butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Each box contains six 1.2-ounce bags. Each bag provides 12 grams of protein. While Kay’s does not actually market this as a cereal, reviewers have been adding milk and eating it as such. They’ve been describing it as tasty, not overly sweet, filling, healthy, and versatile (you can also enjoy it right out of the bag). To try it out, you can get a box of six bags for about $5.75.


  4. Earnest Eats Hot Cereal

    Do you prefer enjoying something warm in the morning? If so, consider checking out Earnest Eats Hot Cereal. This product is made with a blend of superfood grains – whole rolled oats, quinoa, puffed amaranth – cane sugar, raw pumpkin seeds, raw sunflower seeds, cashew pieces, raw chopped almonds, raw flax seeds, unsweetened natural cocoa, and sea salt. To enjoy this product, you simply have to add boiling water to the cup or microwave it with water in it and each cup provides nine grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this cereal is tasty, satisfying, and made from mostly wholesome ingredients. Some reviewers feel that the added sugar is unnecessary though and can easily be replaced by a more natural sweetener. If you’d still like to try it, you can get a pack of 12 single-serve cups for about $24.


  5. Nutritious Living Hi-Lo Cereal: Maple Pecan

    Nutritious Living Hi-Lo Cereal: Maple Pecan is a low-fat and low-sugar cereal made primarily from soy grits, wheat gluten, soy protein isolate, corn bran, rice flour, and corn meal. Each 1/2 cup serving provides 12 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this cereal is satisfying, nutty, and may just be one of the tastiest low-carb cereals on the market. To try it out, you can get one 10-ounce box for $8.50.


  6. My Cereal Mix: Paleo Protein

    Looking to eat paleo in addition to vegan? If so, consider checking out My Cereal Mix: Paleo Protein. This naturally-sweetened product is made with soy flour, almonds, cashews, organic cacao nibs, walnuts, flax seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, xylitol, and freeze-dried apples and apricots. Each 1/2 cup serving provides 17 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this cereal is flavorful without the need for any chemicals or excess sweeteners, is vitamin-rich, and is filling. You can get one 16-ounce bag for $10.50.


  7. Rokit Fuel Instant Oatmeal Cereal

    If you like to start off your mornings with something hearty and hot, consider trying Rokit Fuel Instant Oatmeal Cereal. Each portable package has 10 grams of protein. While some oatmeal products need to be cooked to a certain temperature, Rokit Fuel is very versatile. The company states that this product can be enjoyed hot after just one minute in the microwave, cold with just some water or non-dairy milk added to it, or in dry form straight from the package. This gluten-free and non-GMO product is made from a mix of rolled oats, pure cane brown sugar, “nutri blend” (oat flour, amaranth, chia seeds, flax seeds, buckwheat flour, maca root, hemp seed, gotu kola, quinoa flour), pea protein, almonds, sour cherries, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. Most of the reviewers on this product either loved or hated the flavors, but those who liked it all seemed to agree that this is a filling and hearty product that is nutritious. You can get a case of 16 for about $40.


  8. Freedom Foods Pro-Teen Crunch Cereal

    Putting protein inside of cereal is not exactly a new idea, but have you ever seen cereal made from chickpeas? Freedom Foods Pro-Teen Crunch Cereal is made from chickpea flour, a protein-dense flour that has become popular, as of late. The flour creates a cereal that is fluffy and airy texture, packs a generous amount of protein (10 grams for two cups), and is free of nuts, gluten, wheat, dairy, and artificial flavor. Reviewers are reporting that this cereal is crunchy (and remains crunchy even with milk), tastes great (“even for a gluten-free” cereal), and is sweet, but not overly so. You can get one 10.6-ounce for a little under $5.


  9. Nature’s Path Qi’a Chia Buckwheat and Hemp Cereal

    Nature’s Path Q’ia Chia, Buckwheat and Hemp Cereal is a superfood powerhouse! It’s made from just three simple ingredients, is high in protein, and does not contain any added sugar or salt. In addition to enjoying this cereal with a milk of your choice, Nature’s Path also points out that customers can sprinkle the product on yogurt, oatmeals, and salads, or just bake it right into bread or muffins. Considering this stuff expands 16 times its size in your stomach, this $10 bag should last you a while (at least that’s what Amazon reviewers are saying)!


  10. Evoke Morning Zen Muesli

    Evoke Muesli: Athlete Fuel is a blend of organic rolled oats, raisins, almonds, flaxseed, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and rye flakes. This mixture of cereals does not contain any artificial flavors, dyes, or preservatives and each 1/3 cup serving provides seven grams of protein, which can easily be doubled since 1/3 cup is less than your average bowl of cereal. Reviewers are saying that this cereal is light, fresh, and filling, and that the dried fruit adds just the right amount of sweetness. Reviewers are saying that this muesli is a bit on the expensive side, though. You can get one 12-ounce bag for $14.


  11. Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Hot Cereal: 6 Grain

    Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Hot Cereal: 6 Grain is a gluten-free and non-GMO cereal that cooks in just twenty minutes. It is made with organic gluten-free oats, organic hulled millet, organic buckwheat groats, organic flax seeds, organic kaniwa, organic quinoa, organic amaranth, organic hemp seeds, and organic chia seeds. Each serving provides seven grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this mix is fresh-tasting, very nutritious, and is delicious on its own but can be stretched out to last even longer with the use of fruits. To try it out, you can get one 14-ounce bag for a little under $6.50.


  12. Kashi Overnight Muesli

    Nothing says easy breakfast like starting one the night before! Products like Kashi Overnight Muesli make the mornings super easy. The muesli contains a mix of whole oats, whole rye, whole barley, chia seeds, dried cane syrup, almond meal, cacao nibs, coconut flour, flax seeds, cocoa, and salt. You simply have to add your favorite non-dairy milk to the mix, pop the container in the fridge, let it sit overnight, and voila – a hearty breakfast awaits you in the morning. Each serving has eight grams of protein. Reviewers are reporting that this product is tasty, satisfying, and the perfect on-the-go meal. Some reviewers feel that the product is not sweet enough, but as one reviewer points out, you can always add fresh fruit or your favorite type of sweetener. To try it out yourself, you can get one two-ounce cup for a little over $2.50.

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