Mornings are pretty rough. Usually, by the time you even enter the kitchen, you only have fifteen minutes to spare, you’re still traumatized from your five o’clock alarm, and you probably still have the flavor of toothpaste in your mouth. Hardly the conditions that are ideal for cooking a full-blown meal. While you certainly can grab a granola bar and go about your life, doing this day after day can get pretty boring, pretty fast. Getting breakfast take-out every day isn’t really the best option either, and if you’re looking to avoid meat and dairy, the choices can be narrow.
So, what is one to do? Well, thankfully, there are thousands of others in the same predicament, meaning there are tons of products to satisfy this need! From overnight oats to microwaveable tofu scramble burritos, breakfasts can be as quick as you are. There are even some in-between items for when you don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen but you do have enough to fire up the stove for a quick meal. Need some examples? No problem. Here are 15 vegan products that make breakfast a breeze!
Kashi Overnight Muesli
Nothing says easy breakfast like starting one the night before! Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you cook a full-blown breakfast before heading to bed. Products like Kashi Overnight Muesli make the process way easier than that. 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 and nine grams of fiber. 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.
Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg
Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg is a 100 percent plant-based, gluten and soy free alternative that can be used just like traditional eggs. While many egg replacers can only be used as a baking alternative, and not as a stand-alone product for scrambled eggs, Follow Your Heart’s product can. That’s right, no need to spend 20 minutes pressing tofu for a scramble, you simply take the powder, whisk your heart out, and you’ve got an old-school breakfast favorite. The product is made from whole algal flour, whole algal protein, modified cellulose, cellulose, gellan gum, non-dairy calcium lactate, carrageenan, nutritional yeast (for a cheesy touch) and black salt. Reviewers are reporting that this egg replacement is “simply amazing,” very versatile, and with a bit of seasoning can emulate regular eggs perfectly! To see if this product lives up to the hype, you can get one four-ounce carton (the equivalent to a dozen eggs) for $11.50.
Gardein Breakfast Patties
If you want to recreate the classic bodega egg sandwich, check out Gardein Breakfast Patties. These patties are made primarily from water, soy protein concentrate, expeller-pressed canola oil, vital wheat gluten, and soy protein isolate. Each patty can be cooked in 8-10 minutes and has nine grams of protein. Are they realistic tasting? Well, one reviewer said that when someone assembled it on a breakfast sandwich for him, he did not even know that they weren’t real meat. To see if you feel the same you can get one 11-ounce package (six patties) for a little less than $4.
Mamma Chia Squeeze Packs
If you don’t have time to spend any time in the kitchen other than the minute it takes to open the fridge door, consider buying some Mamma Chia Squeeze Packs. These pouches are three and a half ounces, combine chia seeds, fruits, and veggies, and contain 1,200 milligrams of omega-3s. While these can be refrigerated for a cool treat, they’re also perfectly fine at room temperature straight from the pouch – very convenient, as one Amazon reviewer pointed out. You can get 16 pouches for $26.
Vans Blueberry Waffles
Unless it’s Sunday morning, most of us don’t have time to make waffle batter from scratch and make a fresh stack. That’s where products like Vans Bluebrry Waffles come in handy. These gluten-free waffles are made from a mix of flours – brown rice, potato starch, rice, soy – water, and non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil. Vans skips putting straight sugar into the mix and instead uses a blend of pineapple, peach, and pear juice purées to get a burst of flavor. They are also studded with dried blueberries and blackberries. To make these, you simply have to pop them in the toaster oven for 3-4 minutes and reviewers are reporting that these taste delicious and just as good as a regular waffle. You can get one box of six waffles for $3.
Sweet Earth Seitan Bacon
Get more out of your breakfast bacon with Sweet Earth Hickory Sage Smoked Seitan Bacon. Unlike regular bacon, which is riddled with fat, Sweet Earth bacon is seasoned with a tangy hickory sage sauce, rosemary, cumin, and garlic. The result? The same smoky flavor of bacon, but zero cholesterol, 75 percent less fat than bacon, and ten grams of plant-based protein. Reviewers are reporting that this bacon is yummy, versatile, and healthier than most faux bacon products which contain MSG. You can get ten 5.5-ounce packages for a little over $50.
Amy's Lentil Soup
We know what you’re thinking – lentil soup … for breakfast? Firstly, don’t knock it ’til you try it! Soup is a dense, hearty option that is easy to make and will keep you full for hours. Amy’s Lentil Soup, for instance, is made from a mixture of lentils, celery, carrots, onions, potatoes, and spices and simply needs to be heated for a few minutes on a stove top or in the microwave. It has zero grams of trans fat, zero preservatives, and zero MSG. Reviewers are reporting that this soup is flavorful, contains no “yucky, processed stuff” and is great for any meal of the day, even breakfast! To try it out, you can get a pack of 12 14.75-ounce cans for a little over $25.
Sweet Earth Big Sur Breakfast Burrito
Sweet Earth Big Sur Breakfast Burrito has all the components of a breakfast platter in a convenient, portable wrap-form. It contains zesty tofu scramble, roasted red peppers, and smoked seitan bits. Each wrap has 17 grams of protein and four grams of fiber. While all of the reviewers rave about the taste of this burrito, many have pointed out that they sell for a much lower price at places like Walmart and Target. However, if you don’t live near one of these stores and you’d still like to try them out, the price may be worth it. You can get a pack of 12 burritos for about $85 (that’s about $7 per burrito).
If you’re one of those people who isn’t hungry the moment you get out of bed in the morning, consider stocking up on an energy bar. Raw Revolution Spirulina Dream Bars are a pretty solid choice. These gluten-free bars are made from organic cashews, dates, sunflower seed kernels, agave, almonds, spirulina, and flax seeds. While all of the ingredients are definitely on the wholesome side, spirulina is what makes this bar particularly attractive. Spirulina is a superfood that is an excellent source of vegetable protein, multivitamins, minerals, and Vitamin B12. Additionally, reviewers comment that compared to other spirulina bars, it’s definitely one of the better tasting ones with the spirulina adding a fresh, clean, and pleasantly subtle taste. Get a pack of 12 bars for a little under $20.
Justin's Almond Butter Squeeze Packs
While grabbing a fruit on the way out of the house is a great idea, adding a little protein-rich nut butter to the mix can take your breakfast to the next level. Instead of carrying around a bulky jar of almond butter, maybe try Justin’s Maple Almond Butter Squeeze Packs. Each little pouch contains two tablespoons of almond butter, which has six grams of protein, three grams of fiber, and 16 grams fat, many of which are considered “heart-healthy fats.” Reviewers report using this product while camping, when traveling by plane, in hunger emergencies, and picnics. Reviewers also recommend massaging the pouch to mix the oil and nut butter together before enjoying it. You can get ten of these squeeze packs for a little over $7.50.
Tofutti Cream Cheese
What good is a bagel without cream cheese? Go Veggie! Cream Cheese attempts to emulate the dairy product using filtered water, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and soy protein. And considering this product has won awards, they seem to have found the perfect ratio of ingredients. In addition to being dairy-free, this product is free of gluten, lactose, and casein. You can get one eight-ounce packaged for a little over $3.
Tasty Bite Bombay Potatoes
For another unconventional breakfast option, check out Tasty Bite Bombay Potatoes. This Indian-style entrée is a mixture of potatoes and chickpeas marinated in tomatoes, onions, sunflower oil, salt, ginger, garlic, coriander, chilies, cumin, and spices. It is free from gluten, preservatives, and artificial flavors and additives. To enjoy, simply heat up the microwave-safe pouch for one minute. Reviewers are reporting that this product is a “must try” and makes for a good, quick breakfast or a light lunch. You can get one ten-ounce bag for about $3.
Bob’s Red Mill Garbanzo Bean Flour
Omelettes are great options for breakfast. They have protein, can be filled with all sorts of yummy vegetables, and cook pretty quickly. But what does one who is leaving eggs out of their diet do to satisfy their omelette craving? Simple. Buy chickpea, or garbanzo bean, flour! Yup, that’s right, with products like Bob’s Red Mill Garbanzo Bean Flour, you can make a chickpea omelette. Simply combine flour with some unsweetened, non-dairy milk, whisk, add to a pan, and cook like a regular omelette. To try your hand at it, you can get one 16-ounce bag of flour for $2.75.
Rokit Fuel Instant Oatmeal Cereal
While some oatmeal products need to be cooked to a certain temperature, Rokit Fuel Instant Oatmeal Cereal 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.
Vega One Meal Bar
There are two types of energy bars on the market: ones that are consumed as an energy-boosting snack and ones that are made to replace a daily meal. Vega One All-in-One Meal Bar clearly falls in the latter category. Each bar contains one full serving of greens, hemp, and chia seeds, one billion probiotics, and 12 grams worth of plant-based protein. Reviewers are saying that these gluten-free bars may be a bit pricey, but due to the high levels of omegas, fiber, antioxidants, and probiotics, they are worth it. You can get 12 of these meal-replacing bars for a little over $32.
Which product are you most excited to try? Tell us in the comments!
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