As a New Yorker, I’m surrounded by millions of people who all love the same thing. And no, it’s not our idyllic parks or year-round farmers’ markets, though those things are pretty wonderful. It’s brunch. I would wager that New York City hosts the largest percentage of ladies and gents who brunch.
So how to prepare a vegan brunch that’ll please even the most veteran bruncher?
First, you should know that a homemade brunch already has one advantage over brunch in a restaurant. Have you ever gone to brunch in your favorite vegan spot, only to find yourself completely frozen with indecision between savory and sweet options? You’re torn between vegan French toast and a tofu scramble, but unfortunately, you have to choose one or the other (unless you want a large bill and an overly-full stomach). But the great thing about a homemade brunch is there’s no need to choose; you can have your cake and eat kale too.
Here are ten options for a great brunch menu that will satisfy the entire taste palette.
1. Apple Cider Cocktail
Hand your guests one of these babies as they walk through the door, and they will feel amply rewarded for making it to your brunch. If it’s chilly outside it will warm them up, and if it’s warm out, just serve over iced for a chilled option.
2. Rosemary, Olive, and Tomato Muffins
All muffins will make a great snack for your guests as others stream in, but for something savory that’s perfect for brunch, opt for a muffin with veggies and herbs such as Rosemary, Olive and Tomato Muffins. The red wine vinegar and the rosemary in this recipe add a fresh twist on an already great snack. Psst … looking for ways to prep before the main event? The tomatoes can be roasted in advance and kept in the fridge. Phew, that should make things easier!
3. Avocado Jalapeño Poppers
Avocados and jalepenos? What a way to wake up in the morning and satisfy your cravings for delicious food even before lunch hits. The avocados help to mellow the jalapeños in these unique poppers. Serve these with fresh salsa and watch your guests dig in!
4. Sweet Potato Pancakes with Cinnamon Maple Sage Butter
Brunch is the perfect time to celebrate maple syrup, that elixir of sweetness from the North. Add sage and cinnamon and … OMG. Additionally, sweet potatoes are rightfully known as a “super food” because of their high levels of potassium, calcium and vitamins A and C, making these pancakes a sure fire win. It’s true, pancakes can be decadent and nourishing at the same time.
5. Roasted Vegetable Frittata
Two words: chickpea flour. Chickpea flour batter is a great way to replace eggs. Your guests might not even believe it when you tell them this frittata is vegan. Or, maybe they’ll be too busy chowing down on the scrumptious roasted veggies to even ask
6. Caramelized Vegan Onion Tart with Olives
This tart will elicit many “ooh”s and “aah”s as it comes out of the oven. The melt-in-your-mouth onions go nicely with the tangy olives, and it smells like a healthy version of pizza coming out of the oven. Other tarts can also be made for brunch, including everything from savory to sweet and even a mix of both!
7. Quinoa Fruit Salad
For something lighter and still just as filling and delicious, try a grain and fruit-based salad for brunch. A bit more unique than porridge, but more filling than a bowl of fruit, it’s the perfect mix between hearty and light on the stomach. This Quinoa Fruit Salad is a great option to try!
For more vegan brunch ideas, see all of our vegan brunch recipes and be sure to tell us your favorites brunch recipes and brunch-hosting tips. Here are some additional tips from the One Green Planet team. Enjoy!
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