I hope these 10 quick ‘n easy vegan gluten free breakfast ideas will help you to discover how to start the day in more delicious & nutritious ways.
Being vegan and gluten free can sometimes be challenging at breakfast time in the beginning, but with a bit of practise it soon becomes a superb feast or tasty snack.
The one key point for creating tasty vegan gluten free breakfast ideas is to forget you previous ideas about what breakfast should be.
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Best Vegan Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas
When you first take the leap or the gradual crawl into being vegan and gluten free, you may find your whole mind-map of what to eat, how to eat, maybe even when to eat, turned upside down.
That’s no problem, but let’s take a moment to think about the first meal of the day.
Breakfast, your mind tells you, should be a traditional breakfast like what you’ve eaten for most of your life. I mean you just don’t wake up and eat anything else but toast/cereal for breakfast . . . do you?
Or maybe you’re staying with friends and they offer you cereal (oops full of gluten) . . . toast (oops, there’s that gluten again) . . . fried eggs then (aggh the egg industry! No-no) . . . how about a yoghurt then . . . (what dairy? Urrrgh) and so it goes on.
Unless you live in a vegan-friendly area with vegan options of everything, breakfast ideas can be a bit tricky to come up with in the beginning. I know there are places in the world where this just isn’t an issue (like when I visited London and the hotel offered a full English vegan gluten free version of breakfast! or the hotel on Ibiza that had a selection of sliced fruits and carrot sticks on offer in the buffet!) but where I live there’s none of that.
And to be honest, when I visit Holland I also don’t find it such an easy place to be vegan and gluten free, unless you’re in one of the big cities where you might find some vegan cafes. But the normal high street Grand Cafe? Nope. Apart from some gluten free bread and a goat’s cheese salad without the goat’s cheese, there isn’t that much to order from the menu.
So I thought I’d put together some suggestions. Broaden your mind and open your thoughts to a non-standard-type-breakfast and you’ll find yourself loving breakfast, even dare-I-say-it, as the best meal of the day?
#1 Complete Fruit Salad – Vegan & Gluten Free Breakfast
The most classic one of them all, (but still not one I adopted for many years), this is perhaps the king of kings when it comes to a vegan breakfast: a bowl full full of a great variety of chopped, mixed fruits with all sorts of healthy toppings and yummy additions.
The way to make a fruit salad into a nutritional feast is to add some dried cranberries or fresh blueberries, a few broken walnuts, cashews and pumpkin seeds and lashings of ground flax seeds for that extra yumminess and nutrition.
On top of all that I like to pour on some unsweetened plant milk and you’re ready to go. This delicious breakfast can be modified when you’re staying at a friend’s house or you can carry a little bag of the nut/seed/dried fruit mix with you and add that to a normal bowl of fruit salad.
The fruits I like to use in my ideal fruit salad are mango, kaki fruit, banana, nectarine, kiwi, apple & sometimes, pear – but any fruit that you like, will go just fine.
Other toppings can be gogi berries, sunflower seeds, vegan yogurt.
#2 Salad Stuff for a Vegan & Gluten Free Breakfast
Create a colourful variation of fruits and veggies on your plate.
Layer your plate with lettuce, edamame beans, tomato, pepper, cucumber lambs leaves or raw spinach, avocado, nuts, cabbage, and the fruit of your choice. Pile on some slices of fruit like kaki or kiwi to finish it off, et voila!
Next, sprinkle some hemp seeds and ground flax over the top as well as some sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. I promise you it really does make a scrumptious breakfast!
#3 Quinoa for a Vegan Gluten Free Breakfast
You may not have thought of this, but quinoa’s actually a perfect solution for a vegan & gluten free breakfast and has the added boost of letting you start your day with a high protein meal.
Quinoa actually goes well with sweet things just as much as with savoury, so you can have quinoa and mango, quinoa with kiwi, quinoa with berries . . . there’s no limit!
I don’t actually buy fruit juice but you can also pour fruit juice over your quinoa for breakfast if you’re a juice fan. And if you make your own juice, even better!
Quinoa with fruit juice and fresh blueberries, yum!
#4 Vegan Cheese with Gluten Free Bread for Breakfast
If you make your own vegan cheese, why not do as they do in Holland and eat cheese for breakfast!
Personally, since being gluten free the only bread I eat, except for when I’m travelling, is homemade gluten free bread. The stuff I can buy locally is just too sugary and I don’t miss bread anyway. But if you’re into your bread, or if you have access to some yummy gluten free bread, here’s a perfect solution.
Vegan cheese, tomato & avocado on bread or toast! Simple.
And if like me, you don’t eat bread very often, don’t let that stop you from eating vegan cheese for breakfast. A caprese salad is one delicious option for a bread-free vegan breakfast.
#5 Homemade Baked Beans on GF Toast for Breakfast
It’s easy to make some homemade baked beans. Simply buy some ready cooked white beans (or cook them yourself) and cook them in a frying pan along with some onion if you like, or alone if you prefer, in a little olive oil.
If you like some spices, add them to the frying part and then add some chopped tomatoes, tomato purée or tomato frito to the pan and cook. With fresh tomatoes you need to cook on a high heat for a while to allow the tomatoes to reduce and lose their shape.
If you use tomato purée or frito, you just need to heat it through and serve. Homemade baked beans go really well with tofu scramble.
#6 Scrambled Tofu – Vegan & Gluten Free Breakfast
Scrambled tofu is one of the best breakfasts ever! If you’re a cooked breakfast fan, try having scrambled tofu with homemade baked beans for breakfast, or add the beans and tomato directly to the tofu scramble as one big mix.
Mushroom scramble’s another option or, if you like chilli for breakfast, chilli bean scramble. Fresh road beans can be scrambled with tofu or homegrown asparagus.
Scramble your tofu plain, or with spices. There’s no limit to variations on this great vegan breakfast option. Use firm tofu for the best results.
If you haven’t scrambled tofu before, take a look at this complete tofu scramble recipe.
#7 Vegan Gluten Free Omelette for Breakfast
If you make a vegan Spanish omelette, you can cook it in advance and eat a big chunky piece for breakfast, either reheated or cold. I love it cold almost as much as I do hot.
It does take some time to cook, so don’t expect to make it in the morning unless you’ve got lots of time to spare!
#8 Chia Seed Pudding as a Vegan Breakfast
Although chia seed pudding is usually, well ummm a pudding :), it’s actually really delicious to eat for breakfast with a nice load of mango.
The simple way to make it is to soak the chia seeds overnight and then mix them with the mango in the morning. Squeeze on some lime juice and chop in some Medjool dates for a touch of sweetness.
You can read the whole recipe for chia seed pudding and add it to your protein rich, delicious breakfast options.
#9 Leftovers for a Vegan Gluten Free Breakfast
There’s nothing better than opening the fridge, taking out yesterday’s leftovers and serving up a plateful for breakfast. Ok, so maybe not everything is appetising in the morning, but so many dinner meals are.
Don’t discard it without trying first!
#10 An Invention for Breakfast!
Don’t limit your imagination or restrict your breakfasts to what you think breakfast should be! You can have the most delicious, scrumptious, yummy meal of the day first thing in the morning.
I’ve made many a weird mix of sweet fruit with savoury veggies for breakfast, and it always turns out tasty. Can’t go wrong really, for breakfast.
What are your favourite foods to eat for a vegan gluten free breakfast? Let me know in the comments below!
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