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Plant-based breakfast ideas to start your day energised

By Sarah Russell

4 min read

Plant-based breakfast ideas to start your day energised

We’ve all dreamt of the perfect leisurely morning. Snoozing the alarm and lying in bed for a while longer, maybe reading a magazine and taking our time to enjoy our first cup of coffee before slowly wandering down to the kitchen to make a proper breakfast.

Of course, for the most of us, our mornings usually look a little different to this. Whether you’re rushing around getting the kids out the door, squeezing in a dog walk before your completely unnecessary 9am meeting, or fighting with your partner over who takes longest in the shower – mornings are often pure chaos.

With the stress of our weekday routines, breakfast can sometimes get lost at the bottom of the to-do list. We’re all guilty of prioritising an extra ten minutes’ sleep, choosing to grab a granola bar on our way out the door, or even just skipping it altogether. 

I don’t know about you, but on the days I do make an effort to prioritise breakfast, I always feel better for the rest of the day. I don’t find myself reaching for the biscuits quite so early in the morning, and I find I have more energy to get through whatever tasks come my way.

When I do have an extra 10-15 minutes in the morning, I reach for these plant-based breakfast recipes. They’re quick, require minimal ingredients, and help me to feel full and ready to tackle the day ahead.

Chocolate porridge

Oats are a really nutritious food, packed with vitamins and minerals and high in fibre and protein. Combined with cacao powder and your favourite toppings, this porridge feels like an indulgent treat but it’s actually full of the good stuff. 

I like to load mine up with bananas and almond butter to cram in a few extra nutrition points and help me feel full for longer, too.

Serves 2 


  • 2 cups porridge oats
  • 2 cups oat milk
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder

Optional toppings:

  • Sliced bananas
  • Peanut or almond butter
  • Cacao nibs


Add the oats, milk and cacao powder to a pan over a medium-low heat and gently stir until the porridge begins to thicken.

Once cooked, transfer to a bowl and add your toppings. If desired, add a dash of maple syrup to taste. I like mine with sliced bananas, a spoonful of peanut or almond butter and a sprinkle of cacao nibs to finish.

Tofu scramble

This recipe is an easy way to pack in the protein and set you up for the day ahead. I was sceptical about scrambled tofu at first, but it really does work. It’s easily adaptable so you can add your favourite herbs and spices to mix it up, or try it with different toppings depending on how the mood takes you. 

Serves 2


  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp each of salt, turmeric and garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp oat milk
  • 1 slice of bread

Optional toppings:

  • Hot sauce
  • Fresh herbs (chives or parsley)
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sesame seeds
  • Grated vegan cheese


Add the block of tofu to a frying pan with a dash of oil. Use a potato masher or fork to crumble the tofu, then stir in the nutritional yeast and other spices. 

Cook for five minutes, then add your chosen dairy-free milk and stir through. Meanwhile, toast your bread.

To serve, pile the scrambled tofu on the toasted bread and finish with your desired toppings.

Banana pancakes

This recipe is a really good one for weekends or when you’re working from home. It takes a few extra minutes to prepare, but it’s worth the effort. If you have a blender or food processer, it really only takes seconds, but you can always mash the banana with a fork first then whisk up the ingredients the old fashioned way if not.

If you’re heading to the gym or you just finished a workout, try adding a scoop of your favourite protein powder to the pancake mix too. 

Serves 2


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1.5 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup oat milk

Optional toppings:

  • Sliced banana
  • Cacao nibs
  • Maple syrup
  • Vegan butter
  • Blueberries


Add the ingredients to a blender and whizz until smooth. If you have time, let the mixture rest for at least ten minutes.

Heat a pan over a medium-high heat with a splash of oil. Once hot, pour or ladle the mixture into the pan and cook each pancake for a couple of minutes on each side. 

Stack the pancakes on a plate and load up with your favourite toppings.

I hope you enjoy these plant-based breakfast recipes. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of the same toast or cereal variations every day, but it’s worth taking a few extra minutes now and again to mix up your morning routine. 

If you do make any of these recipes, don’t forget to snap a shot and tag us on Instagram!

Sarah Russell

Sarah is a freelance writer and editor from the New Forest. She loves being outside with nature and has a big passion for all things food – so if she’s not out walking the dog and exploring new places, you’ll probably find her cooking up a storm for her friends and family.

Photo by Ash Edmonds on Unsplash

Content published by Nature’s Journey CBD Wellness is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of your GP or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health-related programme


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