Added These Vegan Ingredients to Your Breakfast Shopping List?

Rohit Panwar

If you are new to veganism you might be wondering what are the top vegan breakfast items to buy. Here I help you precisely with that. 

Being vegan doesn’t mean you will have to compromise on your nutrition and taste. There are plenty of nutritional options that can be included for a well balanced meal. 


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32 Absolutely Essential Vegan Breakfast Items to Buy

Since you will be replacing all your animal based foods in your breakfast, it is important to consume equally nutritious foods in place of these.

Here is a vegan breakfast essential checklist – 


Rolled Oats: An Absolute Essential On a Plant Based Diet

Probably among the first vegan breakfast items to buy, rolled oats are an absolute must in a vegan kitchen. Not only are these high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, they are also fairly easy to use. 

Some popular vegan breakfast items that use rolled oats are – 

  • Oatmeal 
  • Overnight oats
  • Granola 
  • Smoothies 


Chickpeas: Must Have Breakfast Item – Canned & Raw 

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a type of legume that are high in protein and fiber.They are also vert versatile, and can be used in a variety of dishes ranging from breakfast, lunch to dinner. 

The most common uses of chickpeas in a vegan breakfast are – 

  • Hummus Breakfast Bowl
  • Chickpea Pancakes 
  • Chickpea Sandwiches 
  • Chickpea Scramble 


Seeds: Versatile & Nutritious Addition to Any Morning Meal

Seeds like chia, flax, hemp, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower are essential items for a vegan breakfast. They are rich in a variety of nutrients including, healthy fats, protein, fibre and antioxidants. 

Some best uses of seeds are – 

  • Smoothies 
  • Parfaits
  • Overnight Oats 
  • Baked Goods


Whole Grains: Give Your Breakfast the Wholesome Nutrition

Another absolutely essential vegan breakfast item to buy are whole grains. They provide you good fibre and complex carbohydrates, Which can help you start your day right. My recommendations include buckwheat, eye, barley amaranth, etc. 

Some of the breakfast items where you can use wholegrains are – 


Nuts: Energizing & Nutrient Packed Addition to Vegan Breakfast

Nuts are a great source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. As a breakfast item, these are absolutely a must have. Not only can you consume them as such, you can also make plant milk at home using these. My favourites are  almonds, walnuts, cashews, and hazelnuts. 

Some of the most amazing ways to ue nuts are –

  • Nut butters 
  • Nut Milk 
  • Granola 
  • Smoothie Bowls


Dried Fruits: Delicious Nourishment for Sweet Morning Treats 

Another great addition to a vegan shopping list, dried fruits are a convenient and easy way to add sweetness to your morning meals. Some popular choices are  include raisins, cranberries, apricots, and dates.

Here are some great ways of using them –

  • Oatmeal 
  • Baked goods 
  • Smoothie & smoothie bowls 
  • Granola & Mueslis


Millets: Superfoods That Must Be a Part of Any Vegan Breakfast Essential Checklist

Millets essentially small-seeded cereal crops that are a good source of protein, fiber, and minerals like iron, zinc, and magnesium. They are also gluten-free, and pretty versatile. Some popular ones I recommend buying are pearl millet, finger millet, and foxtail millet. 

Popular breakfast items that use millets 

  • Porridge
  • Idlis & Dosa, and upma
  • Pancakes 
  • Breads


Beans: Protein & Fiber Loaded Ingredient for Plant-Based Morning Meals

Add beans to your shopping list as well. These legumes are high in protein, fiber, and many vitamins and minerals. You can choose between a variety types of beans such as black, kidney, lima, pinto, etc. 

Vegan breakfasts that use beans are – 

  • Salads 
  • Wraps 
  • Sandwiches 
  • Side dish 


Vegan Oils: One of The Most Essential Items for a Vegan Breakfast

Vegan oils are absolutely essential as they are to be used in cooking, baking, and dressings. Some popular types of plant based oils that can be used in vegan breakfasts include olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and flaxseed oil, each with its own unique flavor and nutritional profile. 

Here are a few breakfast items that require the use of these oils – 

  • Salad dressings 
  • Vegan substitute for butter in baking 
  • Making granola
  • Cooking 


Nut Butters: Vegan Breakfast Products You Must Have

Nut butter, such as peanut or almond butter, is an essential item for a vegan breakfast as it is a good source of healthy fats and protein. It can be used as a spread on toast, added to smoothies, or used as a topping for oatmeal or yogurt alternatives.

Uses of nut butters in vegan breakfast – 

  • As a spread 
  • Overnight Oats 
  • Granola 
  • Smoothies 


Seed Butters: Creamy and Nutrient-Packed Enhancements for Your  Breakfast

Apart from nut butters, seed butters cab also be a great source of nutrition and taste in a vegan kitchen. Some of the seed butters taht i highly recommend are those made from pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. 

Some vegan breakfast food items that use seed butters are – 

  • Smoothies 
  • Toasts & Sandwich Spreads 
  • Salad dressings 
  • Oatmeal


Dried Lentils: Convenient Protein Source to Enrich Your Mornings

Dried lentils are legumes that is a great source of (inexpensive) plant-based protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. They come in different varieties such as green, brown, red, yellow and black. They are quick and easy to cook, and can be used in a variety of dishes. 

For breakfast they can be used for making – 

  • Spreads 
  • Smoothies 
  • Pancakes 


Fruits: Add to Your Morning Meals for Freshness 

Fruits are a great addition to a vegan breakfast. They are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and are a great source of natural sugars and fibre. Berries, bananas, citrus fruits, apples, pears, mango, papaya are of my favouirtes.

Fruits can be used in – 

  • Yogurt bowls 
  • Salad bowls 
  • Smoothies 
  • Overnight oats


Vegetables Especially Greens: Vitalizing Your Plant-Based Breakfast with Fresh Nutrients

Vegetables are also among the most important vegan breakfast items to buy. They provide the essential vitamins, minerals, fibre and flavours. Leafy greens, bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, and avocado are some wonderful options to include for breakfast. 

Vegetables can be included in – 

  • Smoothies 
  • Wraps & sandwiches
  • Salad bowls 
  • Baled goods


Plant Milk: Must Have Vegan Breakfast Essential to Replace Dairy Milk

Plant-based milks are a staple for many vegans and vegetarians as a dairy-free alternative to cow’s milk. Plant-based milks like soy, almond, oat milk, etc. are easily available in majority grocery stores and can be used in a number of ways. 

Use of Plant milks in vegan breakfast include – 

  • Tea/ Coffee Creamer
  • Cereals
  • Smoothies
  • Baked goods


Whole Grain Flours: Foundation for Many Nourishing Morning Breakfast Options

Whole grain flours are another great addition to a vegan breakfast. They are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and provide a complex source of carbohydrates. Oat flour, quinoa flour, buckwheat flour are some of the most versatile ones. 

Whole grain flours can be used to make – –

  • Pancakes
  • Waffles 
  • Baked goods


Vegan Yogurt: So, You Won’t Miss the Goodness of Fermented Dairy

Vegan yogurt is a great alternative to traditional yogurt. As a starter you can buy one from the supermarket but later you can make your own batch at home. Some of the commonly available vegan yogurts are made from soy, almond, coconut, and oat milk. 

Vegan yogurt can be used in the following breakfast items – 

  • Smoothies
  • Parfaits
  • Served with fruit 


Nutritional Yeast: Often Ignored One of the Must Have Vegan Ingredients

Nutritional yeast is a popular vegan ingredient for adding flavor to breakfast dishes. It is a type of inactive yeast that has a nutty flavour and is rich in many vitamins. 

You can add nutritional yeast to the following – 

  • Scrambled tofu
  • Savoury Oatmeal 
  • Pasta Sauces


Quinoa: A Complete Protein For Your Plant-Based Breakfasts

Quinoa, a seed is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids. It is also rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Quinoa is gluten-free and can be a great addition to a nutritious breakfast. 

Quinoa has a llight and fluffy texture and can be used in – 

  • Quinoa Bowls 
  • Parfaits 
  • Pancakes 
  • Muffins & Breads


Tofu or Tempeh: Another Great Vegan Product to Add Protein in Your Breakfast

Tofu or tempeh, which are made from soybeans, are essential items for a vegan breakfast as they provide a good source of protein. They can be used in a variety of ways, and are easily available across supermarkets. 

Use tofu and tempeh to make – 

  • Scrambles
  • Sandwiches
  • Stir-fries
  • Savoury bowls 


Plant Protein Powders: Boosting Nutritional Profile in Your Plant-Based Breakfasts

Made from ingredients such as pea or hemp protein, these can be added to your breakfast meals for a boost of protein. They come in a variety of flavors, including vanilla, chocolate, and berry. 

You can add plant protein powders to – 

  • Smoothies
  • Oatmeal
  • Baked goods
  • Pancakes & Waffles 


Whole Grain Breads: Multipurpose & Easy Essential for Quick Breakfast Preparation 

Whole grain breads are made from whole grains such as wheat, oats, barley, or rye, which are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are a good source of complex carbohydrates, and great option for quick and easy vegan breakfasts. 

You can use them to prepare –


Sweet Potatoes: Pocket Friendly Vegan Ingredient With Many Uses

Sweet potatoes are one of my most recommended vegan breakfast essentials to buy. They are  rich in  complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and beta-carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A in the body. 

Sweet potatoes can be roasted, baked or mashed, and used in 

  • Smoothies
  • Pancakes
  • Breads & Pies 


Peanuts: Nutrient-Rich Additions to Energize Your Mornings

Pocket-friendly and versatile, peanuts are a must buy. They are rich in protein, healthy fats, and fiber, making them a filling and nutritious option. Peanuts can be used in a variety of ways for breakfast, such as adding them to oatmeal, smoothies, or yogurt for a protein boost. 

Some popular ways of using peanuts in vegan breakfast are – 

  • Granola & Muesli 
  • Oatmeal 
  • Porridge 
  • South Indian Breakfasts


Vegan Butter: Creamy Indulgence for Your Vegan Breakfast Delights

Vegan butter is made from ingredients such as vegetable oils, nuts, or soy. They can be used to replace traditional butter and can be used in baking and cooking just like the traditional dairy-based versions.

Here’s how you can use vegan butter – 

  • Spread on toast, bagels, and sandwiches
  • As a dairy substitute 
  • To make pancakes, waffles, etc. 


Dates: Choose Them For Sweetness & Their Nutrition

Dates are naturally sweet and packed with nutrients such as fiber, antioxidants and minerals like potassium, magnesium and calcium. They can be used as such or to make a natural sweetener like date paste or date syrup.

Here is how you can include dates in your breakfast recipes – 

  • Cereals & Oatmeal
  • Smoothies 
  • Baked Goods 


Tortillas & Other Wraps: Readymade Vegan Breakfast Products That Save Time & Effort

Tortillas and other wraps can be used to make quick and easy morning breakfasts by adding in the desired filling. They are available in a variety of grains such as wheat, corn, or rice and are a versatile option for breakfast. 

Here are a few ways of using them – 

  • Savoury Wraps with vegetables, beans & tofu
  • Sweet wraps with fruits & nut butter 
  • Breakfast burritos & quesadillas


Baking Essentials: For Kitchens That Can’t Run Without An Oven

Baking essentials are ingredients that are commonly used in baking, and are an important part of a vegan breakfast. 

Some common vegan baking essentials include –

  • Flours – All purpose, Oats, Buckwheat, whole wheat, etc.
  • Vegan Sweeteners – like agave nectar, maple syrup, coconut sugar, etc.
  • Plant-Based Milk –  almond milk, soy milk,  oat milk, etc.
  • Oil – coconut oil and olive oil.
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda


Vegan Sweeteners: Naturally Delicious Alternatives for Those Sweet Morning Treats

These natural sweeteners can be used as a replacement for honey in various breakfast dishes, and can be drizzled over oatmeal, pancakes or waffles. These sweeteners are plant-based and do not contain any animal products, making them a suitable option for vegans and those following a plant-based diet.

Some common vegan sweeteners are – 

  • Maple Syrup
  • Jaggery
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Date syrup 
  • Stevia 
  • Agave nectar 
  • Brown rice syrup 


Sauces & Other Condiments: Elevate Flavors in Your Vegan Breakfast Experience

Condiments are a great addition to a vegan breakfast as they add flavor and variety to your meals. The sauces and condiments you need may vary depending on your tastes and preferences, so choose accordingly

Some popular vegan condiments that can be used for breakfast items are – 

  • Hot sauce
  • Salsa.
  • Mustard.
  • Vegan mayonnaise
  • Vegan sour cream
  • Jam and jelly
  • Ketchup
  • Rice vinegar
  • Soy sauce


Herbs & Spices: No Vegan Breakfast Is Complete Without These Essentials

Spices and herbs, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or basil, are essential items for a vegan breakfast as they provide a way to add flavor and variety to meals. They can be used in a variety of ways, such as in oatmeal, smoothies, or baking. 

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla
  • Turmeric
  • Rosemary
  • Salt & Pepper

These were some of the most basic vegan breakfast items to buy as a person who has just started their vegan journey. If you have any questions or need help with any nutritional plans, I am happy to help. 

Rohit Panwar

Hi! I'm Integrated Nutrition Coach Rohit Panwar. I hold twin Certifications from IIN, New York & SAFM, Massachusetts. I am a passionate vocalist of holistic lifestyle and have fully committed the past several years to educate & empower people towards their wellbeing. Despite a successful yet hectic corporate stint of 21+ years, I have prioritised nutriment in my life. I truly hope my personal journey from illness to wellness helps everybody reading this forge their own path.