The plant-based food industry has been booming over the last decade. It is estimated that it will reach $74.2 billion by 2027. That is an incredible number. But why, you might be asking.
Plant-based food is more sustainable for our planet, most is ethically-sourced, and most is cruelty-free. But, does it taste good, and is it healthier?
You might be one of the few vegans who has not tried any plant-based breakfast options (yet). Or, you might be curious about all the hoopla and wondering how plant-based food can possibly taste as good as meat, especially for breakfast.
Sausage, bacon, eggs, cheese, and milk – so good and no way to replace the flavor, right?
Well, let me tell you there is!
Did you know you could eat a full breakfast vegan style without sacrificing taste? Cheesy eggs, hashed browns, sausage, bacon, pancakes, bagels, muffins, coffee, milk – all vegan, all mouth-watering, all more sustainable.
I’ve compiled a list of plant-based breakfast foods below. Give them a try!
Are you a scrambled egg lover who can’t even imagine breakfast without eggs, like me? Look no further! Here are two plant-based egg alternatives that will entice your palate.
Before I became vegan, I loved scrambled eggs with cheese, vegetables, and salsa. Just delicious! I could not even imagine eating breakfast without eggs. Well, Just, Inc. solved that problem!
On a mission to make easy and delicious plant-based alternatives, Just, Inc. has created a scrumptious egg-like substitute that looks and tastes like a scrambled egg. Their eggs are made with mung bean protein and turmeric, and they contain protein and calories.
In addition to the great taste, Just cares about protecting our planet and its resources. As of August 2020, their plant-based eggs use 98% less water, have a 93% smaller carbon footprint, and use 86% less land than eggs from chickens. They are an excellent plant-based alternative.
I personally love Just’s egg! It is part of my family’s weekend big breakfast, and I could not be happier with it. Want a taste? Here is a very simple recipe from Just’s website.
Follow Your Heart
Follow your heart offers another plant-based egg alternative made with organic soybeans, nutritional yeast, and soymilk powder, and more. In addition to scrambled eggs, Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Egg can also be used as an egg replacer for baking muffins, cakes, and cookies.
Follow Your Heart’s goal is to bring great-tasting, healthier foods to the public while striving to inspire a compassionate, sustainable world. They believe a better world happens with better food choices. They strive to be a zero-waste company by offering free electric car charging for all employees, giving to local non-profit organizations, using solar panels on their facility roof, recycling, reusing, and composting. Learn more here.
Their vegan egg and other plant-based food is top-notch and will not disappoint you!
Check out their VeganEgg.
Now, who eats scrambled eggs without cheese? Not me! Here are top, delicious vegan cheese alternatives to add to your vegan scrambled eggs.
Did someone say, Miyoko’s?
Absolutely incredible and mouth-watering is Miyoko’s cheese! From plant-based cheddar to pepper jack, to mozzarella, to cream cheese, Miyoko’s creates cheese alternatives from nuts, legumes, and other plant-based ingredients. Their products are GMO-free, organic, and crafted using traditional creamery cultures, cheese-making techniques, and modern technology. Miyoko’s goal is to inspire a vegan lifestyle by creating amazing food.
Miyoko’s cheddar cheese can be added to your scrambled egg to create the perfect egg or omelet. You can also add their Vegan Cream Cheese alternative to your egg, creating a thick decadent experience. Made from cashews, the cream cheese can also be added to bagels, used as frosting, or the main ingredient in a vegan cheesecake.
Try Miyoko’s cheese. You will not be disappointed!
On a quest to uplift the lives of all people, Wayfare is a family-owned business that creates food to nourish the body and inspire the world. They use the finest whole, plant-based ingredients to create delicious, healthy cheese, and other foods.
Wayfare is proud to be a business that reduces its carbon footprint by using novel machines that use latent heat and gravity as its power source. They believe in using the most efficient and simple methods in creating their products.
In addition to plant-based cheese, Wayfare creates dozens of dairy-free products and is working on creating meat and egg alternatives. Add their delicious, home-made cheddar, nacho cheddar, or onion and chives cream cheese to your scrambled eggs, and you can’t go wrong!
Founded in 2010 on a mission to make plant-based foods taste good, Kite-Hill sought to create a plant-based cheese that rivaled the best artisan dairy cheeses – with the taste, texture, and integrity of dairy varieties. Once they perfected this, they were off and running!
Kite-Hill produces mouthwatering cream cheese spread and a ricotta alternative made from almond milk and other ingredients. They also sell yogurt, butter, dips, and other plant-based alternatives. Using all-vegan products, their packaging is BPA-free and most of their containers are recyclable.
I have personally tasted Kite Hill’s Chive Cream Cheese, and I can attest that it is delicious! I use it on my bagels, but you can also add it to your omelet or scrambled eggs to make a scrumptious meal.
You can’t go wrong with Kite-Hill.
Want some sausage with your eggs? Of course, you do! Here are two excellent sources for a delicious plant-based sausage.
Beyond Meat is one of the fastest-growing plant-based meat companies in the world.
They strive to improve health, positively impact climate change, address global resource constraints, and improve animal welfare while creating mouth-watering food that tastes similar to animal-based food. They believe there is a better way to prepare for our future, and every positive small change we make will impact our health and the health of our planet. Beyond is inspiring people to switch to a plant-based diet daily.
Beyond Meat goes beyond the meat and creates plant-based sausage, burgers using pea, mung bean, faba bean, and brown rice.
I love their sausages. Honestly, I cannot get enough of them! The Hot Italian is my favorite and a perfect addition to your plant-based, scrumptious breakfast. Add them to your eggs or eat them on the side – either way, you will love them!
Known as the “Zen farmers,” Sweet Earth believes food traditions endure for a reason – they allow us to commune and thrive. Intending to make plant-based food mainstream, Sweet Earth makes plant-based, natural, organic, and non-GMO foods. They do this by creating alternatives that honor and sustain our land, cultivate a curious mind and palate, and sustain a healthy body.
Sweet Earth produces plant-based sausages, deli meats, burgers, and other meats. Their Ginger Scallion Sausages are the perfect addition to your plant-based scrambled eggs.
Sweet Earth has won many awards for its delicious foods. Give them a try!
If you are a fan of bacon or think you can’t live without it, look no further! There are delicious plant-based bacon options that will make you drool.
Here are three that will satisfy your taste buds.
Looking for bacon that tastes like … well, bacon? Then look no further! My personal favorite, Lightlife’s bacon not only tastes like the meat alternative but looks and feels like it as well.
Made from Soy Protein and textured wheat gluten, natural smoke flavors, spices, and more, Lightlife’s Smart Bacon is a winner.
Lightlife is on a journey to make a real impact on the planet. They are proud to be carbon neutral and have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions. By 2025, their goal is to reduce their environmental footprint by 50%, and by 2030, they hope to reduce their absolute carbon emissions by 30%.
In addition to bacon, Lightlife sells other plant-based meat such as burgers, hot dogs, tempeh, ground beef, sausages, deli meat, and chicken.
Give them a shot!
Opening in 2006, Upton’s Naturals created a flavorful wheat-based, seitan, plant-based alternative to bacon. Unique and delicious, their bacon would make a splendid addition to your breakfast plate.
Upton’s Naturals is an independently-owned natural foods company with a focus on meat alternatives and vegan values. They are dedicated to using natural ingredients in their products. What is unique about Upton Naturals is their Upton Breakroom, a restaurant offering vegan food in Chicago, Illinois. The building used to be a production facility and their corporate offices, but they have moved to Austin, Texas, and decided to turn it into a thriving vegan restaurant.
In addition to bacon, Upton sells jerky, mac and cheese, chorizo, lots of seitan foods, and other plant-based foods. They have recently launched seasoned and ready-to-eat jackfruit in the United States.
Check out Upton’s Naturals.
Tofurky has a delicious version of bacon created with tempeh (fermented food made from organic soybeans) that is delicious and perfect for your plant-based, tasty breakfast.
Made with soybeans, soy sauce, molasses, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and more, Tofurky’s Smokey Maple Bacon is exceptional in taste and helps to reduce animal suffering.
Tofurky’s mission is to contribute to bettering society and creating a thriving planet. They are also designated a B corporation. This means the company has met or exceeded a set of standards for better treatment of their workers, the sourcing of supplies, engagement with local communities, and impact on the environment. The company also reinvests in environmental initiatives and places animal welfare above profits.
Give Tofurky a shot! You will not be disappointed.
A hearty breakfast is incomplete without an English muffin or a bagel, right? Plant-based bread has become popular and is a welcome addition to your big breakfast. Here are two companies that offer a variety of bread.
Food for Life
Food for Life offers tasty vegan English muffins to go with your American breakfast.
Their vegan bread is nutrient-rich and an excellent source of vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid, and niacin, calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus. They are non-GMO, organic, and even certified kosher. In addition, they offer yeast-free, gluten-free, vegan, and diabetic-friendly options. And, they use sprouted grains in most of their products.
Food for Life’s mission is to create wholesome baked goods that uplift the body to good health.
Why not give their English Muffins a try?
Rudi’s Organic Bakery
How about a bagel to go with your grand breakfast?
Established in 1976 in Boulder, Colorado, as a small bakery that has now grown substantially, Rudi’s Organic Bakery offers nutritious, flavorful bread, rolls, and buns free from preservatives. They are in business to provide the public with the healthiest, organic ingredients possible.
As the leading producer of certified organic bread in the U.S., you cannot go wrong with Rudi’s. Check out their bagels: cinnamon raisin, multigrain, everything bagels, and plain bagels. As a lover of healthy bread, Rudi’s is one of my favorites!
Don’t miss out and try Rudi’s.
Plant-Based Coffee and Creamers
If you are like me, you love a hot, decadent cup of coffee with your breakfast in the morning. Why not try vegan coffee with non-dairy creamer?
Plant-based coffee creamers, a much healthier alternative to dairy creamers, are hitting the vegan market by storm. Here are some vegan coffee and plant-based creamer options for your full breakfast.
How about some delicious coffee that makes a real difference?
Aubudon’s mission is to protect birds and their habitats, and they are involved in grassroots conservation and several environmental initiatives. Purchasing their coffee helps maintain bird ecosystems and family farmers in the Americas.
Unlike some coffee companies that are not concerned with maintaining species’ habitats, Aubudon’s coffee is grown in the shade with native trees, shrubs, and plants. This decision ensures a refuge for local and migratory birds, in addition to the rich flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest. Buying their dark roast, light roast, or decaf coffee helps the preservation of birds, other species, and to further their work.
Check out their Smithsonian Bird-Friendly Certified Coffee here.
Califia Farms works for the good of the planet and believes food should be returned to its original nourishing purpose. They are passionate about teaching others how a plant-based diet can improve health, alleviate climate change, safeguard ecosystems, protect animals, and help solve world hunger.
They offer dairy-free creamers and plant-based milk that will add flavor to your coffee without the cholesterol found in dairy products. Their Better Half creamer is a concoction of almond milk, coconut cream, and other ingredients with only 20 calories and 1g of sugar per serving. Can’t beat that.
I love Califia creamer! I have used it in my coffee for years, and it is delicious.
Give Califia a try.
Another excellent, plant-based, delicious creamer for your breakfast coffee is Ripple Food’s Original Half & Half. Ripple’s alternative tastes savory and contains no fat or cholesterol. Their secret is a blend of oils that provides the right fats in the right proportions.
Ripple is dedicated to creating food that uses less water, is GMO-free, and leaves the smallest carbon footprint on the planet. Ripple milk products are made from peas because peas have a smaller environmental footprint than dairy, almond, cashew, or coconut milk, and they contain half the sugar found in dairy milk. Also, their bottles are recyclable and made from post-consumer recycled PET plastic. You can’t go wrong with Ripple Foods!
In addition to half & half, Ripple offers plant-based milk, protein drinks, frozen desserts, and more. Check out Ripple’s Original Half & Half here.
An American breakfast is not complete without milk.
The plant-based milk industry is a 2 billion dollar market and continues to grow. There are so many types of milk options to choose from these days: almond, soy, coconut, cashew, oat, rice, hemp, pea, hazelnut, banana, flax, walnut, macadamia, peanut, brown rice milk, and more.
Dairy milk contains cholesterol that is bad for your health. Since all vegan milk is made from plants, they do not contain cholesterol, have less fat, and fewer calories than their dairy alternative. They are a better food choice for planet sustainability and your health.
Here are a few good plant-based milk companies: Ripple, Oatly, Edensoy, Pacific, West Soy, Silk, Califia Farms, Elmhurst Nut Milks, Milkadamia, and Good Karma.
Check them out and give them a try!
So there you have it. An outstanding array of plant-based options, delicious choices that are healthier than animal-based food, ethically-sourced, contribute to sustaining our planet, and are cruelty-free for your plant-based breakfast.
Add some of your favorite fruit to your plate, and you are good to go!