Hot breakfasts are a great way to wake up your insides in the morning and these ones are delicious alternatives to oatmeal. If you still want to eat some oats, you can make a blend with these other porridge ingredients. Top these cozy breakfasts off with some avocado or veggie bacon for more variety.
Quinoa is a great way for vegans to get protein into their diets. Originally, I ate quinoa as a lunch or dinner staple but when I started eating it for breakfast I realised how delicious, easy, and filling it was as the first meal of the day.
If you prefer a breakfast that is neither sweet nor savoury (or neutral enough to go either way), quinoa porridge is great! Diced sweet potatoes are delicious when mixed into quinoa so if you have some pre-cooked sweet potatoes in the fridge, just toss them into the bowl. If you make a batch of quinoa the night before you can season the portions differently and eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I find that the addition of nutritional yeast to quinoa gives it a delicious savoury hint that makes it very easy to eat.
Soak the buckwheat for a few hours or overnight. If you have a hard time digesting food, you can blend the soaked buckwheat with some nut milk until it is smooth. Boil the groats with plant-based milk or water until they are soft and add flavour with anything you like. Cinnamon, maple syrup, and brown sugar are great options if you need something warming in the Winter. Top with bananas, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs if you’ve got a sweet tooth.
Millet is another staple I used to reserve for dinners as an alternative to rice or pasta. However, when I thought about how good it makes me feel after eating it, I started eating it for breakfast too! Add some finely chopped carrots to the pot when you are cooking the millet for some extra flavour and colour. Be sure to cook the millet thoroughly or they might taste bitter. They take much more water than I expect and it boils over every time I make it; hopefully, you will be more skilled than I am. The porridge-like texture is immensely comforting and easy to reheat. More often than not, I find myself having to add more water when reheating it on the stovetop because I prefer a runnier texture in the morning.
Chia seeds are super fun to eat and satisfyingly filling. Mix some chia seeds into any of the above porridges. Alternatively, make a chia milk bowl much like a chia pudding. Mix the seeds with your choice of plant-based milk. Add maple syrup, honey, agave, or whatever sweetener you prefer. A fun way to add flavour would be to steep some chai tea or earl grey tea to add to the mixture. If you would like your breakfast bowl to be warm, just warm the milk before mixing the chia seeds in. They will expand quickly and be ready to eat!