40+ Quick and Easy, Whole Foods, Vegan Breakfasts for Back to School!

Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Vegan Breakfast Recipes on RickiHeller.com

[Clockwise from large photo: Baked Blueberry Breakfast Pudding, Apple Pie Smoothie, Low-Fat Cinnamon Walnut Loaf, Quick & Easy High Protein Single-Serve Pancakes,  High Protein Cranberry-oat Smoothie, Avocado on “Toast.”]

Are you back at the books this week? Classes at the college where I teach started today, and I have to admit I’ve been scrambling (sshhh, don’t tell my students).

Of course I’m prepared for classes (wouldn’t do to ask for an extension this early in the term, would it?), but with a new cookbook in the works, I’ve been scrambling like crazy . . . and then just too plain tired to cook much that’s new for the HH and me. (And speaking of cookbooks, you’ll find even MORE breakfast recipes in my two books, Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free and Living Candida-Free, plus loads of other recipes, too).

Well, it occurred to me that many of you with children–or those who are students yourselves, or even those of you getting back into the swing of the workforce after a languid summer of cottage-bound weekends, drinks on the patio and backyard gardening–might possibly be in the same boat as I am. I mean, who has time to cook breakfast with the sudden return of rushed backpacks and school lunches, leaving the house 15 minutes earlier to avoid the instant autumn traffic, or sneaking in a few extra zzzz’s when it’s getting darker and darker every morning as the alarm goes off? But I love breakfast and couldn’t imagine doing without it.

So I gathered together some of my best and easiest go-to breakfasts that provide a full and nourishing meal in less than 10 minutes. These are dishes you can cook up in that time, or else meals you can prepare in advance and then just grab to have on the road. Yes, I admit it: I’ve spent many a commute to work sipping on a green smoothie (though not talking on my cell phone, because we all know that’s just silly).

Here are 40+ tried-and-true quick breakfasts from me as well as a host of other bloggers.  And hey, the time we make it through this list, it will be almost November–plenty of time to adjust to the new morning routine. By then, we might just feel like cooking breakfast again.

Vegan, Candida Diet, Gluten Free Easy Breakfast Recipes

[Clockwise from large photo: Pink Breakfast Bowl, Coconut Pancakes, Allergy-Friendly “Porridge,” Earth Bowl Breakfast, Hazelnut Breakfast Smoothie, Raw Pink Breakfast Bowl.]

Baked Blueberry Breakfast Oatmeal Pudding

Super Easy Tofu Scramble with Kale and Pumpkin

Apple Pie Smoothie

Chocolate Hazelnut Breakfast Smoothie

Avocado on “Toast”

Chocolate Granola

Apple Quinoa Breakfast Muffins

Quick and Easy, High Protein Single-Serve Pancake

Cashew Bircher Muesli with Apples and Dried Cranberries

No Cook, Grain-Free, Allergy-Friendly “Porridge”

Autumn Fruit Crumble

Low-Fat Cinnamon Walnut Loaf

Coconut Pancakes (I use leftover pancakes to make a quick “sandwich” with almond butter)

Protein-Rich Cranberry Oat Smoothie

Grain-Free, Squash-Based Porridge

Earth Bowl Breakfast (ignore the ancient photo–this is really delicious!)

Pink Breakfast Bowl

Raw Pink Breakfast Bowl

Fluffy Sweet Potato and Pear Pancakes (leftover pancakes are great for nutbutter “sandwiches”)

And more breakfasts you might enjoy from some of my blogger buddies (all are fine for ACD maintenance; for earlier phases, see my notes next to recipe titles).

Healthy Breakfast Recipes on RickiHeller.com

[Clockwise from top: Apple Hemp Muffins, Pumpkin Snackles, Maple Mixed Nut Granola, Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal Breakfast Cake, Go-To Gluten Free Granola, Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chunk Muffins, Fruit-Sweetened Granola, Oatmeal Snackles, and [in center] Banana Nut Bread Granola Bars.]

Fruit-Sweetened Granola from Welcoming Kitchen

Apple Hemp Muffins from Dreena Burton

Healthy Banana Cookies from Alida’s Kitchen

Maple Mixed Nut Granola from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Raw Blueberry Hemp Superfood Smoothie from Healthy Blender Recipes

Strawberry Scones from Welcoming Kitchen

Oh Mega Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies from Oh She Glows

Baked Blueberry Custards from Spabettie

Cherry Carob Smoothie from Gluten-Free Cat

Big Batch Crock Pot Granola from Practical Stewardship

Healthy Banana Split Parfait from Go Dairy Free

Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding from Choosing Raw

Fruit and Nut Breakfast Treats from Daily Bites

Maple Nutty Scones from The Blissful Chef

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls from Alida’s Kitchen

Quinoa Protein Breakfast Bars from Tasty Eats at Home

Granola Cluster Cookie Bites from Gluten Free Easily

Healthy Sweet Potato Pie Shake from Go Dairy Free (ACD all stages if you omit maple syrup and use more stevia)

Brazilian Un-Cheese Rolls from Gluten Free Easily (ACD stage 2 and beyond)

Cinnamon Nectarine Smoothie from Daily Bites

High Protein Pumpkin Pancakes from Abundantlifevegan

Banana Nut Bread Granola Bars from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Chai-Spiced Chia Pudding from Glue and Glitter (replace date with ACD-friendly sweetener of choice)

 “Mum, what great breakfast ideas! You know we love breakfast, too, right? Oh, wait, we love lunch, too. And also dinner. Oh, and snacks. And treats. Hmmm. . . basically, if we can eat it, we love it.”

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  1. I want that Chocolate Hazelnut Breakfast Smoothie first! Thanks so much for sharing my recipes in this roundup, Ricki. I’m honored to have them included with so many other terrific healthy breakfasts. 🙂 Love that the girls approve of this roundup, too. 😉

    Hope you have a grand school year, but an even grander book launch! xo,

  2. What a good idea Ricki and I’m now in the mood for avocado on toast with lots of black pepper.

  3. thanks so much for all the wonderful ideas. I love your dogs. They are so adorable <3

  4. Wow! Lots of amazing breakie recipes here. Can’t wait to check out some of these new to me blogs you’ve shared in this roundup! That Cinnamon Nectarine smoothie from Hallie is calling my name 🙂

  5. I saw this on a GF page on Facebook and was so hoping it wasn’t heavy on the oats. After researching the effect oats have on those who are sensitive to gluten, we all avoid them in our family. Oat protein is so similar to gluten that even if you are not one of the 15% whose bodies will react exactly the same to either, there is often a limit to how much you can have before you get damage. I have most often read 1/4 cup per day for children and 3/4 cup per day for adults should be safe. I just never wanted to bother with something that had a “safe limit” before it could cause the same long-term damage to our villi that we dealt with on gluten.

    Here’s more on the protein in oats and why it is often unsafe for Celiacs, certified GF or not.

    I realize there is disagreement in the GF community about oats and you’ve probably already researched this and decided oats were safe for yourself. I’m just posting to put that out there for those who are new to GF living and who may inadvertently sabotage their GF diets by eating something that might be harmful for them. Thanks!

    • Hi Alicia,

      Thanks for this comment. Just to clarify, this roundup wasn’t intended to be 100% gluten-free, just whole foods, vegan, free of refined sugars. That said, I do know that not everyone can consume oats, and like any other food, I think it’s up to the individual to be aware of what works or doesn’t work for her or him. I do eat oats myself, but certainly not every day (sometimes not even every week), but since lots of people do, my goal was to provide a selection for people who eat all kinds of things.

      Even if you don’t eat oats, you can still enjoy more than half the recipes featured in this post: the apple pie smoothie, avocado on “toast,” high-protein pancake, allergy-friendly porridge, both pink breakfast bowls, low-fat cinnamon walnut bread, apple quinoa breakfast muffins, coconut pancakes, healthy banana split parfait, quinoa English muffins, apple-quinoa breakfast muffins, matcha green tea chia pudding, green “ice cream,” fruit and nut breakfast treats, quinoa protein breakfast bars, sweet potato pie shake, high protein pumpkin pancakes, Brazilian un-cheese rolls, cinnamon nectarine smoothie, granola cluster cookies, cherry carob smoothie, baked blueberry custard, raw blueberry hemp superfood smoothie or mango sweet potato smoothie, none of which contains oats. 🙂

  6. This gave me way too many new recipes^^ now how to find the time to try them all? 🙂

  7. Hi Ricki! Thanks so much for sharing my big batch of crock-pot granola! We’ve kept it on hand for the last year, and it’s made a great quick breakfast. Thanks for also sharing all of these other great ideas! It’s nice to inject a few new ideas in the breakfast arsenal. Have a great week!

  8. I seem to be bookmarking nearly every one – I love breakfast and there are some GOOD ones here!

  9. Hi Ricki,

    This round-up is fantastic!!! Always looking for new recipes for lunches and snacks. Thank YOU!!!


  10. Wonderful round-up, Ricki!! Thank you so much for including my overnight steel cut oats recipe! Just shared on Facebook and now I’m off to Pinterest it! 😉

  11. Yum! So many great ideas – thanks for the roundup.

  12. good luck with returning to school – I daren’t take smoothies in the car – I took water last week and it spilt all over the seat when sylvia put her doll in my usually drink holder – d’oh!

    • I have a special bottle with a little straw-like contraption sticking out of the lid. So no spills! 🙂 Luckily, water is just water, right? 😉

  13. So impressive, Ricki!

  14. Thank you so much for sharing, Ricki! I’m glad I ate breakfast before reading this or I would making all of it in one day. LOL

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