Apple Pie Oatmeal Breakfast Wrap

If you take breakfast seriously, you’ll want to try this filling, lightly spiced and naturally sweet wrap with its medley of textures. Perfect for eating on the go, or for working your way through at the breakfast table; the choice is yours. The recipe does require that you soak the oats overnight, or for at least 20 minutes, so plan ahead! Serves 1.

Ingredients

For the overnight oats
1/4 cup rolled dry oats
1/4 cup all-plant (e.g. soy) milk
1 tbsp flaxseeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
Pinch ground ginger
Pinch ground cloves

For everything else
1/4 cup dried fruit of choice, chopped, if necessary, and soaked briefly in boiling water while you prepare everything else
1/2 banana, mashed
1/4 apple, chopped
1 tbsp nuts of choice, chopped
1 tbsp nut butter of choice
1 wholewheat tortilla

Directions
1. The night before (or at least 20 minutes before), combine the oats, plant milk, flaxseeds, and spices. Leave to soak.
2. Warm the tortilla according to package directions to make it pliable.
3. Drain the dried fruit.
4. Fill the tortilla with the dried and fresh fruit, oats, nuts, and nut butter. Roll and enjoy.

Sweet Spinach, Pea, and Basil Smoothie Bowl

A deliciously healthy smoothie bowl made with ingredients that you can find in your local supermarket. Don’t worry; this doesn’t taste like vegetable soup: the flavours of the fruits are dominant.

Ingredients:

For juicing

1/4 cucumber
1 slice pineapple
1 apple
1 kiwi fruit

For blending

2 frozen bananas
Large handful spinach
Large handful frozen peas
Handful oats
15-20 basil leaves

For decorating (suggestion)

Fresh, dried, or frozen fruit
Nuts and seeds
Coconut flakes
Suitable for vegan muesli or granola

Directions:
1. Juice the pineapple, cucumber, apple, and kiwi.
2. Add to the blender with the bananas, spinach, oats, peas and basil. If the mixture is too thin, add more oats or frozen peas. If too thick to blend, add a little more liquid (all-plant milk would be suitable).
3. Pour into a bowl (or two, depending on desired serving size), and serve decorated according to taste.

Beet and Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

This bowl is earthy and moderately sweet. If you don’t like the earthiness of beets, some lime juice will help cut through it a little. You can also add a touch of vegan liquid sweetener to enhance those sweet notes.

Ingredients

For juicing
1 slice pineapple
1/2 large red beet
1 apple

For blending
100g frozen strawberries
100g frozen cauliflower

For decorating
Desiccated coconut
Flaked almonds
Oats

Optional
1/2 lime
Maple syrup or other suitable-for-vegans liquid sweetener

Directions
1. Juice the pineapple, beet, and apple
2. Blend the juice with the frozen strawberries and cauliflower.
3. Taste. If you find the bowl too earthy, squeeze the lime into the blender over your closed hand (palm facing up; this way, you catch the seeds). If you’re adding the lime juice, blend briefly.
4. Transfer to a bowl, decorate, add some maple syrup (or other suitable-for-vegans sweetener), and enjoy.
5. As with all smoothie bowls, they will melt rather quickly. A good tip to slow the melting process is to leave your bowl in the refrigerator overnight and use this for plating your smoothie bowl the next day.

Baked Beans in a Flash

Oil-free, ready in just over 10 minutes, and suitable for novice cooks, these baked beans are perfect for breakfast or lunch.

Ingredients

1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
300g passata
1 x 400g can white beans (e.g. cannellini or haricot)
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika

Directions

1. Heat a small saucepan over a medium low heat. Add the onion and sauté until just starting to caramelise (about 3-5 minutes). Add the garlic and a splash (about 1tbsp) water and cook for another 30 seconds.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to reduce slightly, about 5 minutes. Taste, adjust seasoning if necessary, and serve.

Can’t Cook Baked Beans Two Ways

Baked beans are a British and Irish lunchtime and breakfast favourite, and this recipe will show you two ways to change the flavour profile to create more variety.

Many brands of canned Irish and British baked beans are suitable for vegans; always check with the manufacturer, and repeat regularly to ensure there have been no recipe changes. Other readers may have more difficulty obtaining suitable-for-vegan baked beans, but the import section in the local supermarket may stock some of the suitable-for-vegan European brands.

Pizza Baked Beans

Ingredients

400g can suitable-for-vegan baked beans
1/2 tsp garlic granules
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp yellow miso
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions
1. Place the baked beans into a small saucepan over a the lowest heat.
2. Add all ingredients to the beans, and stir through to warm.

Curried Baked Beans

Ingredients

400g can suitable-for-vegan baked beans
1.5 tsp curry powder OR all of the spice mix below

Spice Mix

1/2 tsp onion granules
1/4 tsp ginger
Pinch cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp turmeric
Pinch chilli powder (or to taste)
1/2 tsp garam masala
Salt, to taste

Directions
1. Place the baked beans into a small saucepan over a the lowest heat.
2. Add all ingredients to the beans, and stir through to warm.

Serving suggestion: baked potato and steamed greens, or wholemeal toast.

Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats

Ideal for those who don’t like to cook, this is more a breakfast suggestion than a recipe. It’s really simple to put together, and although it’s a single-serving, it’s easily doubled or even quadrupled for a great family breakfast.

Ingredients

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup chocolate almond milk (or other chocolate plant milk)
1/4 tsp fairtrade vanilla essence
1 banana
1 tbsp peanut butter
Cacao nibs or suitable-for-vegan fairtrade chocolate chips to garnish, if desired

Method
1. Stir the milk and vanilla essence through the oats. Leave to soak overnight or for at least 20 minutes.
2. When ready to serve, add a little more milk through the oats, if desired. Layer with peanut butter and banana, and top with chocolate chips.

Banana-Blueberry-Walnut Muffins

Perfect for breakfast or a sweet snack, these muffins are oil-free and quite easy to make.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups oat flour (I ground down 1 cup oats in the blender)
1/2 cup oat bran
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Pinch nutmeg
1 tsp mixed spice
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup unsweetened soy milk (or other all-plant milk of choice)
1/2 cup liquid sweetener (e.g. brown rice syrup, date syrup, agave nectar, maple syrup)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a silicone muffin tin with paper or silicone cases.
2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, bran, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and mixed spice.
3. In another large bowl, mix the bananas, plant milk, sweetener, vanilla, and vinegar.
4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and stir well to combine.
5. Add the blueberries and the walnuts and fold in, being careful not to overmix.
6. Fill the muffin tins with the mixture, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the muffins comes out clean.

Sweet Potato Banana Bliss

A sweet and nutritious breakfast that’s well worth getting up for. Serves 2.

Ingredients

250g peeled and cooked sweet potatoes
1 banana
100ml soy (or other plant) milk
150g frozen berries, defrosted
50g oats

Method

1. Blend the sweet potato, banana, and soy milk.
2. Sprinkle the oats across the bottom of a small bowl. Pour over the sweet potato mixture. Leave to soak for 15 minutes.
3. Serve with frozen berries.

Strawberry-Chocolate Parfait

Although this breakfast seems decadent, it takes under 10 minutes to prepare and will make enough for 4-6 servings. The strawberry cream, chocolate cream, and granola keep well in the fridge in separate containers. This is “technically” breakfast because it’s full of fruit and cereal, but it also makes a really delicious dessert.

Ingredients

2 cups frozen strawberries (or substitute with other frozen fruit, if you prefer)
2 tbsp + 1 tbsp maple syrup
2 cups suitable-for-vegan muesli or granola
300g silken tofu (available in your health-food shop, or in the Japanese aisle of your supermarket)
1 tsp lime juice
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 pear per serving, chopped

Directions

1. Place the strawberries and 2 tbsp maple syrup in a bowl in the microwave and zap for 2 minutes, until the strawberries start to thaw and soften. If you have got a microwave, you can use a saucepan over a medium-low heat.
2. Meanwhile, in a frying pan over a medium heat, toast the muesli until golden brown (2-3 minutes).
3. Transfer the strawberries to the blender with the tofu and lime juice, and blend until smooth.
4. Remove half of the strawberry mix and set aside. To the rest, add the cocoa powder, the peanut butter, and the remaining 1 tbsp maple syrup. Blend again.
5. Layer a glass or bowl with alternating layers of pear, strawberry cream, muesli, and chocolate cream.Top with some granola, and some more chopped frozen strawberries.

Cucumber-Parsnip Lemonade

Don’t let the title dissuade you: this is a flavoursome, sweet drink that doesn’t taste at all like blended vegetables. It’s cooling and refreshing, and as a bonus it contains no refined sugar. The recipe serves 1.

Ingredients

1 apple (2 apples if you have a very sweet tooth)
1 pear
1/4 cucumber
1 inch ginger
1 parsnip
1/2 inch slice lemon

Method

Juice all ingredients and enjoy.