Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes

Vegan Chia Seed PancakesThese Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes are both filling and delicious. The chia seeds give them extra volume, fiber and protein to keep you going all morning.

Chia seeds are a great source of protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium. Numerous studies show that chia seeds help with skin conditions, aging, digestive health, heart health, treatment of diabetes, stronger bones, muscle building, weight loss, cancer prevention and treatment, and dental health. These benefits surely put chia seeds in the super food category.

Because they expand in liquid, chia seeds make you feel fuller and therefore eat less. That’s why they help with weight loss. When prepared in meals like these pancakes, they’re hardly noticeable, but you still get their powerful nutrient punch.

We like to cook our pancakes on an electric griddle. You can cook more of them at once and they cook more evenly than cooking them on the stove.

These Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes are oil free and soy free, but you can probably make them gluten free by swapping out the all-purpose flour with a gluten free variety. If you try that, let us know how it goes in the comments.

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Chickpea Scramble

Chickpea ScrambleThis Chickpea Scramble recipe is a great substitute for eggs and tofu. It’s made with chickpea flour, which is full of nutritious protein and complex carbs. It has a similar texture to scrambled eggs while the Himalayan black salt gives the scramble an egg smell and flavor.

Like eggs, this recipe has a lot of protein. Unlike eggs, it has a lot of fiber and NO cholesterol. We sautéd the veggies with vegetable broth so it’s also oil free and the chickpea flour makes it gluten free. You just can’t go wrong with this delicious recipe!

Enjoy with a slice of whole grain toast or our delicious Oven Roasted Red Potatoes.

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Vegan Huevos Rancheros

Vegan Huevos Rancheros PinThis delicious and easy Vegan Huevos Rancheros recipe will have you looking forward to breakfast. It’s loaded with protein and healthy carbs, but it’s oil free and gluten free.

You can use regular refried beans or mash up some pinto beans, but we prefer the refried black beans for a little extra flavor. Use organic corn tortillas instead of flour to keep it gluten free, but also because organic corn has more fiber than flour.

If you’re concerned about the carbs, you can use one tortilla instead of two, but it won’t have as much fiber and won’t be as filling. That means you’ll probably be hungry sooner and feel the need to snack.

You might also enjoy our Tofu Scramble.

Vegan Huevos Rancheros Instructional Video

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Cranberry Oatmeal with Green Apples

Cranberry OatmealThis Cranberry Oatmeal with Green Apples recipe is both sweet and tart. With 7 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein but only 215 calories, it’s also a filling and nutritious breakfast.

We like to use green Granny Smith apples in sweet recipes to add some tartness. If you have a sensitive palette or don’t like your breakfast dishes to be tart, try using regular red Gala apples and let us know how it turns out.

Don’t use instant oats for this, or really any recipe. All of the nutrients have been processed out, which is why they cook so quickly. Steel cut oats are the best. They’re chewier and more filling. Regular rolled oats are the next best, but they don’t stick to your ribs for nearly as long.

Amelia doesn’t have a sweet tooth like I do so she left out the brown sugar. It was way too tart for me (and probably the rest of humanity) so I added a tablespoon of brown sugar to mine. That sweetened it up just enough to balance the tartness.

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Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast

Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast PinI never considered eating a Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast before, but this recipe is absolutely delicious. The squash is naturally sweet and full of fiber while the nuts and non-dairy yogurt supply the protein and savory flavor. Topped with cinnamon and drizzled with a little agave and you’ve got yourself one healthy, decadent breakfast treat.

We used So Delicious Dairy Free Plain Yogurt which is fortified with Vitamin B12. A quarter a cup of this yogurt has 10% of your RDV of Vitamin B12. If you’re a full vegan, B12 is a vitamin you can’t get from plants anymore.

Before we sanitized our veggies and chlorinated our water, we got B12 from the microbes that lived in the soil and water, and made their way onto our food. Now, we must get our B12 from other sources, like a B12 supplement or fortified foods such as Nutritional Yeast, non-dairy milk or yogurt.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting B12 from these sources. In fact, because humans sanitize, pasteurize and cook animal products, it kills the B12 microbes there, too. That means animal products aren’t a great source of B12 either and some studies show that meat eaters, especially those over 50, suffer from B12 deficiencies. Here’s some more info on B12…

How to Cut Acorn SquashPrepping the acorn squash is the hardest part of this recipe. That’s why I created this How to Cut Acorn Squash guide to show you the easiest way to cut an acorn squash so it doesn’t fall over, spilling your delicious filling all over the place.

Be sure to save your squash seeds! They’re a delicious snack you can make with our Roasted Squash Seeds recipe.

Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast Cooking Video

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Vegan Butternut Squash with Maple Cinnamon Glaze

Vegan Butternut SquashThis vegan butternut squash recipe makes a decadent side dish for your everyday or holiday meals. It also works well in place of sweet potatoes since it has the same texture and a similar flavor.

The best time to buy butternut squash in-season is in the October to December timeframe. It should have a nice uniform beige color without any green spots. It should also feel heavy for its size, which indicates it has a high moisture content. Give it a good knock and if it gives off a solid thud, you’ve got yourself a good butternut squash.

The cayenne pepper gives the squash a little kick and the maple syrup makes it sweet, so this vegan butternut squash recipe is both a little naughty and a little nice. It would pair well with our Vegan Wellington or a Gardein Holiday Roast.

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Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potato Hash PinThis Sweet Potato Hash recipe is a great main dish or side dish for your Tofu Scramble or in a breakfast burrito. The black beans and veggie sausage give it a little more flavor, texture and protein.

We really like the fat-free Gimme Lean Sausage from Lightlife, but it’s not available here in Cuenca, Ecuador so we used Vegan Chorizo Sausage that we bought from Fratello Vegan. Rene, the owner, makes his chorizo oil-free with black beans.

We had some extra kale a few weeks ago and thought it might go bad so we froze it. About 30 minutes before Amelia cooked this dish, she pulled it out of the freezer and let it warm up a bit. It worked perfectly in this dish. Kale is so durable that freezing doesn’t damage it. It has almost the same texture as fresh cooked kale, but maybe a tiny bit softer. This recipe is a great way to get some extra dark leafy greens in your diet.

Sweet potatoes are considered a super food by many because of their high fiber and vitamin content. In fact, this sweet potato hash recipe has 8 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein, as well as 240% RDA of Vitamin A. Eating this dish for breakfast is a great way to start your day.

Pair it with some warm corn tortillas, salsa and avocado to make it even more amazing! Vitamin A is fat soluble, so eating this dish with avocado will help your body get at all those healthy phytonutrients.

Sweet Potato Hash

This makes 4 servings as a side dish, but if you want to eat it as a main dish, it’s really only 2 servings.

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana SmoothieThis Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe will make you think it’s a delicious dessert. It’s rich and creamy, but packed full of nutrients.

Bananas are a great source of potassium, but they’re also a great source of complex carbs, and the dates are too. Those complex carbs will help you power through your next workout and the peanut butter slows down the absorption so you get a nice and steady burn.

If you make this smoothie ahead of time, you can take it to work with you for lunch. And if you add a little spinach to it, you won’t taste it but it’ll add extra nutrients and the green hue will keep the refrigerator poachers at bay.

You’ll need to freeze your bananas ahead of time, but be sure to peel them first. It’s not easy to peel a frozen banana…

You can make this peanut butter banana smoothie raw by using fresh ground peanut butter and homemade almond milk.

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Vegan Overnight Oats

Vegan Overnight Oats PinThis raw vegan overnight oats recipe is fast and easy to make, and it works great for busy morning schedules. The hardest part is remembering to prepare it the night before!

Oats are a nutritious way to start your day. According to Dr. Greger, “Oats contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytonutrients that can help prevent buildup in the arteries and maintain arterial function. The fiber in oatmeal binds to cholesterol, resulting in lower blood cholesterol levels. In fact, just one serving a day of oats or barley may lower cholesterol.”

Oatmeal is also great for your weight loss goals! “The soluble fiber of oatmeal forms a gel in the stomach, delaying stomach emptying. The oatmeal fiber makes people feel full for a longer period, helping with weight loss. In a double-blinded randomized trial of overweight and obese men and women, almost 90% of the oatmeal-treated subjects reduced their body weight compared to the control group that had no weight loss.”

We like vegan overnight oats because it’s a hearty breakfast that you don’t have to cook in the morning. This recipe makes enough for 4 servings so for us, we can eat it on two different mornings. I don’t recommend keeping it more than two days, though, so you’ll need to finish it quickly.

If you love oats like we do, you might also enjoy our raw Rolled Oats Breakfast recipe.

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Tofu Breakfast Sandwich w/ Avocado

Tofu Breakfast Sandwich PinYou can eat this delicious, high protein and nutrient rich Tofu Breakfast Sandwich naked (without the bread), as an open-face sandwich or as a full sandwich. This is a great, high energy way to start your day. Plus, it makes leftovers that you can quickly heat up for your busy morning schedule.

We originally made this recipe with an english muffin, but it’s hard to find those without oil, milk and/or eggs so we switched it to a whole grain bread sandwich. Whole grains are healthier anyway.

The bread in our pictures is a whole wheat bread with chia seeds. We get it from a local baker here in Cuenca, Ecuador called ArteSana Panadería y Pastelería. They aren’t a vegan baker, but they do make delicious vegan bread.

We like to eat this as a breakfast sandwich, but you can eat it for lunch or dinner, too. We used to put vegan butter on our sandwiches until we realized how much oil and how many calories vegan butter has. Now we either buy really high quality bread that doesn’t need anything added to it, or we use a nut butter, jam or hummus, depending on what we’re eating. Some of our Vegan Hummus or White Bean Dip or Spread would go great on this tofu breakfast sandwich.

Tofu Breakfast Sandwich

This breakfast meal has 16 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber, 19% RDA Iron, 50% Vitamin C and 14% Calcium. Pair it with a bowl of fresh or frozen fruit and this makes one filling breakfast. I can’t think of a better way to start your day than with a nutrient dense tofu breakfast sandwich like this.

If you’re on a weight loss plan, you can skip the avocado to reduce the fat content and calories.

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