With the weekend upon us, what better way to celebrate than heading to the shop and grabbing all the delicious ingredients for a big brunch? Brunch is the perfect way to start your Saturday (or Sunday, of course), and with the help of these delicious vegan recipes, you can enjoy it cruelty-free too!
1. “Eggs” Benedict
The quintessential brunch item, eggs Benedict, is a must for any brunch lover. “But how do you make eggs Benedict vegan?”, I hear you ask. Well, the internet is full of wonderful things, one of which is amazing food bloggers who can create pretty much anything from anything! This recipe allows you to experience the closest thing to eggs Benedict you’ll probably be able to as a vegan and it looks delicious. Using chickpea flour as the main base to create the “eggs”, and mimicking a hollandaise sauce, this is a must-have for any vegan brunch.
2. Shiitake Bacon
Included in the recipe above is the wonderful creation that is shiitake bacon. The flavours and textures of bacon can be easily mimicked and this recipe shows you just how to recreate those smoky, crispy, salty notes that make bacon so popular.
3. Coconut Bacon
Mushrooms not your thing? It’s understandable, but don’t fear, something even more unexpected is here to satisfy your hunger for a salty, smoky treat. Coconut bacon may sound strange, but it’s certain to become a brunch staple in no time. Whether you’re having a “bacon” sandwich, incorporating it into an “omelette” or topping your vegan Benedict with it – This is a recipe you need under your belt.
4. Vegan Buttermilk Pancakes
If you’ve got more of a sweet tooth then learning how to make good quality vegan pancakes is a must. Cruelty-free but just as fluffy, thick and delicious as you could hope for, this recipe is perfect for a relaxed Sunday brunch. Plus they’re pretty much as easy to make as regular pancakes!
5. Persian Frittata
If you’re looking to add a little bit of class to your brunch, why not try out this yummy vegan Persian frittata? This simple and speedy recipe incorporates courgette, ginger, tofu, turmeric and more, but if those flavours aren’t to your taste you can adapt the recipe to your liking. Give red pepper, aubergine, tomato, spinach or olives a go for a different flavour! (Though it obviously won’t count as Persian anymore if you do that…)
6. Vegan Pain Au Chocolat
Few things are better than a good cup of coffee with a fresh baked, flaky pastry in the morning and you shouldn’t be deprived of that for leading a cruelty-free life. So this dairy free chocolate croissant recipe is here to be your saviour. Using non-dairy milk, vegan butter, vegan shortening and cocoa powder, you’ll be able to create your favourite pastries from the comfort of your own home.
7. Tofu Huevos Rancheros Tostados
This vegan friendly, gluten-free recipe is sure to excite your taste buds and bring some vibrancy to your brunch set up. Huevos rancheros is a rural Mexican dish which has become popular across the world for brunch lovers alike. With this version of the recipe you can enjoy all the textures and flavours of creamy scrambled eggs and flavoursome guac without any of the guilt. Plus with the help of a blender, this recipe really couldn’t be easier.
8. Breakfast Bowl
If you’re hoping to try out something healthy yet delicious, then a breakfast bowl is the perfect way to start the day. Whether you’re incorporating it as part of a brunch table or simply having it before work on a Tuesday morning, breakfast bowls are as filling as they are pretty. This particular version uses quinoa as the base and includes ingredients such as almonds, coconut flakes, maple syrup and berries to make it as delicious as possible. The beauty of a breakfast bowl is that when you have your main ingredient sorted, you can add pretty much whatever you like to suit you! Experiment with bananas, vegan honey and different types of nut to find what’s right for you.
9. Vegan Vegetable Scones
If you’re putting on a full brunch spread, vegan scones are a must. These yummy vegetable infused scones are great to share amongst friends and family. As a bonus they’re perfect for freezing, meaning you can prepare them beforehand and whip them out as an easy yet delicious breakfast treat!
10. Breakfast Hash
Packed with as much colour as there are veggies in it, this breakfast hash is the perfect food for a quick but satisfying brunch. Using tofu to mimic the texture of scrambled eggs and packed full of brightly coloured vegetables, this vegan breakfast hash would satisfy any craving – meat eater or not. Simply season with whatever herbs and spices you desire to pack it full of flavour. Why not include one of the vegan bacon recipes from earlier on in the list too for an added crunch?