Vegan Breakfast Bowls

Vegan Breakfast Bowls are healthy, beautiful, and full of protein, what a great way to kick start the day! |

These protein rich Vegan Breakfast Bowls are the answer to the breakfast blahs…if you’re been there and done that with green smoothies and can’t face another piece of toast, one of these powerhouse bowls will jump start your engine, guaranteed!

A gorgeous Vegan Breakfast Bowl |

Vegan breakfast bowls for energy all day

I’m a cheerleader for breakfast, I always have been, I can’t seem to start my day without that first, all important meal. But in the summer I have trouble getting motivated, my kitchen faces East, and the sun streaming in can be brutal first thing in the morning, so eating anything warmer than room temp is out of the question. That’s where these Vegan Breakfast Bowls come in handy, they’re gloriously cool and effortless. I make them with readymade protein shakes and I’ve customized delicious healthy bowls around different flavors.

Protein rich Vegan Breakfast Bowls |

A vanilla muesli breakfast bowl

My first bowl is based on an a homemade muesli, a Swiss breakfast cereal that is served chilled, made with raw rolled oats that have been softened with milk or yogurt and eaten with fruits, nuts and seeds. It was actually created back in 1900 by a doctor to help his patients convalesce, and I think of it as the warm weather equivalent of oatmeal. In place of dairy milk or yogurt I used a vanilla almond & soy milk which gives this bowl extra flavor. I added fresh fruit, raw chocolate, cacao nibs, toasted coconut, and toasted almonds on top. It’s decadently healthy 🙂

Healthy, gluten free and dairy free Vegan Breakfast Bowls made with chia, fruit, and granola |

Chia seeds natural thicken a high protein bowl

The next morning I mixed the a vanilla protein drinkwith chia seeds….the seeds plump up almost like tapioca to create a breakfast ‘pudding’. Chia seeds are hydrophilic, which means they absorb many times their weight in liquid, and even thought they’re a hip food right now, they’ve been around for thousands of years, and they’re super healthy. I just topped this bowl with gorgeous raspberries, a sprinkle of homemade granola, and some honey.

Vanilla Chia Vegan Breakfast Bowl is a beautiful and healthy protein rich breakfast!|

Chocolate protein shakes make a decadent breakfast!

I whipped up a frosty smoothie using frozen bananas and almond butter. Just peel 2 bananas, break them apart, and pop in the freezer the night before, then blitz with the plant based chocolate protein drink and the almond butter in the am. I could have slurped it down straight from the blender it was so good, but I summoned the self control to transfer it to a bowl and add some fresh tangerine sections, raw chocolate, and white chia seeds. It’s like eating ice cream for breakfast!

Chocolate banana Vegan Breakfast Bowl with oranges, white chia seeds, and raw chocolate |

This chocolatey vegan smoothie can be frozen, too!

The thick smoothie can also be frozen and scooped out when firm, or poured into popsicle molds. You can also process it in your ice cream machine. The banana adds a ‘creamy’ texture so you can bypass the fat needed for traditional ice cream.

Beautiful Vegan Breakfast Bowls are the answer to the breakfast blahs, one of these protein rich powerhouse bowls will jump start your engine, guaranteed! |

I live for my morning coffee

So I had fun working with the coffee flavor for my last vegan breakfast bowl. Thickened with chia seeds and topped with sliced almonds and the juicy cherries that have just started showing up in my supermarket, it makes an unusual but really satisfying breakfast.

Coffee Chia Vegan Breakfast Bowl |

I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m finding non-dairy milks like almond and soy are such a clean, fresh tasting alternative to dairy.

Vegan Breakfast Bowls are healthy, dairy and gluten free, and lots of fun! |

Vegan Breakfast Bowls are healthy, beautiful, and full of protein, what a great way to kick start the day! |
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Protein Breakfast Bowls

These protein rich Vegan Breakfast Bowls are the answer to the breakfast blahs...if you're been there and done that with green smoothies and can't face another piece of toast, one of these powerhouse bowls will jump start your engine, guaranteed!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Sue Moran


Vanilla Protein Muesli Bowl

  • 1 vegan vanilla protein beverage
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • fresh raspberries
  • fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • toasted almonds chopped
  • raw chocolate chopped
  • cacao nibs
  • toasted coconut

Vanilla Protein Chia Bowl

  • vegan vanilla protein beverage
  • 4 Tbsp chia seeds
  • fresh raspberries
  • granola
  • honey

Chocolate Protein Frozen Smoothie Bowl

  • vegan chocolate protein beverage
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • blueberries
  • dark chocolate chopped
  • white chia
  • tangerine sections

Coffee Protein Chia Bowl

  • vegan coffee protein beverage
  • 4 Tbsp chia seeds
  • cherries
  • sliced almonds


  • For the muesli bowl, put the oats in a bowl and add 1/2 cup of the protein milk, and honey. Stir to blend. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to soften. Top with the fruits, nuts, coconut, and chocolate, and serve cold, with extra protein milk.
  • For the vanilla chia bowl, pour the bottle of Vanilla Protein beverage into a jar or bowl and stir in the chia seeds. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour, and up to overnight. Give it a stir or shake every once in a while during the first hour to insure that the seeds don't sink to the bottom. Stir well and transfer the pudding to a clean bowl. Top with the raspberries, granola, and a drizzle of honey.
  • For the chocolate smoothie bowl, peel and break the bananas into pieces. Put them in a single layer in the freezer and freeze until solid. Put the chocolate protein beverage, the frozen bananas, and the almond butter in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and put in the freezer while you gather your toppings. When ready to eat, remove the smoothie from the freezer and top with the blueberries, dark chocolate, chia seeds, and tangerine sections.
  • To make the coffee chia bowl pour the beverage into a jar or bowl and add the chia seeds. Let sit for at least an hour (or overnight) in the refrigerator, stirring the seeds often during the first hour to prevent lumping. Stir the pudding well and put into a clean bowl. Top with the cherries and sliced almonds.

Cook's notes

  • If you're using fresh berries, try freezing some of them in a single layer on a plate, and then popping them on your bowl for a frosty effect.
  • Raw chocolate and cacao nibs are made from beans that have not been roasted.  This helps to preserve many of the nutrients.  You can find it in health food stores (including Whole Foods) and online, here.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

*Note: this post was originally sponsored by Bolthouse Farms for a high protein beverage product that no longer exists, so I’ve modified the post.


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  • Reply
    July 5, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Can you make this ahead and eat throughout the week?

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      July 5, 2020 at 10:26 am

      Sure, I don’t see why not. I would add the fruit in fresh each day.

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    December 31, 2019 at 6:03 am

    What can I substitute the coconut with? I absolutely hate the taste of coconut

    • Reply
      June 15, 2020 at 5:48 am

      Feel free to leave it out.

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    kelly smith
    September 21, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    here is a different type of breakfast bowls. It is a healthy with proper nutrition.they are full of the proper balance of nutrition so I try this.

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    July 13, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    According to their website, Bolthouse Farms no longer makes the 1915 Protein Drinks. Is there something else you could use?

    • Reply
      July 13, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Hey Christen, I didn’t know that, too bad! I would probably use your favorite nut milk mixed with some protein powder, I think that would give you the same results.

  • Reply
    June 26, 2017 at 12:47 am

    This is the first post I’ve read on your blog and I loved it! Feel like I’ll be a solid reader here now 🙂

    • Reply
      June 26, 2017 at 4:37 am

      Welcome in Anna <3

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    March 12, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Cool thought, but, honey isn’t vegan.

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      Kira | A Better Life Lived
      September 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      Sub the honey for maple syrup. Should still be really good and then totally vegan.

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        September 1, 2018 at 12:58 am

        It shouldn’t be called vegan is the point. It’s like calling something Kosher and putting ham in it.

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          September 8, 2018 at 12:27 pm

          Simply use a suitable replacement and move on with your life.

          • Ann Louise
            January 12, 2020 at 1:33 am

            It looks awesome but sadly it shouldn’t be called vegan because it has honey in it. Yes, it can be swapped out for agave syrup or suchlike, but it’s still misleading. It’s hard enough for people to understand what being vegan actually means anyway, (because there’s so much misinformation out there). To say it doesn’t matter and that people can simply swap the honey out, doesn’t make it right. You can’t call it vegan when it uses an animal product as an ingredient, it just adds to the confusion and spreads misinformation! Imagine that friends or family make vegan food by using “vegan recipes” they find online. Then you turn up and have to tell them that it’s not actually vegan at all and you can’t eat it… Well… It happens, and when it does, it’s downright awkward! There are plenty of vegan syrups that could be swapped in, (rice malt syrup, brown rice syrup, molasses, coconut syrup, maple syrup, agave syrup, barley malt, golden syrup, corn syrup, bee free honey substitute). It doesn’t have to be rewritten or rebranded, it just needs “substitute“ added after “honey.” There’s some brilliant ideas here though, thanks for sharing! ??

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    Nico @ yumsome
    February 7, 2017 at 11:20 am

    5 stars
    These look absolutely smashing – I love them all! So, so delicious… and too good to only have for breakfast… I’d have them at all times of the day! Ha ha!

    • Reply
      February 7, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks Nico!

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    January 14, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Really love this idea! They all look so yummy! Quick question: are those just chia seeds in the bowl with the fruit and protein drink? or is that tapioca? Thanks!

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      January 14, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Those are chia seeds, Emily, they’ve plumped up so they do look like tapioca!

      • Reply
        January 14, 2017 at 6:14 pm

        I think I used white chia seeds there…

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          January 15, 2017 at 6:55 pm

          Great! Also one more question: I can’t find the 1915 protein drinks anywhere. Any idea of where I could get them? I couldn’t find them on their website either under their tabs. Would really love to try these!

          Thanks! Love your site!

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        January 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm

        Great! Also one more question: I can’t find the 1915 protein drinks anywhere. Any idea of where I could get them? I couldn’t find them on their website either under their tabs. Would really love to try these!

        Thanks! Love your site!

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          December 29, 2019 at 5:44 pm

          I think they must have discontinued these drinks, I’ll work on coming up with a substitute!

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    November 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    These sound super yummy but please note that honey is not considered vegan. Might I suggest substituting it for agave nectar, coconut nectar, or 100% pure maple syrup?

    • Reply
      November 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Interesting point Kat! I didn’t realize that about honey.

  • Reply
    June 16, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Loving all these breakfast bowl ideas!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    June 15, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Just gorgeous, I want to try them all!

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    Alida @ Simply Delicious
    June 14, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    These look absolutely delectable. What a fabulous way to start your day!

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    June 14, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    What a unique take on breakfast, I’m definitely keeping an eye out for these drinks!

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      June 15, 2016 at 9:46 am

      I think your kids would love them, Sara, I wish I had them when mine were little, what a great way to insure they’re getting some good protein!

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    Maggie @ Omnivore's Cookbook
    June 14, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    This post came at a great time. My husband just decided to eliminate carbs in the morning and purchased a giant can of protein powder. I need to save these recipes so our breakfast will be much more interesting than a cup of protein shake!

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      June 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      What is it about husbands and carbs??

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    kereta sewa shah alam
    June 14, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Its look sooo delicious. Perfect dish!
    thanks for sharing recipes with us here. Looking more from you dear

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    Heidi @foodiecrush
    June 13, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Every one of these breakfast bowls look gorgeous, vibrant and healthy. Proof that breakfast isn’t just eggs and plain oatmeal any more.

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    June 13, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Wow, where to begin with all those beautiful bowls. You have outdone yourself with healthy deliciousness, Sue! I can’t wait to try some of these. Great combos. Sharing 🙂

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
    June 13, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I am a big breakfast person too! Love a healthy bowl of goodness, especially topped with fresh fruit!

  • Reply
    June 13, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Love this beautiful breakfast bowl!

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    Vicki Bensinger
    June 13, 2016 at 11:32 am

    These all look wonderful and nutritious. I drink the Bolthouse Carrot juice every morning but have never tried the milk products. I’ll be sure to check them out.

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      June 13, 2016 at 11:49 am

      I love their juices, too Vicki, and discovered the protein beverages through doing this post. I really love them, I’m using them as lunch replacements, too 🙂

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    June 13, 2016 at 10:53 am

    These are absolutely stunning and the perfect motivation for getting out of bed every morning.

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 13, 2016 at 10:14 am

    What a wonderful way to start the day. I love them all but that chocolate cherry is calling my name. They’re all gorgeous!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 13, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Oh my gosh! You are the best breakfast champion! I cannot wait to try these vegan beverages. Adding the chia seeds was brilliant, and the nuts, and fruit, and chocolate too? Breakfast is beautiful once again. This is a wonderful idea so thank you so much for the healthy inspiration. I bet I could get my grandson to eat these 🙂

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      June 13, 2016 at 9:50 am

      You wouldn’t be able to stop your grandson from gobbling these down, especially the frozen chocolate smoothie bowl 😉

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    June 13, 2016 at 8:55 am

    These are so awesome!! Would be so much fun to make with my sons.

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    Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron
    June 13, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I need ALL the help I can get when it comes to breakfast, and the easier the better! I love the looks of all of these breakfast bowls. They are so pretty too!

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    Vicky @ Avocado Pesto
    June 13, 2016 at 7:56 am

    All of these sound and look divine! I too am ALL about starting my day with a solid proper breakfast — can’t imagine running out the door without one. Had not heard of that milk before so will have to look for it in stores!

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    June 13, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Love the idea to pour these into popscicle molds! I especially love the chocolate frozen smoothie bowl — chocolate for breakfast? Yes, m’am!

    • Reply
      June 13, 2016 at 8:07 am

      They make incredible popsicles just straight from the bottle!

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    June 13, 2016 at 7:53 am

    These are the most beautiful breakfast bowls I’ve seen! I especially love the Vanilla Protein Muesli Bowl. Cannot wait to try these!!!

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    June 13, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I can have perfect morning with this bowl delicious !

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    June 13, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I love this! So much flavor and so many ways to customize it, plus it’s healthy!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    June 13, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I am SO EXCITED ABOUT THESE!!! My husband recently discovered he can’t eat dairy, and he has been dying over the fact that he can’t have his protein shake each morning! These drinks are SO perfect and I love that you turned them into a delicious bowl! Pined!

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      June 13, 2016 at 7:40 am

      Taylor these are perfect for him, the flavor is really great, so good that I’ve left dairy behind not by necessity but by choice 🙂

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 13, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Sounds like a perfect way to start the day!!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    June 13, 2016 at 6:22 am

    They are full of goodness! I love those breakfast bowls.

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