10 Ways to Add More Plant-Based Protein to Breakfast

Including grab-and-go breakfast options.

By: Lexy Parsons

Already predicted to remain a popular food trend, plant-based diets are here to stay! This makes sense, as plant-based whole foods are packed with nutrients and closely linked to improvements in whole body health. The best part? Within this market, there’s a huge push toward clean eating (think: minimally processed whole foods that are sustainable, nutrient-dense, and free from artificial ingredients). And because breakfast is such an important meal of the day,  we’re doubling up on the benefits with a plant-powered breakfast. 

But, you may be wondering, what about protein? Isn’t a protein-rich breakfast important, too? It is! And contrary to popular belief, you can easily enjoy a morning meal that’s both plant-based and protein-packed.  

Ahead, we’re sharing the best ways to add more plant-based protein to your breakfast and breaking down all the benefits!

Health Benefits of Adding More Plant-Based Whole Foods to Your Diet 

There are many benefits of incorporating more plant-based whole foods into your diet, even if you’re not strictly vegan or vegetarian. That’s right — you don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to benefit from this eating style! In fact, virtually every diet recognizes the importance of plant-based foods to some extent, encouraging the addition of whole foods like antioxidant-rich leafy greens and fiber-filled veggies. 

If you think about it, plant-based foods in their whole form are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet! Foods like colorful fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, whole grains, beans, and legumes are not only balanced in macronutrients (including plant-based protein), but they’re also full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

A diet rich in plant foods is associated with:

The Benefits of a High Protein Breakfast

As we mentioned, a protein-rich diet is equally as important! Similar to the benefits of plant-based whole foods, kicking off your day with a protein-packed meal has shown to be very beneficial.

According to research, a protein-packed breakfast increases satiety and prevents overeating, reduces cravings for not-so-healthy foods, regulates hormones (especially ghrelin and leptin, our hunger hormones), and supports energy and metabolism.

The good news is that getting adequate amounts of plant-based protein in your morning meal is easier than you think. Ahead, we’re sharing the best ways to enjoy a plant-based breakfast packed with protein. Prepare to be fueled, satiated, and satisfied!

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10 Ways to Add More Plant-Based Protein to Your Breakfast 

#1 Protein-Packed Smoothies

Sans protein powder! That’s right — you can make a protein-rich smoothie with whole food ingredients — no protein powder needed. 

Our favorite smoothie ingredients for a nourishing protein-packed, plant-based breakfast include:

Almond butter: 1 tablespoon = 3.5 grams of protein 

Peanut butter: 1 tablespoon = 4 grams of protein 

Hemp seeds: 1 tablespoon = 3 grams of protein 

Chia seeds: 1 tablespoon = 2 grams of protein

Kale: 1 cup = 3 grams of protein 

Avocado: ½ avocado = 3 grams of protein

Oats: ½ cup = 6 grams of protein

With this in mind, let’s blend up something nutritious and delicious, shall we? Packed with plant-based protein, whip up this berry smoothie for a healthy start to the day. 

Serves: 2


  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened oat milk 
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries 
  • 1 frozen banana 
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 scoop of plant-based protein of choice


Step #1: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

Step #2: Enjoy!

#2 Meal-Prep Overnight Oats

Did you know that a ½ cup of oats contains nearly 6 grams of plant-based protein? And that’s without any additional ingredients added! If you include other protein-rich ingredients like nut butter, plant-based milk, and chia seeds, you’re looking at a mighty tasty breakfast loaded with plant-based fuel. Our favorite way to combine these tasty ingredients is with a mouth-watering overnight oats recipe! The perfect busy-morning breakfast. 

Need some meal-prep inspiration? Try these five tasty overnight oats recipes,

#3 Warming Plant-Powered Breakfast Bowls

Prefer a warm breakfast? You can get all the benefits of overnight oats with a warming bowl of whole grains like oven-baked oatmeal or cozy quinoa porridge! And if you want to up the plant-based protein even further, add a drizzle of nut butter or a sprinkle of protein-packed seeds, like hemp seeds.

Try this Decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Oats recipe — it tastes like dessert for breakfast, yet it’s made with nutritious plant-based whole foods like oats, peanut butter, and almonds that are packed with protein!


  • ½ cup oats, rolled
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter, to drizzle
  • banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds


Step #1: Combine the oats and the oat milk in a saucepan over medium/high heat and bring to a boil. Add the cinnamon, cocoa powder, and one teaspoon of peanut butter. Stir well.

Step #2: Reduce the heat to medium and simmer. Cook for 7-10 minutes or until the oats are soft.

Step #3: Transfer to a serving bowl and top with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate, peanut butter, sliced banana, and almonds.

Step #4: Enjoy!

#4 Plant-Based Protein Energy Bites

Make a batch of protein-packed energy bites using plant-based ingredients. When you’re in need of on-the-go energy, it’s the easiest way to fuel your morning while satisfying your sweet tooth. Plus, you can easily adjust the flavor or customize the recipe with your favorite ingredients (like adding in cacao powder or swapping out PB for almond butter).

Try this yummy FitOn PRO energizing almond butter breakfast bites. These bites are full of plant-based protein and fiber, making them the perfect grab-and-go breakfast to keep you satisfied all morning. 


  • 1 cup oats, rolled
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ¼ cup filtered water


Step #1: Add all of the ingredients, except the water, to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Step #2: Slowly add the water until the mixture comes together.

Step #3: Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes and then roll into bite-sized rounds and sprinkle with additional coconut if desired.

Step #4: Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

#5 Chickpea-Topped Avocado Toast

Give traditional avocado toast a plant-powered upgrade. Make your favorite avocado toast recipe, and simply top it with a serving of roasted chickpeas! In addition to adding 5 grams of protein per half-cup serving, roasted chickpeas also provide a tasty and flavorful crunch!

Some other protein-packed plant-based toppings? Try a sprinkle of hemp seeds or nutritional yeast!

#6 Plant-Based Breakfast Scramble

Skip the eggs and give tasty tofu or tempeh scrambles a try. This plant-based breakfast is not only loaded with protein, but it’s also an easy way to load up on various veggies! Some of our favorites include zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes, and sauteed sweet potatoes. 

#7 Loaded Breakfast Tacos 

This savory breakfast option is a satisfying way to fuel up on protein-packed plant foods. Protein-rich ingredients like black beans, chickpeas, avocado, and kale make for filling and flavorful additions! You can even add in crumbled tofu or tempeh for an added boost. Wrap it all up in your favorite breakfast tortilla (which can be protein-packed too… hello chickpea tortillas!) and dig in. 

#8 Creamy Chia Pudding

Aside from their rich fiber content (a whopping 5 grams per tablespoon), chia seeds are packed with healthy fats and plant-based protein. And, they’re low in calories. The takeaway? They make for the most satiating, nutritious meal! And if you’re a sweet tooth lover, the good news is that making chia seed pudding is like enjoying a healthy dessert for breakfast.

Try this simple overnight oat protein-packed chia pudding recipe!


  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • ½ banana, mashed
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 handful mixed berries
  • Slivered almonds, to serve


Step #1: Place the chia seeds in a bowl and cover with the oat milk. Add the protein powder, banana, cinnamon, vanilla, and pure maple syrup. Stir well.

Step #2: Place in the fridge overnight.

Step #3: Top with fresh berries and slivered almond before enjoying.

#9 Breakfast Parfait

Whipping up a morning breakfast parfait is a quick and simple way to load up on good-for-you nutrients that pack in a considerable amount of protein. Best of all, it’s easy to customize and takes minutes to prepare! 

Step #1: Make Your Base. To make your base, you’ll need a yummy and filling option like yogurt (we love Kite Hill Greek-Style yogurt for a protein-rich plant-based option) or chia pudding. 

Step #2: Add A Crunchy Layer. Next, you’ll want to give your breakfast some texture by adding a crunchy layer — feel free to get creative here! Think: protein-packed cereals, a sprinkle of homemade trail mix or granola, or a handful of nuts and seeds.

Step #3: Flavor it With Fruit. Give Your parfait an all-natural flavor boost with fresh fruit. Berries are a low-sugar, low-calorie option that are full of fiber (and our personal favorite). But, this could be any fruit of your choosing!

Step #4: Repeat steps 1-3. To complete your parfait, add another layer of each previous layer. Store it in an airtight container or enjoy immediately!    

#10 Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Thanks to oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds, these dessert-like breakfast cookies are rich in plant-based protein, along with other nutritious ingredients like cacao nibs and cinnamon. Enjoy with your morning coffee and a fresh bowl of berries for a balanced meal! 


  • 1 cup oats, rolled
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ⅓ cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup raisin
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ¼ cup water
  • almond butter, to serve


Step #1: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Step #2: Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until the mixture comes together, adding a splash more water if needed. 

Step #3: Drop the cookie dough by the rounded tablespoon onto the parchment-lined baking tray, shaping them into rounds.

Step #4: Bake for 15 minutes until the edges are golden.

Step #5: Remove from the oven. Once cool, serve with a dollop of almond butter.

Fuel Your Day, The Plant-Powered Way!

As you can see, starting the day with a nourishing protein-packed breakfast can be quite simple. There are so many ways to mix and match your favorite plant-based foods to create a tasty, protein-rich meal. And, you don’t have to be fully plant-based to reap the benefits! Any eating plan can benefit from the addition of extra plant-based protein or plant-based whole foods, in general! So, go ahead and fuel up the plant-powered way.