6 Dairy-Free Breakfast Recipes
Take one bite of these delicious and healthy meals, and you’ll forget all about avoiding milk, butter and cheese.
A British Treat, Made Over
While traditional scones are made with butter and milk or buttermilk, this inventive recipe from Frugal Vegan
by Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee proves that dairy need not define these tasty baked goods. Frozen coconut oil, which you cut into small pieces, provides the fat and a nondairy milk and lemon juice mixture makes an impressive stand-in for the acidic buttermilk. The other ingredients are equally surprising: crushed pineapple, finely chopped fresh rosemary and a few spoonfuls of maple syrup. The finished scones are tender, with a moist crumb and a jolt of sweetness.
Get the recipe: Pineapple Scones
A New Way to Enjoy Potatoes in the Morning
Sweet potatoes are a delicious and versatile—yet often overlooked—breakfast food. They can stand in for toast
when sliced thin, or, as this fun recipe from Frugal Vegan
suggests, microwave them until cooked through, cut them in half lengthwise, and create little pockets in their flesh with two forks, which you can fill with all manner of toppings. Mashed avocado spiked with cumin and cayenne; along with black beans, corn and salsa make for a healthy, Southwestern spin, though you can also try anything from chickpeas to broccoli to bell pepper and spinach.
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Breakfast Boats
The Pancake Recipe You Can Memorize
A humble banana is the star of these easy 3-ingredient cakes. All you need to do is mash up a banana, add two eggs and a bit of baking powder; then pour spoonfuls of batter onto a hot skillet. The finished pancakes are more rich and creamy than airy and fluffy—and are even better topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon, a drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of coconut yogurt.
Get the recipe: 3-Ingredient Pancakes
The Old-School Splurge
The idea of eating anything brûléed certainly gets our attention. And if you’re thinking, "who has time to brûlée in the morning?" you’ll be surprised to learn that this charred grapefruit actually comes together in just minutes. You don't even need a blow torch since the broiler does a great job of caramelizing the sugar. The resulting interplay of sweet-tart fruit with a slightly burnt and crunchy topping is a delicious way to treat yourself.
Get the recipe: Brûléed Grapefruit
A Speedy Muffin for Busy Mornings
Ever since we discovered the nearly instant breakfast that is the mug muffin, we've been smitten. These tasty meals satisfy the craving for a freshly baked muffin when we just don't have 30 minutes to whip up an entire batch, and are an indulgent way to start the day—while also keeping our portions in check. This nostalgic version tastes just like chocolate chip cookie dough—though you'd never know it was dairy-free (and low in sugar!).
Get the recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Minute Muffin
A Case for Taking a Break from Oatmeal
Quinoa is a superfood that's made its way into breakfast bowls. But we had no idea how good it could be until we combined it with berries and maple syrup. This recipe plays up the seed's nuttiness by pairing it with sweet-tart berries and maple's buttery flavor. A spoonful of hemp seeds adds crunch, while cinnamon and vanilla extract give the dish a dessert-y taste.
Get the recipe: Quinoa Breakfast Bowl