High-Protein Vegetarian Breakfasts (That Aren’t Eggs)

With the new year officially here, I wanted to share some of the macro-friendly vegetarian recipes that I plan to add back into my weekly rotation – specifically, high-protein vegetarian breakfasts that aren’t eggs!

After FULLY enjoying the holiday season, my body is craving much more nutritious meals. Anyone else? Of course, the fun part about taking a break from macro-counting and meal prep is that I always feel excited to jump back into a routine with more intentional eating habits (aka fewer cookies and more veggies)!

High-protein vegetarian breakfasts that aren’t eggs; www.carrotsncake.com; photos of oatmeal, breakfast cookies, overnight oats with strawberries, a smoothie and a tortilla with nut butter and banana

Now that we’re back to our usual morning routine, planning ahead is a must for me. On the top of my list is starting my day with a breakfast that keeps me satisfied all morning long. I find that if I focus on including protein, it prevents me from digging through the kitchen cabinets at 10:00 AM.

This recipe round-up includes some of my favorite high-protein, vegetarian, and egg-free breakfasts that I rely on again and again. If you’re vegetarian (or vegan), it’s not always easy to find a high-protein, egg-free breakfasts, so I hope these recipes give you some ideas and a little inspiration to get back on track in 2019!

High-protein vegetarian breakfasts that aren’t eggs

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

This recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats is like having (cheese) CAKE for breakfast! You’ll love the texture of oats combined with fresh strawberries and crushed graham crackers. Simply prep a batch of these at night and you’ll have breakfast for a few days all ready to go. Just grab a spoon and dive in! This recipe also works well with plain or strawberry-flavored Greek yogurt!

overnight strawberry cheesecake oats in a glass jar with fresh strawberries

2-Minute Breakfast Tortilla 

Breakfast doesn’t get easier than this, which means this is one of my go-to meals when I’m running out the door, especially before a workout, because I can throw it together in just a couple of minutes, and I know it will keep me satisfied.

I recently partnered with Maria and Ricardo’s, who makes authentic, wholesome, and seriously delicious (non-GMO) tortillas. I’ve used their tortillas for many years now, and I love how easy they make breakfast come together.

For this quickie breakfast (or snack), I first mix a couple of tablespoons of nut butter with a little protein powder (or collagen) and cinnamon. Then, I’ll grab a gluten-free quinoa tortilla and spread the nut butter on half. I’ll top it with banana slices, a bit more cinnamon, fold the tortilla in half, and then cut it into pieces. Easy as that!

Maria and Ricardo's gluten-free tortilla with peanut butter and banana slices

The Best Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Just about everyone has a favorite peanut butter and banana smoothie, but this one is truly the best. It’s loaded with two heaping tablespoons of peanut butter and a scoop of protein powder to keep you satisfied all morning long!

the best peanut butter and banana smoothie recipe in a glass, thick and creamy

Banana Flax Protein Breakfast Cookie

This make-ahead breakfast is basically protein oatmeal (with ground flax and chia seeds) in cookie form. If you thought oatmeal for breakfast couldn’t get easier, it just did! And there’s 12 grams of protein in each cookie! Grab and go, baby!

banana flax protein cookies cooling on parchment paper

Overnight Carrot Cake Protein Oatmeal

This recipe for a recipe for Overnight Carrot Cake Protein Oatmeal is quite delicious and super satisfying with a healthy (and balanced) dose of protein, carbs, and fat. You can also make this recipe dairy-free by using your favorite (non-dairy) protein powder or collagen. I also love this recipe for Overnight Peanut Butter Protein Oats.

above shot of overnight carrot cake protein oatmeal with raisins


Question of the Day

What’s your favorite high-protein breakfast?

P.S. Looking for even more breakfast ideas?

30+ Ideas for Breakfast When You Don’t Eat Eggs 

Pumpkin Spice Protein Bake

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  1. I’m always stumped for breakfasts that don’t include eggs, but also aren’t full of sugary carbs. Thx for the inspo.

    BTW – did you do a site redesign? Looks great. What theme are you using?

  2. thx for the inspo! did you change your wordpress theme? Which one is it? I really like it. Sorry if this is a duplicate comment, I don’t think my first one went through.

    Happy new year, Tina!

  3. I liked what you shared, especially the oatmeal with cheese and strawberries during the night is like eating (cheese) CAKE for breakfast !

  4. Thank you for this! I am allergic to eggs and my breakfasts get so boring. It’s nice to have a few new ideas to incorporate into my morning routine. The strawberry cheesecake overnight oats look especially good!

  5. Thanks for sharing this Tina, I’d say I am really lazy so prefer to use home made peanut butter jam with bread everytime I need a high protein breakfast 😉

  6. These all sound delicious! I really need to get back to smoothies in the morning , and try overnight oats 😀
    However, one of my favourite breakfasts are eggs haha

    Perrine – Ola Banana

  7. Hey Tina, great post. My recent food sensitivity testing led me to remove eggs to my diet which has been a real challenge in the morning. This provided some great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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