It might seem that the national social distancing order has put a damper on this year’s Easter gatherings and celebrations, but don’t let that stop you from planning a traditional holiday brunch in the comfort of your home for those who live with you. Brighten your weekend by creating an unforgettable menu with these irresistible sweet and savory vegan recipes.
1. Make-Ahead Cinnamon Rolls
This foolproof recipe doesn’t sacrifice that classic cinnamon roll experience we all know and love, and the author’s additional tips for prepping these the day before means you can wake up and bake fresh-out-of-the-oven rolls with minimal early-morning messing in the kitchen.
2. Carrot Cake Waffles with Cinnamon Maple Cream Cheese Spread
These moist and fluffy homemade waffles are given a springtime twist with grated carrots and plump raisins—the result is like carrot cake but in waffle form. Top them with cinnamon maple cream cheese frosting and you’ll be in dessert-for-breakfast heaven.
3. Vegan Salmon Bagels
Smoked salmon is a classic Easter brunch addition, but we all know this salty, smokey, carrot-based lox option is so much better than the real thing. Serve it with fresh bagels, vegan cream cheese, and capers for an easy, throw-together meal.
4. Tofu Breakfast Scramble with Tempeh Bacon
If you’re in the mood for a full brunch experience, this fluffy and protein-rich tofu scramble should be your go-to. Serve this alongside smokey tempeh bacon and toast for a comforting Sunday morning meal.
5. Vegan Egg Baskets
These impressive pastries use apricots and soy yogurt to replicate the look of sunny-side-up eggs wrapped in puff pastry. If you lean toward sweet fruit pastries in the morning, this recipe is for you.
6. Vegan Quiche
This tofu-based quiche can not only feed a crowd, but the combination of fresh broccoli, kale, and basil are ideal for spring, and add plenty of nutrition to this comforting dish.
7. Chocolate and Banana French Toast Sandwiches
For an extra special brunch, cook up this fancy take on traditional French toast—minus the cholesterol-laden eggs—with chocolate sauce and sliced bananas sandwiched between two thick slices of crisp vegan French toast.
8. Vegan Benny Breakfast Loaf
A pull-apart breakfast loaf that is inspired by tofu bennedict, drizzled with vegan hollandaise sauce … need we say more?
9. Baked Oatmeal Waffles
Use a silicone waffle baking mold to turn your standard oat bowl into nutritious baked oatmeal waffles, topped with fresh fruit, yogurt, and maple syrup.
10. Homemade Maple Oatmeal Bread
With everyone now diving into make-yourself pantry basics, this couldn’t be a better time to impress your housemates with this fresh-baked maple oatmeal bread. Its tenderness and golden crust make it ideal for eating just the way it is or topped with your favorite nut butter.
11. Tofu Scramble Tostadas
Take your tofu scramble to the next level by serving it atop crisp corn tortillas and black bean hummus, along with shredded lettuce, and hot sauce. Prep the components ahead so you’re ready to go in the morning.
12. The Best Vegan Omelette
This top-rated vegan omelette is made with tofu, brown rice flour, and cornstarch to create a fluffy, golden, and perfect-to-hold classic omelet fillings such as spinach, mushrooms, and vegan cheese.
13. Easy Vegan French Crepes
Turn your Sunday holiday into a fill-your-own crepe party with these easy-to-make, buckwheat and oat-based French-style crepes. Set up a buffet of fresh fruits, jam, nut butters, maple syrup, chocolate sauce so your family can serve themselves.
14. Tofu Benedict Filo Pockets
The light and crunchy layers of filo that surround this breakfast pocket-style meal make for a unique and fun experience. Inside those filo layers sit marinated tempeh, eggy tofu, fresh spinach, and tomato, which are topped with chickpea-based hollandaise. You really can’t dream up anything better.
15. Vegan Scones With Coconut Yogurt and Jam
There’s nothing like golden baked scones topped with thick, coconut yogurt and raspberry jam. Serve these alongside fresh berries and your favorite tea for a simple morning meal.
Nicole Axworthy is the News Editor of VegNews and author of DIY Vegan who has all of these recipes on her must-make list.
Photo credit: Elephantastic Vegan
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