Brunch is the way to go if you’re looking for an easy way to celebrate a special occasion with family and friends! Here are 5 delicious vegan brunch recipes to help you feed a crowd by Vegan Cooking Life.
1. Banana-Baked Oatmeal
Banana-baked oatmeal is a delicious vegan breakfast casserole high in protein and fiber. The recipe includes oats, milk, eggs, and other healthy, make-ahead meal ingredients.
This baked oatmeal is perfect for weekend meal prep, as it can be stored in the fridge or freezer and eaten throughout the week. The oatmeal is firmer than traditional oats, more like a muffin or quick bread, but a bit crumblier, which makes it easier to slice and serve.
You will need old-fashioned oats, milk, ripe bananas, maple syrup, and an egg for this recipe. The oats are soaked in milk to soften them and make the baked oatmeal more cake-like.
Once you have soaked the oats, mix the wet ingredients (bananas, milk, eggs, maple syrup, and ground flaxseed, which helps bind the ingredients together) with the dry ingredients (rolled oats, cinnamon baking powder, salt). Stir until well combined.
Bake the oatmeal in a preheated oven until it is set and pulled away from the sides of the pan. Letting the oatmeal cool completely before slicing is best, as it will be firmer.
You can store this baked oatmeal in the fridge or freezer for up to 4 days. It’s also great for on-the-go if you need a snack during the day.
To serve, top with sliced bananas or other fruits and nuts if desired. For extra sweetness, drizzle a little maple syrup over the top.
2. Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Chocolate chip pancakes are an American classic and easy to make from scratch. They’re fluffy, light, and dotted with chocolate chips for a deliciously indulgent breakfast you won’t find in a box mix.
This recipe is great to keep on hand when you need a quick, delicious brunch that will please adults and children. They’re easy to double or triple for a large group and freeze well, so you can always have them on hand when needed!
The key to making these pancakes really fluffy is buttermilk. Just be sure to whisk the buttermilk in with the eggs and melted butter. It’s the best way to get a light, fluffy batter without adding too much extra fat.
You can also substitute the buttermilk with another liquid, but it’s important to note that if you use water instead of buttermilk, you may need to add more flour to the recipe to achieve the same result.
Finally, be sure to preheat your pan or griddle before cooking the pancakes. This will help them cook faster and will ensure that the bottoms are golden and crispy while the inside stays soft and fluffy.
Once your batter is prepared, pour or scoop slightly less than 1/4 cup onto a hot, non-stick pan or griddle. Once bubbles form on the top, flip it over, and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
Then, serve it up with your favorite toppings! Maple syrup, whipped cream, strawberries, peanut butter, or jam will all make fantastic additions to these heavenly pancakes!
3. Potato and Kale Waffles
If you are looking for a delicious and healthy breakfast that your whole family will enjoy, this recipe is perfect! These sweet potato waffles are made with simple ingredients that are easy to prepare. They are gluten-free and dairy-free and can be easily frozen for later.
Preheat the waffle iron and add a generous amount of cooking spray to prepare these waffles. Scoop batter into the waffle maker, close the lid, and cook until golden brown and firm, about 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack to crisp up the outsides of the waffles.
While these waffles are delicious on their own, they’re even more delectable when paired with savory toppings. A simple slaw made from apples and dates is a delicious way to top these waffles off.
Alternatively, a poached or soft-boiled egg also pairs well with these waffles. You can also serve the waffles with a roasted red pepper sauce.
In this recipe, shredded potatoes and onions are mixed together with eggs to create a fluffy, light waffle. Then, a buttermilk and creme fraiche mixture is added before serving.
To make these waffles vegan, use flax eggs instead of traditional ones. You can substitute plant-based milk to keep the recipe dairy-free, such as almond milk.
These sweet potato waffles are a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. They’re easy to make and come together in 30 minutes or less. They’re perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dinner! These waffles also freeze well, so you can always make a big batch and have them on hand.
4. Mushroom Gravy Biscuits
Biscuits and gravy are a classic breakfast dish, but they can be hard to make on a plant-based diet. But with a few simple substitutions, you can enjoy this comforting dish without adding meat or dairy.
This recipe for vegan mushroom gravy is full of flavor and is a great way to start your day. With various herbs, spices, and a creamy texture, it is perfect for serving with biscuits.
In a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high. Add onion and garlic and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until they have softened and browned.
Next, for a slurry, puree onions, and garlic with arrowroot starch and a healthy dose of pepper. Once the slurry has thickened, stir in mushroom-sage-rubbed seasoned mushrooms, nutmeg, and sage. Then, simmer for 1 to 5 minutes until the sauce has reduced to a slightly thicker consistency.
Once the gravy is ready, serve it ladled over the warm biscuits. The mushroom gravy is delicious on its own but can also be paired with a number of other dishes, including mashed potatoes, pasta, or casseroles.
If you want to make these biscuits even healthier, try using a vegan butter substitute. You can use coconut oil, ghee, or almond butter instead of regular butter. You can also use non-dairy milk, but you may need to add a little extra flour to make the dough more flexible.
The dough for the biscuits can be made a few days in advance and stored in an airtight container. Once the biscuits are baked, assemble them with the mushroom gravy and top with fresh herbs for a delectable brunch!
5. Coconut Fruit Salad
Coconut fruit salad is a delightfully refreshing side dish to serve at BBQs, picnics, and more. It’s delicious and easy to make with just a few ingredients.
This fruit salad features fresh pineapple, kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries dressed in a creamy coconut sauce for a summery treat. It’s a perfect addition to any brunch or summer picnic menu and is dairy-free, so it’s great for vegans too!
Using just one bowl, this simple recipe is easy to prepare. Simply combine whipped topping with sour cream and sweetened coconut flakes, then fold in mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries, and pineapple tidbits.
You can also mix up the dressing ahead of time and refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve. Just before serving, sprinkle a piece of starfruit on top to finish the presentation!
In this quick and easy vegan recipe, a blend of coconut cream and lime zest creates a silky dressing for a vibrant fruit salad. Dragon fruit, kiwi, watermelon, and pineapple round out the fruit selection, but you can easily swap your favorites!
This recipe is perfect for a casual brunch with friends or a family gathering. It’s made in under 30 minutes and is sure to impress your guests.
This protein-packed vegan waffle recipe uses a blend of white and whole wheat flour, flaxseed, and applesauce to keep the waffles light and fluffy without adding any butter or oil. A few tablespoons of maple syrup add natural sweetness, and the fruit you choose for toppings can be adjusted to fit your tastes.