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10 Healthy Vegan Breakfast Cereal Recipes

It’s easy to get in a cereal rut, but hot or cold, I have some hearty breakfast cereal recipes (in honor of Earth Day!) that will satisfy your cravings and fuel you until lunch. First up is an easy overnight granola recipe – just 20 minutes of attention and you can “set it and forget it” until breakfast.

Depending on my mood, I’ll serve this granola with a generous dousing of coconut milk beverage or sprinkle it atop some creamy coconut milk yogurt. If nuts are okay for you, I recommend the Almond Plus almond milk beverage or Almond Plus Greek-style yogurt. Both have an extra dose of protein, and the yogurt is sweet, yet low in sugars. It’s my new favorite!

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Easy Spiced Overnight Granola
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This is a super-versatile, simple granola recipe that is naturally nut-free and allergy-friendly. You can customize it by tossing in your favorite dried fruit, nuts, or seeds. Note that the prep and cook time do not include the resting time in the oven – it slow bakes as the oven cools down.
Serves: 6 servings


  1. Preheat your oven to 300ºF.
  2. Combine the oil, sweetener, vanilla, spices, and salt in a small dish and stir to combine.
  3. Place the oats in a large bowl and stir to mix the two kinds up, then add the liquid ingredients and stir until all those little oats are nicely coated.
  4. Spread the oat mixture out on a baking sheet (preferably one with rimmed sides so the granola doesn’t slide off the sheet!) or large jelly roll pan.
  5. Place the oats in the oven and allow them to bake for just 10 minutes, not a minute more, then turn off the oven and leave the granola inside to finish baking. Don’t peak! You can leave them there while you run errands, go to bed, etc. But I found that they were done (as in the oven was cold and the granola was golden) after about 2.5 hours. So 2 to 3 hours is plenty if you are awake and remember them.
  6. Stir to declump a bit and serve the granola doused with coconut milk beverage or atop coconut milk yogurt.
  7. Store leftover granola in an airtight container at room temperature.


But I said 10 recipes, didn’t I? The following vegan breakfast cereal recipes use a range of different grains, including gluten-free oats (rolled, quick, or steel cut) and whole grain rice (you can use short or long grain brown rice or even red rice). I also recommend quinoa or millet as a delicious hot cereal option. Both work well in place of rice; they aren’t quite as creamy, but have a nice “nutty” flavor. Another option is to go grain-free, with a muesli of nuts, seeds, or even lentils (recipe below)!

Finally, don’t hesitate to top them with some seasonal, and preferably local fruit. Right now, strawberries and citrus are available in most areas. In the summer, go crazy with berries and chopped peaches. During cooler months, apples and pears are warm and delicious options.

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Cold Breakfast Cereal Recipes

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Earthbound Farm’s Famous Granola

Healthy Vegan Breakfast Cereal Recipes: Muesli

Homemade Muesli

Breakfast Cereal Recipes: Oat-Free Granola

Oat-Free Maple Granola

Toasty Oatmeal Recipes

Breakfast Cereal Recipes: Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Pear-Cardamom Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

Breakfast Cereal Recipes: Apple Cinnamon Quick Oats

Apple Cinnamon Quick Oats

Breakfast Cereal Recipes: Pineapple Granola Oatbran

Pineapple Granola Oatbran

More Hot Breakfast Cereal Recipes

Breakfast Cereal Recipes: Vegan Chai Rice Pudding

Vegan Chai Rice Pudding

Breakfast Cereal Recipes: Breakfast Lentils

Apple ‘n Spice Breakfast Lentils

Breakfast Cereal Recipes: Nutty Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Rice

Nutty Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Rice

About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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  2. CarolApril 28, 2013 at 5:39 amReply

    Great suggestions! Can’t decide which looks more appealing.

  3. MaggieApril 29, 2013 at 9:09 amReply

    I love this little trick about keeping the granola in the oven all night! So awesome, thanks for all of the great ideas. Mmmm, cereal :) Comfort food to the max!

  4. ShainaApril 29, 2013 at 12:30 pmReply

    Can I do the first one with all rolled oats? I don’t have any quick oats on hand and would to love to get this started. Could I just throw some of my rolled oats in the vitamix grains container for a second to replace the quick oats?

    • Alisa FlemingApril 29, 2013 at 9:00 pmReplyAuthor

      Yes – you can just use rolled oats. It will just clump a little less, but still be equally crunchy, cooked and delicious. It’s hard to duplicate quick oats at home since they are sliced oats rather than cut. I’d just use rolled!

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    These all look fantastic! Each one is completely different and I love the hot vs. cold recipes.

    Breakfast lentils? That’s a new one for me but I will be trying it!

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