Breakfast Ideas For Vegans Camping
If you’re looking for a break from tofu and soy dogs, or just need a few recipes to add to your camping collection, look no further! We’ve got a great list of vegan camping breakfast ideas to keep your palette satisfied and your stomach full for a day of exploration. Do your camping friends enjoy animal products? No problem! These recipes are so delicious they’ll never know they’re eating vegan food.
Before we get started, it may be a good idea to go through your gear to make sure you have the proper camping cooking equipment for your vegan breakfast meal options. Many of these recipes need to be prepped ahead of time, but some of them will require basic camping cooking equipment.
We recommend a good nonstick skillet, a spatula, and maybe even a Dutch oven if you have the room and ability to transport it. Don’t forget your mess kit and cleaning supplies! A few extra items that will come in handy:
- roasting sticks
- bins for doing dishes
- coffee percolator
- can opener
- water bottles (don’t forget to stay hydrated)
- grate, if you plan to cook over the fire
- hot mitt
Vegan Breakfast Food Ideas to Make While Camping
Vegan meals at the campsite don’t have to be boring. We have found so many really great vegan camping foods that are easy to bring to the campsite with you. Campfire cooking does not have to mean you have to eat meat.
Here are some of our favorite vegan camping recipes.
Coconut French Toast
Traditional French toast can be messy to make and requires a lot of refrigerated goods: milk and eggs, which aren’t vegan approved. This coconut French toast is a delicious vegan camping food idea and can lend a bit of fancy dining to your camping trip. If you’re not in your RV or travel trailer, you’ll need a camp stove in addition to a nonstick skillet.
Traditional breakfast burritos are an easy, delicious camping meal, but most are filled with eggs, meat and cheese. This easy vegan version is sure to become a staple in your vegan camping breakfast recipe book.
Not-So-Boring Morning Oatmeal
Let’s face it—oatmeal is not the most exciting food. Healthy, yes, but without a great recipe, it can be very bland and boring. This vegan oatmeal recipe will not only delight your palette, it will leave you energized for whatever the day may have in store.
There’s nothing better than escaping the city and enjoying the great outdoors. Worrying about how you will continue to follow your plant-based diet while on the road shouldn’t be a part of your trip.
Thanks to these recipes, you can enjoy hearty, vegan breakfasts every day without sacrificing flavor (or stressing out). Many of these recipes make perfect snacks for gathering by the campfire or enjoying a card game with friends.
Many of them are prepared before you even leave your house, so you’ll have even more time to spend making memories with friends and family.
Chickpea Flour Breakfast Scramble
If you’re tired of tofu and overnight oats, this chickpea flour breakfast scramble will be just what you need to add a bit of diversity to your stale go-to vegan camping recipes. The chickpea flour batter is a good replacement for eggs, but don’t expect the same taste and consistency.
Coconut Chia Oatmeal
This tropical oatmeal recipe may be just what you need to warm up on a cold camping morning. Infused with hints of the tropics, like coconut and bananas, this easy vegan breakfast recipe is sure to be a hit with your crew.
Cozy breakfasts around the campfire are a wonderful way to decompress from the stress of the week. A vegan camping breakfast doesn’t have to be boring or require obscure ingredients.
Brew yourself a cup of coffee and try one of these vegan breakfast recipes the next time you enjoy the great outdoors.
Apple Pie Quinoa Porridge
Forget what you think you know about traditional porridge and try this delicious alternative to oatmeal. It’s the closest thing you can get to apple pie when you’re camping. Perfect for those fall camping mornings when you need something hearty and warm.
If you’re planning to camp regularly, there are a few staples we recommend having on hand:
- fresh fruit (apples, bananas, berries, etc.)
- nutritional yeast
- canned beans, such as chickpeas or black beans
- nut butter
- vegan graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows (because no camping trip is complete without the obligatory s’mores indulgence)
Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars
PB&J isn’t just for lunch anymore! Packed with protein and fiber, these vegan granola bars are a perfect quick vegan camping breakfast and are super easy to make ahead of time.
While not a recipe that’s easy to make while camping, these DIY fruit leathers are a great option for a vegan camping breakfast if made beforehand. Add to your favorite vegan breakfast dish for a complete, filling meal that saves time. Bonus: kids love fruit leather, and these are so much healthier than the store-bought brands that are full of corn syrup and other processed ingredients.
No worries if you’re planning a back-country camping trip. The make-ahead recipes in this post are light weight and filling, so you won’t take up much room in your pack or need to carry extra gear just to make a good meal.
Other recipes require minimal tools and ingredients and can be customized to fit your needs. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and don’t skimp on food if you’re planning a lot of energy burning activities. Your trip will be much more enjoyable if everyone has a full stomach to start the day.
S’mores Granola Bars
Dessert for breakfast? Yes please! These vegan breakfast bars make a perfect portable meal or snack. While this recipe does require the use of an oven, it’s well worth the effort to make beforehand to take on your next camping trip.
Vegan Breakfast Tacos
Celebrate Taco Tuesday everyday with this delicious vegan breakfast taco recipe. With ingredients similar to the vegan breakfast burrito recipe, you can kill two recipes with one skillet! These tacos are definitely a crowd favorite, even for those who aren’t vegan. Don’t forget the hot sauce!
No matter your reason for choosing a plant-based diet, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice flavor or convenience when making meals. Most traditional camping meals contain a lot of animal products and fats.
All of these recipes are not only gluten free but contain ingredients you likely already have in your pantry or can get pretty easily. We’ve listed a few essential grocery items as suggestions, but once you figure out your favorites, you can stock up on what you need and not worry about the rest.
Caramelized Banana Oatmeal
This decadent vegan oatmeal recipe makes it hard to believe you’re eating breakfast. Packed with protein, fiber, and omegas, you’ll never know you’re eating something healthy.
No-Bake Energy Bites
Quick, easy, and delicious, these cookie dough energy bites make a great breakfast or camping trail snack. Make ahead to save time or whip up a batch at your campsite. All the ingredients are travel friendly.
This vegan breakfast bowl ticks off all the boxes: hearty, delicious, and easy. You can cook your oats or quinoa ahead of time for ease, or simply cook a batch at your campsite. Either way, this is a great vegan camping breakfast recipe you’re sure to make again and again.
Bananas, berries, nuts, and seeds are great options to pack for snacks or to add to any meal. They require little to no prep and will provide an extra boost of nutrients to any meal.
They’re also an easy snack to reach for when you’re relaxing at camp or once you’ve come back from a long day on the trail. Whole foods are the best option for ease, portability, and nutrition when it comes to vegan camping meals.
Sun butter, Banana, and Chia Seed Toast
As far as recipes go, it doesn’t get much easier than this vegan breakfast toast. All you need are three simple, packable ingredients and you have a hearty, tasty meal to get you through the morning. You can toast your bread over the fire or use a skillet and you’ll be eating in no time.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Streusel Bars
Another make-ahead option, these vegan streusel bars are perfect for fall mornings, or anytime you want a taste of pumpkin and cinnamon. Cut into bars and wrap for an easy, portable breakfast everyone will enjoy.
Matcha Chia Pudding
Whip up a batch of this amazing chia pudding before turning in for the night, and you’ll wake up to an easy vegan breakfast in the morning. Bonus: the matcha will give you energy without the jittery side-effects of coffee. What a great way to start your day!
Prepping meals before your trip not only gives you more time to enjoy your day, but it also gives you an abundance of food to choose from for any meal, not just breakfast.
If you have children, you know how quickly they can go from a small tummy grumble to full-blown hangry in a matter of minutes. Having a vegan muffin or toast ready to feed them at a moment’s notice will help you enjoy your day much more.
Pretty self-explantatory, delicious, and easy! You can make a vegan breakfast sandwich using whatever you have that travels well and is easy to clean up. This sandwich recipe gives a new take on the traditional breakfast sandwich.
Vegan Toffee Apple Muffins
Who doesn’t like a good apple muffin? And when you toffee, it really kick the yum factor up a notch. A make ahead vegan camping breakfast option, these apple muffins are sure to impress.
Vegan Blueberry Pancakes
No breakfast or brunch is complete without comforting blueberry pancakes and these vegan blueberry pancakes are sure to satisfy your need for comfort food. Bonus: any remaining blueberries make a great snack for the rest of the day!
If this is your first time planning vegan camping meals or your first camping trip altogether, it’s a good idea to start off as easy as possible. If you feel intimidated, toasting a slice of bread over the fire or on a camping stove and adding some nut butter and jam is a great start to the day.
Don’t try to go overboard and plan meals with a lot of steps your first time out. It could end up costing you a couple of hours that you could spend enjoying nature and what your campground and surroundings have to offer.
This may be the easiest vegan breakfast camping recipe we know of! Two ingredients—toast and avocado. Full of fiber and healthy fats, this will become a regular meal during your camping adventures.
Vegan Southwest Breakfast Skillet
It doesn’t get any easier than this one-pan breakfast dish! Just toss everything into your camping skillet, cook, and enjoy! Customize with added veggies of your choice and you’ve got yourself a wonderful vegan camping breakfast staple. Oil isn’t necessary to keep the veggies from sticking, especially if you have a good nonstick skillet. If you’re worried, you can add a bit of water throughout the cooking process if it seems like the veggies are starting to stick.
If you miss the decadence of a buttery, fluffy biscuit, then this recipe for vegan biscuits with miso and green onions is right up your alley. The recipe is a little involved, but definitely worth prepping ahead of time to enjoy around the campfire. It makes eight biscuits, enough to enjoy on a long weekend away. Have a couple for breakfast and enjoy the rest with a hearty vegan stew for dinner.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl
Full of delicious and healthy carbohydrates, this breakfast bowl will keep you going until lunchtime. A great choice if you need a break from oatmeal, and the recipe is simple enough to be cooked at your campsite. Simply wrap the potatoes in foil, toss into some coals, and relax.
If time is an issue, you can always bake the sweet potatoes before you leave, mash them up, and bring them along with you in a container. Doesn’t get much easier than that!
Vegan Strawberry Banana Muffins
Strawberries and bananas go together like…well…strawberries and bananas. Prep these fruity muffins before you leave for your trip and you’ll have an easy grab-and-go breakfast or snack anytime you need it.
Potato Breakfast Hash
Who needs eggs and bacon when you can have tofu and potatoes? Quick and easy to make, this vegan breakfast hash is something you should definitely make for your next trip. Hearty and healthy, it’s the perfect vegan breakfast choice if you’re going to be exploring all day.
If you’re traveling with a group of friends, these are all recipes they can enjoy whether or not they choose a plant-based diet. Most people love to eat avocado toast, oatmeal, and granola bars regardless of their dietary choices.
These meals will cater to everyone in your party and you don’t have to worry about prepping different meals for different lifestyles.
While it’s true that some of these recipes may seem like more of a treat than you’re used to, we’re pretty sure you’ll burn off the extra carbohydrates hiking or splitting wood for your fire. Try not to focus on the calories as much when you’re traveling.
Camping is a time to enjoy and indulge, and you can do just that with these vegan camping breakfast ideas. We’ve also included plenty of healthy vegan camping breakfast recipes, so you’ll have plenty of options that won’t leave you feeling guilty.
Having a hearty, nutritious vegan camping breakfast is quite possible with a little bit of planning. You can either choose recipes to make ahead and bring with you, overnight soaking recipes, or things you can throw together quickly and cook using basic camping kitchen tools.
While delicious food isn’t a requirement for a great camping trip, it can certainly add to the experience. With these easy vegan breakfast camping meals, now you only have to eat oatmeal everyday if you want to!