Breakfast in Bed: Vegan Father’s Day Recipes to Win Your Dad’s Heart

Posted by on June 14, 2013 | Permalink

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so we thought we’d pass along some tasty recipes so you can treat your old man by making him a scrumptious vegan breakfast!

Animal dads on factory farms are denied all the joys of fatherhood and are never allowed to even set eyes on their children. So if you love spending time with your papa, it makes sense to let him know it by preparing food that no other fathers had to suffer for. And whether he is already a dedicated follower of a cruelty-free diet or is just waiting to be converted, these winning recipes will show you care about your dad – and animals – and ensure that his special day gets off to a great start.

French Toast

235 ml cup soya milk 3 Tbsp unbleached flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 slices whole-wheat or sourdough bread
Fresh fruit, fruit preserves, or maple syrup

  • Whisk together the soya milk, flour, cinnamon, and vanilla. 
  • Dip the bread in the batter, turning to coat both sides, then cook in a non-stick pan until golden brown.
  • Serve with fresh fruit, fruit preserves or maple syrup.

Makes 2 servings

Tofu Scramble

400 g water-packed tofu, rinsed
2 tsp olive oil, plus more to lightly coat the pan
3 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1 small onion, sliced
Sliced mushrooms, to taste
1 clove garlic
Ground white pepper, to taste
1 1/2 Tbsp soya sauce

  • Gently squeeze the tofu to extract excess water. Blot dry with paper towels. 
  • Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, adding a little olive oil to lightly coat the bottom. 
  • Break the tofu into pieces and place in the pan, stirring occasionally until lightly golden.
  • Stir in the nutritional yeast flakes and the onion, coating the tofu well.
  • Add the olive oil, onions, mushrooms and garlic. Stir occasionally, until the mushrooms are tender.
  • Sprinkle with the white pepper and drizzle with soya sauce, stirring until the liquid is absorbed. 
  • Remove from the heat.

Makes 3 to 4 servings

Sweet Potato Hash

Olive oil, for frying
1/2 small onion, diced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 large sweet potato, peeled and grated
1/2 Tbsp parsley
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pepper

  • Heat a non-stick pan to a medium heat and add enough oil to thinly cover the bottom. 
  • Add the onions, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown.
  • Toss the garlic powder and smoked paprika with the sweet potato in a small bowl.  
  • Add the sweet potato to the onions and fry on high heat until the potato is slightly crispy. Remove from the heat. Blot with paper, if needed.
  • Stir in the parsley, salt and pepper.

Makes 2 servings

Oat Cookies

2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed 1 heaped Tbsp peanut butter
4 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 Tbsp fine flour
90 g rolled oats
1 handful vegan chocolate chips or dried fruit
1/2 tsp vanilla essence and/or cinnamon

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  • Mix the bananas, peanut butter, brown sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, vanilla essence and flour together in a large bowl until well combined.
  • Stir in the rolled oats and vegan chocolate chips or dried fruit.
  • Use a tablespoon to measure out each cookie and flatten onto a non-stick baking tray.  Bake until brown on top, about 15 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies to firm up before serving to a patiently waiting dad. These cookies are best served with hot black coffee.

Makes 15 to 20 cookies


PS Mums and other family members have been known to enjoy these yummy recipes, too! If any of your relatives are curious about a plant-based diet, why not encourage them to sign our 30-day vegan pledge and experience all the perks of going cruelty-free for themselves.

French Toast Image: Kari Sullivan / CC BY 2.0

Oatmeal Cookies Image: tomatoes and friends / CC BY 2.0