A vegan full English breakfast (???) impossible I hear the skeptics say…..!?! Not only possible, but so much better than a carnivorous full English! Plus it’s kind to the animals and kind to the planet. It may not be the healthiest breakfast overall, but it sure does taste good – guaranteed.
There’s plenty of vegan sausages available these days – I quite like the Richmond ones, but Linda McCartney are good too. So in this breakfast, you’ve got fried bananas & sausages, vegan black pudding, baked beans, sourdough toast, grilled tomatoes & hash browns. I have added in pan fried garlic field mushrooms for next time, plus wilted garlic spinach!
The trick is to get the timing right. Generally if you use the hash browns as the main time determinant, you won’t go far wrong. They take 25 minutes at 190°C in the oven, & the tomatoes around the same time but maybe 5 minutes less.
Once you have the oven warming, up, a little pre-prep on the tomatoes, and bananas, with the griddle pan heating, up & it’s a doddle. I buy the vegan black pudding from Harvest or Waitrose, & slice it all up, quite thick, on my slicer. I then freeze what I don’t use for next time, which saves it going mouldy in the fridge.
Hash browns in the oven, followed by the tomatoes, then shortly after that, the bananas, followed by the black pudding. Then the sausages in the actifry, the beans in a pyrex bowl ready for the microwave, & you’re almost done.
A slice of delicous wholemeal sourdough in the toaster, and keep an eye on the bananas which need turning half-way through, then enjoy. It’s a vegan full English breakfast you will want to try again.
Vegan Full English Breakfast
- 2 small oven trays (or one large) for the hash browns & tomatoes - you can probably fit them on one large tray, but it's not as flexible.
- 1 griddle pan or frying pan for the bananas and black pudding
- 1 Actifry for the suasages - optional but highly useful!
- 1 pyrex dish for the beans
- 1 wok or frying pan for the mushrooms
- 1 large saucepan for the spinach
- 1 four slice toaster
- 4 whole vegan sausages
- 4 whole vine tomatoes
- 8 whole hash browns
- 8 slices of vegan black pudding
- 4 whole bananas
- 6 large field mushrooms
- 250 g baby spinach
- 8 cloves of garlic
- 4 whole slices of wholemeal bread
- set the oven to 190°C Fan - it should take around 6 minutes to warm up - mine does anyways!
- Next step is to wash the spinach, tomatoes & mushrooms.
- peel the garlic & crush or blitz in a Cuisinart mini-grinder
- Cut the tomatoes in half and remove the hard green stalk connections bit, and put a cross in the domed top.
- Shake & pour a can of your favourite baked beans into a pyrex or heat proof dish that will fit in your microwave. Heinz low sugar & salt are my favourite.
- Roughly by now the oven should be up to temperature, and you can put the hash browns in - setting your kitchen timer to 25 mins - this will give you enough time to sort the rest of the breakfast out.
- Brush a baking tray with olive oil and place the tomatoes face down with the crosses on top and brush with more cold pressed olive oil, and put them in the oven. The timer should be on around 22 minutes left by now.
- Slice the mushrooms in half, then into thinnish slices. Also add some olive oil to a wok or frying pan and add half the blitzed garlic to the heated oil - on a medium heat.
- At roughly the same time, put a griddle or frying pan on the stove with a reasonable amount of olive oil on a medium heat and when the oil is hot enough, add the bananas. The timer should have around 18 minutes left by now.
- Put the vegan sausages - my kids like the Richmond ones, I prefer Linda McCartney - in the Actifry with a touch of oil and 30ml or so of water (keeps them moist). Set them ready to go, but don't start it yet. Alternatively you can put them on a baking sheet ready to go in the oven. They will only take 14 minutes so don't start them just yet.
- When the garlic is browning well, add the mushrooms and put on a medium heat and turn reasonably often.
- and then the vegan black pudding
- Put another pan on with some more olive oil on a medium heat, and start the actifry, or put the sausages in the oven. Main timer on 14 minutes now. So set the actifry timer to 14 minutes as well.
- Put the garlic in the now properly heated second pan and stir until browning and also check the mushrooms - you will probably need to turn the mushrooms on to a low heat level at this point.
- Add the spinach to the nicely browning garlic and stir. This will need frequent sirring as it wilts and collapses. Add some black pepper, and a good splash of soy sauce.
- Now is a good time to turn the bananas over and maybe turn the heat down to lowish. Timer will be on around 9 to 10 minutes now. In the photos - as I let them get a bit overdone on one side.
- and the black pudding too...
- Keep checking the mushrooms and spinach at the same time.
- Put the beans in the microwave on 80% power for 5 minutes
- Now is a good to put the toast in the toaster. Timer will be on around 4 minutes.
- Keep an eye on everything and it should all be ready at the same time. The beans may need a minute or so longer on full power, but that can be happening while your "butter" the toast, and serve everthing else out.
- I forgot to mention a nice pot of assam - but you'll just have to fit that into the mix somehow!