Have you ever shelled out $10 for a coffee and a bento snack/meal box at Starbucks? I have! And while it’s a perfectly viable option on the go, like most things, I’d rather make it at home.
Enter: the vegan breakfast bento box.
Storing bento box meals:
You don’t NEED bento containers (containers with dividers) but if you wanted to grab some, here are good options.
- Lunchbots 4-compartment stainless steel container (pictured below)
- Kinsho 6-compartment plastic containers (set of 2)
- Simple Houseware 3-compartment plastic containers (set of 6)
- Yumbox plastic 6-compartment plastic container (love these)
Again, you don’t need that type of container, but they’re fun and good for anyone that prefers to keep different foods separate.
The main benefit of bento box meals is variety! Basically, you add in a bunch of elements you enjoy, keeping in line with the protein/veggie/carb template, and you have a satisfying meal that’s a nice break from oats and stuff.
Build Your Own Breakfast Bento Box
You’re not limited to the recipe below! Here are some ideas to get creative, change it up and add more volume.
1. Pick a protein-type element (all of these are vegan ideas)
- Protein baked oatmeal muffin
- Nut butter and fruit roll-up (pictured)
- Regular muffins
- Veggie hummus wrap
- Peanut butter wrap
- A good ol’ scoop of nut butter for dipping/spreading
- Or a scoop of hummus for dipping/spreading
- Yogurt of your choice
2. Pick 2-3 fruits and veggies
- orange slices
- grapefruit pieces
- mango slices
- pineapple slices
- peach slices
- sliced bell pepper
- cherry tomatoes
- red onion
3. Pick some carbs
- Pita bread
- crackers (I love Wasa bread!)
- mini bagel
- dry cereal
4. Pick some healthy fats…
- nuts/seeds (almonds, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, walnuts etc)
5. …And/Or some fun foods
- mini pancakes or mini waffles
- chocolate chips/squares
- pb & jelly mini sandwiches
Storage & reheating notes:
This meal lasts in the fridge for up to 4 days. It can be eaten cold or at room temp! This meal is not freezer friendly, but fruit roll-ups are on their own if you want to make extra!