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Veganuary – 3 Delicious Breakfasts For Climbers

January 4, 2022 3:39 pm

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Veganuary! It’s the month to embrace plant power. From Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton to ultra runner Scott Jurek, vegans can be found in the upper echelons of sporting performance across the board. Climbing is no exception, with high profile athletes such as Steph Davis and Kuntal Joisher relying on nothing but plant-based goodness to fuel their accomplishments. And even those that aren’t vegan, like vegetarians Alex Honnold and Margo Hayes, are evidence that there’s no need to eat meat to be at the very top of your climbing game.

In part one of our Veganuary series, we’ve invited some friends and team members to share their top vegan breakfasts that’ll set you up perfectly for training, sending, or recovery (and they’re also absolutely delicious to boot!). Let us know if you try any of these or if you have your own vegan climbing food to share using the hashtag #DepotPlantPower on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok.

We’ll be sharing new recipes every week in Veganuary. Check back next week for vegan lunches to keep you nourished and energised with the power of plants.

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Molly’s Porridge

Veganuary Climbing Breakfast 1

Whilst she’s not vegan, Depot Climbing athlete and all-around superstar Molly Thompson-Smith swears by porridge to set her up for the day. Traditional porridge (oats and water) is vegan as standard, and there are plenty of ways to jazz up your porridge while staying purely plant-based. ‘Physique 57’ from the OatMeals NY menu is one of Molly’s favourites  – she gives it a 9/10 and we can confirm it’s an absolute treat to start the day with. We’ve given this recipe a vegan twist by using coconut milk and swapping the honey for agave syrup.


  • Coconut milk (or other plant-based milk – oat also works great!)
  • Porridge oats
  • 1 Banana
  • Flaked coconut
  • Cashews
  • Dates
  • Agave syrup
  • Cinnamon


  • Mash your banana, add the coconut milk and the oats, then give it a good stir
  • Heat your porridge on the hob or in the microwave
  • Add more coconut milk if your porridge becomes too thick at any point
  • Stir through about three quarters of your flaked coconut, chopped dates, agave syrup and cinnamon
  • Add the rest of your ingredients as toppings (and drizzle with a bit more syrup for an extra treat)

Enjoy! If you give vegan porridge a try this Veganuary, let us know what you think by using the hashtag #DepotPlantPower.

A bowl of vegan porridge for Veganuary Depot Climbing

Marsha’s Sriracha Avocado on Sourdough

Veganuary Climbing Breakfast 2

If there’s one person who knows the importance of fuelling for a big day out, it’s Marsha Balaeva. Filmmaker, photographer, climber and good friend of Depot Climbing, Marsha is used to being on the go and keeping those energy reserves topped up. Marsha has also been vegan for 13 years and is an absolute pro at training hard and performing on a purely plant-based diet.

Marsha shared her spicy version of this noughties hipster classic and we couldn’t be more in love with it. Bonus points if you spent lockdowns perfecting your sourdough starter and can produce this dish with a homemade loaf.


  • Sourdough bread (bonus points if it’s homemade)
  • 1 Ripe avocado
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Salt, pepper and chilli flakes to taste
  • Optional: Rocket, dandelion and/or cress to garnish (again, bonus points if homegrown!)
  • Optional: Lime juice (adds a little zing)


  • Peel your avocado and cut about a quarter into thin slices – keep these for later
  • Smash the rest of the avocado in a bowl using a fork
  • Add salt, pepper and chilli flakes to taste
  • Add a few drops of lime juice if using
  • Mix well and put aside while you prep the bread
  • Grab two chunky slices of fresh sourdough
  • Toast to golden brown (or however you like it!)
  • Top with smashed avocado and avocado slices
  • Finish with sriracha sauce and optional leaves and chilli flakes

We’ve definitely got very hungry just writing this one out – time for a second breakfast here at Depot HQ! Let us know what you think by sharing your pictures using the hashtag #DepotPlantPower.

Vegan avocado on sourdough toast climbing breakfast for Veganuary Depot Climbing

Protein Power

Veganuary Climbing Breakfast 3

For a vegan breakfast on the go, we can’t sing the praises of the humble protein shake highly enough. All you need is a blender, your favourite vegan protein powder, your milk alternative of choice, and then you can let your taste buds and your imagination (or what happens to be in your cupboards/fridge) take care of the rest. Here are some of our recommendations:

PB Dreams (Svenja, Marketing)

Fresh banana
Frozen banana
Peanut butter
Almond milk
+ Vegan Protein Powder

Cobana Island (Dan, Manchester Centre Manager)

Cocoa powder
Chia seeds
Coconut milk
+ Vegan Protein Powder

Raspberry Ripple (Connor, Manchester Social Media Rep)

Chia seeds
Oat milk
+ Vegan Protein Powder

Strawberry Shortcake (Emily, Sheffield Customer)

Frozen strawberries
Almond butter
Medjool dates
Vanilla extract
Almond milk
+ Vegan Protein Powder

Got your own unique combo you’d like to share? Let us know using the hashtag #DepotPlantPower! We look forward to seeing your creations this Veganuary.

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