South America

Vegan Breakfast in Brazil: Banana Chia Seed Pancake Recipe

Ingredients for a Healthy Vegan Breakfast

Ingredients for a Healthy Vegan Breakfast

This guest post was written by Claude from the Abrams Family World Travel Blog. Claude and his wife have been traveling around the world with their four year old son and are now expecting their second child. If they can travel the world as a family of vegans, so can you!

Inevitably, when travelling for long periods as a family, as we do, you will reach remote regions where obtaining your favourite foods and ingredients are more challenging.

We are in such a place right now – living in an eco village on Brazil’s Bahia coastline close to Itacare. To get supplies, we have to walk 6km along the beach, take a canoe across a river and then walk some more into town. We don’t have a blender either or any of our favourite kitchen appliances.

Yet even in a place such as this, we can make satisfying vegan meals. Our breakfast favourite is vegan banana and chia seed pancakes.

So long as you have access to these basic ingredients and a good non-stick frying pan, these pancakes will give you a satisfying and nourishing start to the day. Chia seeds are exceptionally high in omegas, minerals and protein.

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Stop in Porto Alegre, Brazil to Dine at Cafe Bonobo

Cafe Bonobo

Cafe Bonobo

Since 2001, Shannon Wu has been a vegan backpacker travelling throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. To get a taste for what it’s like to live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, check out her blog at

Shannon recently visited Brazil and enjoyed a meal at Cafe Bonobo. After reading her post, I’m sad I missed the chance to eat there while in Brazil. We even made it to the Porto Alegre bus station!! So close, but so far away…

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Top 5 Vegan Restaurant Meals in South America


Top 5 Vegan Meals in South America

We’re back from South America! We’ve had a few days to enjoy all of the luxuries of Canada but are just about to repack our bags and continue our travels. Next stop is New York City. We are there for a week before we fly off to Dublin, Ireland. It’s been great to catch up with family and friends. As we’ve shared our stories, we’ve noticed the same questions keep coming up, “Which country was your favourite? Which city? Where would you recommend?” For the most part, no one, except our vegan friends, is very interested in what we ate. But this is a vegan food blog and we’re hoping our readers are. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favourite vegan restaurant meals in South America.

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Vegan Airport Adventures: Lima, Peru

LIM Airport

LIM Airport in Lima, Peru

I like airports. If I’m in an airport, it means I’m going somewhere. I like going places. I also like airport food. Whenever I’m in a new airport, I check out all of the little stores and restaurants, searching for vegan options. Even if I’m not hungry or have no money to spend, I just like to see what’s available. When I find something vegan, especially something cool that’s vegan, I get so excited. Beyond vegetable sushi, cheeseless pizza and Starbuck’s soy lattes, I’ve found Alternative Banking Company cookies (San Fransisco) and NuGo Bars (Miami).

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Last Day to Eat in South America

Makings for a fruit smoothie

Fruit for Smoothie

Our last day in South America came faster than we ever thought it would. Before we knew it, we were having our last smoothie. It was a good one though, with pineapple, mango, maracuya (passion fruit), banana and lucuma powder. Yum!

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Beautiful & Organic Vegan Food at Alma Zen in Lima, Peru


AlmaZen, Lima Peru

Our time in Lima, Peru was limited. We only had three days and two nights in the city. With our travel funds for the month running low, we decided to only eat at one restaurant. We didn’t take this choice lightly. For advice, we turned to the trusty internet and read some reviews. After eating at AlmaZen, I can tell you it’s no surprise they’re the fan favourite in Lima. Thanks to them, our last restaurant meal in South America was the best yet

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Vegan Chocolate, Homemade Soy Goods and Other Sweet Finds in Cusco, Peru

Coca Chocolate

Coca Shop Chocolate

I’ve posted about eating at Pita, Prasada and Comedor Vegetariano in Cusco, Peru, but haven’t shared any news about the goods we consumed between meals. One of our favourite finds was the Coca Shop, where they make artisan chocolate that, like all good chocolate should be, is free of dairy. They have an amazing variety of flavours, and are very generous with their free samples. Some of our favourite kinds where lúcuma, maca and, the classic, coca. They were so good, we couldn’t resist bringing some back for our family.

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Finding Your Juice Lady

Juice Lady

Juice Lady, Cusco, Peru

In South America, wherever fruit and vegetables are in abundance, juice ladies are lining the streets and markets. We recognized this phenomenon in Brazil and Bolivia, making sure to take advantage of the cheap and delicious liquid meals whenever we had a chance. When we arrived in Cusco, Peru, we were happy to see the rows of juice ladies, peaking out from behind their towers of fruit. They were calling out to us and waving newspapers in our direction. All of them vying for our juice dollars. When the juice ladies see a new customer, the battle is on. They know they only have once chance. Once you choose your juice lady, you’ll always be true to her blender.

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Vegan Adventures at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

We were one of the first groups to see Machu Picchu after it reopened to the public at the beginning of April. It had been closed since January due to floods that wiped out the train link from Cusco. We were lucky our South America backpacking route ended in Peru, leaving us with just enough time to see the ancient mountaintop city.

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Our Little Vegan Potluck in Cusco, Peru

Vegan Potluck

Vegan Potluck in Cusco, Peru

I love vegan potlucks. It’s always a lot of fun to get together with friends and community members to share food, recipes and ideas. For the first time since leaving our apartment in Buenos Aires, we had access to a well equipped kitchen and enough ingredients to make some interesting dishes for a potluck. All credit goes to our friends and travel mates, Dan and Calina, authors of the Flock Together blog, who had the idea and hosted the potluck. It turned out to be a great success, attracting 10 people and lots of great food.

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