This Mother’s Day, you might be the mastermind behind an extravagant brunch, or the recipient of that brunch (lucky!) Or maybe you’re someone who prefers sipping coffee on the porch with a side of peace and quiet. No matter how you spend Mother’s Day, with these easy Mother’s Day brunch recipes you can celebrate by spending less time in the kitchen and more time with the people you love.
Mother’s Day brunch at my place includes three things: good food, good company and loads of of coffee. Whether it’s cooking our favorites together in the kitchen, enjoying each other’s company at the table, or delving into our culinary creations, my mom and I always seem to make the most of our time together when I’m at home. We are both big foodies and love the kitchen which has always been a delight for my father and brothers. Need someone to lick the spoon? Want to taste the sauce? Finish your cocktail (or “check for poison,” as they like to say)? The men of the house have you covered.
But the real joy of these kitchen adventures comes from spending quality time with the woman who taught me salt from sugar, sauté from sear, countless other kitchen lessons, and even more lessons about life: my mother. And like all moms out there, she deserves a Mother’s Day brunch that leaves room for what really matters: celebrating the joys, hardships, sacrifices, and continuity of motherhood. That’s why we keep things simple when it comes to prep, so you can enjoy the day instead of worrying about everything that comes with it. Read on for 11 easy Mother’s Day brunch recipes and enjoy the fruits of your minimal labor — you and your mom deserve it.
Feature image by Hannah Haston.
Yogurt & Granola Breakfast Board
Why we love it: There is a lot of room for customization here, as plates are always personal and do not necessarily contain a recipe. Pick some of mom’s favorites to display in this beautiful centerpiece and start the day right.
Hero Ingredient: I suppose everything is optional, but strawberries and raspberries are highly encouraged. And if you have the time to make your own, this honey nut cinnamon granola is always a hit.
Get the recipe for Yogurt & Granola Breakfast Board.
Strawberry Rosé Sangria
Why we love it: Boozy brunches are always a crowd favorite, but this strawberry rosé sangria is the perfect light drink for a sunny morning affair. This recipe celebrates the seasonal fruits of spring by using strawberries, oranges, lemons and mint to flavor the rosé and create a tasty treat for you and your mom.
Hero Ingredient: More of a hero’s method, this sangria can be made up to eight hours in advance, meaning you can prep everything the night before (yay!). Just add the chopped fruit to your jug with the sugar and liqueur and let that fruit work its magic. When it’s time to serve, add your wine, spices, and bubbly so everything is fresh and festive for the big day.
Get the recipe for Strawberry Rosé Sangria.
Healthy Chocolate Chunky Monkey Banana Bread
Why we love it: If you thought the name was a mouthful, wait till you try it. This moist, chocolatey banana bread is “healthy” because of its use of whole wheat and almond flours to keep gluten at bay, no artificial ingredients, and five bananas (that’s right, 5!). Pop a piece in the oven to get that crust that melts in your mouth, spread a little butter on it and you’ve got a breakfast to feast on.
Hero Ingredient: The road salt really works wonders here. Salt and chocolate – you just can’t beat it.
Get the recipe for Healthy Chocolate Chunky Monkey Banana Bread.
Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon Flatbread With Lemon Cream Cheese
Why we love it: The perfect appetizer or main course, this cream cheese and lox flatbread is the most elegant centerpiece for your Mother’s Day brunch. It is lofty enough to impress any guest and so delightful that everyone is sure to love it. The lemony cream cheese paired with salty salmon and garlic bread is a classic combination with a batch-friendly twist that makes it ideal for gatherings.
Hero Ingredient: What would a lox bagel-style dish be without capers?
Get the recipe for Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon Flatbread With Lemony Cream Cheese.
Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Scones from Half-Baked Harvest
Why we love it: Put a sweet treat on your Mother’s Day menu by making these fruity scones. I’ll admit, the dough can be a little bland at times, but those juicy blueberries laced through keep it from drying out. A treat for all ages, this is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Hero Ingredient: Zest is a must in that frosting. Just think of all the lemony goodness you can get.
Get the recipe for Blueberry lemon poppy seed scones†
Frittata with mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese
Why we love it: It can’t be brunch without eggs, can it? Either way, this yummy frittata combines some of my favorite ingredients—which you may already have on hand—to make a whole so much greater than the sum of its parts. Empty that vegetable drawer in style.
Hero Ingredient: Mushrooms shine like the superfood they are. Plus, there’s a healthy dose of garlic here, which is never a bad idea.
Get the recipe for Frittata with mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese.
Perfect Spring Salad from Two Peas and Their Pod
Why we love it: Artichoke hearts, asparagus, radishes, avocado and herbs join forces to create, well, the perfect spring salad. With a lemon-champagne vinaigrette poured over it, this salad would make a lovely addition to any brunch. Plus, it’s packed with spring vegetables to celebrate the exceptional seasonal produce. You really can’t go wrong here.
Hero Ingredient: Fresh mint and dill provide all kinds of spices.
Get the recipe for Perfect spring salad†
Gluten Free Crusted Quiche from The Defined Dish
Why we love it: Quiche, another egg, has always been a favorite of mine when it comes to breakfast and brunch. You’ll get buttery, flaky crust, freshly set eggs, and usually a salty meat or two. In Alex’s lighter version, all those elements come out in a gluten-free crust with ham and cheesy eggs. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Hero Ingredient: The sharper the cheddar, the better.
Get the recipe for Gluten-free quiche with crust†
Breakfast Enchiladas With Roasted Poblano Sauce from Pinch or Yum
Why we love it: Who would have thought you’d have enchiladas for breakfast? I certainly don’t. At least, not until I discovered those warm corn tortillas filled with scrambled eggs, chili potatoes, ground turkey, and melty cheese… I mean, yum! These definitely won me over.
Hero Ingredient: Creamy spinach and roasted poblano sauce get kudos for not only being delicious in this dish, but versatile enough to drizzle over your morning eggs, place in a fajita bowl with chicken, or spoon over grilled fish. Make extra and discover the flavor options.
Get the recipe for Breakfast Enchiladas With Roasted Poblano Sauce†
Overnight Waffles with Meyer Lemon Cream and Strawberries from Half-Baked Harvest
Why we love it: Like the rosé sangria, these waffles do a lot of work for you. Mix the batter the night before, add eggs and baking powder in the morning, spoon into the waffle iron and voila! You have yummy yeast wafers that are perfect for the special day.
Hero Ingredient: Whipped Meyer lemon cream brings mascarpone and lemon zest to the party — and I’m all for it.
Get the recipe for Overnight Waffles With Whipped Cream From Meyer Lemon Cream And Strawberries†
Avocado toast with kale pesto and crispy vegetables
Why we love it: It just wouldn’t be brunch without avocado toast. Of course, my mind immediately drifted to this version with nutty kale pesto, refreshing veggies, and pungent herbs. It’s a nice departure from traditional avo toast and add a few spring vegetables to your morning meal. Sounds like a win-win to me, and I’m sure Mom will enjoy the lighter take.
Hero Ingredient: The recipe doesn’t call for it, but I think a jammy egg nestled over the top would send this toast over the edge.
Get the recipe for Avocado toast with kale pesto and crunchy vegetables.
What are your favorite Mother’s Day brunch recipes or traditions? We’d love to hear them in the comments!