This Mother’s Day, you might be the mastermind behind an extravagant brunch, or the recipient of said brunch (lucky you!) Or perhaps you’re someone who prefers a cup of coffee on the porch with a side of peace and quiet. No matter how you choose to spend your Mother’s Day, these easy Mother’s Day brunch recipes can help you celebrate by spending less time in the kitchen and more time with the people you love.
Mother’s Day brunch at my house involves three things: good food, great company, and lots of coffee. Whether it’s cooking our favorites together in the kitchen, enjoying each other’s company at the table, or digging into our culinary creations, my mom and I always seem to make the most of our time together when I’m home. We’re both big foodies and are keen in the kitchen, which has always been a delight to my dad and brothers. Need someone to lick the spoon? Taste the willow? Top off your cocktail (or “check for poison,” as they like to say)? The men of the house have you covered.
But the true 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 learnings about life: my mom. And like all the other 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. Which is why, when it comes to preparation, we’re keeping things simple so you can enjoy the day—instead of stressing about all that goes into it. Read on for 11 easy Mother’s Day brunch recipes and bask in the fruits of your minimal labor—you and your mama deserve it.
Feature image by Hannah Haston.
Yogurt & Granola Breakfast Grazing Board
Why We Love It: There’s a lot of room for customization here since boards are always personal and don’t necessarily involve a recipe. Choose some of mom’s favorites to showcase in this gorgeous centerpiece and start the day off on the right foot.
Hero Ingredient: I suppose everything is optional, but strawberries and raspberries are strongly encouraged. And if you have time to make your own, this honey nut and cinnamon granola is always a hit.
Get the recipe for Yogurt & Granola Breakfast Grazing Board.
Strawberry Rosé Sangria
Why We Love It: Boozy brunches are always a crowd favorite, but this strawberry rosé sangria is the perfect light beverage for a sunny morning affair. This recipe celebrates spring’s seasonal fruits by using strawberries, oranges, lemons, and mint to flavor the rosé and create a tasty treat for you and your mama.
Hero Ingredient: More of a hero method, this sangria can be made up to eight hours in advance, which means you can prep everything the night before (yay!). Just add the chopped fruit to your pitcher with the sugar and liqueur and let that fruit work its magic. When the time comes to serve, you’ll add your wine, herbs, and bubbles so everything’s fresh and festive for the big day.
Get the recipe for Strawberry Rosé Sangria.
Healthyish Chocolate Chunky Monkey Banana Bread
Why We Love It: If you thought the name was a mouthful, just wait ’til you try it. This moist, chocolatey banana bread is “healthy” because of its use of whole wheat and almond flour to keep gluten at bay, no artificial ingredients, and five bananas (that’s right, 5!). Pop a piece in the oven to get that melt-in-your-mouth crust, smear a little butter over top, and you’ve got a breakfast to go bananas for.
Hero Ingredient: That sprinkle of flaky salt really works wonders here. Salt and chocolate—you just can’t beat it.
Get the recipe for Healthyish Chocolate Chunky Monkey Banana Bread.
Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon Flatbread With Lemony Cream Cheese
Why We Love It: The perfect appetizer or main, this cream cheese and lox flatbread makes the most elegant centerpiece for your Mother’s Day brunch. It’s elevated enough to impress any guest and so delicious that everyone will be sure to love it. The lemony cream cheese combined with salty salmon and garlicky bread is a classic combination with a batch-friendly twist that makes it ideal for gatherings.
Hero Ingredient: What would a lox bagel-esque dish be without its 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: Sneak a sweet treat onto your Mother’s Day menu by making these fruity scones. I’ll admit, the pastry can be a bit boring at times, but those juicy blueberries laced throughout prevent any and all dryness. A treat for all ages, these are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Hero Ingredient: Zest is a must in that glaze. Just think of all the lemony goodness to be had.
Get the recipe for Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Scones.
Mushroom, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Frittata
Why We Love It: It can’t really be brunch without eggs, right? Either way, this yummy frittata combines some of my favorite ingredients—which you may already have on hand—to make a whole that’s 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 Mushroom, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Frittata.
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 top, this salad would make a bright addition to any brunch line-up. Plus, it’s packed with spring veggies to celebrate the season’s exceptional produce. You really can’t go wrong here.
Hero Ingredient: Fresh mint and dill usher in all kinds of herby zing.
Get the recipe for Perfect Spring Salad.
Gluten-Free Crusted Quiche from The Defined Dish
Why We Love It: Another egg staple, quiche has always been a favorite of mine when it comes to breakfast and brunch. You get buttery, flaky crust, just-set eggs, and usually a salty meat or two. In Alex’s lightened version, all of those elements surface in a gluten-free crust with ham and cheese eggs. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Hero Ingredient: The sharper the cheddar, the better.
Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Crusted Quiche.
Breakfast Enchiladas With Roasted Poblano Sauce from Pinch of Yum
Why We Love It: Who would’ve thought you could have enchiladas for breakfast? Definitely not me. At least, not until I discovered that those warm corn tortillas are filled with scrambled eggs, chili potatoes, ground turkey, and melty cheese… I mean, yum! These have certainly 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, layer in a chicken fajita bowl, or spoon over grilled fish. Make extra and discover the flavor possibilities.
Get the recipe for Breakfast Enchiladas With Roasted Poblano Sauce.
Overnight Waffles With Whipped Meyer Lemon Cream and Strawberries from Half-Baked Harvest
Why We Love It: Like the rosé sangria, these waffles do a lot of the work for you. Mix the batter together the night before, add eggs and baking soda in the morning, ladle into the waffle iron, and voila! You’ve got yummy yeasted waffles perfect for the special day.
Hero Ingredient: Whipped Meyer lemon cream brings mascarpone and lemon zest to the party—and I’m all about it.
Get the recipe for Overnight Waffles With Whipped Meyer Lemon Cream and Strawberries.
Avocado Toast With Kale Pesto and Crunchy Veggies
Why We Love It: It just wouldn’t be brunch without avocado toast. Naturally, my mind immediately drifted to this version with nutty kale pesto, refreshing veggies, and sharp herbs. It’s a nice deviation from traditional avo toast and slips a few spring veggies into 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 top would send this toast over the edge.
Get the recipe for Avocado Toast With Kale Pesto and Crunchy Veggies.
What are your favorite Mother’s Day brunch recipes or traditions? We’d love to hear them in the comments!