These tasty Mother’s Day recipes are simple but packed with flavor, from lemon poppy seed pancakes to fluffy scrambled eggs!
With Mother’s Day around the corner, we wanted to share a few of our favorite Mother’s Day recipes with you! We’ve included highlights in our brunch category: chewy, lemon poppy seed pancakes, soft, pillowy eggs with goat cheese, bright strawberry coconut smoothies, and so many more! If you’re a mom who’s up for Mexican, the loaded rancheros tacos are a hit in our household. Check out the links below for more Mother’s Day recipes.
On Mother’s Day
Before sharing these Mother’s Day recipes, a quick aside: we do know that Mother’s Day can be a tough day for many. It can be emotional remembering a dear mom or child who is no longer with us, or experiencing the heartache of yearning to be a mother. Know that our thoughts are with you! Many of you know Alex and my story and know that Mother’s Day has been a hard day in past years. However, it’s been getting easier each year: especially after finally becoming a mother with the birth of our son Larson. Our thoughts and hearts are with each of you in whatever situation you find yourself.
And — sending a huge We love you to our moms and grandmas! You are truly our biggest fans, and we are infinitely grateful for your support.
And now: our best Mother’s Day recipes!
First up in our Mother’s Day recipes: fancy scrambled eggs! These fluffy scrambled eggs with goat cheese come together in no time and goat cheese adds an elevated flair, perfect for a special breakfast or brunch!
This carrot cake baked oatmeal is perfect for Mother’s Day recipes: the flavor has a major spring-time vibe! It’s cozy and comforting: flecked with orange carrots, and flavored with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. It takes over an hour to put together, so make sure to make it when you have plenty of time. The leftovers save well and make for a healthy breakfast recipe that lasts throughout the week! It’s also a nice make-ahead dish for a special brunch.
Next up in our Mother’s Day recipes: lemon poppy seed pancakes! These are free oatmeal pancakes using oat flour, which makes them hearty and filling. But they’re also light and fluffy! The tangy lemon poppy seed flavor is perfect to enjoy with a cup of Chemex coffee.
One of our favorite make ahead Mother’s Day recipe is this healthy granola! And when we say healthy, we mean actually healthy! So many granola recipes are loaded with sugar, fat, and additives: this one is low calorie and still nutrient dense. It’s maple pecan flavor and is so tasty.
This one is one of our showstopper Mother’s Day recipes! This vegetarian spinach quiche has a gluten free quiche crust made of olive oil and almond flour, and a hearty spinach and Gruyere cheese filling. It’s a total crowd pleaser and you can serve it either warm or room temperature.
These healthy banana bread muffins are a fan favorite and would be absolutely perfect in a brunch spread of Mother’s Day recipes. They’re lightly sweet and made mostly of oats and bananas! They’re blender muffins so they’re easy to make at home.
These gluten free waffles are magic: made with almond flour and eggs, they’re so fluffy your friends and family won’t believe they’re gluten-free! We don’t exclusively gluten free and we LOVE these. So they are perfect for a brunch spread of Mother’s Day recipes for any type of eater!
This stunning acai bowl would be a perfect centerpiece in a Mother’s Day brunch! What’s an acai bowl? If you’ve never had one, it’s a smoothie bowl with the smoothie made from acai berries. The bowl is loaded with toppings like fruit, granola, coconut and almond butter.
This tacos rancheros recipe transforms the Mexican standard into egg tacos! A delicious huevos rancheros sauce covers the runny eggs, topped with queso fresco. It’s a perfect Mother’s Day recipe for moms who love Mexican inspired cuisine.
This delicious coconut strawberry smoothie is a tasty addition to any breakfast or Mother’s Day brunch: with coconut milk and dates, it’s vegan and has no refined sugar.
This baked cardamom and cherry oatmeal is one of our top brunch recipes and a big crow pleaser! It’s delicious, simple to make, and naturally sweet, vegan, and gluten-free. The floral cardamom is the perfect compliment to the tart cherries.
These delicious chai waffles are made with almond milk and a bit of whole wheat flour, with some kick from the chai spices. Cardamom is the key here, so make sure to find some ground cardamom if you can! Topped with a berry compote, they’re incredibly tasty and perfect for a brunch spread of Mother’s Day recipes.
This Bloody Mary recipe is actually made of healthy stuff: tomatoes, horseradish, garlic, lemon. Whip it up to go with your Mother’s Day recipes and drink it virgin or with alcohol. Spicy and perfectly seasoned, it’s full of vegetable goodness. Since it’s easy to mix up, it’s a great alternative to pre-made mix – and refreshingly delicious.
What’s better for chocolate loving mamas than chocolate brownie pancakes? These spelt vegan pancakes have a healthy spin, made with maple syrup and cocoa powder. They’re so chewy and fudgy that we settled on the name “chocolate brownie”: but they’re not nearly as sweet as a brownie, since who wants a sugar bomb for breakfast?
Here’s an idea for Mother’s Day recipes for breakfast in bed: these elegant dippy eggs and toast soldiers! Ready in 20 minutes, these dippy eggs with cheese-fried toast soldiers make for a quick and easy breakfast or brunch and require very little prep work.
These turmeric vegan blueberry muffins are flavorful and naturally sweet, made with coconut oil and maple syrup. They’re perfect Mother’s Day recipes for mamas who love treats with a healthy spin!
Why not top your pancakes with…bacon? File this one in Mother’s Day recipes for mamas who love salty + sweet combinations! These salty bacon bits are actually vegan, made with coconut and smoky seasonings: and they actually taste uncannily like bacon! Pair them with lightly sweet banana pancakes, berries and maple syrup and they’re a sweet and savory masterpiece that is truly satisfying.
These strawberry rhubarb muffins are a healthy muffin recipe, featuring sweet strawberries and tangy rhubarb in a naturally sweet whole grain muffin. They have the perfect springy vibe for a brunch table of Mother’s Day recipes.
These tender herby baked eggs are a delightful brunch recipe! It takes a just a bit of prep time to throw together in the morning, but mincing the shallot and herbs the night before it makes for an easy assembly. The key is removing from the oven when the egg whites are just set, but the yolk is still runny. Spread on some crunchy toast, it’s quite the treat!
And finally, to round out our Mother’s Day recipes: a chocolate smoothie for chocolate loving mamas! This blueberry smoothie is a healthy chocolate banana smoothie made with blueberries: it’s a naturally sweet way to curb sweets cravings!
Looking for more brunch recipes?
Here are a few more brunch recipes we love:
- Sweet Potato Hash Browns
- White Bean Shakshuka with Feta
- Cornbread Waffles with Maple Mascarpone
- Strawberry Cornbread Cake
- Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake
- Chocolate Muesli Recipe
- Blackberry, Ricotta & Onion Savory Tart
- Roasted Tomato & Asparagus Frittata
- Chia Cranberry Jam Recipe
- 97 Brunch Recipes
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.