These tasty Mother’s Day recipes are simple but packed with flavor, from fluffy scrambled eggs to baked oatmeal to showstopping waffles!
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.
Next 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.
The ultimate pancake? You might think buttermilk. But here’s a secret: Greek yogurt pancakes are the best out there! They’re ultra fluffy, with a tangy flavor and a delicious texture. These pancakes have whole wheat flour for a healthy spin, and taste incredible topped with maple syrup and a dollop of…you guessed it: Greek yogurt. You can also make them as Sour Cream Pancakes!
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.
Did you know you can make hash browns…without the bag of frozen potatoes? Homemade hash brownsare incredibly delicious, and here’s the thing: they’re not much harder than cracking open a bag of frozen ones. These hash browns are browned and crispy, with flecks of tender moist shreds that combine into a texture that tastes like a cozy hug. Salt them to perfection with lots of black pepper, and you might not be able to put down your fork.
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.
Here's the most perfect strawberry smoothie! It's light and creamy, with just the right icy and airy texture. Often smoothies are too bitter or overly sweet, but this one's just right. It's lightly sweet, with just the right berry essence. Also try:Banana Smoothie
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.
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.
These carrot cake pancakes are perfect: sweet enough with a healthy spin! They’re lightly sweetened with maple syrup, tender and moist from the carrots, and perfectly spiced with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Even better, top them with maple Greek yogurt and the sweet tang is magic. It’s like eating a piece of carrot cake…that’s suitable 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 banana oatmeal pancakes are absolutely delicious! And they're a healthier choice: they're made mainly of oats and bananas (no flour!) and naturally sweet with maple syrup! Prep is also very easy: they’re made in a blender!
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!
In a medium bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and kosher salt until thoroughly combined. In another bowl, whisk the egg. Then stir in the melted butter, milk, vanilla, and maple syrup. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix gently until just combined. Stir in the blueberries.
Immediately, add the batter into the center of the waffle iron and let it spread it to within 1/2-inch of the sides, then cook according to the waffle iron’s instructions. Remove the cooked waffles and place them on a baking sheet without stacking. Make the waffles to order, or place cooked waffles in a 300°F oven to keep warm. Serve with Quick Blueberry Sauce. (As a note, these blueberry waffles stick to the waffle iron a bit more than a standard waffle, so make sure to clean it afterwards.)
Cooked waffles can be frozen; place them in a plastic bag and remove the remaining air with a straw before sealing. To reheat, remove from the freezer and lightly toast in a toaster.
Keywords: Mother’s Day recipes, Mother’s Day brunch
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.