Looking for brunch recipes? These delicious brunch recipes are perfect for your next gathering, from cornbread waffles to baked oatmeal.
Brunch is one of the most festive meals around! It’s perfect for celebrating holidays like Easter or Mother’s Day, for a baby shower or bridal shower, or even just celebrating the weekend! Fantastic brunches need fantastic recipes, so here’s a list of our best brunch recipes. We’ve added some notes regarding make ahead strategies where applicable, and have also included recipes for a variety of diets to fit your brunchers needs. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.
This carrot cake baked oatmeal is one of our most crowd pleasing brunch recipes. It’s cozy and comforting: flecked with orange carrots, topped with pecans, and flavored with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
Here's an easy make-ahead brunch recipe: mini frittatas! Basically a muffin made of egg, they’re easy to meal prep in advance. You can serve them room temperature or warm. The best part: they’re so tasty! They’re filled with colorful veggies and crunchy pecans.
These blueberry waffles with blueberry sauce are literally life changing. They're impossibly fluffy, lightly sweet, and flecked with tangy bursts of blueberries. To set them over the top, we highly recommend the quick blueberry sauce. Simmering blueberries with maple syrup makes a purple, thick glaze that tastes like pure heaven. Add a little fluffy whipped cream, and well, there’s not really anything more magical.
Next up in our brunch recipes: fancy scrambled eggs! These fluffy scrambled eggs with goat cheese come together quickly and tangy goat cheese adds an elevated flair. They’re perfect for a special breakfast or brunch.
What’s the ultimate pancake? You might think buttermilk. But here’s a secret: sour cream pancakes are the best out there! They’re ultra fluffy, with a tangy flavor and a delicious texture. Even better: they’re made with a more common refrigerator ingredient. These pancakes have whole wheat flour for a healthy spin, and taste incredible topped with maple syrup and a dollop of…you guessed it! Sour cream. You can also make them as Greek Yogurt Pancakes!
This stunning acai bowl would be a perfect centerpiece in a brunch! What’s an acai bowl? This smoothie bowl made from acai berries is loaded with toppings like fruit, granola, coconut and almond butter. If you’re serving it for brunch, whip up the smoothie directly before serving and serve with bowls that have been in the freezer to avoid melting.
This blueberry scone recipe is pretty darn perfect! These scones are perfectly crumbly with tangy blueberries and a crunch of turbinado sugar on top! They're perfect for brunch or entertaining. Said one follower: "My family reviews the blueberry scones 7 thumbs up!"
One of our favorite make ahead brunch 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 special strawberry cornbread cake is terrifically tasty as either a breakfast or brunch recipe; it’s sweetened with maple and naturally gluten-free. The cake is made of cornmeal, oat flour and almond meal, with fresh orange juice to give it some zest.
This easy healthy banana bread is made of 100% whole grain oats (no flour) and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. And it’s easy to whip up in a blender! Since it’s naturally gluten free and dairy free, it’s one of our favorite brunch recipes since it works for crowd of guests with different dietary preferences!
These sweet potato hash browns require only 5 minutes of hands on time! They’re baked so they’re easy to prepare while you’re mak the rest of your brunch recipes. They’re delicious, simple, and fit a variety of diets since they’re both gluten free and vegan.
This white bean shakshuka recipe is one of our most delicious vegetarian brunch recipes! Shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in a tomato sauce that originates from Middle Eastern and Mediterranean regions. This one features white beans and bell peppers, and is sprinkled with feta cheese.
This frittata features bright green and mild shaved raw asparagus. To contrast, cherry tomatoes are roasted, which develops their robust flavor into something even more complex. The bites of roasty tomatoes inside the frittata are like the savory goodness of pizza! To top it off, a sprinkling confetti of feta cheese adds a salty element. It’s one of our favorite brunch recipes (though you could eat it as a simple dinner too).
You know how some waffles leave you with a sugar hangover? These waffles are made with almond flour and other good for you ingredients. And they’re so magically fluffy your friends and family won’t believe they’re gluten-free! They are perfect for a spread of brunch recipes for any type of eater. Serve with rhubarb compote or your favorite waffle toppings.
What's better to serve as a side with brunch fruits than...biscuits? These particular biscuits are the most tender, flaky, comforting homemade biscuits you’ll find. (We think, at least!) Alex and I have been eating them drizzled with hot honey or smothered with strawberry jam. They’re always a huge hit with guests. Are you looking for a go-to biscuits recipe? Because we think this one is it.
These healthy banana bread muffins are a fan favorite and would be absolutely perfect in a spread of brunch recipes. They’re lightly sweet and made mostly of oats and bananas! They’re blender muffins so they’re easy to make at home: you can make them in advance and refrigerate prior to brunching.
What’s a list of brunch recipes without coffee? Here’s how to make the best cup of coffee using a Chemex coffee maker. With this coffee maker you can make up to 4 cups at once, so if you’re looking to make big batches for a crowd, try our cold brew coffee recipe.
This one is one of our showstopper brunch 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 chocolate brownie vegan pancakes have a healthy spin, made with spelt flour, 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 in the morning? These are lightly sweet and perfect as a sweet treat in a spread of brunch recipes.
This savory tart is one of our most stunning brunch recipes! The blackberries are combined with onions and a bit of balsamic to make a savory purple compote, which is smothered over a lemony, salty ricotta topping. And as a base: a savory tart crust made with whole wheat flour that’s flaky and crisp. Top it off with some lovely green thyme sprigs and you’ve got a truly beautiful, tasty, and unique brunch recipe.
This braided bread recipe is a complete showstopper of brunch recipes! The bread has a filling of raspberry jam and lemony cream cheese. Here’s how to make the challah bread, fill it, and braid it. It’s not as hard as it looks!
This Bloody Mary recipe is actually made of healthy stuff: tomatoes, horseradish, garlic, lemon. Whip it up to go with your brunch 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.
If you’re looking for something different than the normal scrambled eggs as a brunch recipe, try this tofu scramble! Cooked with a bit of cumin, turmeric and garlic powder, scrambled tofu is incredibly delicious and perfect as a vegan or plant based breakfast option.
These breakfast cookies are perfect as brunch recipes too! They’re hearty, carrot cake spiced, and the texture is just right: pleasantly chewy, almost like a Cliff bar–but better! They’re also easy to make in advance: you can even freeze when making ahead.
This vegan french toast recipe uses bananas in two ways: both in the bread soak and caramelized on top. Combined with chia seeds and chopped pecans, it makes for a more nutrient-filled, real food rendition of one of the most traditional of brunch recipes. And wow, is it delicious!
Making cold brew coffee is perfect in a list of brunch recipes because one batch makes 9 servings! You could make up a few pitchers and have coffee for days! To dilute it, serve over ice with 1 part cold brew and 1 part cold water. And just add milk and a little maple syrup to make the Best Ever Iced Coffee.
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 perfect if you’re planning some Mexican inspired brunch recipes (accessorize with these simple refried beans and strawberry margaritas).
This cinnamon yogurt fruit dip is one of our favorite brunch recipes because it is so fast to whip up! Simply stir together yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla, and you’ve got a delicious fruit dip in no time. Pair with strawberries and apple slices.
This baked cardamom and cherry oatmeal is one of our top brunch recipes and a big crowd 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.
Next up in our brunch recipes: lemon poppy seed pancakes! These are gluten 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.
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 spread of brunch recipes.
This poached eggs and potatoes is a tasty vegetarian brunch recipe! It features both sweet potatoes and red potatoes for a savory sweet hash. You could serve with poached eggs, or serve just the potato hash to make things simple when feeding a crowd.
One of our favorite make ahead brunch recipes, these naturally gluten free oatmeal muffins are spiced and lightly sweet, featuring apples, cinnamon and nutmeg. Made with oats and spices, they’re delicious for eaters of all kinds!
Of course, you can’t have brunch recipes without some options for chocolate lovers! This blueberry smoothie is a healthy chocolate banana smoothie made with blueberries: it’s a naturally sweet way to curb sweets cravings!
Why not top your pancakes with…bacon? File this one in brunch recipes for people 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 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! Or, try our healthy eggs benedict.
And finally, to round out these brunch recipes: our favorite muffins! These banana blueberry muffins are flavorful and naturally sweet, made with coconut oil and maple syrup. They’re perfect as brunch recipes with a healthy spin!
Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease a 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish.
Peel and finely grate the carrots, enough for 1 1/2 cups.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, egg, milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
In a small bowl, stir together the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder and kosher salt. Pour into the bowl with the wet ingredients and whisk to combine. Stir in the steel cut oats.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, then mix in carrots and spread them around evenly. Cover the pan loosely with foil.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil then sprinkle with pecans. Bake another 30 to 35 minutes until set. Serve warm, or refrigerate and eat leftovers for several days. (Note: This baked steel cut oatmeal is best warm or room temperature. Leftovers store well and can be reheated. To make it ahead, you could bake the entire pan and reheat: or prepare the wets and dries separately and refrigerate overnight, keeping the carrots in a separate container, and then mix them and bake the next morning.)
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.