35 Best Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

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These Mother's Day brunch recipes are perfect for hosting a lovely breakfast for mom. From make-ahead breakfast casseroles to easy brunch sides, everything your menu needs is here.

A photo collage shows a brunch table with fresh flowers and candles and a few sample recipes below.

If you want to plan a perfect Mother's Day brunch at home, all you need are a few easy tips and the best brunch recipes for the season.

First, decide whether you want breakfast in bed recipes that the kids can make for mom or whether you're looking for a slightly more elaborate brunch menu that is better prepared by grown-ups.

If you want to invite more guests than just your immediate family, like Grandma, aunts, or other special moms in your life, you'll definitely want these easy tips for how to host a brunch party.

Either way, moms and brunch go hand in hand for Mother's Day and this is a lovely thing you're planning for the special ladies in your life.

Healthy Mother's Day Brunch Ideas

Moms love decadent treats, but generally healthy and lighter brunch dishes are a huge hit for Mother's Day because they say: "We wanted to serve what YOU like."

Keep the menu easy with something light that features lots of fresh fruit and vegetables:

Make-Ahead Brunch Recipes

The best part of brunch is how easy it can be to pull together.

Focus on plenty of make-ahead breakfast recipes and you'll have even less work to do before the party starts!

Some of my favorite make-ahead dishes include:

Brunch Recipes for a Crowd

Serving a bigger crowd for your brunch and need recipes that serve a lot of people?

Easy peasy. These are some of my favorite dishes that are easy to double, prep assembly-line style:

But be sure to check out the full list of 40 easy breakfast ideas for a crowd here.

35 Best Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

These fresh and healthy brunch recipes and decadent breakfast casseroles are sure to be a huge hit with the special Mom in your life.

Easy Quiche

Mix and match mom's favorite fillings for this super easy quiche recipe.

Load it up with her favorite vegetables or make a simple ham and cheese quiche.

This recipe uses a refrigerated pie crust to keep it very simple.

Easy Quiche
This classic quiche recipe can be mixed and matched with your favorite fillings to make a delicious egg dish for your brunch menu.
4.50 from 4 votes
A slice of spinach quiche is on a plate next to additional baby spinach.

Overnight French Toast Casserole

This overnight french toast recipe can be mixed and matched to make 14 different flavors.

Our favorite is a maple bourbon pecan one that is a huge hit but you're sure to find a fruity or sweet flavor that your mom will love.

Overnight French Toast Bake with Pecan Praline
This sweet and salty bourbon pecan French toast bake is the perfect overnight breakfast to prep before a holiday. Serve it with peppery bacon.
4.75 from 4 votes
A serving of French toast casserole topped with pecans has slices of bacon on the side.

Eggs Benedict

Eggs benedict is one of my favorite things to order at a restaurant when we go out, to have it at home is SUCH a treat.

This easy recipe has playful variations that make it much easier to prepare for one serving or a whole crowd. Don't miss the prep-ahead tips and big batch prep tips.

Easy Eggs Benedict
This delicious eggs benedict variation is so much easier to make than the original! Perfect for making a single serving or scaling for a large crowd for a special brunch menu. You can plate the assembled sandwiches or serve the elements family-style at the table.
5 from 1 vote

Buttermilk Waffles

Homemade buttermilk waffles are the perfect brunch base for a variety of toppings:

  • fried chicken with maple syrup for this easy Southern chicken and waffles
  • fresh berries and whipped cream
  • sliced peaches and a dusting of powdered sugar
  • bacon and scrambled eggs

You can easily make a big batch of waffles the day before and reheat them in large cookie sheet pans in the oven before serving.

Easy Buttermilk Waffles
These sweetly spiced vanilla buttermilk waffles are a perfect make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings or for a relaxing weekend brunch. Kids can reheat them in the toaster for fresh and crispy waffles all week long.
5 from 1 vote
A white plate is filled with buttermilk waffles.

Scrambled Eggs and Vegetables

You can serve this scrambled eggs with vegetables buffet style with big platters of eggs and roasted veggies and let the moms load up their own plates for brunch.

Scrambled Eggs with Vegetables
Perfectly seasoned scrambled eggs with roasted vegetables makes an easy weekend brunch for the family or simple but elegant holiday breakfast menu. Mix and match your favorite veggie combos with fluffy eggs for a protein-packed way to start your day.
5 from 1 vote
A plate of scrambled eggs with vegetables.

Southern Chicken and Waffles

Make a batch of my malted waffles for the base of this Southern chicken and waffles. Be sure to have pitchers of this easy sauce to go with it, too.

Southern Chicken and Waffles
Chicken and waffles is absolutely delicious when you make everything from scratch at home. To save time, you can prep the waffles in advance and freeze them or swap the homemade buttermilk fried chicken with your favorite frozen fried chicken tenders instead.
5 from 1 vote
A buttermilk waffle has buttermilk fried chicken on top and a special pitcher of spiced maple syrup in the back.

Sweet Cheese Ball for Breakfast Spreads

Make this chocolate chip cheese ball the day before and serve it with platters of fresh fruit and baskets of pastries like bagels, fresh breads for toast, or even waffles.

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
This sweet cheese ball made from cream cheese, powdered sugar, mini chocolate chips, and chopped pecans makes an amazing breakfast spread for bagels, waffles, and pancakes. Serve it as part of a festive brunch with fresh fruit.
5 from 1 vote
A cream cheese and chocolate chip cheese ball coated in pecans sits next to fresh fruit and a bagel.

Eggs in Purgatory

Let mom dip her toast points into the runny yolks of this eggs in purgatory. This recipe is actually quite easy to scale for larger servings.

Eggs in Purgatory
Easy shakshuka, or eggs in purgatory, is a quick skillet recipe featuring soft cooked eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. Serve with crusty bread for dunking in the runny egg yolks. This meatless recipe makes an excellent breakfast for dinner option on a busy night and can be easily scaled for larger portions for the whole family.
5 from 1 vote
A piece of toast is being dunked into a soft egg in a rich tomato sauce.

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes with Fruity Topping

Load these buttermilk pancakes up with fresh fruity toppings and whipped cream for an extra special treat.

I would pair them with my mango strawberry salsa or this easy triple berry sauce with fresh blackberries.

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes
Classic buttermilk pancakes griddled in melted butter get a gorgeous golden brown color with delicious crispy edges. Serve family style or make ahead for the freezer for busy mornings.
5 from 1 vote
A white plate is filled with homemade buttermilk pancakes.

Sausage Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

This decadent sausage biscuits and gravy casserole is a hearty breakfast mom will love to dig into.

Serve it with a light green salad or piles of fresh fruit.

Sausage Biscuits and Gravy Casserole
This delicious breakfast casserole spin-off of your favorite diner breakfast has a creamy sausage gravy over fluffy biscuits and eggs all in one easy to bake dish. Prep it ahead and bake for an easy weekend brunch or holiday breakfast.
4.60 from 5 votes
A baking dish is filled with an egg casserole that has sausage gravy over the top. Golden brown biscuits peek out from the corners.

Lemon Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

For a heart-healthy breakfast loaded with whole oats, mom will love this lemon blueberry baked oatmeal that you can make ahead and warm in the oven.

Lemon Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
This lemon blueberry baked oatmeal is a time-saving and delicious breakfast option for busy families. Packed with tangy lemon and sweet blueberries, it can be prepared ahead of time, ensuring a healthy way to start the day, even on hectic mornings.
5 from 1 vote
A white baking dish is filled with the baked oatmeal. Blueberries are dotted over the top.

Finger Sandwiches Tower

Make 2 or 3 different finger sandwiches and place them on a pretty tiered tray for the brunch table.

30 Delicious Finger Sandwich Recipes
This list of party sandwiches includes all the classics like egg salad, chicken salad, and cucumber sandwiches along with clever new twists that are easy to make. You'll find everything from vegetarian-friendly sandwiches to easy party nibbles with fancy cheeses and fruit spreads.
A tiered sandwich tray has several finger sandwiches on display.

Sausage Breakfast Casserole

I love that you can prep most of the ingredients for this easy sausage breakfast casserole the night before and then just assemble and bake in the morning.

Serve it with a light salad and fresh fruit.

Sausage Breakfast Casserole with English Muffins
This list of party sandwiches includes all the classics like egg salad, chicken salad, and cucumber sandwiches along with clever new twists that are easy to make. You'll find everything from vegetarian-friendly sandwiches to easy party nibbles with fancy cheeses and fruit spreads.
5 from 2 votes
A white baking dish has a cheesy sausage and egg casserole with green veggies mixed in.

Bread Machine Orange Rolls

These sweet orange rolls with orange icing can be made ahead the day before or even frozen and then just baked fresh the morning of your brunch.

Bread Machine Orange Rolls
This bread machine orange rolls recipe is so easy because you prepare the fool proof dough in your bread maker, roll the dough out and bake it in your oven for perfect golden brown breakfast rolls. The filling is not too sweet and has a fresh burst of orange flavor all throughout the orange flavored dough and orange icing.
5 from 1 vote
A baking pan filled with finished orange rolls sits on a blue towel.

Monte Cristo Sandwich Pinwheels

These sweet and savory breakfast pinwheels are inspired by the classic Monte Cristo sandwich seen on many restaurant menus.

Made into easy nibbles with crescent roll dough, they are perfect for a brunch buffet.

They are also easy enough for kids to make, too!

Monte Cristo Sandwich Pinwheels
These sweet and savory breakfast pinwheels are inspired by the classic Monte Cristo sandwich seen on many restaurant menus. Made into easy nibbles with crescent roll dough, they are perfect for a brunch buffet.
5 from 51 votes
A plate filled with Monte Cristo crescent rolls and a little cup of strawberry jam for serving.

Cheesy Egg and Ham Slab Pie

If you love the idea of quiche but want to double up on the pie crust for an extra-decadent and crispy brunch entree, this cheesy egg and ham slab pie is for you!

Easy to cut into squares and serve for a larger gathering but don't shy away from it for smaller groups, leftovers reheat wonderfully in the oven!

Egg and Ham Slab Pie
This light and flaky slab pie is filled with savory ham, swiss cheese, and whipped eggs. Seasoned with a slight spicy kick, it is the perfect holiday brunch recipe.
5 from 1 vote
A metal baking pan has an egg and ham breakfast pie with a buttery, flaky pie crust.

Cheesy Cornflake Potatoes

This rich and buttery cheesy hashbrown casserole with crispy cornflake topping is also known as "funeral potatoes" and is popular because it is so easy to feed a crowd.

It makes an amazing brunch side dish because it pairs so well with many popular brunch menu items like egg dishes.

Cheesy Cornflake Potatoes
This easy cheesy potato casserole has a crispy cornflake topping. Otherwise known as "funeral potatoes," it is a popular holiday side dish or church potluck recipe.
4.92 from 48 votes
The funeral potatoes recipe has been baked and a spoon has scooped out a serving from the baker.

Crispy Breakfast Potatoes

You can prep the potatoes the night before and then just brown these crispy breakfast potatoes in a stovetop skillet with chopped onion and seasonings.

They are the perfect side dish for her favorite eggs or even a quiche.

Crispy Breakfast Potatoes
These delicious seasoned home fries are perfect for serving with scrambled eggs or omelettes for an easy weekend brunch. The crispy breakfast potatoes brown up perfectly in a skillet on the stovetop.
5 from 1 vote
A white bowl is filled with golden brown home fries, delicious crispy breakfast potatoes.

Sheet Pan Shrimp and Vegetables

If the mom in your life really loves lunch-y foods vs. breakfast items, consider serving this easy sheet pan shrimp and vegetables.

For a low-carb meal, they can be served as is. Otherwise, they are extra delicious served over my favorite lemon pasta dish.

Sheet Pan Shrimp and Vegetables
This easy entree salad is perfect for a healthy lunch or light dinner. Lemon garlic shrimp is served with roasted veggies over crisp lettuce and drizzled with an olive oil & butter sauce.
5 from 1 vote
A blue plate has a bed of lettuce topped with lemon garlic shrimp and roasted red peppers and asparagus spears.

Lemon Butter Pasta with Chives

This super-easy lemon butter pasta dish is bright and delicious with oodles of lemon and parmesan cheese.

It pairs perfectly as a brunch side dish with shrimp, fish, or chicken.

Lemon Butter Pasta with Chives
This bright and lemony pasta with lemon butter sauce is the perfect spring side dish. Add roasted shrimp or grilled chicken to make it a delicious main dish.
4.34 from 3 votes
A bowl of spaghetti in a lemon butter sauce has fresh chives and slices of fresh lemon on the side.

Mediterranean Shrimp and Rice

Serve this delicious and easy Mediterranean shrimp over a fresh herb and spinach rice. It makes a surprising brunch item on a buffet with lots of fresh fruit.

The best part? Both dishes are made easily in an Instant Pot.

Spinach Rice with Shrimp
This easy shrimp and rice dish is filled with Mediterranean flavors: garlic, lemon, and spinach. Tender shrimp on a bed of white rice with a yummy lemon garlic sauce.
5 from 1 vote
A bowl filled with white rice, spinach, and seasoned shrimp.

Macadamia Crusted Halibut

This macadamia halibut is served with a homemade lemon cream sauce and pairs wonderfully with roasted vegetables.

I love serving it for special holiday meals because it is a prep-ahead dish that can be easily baked just before serving.

Easy Macadamia Crusted Halibut with Quick Lemon Butter Cream Sauce
Macadamia crusted halibut is one of the best easy halibut recipes for a special occasion. Prep it earlier in the day and this oven-baked halibut will be ready to go in just minutes at dinner time leaving you with almost no cleanup. Serve it with a drizzle of rich lemon-butter cream sauce for a quick but decadent treat.
4.44 from 158 votes
A filet of macadamia encrusted halibut is covered with a drizzle of lemon butter cream sauce. Fresh green asparagus and a serving of wild rice sit next to it on the plate.

Simple Citrus Salad

This sunny citrus salad is a lovely brunch side dish and includes crumbled cheese and chopped pistachios for crunch.

Serve it over a bed of greens and pair it with your favorite chicken or fish.

Sunny Citrus Salad
This sunny and fresh citrus salad is the perfect side dish for salmon or your favorite fish. A great healthy family dinner idea.
4.50 from 2 votes
A platter of sliced oranges with crumbled cheese, chopped pistachios, and seasonings.

Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette

Set out a big bowl of mixed greens, and several smaller bowls of a variety of fresh fruits, carrots, and red cabbage and let your guests mix and match their toppings and drizzle it with homemade strawberry vinaigrette.

You can also add sliced chicken and slivered almonds to the mix for more protein.

Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette
This thick and creamy strawberry vinaigrette is the perfect salad dressing for a chicken and fruit salad.
5 from 1 vote
A jar of homemade strawberry vinaigrette sits next to a plate full of rainbow salad with fresh strawberries, carrots, pineapple, purple cabbage, blueberries, chicken, and lettuce.

Mango Strawberry Salsa

Looking for something to make your fresh fruit offering a little more special?

Chop up this easy mango strawberry salsa and serve it with cinnamon pita chips for a fun twist on the fruit side dish.

Mango Strawberry Salsa
Fresh mango and fresh strawberries come together in this easy to prepare sweet mango strawberry salsa that tastes amazing served with cinnamon pita chips for dunking.
5 from 1 vote
A bowl of strawberry mango salsa has a blue spoon and cinnamon pita chips on the plate next to it.

Piña Colada Fruit Dip

Alternatively, you could also whip together this easy creamy Piña Colada fruit dip with toasted coconut and set it next to a large platter of fresh strawberries and pineapple.

I also love to serve it with thin ginger cookies!

Piña Colada Fruit Dip
This sweet and creamy piña colada fruit dip is just perfect for dunking fresh pineapple, strawberries, or crisp ginger cookies into at your next party.
5 from 4 votes
A ruffled bowl of pina colada dip has shredded coconut on top and is surrounded by fresh strawberries, pineapple, and gingersnap cookies.

Strawberry Bruschetta

This elegant strawberry bruschetta appetizer is one of my all-time favorites in the spring season. I know I'd be thrilled if my family added it to my Mother's Day brunch!

Fresh strawberries, basil, and goat cheese on a homemade crostini is just simply heaven. Don't want to make the crostini from scratch? Just buy pre-baked ones at the grocery store!

Strawberry Bruschetta
This easy party appetizer recipe is perfect for strawberry season. You can have an elegant apptizer in just minutes!
5 from 1 vote
2 crostini toasts are topped with diced strawberries and a sprinkle of fresh basil to show the strawberry bruschetta appetizer. A plate of crostini sits in the background.

Classic Homemade Granola

One of my favorite brunch parties I ever attended served a huge bowl of this easy homemade granola alongside big bowls of yogurt and fresh fruit for making our own yogurt parfaits.

This is another easy recipe to scale depending on the size of your crowd.

Homemade Granola
This deliciously crispy homemade granola has hints of cinnamon and vanilla, crunchy almonds, and chewy raisins. Perfect for topping a yogurt parfait for an above-average weekday breakfast or a special addition to your brunch menu.
5 from 1 vote
A bowl of yogurt topped with homemade granola and fresh strawberries sits on a blue napkin.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

If you've never made homemade cinnamon rolls before but love the flavors, this cinnamon swirl bread is for you!

It tastes just like a cinnamon roll but is sliceable so your guests can enjoy smaller servings as a breakfast pastry.

Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread
This delicious homemade cinnamon swirl bread can be easily cut into slices for toast but tastes just like a cinnamon bun with an amazing, rich cinnamon-packed filling.
5 from 52 votes
A slice of cinnamon swirl bread sits on a cutting board next to the bread pan it came from.

Blueberry Scones

Scones always get such a bad rap but are easily one of my favorite breakfast pastries.

This particular blueberry scone recipe is a one-bowl recipe that will be ready to go before the oven is even preheated.

Serve them warm at your brunch table alongside some tea or coffee.

Easy Blueberry Scones
These super easy homemade blueberry scones are the perfect recipe for beginner bakers. Light and flaky, they are a perfect weekend brunch menu idea.
4.64 from 11 votes
A blue plate has a pile of homemade blueberry scones on top.

Peach Bread

My favorite part of this homemade peach bread is the vanilla glaze with slivered toasted almonds on top.

This easy quick bread has a lovely texture with lots of crispy crunch from the nuts.

If you've got allergy issues in your home, the almonds can be easily left out.

Peach Bread with Almond Glaze
Delicious fresh peach bread with almond glaze is the perfect make-ahead treat for a special weekend brunch. Bursting with fresh peaches and a deliciously crunchy topping, it is sure to be a hit of your breakfast menu.
5 from 1 vote
The baked peach bread with almond glaze and toasted almond slivers has been sliced so you can see the fresh peaches inside.

Chocolate Croissants

These chocolate croissant puffs are so easy that my kids can make them!

Fill a large basket with warm just-from-the-oven chocolate puffs and watch them quickly disappear at your party.

Bet you can't eat just one!

Easy Chocolate Croissants
The best beginner baker recipe for young kids to make! This chocolate croissant recipe has just 3 ingredients but tastes like you've been in the kitchen all day.
4.98 from 46 votes
A white platter of homemade chocolate croissants made from puff pastry. One has been broken in half to show the melted chocolate filling, there's a Hershey's square of chocolate next to it.

Cherry Almond Coffee Cake

Fresh or frozen cherries can be used to make this classic coffee cake recipe.

Serve it as part of a brunch menu that is heavy on egg dishes for a sweet side dish.

Guests will surely love the streusel topping!

Cherry Almond Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
This crunchy-topped coffee cake is filled with bright red fresh cherries and is a delicious treat to serve for your next brunch.
4.34 from 6 votes
A slice of cherry almond coffee cake shows the layer of big fresh cherries on the bottom and the crumbly streusel topping on top.

Tips for Breakfast in Bed

If you found this article searching for "brunch" but really what you're thinking your mom wants is "breakfast in bed," don't worry!

I've got all the tips for kids to plan an easy breakfast in bed on Mother's Day right here:

A photo collage shows fresh flowers and candles on a brunch table with sample recipe photos below.

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