19 Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and spoiling mom should be at the top of your list of priorities. She works so hard for the family, doing all those little, unnoticed things that make your day go so much smoother. Show her you notice by giving her an epic Mother’s Day brunch she won’t soon forget with any of the nineteen Mother’s Day brunch ideas. Just making the effort of cooking for her is a gift mom will appreciate for years to come.

1. Berry Trifle

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This fresh berry trifle is a delicious option for brunch. You can make it smaller for one or two people, or you can kick things up a notch and really go all out for serving a crowd. While there is a recipe for this, you can use as much or as little of each “layer” as you like and even add a few layers you know mom will love.

2. Mom’s Taco Casserole

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If mom loves Mexican food, this taco casserole is a great option for serving up to four people. But it can easily be multiplied to feed a larger crowd. This is almost like a 7-layer dip, but you can serve this with corn chips or over shredded lettuce for a taco salad. It’s a great way to let everyone feed themselves from the buffet table.

3. Strawberry Fool

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Mom’s no fool. She will love this strawberry fool for dessert. It’s a deliciously creamy dessert that is light and fruity. Think of it like strawberries and cream, only thicker. It’s decadent and refreshing, and Mom will love it. Serve it with some graham crackers on the side so she can dip them if she wants.

4. Blueberry French Toast Casserole 

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If mom is expecting a crowd for Mother’s Day, it’s a great idea to serve casseroles. These types of dishes go well on a buffet table, and people can take as much or as little as they want of each item. This blueberry French toast casserole would fit in perfectly for this special day. Serve it with some maple syrup drizzled over the top and even a few nuts sprinkled on as well.

5. Popovers

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Popovers are wonderfully airy muffin-style bread that gets broken open by hand and then slathered in things like soft butter, soft cheeses, jams, jellies, and nut butter. This popover recipe uses whole grains but still achieves that light and airy texture you expect from a popover. They are delicious served straight from the oven while they are still warm.

6. Baked Oatmeal With Frozen Strawberries

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If you need a super easy casserole that cooks itself, stir the ingredients together right in the casserole dish for this baked oatmeal with frozen strawberries and pop it into a preheated oven. While this cooks, you can get busy making other dishes for the brunch table. It’s a great, serve-yourself dish that works wonderfully for any brunch table.

7. Buckwheat Waffles

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Buckwheat adds delicious flavor to things like waffles and pancakes. These buckwheat waffles are a great way to show mom how much you appreciate her. The whole grains say you want her to stay healthy, while the amazing flavor of this recipe says, “You rock, mom.”

8. Strawberry Chia Pudding

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For moms who enjoy lighter desserts, this strawberry chia pudding is a perfect option for Mother’s Day. Creamy chia pudding layered with fresh strawberries and chopped walnuts is a wonderful after-brunch dessert that won’t weigh down her tummy.

9. Crepes

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Few dishes say “Mother’s Day” the way crepes do. Mom can stuff them with whatever her favorite toppings are, which can include sweet or savory toppings. Sweet crepes would include things like fresh fruit, jams, jellies, and even some nut butter, while savory crepes could include different cheeses mom loves and even some finely chopped veggies or breakfast meats.

10. Strawberry Salsa

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If you like the idea of having appetizers for brunch, this strawberry salsa is the best of both worlds. It’s light and refreshing for a brunch table dish but also crosses the divide into being a condiment that works with corn chips, pita chops, or as a garnish for meats such as chicken, steak, or seafood. This can even be served as a side dish to other main course dishes.

11. Buckwheat Crepes

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If Mother’s Day brunch has to be a tad bit fancier this year, consider the humble crepe. Originally, crepes were made with buckwheat flour in France in the 13th century. So, this recipe gives you a true crepe that is both healthier and delicious. Buckwheat crepes Have incredible flavor and can be rolled or stuffed with sweet or savory ingredients.

12. Bacon And Egg Wrap

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If Mom prefers a savory breakfast, try making these bacon and egg wraps for her. They are easy-to-eat finger food that works super well for a brunch table. Make a lot of them and keep them warm in the oven (on the warm setting—don’t bake them) until it’s time for everybody to eat.

13. From-Scratch French Toast

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It’s not hard to make from scratch French toast. In fact, if you don’t want to stand over the stove, you can even dip the bread, lay the slices on an oiled baking sheet, and bake them in the oven. Though, you’ll need to flip them a time or two during baking. But no matter how you make these, mom will appreciate a plate of delicious Fresh toast on her special day.

14. Breakfast Cookies

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Breakfast cookies are a great way to impress mom on Mother’s Day. She won’t have to feel bad about eating these cookies, thanks to their healthy ingredients, but she sure will love eating them. Who doesn’t want cookies for breakfast? These pair well with a warm cup of coffee and will get her morning off to a sweet start.

15. Pancake Sandwich

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If mom wants something “different” for Mother’s Day, try making these pancake sandwiches. They are a wonderful combination of sweet and savory, thanks to oodles of bacon and maple syrup. She can eat these with a knife and fork or pick them up like finger food and dig in. These are great with some melted cheese added, and you can make as many as you need to feed a crowd.

16. Homemade Hash Browns

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Nothing beats homemade hash browns. They are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, just the way hashbrowns should be. This is a simple recipe with minimal ingredients, so aside from grating the potatoes (which can be done really quickly with a food processor), you’ll get these on the table fast.

17. Sheet Pan Pancakes

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If Mom is expecting a crowd for Mother’s Day, make pancakes for everyone the easy way. Sheet pan pancake ingredients are whisked together in a bowl to make a smooth, creamy batter, which is then poured into an oiled baking pan to bake in the oven. These pancakes are soft and comforting and can be served with any pancake toppings Mom prefers. Simply cut and serve with a metal spatula.

18. Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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If there will be a smaller crowd for Mother’s Day, try making mom these raspberry dark chocolate chip pancakes. With just a little time spent at the stovetop, mom will enjoy digging into a stack of this decadent breakfast. Make sure to get good quality chocolate chips, and don’t forget the fresh raspberries. Mom will love the combination.

19. Family Frittata

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For a family gathering of two to four people, this family frittata is a wonderful, higher-protein breakfast option that moms will truly enjoy. Add whatever mom loves in an omelet this this frittata, and try melting a layer of shredded cheese over the top in the last few minutes of baking. It’s a delicious option mom will love.

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Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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