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27 Vegetarian Brunch Ideas for Mother’s Day (2023)

We update this post every year with vegetarian brunch ideas to help you prepare for a special Mother’s Day brunch. Cheers to the wonderful moms out there!

Choose mom’s favorites from our list of pancakes, French toast, egg recipes, savory recipes, breads, salads and sweet treats. We even have a couple of gift ideas.

collage of vegetarian mother's day brunch recipes.

A homemade Mother’s Day brunch is a great way to say a heartfelt ‘thank you mom for everything you’ve done for me’.

For 25 years, my mother and I lived in different cities. We are now reunited in Toronto and I am so grateful she’s still around to celebrate at 95 (!). Best part? She is my biggest fan and supporter 🙂

I’m not a fan of tackling the restaurant crowd for Mother’s Day. My goal is to spend quality time with my mother in a comfortable environment.

So, for me, the better way is an at home, around the kitchen table, low key, low fuss celebration with an amazing breakfast or brunch.

What you’ll find here

All these Mother’s Day brunch recipes are vegetarian, can be made ahead in whole or in part, are adaptable to your mom’s tastes and have easy to follow instructions. Many take less than 30 minutes to make.

You will find a few decadent recipes here – well, they look decadent, but are quite simple and straight forward. A good example is the Dutch pancake – beautiful and easy! Consider one of these recipes for your own mom as a star of the show.

Fluffy Pancakes and French Toast Dishes

Simple Dutch Pancake Recipe

dutch pancake in skillet with dusted sugar and berries on top
This pancake is puffy, not fluffy. Enjoy the ooh's and ah's from Mom for this impressive Dutch pancake topped with fresh berries or a delicious berry sauce. She won't realize how simple it is. 
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Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

lemon blueberry pancake with syrup on plate
Lemon Blueberry Pancakes are a match made in heaven. Zesty lemon, plump bursting fresh blueberries and fluffy pancakes. All smothered in butter and maple syrup or mom's favorite toppings.
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Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

stack of ricotta pancakes with caramelized bananas on top on a plate.
Up your brunch game with these moist, fluffy ricotta pancakes with a 3-ingredient caramelized banana topping that takes them over the top.
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Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Warm spices and healthy pumpkin purée turn regular pancakes into delicious, fluffy pumpkin spice pancakes. No need to wait for Fall. Just snag a can of pureed pumpkin.
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Apple French Toast (Make Ahead Casserole)

piece of apple french toast casserole on plate
Make this apple french toast casserole the night before, then pop it in the oven the next morning. Serve with yogurt and maple syrup. Delish.
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Banana French Toast

stack of banana french toast on plate with fresh fruit on top
We are infusing the French toast with bananas. This is a step above your ordinary French toast – a deliciously banana-y brunch dish. 
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Recipes Starring Eggs

Gordon Ramsay Scrambled Eggs

scrambled eggs on english muffin on plate
I am totally hooked on Gordon Ramsay scrambled eggs. Creamy, silky, custardy, perfectly cooked every time in just 3 minutes. He absolutely nailed the technique. It's easy.
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Sous Vide Poached Eggs (with easy Hollandaise)

Sous vide poached eggs are simply little miracles, every time. No swirling in vinegar water. No standing over the stove worrying about over cooking. Top them with an easy sous vide hollandaise if Mom is a fan.
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Low Carb Breakfast Casserole (or Muffin Format)

one square of egg casserole with veggies topped with tomatoes
Breakfast egg bake is a great low carb brunch dish, packed with veggies and flexible to whatever veggies Mom loves.
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Classic Egg Salad Recipe

egg salad sandwich 3
Nothing fancy, but infinitely versatile in what you add to it and how you serve it. Stick to 3 ingredients. Or jazz it up. It's up to you.
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Potato Skillet Breakfast (with ham and eggs)

potato breakfast ham hash with eggs in skillet
OK, vegetarians would skip the ham of course or use a plant based meat. This potato breakfast skillet is a perfect way to serve comfort food if that's what your Mom loves.
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Savory Brunch Ideas

Breakfast Strata (with great fillings)

baked strata in casserole dish on table
The essence of a breakfast strata is eggs, milk, cheese and bread. The personality comes from great fillings – choose the ones Mom likes. Assemble the night before. Pop the casserole in the oven on Mother's day for a great comfort food dish.
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Tomato Tart with Puff Pastry

This casual, rustic tomato tart with puff pastry would make a lovely brunch addition. The tart works beautifully even when tomatoes are not at their peak due to the vinaigrette dressing that brightens them with fresh herbs, garlic and capers.
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Vegetable Strudel in Puff Pastry

vegetarian strudel on plate f
If mom loves savory food, try this medley of sweet potatoes, onion, red peppers, apple, spinach & goat cheese wrapped in a flaky buttery puff pastry. It's an easy, elegant, make-ahead delicious brunch recipe for a special occasion.
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Carrot Cake Oatmeal

A dollop of yogurt and drizzle of maple syrup make this baked carrot cake oatmeal crazy good. Satisfying, nutritious and easy to make ahead for Mother's Day.
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Salad Recipes

All the salads, except for the crusted goat cheese salad, are vegan recipes.

Best Citrus Salad With Greens

Sweet oranges and tangy grapefruit tossed in vinaigrette over salad greens make this delicious citrus salad a lovely all-season salad. Quick, refreshing and pretty!
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Warm Crusted Goat Cheese Salad (Pan-Fried)

fried crusted goat cheese round on dressed.
This simple goat cheese salad stars a round of goat cheese, breaded and fried to a golden brown, then nested on some dressed greens. Pretty, creamy, tangy and crunchy.
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Arugula Peach Salad With Walnut Dressing

arugula peach salad with walnut dressing in bowl.
This beautiful peach salad recipe puts those juicy ripe peaches of summer in the spotlight and is easy to prep ahead. Just add the deliciously rich, nutty walnut dressing before serving.
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Easy Tropical Fruit Salad (4 ingredients)

bowl of tropical fruit salad with fresh orange juice.
Make this vibrant tropical fruit salad as a gorgeous, refreshing ending to a meal or as a fresh fruit appetizer served in mini cups. Just 15 minutes prep time.
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Beetroot Salad With Oranges

beetroot salad with citrus fruit and goat cheese on white plate
Fresh, bright and pretty. This beet, orange and goat cheese salad is easy to put together and looks beautiful on the table.
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Breads & Sweet Breakfast Ideas

Homemade English Muffin Recipe (step by step)

pile of english muffins on cutting board.
You'll be happy to know that perfect homemade English muffins are easy to make with good instructions and no special equipment. We show 4 ways to use them for this special occasion. (This is a vegan version with no eggs).
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Best Montreal Bagel Recipe (Step-by-Step, 1 hour)

pile of sesame seed bagels on cutting board
Feast on homemade soft, warm, slightly sweet and chewy bagels covered in seeds. Montreal bagels are, hands down, the best bagels anywhere (IMHO) and authentic except for the wood oven part.
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Super Moist Banana Bread Recipe (no mixer needed)

sliced open loaf of moist banana bread on parchment.
Our most popular recipe. Wickedly good. We've gathered all the tips and variations (like adding chocolate chips) you'll need to ensure success and adapt the recipe to Mom's tastes and preferences.
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Moist Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Moist, lemony and bursting with blueberries, this lemon blueberry loaf is perfect for a Mother's Day brunch. My mom finds any sweet treat with lemon a delicious dessert. This lemon cake is a treasure.
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Easy Cinnamon Rolls (10 min prep!)

one baked cinnamon roll on cutting board.
Sinfully delicious and only 10 minutes of hands-on time (with a shortcut), these easy cinnamon buns are a huge treat for any occasion. Make them the night before and pop them in the oven on mother's day.
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Best Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake (20 min)

single strawberry shortcake on plate
I make this old fashioned strawberry shortcake recipe every year as a special treat for the whole family, especially my husband (his mom's recipe). It takes about 20 minutes. I use fresh strawberries at their peak, fresh whipped cream and biscuits (with a shortcut – shh).
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Banana Muffins With Blueberries (Moist and Fluffy)

blueberry banana muffins with one cut open with butter.
Soft, super moist, fluffy blueberry muffins with deep banana flavor and a burst of sweet-tart berries. Banana muffins with blueberries are perfect for a brunch or a take-home treat for mom. Ready in about 30 minutes.
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Mother’s Day Food Gifts

Sometimes one of the best ways to celebrate is with a homemade food gift. If your mom has a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with…

Cut Out Sugar Cookies (Soft and Buttery)

heart shaped iced sugar cookies
Send mom home with some heart-shaped, buttery, flaky sugar cookies. Happy Mother's Day!
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Low Sugar Strawberry Jam (without pectin)

strawberry jam over scones on plate
Make this no-fuss homemade strawberry jam without pectin to give to your mom as a Mother's Day gift. Just 3 ingredients, no canning, freezer friendly and half the sugar of traditional jams.
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Peach Jam Recipe (without pectin)

Use frozen, peeled, sliced peaches for this recipe if peaches are not in season. Just 3 simple ingredients, 30 minutes and no special equipment. Makes a lovely gift.
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More Mother’s Day Ideas

Perhaps you’re making a different kind of celebration. Here are some other great recipes to try:

If a homemade meal or gift is not in the cards, here are some creative ways to treat your mom right on Mother’s Day (by The Spruce). Don’t forget the flowers!

Wishing all the moms a very special day for this special time of year!

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