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25+ Mother’s Day Recipes: From Breakfast to Dessert

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Treat your mama to a day full of delicious and nourishing food! We’ve rounded up the BEST recipes to cook, from breakfast and brunch to dinner and dessert.

We've rounded up 25 healthy Mother's Day recipes for all occasions--from breakfast all the way to dessert--that are not only delicious, but easy to make. Celebrate at home this year and delight the special mom in your life with a home cooked, nourishing meal!

On Mother’s Day, most moms I know relish at the idea of a home cooked meal they don’t have to cook themselves–or better yet–clean up afterwards!

This year, cook your mom, wife, sister or any special woman in your life a yummy meal so she can kick back, relax from her day-to-day responsibilities and enjoy getting pampered.

Cooking not your thing? We’ve got your back! We’ve gathered up recipes that are so easy (and yet still super flavorful) that even young kids could help with the prep.

Breakfast or Brunch? Lunch? Afternoon snack? Dinner? Dessert? Browse these healthy Mothers Day recipes below for some cooking inspiration!

Psst–if you’re looking for a homemade Mother’s Day gift, check out this post on a Custom DIY Homemade Face Oil recipe that you can make especially for mom. 🙂

Mothers Day Recipes Table of Contents:

Mothers Day Breakfast Ideas

Vanilla Roasted Root Vegetable + Yogurt Parfaits
These yogurt breakfast bowls are made with vanilla roasted butternut squash and beets, served up as yogurt parfaits layered with creamy nut butter and granola. A low-calorie breakfast recipe perfect for weight loss, it’s a savory idea for cooking with vanilla extract.
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These yogurt breakfast bowls are made with vanilla roasted butternut squash and beets, served up as yogurt parfaits layered with creamy nut butter and chocolate granola. A low-calorie breakfast recipe perfect for weight loss, it's a savory idea for cooking with vanilla extract.
Blueberry + Bacon Zucchini Muffins
These blueberry and bacon zucchini muffins are the perfect sweet and savory breakfast combo. Gluten-free, full of protein and absolutely delicious! 
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Creamy Vegan Matcha Green Tea Latte
Make this vegan matcha green tea latte at home! It’s a perfectly healthy indulgence and best of all, it’s ready in just 3 minutes.
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A woman holding a matcha green tea latte in a clear mug.
Superfood Strawberry Chocolate Oatmeal
Breakfast in under 5 minutes? This Superfood Strawberry Chocolate Oatmeal is a total AM gamechanger. Chockfull of protein, fiber and healthy fats and bursting with delicious chocolatey flavor, this oatmeal is creamy and decadent, and yet weightloss-friendly and totally guilt-free! 
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Red Velvet Green Smoothie with Beets
This nourishing Red Velvet Green Smoothie with beets is love in a glass–it tastes like cake, but is chockfull of vitamins + minerals. Vegan + gluten-free!
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Mothers Day Brunch Ideas 

Grain-Free Hot Cross Buns
This hot cross buns recipe with icing is not only fluffy and perfectly sweet, but they're also grain-free, gluten-free, and paleo! A perfect breakfast or dessert for Easter or any holiday season. 
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Hot Cross Buns on white plates on a table.
Shakshuka with Swiss Chard Pesto
This delicious baked eggs recipe is a flavorful twist on classic Shakshuka—it’s spiked with a swiss chard pesto that perfectly compliments the harissa tomato sauce and creamy eggs.
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Savory Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls
Kick breakfast up a notch with easy + delicious savory oatmeal bowls, chock full of fresh veggies and rich runny eggs. Gluten-free, dairy-free + vegetarian.
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Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes
These Chocolate Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes taste totally indulgent, yet are actually super healthy and guilt-free! You’ll never know that these pancakes are packed with protein while boasting both a low carb and low sugar content. Perfect for fall breakfasts, or any time of year!
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A stack of pumpkin pancakes with banana and syrup.

Mothers Day Lunch Ideas

Rainbow Spring Rolls with Papaya Noodles + Spicy Peanut Sauce
These healthy Rainbow Spring Rolls with a spicy Vietnamese peanut sauce are a colorful vegetarian recipe perfect for Spring’s fresh veggie bounty.
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Strawberry + Pickled Beet Salad with White Balsamic Dressing
Just in time for summer BBQs, this Strawberry + Pickled Beet Salad with White Balsamic Dressing is an easy, healthy side dish. Garnished with feta, avocado, crispy quinoa and a tangy vinaigrette, this gluten-free and vegetarian arugula salad is a summertime classic!
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A strawberry, arugula, beet, avocado salad in a big bowl.
Thai Coconut Shrimp Ceviche Recipe with Mango Avocado Salsa
This easy and healthy Thai Coconut Shrimp Ceviche Recipe is made with juicy mango and avocado salsa for the best spicy summer salad. Paleo and gluten-free, too! 
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Easy + Healthy Vegetable Soup with Turmeric
In less than 30 minutes, this healthy vegetable soup will bring comfort to your table with major nutrition benefits. Thanks to turmeric, easy frozen veggies and roasted nori (seaweed) this tasty detox soup recipe is full of nutrients and great for weightloss. Isn't hearty homemade soup the best?! Plus it's vegetarian, Paleo and gluten-free.
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Mothers Day Snack Ideas

No Bake Five Ingredient Blueberry Energy Balls
These no bake blueberry energy balls are made with just five healthy ingredients and are packed with nutrition to boost your energy and improve your health.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs
With just six ingredients, this easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs recipe will satisfy anyone: from kids to adults, to vegans to keto devotees! These low carb, sugar-free healthy treats make a satisfying snack or dessert, with a cute heart shape perfect for Valentine’s Day.
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Gummy Bear Recipe with Real Fruit
This homemade gummy bear recipe made with real fruit proves that it is possible to enjoy a sweet treat without toxic ingredients.
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Savory Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipe
This sweet and salty trail mix recipe is the perfect savory snack, full of gluten-free whole grains to boost your energy and mood-elevating cacao. 
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Mothers Day Dinner Ideas

Salmon Sushi Bowls (Gluten-Free)
Easy + super healthy, salmon sushi bowls are full of classic sushi flavors (soy, wasabi, seafood, spicy mayo, seaweed + rice), plus gluten-free + delicious!
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The Best Steak Marinade Recipe for Grilling
This steak marinade recipe for grilling is delicious, simple and versatile. It works on any cut of steak and it will WOW everyone you serve it to!
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A piece of bone-in ribeye steak on a cutting board cut in slices cooked medium rare.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Banh Mi Bowls
This recipe for Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Banh Mi Bowls puts a healthy twist on the classic Vietnamese sandwich. Made in the crockpot with pork shoulder (or pork butt) with a delicious Asian marinade, this tender pulled pork is topped with fresh pickled veggies and served over heirloom rice.
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Easy Shrimp Pasta with Arugula Pesto
This easy shrimp pasta with pesto is a healthy twist on shrimp scampi, bursting with seafood, garlic, olive oil and a lemon-white wine sauce. Made gluten-free with GF spaghetti or zoodles, it’s bright and tangy, perfect for lazy summer evenings.
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Hearty Low-Carb Keto Beef Stew (Instant Pot)
This low-carb recipe for Instant Pot Keto Beef Stew is a nutritional powerhouse that’s so delicious, nobody will ever guess it’s healthy too! Best of all, it comes together in under 40 minutes and you only have to clean one dish.
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Keto Beef Stew with meat and veggies in a white bowl with a gold spoon and a glass of wine.

Mothers Day Dessert Ideas

Blueberry No Bake Dairy-Free Cheesecake
These Blueberry No Bake Dairy-Free Cheesecakes are gluten-free and yet still rich, creamy and decadent thanks to cashews, coconut and vegan cream cheese. 
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Easy Berry Cobbler with Peach Nice Cream
Let's kick off summer with a quick and easy berry cobbler recipe! High in fiber and protein, this berry crisp is made with a gluten-free cornmeal cobbler topping and dairy-free peach nice cream (includes vegan option!). Healthy, delicious, and refined sugar free–it's summer in a bowl! 
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Maple Cinnamon Fudgy Flourless Brownies
Looking for a healthy dessert recipe? Then you’ll love these Maple Cinnamon Fudgy Flourless Brownies! Made with black beans, sweet potato, almond butter, cacao powder and baking soda, these gluten-free brownies are easy to make (one bowl!), refined sugar-free, vegan, nutrient-dense AND yet they’re rich, decadent and super moist, gooey and fudgy! The perfect way to sneak more veggies and plant-based protein into your diet–no one will ever guess these flourless brownies are actually good for you!
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Classic Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipe with Ghee
This old-fashioned dessert just got a healthy upgrade: classic sour cream pound cake delivers a moist, buttery, and yet light treat perfect for holiday entertaining. Using health-promoting ingredients like ghee, organic dairy, and unrefined coconut sugar, this easy homemade recipe is refined sugar-free, gluten-free and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
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Hot Cross Buns on white plates on a table.
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Servings: 6 buns
25+ Mothers Day Recipes: Hot Cross Buns
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
These delicious hot cross buns are packed full of warm flavors with a pillowy and soft texture. Best part? They are grain-free, gluten-free and Paleo. Plus, dozens more Mothers Day recipes we guarantee mom will love!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 5 Tbsp ground psyllium husks
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped apricots 
  • 1 egg yolk
For the glaze:
Instructions
For the buns:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. In a small pot or kettle, bring water to a boil.

  3. In a large bowl, mix together almond flour, ground psyllium, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

  4. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer to whisk together egg whites, apple cider vinegar, vanilla and salt until soft peaks form. 

  5. Stir in hot water and egg mixture to dry ingredients, until fully combined. Add in cranberries and chopped apricots. 

  6. Roll dough into 6 round buns and place on the baking sheet, evenly spaced. 

  7. Brush with egg yolk. Bake 40-50 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Cool completely.

For the glaze:
  1. In a small pan, melt together all ingredients. 

  2. Pour into a piping bag and pipe onto the buns, or use a spoon and drizzle on top.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: GlutenFreeDiet, VegetarianDiet
Keyword: baking, buns, grain free, paleo
Author: Olivia Johnson

What will you be making this Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

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8 comments on “25+ Mother’s Day Recipes: From Breakfast to Dessert”

  1. I’m not even hungry right now, but I want everything on this page to appear in front of me, especially that sushi bowl. What an excellent roundup – all top notch recipes.

  2. The Shakshuka looks divine. Living in the Middle East this has become my favourite when going out for breakkie 🙂

  3. Oh man – that salmon sushi bowl is making my mouth water!!!

    I’ve never had a matcha latte before but it looks delicious….will definitely have to try that recipe.

  4. Yum, yum, YUM!!! Every single one of these recipes looks so delicious and perfect for a lighter Mother’s Day meal. I think I’ll have to test them all out myself before May 13th. 😉