It’s almost Mother’s Day y’all! You know what that means, right? BRUNCH! I love brunch because I get all my favorite treats without having to conform to meal time ‘norms’. Plus I have an excuse to eat dessert in the morning! *happy dance* For many families it is a day to go out to a favorite restaurant. Not us. Between family size and food allergies we decided several years back to start making our own brunch. It may take more effort than going out, but it has it’s advantages. Beyond the fact that you won’t have to sit in a crowded lobby and wait (and wait, and wait), you get to choose all your favorite foods AND keep the leftovers!
Have I convinced you to spoil your mom (or yourself) with a homemade bunch? Yay! The next question is- what are you going to serve? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I’ve rounded up some of my FAVORITE brunch recipes for your convenience. All of these are either already gluten-free or are easily converted (I promise I’ll tell you how to do it).
Every special brunch deserves a special drink. I’ve got options for whatever might tickle your fancy. Hot or cold, I’ve got you covered!
How about a smoothie to start us off. Who doesn’t love a smoothie? A Strawberry Orange Smoothie is the perfect choice for Mother’s day!
If you’d rather go a bit fancier, This Springtime Sangria Mocktail will give you all the fun of fancy cocktail while being totally family-friendly. Chock full of fresh spring fruit, you won’t even miss the alcohol!
Perhaps it’s still a bit chilly in your neck of the woods. If that’s the case, then you might prefer the Salted Caramel Mocha from 52 Kitchen Adventures.
Fruit & Vegetables
As much as I love all the rich, indulgent food at brunch, I also want a little something fresh. I mean, we’re moms, so shouldn’t we really be making sure we include fruits and veggies in every meal? 😉 Fear not, there are some fabulously fresh sides to serve up at your brunch.
Fresh fruits like strawberries are starting to appear in all our stores now. A fruit plate is tasty, but it’s even better when accompanied by DIP! This 3-ingredient Creamy Fruit Dip from All Because She Saved is simple to make but makes your fruit feel fancy!
Spring is the perfect season for salads, but brunch calls for more than plain lettuce with bottled dressing! The Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad is simple and fresh, and perfect for your Mother’s Day meal. If you can chop, slice, and stir, you’re set!
Light salads are nice as the weather changes, but if it’s still chilly in your neck of the woods you may want something warm and comforting. If you make these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon you WON’T regret it! Even Brussels sprouts skeptics can be converted by the addition of bacon!
Bread & Muffins
I won’t lie, I’m a total carb junkie! Outside of dessert, my favorite part of brunch is all of the bread and muffins available! Since Mother’s Day is MY day, I’m totally going to indulge in ALL THE CARBS!
My family is still connected to it’s southern roots (you might notice I say y’all sometimes), so biscuits are an absolute necessity for us! Real biscuits. Not drop biscuits, but the flaky, cut out type. Gluten Free On A Shoestring’s biscuits are AMAZING! I leave the cinnamon-sugar topping off, but if you want something sweet, use it.
These Baked Oatmeal muffins from Money Saving Mom are a huge hit every time I make them. I have to cut my kids off after 3 muffins because of the ground flax seed in them (if you didn’t know, ground flax seed helps keep things ‘moving along’, and there was an incident, lol). As long as you use GF oats, you’re good to go.
In the realm of ‘kind of a muffin, kind of dessert’, these Mexican Chocolate Muffins are to die for! I’m not going to admit to how many I ate, but it was a lot! Be warned, you won’t want to stop eating these!
Sweets are pretty much a mandatory part of brunch, but we do need some savory foods. After all, it’s all about balance, right? So, here are 3 awesome savory dishes to choose from!
What says ‘party’ more than deviled eggs? That’s a trick question. Nothing does. Make these Kicked Up Deviled Eggs for your brunch and you’ll be everyone’s favorite mom!
Around here we love hash browns. LOVE! What’s not to love? They’re salty, and starchy, and have that amazing taste of fried-goodness. When it comes to brunch, though, I don’t want to have to fry stuff on the spot. These Hash Brown Cups are the best of both worlds. You get the flavor and crunch you want without having to stand over hot oil!
If you’re anything like me, brunch means a bit of over-indulging in carbs. Do yourself a favor and balance that out with a little protein. Makes this breakfast sausage for a protein boost during your well-deserved carb fest!
I created this Baked Oatmeal with Toffee for my daughter’s birthday last year. It’s always a hit for us and will be for your family, too! Bonus- no gluten, dairy, eggs, or soy!
Are you a cheesecake lover? My husband and I made these Berry Cheesecake Bars from The Pioneer Woman and they were AWESOME! The only change needed to make these gluten-free is to substitute GF graham crackers for regular ones. Easy peasy!
If you feel a bit ‘baking challenged’, this S’mores Bark is THE dessert for you! The only skills required are microwaving, stirring, spreading, and sprinkling. I’m confident that ANYONE can handle that! Use GF graham crackers and the recipe will be totally gluten-free.
Top 5 Reasons to Host Mother’s Day Brunch
- You’re secretly plotting to overthrow Martha Stewart.
- You like getting to control the menu.
- LINES! There are none at home.
- It’s hard to find a restaurant that meets your needs.
- LEFTOVERS (which is really the only reason you need)!
Whatever your reason, you now have some wonderful options for your brunch. Now go grab some paper and make your menu! Be sure to come back and share pictures of your delicious meal!