The 35 Best Mother's Day Breakfast Recipes

Mother's Day brunch can be a fun and special way to celebrate all of the moms in your life. But what if you decided to cook mom an incredible breakfast at home this year instead of battling the crowds for a reservation on one of the busiest brunch days of the year? 

Fear not, for we've got you covered with 35 appetizing recipes that will certainly show your mom how much you care — and maybe even impress the rest of the family while you're at it. You don't have to have much experience in the kitchen to create most of these recipes. As a matter of fact, the beauty of many of the recipes is that they look good enough to be served at a little bistro, but require very little effort to make.

We've got French-inspired recipes that include a seasonal asparagus and gruyere puff pastry tart, quiche Lorraine, easy crepes, and even a cherry clafoutis. Maybe you're leaning towards some freshly baked treats, in which case you'll definitely want to check out the tasty muffins on our list. Finally, you can whip up an all-American breakfast for mom with fluffy diner-style waffles, banana pancakes, and an easy egg casserole stuffed with breakfast sausage and veggies. Put a pot of coffee on and let's get cooking!

1. Easy Asparagus and Gruyere Tart

Puff pastry dishes make just about any meal feel extra special. With that in mind, whipping up this easy puff pastry-based asparagus tart will surely impress mom, not to mention anyone else who drops by for Mother's Day breakfast this year. This recipe requires very few ingredients and uses fresh asparagus at the peak of its season this time of year. Par-baked puff pastry gets a small swipe of whole-grain Dijon mustard before being topped with a generous amount of gruyere and neat lines of asparagus stalks, while a drizzle of brown sugar balsamic glaze helps add sweetness and tang.

Recipe: Easy Asparagus and Gruyere Tart

2. Quiche Lorraine

This Mother's Day, consider making the classic quiche Lorraine as a nice breakfast for mom, either as the centerpiece of the meal or as part of a larger brunch spread. The inclusion of heavy cream and extra egg yolks in the recipe makes for a creamy and rich pie, setting this special occasion treat apart from lighter cousins. A 9-inch pie shell (either handmade or store-bought) gets baked with crispy bacon and shredded gruyere, then topped with chopped chives. If you're not an early bird, this quiche can be baked ahead of time and reheats perfectly when you're ready to serve.

Recipe: Quiche Lorraine

3. Oatmeal Pancakes

Maybe you're not really into baking but still want to treat mom to a delicious Mother's Day breakfast. Try these oatmeal pancakes made with ingredients that you'll likely already have at home. Traditional rolled oats give these pancakes a little extra flavor and texture, plus a boost of protein and fiber. Recipe developer Alexandra Shytsman even offers substitutions and variations for ingredients you may have on hand, as well as tips to make your pancakes sweeter if that's what you like. Don't be surprised if these pancakes become part of your weekend routine long after Mother's Day has passed.

Recipe: Oatmeal Pancakes

4. Belgian Waffles

A Belgian waffle iron is worth its weight in waffle batter. With no unusual or difficult-to-find ingredients, you can quickly mix this recipe together in the time it takes for a pot of coffee to brew. While the waffles bake on the iron, you can gather any toppings you'd like, from fresh fruit to Greek yogurt and honey. There are even some savory variations to try. This recipe makes four waffles, so everyone in the house will be in for a treat. Don't be surprised if your family starts requesting them for lunch and dinner too.

Recipe: Belgian Waffles

5. Cranberry Muffins

The bright red pops of sweet-tart cranberries in these cranberry muffins are a welcome surprise any time of year. This recipe is as simple as mixing the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, then folding the cranberries into the batter just before baking. Mom will be both surprised and impressed by these muffins, which have a touch of almond extract to balance the sweetness. They take just over 30 minutes to make, meaning you won't have to get up before the sun to make a special surprise breakfast for Mother's Day. Since the batch makes 12 muffins, you'll be able to enjoy them all week long.

Recipe: Cranberry Muffins

6. Instant Pot Snickerdoodle French Toast Casserole

Very few can resist the sweet cinnamon-sugar call of the snickerdoodle cookie. Using the same irresistible spices, food blogger Melissa Olivieri has created a snickerdoodle French toast for those who just can't get enough. Buttery brioche is used as the bread base, while cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla give this french toast its special snickerdoodle flavor. If you've got an Instant Pot, this is a great set-it-and-forget-it breakfast that you can have cooking while you get together any other surprises you may have for Mother's Day. If you don't have an Instant Pot, no worries: you can still make this delectable breakfast casserole in the oven.

Recipe: Instant Pot Snickerdoodle French Toast Casserole

7. Quick Crepes

Crepes can seem intimidating, but in reality, they're just as simple as making pancakes, and the batter employs just five ingredients you very likely have on hand already. It may take one or two tries to get the hang of pouring the batter into a warm pan and swirling, but it's a skill that's learned quickly. Once your crepes are lightly browned on each side, they get folded with whatever you wish. Popular fillings include Nutella and berries, lemon curd, vanilla custard with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, or fruit jam. If mom prefers savory breakfasts, feel free to fill her crepes with eggs, bacon, cheese, and veggies.

Recipe: Quick Crepes

8. Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Does your mom love Mexican food? If so, we suggest you bake a Mexican breakfast casserole this Mother's Day. It's got chorizo, black beans, salsa, cheese, and even tortillas — all baked right into the eggy casserole. Best of all, it comes together in about an hour and can be made the night before.

Large enough to serve the whole family, this breakfast casserole can be quickly divided into 12 portions. It's fantastic topped with a little bit of hot sauce and pairs well with a bowl of fresh fruit or even a side of Mexican rice. You could maybe even kick the celebration off with a breakfast margarita!

Recipe: Mexican Breakfast Casserole

9. Banana Pancakes

These banana pancakes are the ultimate breakfast comfort food as far as we're concerned. So, this Mother's Day, think about treating mom to a cozy morning at home while you make a batch of these pancakes with serious banana flavor. This recipe also provide us with a handful of healthy swaps for people who may want to make vegan pancakes or use alternative ingredients, like dairy-free kinds of milk. The sweet smell of bananas and baking spices wafting from the kitchen will be just the thing to show your mom some love at the beginning of this Mother's Day.

Recipe: Banana Pancakes

10. Cinnamon Muffins

Fresh muffins are a delightful way to start your morning, especially if you're making them as a gift for someone special (like mom, of course). These no-fuss cinnamon muffins are made with an uncomplicated batter that gets topped with a sweet and slightly crunchy cinnamon crumble. The result is a tender cross between a buttery muffin and a spiced coffee cake. Speaking of coffee, make sure to get a pot brewing while these muffins are in the oven for the ultimate coffeehouse-style Mother's Day breakfast.

Recipe: Cinnamon Muffins

11. Clafoutis

Quiche is great and crepes are impressive, sure. But if you really want to wow an audience with your French pastry prowess, it's the perfect time to whip up a traditional French cherry clafoutis. This dessert comes together in under an hour and features fresh cherries suspended in a creamy baked custard that sits in a delicious spot between pudding and cake. If cherries aren't available, you can use other fruits. The only caveat is that it's no longer considered a "clafoutis," but is instead called a "flaugnarde," which tastes just as fantastic. Try it with berries, peaches, plums, apricots, apples, or even roasted rhubarb and strawberries for a springtime twist.

Recipe: Clafoutis

12. Egg Casserole

Stuffed with eggs, breakfast sausage, peppers, shallots, and cheese, this egg casserole is the perfect one-dish alternative to a sprawling American diner-style breakfast omelet. While Mikayla Marin's recipe suggests everything you need, feel free to change up the meat, replace the cheese, add potatoes, and throw in some leafy greens as you see fit. The possibilities are endless.

In true diner form, make sure that mom never sees the bottom of her coffee mug, and chop up some fruit for a lovely, simple side. You can even throw some biscuits or bacon in the oven with the casserole while it cooks to round out the meal.

Recipe: Egg Casserole

13. Banana Muffins

Sure, banana bread is fantastic, but it's not quite as convenient as these individual-serving banana muffins, which are a little fluffier but still with all the flavor you've come to love from classic banana bread. No special equipment is needed here, so don't sweat it if you don't have a stand or hand mixer. Just make sure your butter is soft and your ingredients are at room temperature. After that, you'll simply stir everything together before dividing the batter into a dozen muffins. We really love that this recipe can handle add-ins like chopped dark chocolate, toasted nuts, or even an additional streusel topping.

Recipe: Banana Muffins

14. 15-Minute Frittata

Did you forget all about Mother's Day and now find yourself needing to whip up a special breakfast in a hurry? Here comes our quick and easy 15-minute frittata to the rescue! This super-simple recipe is basically an omelet you cook in the microwave, making it darn near foolproof. You can customize the frittata with whatever vegetables, cheese, and meat you have on hand, so don't panic if you're missing an ingredient or two (other than the eggs, of course). Serve this with a side of whole grain toast and/or fried potatoes and you'll be all set for breakfast.

Recipe: 15-Minute Frittata

15. 5-Ingredient TikTok Cinnamon Rolls

The easiest way to bake cinnamon rolls, of course, is to open up a tube of the refrigerated kind. As a bonus, you'll get all the fun of thwacking it against the counter and then seeing it pop open in dramatic fashion. These rolls start with such a tube, but the recipe calls for a few additional ingredients. These add-ins make the rolls extra-cinnamony, extra-sugary, and extra-buttery while giving them more of a homemade feel.

Recipe: 5-Ingredient TikTok Cinnamon Rolls

16. British Scones

Scones are often eaten in during afternoon tea in the UK, but here in the U.S. we've repurposed them as a breakfast food. If your mom's an anglophile and/or a big fan of the royals, why not treat her to a Mother's Day meal of British-style scones with a pot of tea? While these scones are delicious plain, for an extra-luxurious presentation, we'd suggest serving them with sweetened whipped cream, jam, and fresh berries. A breakfast like this is sure to make Mom (or Mum) feel like a queen.

Recipe: British Scones

17. Breakfast Lasagna

Lasagna for breakfast? While it may sound somewhat unusual, this particular lasagna isn't the typical noodle-based one. Instead, it's more of a Mediterranean-style breakfast casserole where roasted tomatoes and cheese are layered atop refrigerated biscuit dough along with scrambled eggs and other toppings such as bacon, spinach, mushrooms, and onions. While the casserole does take a few hours to cook, it makes for a great late breakfast. What's more, its generous size will feed the whole family while you celebrate Mom's special day.

Recipe: Breakfast Lasagna

18. Cowboys Breakfast Skillet

Is Mom a cowgirl at heart, or does she just appreciate a good, hearty breakfast? Either way, this cowboy-style breakfast skillet would be a great way to start off her day. It's made with a tasty melange of sauteed peppers, onions, and ground sausage (substitute chorizo if she likes things on the spicy side) topped off with fried eggs and melted cheese. Hot sauce and green onions are optional but highly recommended as they not only add flavor but bring some cheerful color, as well.

Recipe: Cowboys Breakfast Skillet

19. Huevos Rancheros

If you've ever eaten brunch or breakfast at a Mexican restaurant, there's a good chance you've seen huevos rancheros on the menu. It's a pretty classic dish: fried eggs (huevos) are served atop tortillas and sauced with salsa. Huevos rancheros can also include additional embellishments, though, as is the case with this recipe. Here we're going with guacamole as the main add-on, but you could also add a layer of beans (black or refried), shredded cheese, and/or sour cream.

Recipe: Huevos Rancheros

20. Best Veggie Breakfast Hash

If your mom isn't a meat eater, this veggie hash recipe may be just what you're looking for. This breakfast dish is made with potatoes, peppers, and onions and is flavored with garlic and smoked paprika. The addition of a few fried eggs tops things off quite nicely while supplying the protein that the vegetables lack. In order to make the hash extra-healthy, it's even cooked with olive oil instead of butter.

Recipe: Best Veggie Breakfast Hash

21. Quick Breakfast Fried Rice

Fried rice for breakfast? No, we're not talking about last night's leftover Chinese food. Tasty though it might, be, a Mother's Day breakfast really should be cooked from scratch. This fried rice is a vegetarian version made with spinach, scallions, and scrambled eggs. Its Asian-inspired flavor comes from soy sauce or tamari, sesame oil, and rice vinegar, but you might also want to spice it up with some sriracha if that's one of Mom's favorite condiments.

Recipe: Quick Breakfast Fried Rice

22. Simple Vegan Pancakes

If Mom's not just a vegetarian but a vegan, she's sure to appreciate these dairy-free pancakes. This is a pretty standard pancake recipe, really, but is made with both plant-based milk and butter and omits eggs altogether — no substitute necessary. The pancakes are great with syrup alone, but for such a special occasion you could also dress them up with whipped coconut cream, fruit, chopped nuts, chocolate syrup, or even a scoop or two of non-dairy ice cream.

Recipe: Simple Vegan Pancakes

23. No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal

If you like the idea of breakfast dessert but think ice cream-topped pancakes might be a bit much for Mom, you could try making this chocolate-flavored oatmeal, instead. It's actually quite a healthy dish as it is made with mashed bananas and chia seeds in addition to oats and cocoa powder and is sweetened with maple syrup instead of sugar. (Honey would work, too.) In fact, the oatmeal can even be vegan if you opt to make it with non-dairy milk.

Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal

24. 3-Ingredient Savory Breakfast Puffs

These breakfast puffs look almost like a gourmet version of Pillsbury Toaster scrambles (Toaster Strudel's savory sister), but this impressive Mother's Day breakfast entree requires just three ingredients, with one of them being the next best thing to Samantha Stevens' nose-twitching kitchen magic: frozen puff pastry. Just about anything you make with the stuff comes out looking like you put way more effort in than you actually did. Simply thaw it, cut it into squares, top it with eggs and cheese, and bake. It'll puff up all perfect and golden all on its own; all you need to do is to take it out of the oven in time.

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Savory Breakfast Puffs

25. Traditional Matzo Brei

Matzo brei is often made for Passover, but as Mother's Day falls just a month or two after this holiday, you may well have a few leftover matzos left in the box. This traditional egg dish couldn't be much simpler to make. Simply soak the matzos in water until they're soft, then mix them with beaten eggs and cook them just as you would scrambled eggs. Serve the dish with salt and pepper, chopped green onions, herbs, hot sauce, or any other toppings you like on your eggs.

Recipe: Traditional Matzo Brei

26. Breakfast Cereal Doughnuts

If Mom's in touch with her inner child and/or her inner trendy baker, she'll surely get a kick out of these sugar cereal-topped donuts. While some homemade donuts may be a huge ordeal to make, not these ones. They're baked instead of deep-fried, and as they're the cake type, you don't even need to use yeast or wait for the dough to rise. Simply cook them in a doughnut pan, then make them look pretty with frosting and colorful cereal.

Recipe: Breakfast Cereal Doughnuts

27. Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Pizza

While many of us have been known to breakfast off last night's leftover pizza cold from the fridge, it's not necessarily something we'd serve to our moms, especially on Mother's Day. This breakfast pizza, on the other hand, comes fresh and hot from your oven. While it does use store-bought pizza crust as a base, there's no tomato sauce involved. Instead, the toppings are a more typically breakfasty mixture of fried eggs, bacon, and shredded cheddar, finished off with a drizzle of hot honey.

Recipe: Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Pizza

28. Easy Eggless French Toast

If you're all out of eggs, you may think that french toast is not an option for breakfast, but you would be wrong. In this recipe, all you need is milk plus a little bit of cornstarch, along with some vanilla and cinnamon for seasoning. Oh yes, and of course the sliced bread. Dip, fry, and top with the obligatory butter and syrup. If you don't mention the lack of eggs, it's possible Mom may never guess.

Recipe: Easy Eggless French Toast

29. Carrot Cake Pancakes

Pile these carrot cake pancakes up high and top them off with a generous drizzle of cream cheese frosting and you may think you've died and gone to a heaven that looks strangely like IHOP. If Mom objects that this dish is too dessert-like a way to start off your day, you can always point out to her that carrots are super-healthy and so are walnuts, for that matter. Chances are she won't complain, though, since she'll be busy digging into her own stack.

Recipe: Carrot Cake Pancakes

30. Easy Breakfast Nachos

Breakfast nachos? Where do we sign up? Right here, as a matter of fact. While this recipe eschews crunchy tortilla chips for waffle fries, this ingredient make a nice sturdy platform for shredded cheddar and black beans. Oh yes, and a heaping helping of scrambled eggs and crumbled bacon, too, since these ingredients are what turn a favorite game-day snack into a morning meal. Smother the nachos in salsa, then add some blobs of guacamole to provide color contrast. Sour cream works, too.

Recipe: Easy Breakfast Nachos

31. Fairy Bread

Fairy bread isn't another viral recipe calling for a clever baking technique or hard-to-source ingredients. Instead, this Antipodean-inspired recipe could hardly be simpler. All you need to do is to butter some supermarket-variety sliced white bread (toasting it is optional, but feel free), then scatter colored sugar and/or sprinkles all over it. If you're the artistic type, you could always create your own little edible masterpieces, but if not, just make like your inner seven-year-old and fling a few handfuls on there. Mom knew you when you were seven, so she'll probably find your efforts charming even if they're not particularly Instagrammable.

Recipe: Fairy Bread

32. Turkish Eggs

If Mom's on a high-protein diet, she'll appreciate a breakfast like Turkish eggs. Not only are the fried eggs themselves a great source of energy, but so is the garlicky Greek yogurt. The dish is as flavorful as it is healthy, thanks to a drizzle of chile-spiked brown butter sauce topping things off. Turkish eggs go great with a side of toasted pita bread, but for a lower-carb option you could serve them with a small side salad instead. (Breakfast salad may not be much of a thing yet, but we don't see why it couldn't be.)

Recipe: Turkish Eggs

33. Classic Swedish Pancakes

Does your mom love shopping at Ikea? If so, you might like to recreate one of the restaurant's popular breakfast items: Swedish-style pancakes. These are thin and rather crepe-like and taste great with nothing more than a sprinkle of powdered sugar, but to make them extra special, top them with whipped cream and lingonberry jam. Not sure where to get the latter ingredient? The Ikea marketplace, of course, as it's the same condiment used for those world-famous meatballs.

Recipe: Classic Swedish Pancakes

34. Easy Donut Breakfast Burger

If Mom's an adventurous eater or a fan of food fads, why not surprise her with a bacon cheeseburger served on a donut? While donut burgers have been around for a few years, they're not a staple on many breakfast menus, so a DIY version may be the only chance she gets to try one. This recipe even throws a fried egg on the burger, which is what makes it a breakfast dish. As you'll be making this for a special occasion, be sure to pick extra-pretty donuts with lots of colorful frosting and sprinkles.

Recipe: Easy Donut Breakfast Burger

35. Coconut Muesli

If Mom's not much of a breakfast eater and won't eat anything more than a bowl of cereal, you can always make her a bowl of Mother's Day muesli. For the uninitiated, muesli is similar to granola, and tends to be more popular in Europe. In fact, as the grains in this recipe are baked, it pretty much is granola since what usually differentiates the two is that muesli is eaten raw. Still, there's no need to quibble about nomenclature when this recipe results in such a delicious, nutritious mixture of oats, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, and coconut.

Recipe: Coconut Muesli