11 Healthier Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

What comes to mind when you think about brunch? A plate of French toast dripping with maple syrup and a pile of crispy hash browns? Great, us too. But loading your family up with sugar can sometimes turn into a nightmare. If you’re looking to lighten things up this year, here are 11 of our favorite recipes for a delicious, not-too-indulgent Mother’s Day brunch.

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1. Zucchini Ricotta Galette

Forget egg and ham quiche. This bright galette is guaranteed to win you over. Its flaky, buttery crust is topped with creamy ricotta cheese and thinly sliced zucchini, so it crisps up to perfection.

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2. Cheddar Chive Grain-free Pancake Tacos

It’s not really brunch without fluffy pancakes. But rather than go with a traditional stack, try these savory breakfast tacos with pancake shells. Unlike other recipes, these are made with Purely Elizabeth Grain-Free Pancake Mix, which is filled with a blend of beneficial flours (tigernut, coconut and almond) and seeds (chia and flax) to add nutritional protein and fiber. Psst, the mix is paleo-friendly, vegan and gluten-free.

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3. Tomato And White Bean Stew On Toast

If you love dipping a piece of crusty bread into soup, then this recipe is right up your alley. It’s flavorful, rich in color and reheats beautifully for leftovers…that is, on the off-chance you have any.

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4. Chopped Italian Salad Pizza

Well, hello gorgeous. This pizza may look restaurant-quality, but it’s beyond easy to put together at home thanks to the store-bought dough (our little secret).

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5. Cacio E Pepe Brussels Sprouts

You’re craving a plate of creamy cacio e pepe but you’re trying to be “good.” We hear you. Enter this version, made with one of our favorite veggies: brussels sprouts. Go on, have seconds.

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6. Orange And Chocolate Brioche Tarts

These little guys are almost too pretty to eat, but once you taste them, you won’t be able to resist. The orange and chocolate tarts get crisp on the bottom like pie crust, but the brioche makes them doughy on top.

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7. Almond Butter Jam Pancake Poppers

Can we all take a moment to appreciate how cute these Purely Elizabeth pancake poppers are? They may be small, but they’re packed with flavor. You can use any type of jam you like, or better yet, choose multiple flavors for a nice variety.

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8. Rainbow Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Pesto, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and dill (plus a little S&P) come together to marinate classic heirloom tomatoes. Oh, and did we mention the toasted baguette is rubbed with fresh garlic? You’ll have this one on the table in just 15 minutes.

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9. Whole-wheat Feta Tart With Caramelized Onions And Herbs

It’s a little sweet and a little salty—a winning combination. Your guests will think it’s store-bought because that’s how good it tastes (and looks, might we add).

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10. Grilled Peach, Prosciutto And Mozzarella Sandwich

We’ve never met a sandwich we didn’t like, but today, we’re looking for love. And this sammie has us over the moon. Grill up some peaches, add a few slices of prosciutto and some fresh mozzarella and you’ve got yourself a gourmet brunch.

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11. 30-minute Angel Food Cupcakes

Trust us, you aren’t going to want to pass these up. They’re made in just 30 minutes (a rarity for angel food batter) and topped with a sweet homemade strawberry frosting.


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