25 Easy Make-Ahead Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

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This Mother’s Day, why not skip the store-bought stuff and enjoy a handmade holiday complete with a few wholesome make-ahead Mother’s Day brunch recipes?

The founder of America’s Mother’s Day, Julia Ward Howe, eventually opposed the holiday she created because she regretted how commercialized it had become. And I wholeheartedly agree. Because while moms love cards and flowers, everyone over the age of four knows that what moms love best is something you made with your own two hands. So this Mother’s Day, break out the construction paper and glue and make your own card, pick some flowers from the backyard, and get in the kitchen and rattle those pots and pans.

You’ll want to make as much in advance as you can. Not only does it make your life easier, a little foresight shows you care and makes it clear this isn’t something you threw together at the last minute. Here are 25 scrumptious recipes you can make ahead of time for a brunch that will show that special lady how much you care:

Strawberry Baked French Toast 1 of 25
Baked French toast is essentially bread pudding except you get to have it for breakfast, and that is totally awesome.

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Pain au Chocolat 2 of 25
Shhhhh! Don't tell, but flaky homemade pain au chocolat is a total cinch to make at home. Just get some pre-made puff pastry dough, add a little (good) chocolate, and bake. That was easy, wasn't it?

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Coffee & Doughnut Bread Pudding 3 of 25
It's the eternal dilemma: you want doughnuts but need them to be even more decadent and substantial. Well, here you go. This coffee and doughnut bread pudding is a cinch to create and makes for a deliciously over-the-top brunch recipe.

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Blueberry Baked Oatmeal 4 of 25
Looking for a no-fail recipe that's easy, healthy, and incredibly delicious? Of course you are. Once you try this baked blackberry oatmeal, you’ll never want to have anything else for breakfast again.

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Kale and Cheddar Strata 5 of 25
Make up a savory treat for your Mother's Day brunch with this melt-in-your-mouth kale and cheddar strata.

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Strawberry Banana Bread 6 of 25
This easy banana bread recipe also happens to be delicious. Kids can really get into this one too! Have them help you mash the banana or stir in the strawberries.

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Blueberry Lime Buckle 7 of 25
Buckles are a classic quick cake that's perfect for brunch. This buckle highlights the flavors of blueberry and lime, and features an irresistible streusel topping.

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Toasted Coconut Granola 8 of 25
Look, it may not seem like a little homemade granola is going to make mom's day, but trust me, it is. Make up a batch of this in secret and surprise her with a cup of yummy granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit, and this will definitely be a Mother's Day to remember!

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Cornmeal Buttermilk Waffles with Strawberries 9 of 25
Cornmeal lends a bit of nuttiness and texture to traditional waffles, and these cornmeal waffles are terrific with any number of seasonal fruits. And, it's a little-known secret that cornmeal waffles reheat beautifully, so try making these the night before and reheating them by spreading them out on a baking sheet and heating in a 350 F oven for seven to 10 minutes.

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Blueberry Lemon Scones 10 of 25
These buttery scones make the most out of the classic blueberry and lemon combo. Just the thing to complement a little coffee and fruit for breakfast in bed.

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Big Crumb Rhubarb Coffee Cake 11 of 25
This moist and delicious coffee cake recipe features tangy seasonal rhubarb!

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Blueberry Cornbread Muffins 12 of 25
These eye-catching blueberry cornmeal muffins are a wonderful complement to a bacon and egg breakfast. Best of all, they are a snap to whip up the night before!

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Lemon Blueberry Baked Oatmeal 13 of 25
No matter what the occasion, this is always one of my favorite breakfast recipes. With big bursts of fresh blueberries and toothsome oatmeal, this effortless recipe is perfect for Mother's Day brunch.

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Apple Blood Orange Buckle 14 of 25
This sweet and tangy buckle has a citrusy crumb topping that any mom will delight in.

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Meyer Lemon Almond Cake 15 of 25
This sweet and nutty quick cake is topped with a tangy glaze made with real Meyer lemons.

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Clementine Olive Oil Cake 16 of 25
Cake batter made with olive oil yields a lovely crumb. This easy olive oil cake is infused with the quietly-sweet tang of real clementines.

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Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake 17 of 25
This moist and delicious coffee cake takes a lighter and healthier approach to the traditional coffee cake, and mom is going to be totally down with that.

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Savory Breakfast Casserole 18 of 25
With plenty of eggs, cheese, and sausage, this savory breakfast casserole is guaranteed to hit the spot.

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Mushroom and Leek Quiche 19 of 25
Quiche feels fancy, but is actually pretty simple to make. If you're a newbie to homemade crusts, keep in mind that practice makes perfect. If all else fails, save a little time and effort with a pre-made crust.

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Kumquat & Clementine Coffee Cake 20 of 25
This easy-to-make coffee cake is studded with the unique flavors of kumquat and clementine.

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Baked Pear Vanilla Oatmeal 21 of 25
The flavors of comforting pear and real vanilla bean meld beautifully in this pear vanilla baked oatmeal recipe.

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Tiny Maple Walnut Coffee Cakes 22 of 25
These little maple walnut coffee cakes are sweet, nutty, and totally satisfying.

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Nutella Baked Oatmeal 23 of 25
Turn a classic baked oatmeal into a nutty, chocolatey treat with this simple Nutella baked oatmeal recipe.

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Cinnamon Swirl Buttermilk Muffins 24 of 25
These tangy and light cinnamon swirl muffins feature real buttermilk and a generous swirl of cinnamon. Warmed, with a big pat of butter, they are the perfect complement to a steamy mug of mom's favorite tea.

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Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast 25 of 25
Apples and cinnamon are fantastic in this puddling-like baked French toast!

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