Vegan Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 10, 2018

Are you doing anything for Mother’s Day this weekend? I’m looking forward to a special Mother’s Day performance at Adriana’s school. Earlier this week Adriana said, “I made something for you Mommy, but IT’S A MOTHER’S DAY SURPRISE! I can’t tell you!!” Then, two seconds later: “It’s a homemade oven mitt!” Toddlers’ lack of impulse control just cracks me up, lol. (She may or may not have been singing me the Mother’s Day performance song all week long, too!) We’ll probably do something laid-back like brunch and a visit to the park with friends on Sunday (although I don’t know what Eric has planned). I hope your weekend is fun and filled with good food! Read on for some of my fave brunch recipe ideas…

1. Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

With a little night-before prep, you can have these dreamy cinnamon rolls baking away while mama is still in bed catching zzz’s.

2. New Mama Glo Bars

Loaded with ground flax, oats, sesame seeds, and coconut oil, my no-bake New Mama Glo Bars are perfect for anybody celebrating their first Mother’s Day this year. (But these addictive bars are sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all!)  

3. Vegan Banana Bread

I’ve heard from so many of you who have made and loved my vegan banana bread—the recipe has almost 650 comments to date! I can’t say I blame you…it’s a big winner in our house as well (a loaf barely makes it through the day) and requires just 10 minutes of prep work, too. Just be sure to get a head start on this recipe if you’re serving it for brunch as you’ll need an hour for the loaf to bake and cool. This recipe will always have a special place in my heart because I developed and photographed it while 9 months pregnant with Arlo!

4. Sun-Dried Tomato, Mushroom, and Spinach Tofu Quiche

For a savoury brunch addition, try my protein-packed tofu quiche with a delicious oat and almond press-in crust. Feel free to play around with whatever veggies you have on hand,  too—asparagus, peas, and broccoli are a nice trio for spring.

5. A Simple Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Use up the last of your winter squash with this 5-ingredient butternut squash salad. I love how just a few ingredients can come together to make such a lovely side dish for brunch! (And plant-powered bonus points for the quinoa’s hearty protein boost.)

6. Family Size Reset Button Green Smoothie (Oh She Glows Every Day, p. 25)

Get the whole family in on some energizing green smoothie lovin’ with this tropical fruit-packed smoothie fit to feed a crowd!

7. Heavenly Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

This oatmeal has all the irresistible sweet-spicy flavours of traditional carrot cake without any refined sugar, plus leftovers freeze like a dream (though I doubt there’ll be any!). You can even prep it the night before so all you have to do the next morning is pop it in the oven to bake.

8. Vanilla-Cinnamon Almond Milk

This is my go-to homemade almond milk recipe. It’s delightful served in a smoothie, with cereal or granola, foamed up for a latte, or in a glass all on its own! You could also use it in my Heavenly Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal (shown above) for an extra pop of creamy vanilla goodness.

9. Cherry-Strawberry Chia Seed Fool with Vanilla Bean Coconut Whipped Cream

These creamy, dreamy, vegan berry fools are a cinch to whip up! Pop your coconut milk cans in the fridge the day before to solidify the cream, or make the coconut whipped cream a couple days ahead and store it in the fridge to help things come together even more quickly morning of!

10. Raspberry Mousse Chia Bowl (The Oh She Glows Recipe App: iOS/Android)

I love the bright pink colour of this gorgeous vegan raspberry mousse, and it’s amazing swirled into a hearty chia bowl for brunch. Top bowls with your favourite fruit and a dollop of coconut whipped cream! It’s also fun layered in small glasses for chia pudding parfaits.

Photo credit, top photo, photo #5, photo #6: Ashley McLaughlin.  

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Erika May 10, 2018 at 8:02 am

Hi Angela – thanks for sharing this great round up of recipes! I actually have a very unrelated question for you. I remember from reading your pregnancy posts that you suffered from some rough rib pain. Did you find that anything helped with relief or did it happen to go away at any point before delivery? Fellow pregnant rib pain sufferer here! Thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2018 at 12:58 pm

Hey Erika, Oh no, I’m so sorry you’re suffering from it too! I had it with both of my pregnancies, though not as bad the second time around. I joked to Eric that my ribs had already stretched during the first pregnancy. ;) I remember it being really annoying as I couldn’t get relief while I had it. I found I would have to lie down on the couch or sometimes I would (gently) ice the area. I also found that when I had to sit I would try to sit with very good posture as bad posture made the rib pain worse (hard to do while pregnant, though, heh). Another thing I tried was osteopathy…I did get a bit of relief from treatments (my osteopath is a miracle worker). The good news is that the pain did improve over the course of my pregnancy once my body accommodated for the growth/expansion then I think it got a bit worse near the end. :) I hope yours improves soon too!

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Angela May 10, 2018 at 2:11 pm

Your banana bread recipe is my favourite of all banana bread recipes I’ve tried to date! Cooks perfectly, with no burnt edges and still raw middle.
Made a loaf on Saturday night and it hardly made it to Sunday afternoon :)
Happy Mother’s Day!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2018 at 9:17 am

I’m so glad you love it!! I hear you on it barely making it to the next day. :)

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Suzan J May 12, 2018 at 7:02 pm

This was incredibly helpful! The cinnamon rolls are definitely happening tomorrow!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 13, 2018 at 7:09 am

Thanks Suzan…hope you enjoy them!

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Maria Koutsogiannis May 13, 2018 at 6:05 pm

Ohhh! i’ll need to try making some of these. Looks so good!

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Aria May 16, 2018 at 10:17 am

Hi Ángela,

Thank you for the post. I love easy snacks especially when traveling with family. I do have a question I am new mom to a 1 year old girl and I am transitioning her to milk. As a vegan mom what kind of milk (if any) did you give your kids? Did you find it difficult to find suitable substitutions? I asked people but the comments towards raising a baby vegan are not always the best. Thanks for any response you can give me.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 17, 2018 at 8:06 am

Hi Aria, Oh I can so relate to your struggles with this! It’s not easy. My kids took a long time to even drink a bit of milk (I wasn’t super concerned as they nursed for a long time…Arlo is still nursing actually), but we offer a variety of fortified plant milks as well as organic goats milk from a local farm.

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Monica Kumar May 16, 2018 at 3:40 pm

Hi Angela. Love you! My Favourite way to make coffee is a Mellita pour over cone. All you need is the cone (that ways nothing), paper filter, hot water and a mug and it makes the most perfect cup of coffee. I travel with one wherever I go. Can’t risk no coffee, or worse, bad coffee!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 17, 2018 at 6:47 am

haha I totally agree with you! I love this method and will try it soon. :)

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Monica Kumar May 16, 2018 at 3:41 pm

Oh My Gosh! The cone (that weighs nothing). Oops!

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Eleanor May 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Not related to this post other than it being May 2-4, but was excited and wanted to share — I was making your creamy potato salad from your first cookbook for a bbq tonight (yeah…we’ll be barbecuing in rain and 10 degrees, but we’re Canadian too and wouldn’t have it any other way). I headed over to Mama Earth Organics a little later as I was super-excited that the spring produce season is finally kicking in, and in their prepared foods section I found something that looks very much like your potato salad! I guess their new chef is a fan too :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 25, 2018 at 9:23 am

Oh I know of Mama Earth organics…that’s funny! I love that recipe! Hope you had a fun long weekend Eleanor :)

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Amanda June 3, 2018 at 9:16 am

Hi Angela,

I was wondering if you have any ideas how to make your cinnamon rolls gluten-free?

I was recently diagnosed with a digestive disease October 2017 and I no longer am able to ingest gluten. I dream of your cinnamon roll recipe but am not sure how to modify–if you have any tips that would be much appreciated :)

I also wanted to say that I appreciate how many of your recipes are already gluten-free! It has made my transition a lot easier–although I already miss your recipes with spelt flour, especially your mile high pumpkin cupcakes with spiced buttercream frosting from OSG everyday ;)
Amanda

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 5, 2018 at 8:16 am

Hey Amanda, Aw thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so glad you’re enjoying so many of my GF recipes!
As for making the rolls gluten-free, I haven’t tried it yet but I know some readers have (and shared what they did in the comments) so I would start there for ideas. Sorry I can’t help you more!

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