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63 Gluten Free Brunch Ideas for Mother’s Day

I just love Mother’s Day brunch! Delicious, light, and easy are what make a perfect menu for a gluten free brunch.  Around here, we usually put in our garden on Mother’s Day. And it feels like the perfect thing to do and like the first day of a new year, which for my garden, it is.  I look for delicious food that is light in texture, flavor, and cooking time. Variety is also a high priority. I’ve created this list for some great ideas for your own Mother’s Day celebrations.  Please note that not all recipes I’ll link are gluten-free. I’m including some items on this list that are not gluten-free but have great ideas. All recipes should be changed for your dietary needs. I have found that changing recipes to make them gluten-free is simple! I’ll add some suggestions below when the recipe isn’t gluten-free as written. Enjoy your Mother’s Day with a gluten free brunch!

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Eggs – Gluten Free Brunch Ideas that Feature Eggs

This is a huge category, amount of available options, and easily gluten free! Narrowing this down to the best options for gluten free brunch was not easy.

Jalapeleno Popper Egg Cups   If you’re looking for something with a little more “pop” and something a little unusual, try these out!

Low Carb Breakfast Wraps  Essentially they are a new way to think about doing omelets. You could follow the recipe or create your own filling.

Shakshuka This dish was one of the favorite brunch dishes I served when I had my food cart. If you haven’t had it before, give it a try before you shoot it down!

Breakfast Quesadilla  This is a fun and playful take for your gluten free brunch!

Leek and Potato Frittata  A great way to elevate eggs and make something special. At Sweet & Savory Thyme, we always applaud the use of fresh herbs.

Prosciutto and Gruyere Quiche  I love finding naturally gluten free recipes! Just make sure that the hashbrowns you get really are gluten free (not all of them are safe!)

Frittaffle  If everyone has different tastes, or you want more variety, these are the way to go. Frittata in a muffin tin so everyone gets their own individual one.

Quichelettes  Another muffin tin recipe, but for quiche. Just make your own gluten free crust.

Breakfast Strata  This is something easy to make ahead and put in the oven just in time for guests!

Eggs Benedict Casserole  This is a great easy option and an easy way to prep ahead of time!

waffles and pancakes are a staple for your gluten free brunch

Waffles and Pancakes – Gluten Free Brunch Ideas that Feature Waffles and Pancakes

Fresh, flavorful, and light – not usually words to describe gluten free bread products. The toppings here really make these special. Use your favorite recipe with these ideas, or follow the ones listed. These can make your gluten free brunch special.

Gingery Lemon Blueberry Pancakes What a fun flavor combination! Definitely worth a try.

Overnight French Toast  I love recipes I can make ahead of time! This one you just throw in the oven when you’re counting down to brunch. 

Pancake Fruit Tarts  This is a great idea for fruit tarts without the hassle of the crust. This recipe is not gluten free so make sure to use your own pancake recipe.

Lemon Elderflower Waffles  If you’re looking for something new to try, this would be a great option! Make sure you do your own waffles since this recipe is not gluten free.

Jalapeno Cornbread Waffles   Mix things up a little bit with these bold flavors in your brunch. 

Sun Dried Tomato Waffles  This is a fun savory way to enjoy waffles. Try adding some garlic butter over the top!

Mashed Potato Waffles  A naturally gluten free waffle and some creative toppings!

Raspberry and Cream Waffles  Topped with greek yogurt and raspberries its a sweet and tangy idea. Just make sure to follow your own favorite waffle recipe, this one is not gluten free. 

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes This is not a gluten free recipe, so make sure that you use your own pancake recipe.

Carrot Cake Pancakes   Another fun version of pancakes to make your gluten free brunch feel extra special.

gluten free brunch needs some baked goods - make them ahead of time for an easy addition on the day

Baked Goods – Gluten Free Brunch Ideas to Bake

Baked goods are a great addition to brunch. Or throw these in the night before and have gluten free brunch ready without any additional prep!

Lemon Ricotta Muffins  Lemon will always bring that fresh flavor and feel to a meal. Something easily made ahead of time and ready when you are.

Cinnamon Rolls  This list wouldn’t be complete without at least one variation of cinnamon rolls. These are based off a weight watchers recipe for a slightly healthier alternative.

Breakfast in a Braid  Prep and make this the night before to pop in the oven before brunch! Not something I’d do in a typical week, but for a special occasion, this is something fun.

Blueberry Muffin  These are a staple for brunch an the list wouldn’t be complete without them. Try adding some lemon zest to the topping of your favorite blueberry muffin recipe for a little more depth.

Raspberry Coffee Cake  Coffee cake with any berries or fruit is a great treat. 

Cheddar Cheese and Chive Scones Another great make ahead recipe!

Zucchini Galette  I love Galettes (guy-ettes)! Sort of like a free-form tart. 

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf  Light, fresh, and delicious. Try adding some mint to the glaze!

Garlic Herb Biscuits  I’m a sucker for fresh herbs. These are a great deviation from the standard. 

Olive and Rosemary Bread  If you’re up for the challenge, bread can be a great addition. But its going to be one of the most time-consuming items on this list. 

Biscuits and Gravy  For something a little heartier, biscuits and gravy are great. Try sauteeing some vegetables and topping it with a fried egg to make it stand out.

salads are a great addition to your gluten free brunch

Salads – Gluten Free Brunch Ideas that Feature Salads

Salads always seem to make the gluten free lists, and why not? They’re typically easy to do, and mostly gluten free! Here are some salad ideas to really kick your gluten free brunch up a notch. 

Watermelon Radish Salad  Here is an idea for a colorful salad to make your table spread beautiful.

Caprese Salad  Naturally gluten free as well as colorful. We did a Caprese salad on the food cart, we even did a strawberry Caprese salad. The sweet and savory notes combined in the cheese and berries were just perfect!

Strawberry Salad  Speaking of strawberries, try them in this salad!

Grilled Pineapple and Chicken Salad  Another salad hitting both the sweet and savory notes. 

Carrot Salad  A bright-colored salad that will be beautiful on your table. And a salad without greens will be a bonus for anyone who doesn’t love them.

Potato Salad  This recipe makes potato salad that is low fat with some added veggies and fresh herbs. 

Breakfast Salad  I’m pretty sure this is the salad they had in mind when they said all salads aren’t healthy. A great way to make it gluten free!

Spring Salad  Another leaf-free salad, it has plenty of great flavors and nutrients. 

Apple Pecan Salad  Another fun variation to have as a salad.

Asparagus Pasta Salad Perfect for this time of year with asparagus in stores or in our gardens. Just make sure you use gluten free pasta. 

Fruit Salad  I love a good fruit salad with brunch, my kids usually eat it up. Plain greek yogurt and some honey are our favorite toppings along with some mint if we have it. 

paninis are a great addition to your gluten free brunch

Lunch – Gluten Free Brunch Ideas that Feel More Like Lunch

Sometimes gluten-free brunch needs more of a mid-day feel. Here are the best recipes for adding that lunch feel to your brunch.

Proscuitto and Asparagus Wraps Add something savory and delicious! Use a gluten free pie dough instead of the puff pastry in the recipe. Or get a gluten free puff pastry from Schar. This recipe as written is not gluten free.  

Lamb Burger  This is an item that is more labor-intensive. But it’s worth it. I had a lamb burger on the food cart and it was one of the most popular items. Try adding red onion, dill, and some other fresh herbs as well!

Berry Brunch Kabobs  This sweet and savory kabob is a great easy way to do brunch. Just make sure your ingredients are all gluten free. There are gluten free donut holes from Katz available in most grocery stores.

BLTs  Bacon. Lettuce. Tomato. Yum. Recipe for happiness around my house, this is easy to convert to gluten free. If you don’t want to use bread, just convert it to a salad.

Prosciutto Arugala Salad Wraps  Some easy to snack on as well as in season!

Prosciutto Crostini with Goat Cheese  This is not a gluten free recipe, make sure you are using gluten free bread. This is a great idea if you are looking for sharing plates rather than meals. 

Peach and Goat Cheese Pita  This is not a gluten free recipe. GFree has some pitas I really enjoyed that will work for this. 

Chicken, Brie, and Apple Panini  I’ve made a sandwich similar to this for years, but I add caramelized onions. And I usually leave off the chicken. Highly recommend trying this flavor combination.

Pesto Chicken Sandwich Another Panini recipe with a different flavor profile. If you don’t have a panini grill at home, you can just grill them dry in a pan.

Tomato and Avocado Grilled Cheese  A great way to elevate your grilled cheese to something that deserves a spot at your brunch table. 

add macarons to your gluten free brunch

Sweet Treats – Add a Sweet Treat to that Gluten-Free Brunch

We couldn’t finish out gluten free brunch list without adding some sweet. After all, what is Sweet & Savory Thyme without a little sugar? Here are the best desserts to go with your gluten free brunch. Easily.

Roasted Stone Fruits with Vanilla It’s hard to find something easier and simpler than this. But the flavors are great and will allow a little sweet treat without the added heaviness of so many desserts.

Orange Creamsicle No-Bake Cheesecake  Easily make this a day ahead of time and bring it out. Make sure to use gluten free graham crackers. 

Lemon Macarons  Macarons are naturally gluten free, so if you’re looking for something to serve gluten-eaters, no one will notice a difference.

Lime Posset with Fresh Raspberries  This is another great make-ahead recipe. 

Strawberry Mousse  This is a nice light idea. Easy to make ahead of time and very light. 

Fruit Pizza  This is a fun idea, especially if you have kids around. This is a gluten free recipe so you can follow the directions for the crust.

Lemon Meringue Bites  These are bite-sized options. Just make the ahead of time and pull them out when it’s time to serve.

Honey Pineapple Lavender Frozen Yogurt Cups  Something a bit special and perfect for a brunch.

Vanilla and Lemon Whipped Cream Roulade  Something that takes a bit more skill, time, and planning. But if you have those and want to show off your skills, this is a fun idea. 

Coconut Milk Panna Cotta with Citrus  Here is a great option for dairy-free.

Deviled Strawberries  Omit the graham crackers or use gluten free ones. This is a great idea for bite-size treats after a meal. 

Have a fabulous Mother’s Day and enoy your gluten free brunch!

Let me know down in the comments if you chose to make anything on this list.

Don’t forget to grab my flour recipe to substitute for any all-purpose or wheat flour in the recipes above. 

If you want to know about gluten-free bread, check out the gluten-free bread list.

New to gluten-free or trying to get started? This is the best place to start.