If you’re hunting for something more than just chocolate eggs for your Easter brunch, you’ve come to the right place. Easter is a holiday that represents hope, new beginnings and a celebration of life. With the help of these healthy and delicious brunch recipes, including some sweet and savory dishes as well as vegan and vegetarian options, you’ll be able to celebrate a beautiful meal with all of your family and friends over the Easter weekend. From Easy Easter Pancake Stacks to Easter Egg Sweet Potato Omelettes (“Omelets” for Americans) and Hidden Easter Egg Fruit Cups, these recipes will help make your Easter brunch joyful and complete in a way that’s both filling and fulfilling.

Recipe: Easy Easter Pancake Stacks Ⓥ (Vegan)

The Deliciously Simple Crowd-Pleaser

Easter Brunch - Pancakes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 small servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole meal flour
  • ½ cup soy milk or nut milk
  • 2 bananas, 1 mashed and 1 sliced
  • 4 passion fruit
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Fresh berries to decorate

Method: 

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine whole meal flour and mashed banana. Mix in cinnamon. Stir in 1 tbsp maple syrup and milk and combine evenly.
  2. Heat oil on pan and spoon mixture on in pikelet (or mini-pancake) sized amounts. When edges caramelize and middle bubbles, flip.
  3. Once cooked through, serve and layer with sliced banana. Then top with passion fruit and remaining honey.
  4. Enjoy!

These Easy Easter Pancake Stacks are best served warm, so aim to make them just as brunch is being served.

Recipe: Homemade Brunch Baked Beans (Vegan)

The Lean but Satisfying Option

Easter Brunch - Baked Beans

Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 large brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 kg (2.2 pounds) tomatoes, washed and chopped
  • 2 tins/cans of borlotti or cranberry beans (can also substitute with pinto or kidney beans)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • Sliced sourdough to serve

 Method:

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil on a pan and add onion. Sauté until golden.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes and stir.
  3. Reduce heat and place lid on pan, stirring occasionally. Cook for approx. 10 minutes or until tomatoes form a sauce.
  4. Add beans and maple syrup. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add 1 tbsp of oil and parsley mix through the sauce.
  6. Toast sliced sourdough. Spoon out baked beans onto sourdough and enjoy!

These Homemade Brunch Baked Bean can be made in advance and stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. Simply reheat before serving and enjoy.

Recipe: Berry Pretty Brunch Parfaits

The Beautiful Antioxidant Potion

Easter Brunch - Parfait

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Greek yoghurt (yogurt)
  • 6 cups mixed berries
  • 2 cup raspberries
  • 2 cups granola
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 4 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • Fresh mint leaves to serve

Method:

  1. In a blender, blend raspberries until smooth. Place in a saucepan over low heat and combine with orange juice, honey and lemon zest. Cook and stir continuously until bubbles and thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Layer mixed berries, yoghurt, raspberry sauce and granola into four parfait glasses. Repeat and top each with fresh mint leaves.
  3. Enjoy!

These Berry Pretty Brunch Parfaits can be made with fresh or frozen berries. They are best served right away but can, however, be kept in the fridge for a short period of time before serving. This recipe can also be made vegan by using coconut or soy yoghurt in place of Greek yoghurt and swapping honey for maple syrup.

Recipe: Easter Brunch Baked Porridge (Vegan)

The Small Price for Nutritious Perfection

Easter Brunch - Porridge

Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain rolled oats
  • 3 cups soy milk
  • ½ cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 4 dried figs, roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp sultanas/golden raisins
  • 4 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • Fresh fruit and coconut yoghurt (yogurt) – to serve

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 175° C/350° F.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large round baking dish and mix.
  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden.
  4. Scoop out into small bowls and serve with fresh fruit and coconut yoghurt.
  5. Enjoy!

This Easter Brunch Baked Porridge can be made in advance and stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. Simply reheat before serving and enjoy.

Recipe: “Easter Egg” Sweet Potato Omelette

The Not-So-Guilty Pleasure

Easter Brunch - Sweet Potato Omelette

Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 6 whole Free Range eggs
  • ¼ cup milk of choice
  • 1 medium brown onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic chives, chopped

Method:

  1. Slice sweet potato into ½ cm (or quarter-inch) thin slices.
  2. Coat sweet potato in 2 tbsp olive oil and place onto a 24 cm diameter (or 10-inch) fry pan, evenly covering the base of pan.
  3. Turn stove on medium heat and place lid on fry pan. Cook until sweet potato is cooked through.
  4. Place the contents of 6 whole eggs (whites and yolks) in a large bowl and whisk. Add milk, onion, carrot, garlic chives and 1 tsp curry. Mix. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and mix.
  5. Pour over cooked sweet potato in pan. Reduce heat to low and cover with lid to cook evenly for approx. 10 min. Take off lid and top with sliced zucchini and remaining curry.
  6. Place under heated grill without lid until top is crispy and golden brown.
  7. Remove from pan, slice and serve.
  8. Enjoy!

To add even more delicious flavor to this recipe, you can sprinkle with a small amount of grated cheese when serving warm.

Recipe: Holy Guacamole (Vegan)

The Finger-Licking Goodness

Easter Brunch - Guacamole

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 large avocados
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small fresh chili, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped coriander
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • Lavash bread, to serve

Method:

  1. Slice avocados in half and remove seeds. Scoop out flesh and place in a bowl.
  2. Roughly mash with a fork. Mix in remaining ingredients.
  3. Serve with lavash bread and enjoy!

If you’re making this recipe ahead of time, use Shepard Avocados (available across Australia), as they won’t brown when sliced and mashed. Keep in a covered container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Otherwise, with some of the most widely available varieties (in the United States, this is the Hass Avocado), you’re best off serving this right away.

Recipe: Hidden Easter Egg Fruit Cups

The Keep-an-Eye-on-the-Kids Egg Hunt

Easter Brunch - Fruit Cup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: As many as you need

Ingredients:

  • Fresh fruit of choice – e.g. pineapple, banana, rockmelon (cantaloupe), strawberries, watermelon, kiwi fruit, orange, mango, grapes
  • Mini Easter eggs
  • Small paper cups

Method:

  1. Wash, peel and slice fruit.
  2. Place 1 mini Easter egg into each paper cup and then fill to the top with fruit salad.
  3. Enjoy!

If you’re making these ahead of time, be sure to include a fruit with vitamin C like pineapple, orange or kiwi, as this will prevent the fruits from browning. Keep the fruit cups in the fridge until they are ready to serve. This recipe can also be made vegan but using vegan chocolate eggs.

Whether you choose to make one or all seven of these Easter Brunch recipes, you’ll be celebrating Easter in style with these nutritious and delicious homemade brunch recipes. They can be served alongside some warm hot cross buns (an Easter specialty at many bakeries), yummy Easter bunny chocolates and a glass or two of wine (with milk for the kids) if desired. Whichever way you choose to celebrate, I hope it’s a lovely time spent savoring good food with family and friends and enjoying each other’s company.

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