Planning an Easter brunch feast? There’s no better way to celebrate this holiday than by sharing a special meal with loved ones, and this collection of crowd favorites is sure to have at least a few options for everyone. From sweet to savory, we’ve got you covered. And don’t worry—this list is good for more than just brunch. A couple of these recipes make a perfect spring weather snack, and most can be adapted for dinner too.
Of course, a lot of the popular Easter dishes are indulgent, but there’s no reason you can’t replicate those rich, satisfying flavors without animal ingredients or added fats. So read on for inspiration! These plant-based brunch recipe ideas might just become holiday favorites.
Easter Recipe Round-up
Easy Buckwheat Waffles
These naturally gluten-free waffles are light, crispy, nutritious, and so easy to make. Double or triple the batch and freeze extras for a healthy breakfast on the go.
This simple dish can be adapted to your taste—choose whichever veggies make you happy! It’s also a great option to make ahead of time, as it’s just as good the next day. The turmeric and nutritional yeast give it a vibrant color that’s perfect for a springtime holiday brunch.
Tropical Green Smoothie Bowl
This green smoothie bowl is packed with refreshing, tropical flavors and bursting with antioxidants. Enjoy the wonderful health benefits of ginger—which adds a subtle touch of zest—while enjoying this special treat.
Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes
These lemon poppy seed pancakes are packed with good-for-you ingredients and a splash of that refreshing citrus flavor that you know and love. They even contain an unconventional surprise: sweet potatoes!
Almond Butter and Blueberry Sweet Potato Toast
This is a craveable, nutrient-dense breakfast. Sweet potatoes contain vitamins B6, C, and D and are full of potassium, magnesium, and carotenoids (which boost immunity to disease). This powerhouse meal hits an even higher nutritional level when topped with blueberries and almond butter.
Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Scalloped potatoes might not be something that many people would associate with healthy plant-based eating, but there’s no reason why they can’t be. This rich and creamy dish is wholesome, but also the epitome of comfort food.
Apple Fig Arugula Salad
The peppery arugula, toasted pecans, and mix of tart and sweet fruits in this salad make it a perfect accompaniment for any dish. Or it can be a quick, easy meal when cooking seems like too much work.
Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Enchiladas are essentially baked burritos—rolled tortillas filled with savory, tasty fillings, then baked with salsa. The cumin and coriander in this dish give the enchiladas a warm, savory flavor and a great aroma.
Baked Tomatoes with Lentils
Compared to other dried beans, lentils cook quickly and easily. They work well in stuffings and loaves. I especially like them with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and oregano. To make a heartier stuffing, I like to use whole grain bread crumbs.
Quinoa Chickpea Biryani
Biryani is a traditional Indian dish that is very popular throughout South Asia and around the world. It is typically prepared with rice, but in this delicious WFPB version of the dish, we use quinoa.
Potato rolls have a softer, moister texture than the traditional dinner rolls you might be used to, and they’re versatile enough to go with almost any meal you would normally eat with bread.
Plant-Based Carrot Cake
The warm autumn spices—cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg—give this carrot cake a delicate spiced fragrance and an earthy sweetness that’s just right. But don’t let that limit you! This delicious cake is great all year round.
Guilt-Free Chocolate Granola
Granola can be eaten for breakfast or as a snack. And while commercial varieties are usually loaded with sugar and oil, this version is guilt-free and delicious.
Oat & Apricot Bars
These fruit and grain bars are free of processed sugar but full of flavor. They make a great snack on the road when healthy options are hard to find, and they are also one of the least messy treats you can give to kids in the car!
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