More than 30 Easter Brunch Recipes to inspire your weekend celebrations, from pancakes and waffles to breakfast casseroles and fruit salads. Throw the ultimate Easter breakfast with these delicious ideas and helpful tips!
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I’m a brunch fanatic, so when Easter rolls around, it’s time to shine! I always found it a pity that more holidays aren’t associated with a giant brunch spread. Normalize brunch at Christmas! Brunch at Thanksgiving! Who’s with me?
Needless to say, I’ve waited all year for the big brunch buffet, and I love nothing more than a long table full of breakfast food. For that reason, I came up with the ultimate list of Easter brunch ideas.
What Do You Eat on Easter Sunday?
Like other holidays, Easter is often associated with particular foods. And many traditional Easter dishes date back hundreds of years! You’ll often find a few usual suspects on the table come Easter Sunday:
Lamb. Lamb is one of the most well-known Easter meats, since it’s also often associated with springtime. Roasted lamb is the main dish at Jewish Passover and is a traditional main dish on Easter Sunday.
Ham. An Easter ham is another tradition that grew popular in America, where eating lamb isn’t as common.
Eggs. Not just for decorating, hard-boiled eggs are a popular breakfast choice for Easter weekend.
Hot Cross Buns. The white crosses on top of hot crossed buns are symbolic of the crucifix. Traditionally eaten on Good Friday, hot cross buns have become a side dish served on Easter Sunday, too!
How Do You Plan a Brunch Menu?
Since brunch combines breakfast and brunch, aim for a menu that brings out the best in both! Think egg dishes, fresh ingredients, a balance between sweet and savory, and something for dessert. Of course, there will be coffee and tea, and a brunch cocktail never fails to round a perfect brunch spread.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning your brunch menu:
- Try to include a wide variety of types of food: high protein, healthy dishes mingled with sugar-laden coffee cakes and donuts, next to coffee, juice, punch and water (because I’m saving my sugar calories for that french toast bake).
- Cut fruit and make fruit salads just a couple of hours before serving. They just don’t last like we would like them too!
- Choose a few dishes that can be made up to 24 hours ahead, and some that need to be cut or cooked fresh. This way you won’t be scrambling on the big day doing everything simultaneously. Casseroles are great dishes that can be prepped completely in advance.
My Favorite Easter Brunch Ideas
A round up of 30 of my favorite brunch ideas for Easter, from sweet pastries to savory quiches, breakfast casseroles and more!
This is the best cinnamon buns recipe, ever! Super soft cinnamon rolls soaked with a decadent caramel sauce and smothered in a sweet cream cheese icing. Talk about sweetening things up at brunch!
If you’ve never made French toast in your crock pot before, prepare to be enlightened! This overnight breakfast casserole is as sweet as they come, flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. Wake up Easter morning with your main dish sorted!
Of course, we can’t forget hot cross buns. This classic Easter recipe for spiced buns with their distinctive white cross are symbolic of the holiday in more ways than one. Whip up a batch of these light, fluffy, tasty hot cross buns and bask in tradition a bit this year.
Monkey bread is ideal for sharing, and this recipe featuring pull-apart bread pieces rolled in lemon sugar is perfect for a springtime brunch.
Lemons and blueberries join forces in this easy bread recipe. Plus, this loaf has a secret under the surface – cream cheese! This flavor combo cannot be beat, and I can’t wait to smear butter over a warm slice of this lemon bread at brunch.
Bursting with fresh blueberries and topped with a delightful crumbly brown sugar crunch, this simple but delicious coffee cake is perfect with a cup of coffee (or a brunchtime mimosa!).
This homemade fruit salad skips the pudding mix, and features beautiful fresh fruit tossed with a homemade vanilla dressing! A creamy and refreshing fruit salad is the perfect way to welcome spring at your Easter brunch table!
A light and fluffy, perfectly seasoned egg base is filled with ham, cheese, and green onions for a perfect Easter brunch dish. This ham quiche recipe is easy to make using store bought or homemade pie crust, either way it tastes delicious!
Bust out the best Easter brunch recipe with this homemade quiche. Inspired by a fully loaded baked potato recipe, this easy quiche is loaded with flavor! Brimming with bacon, ham, cheese, hashbrowns and bright pops of green onions.
Tater tots get a revamp in this delicious breakfast casserole! A layer of meat, veggies, and cheese gets topped with a layer of tater tots that bake up golden in the oven. This casserole is crispy and hearty and easy to make for brunch!
This baked donut recipe is filled with blueberries and insanely delicious lemon flavor. Impress your Easter guests with a batch of these babies for a light and citrusy sweet treat!
An easy recipe for pancakes made with nutritious whole wheat, these are super tasty and hearty. These are the most fluffy flapjacks that you can make ahead and freeze before the big day, making this one of my best Easter brunch ideas.
Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Ripple
This tantalizing sour cream coffee cake has just the right amount of tang infused with a delightful cinnamon rippled throughout. A moist, tender crumb makes this a perfectly satisfying easy breakfast or dessert.
Carrot cake in donut form is just as delicious as it sounds! All the familiar flavors of a classic carrot cake come alive in this easy homemade donut recipe, complete with a smear of sweet cream cheese frosting!
A traditional quiche recipe that never fails to impress at my brunch table, this easy quiche Lorraine is just so creamy and full of flavor. Made with bacon, cheese, and sautéed onions, this recipe is loaded with rich flavor!
All your favorite tropical fruits come together in this Hawaiian-inspired, homemade fruit salad. Made with mango, banana, pineapple, oranges, and kiwi, covered in a zesty honey lime dressing and dotted with crispy bites of toasted coconut.
Blueberry Overnight French Toast Bake
This overnight French toast is irresistible inside and out, with creamy, custardy filling speckled with blueberries and crunchy baked oat topping! An easy breakfast bake that you can put together the night before.
Raspberry Cheesecake Stuffed Brioche French Toast
Where to begin with this stuffed brioche French toast? This homemade French toast is filled with raspberry amaretto preserves, contrasted by tangy cream cheese and then drowned in maple syrup. It’s all my brunch dreams wrapped into one!
Classic, light yet decadent chocolate crepes look like art on the plate! This is an easy recipe that never fails, ready to be topped with all your favorite crepe toppings.
Breakfast Fruit Tarts with Granola Crust
These adorable breakfast fruit tarts feature a crunchy granola crust filled with creamy yogurt and homemade lemon curd. Pile these up with your favorite fruits and you have a beautiful brunch canapé that’s perfect for spring!
Cinnamon butter is so easy to make and the payoff is endless! You’ll be smearing this delectable butter infused with warm spice over everything at brunch.
Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing
Everybunny loves carrot cake at Easter, and these decadent carrot cake cinnamon rolls are the ultimate sweet treat to crack out at brunch! Soft and moist cinnamon buns flavored like carrot cake and topped with cream cheese frosting.
Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake Casserole
For those of you expecting a larger crowd this Easter, this one’s for you! This fluffy buttermilk pancake casserole is filled with blueberries and ready to be dished up to loads of happy guests.
A shortcut to your favorite cinnamon roll flavor, in bite sized form. Pass these sweet bites around the table for an adorable and delicious Easter finger food.
Orange Berry Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
A refreshing and simple fruit salad made with bright mandarin oranges and juicy berries, tossed in a poppyseed dressing. A sweet treat that keeps things light!
Zesty lemons and blueberries steal the show underneath a layer of cream cheese icing with this easy coffee cake recipe. A perfect brunch idea to make from scratch with all the best springtime flavors!
Small Batch Meyer Lemon Scones
Is your Easter celebration a brunch for two? Try this simple scone recipe featuring sweet Meyer lemons on for size. If you love citrus flavor, you’re going to love these crumbly lemon scones!
Perfecting the omelet is easier than you might think! Follow this easy step-by-step to learn how to make the best fluffy omelet, right in time for brunch.
Subtly flavored like coconut with a decadently moist crumb, this easy bread recipe is like a taste of the tropics in every bite. Frosted with cream cheese glaze and sprinkled with toasted coconut for an extra burst of coconut flavor!
You can make bistro-worthy egg bites right at home in your Instant Pot! These bite-sized breakfast cups are super tasty and so easy to customize with your favorite add-ins.
I love all of your brunch ideas, every one of them look amazing! You are such an inspiration to so many people ( not to mention a great writer) and I hope you keep on creating new recipes and doing what you love .
The Recipe Rebel says
Hi Nicole! Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!
Don’t feel these are “brunch” sustainable foods. And there are only sweets. Not all are good for a brunch
The Recipe Rebel says
Hi Chrissy! I would suggest to take another peek at the list! I’ve got three types of quiche, a hash brown casserole, and two different egg dishes on the list that is anything from sweet! Of course, this is just a small list of possibilities for brunch!