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Healthy Brunch Recipes

This roundup includes all of favorite vegan recipes for hosting or attending brunch! Check out the complete list for french toast, scones, cinnamon rolls, and (of course) festive cocktails.

The Best Healthy Brunch Recipes (Drinks, Salads, Baked Goods, and More)

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Asparagus Ricotta Galette

Make this Asparagus Ricotta Galette for your next brunch – it’s the perfect recipe to celebrate spring! Layered with a flavorful vegan ricotta and topped with savory herbs and roasted asparagus, it’s elegant, light, and festive. 

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Plant-Based Zucchini Bread

This Plant-Based Zucchini Bread Recipe is a simple snack that’s perfect for using up fresh squash! It’s customizable and whole grain.

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Perfect Vegan Strawberry Shortcake

This recipe is ready in just 20 minutes! It’s a great spring or summer dessert idea filled with fresh, bright berries and fluffy coconut whipped cream.

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How to Make Vegan English Muffins

The simplest recipe for Vegan English Muffins, made with just 6 ingredients! These are full of classic flavor and delicious when toasted (with butter + jam) or on a breakfast sandwich.

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Bakery-Style Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Full of zesty lemon flavor, crunchy poppy seeds, and a berry jam glaze, this healthy snack will transport you straight to springtime. 

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Fluffy Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

These Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls are ready in under 2 hours and full of cozy cinnamon sugar flavor! Made with just 8 ingredients, they’re a perfect recipe for brunch or an evening dessert.

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Fluffy Vegan Scones

Vegan scones are delicious breakfast treats that feel fancy but are ready in less than 30 minutes! Fluffy, soft, and totally customizable with add-ins like berries and nuts, this will be your new favorite brunch option.

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French Toast Sticks

These Homemade French Toast Sticks with Cinnamon Sugar are a nostalgic + healthier version of the classic cafeteria breakfast! Made totally vegan and easily gluten-free, this recipe is a breeze to make and a hit with adults and kids alike.

crispy golden baked croissant with strawberries and mint

Cinnamon Crunch Croissant French Toast

This Cinnamon Crunch Croissant French Toast is what brunch dreams are made of! We’re coating store-bought pastries in sweet cinnamon-sugar topping and then baking them until crisp and golden.

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Fluffy Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

These vegan pumpkin pancakes are so fluffy and will be your new favorite fall breakfast! Full of cozy spices like cinnamon and topped with maple syrup, they’re ready in just 15 minutes.

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Carrot Cake Waffles

These Vegan Carrot Cake Waffles are perfectly festive for spring and full of cozy flavors! They’re great for brunch or breakfast in bed and reheat beautifully during the week (when toasted, of course).

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Strawberry Quinoa Salad

This Strawberry Quinoa Salad is a perfect summer side dish, full of fresh berries, creamy avocado, bright mint, and high-protein quinoa, it’s satisfying and quick to make.

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Arugula Fennel Salad

This Arugula Fennel Salad is a bright and zesty addition to any fall or winter table! Peppery arugula leaves are coated in a citrus dressing and then topped with chopped dates, orange wedges, sliced fennel, and tangy feta (vegan as needed). Ready in 10 minutes!

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Crisp Sesame Cucumber Salad

This Sesame Cucumber Salad is the perfect no-cook side dish for any summer meals! Refreshing to eat and full of toasted sesame flavor, this simple side is ready in minutes and looks beautiful on any table. Easily vegan and gluten-free!

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Creamy Pesto Potato Salad

This Creamy Pesto Potato Salad is the perfect picnic side! Made with crispy roasted potatoes and a simple basil pesto, it’s a breeze to throw together and a great pair for burgers, grilled vegetables and more.

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Iced Coffee Shake

This 5-Ingredient Iced Coffee Shake is perfectly sweet and nutty! Made with dates and fresh coffee or espresso, this perky blend is frothy like a milkshake and totally dairy-free.

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Carrot Bloody Mary

Mix up a new brunch drink with this recipe for a Carrot Bloody Mary! Swapping tomato juice for carrot juice lends a subtle sweetness to this classic savory cocktail. Refreshing and very drinkable!

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Blood Orange Screwdriver

This Blood Orange Screwdriver Cocktail recipe makes the most out of bright red winter citrus! This super-simple base recipe includes a nonalcoholic option to please everyone at your next brunch. 

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Sparkling Rosé French 75

This Sparkling Rosé French 75 Cocktail Recipe is colorful and easy to make! A twist on a traditional drink recipe, this replaces champagne with sparkling pink wine for a light and pretty beverage with minimal ingredients.

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Rhubarb Shrub (and Cocktail)

This Rhubarb Shrub Recipe is a perfect way to celebrate spring flavors. Made with just a few simple ingredients, it is a fresh, tart, and bright addition to many drinks (alcoholic or non).

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Carrot Ginger Turmeric Juice

Carrot Ginger Turmeric Juice is bright, refreshing, and full of anti-inflammatory ingredients! Ready in just about 5 minutes, it’s a great morning treat that is very hydrating. It’s inspired by the version from Trader Joe’s and no juicer is required!

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How to Make Mimosas (Tips + Variations)

Learn how to make Mimosas, an ideal brunch cocktail option that’s infinitely customizable! This recipe shows the perfect wine to juice ratio for mimosas and details some top tips and fun variations. A classic cocktail recipe with virgin options included!

Tips for Hosting or Attending a Casual (& Healthy) Brunch

Brunch is the most festive meal for entertaining. There’s something about combining two meals really maximizes the fun you can have! Not to mention, the wonderful drink selection that tends to coincide with plates of both sweet and savory foods. On the best brunch menus, you never need to choose just one or the other!

This roundup includes all of my favorite recipes for a casual but FUN brunch celebration. Whether you’re hosting it yourself or heading over to a family member or friend’s house, selecting a few of these is a surefire way to treat loved ones to something special.

What are some ways to keep hosting brunch stress-free?

Delegate! If you are the person hosting, assign each guest one meal “category,” such as salads, sweet main, savory main, baked good, etc. This will ensure a wide variety of courses and also helps attendees feel useful.

What is something good to bring to a brunch party?

Anything that is easily sharable and does not need to be refrigerated is a good start. As a guest, you can’t always assume there will be additional space to store items prior to eating. Most of the recipes included in this list are easy to prep ahead!

What is a good nonalcoholic drink for a brunch menu?

Many classic cocktails such as Screwdrivers and Bloody Marys can easily be made alcohol-free by substituting sparkling water or juice in place of liquor.

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About the Author

Emily (Frigon) Meyers is the founder of Garlic Head, a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets while saving time and money. She is a lifelong vegetarian and 10+ year vegan. Garlic Head does not focus on labels - it focuses on creating food that everyone can enjoy.

Emily earned a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University along with degrees in Economics, Spanish, and Global Sustainability from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been featured on numerous podcasts and websites including The Food Institute, VegNews, Buzzfeed, and the Boston Globe.

Meet Emily here.

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