My oldest son (now 6!) is in a stage where he’s eager to help prepare meals. He loves the responsibility that comes with cutting a banana, washing an apple, or placing salad greens on a plate. And more than that, he loves to “treat” people by surprising them with a homemade card or a wrapped present of one of his prized possessions. So, when I told him he could help us make a Mother’s Day brunch for the grandmas, he was ecstatic and instantly ran to grab a pen and paper to write down everything we would make.
No shame here, apples are going to be a big star of our Mother’s Day brunch. My need to eat apples all year comes with the territory of working at a fruit company, but the fact that apples are versatile and easy to find at stores makes them an easy choice for anyone to incorporate them into any meal. I know people that grill apples often in the summer, use the fruit as a natural sweetener when baking, and of course, I personally love to have apples on hand to create a healthy juice or smoothie.
With Mother’s Day almost here, I wanted to share some ways you can incorporate apples into your Mother’s Day brunch menu. Hopefully these Mother’s Day brunch ideas offer inspiration as you get ready to celebrate the amazing women in your life.
Apple Coffee Cake: If coffee isn’t part of your mom’s morning routine, then her kids must be grown and out of the house! Kidding aside, this coffee cake from Allie at Baking a Moment is incredible. I made it last spring for a bridal shower I attended. It screams the flavors of spring and is equally dense and moist thanks to delicious Pink Lady® apples.
Apple Granola with Yogurt: My homemade apple chai spice granola is the perfect crunchy topper for Greek yogurt, sliced Piñata® apples, and a drizzle of honey. Serve this in a build-your-own form for brunch.
Apple French Toast Bake: I love to bake and King Arthur Flour is my preferred brand. I make their blueberry pancakes most weekends and can’t wait to try this make-ahead Apple French Toast.
Healthy Waldorf Salad: Can you call it a brunch if you don’t serve Waldorf salad? This lightened up version combines classic flavors without all the calories to help balance out the rest of the meal.
Apple Roses: If you like a challenge, make the flower of love in edible form with Golden Delicious apples! Mom will be impressed with your skills and they taste as good as they look.
Charcuterie Board: Building a board of fruits, meats, and gourmet cheeses is a great way to fancy up your brunch and feed a crowd.
Spring Smoothie with Apples: You know I had to include a smoothie in this round-up. This apple, strawberry and basil smoothie hides good-for-you greens and is a bright, refreshing drink to sip on during brunch.
Happy Mother’s Day!