Though seasons may change, one thing in life always remains constant: our unabiding love for brunch. And since change is an important part of any relationship, the new season means that it is time to leave behind old favorites in favor of some new, delicious spring brunch recipes. Winter has passed, and that means more fresh produce is readily available — so you can make the most of it via the best meal of the week.
All of the most unique brunch recipes have a few things in common: they make the most of unexpected flavors, they make this morning meal feel deliciously indulgent, and they think outside of the box. Lemon poppy seed crepes? Sounds amazing. Breakfast pasta? Sign me up! There’s so much more to brunch than plain pancakes and eggs, and whether you’re a devotee to French toast recipes or you always gravitate towards savory dishes, you’re bound to find something new to try.
Plenty of in-season spring vegetables can easily work their way into brunch recipes; consider asparagus and artichokes as oft-underrated ingredients. But fruits like berries and lemons are always crowd-pleasers, too. From savory to sweet, these 18 brunch recipes make the best of the season — and they’re sure to start your day off right.
1. Roasted Strawberry And Rhubarb Yogurt Parfaits
Honey-roasted strawberries and rhubarb are the right mix of tangy and sweet to add some oomph to your favorite plain yogurt. Cookie and Kate adds homemade granola to the mix to make it even more filling.
2. Asparagus, Peas, And Smoked Gouda Frittata
A mix of green vegetables and nutty gouda makes for an incomparable savory breakfast that's also remarkably fresh. Averie Cooks knows how to please a crowd.
3. Cacao Nib And Strawberry Vegan Waffles
As we creep towards warmer weather, there's nothing like juicy strawberries to start your day off on the right foot. Love and Lemons' vegan waffles are something we can all get behind.
4. Lemon Poppy Seed Crepes
Lighter-than-air crepes are somehow even better with the citrus touch. A Cozy Kitchen throws in poppy seeds for a unique texture and serves 'em with plenty of juicy blueberries.
5. Blackberry Vanilla Bread Pudding
With a custardy interior and a crusty outside, bread pudding makes for a cozy brunch. A Spicy Perspective adds ripe blackberries for bursts of sweetness.
6. Artichoke, Kale, And Ricotta Pie
In-season artichoke adds a Mediterranean twist to this brunch recipe by The Kitchn. With just six ingredients, it's an impressive yet easy-to-make meal.
7. Whipped Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast With Raspberries
Don't even think about confusing Half Baked Harvest's French toast masterpiece with your average grilled cheese. Cream cheese is whipped with heavy cream, honey, and vanilla to become a delightfully sweet filling, while thick slices of challah or brioche make a hearty base.
8. Lemon Roll Pull-Apart Bread
The best thing about brunch breads is that they're easy to make ahead of time — just make the dough and refrigerate it. Pop it in the oven near when you're ready to eat, and you'll be left to a warm, soft loaf and an amazing-smelling kitchen. Taste and Tell drizzles this loaf with a lemon icing for extra zest.
9. Cheddar Bacon Green Onion Biscuits
Green onions add a seasonal touch to Table for Two's flaky golden biscuit recipe. Serve them warm with plenty of eggs and bacon on the side.
10. Baked Asparagus Frittata
Seasonal veggie asparagus might not be the most obvious choice for brunch, but Cookie and Kate shows that it works wonders in a simple frittata recipe. Some crumbled goat cheese adds a touch of creaminess to the dish as well.
11. Deep Dish Mixed Berry Skillet Pancake
Vibrant, gem-like berries add a spring vibe to a filling skillet pancake. Averie Cooks creates a breakfast that's wholly satisfying, while still being fluffy and light.
12. Spring Onion Frittata
Fresh spring onion adds a sharpness to Love and Lemons' frittata, while a mix of mozzarella and feta mellows it out. Plus, some peas ensure you get a healthy serving of vegetables in before dinner.
13. Strawberry Vanilla Bean Baked Oatmeal
Even if you don't necessarily consider yourself a massive oatmeal fan, A Cozy Kitchen's baked version is a whole different story. Vanilla bean and strawberries give the warm dish plenty of sweetness, while the time in the oven results in a wholly comforting meal.
14. Raspberry Sticky Buns
On bright spring mornings when cinnamon rolls feel a little too wintry, try out A Spicy Perspective's fruity alternative. Plus, you can easily make them ahead of time.
15. Lemon Brioche French Toast With Raspberries
The Kitchn proves that lemons can really work some magic with this French toast recipes. Lemon juice and lemon zest totally transforms an ordinary loaf of brioche into a citrusy treat.
16. Fontina Spinach And Artichoke Breakfast Pasta Hash
If you're looking for a show-stopper, Half Baked Harvest has your back. Pasta is an unexpected yet totally welcome addition to the brunch table, and when it's assembled with bacon, fontina cheese, mushrooms, artichokes, and plenty of herbs, it's unbeatable.
17. Ham And Asparagus Quiche
A flaky crust makes quiche a bit more indulgent than a frittata, if you're looking to treat yourself. Taste and Tell combines ham, asparagus, and gruyere for a savory treat that won't leave you feeling bogged down.
18. Blackberry Lemon Waffles
Give your usual blueberry pancake recipe a rest and try something new. Table for Two layers citrus with blackberries for a multi-dimensional fruity waffle. Top it off with homemade jam.
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