Holidays have a tricky way of sneaking up on us, popping up seemingly out of nowhere and leaving us feeling totally unprepared. Easter this year is no exception — it feels like just yesterday that we were still bundled up in scarves against the cold, and now, suddenly, this spring holiday is only a few days away. If you were asked to make something for Easter brunch (or even host it!), then you might suddenly feel really panicked about what recipe to cook up — and, in that case, you need to have some last-minute Easter brunch ideas to rely on. You can't just scramble some eggs and call it a day, because this is a holiday! You want to do something at least a little special.
The good news is that you don't need to make a sub-par dish just because work, school, or (let's be honest) your social life got in the way of your planning. There are lots of recipes available that are easy and fast to make, and include ingredients you either already have or can grab quickly. Feel free to pull these out whether it's literally Easter morning or the day before. Hey, it happens! At least you can be covered with this awesome last minute Easter brunch ideas. Who knows, they might just become your next favorite dish.
1. Four-Ingredient Cinnamon Toast Buns
Cinnamon buns are a brunch staple, but they also take a lot of time and effort. If you can't swing that, no worries — this super simple option from A Spicy Perspective will get the job done. You're buying buns already made (no one needs to know) and coating them in a delicious buttery cinnamon glaze that everyone will love.
2. Easy Guacamole Toast With Thai Roasted Tomatoes
When in doubt, rely on avocado toast for brunch. It's universally loved, incredibly versatile, and super easy and fast to make. This spin on avocado toast from Climbing Grier Mountain is more on the unique side. You'll roast tomatoes with Thai flavors (this is so easy), and then just put guacamole and cheese on a piece of toast.
3. Fruit Plate With Chocolate Coconut Ganache
If you're so strapped for time that you can't even cook anything, you can always put together a gorgeous fruit plate. Pick out some berries and other interesting looking options (like kiwis and star fruit), and then make a dipping sauce. This recipe from Simply Delicious Food is literally just melting chocolate and coconut milk together, so you can definitely make time for that.
4. Waffle Iron Hash Browns
If you committed to making hash browns and now you definitely don't have time to cut up all those potatoes, cheat a little bit using frozen hash browns that are already shredded up. This recipe from Averie Cooks is so good that no one will even realize you didn't do much work - make them crispy in a waffle iron for a fun and delicious presentation.
5. Vanilla Ricotta Banana Toast With Pistachios
Any kind of toast is a great option for a last minute meal, since it typically requires very little prep or cooking time. This ricotta toast from How Sweet It Is is a great example. You simply mix together ricotta and vanilla, spread it on toast, add some bananas, honey, and nuts, and... that's it! And ricotta toast is AWESOME, so this will definitely be a crowd pleaser for very little work.
6. Three-Ingredient Beignet Bites
If you want to make something sweet over savory, go for something everyone will love — beignets. These beignet bites from The Comfort Of Cooking are actually so easy to put together, but they'll come off as incredibly impressive, not to mention out of this world delicious.
7. Scrambled Eggs And Roasted Asparagus Toasts
Eggs are great to rely on for anything last minute, since they're accessible and cook quickly. Scrambled eggs are your best bet, but they can look kind of boring on their own. Use this recipe from Foodie Crush and add roasted asparagus (which feels very spring) and some crumbled bacon. Simple and classic!
8. Cadbury Marshmallow Krispies
If you're making a dessert, you can't go wrong with a version of a Rice Krispie treat — they're incredibly simple to make. This one from Climbing Grier Mountain uses Cadbury eggs, which is perfect for getting into the Easter spirit.
9. Croissant French Toast
French toast is another classic that's great to rely on for brunch. It's a basic recipe that is easy and fast to put together. But, like eggs, it can be a bit boring on its own. Try this croissant French toast from Averie Cooks. It's literally the same process as regular French toast, but it's using a croissant, which immediately makes it MUCH better — and fancier.
10. Avocado Bacon Grilled Cheese
Speaking of basic brunch staples, you can't forget about grilled cheese sandwiches. This one from A Simple Pantry is made even better with creamy avocado and crunchy bacon. It's definitely going to steal the spotlight, and it will barely take you any time at all.
11. 15-Minute Spinach Burrata Omelette With Avocado Salad
If you want to do something classic, like an omelette, choose this one from How Sweet It Is. There's no time-consuming veggie chopping, but the simple ingredients in it make it a total star, and with the avocado salad on the side, you'll barely need anything else.
12. Cadbury Mini Eggs Skillet Cookie
A skillet cookie always looks impressive, but it's really not that difficult to make. If you're really low on time, buy prepared cookie dough and cut the process down even more. The Cadbury eggs in this recipe from A Cozy Kitchen make this one perfect for Easter morning.
13. Easy Dutch Oven Idaho Potaoes Chilqaulies Verde
This dish from Climbing Grier Mountain might look complicated, but it's not as bad as it seems. Chop up some potatoes and veggies, mix them together with chips and cheese, bake, and you're good to go.
14. Spinach Artichoke Egg Casserole
Another dish that's really easy to make is a baked egg casserole. It's like an omelette, but doesn't require as much time standing over the stove. This spinach and artichoke option from A Spicy Perspective is full of flavor and makes cooking for brunch simple.
15. Burrata And Roasted Asparagus And Tomato Salad
This impressive looking salad from Foodie Crush is so, so easy to out together. You're basically just roasting asparagus, then cutting cheese, tomatoes, and prosciutto, and mixing it all together. Perfect!
16. Roasted Artichoke Avocado Toast
This is yet another version of super simple, delicious avocado toast. This recipe from Love and Lemons includes lots of spring flavors and is really versatile. Add cheese if you'd like!
17. No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
A sweet dish that doesn't involve hours of baking are these peanut butter chocolate granola bars from House Of Yumm. They're easy and surprisingly delicious.
18. Sesame Roasted Asparagus, Egg, And Bacon Salad
This easy egg dish from Half-Baked Harvest is perfect for Easter brunch with its spring flavors of asparagus and tomatoes. The sesame gives a nice flavor, and it ends up looking a lot harder than it is.