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By Evelisse Capó, PharmD, DipACLM

Planning an Easter brunch feast? There’s no better way to celebrate this holiday than by sharing a special meal with loved ones, and this collection of crowd favorites is sure to have at least a few options for everyone. From sweet to savory, we’ve got you covered. And don’t worry—this list is good for more than just brunch. A couple of these recipes make a perfect spring weather snack, and most can be adapted for dinner too.

Of course, a lot of the popular Easter dishes are indulgent, but there’s no reason you can’t replicate those rich, satisfying flavors without animal ingredients or added fats. So read on for inspiration! These plant-based brunch recipe ideas might just become holiday favorites.

Easter Recipe Round-up

Easy Buckwheat Waffles

These naturally gluten-free waffles are light, crispy, nutritious, and so easy to make. Double or triple the batch and freeze extras for a healthy breakfast on the go.

Vegan Frittata

This simple dish can be adapted to your taste—choose whichever veggies make you happy! It’s also a great option to make ahead of time, as it’s just as good the next day. The turmeric and nutritional yeast give it a vibrant color that’s perfect for a springtime holiday brunch.

Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl

This sweet-tart açaí smoothie bowl is delicious! Topped with fresh fruit, homemade granola, cacao nibs, and almond butter, it’s good for breakfast, as a snack, or as a delicious treat.

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

These lemon poppy seed pancakes are packed with good-for-you ingredients and a splash of that refreshing citrus flavor that you know and love. They even contain an unconventional surprise: sweet potatoes!

Almond Butter and Blueberry Sweet Potato Toast

This is a craveable, nutrient-dense breakfast. Sweet potatoes contain vitamins B6, C, and D and are full of potassium, magnesium, and carotenoids (which boost immunity to disease). This powerhouse meal hits an even higher nutritional level when topped with blueberries and almond butter.

Chocolate Hummus

Did you know you can prepare sweet hummus? Everything tastes better with chocolate, and this hummus recipe proves it. It’s succulent and easy to make—a dessert that goes with everything, even breakfast!

Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes might not be something that many people would associate with healthy plant-based eating, but there’s no reason why they can’t be. This rich and creamy dish is wholesome, but also the epitome of comfort food.

Greek Salad with Tofu "Feta"

This Greek salad is great as a side with pizza or pasta. It can also be served on its own with whole grain bread. For the salad greens, I prefer a balanced mixture of arugula, spinach, and romaine lettuce. The peppery flavor of the arugula goes really well with the Kalamata olives and marinated tofu!

Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Enchiladas are essentially baked burritos—rolled tortillas filled with savory, tasty fillings, then baked with salsa. The cumin and coriander in this dish give the enchiladas a warm, savory flavor and a great aroma.

Baked Tomatoes with Lentils

Compared to other dried beans, lentils cook quickly and easily. They work well in stuffings and loaves. I especially like them with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and oregano. To make a heartier stuffing, I like to use whole grain bread crumbs.

Pasta Cacciatore

This pasta cacciatore has the wonderful flavors of the classic Italian dish—without meat. The spicy, chunky red sauce is packed with tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, red pepper, and onions.

Potato Rolls

Potato rolls have a softer, moister texture than the traditional dinner rolls you might be used to, and they’re versatile enough to go with almost any meal you would normally eat with bread.

Plant-Based Carrot Cake

The warm autumn spices—cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg—give this carrot cake a delicate spiced fragrance and an earthy sweetness that’s just right. But don’t let that limit you! This delicious cake is great all year round.

Guilt-Free Chocolate Granola

Granola can be eaten for breakfast or as a snack. And while commercial varieties are usually loaded with sugar and oil, this version is guilt-free and delicious.

Lemon Bars

These delicious lemon bars have a secret ingredient: beautiful Japanese sweet potatoes! These frozen delights are creamy, sweet, and loaded with fresh lemon and coconut flavors.

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