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The Easter Dozen: 12 Surprising Recipes for a Perfect Easter Brunch Celebration

Easter is symbolic of so many things, but for me, it is the sure sign that spring has arrived. I love brunch in the spring more than any other season. It just seems as delicate and pretty as the season itself, which provides a pretty good excuse to take my meals to the patio.

This Easter, while the kids gather eggs and trinkets left by the elusive bunny, and your family celebrates the Easter holiday and all that it means to you, enjoy a little bit of this and a little bit of that from our well-appointed brunch menu.

Like a bag of jelly beans, there’s something in here everyone will like! But unlike those beans, it’s all way less processed and far more indulgent and nutritious.

Carrot Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

carrot cake muffins

You don’t even know! Dessert meets breakfast in a muffin that’s almost too good to be true. Bake a batch and hope the bunny doesn’t make off with all of these, made with whole grain flour, fresh carrots, and a to-die-for cream cheese frosting filling.

Eggs Baked in Avocado

egg avocado

Turn your egg hunt upside down when diners discover this exquisite way to serve breakfast. Not only is it chock full of protein and healthy fats, but it looks adorable and is incredibly easy to prepare.

Peach Caprese Salad

the peach caprese

Easter demands a colorful table and the work is done for you with this fresh take on a classic. Layers of sweet mozzarella cheese, juicy peaches, warm basil all drizzled with balsamic reduction is practically a meal in itself.

Ultimate Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Donuts

bacon egg cheese stuffed doughnut

No need to serve several dishes when you can just bake the best parts of brunch in to one decadent donut! Plus, this handheld brunch sandwich lets you eat while hunting eggs with the kids.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

stuffed strawberries

After you’ve stuffed the eggs with treats and the donuts with bacon, stuff these strawberries with cream cheese frosting! Why serve the ordinary when you can serve something eggs-traordinary? (Yeah, we went there.)

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Waffles

waffle panini

Make a batch of these for something even more unexpected. It’s what you do with them that’s most surprising, though! Sure, serve the waffles with honey and fresh fruit. Or, use them to make these Prosciutto and Apple Waffle Paninis.

Banana Bread French Toast

banana bread french toast

While we’re on the subject of the best breakfast breads, banana bread should not be overlooked. More so, French toast may not be overlooked either. So when we put them together, brunch basically implodes on itself and you can’t even handle how good this is.

Orange Parmesan Sweet Potato Hash Browns

sweet potato hasbrown

Everyone expects breakfast potatoes of some kind or another — nobody expects this! Sweet, crunchy, tender… turn hash browns as you know them on their head and give your family something truly special on this Sunday morning.

Sorbetto Mimosas

sorbet-mimosas

The little baby scoops of blood orange or raspberry sorbet look like Easter eggs dancing around a glass of your favorite bubbly. These mimosas are pretty as a picture and are worth a cheers or three over brunch! Want more cocktails? Try a Bloody Rosemary or Blood Orange Mimosa, recipes available in our Baker’s Dozen Brunch eCookbook!

Blue Corn Pancakes

blue corn pancakes

Whoa now! If you’re serving a more savory brunch, then these pancakes are a must. The recipe easily accommodates a vegan version, and you can top them anyway you please.

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

chia strawberry jam

No ordinary jam will do atop those blue corn pancakes, apple cinnamon waffles, or even your plain ‘ole toast; at least not at Easter brunch. It takes minutes and three ingredients to craft this homemade jam that is a powerhouse of taste and nutrition.

Chicken Pot Pie Empanadas

empanada

It doesn’t all have to be eggs, bacon, and jam at Easter brunch. These empanadas provide a savory, comfortable addition to your spread that stands as well on its own (especially with homemade guacamole) as it does complement the rest of your offerings.

Need more Easter brunch ideas? Find more than 50 brunch recipes in our list at Foodily.

Also Try This:

Healthy Recipes for Passover Seder

How to Bake a Healthier Ham

Pack an Easter Egg Hunt Lunch for Kids!

photos by Kacy Meinecke and Dana Shultz for DietsInReview.com

April 18th, 2014

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