37 Healthy Mother's Day Recipes That Mom Will Love
On Mom's special day, what better way to say "thank you" than with a home-cooked meal that she doesn't have to cook!
These Healthy Mother's Day Recipes are a great way to show gratitude to Mom, celebrate all she's done for you, and conveniently make sure she doesn't have to do any of the cooking! From breakfast to brunch to dessert, these recipes are sure to please.
Each recipe in this list is gluten-free and refined sugar-free. Most of them are dairy-free and egg-free or can easily be adapted. (That doesn't include the egg dishes, of course!) Many can easily be done low carb / keto as well.
I put notes with each dish so that you can adapt the recipes to your specific dietary needs.
I hope that these recipes give you some great ideas to celebrate Mom while encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
And P.S. she would love it if you do the dishes too.
Oh and if you'd like more ideas of ways to treat Mom, this post of Homemade Mother's Day Gifts (my favorite kind) will be sure to give you plenty of ideas.
Savory Healthy Mother's Day Recipes
Below are some tasty mains and sides for your Healthy Mother's Day Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch.
Pakistani Kima Beef Curry
This might not seem like your typical Mother's Day dish, but I'm telling you this tastes amazing!
We have served it for many special occasions, and it's always a hit.
Can be made low-carb, THM, and AIP per the information in the post.
Cauliflower Fauxtato Salad
Try this quick and easy low-carb "Faux Tato Salad".
Spaghetti Squash Salad
Mom will love the tangy flavor of this Spaghetti Squash Salad. It tastes great warm or cold and is a lovely side dish to accompany your Mother's Day breakfast, brunch, or lunch. AIP option in post.
Garden Veggie Quinoa Salad
We like to make this salad by adding the veggies to warm quinoa. It's a great way to get extra veggies into your diet!
Low-carb and AIP options in post.
Everything Bagel Frittata
What a great idea for a frittata!
Because Everything Bagel Seasoning makes everything better.
Cannot be done AIP.
Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Tomatoes, and Potatoes
This salmon looks incredible. I love the combination of fennel, tomatoes, and potatoes.
If you need a low-carb option, you could use turnips, radishes, or cauliflower for the potatoes. I think green beans would be great as well. For AIP make the same change and use celery for the tomatoes.
Egg Roll in a Bowl
Another "off the beaten path" Healthy Mother's Day recipe, but one that Mom (and everyone) is sure to love.
Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad
This looks fantastic.
For AIP, omit paprika and sesame oil and use broccoli for peas.
Believe it or not, this Chicken Milanese is gluten and grain-free.
The crust made from flax, so this makes for a great low-carb dish.
For AIP, omit the parmesan (try nutritional yeast), paprika, flax, and pepper. I'd use cassava flour or another breading option.
Easy Crust Dairy-Free Veggie Quiche
This dairy-free quiche can be easily done gluten-free or low-carb as well.
And we all know that quiche is a great option for any Mother's Day table.
Cannot be made AIP.
Asparagus Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing
Pasta salad is one of my favorite things ever.
Make this with gluten-free noodles and you've got the perfect Gluten-free Mother's Day offering for your table!
Use zoodles for a low-carb dish.
For AIP, change out the peas and peppers and use another dressing option. This Avocado Dressing would be great.
This is another dish that works great every day but also for special occasions.
You can also make this ahead of time and store in the fridge while the flavors of the dressing marinate.
If you like the dressing, you can use it on any low-carb veggie side as well! Use another dressing for AIP. We like this one.
Sun-Dried Tomato and Sweet Potato Frittata
Another great Healthy Brunch Recipe--substitute in a low-carb vegetable for the sweet potatoes if need be.
Broccoli or cauliflower pieces work great--and peppers and mushrooms are fantastic as well! Cannot be made AIP.
Crustless Caramelized Onion and Asparagus Quiche
Crustless pies and quiches are great time savers. Caramelized onion adds great flavor to this dish. Again, cannot be made AIP.
Sweet Healthy Mother's Day Recipes
From pancakes to waffles to desserts and drinks,
here are some healthier treats to make Mom's day special without the refined sugar!
This Keto Lemonade is the perfect pairing for your Mother's Day table.
All the flavor--with no artificial sweeteners!
Dairy-Free Mocha Latte
Treat Mom to a special coffee drink that's sure to warm her heart.
You can even make this with decaf or my Coffee Substitute.
Top with coconut whipped cream for an extra special treat--use stevia or another low-carb sweetener as needed. Use carob and my coffee substitute for AIP.
Pumpkin Truffles (vegan, keto, paleo)
Strawberry Almond Flour Cake
This cake. Enough said. I can't imagine any mom not loving this.
It does call for eggs, but you can try cooking it with my Powdered Egg Replacer and it should work pretty well!
Easily made with low-carb sweeteners using the information in this post on substituting liquid and granulated sweeteners.
This could work AIP with cassava flour and making appropriate changes and using an egg sub.
Gluten-free Lemon Bars
These Lemon Bars are really great and are a lightened up version of traditional lemon bars--
made gluten-free with a grain-free option.
They call for eggs, but we've done them without--they aren't amazing that way but they do work.
I hope to work on another option for that! AIP options in the post.
No-Bake Apple Crumble
I love this idea--perfect for busy families and such a lovely presentation!
What a fun idea--I never would have thought that a crumble could be no bake!
This could be low carb using Granny Smith apples and a low-carb sweetener.
Skip the nutmeg and use an AIP flour for that special diet.
Easy Peanut Butter Granola
I couldn't stop thinking about this granola once I saw it.
Great on its own for a Mother's Day treat or as a topping for any of the puddings, etc. in this post.
Could be made low-carb swapping out the oats for nuts and coconut and changing the sweeteners.
This would be very tough to make AIP but you could try with shredded coconut and tiger nut butter.
This Oatmeal Cake is an old time favorite in our family and is one of the first "healthier" recipes that I ever made. It's another great make ahead recipe that you can prepare the night before and bake in the morning!
It's gluten-free and easily make vegan too! Top with whipped cream or coconut yogurt for a special treat.
Could be made low-carb using almond flour but I haven't tried this. This would be tough to make AIP but you could try it with cassava or tiger nut flour.
Coconut Panna Cotta
Whipped Coconut Pudding
This whipped pudding is great on its own or as a whipped cream substitute that can top any of the sweet recipes here!
Winter Citrus Salad
I love the pairing of this tangy dressing with the citrus fruits--and the feta and avocado and onion.
Can't have dairy? Just omit the cheese or try this Almond Feta!
For low carb, use a low-carb sweetener and possibly make with lemon juice instead of orange. Skip the mustard, pepper, and cheese for AIP. This post has an AIP feta that should work!
Secret-Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Truffles
All I can say is--make these truffles!!
We love them. So easy to make, the kids will love helping--and eating!
AIP options in the post.
Whole Grain Blender Buckwheat Waffles
Have you ever made pancakes, waffles, or other baked goods in your blender? It's a thing.
Could possibly be made with almond flour for a low carb version. Using cassava flour should work for AIP.
Just too much fun. I love this idea!
Pair with grain free chips like these if you are avoiding grains.
This can't be done lower carb but if you use just a little it could work for your diet. Omit the peppers for AIP--maybe add some celery instead and more onion.
Cinnamon Crumb Grain-Free Coffee Cake
This cake is sooo good--I literally make 4 of them every time I bake it.
You would do well to take my advice and do the same :). Works pretty well with the vegan option in the post as well. AIP option in the post.
Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
These look amazing too--so many great options! Sweet strawberry with a crunch topping.
I think these would be great paired with some of the Coconut Pudding above. Lower carb options are in the recipe.
AIP and paleo would be hard with this recipe but I'm thinking you could try coconut for the oatmeal and an on plan flour.
Maple Blueberry Powdered Sugar Doughnuts
Doughnuts are such a fun thing to make and eat.
I love how these look and that you actually can have a healthy option for doughnuts!
Mom will appreciate the healthfulness and that she won't feel icky eating all that sugar!
These could be made lower carb possibly with an unripe plantain and changing out the maple syrup for a low-carb option.
Use a different sweetener for AIP.
Silky Smooth Bean Fudge
This bean fudge is another oldie but goodie from my blog. We've made it for years and it's still a favorite.
Even friends who aren't into whole foods (or beans) love this! Mom will love it too! As beans are the base for this recipe, they can't be substituted easily--but I'm working on other options! Can't be AIP or Paleo.
Strawberry Coconut Truffles
Another great truffle option, this time with strawberries.
These would be lovely in a small gift box as well. I bet they would be great chilled too!
Use my Homemade Chocolate Chips or another similar option to make these low carb.
Easily done AIP using carob chips that are on plan or make your own.
Hail Merry Knock-Off Lemon Tarts
If you're familiar with Hail Merry treats, they are a vegan health food store brand that has a lot of fun flavors--but they are uber pricey. I have these No Bake Coconut Cookies on my site that are similar to their macaroons.
Now you can treat mom to their goodness without breaking the bank!
I think tiger nut flour and a coconut filling would make this work AIP.
Teff Waffles or Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas
Yet another "oldie but goodie" from our recipe box.
Teff is a really fun grain to work with, and these waffles actually have a chocolatey flavor that comes from it.
Teff is also loaded with nutrition. Mom is sure to like these!
These would be tough to make low carb. Possibly doable with almond flour and adding in eggs.
Cassava flour could work for AIP.
What a lovely presentation for your Mother's Day table!
Made with coconut yogurt, so dairy isn't a problem if you are avoiding it.
If you use a low carb granola this is quite naturally low carb.
Use an AIP / paleo granola to make this fit your plan.
Easy Chocolate Avocado Mousse
This delicious mousse is a copycat of a version from a local popular "crunchy" restaurant in our town that, sadly, has ceased operating. Mom will love the taste and the healthfulness of the ingredients.
Besides Mother's Day, I have lots of other healthy holiday recipe collections.
In the interest of healthier holidays, you might want to check out:
Healthier Halloween Treats
Healthy St. Patrick's Day Snacks
Healthier Memorial Day Recipes
Gluten-free Christmas Cookies
Which of these Healthy Mother's Day Recipes is your favorite?
cant wait to try them tonight.....it sure looks delicious....
I would love to hear what you try and hear what you think! Thanks!
OMG! Everything looks so healthy and delicious. My mom would totally love them. Saved and pinned!
Thank you and yours is amazing! I was drooling over it!
A lovely collection, Adrienne. Everything looks so delicious. Love making special dishes for Mother's Day!
Thank you so much! Happy Mother's Day to you!
Thank you so much, Adrienne for sharing one of my recipes in this fantastic roundup! Hope you have a beautiful mothers day! xo
Thank you and I love your recipes!! Look forward to seeing more!
And lovely Mother's Day wishes to you as well!
Some great ideas here! It's nice mom can enjoy her day with some healthy and delicious treats!
Thank you so much! Love your salad recipe! Can't wait to try it.