37 Healthy Mother’s Day Recipes That Mom Will Love

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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.

collage of healthy mother's day recipes

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.

collage of healthy mother's day recipes

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.

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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.

ground beef curry (Pakistani Kima) in bowl with spoon

Cauliflower Fauxtato Salad

Try this quick and easy low-carb “Faux Tato Salad”.

Low Carb Potato 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.

spaghetti squash salad in a glass bowl with wooden serving spoon

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.

Healthy Easy Vegan Quinoa Salad - gluten free, Whole30 & THM

Everything Bagel Frittata

What a great idea for a frittata!
Because Everything Bagel Seasoning makes everything better.
Cannot be done AIP.

Everything Bagel Frittata

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.

Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Tomatoes, and Potatoes

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.

Chopsticks picking up some egg roll from the bowl

Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad

This looks fantastic.
For AIP, omit paprika and sesame oil and use broccoli for peas.

Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad

Chicken Milanese

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.

This Easy Crust Dairy-Free Quiche is loaded with Veggies in a Gluten-free Quinoa Crust (grain-free option). It's a make ahead meal that's sure to please!

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.

Asparagus Pasta Salad

Moroccan Carrots

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.

Moroccan Carrots - kid friendly, vegan, paleo, whole30, gluten free, healthy

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.

One whole sun-dried tomato and sweet potato frittata in a skillet pan

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.

Crustless Caramelized Quiche

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!

Sugar-Free Lemonade

This Keto Lemonade is the perfect pairing for your Mother’s Day table.
All the flavor–with no artificial sweeteners!

sugar-free lemonade in glass with lemon slice garnish and straws with lemons

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.

Mocha Latte

Pumpkin Truffles (vegan, keto, paleo)

Healthy pumpkin truffles on marble tabletop - low-carb, vegan, keto

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.

Strawberry Almond Flour Cake

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.

Healthy Paleo Lemon Bars - Gluten-free Lemon Bars

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.

No-Bake Apple Crumble

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.

Easy Peanut Butter Granola

Oatmeal Cake

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.

pieces of gluten-free oatmeal cake with coconut yogurt and berries on top

Coconut Panna Cotta

dairy-free panna cotta in a dessert cup

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!

coconut milk pudding with berries in glass dessert cups

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!

Winter Citrus Salad

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.

Chocolate Avocado Truffles - paleo, keto, vegan, low carb, dairy free, THM, AIP

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.

gluten-free buckwheat waffles on plates

Watermelon Salsa

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.

watermelon salsa in white bowl with tortilla chips

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.

piece of keto coffee cake on plate

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.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

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.

Maple Blueberry Powdered Sugar Doughnuts

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.

Healthy Bean Fudge - gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, vegan

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.

Strawberry Coconut Truffles

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.

Lemon Tart Knock Off

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.

Teff Waffles -- a great gluten-free waffle recipe that has a rich taste almost like chocolate! The deep rich flavor of these vegan waffles is sure to please.

Yogurt Parfait

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.

Yogurt Parfait

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.

chocolate avocado mousse in small dessert cups

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?

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  1. OMG! Everything looks so healthy and delicious. My mom would totally love them. Saved and pinned!

  2. A lovely collection, Adrienne. Everything looks so delicious. Love making special dishes for Mother’s Day!

  3. Thank you so much, Adrienne for sharing one of my recipes in this fantastic roundup! Hope you have a beautiful mothers day! xo

  4. Some great ideas here! It’s nice mom can enjoy her day with some healthy and delicious treats!