Vegan and Gluten-Free Mother’s Day Recipes

Mother’s Day is a chance to spoil your mom (or yourself!) with a relaxed and special brunch and lots of dessert!  This round-up includes just that, plus some other DIY food gift ideas to make the day extra special.  The 26 recipes included in this Mother’s Day Round-Up are all vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free.  Enjoy and happy early Mother’s Day to all the moms, mamas-to-be and mother figures out there continuing your superhero journey!

Mother's Day brunch recipes

Vegan and Gluten-Free Mother’s Day Recipes

Moms really are superheroes no matter the circumstances!  But I have to say, moms are momming super hard right now.  All parents and parent figures are!  This Mother’s Day, show your mom some extra special love with these incredible brunch and dessert recipes.  These are my most favorite and popular brunch and dessert recipes on the blog.  I’m also including some easy DIY homemade Mother’s Day gift options.  I, for one, love food gifts (hello, homemade sugar scrub for my over-washed hands!).  Plus, your mom can keep the cute mason jar container.  Scroll down for all the deliciousness!

Vegan and Gluten-Free Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

These delicious, seasonal brunch recipes are perfect for breakfast-in-bed or a virtual Mother’s Day celebration.  They are guaranteed to bring a smile to your mama’s face.

Key Lime Pie Pudding Parfaits

These easy, nutritious, no-bake parfaits are perfect for brunch.  The first layer is a sweet crumbly and buttery “pie crust” made from mostly raw sunflower seeds and oats.   Next, comes all the tangy key lime flavor in the creamy pudding layer which is made from avocados, limes, maple syrup and a touch of vanilla and salt.  I doubled up on those first two layers and then topped it all off with homemade coconut whipped cream for an airy, sweet, cool and creamy finish.  I sprinkled extra “pie crust” crumbles and lime zest on top and garnished each parfait with a fresh lime slice. 

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Vegan and Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins

These vegan and gluten-free lemon blueberry muffins are fluffy and tender with just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the tangy lemon flavor.  The pop of fresh and juicy blueberries pairs perfectly with the lemon.  The muffins are refined sugar-free, nut-free and full of wholesome nutrient-rich ingredients.

Blender Sweet Potato Muffins

Vegan Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Muffins

These easy vegan and gluten-free Blender Sweet Potato Muffins are made with all pantry staples and ready in 25 minutes!  They are light, fluffy and naturally sweet.  You can top with hemp seeds or mini vegan chocolate chips.

Homemade Vegan Pop-Tarts Stuffed with Raspberry Chia Jam

Grain-Free Vegan Pop Tart

Make your mom feel like a kid again with these nutritious make-ahead pop tarts!  They have a flaky, “buttery” crust and juicy, fruity inside that your mom will love.  The pop tarts are gluten-free, grain-free, vegan and refined sugar-free. 

Spring Root Vegetable Hash with Creamy Herb Sauce

This is the perfect one-skillet spring brunch dish to serve on Mother’s Day.  Your mom will love the savory flavor and addictive crispy texture of this hash paired with the creamy herb dressing.  

Blueberry Pancakes

Vegan and Gluten-Free Blueberry Pancakes

What mom doesn’t love a good old-fashioned pancake stack!?  These pancakes are mega fluffy and have the perfect texture.  You would never know they are vegan and gluten-free.  Plus, I kept them nut-free and refined sugar-free too.  They are naturally sweetened by a little maple syrup and then flavored with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon.  The juicy blueberries are studded throughout and are just so warm and satisfying in every bite.  They offer a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C.  

The Thickest and Creamiest Chia Seed Pudding Ever (it is like dessert!)

Vegan Chia Seed Pudding

Every spoonful of this Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding is incredible.  It truly is the thickest and creamiest chia seed pudding you will ever have – and so quick and easy to make.  Simply whisk together five pantry ingredients to create this filling and satisfying no-cook make-ahead nutritious breakfast.  It is vegan, grain-free, naturally sweetened and flavored with a touch of vanilla.

“Nutella” Smoothie Bowl

Most moms would go absolutely crazy for Nutella in healthy smoothie bowl form.  There is something addictive about hazelnuts plus chocolate with a hint of vanilla and a touch of salt.  It is the perfect combination and incredibly decadent.

I basically took these star ingredients from Nutella and combined them with hazelnut milk, ice and riced frozen cauliflower to make it thick and creamy. What did I leave out?  I omitted the palm oil, artificial flavors and sugar that are found in Nutella. I naturally sweetened the smoothie with dates and used cacao powder for the chocolate flavor.  You are left with all the wonderful Nutella flavor in a frosty smoothie bowl that you can feel really good about indulging in.  I then topped it with all the things that pair well with Nutella flavors: bananas, fresh berries and granola.

Easy Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream

Dairy-Free and Refined Sugar Free Coconut Whipped Cream

I couldn’t decide which category to put this recipe in because it can be served at brunch or as a healthy dessert.  Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream served with fresh berries is just so good (and so easy!).

Baked Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Ganache Glaze

Vegan and Gluten Free and Refined Sugar Free Chocolate Donuts

These homemade vegan and gluten-free Baked Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Ganache Glaze are light, fluffy, moist and have a rich chocolate flavor that makes them so incredibly decadent.  The chocolate ganache glaze makes them extra indulgent and allows for festive toppings like dye-free sprinkles or coconut flakes.  The donuts are naturally sweetened and refined sugar-free and nut-free too. 

Blueberry Crumble Bars

These vegan and gluten-free blueberry crumble bars are sweet enough to be dessert but healthy enough for breakfast, brunch or a snack.  They have a sweet juicy blueberry center surrounded by the perfect crumbly crust.  These bars are easy to make and refined sugar-free.  They can be made with fresh in season blueberries or frozen blueberries year-round!

~ Now onto dessert! ~


Vegan and Gluten-Free Mother’s Day Dessert Recipes

These desserts are perfect to celebrate the mom in your life.  I hope you find the perfect dessert for your mom (or yourself – hello, self-care!).  Cheers to baking your heart out, even if that’s virtually!

Grain-Free Key Lime Pie Bars

Gluten-Free and Vegan Key Lime Pie Bars

These vegan and grain-free key lime pie bars have a cool silky texture atop a sweet, crumbly and buttery grain-free crust.  They skip the butter, refined sugar, condensed milk, egg yolks and heavy whipping cream for healthier vegan ingredients.  This dessert offers plant-based protein, fiber and healthy fats all while staying true to the sweet, tangy taste and creamy, airy texture you would expect from key lime pie.

Skillet Vanilla Cake

Strawberry Roses on Skillet Cake

This one-skillet vanilla cake is a wonderful dessert to make for Mother’s Day.  It’s made with simple, wholesome ingredients and has an incredibly light and fluffy texture.  The cake is refined sugar-free and filled with lots of sweet vanilla flavor.  For frosting I went with a vegan, dye-free, all-natural frosting that is vibrant and decadent.  The strawberry roses are way easier to make than you would think!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Vegan Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

This might be my favorite dessert ever! 

This indulgent Vegan Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is perfect to celebrate Mother’s Day!  It is soft and rich in the center with chewy golden brown edges.  It is naturally sweetened and uses all gluten-free and plant-based ingredients.  You can decorate it with my homemade vegan chocolate frosting if desired.  This recipe is quick and easy to make too!

Easy Two-Tier Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake Made in Loaf Pans! 

Easy Two-Tier Small Chocolate Cake

This rich and decadent vegan chocolate sweet potato cake with chocolate sweet potato frosting is dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free and loaded with nutritious sweet potato in every bite!  To make an easy two-tier cake you’ll use two small loaf pans, stack, frost and slice.  Each piece will look like it came from an elaborate two-tier cake (with frosting in the middle) and no one has to know your hack.  This two-tier loaf pan cake is perfect for smaller crowds!

Vanilla Sheet Cake with Rainbow Frosting [or your Mom’s Favorite Color(s)]

Vegan Gluten-Free Rainbow Sheet Cake

This vegan and gluten-free vanilla sheet cake has a vibrant rainbow swirl frosting that makes it extra festive.  You can use your mom’s favorite colors to make it personalized for her.  The cake is light, fluffy and perfectly sweet.  Best of all, this easy recipe contains nutritious ingredients that you can feel really good about.

No-Cook, No-Avocado Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Easy Vegan Chocolate Pudding

If your mom is a chocolate lover than this dessert is for her!  This no-cook, no-avocado vegan chocolate pudding is rich, creamy, thick and decadent.  Each bite is incredible and will have you going back for more.  This pudding is naturally sweetened and refined sugar-free, gluten-free and nut-free too.  All the ingredients go directly in your blender and are then poured into a jar to sit in the refrigerator overnight to thicken.  The entire process takes about five minutes and the next day you will have the most delicious chocolate pudding without having to ever turn on the stove.  Altogether this wholesome plant-based pudding is easy to make and is pure chocolate heaven.

Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting

Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Another chocolate-lover’s dream come true!  It is hard to believe that these amazingly delicious and moist chocolate cupcakes are made with nutrient-dense sweet potatoes.  Even the frosting!  You really would never know it.  Every bite is truly incredible!  I wanted to make a light and fluffy cupcake with a creamy thick chocolate frosting that was nutritious, vegan (dairy-free and egg-free), gluten-free, nut-free and refined sugar-free.  I am beyond thrilled with how these turned out and will make these again and again.  Despite being gluten-free the cupcakes holds together perfectly and the frosting is thick, creamy and perfect for decorating.  Even though they are naturally sweetened with just maple syrup they still taste incredibly decadent.  They have the perfect amount of rich chocolate flavor that will have you falling in love at first bite

Soft and Chewy Vegan and Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on Cooling Rack

These vegan and gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies are the perfect combination of soft and chewy.  This is a classic cookie recipe made healthier with nutritious ingredients.  The cookies are full of warm and comforting flavors like cinnamon and vanilla.  I love this easy recipe because the ingredients are simple, no dough chilling is required, the cookies cook quickly, and you don’t need any fancy equipment. 

Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These are my all-time absolute favorite chocolate chip cookies.  They taste like the real deal and yet are refined sugar-free and full of whole grains, healthy fats and plant-based protein.

2-Ingredient Strawberry Sorbet

This refreshing and smooth strawberry sorbet could not be more simple.  No ice cream maker or churning needed.  This method is quick and simple.  And you only need two ingredients: frozen strawberries and pure maple syrup.  Toss both into your blender and enjoy immediately, or freeze for about an hour if you want that perfect looking sorbet scoop.  It is sophisticated enough for adults but also a crowd pleaser with the kids.  

Lemon Bars

Vegan Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

If your mom is a lemon lover then you simply must make these for her!  These vegan and gluten-free lemon bars have a cool silky texture atop a sweet, crumbly and buttery grain-free crust.  They skip the butter, refined sugar, condensed milk, egg yolks and heavy whipping cream for healthier vegan ingredients.  This dessert offers plant-based protein, fiber and healthy fats all while staying true to the sweet, tangy taste and creamy, airy texture you would expect from lemon bars.

Mother’s Day Food Gift Ideas

Package up these recipes in a cute mason jar or tin box with a ribbon or bow and you’ve got yourself a thoughtful and beautiful homemade DIY Mother’s Day food gift!  She will love it, especially during these crazy times.

Homemade Sugar Scrub

Homemade Sugar Scrub in Jar

This is my most popular post on the blog.  And it is perfect for now since all of our hands are extra dry from all the extra hand washing we are doing to stay safe during these crazy times.  It is a homemade DIY gift that your mom will absolutely go crazy over!

My Favorite Easy Healthy Granola

Easy Refined Sugar-Free Granola

This is the easiest granola recipe ever.  It only requires six nutritious pantry ingredients that you simply stir together before baking in the oven.  After just thirty minutes, out comes absolutely irresistibly delicious and addictive granola.  It is salty, sweet, and perfectly golden brown.  I love to sprinkle it on smoothies, yogurt, chia seed pudding or eat it plain by the handful!  It is also delicious with homemade plant milk and fresh blueberries.  This recipe is vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free.  

Homemade Vegan Chocolate (Refined Sugar-Free)

homemade dark chocolate kisses - vegan

If you can’t give your mom real kisses then leave some of these homemade kisses at her doorstep!  This is a simple 5-ingredient recipe for homemade vegan chocolate that is rich, creamy, decadent and best of all, refined-sugar free.  This homemade chocolate recipe is also gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free, hydrogenated oil-free, soy-free and nut-free, making it perfect for many types of dietary needs.  Homemade chocolate is not only easy and allergy-friendly, but it is also perfect for tweaking the flavors to your mom’s unique preferences. 

Homemade Dark Chocolate Truffles

Vegan Avocado Chocolate Truffles

Give your mom a homemade box of healthier chocolate truffles and she will be bragging to all her friends and family.  This version of the classic dark chocolate truffle is rich, creamy and so easy to make!  They are dairy-free and each truffle ball is simply divine.  

More Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Still looking for the perfect last-minute gift for the mom in your life?  Or, maybe you are a mom and want to treat yourself (nothing wrong with that!).  These are some of my favorite products that would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift.  

Smoothie e-Cookbook – Mom can instantly download it!

This is a must-have cookbook if your mom is a smoothie lover or looking to start a healthy breakfast habit. It is stuffed to the brim with 31 all-new plant-based smoothie recipes!  All the smoothies are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free and refined sugar-free.  The table of contents is clickable making it quick and easy to find your favorite smoothie recipes.  In addition to my all-time favorite nutritious smoothie recipes, this e-book also includes:

  • The basics of smoothie preparation
  • My essential tips and tricks for smoothie success
  • How to make smoothies even easier (and faster)
  • The health benefits of the main ingredients in each recipe
  • Smoothie boosters explained
  • My recommended smoothie equipment

Plus, everyone who owns it will get exclusive Access to my Eating by Elaine Rock Your Blender! Facebook Group – a private online community of support and inspiration. You can post photos of your smoothie successes, ask questions and get the support you need.

Pair the smoothie cookbook with a brand new high-speed professional-grade blenderThis one is my all-time favorite.  It is incredibly powerful and makes the creamiest smoothies.  

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Products

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My Favorite Eco-Friendly Kitchen Products

I cannot say enough about this amazing brand and I’m so grateful to have learned about them.  I have been using Branch Basics exclusively for over a year now to clean our entire home (including laundry and our hands!).  Not only is the actual solution environmentally friendly and biodegradable but it is also non-toxic and safe for babies and animals.  It is hypoallergenic, non-GMO, fragrance-free, gluten-free, vegan and doesn’t contain synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, SLS, parabens or phthalates.  Additionally, they don’t test their products on animals.  And, best of all, these cleaners actually work! 

Don’t forget to use my discount code: Elaine10 at checkout to get 10% off your order every time.  Be sure to check out their brand new glass bottles that just launched this week!

100% Ceramic and Non-Toxic Cookware

I’m so happy I discovered this 100% ceramic cookware company: Xtrema. I own their 10-inch Versa skillet with lid.  It is free of all toxic elements through and through. Meaning it is more than just ceramic coated, it is entirely ceramic (which also allows for consistent even heating). When pans are simply coated in ceramic they may contain synthetic bonding materials and chemicals like PFOAs. This especially concerns me as my old cookware is starting to chip and get cracks in it.

Xtrema produces are dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator and oven safe. They offer skillets in different sizes, saucepans, stock pots/Dutch ovens, woks, bakeware, bowls, teapots, accessories and more.

You can also use code “EatbyE10” for 10% off your total purchase.  

Plant-Based Milk Maker

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Now more than ever I have been making homemade milk with my pantry staples (nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, oats). I’ve been playing around with different combinations and it has been great since buying store-bought milk is not as easy these days.  With Almond Cow, it is a thousand times easier. Simply add water and your favorite nut or seed (or use oats or coconut!). Press one button and within a minute you have the most perfect creamy homemade plant-based milk. It is seriously so smooth and delicious. No straining, no mess! The measurement line for water and nuts or seeds is in the jar so you don’t even have to think. Super quick, so fresh and so convenient! It is also easy to clean and I always save the pulp.  

Use code ELAINE for $15 off anytime.

Vegan Refined-Sugar Free Chocolate

If you can’t make homemade chocolate for your mom, then this is the next best thing in my opinion.  It is the only chocolate brand I love that is refined sugar-free and vegan!  

My favorite kitchen appliances:

Breville Juicer

I make fresh apple juice and orange juice for brunch in it.  I also love to make vegetable juice in it.  It is great for making large quantities of cocktails too when you need fresh squeezed citrus.  

Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus

I use my 6-quart Instant Pot daily and it has made my life so much easier.  I have linked the latest model here (much improved!).  

You can shop all my favorite products on my shop page (just updated this week).  


To all the mamas out there — no matter where you are in your journey (new mamas, seasoned mamas, mamas to be and every woman with a mother’s heart) — you are loved and Happy Mother’s Day!

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