Chances are, your mom has treated you to plenty of homemade meals, snacks and desserts over the years. And while fancy meals out are always nice, there’s just something about the love that goes into food made at home that can’t be beat. This weekend, try one of these delicious recipes to make something special for Mom. Or, make them with your own children as a fun Mother’s Day activity to enjoy together.
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Lemon vanilla cupcakes
These light and fluffy vanilla cupcakes are perfect for Mother’s Day, when the weather is starting to warm up. The addition of lemon juice and lemon zest give them a bright, fresh flavor that’s fitting sunny spring days. Buttercream frosting with more lemon zest tops the cupcakes for extra sweetness … with a bit of citrus tang. Click here for the recipe.
Oatmeal applesauce pancakes
Remember weekend mornings when Mom would make you pancakes? This year, make them yourself! Light and fluffy, with a unique subtly sweet flavor, these seem quite decadent; yet, they’re actually full of good-for-you ingredients. Simple substitutions like combining whole wheat flour with your typical white flour and using applesauce instead of oil cuts down on the fat and increases the fiber content. Click here for the recipe.
Orange marmalade oat muffins
Mom always said to eat your fruit! Fresh-squeezed orange juice, orange zest and orange marmalade spread give these healthy oat muffins a wonderful citrus flavor. Click here for the recipe.
Cinnamon raisin scones
Slightly sweet from the raisins and with a gently spiciness from the cinnamon, these scones are reminiscent of oatmeal raisin cookies but not quite so decadent that you feel guilty having them for breakfast. Click here for recipe.
Sunflower chocolate cupcakes
What’s better than flowers for Mother’s Day? How about flowers you can eat! The whole family will enjoy a creative spin on the traditional flowers for Mom when they come in the form of cupcakes. Here, a boxed cake mix gets special treatment when it’s decorated with colored frosting and chocolate sandwich cookies to create cheerful sunflowers. Click here for recipe.
Sparkling strawberry sangria
Moms deserve a drink on their special day. While often made with red wine, this sangria recipe starts with white wine, keeping it light and crisp. Since it doesn’t have as high of an alcohol content as straight wine and isn’t quite as sweet as a daiquiri, it’s the type of drink you can enjoy all day long. Click here for recipe.
Cinnamon doughnut muffins
These cinnamon doughnut muffins give you the best of both worlds – the taste of a doughnut but with the ease of a muffin. And without all the extra fat from frying! Fluffy on the inside with just the right amount of sugar and spices, these muffins are perfect for breakfast or even paired with vanilla ice cream for a dessert. Click here for recipe.
Citrus white wine sangria
A fresh and fun drink just for Mom. Limes and oranges add a punch of citrus to white wine sangria. For an additional sweet touch, use cranberry juice to create ice cubes. As the ice cubes melt, the sangria will get a pink tint, and the flavor is wonderful. Click here for recipe.
Fresh fruit salsa with cinnamon tortilla chips
Diced fruit, a bit of sugar, juice and preserves are combined to make this tasty fruit salsa. Cinnamon tortilla chips are perfect for dipping for a sweet and crunch snack. This is wonderful at brunch, as an afternoon snack, or even dessert. You could also serve the salsa over pancakes or ice cream. Click here for the recipe.