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Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes & Gift Ideas

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    Delight your Mom on Mother’s Day with these easy and delicious breakfast recipes! They are all easy to make and you can make some of them ahead of time.

    12 Easy Breakfast & Brunch Recipes for Mothers Day

    With Mother’s Day being this weekend, I thought you might be interested in some breakfast recipes that you can easily prepare and surprise her with. Why breakfast? A few reasons: 1) It’s the first thing in the morning you can brighten her day with, 2) breakfast is easier to prepare than dinner (even though you don’t cook often), and 3) some of the recipes can be prepared ahead of time!

    I’ve put together a selection of 12 Easy Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes from Just One Cookbook for you. There is a mix of western style dishes, some healthy recipes, and Japanese recipes that I hope you and your mom would enjoy on this happy day.

    12 Easy Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes


    Buttermilk Pancakes | Just One

    1. Buttermilk Pancakes

    Treat your Mom on her special day with these Buttermilk Pancakes! Don’t forget to serve these pancakes with Strawberry Compote made with fresh strawberries!

    Steamed Cake (Mushi-pan) 蒸しパン | Easy Japanese Recipes at

    2. Steamed Cake

    If your Mom is more health conscious, try these soft, light, spongy Japanese Steamed Cake (Mushi-pan), which are super easy to make! You can choose savory or sweet based on the ingredients she prefers.

    Banana Bread |

    3. Banana Bread

    The secret to great homemade Banana Bread is having a tried and tested go-to recipe. My recipe had been tested and enjoyed for 15+ years. The result: Fresh baked banana bread that is always flavorful and moist with the perfect amount of sweetness! Hope your Mom will enjoy this!

    Simple Crepes |

    4. Simple Crepe

    Just as this recipe title says, it’s simple and fun to make your own crepe! I’ve been making crepes with my children for many years. Make sure to serve with plenty of topping and filling options!

    Blueberry Cake

    5. Blueberry Cake

    Blueberries are my mom’s favorite. If she was here with us in the U.S., I would definitely make this Blueberry Cake for her as fresh blueberries are quite expensive in Japan. Enjoy this soft, moist, fresh blueberry cake sprinkled with a dressing of powdered sugar.

    Caramelized Banana Muffins バナナマフィン | Easy Japanese Recipes at

    6. Caramelized Banana Muffins

    Delicious and easy Banana Muffins made with caramelized banana and Nutella swirl on top! Caramelizing the banana helps bring out and enhance the flavor.

    Green Tea Donuts | Easy Japanese Recipes at

    7. Green Tea Donuts

    The best part about these Green Tea Donuts is that they are BAKED! Is it just me who feel less guilty about dunking the “baked” donuts in semi-sweet chocolate glaze and top with sprinkles?

    Strawberry Mango Smoothie |

    8. Strawberry Mango Smoothie

    If your mom enjoys healthy breakfast, make this refreshing Strawberry Mango Smoothie with only 5 ingredients! You can use either fresh fruits or frozen fruits for this easy drink.

    Cold Brew Coffee | Easy Japanese Recipes at

    9. Cold Brew Coffee

    If your mom loves coffee but hates the acidity, it’s time to introduce delicious cold brew coffee! With ground coffee, filtered water, and a bit of time and patience, you can make her a less acidic and more aromatic delicious cold coffee!

    Ogura Toast (Toast with Red Bean Paste) - Popular Nagoya Food | Easy Japanese Recipes at

    10. Ogura Toast 小倉トースト

    From here, I’d introduce some unique Japanese breaktfast recipes. Ogura toast is a Nagoya (in central Japan) specialty dish with warm toasted bread, topped with red bean paste, butter, and fresh whipped cream. An absolute must-try for your Japanese-theme breakfast!

    Tamagoyaki (Japanese Rolled Omelette) & Dashimaki Tamago | Easy Japanese Recipes at

    11. Tamagoyaki (Japanese Rolled Omelette) 玉子焼き

    Sweet yet savory, Tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelet) makes a delightful Japanese theme breakfast along with Salted Salmon and Miso Soup!
    Spam Onigirazu (Spam Musubi Rice Sandwich) | Easy Japanese Recipes at

    12. Spam Onigirazu

    Lastly, if you’re looking for more Asian foods for your mom’s breakfast, how about Spam Onigirazu? This delightful treat is made with eggs, rice, and classic spam. You can plan a picnic with her and take Onigirazu with you!


    10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

    If you are looking for something special for Mother’s Day but haven’t found anything yet, I hope these ideas will be helpful for your search.

    Anthropology monogrammed mug

    1. Monogrammed Mug (Anthropology)

    These monogrammed mugs are so cute and cheerful. A nice cup of coffee or tea in her special cup would definitely make your mom happy every morning!

    Headley & Bennett Apron

    2. Hedley & Bennett Apron (Hedley & Bennett)

    Their aprons have been my favorite. Some of you asked me which one I wear: I have pho and striped bass. Although there are so many selections of colors, I wear dark color ones as I deep fry foods and cook with soy sauce often. As I always looked for great quality aprons that I can wash frequently and they don’t curl up or wrinkle. I really like their aprons. Don’t forget to enter #APRONSQUAD for promo code to get 10% off. 🙂 


    3. Stich Fix Gift Card

    I’ve been subscribing to StichFix for the past 3 years, and I’m pretty happy with the service. I don’t have the time to go shopping, so this service has been pretty fun. I think this can be a good gift for mom to choose some new clothing and shoes!

    Holiday Gift Guide 2016 | Easy Japanese Recipes at

    4. 7-in-1 Multi Functional Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)

    I have been receiving so many questions about the Instant Pot, mostly from moms who wish to own one. If your mom or wife don’t own one, do consider getting one for her. The best part is that you can enjoy all the food she cooks for you with the Instant Pot. 😉

    Shards of Hope - Nozomi Project |

    5. Nozomi Jewelry  (Nozomi Project) 

    You know that I’ve talked about Nozomi Project thousands of times (maybe not that much, but often enough). But I can’t give up my hope that maybe someone is reading about Nozomi Project for the very first time.

    If you never heard of Nozomi Project before, here’s the story. The ladies in Ishinomaki, Japan (where 2011 tsunami hit the hardest) make these beautiful jewelries out of broken pieces of pottery left by the tsunami. The jewelry they make is one of the kind! I love every piece I own, and I hope your special person will enjoy it too!


    What are you cooking for Mother’s Day?

    Leave a comment and share with us what you are planning to cook for Mother’s Day. We’d love to hear from you!

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