non-brunch ideas for mother's day

Mother’s Day Meal Ideas That Don’t Involve Brunch

Our Mother’s Day meal ideas include indulgent breakfast breads and easy but impressive recipes for dinner. 

Looking for non-brunch ways to celebrate Mother’s Day? Consider these…

Mother’s Day meal ideas

Molasses Walnut Scones

We consider scones the perfect snack food. There’s something about the texture that we find satisfying and comforting and they can be filling enough if made with good flour (whole grain). This molasses walnut scones recipe takes scones to a whole new level with a generous handful of nuts and sweet glaze. Just right for a mid-morning snack but even better eaten warm from the oven on a weekend morning.

molasses walnut scones on a tray

Walnut Molasses Scones with Vanilla Glaze

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Adapted from Food & Drink magazine, Winter 2011 issue

  • Author: Crosby Molasses
  • Cook Time: 10-12 mins
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 2 cups flour (use half whole grain flour)
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup cold butter
  • ¾ cup + 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ¾ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped


  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 12 Tbsp. cream
  • ½ t vanilla
  • ¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients and cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives.
  3. Combine milk and molasses, mix well and add to dry mixture along with the walnuts.
  4. Stir gently just until the dough comes together.
  5. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. (This is a very light and sticky dough but resist the urge to add more flour. Keeping with the flour proportions and working the dough as little as possible creates the most beautifully soft scone.)
  6. Divide dough in half and pat each half into a 1” thick disk, fold it over on itself to create a half-moon, then fold it over again. Gently pat into a 1” thick disk, cut into 6 wedges.
  7. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet at least 1” apart.
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and coat with glaze while still warm. Sprinkle with finely chopped walnuts. Serve warm.

Molasses Sticky Buns

sticky buns with green leaves

For this version we have combined our favourite sweet dough with a sticky molasses syrup and amped-up the cinnamon to create the most heavenly treat that still qualifies as breakfast food. Definitely worth getting out of bed for.

Buckwheat Flapjacks with Molasses Maple Syrup

Buckwheat pancakes with molasses maple syrup

Pancakes and Flapjacks are among our favourite treats and this recipe, made with local buckwheat flour, is a favourite.

Dinnertime indulgences that non-cooks can master too:

Spice-rubbed Ribs with Molasses Slather

spice rubbed ribs with molasses slather

Slow braised, beautifully spiced ribs with a scrumptious slather. Mmm, this is a Sunday indulgence. And they are super easy to make

Effortless Oven-Baked Ribs

oven baked spareribs

Just like the recipe title says, these are easy-peasy and a family favourite for everyone.

Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken

molasses lime grilled chicken with a knife

This is a lovely dish that tastes like spring. Seasoned with a simple molasses marinade with garlic, lots of fresh lime juice and zest, a touch of heat from the spice and sweet molasses.

Enjoy your Mother’s Day, how ever you choose to celebrate.


  • May 11, 2023

    Karen Chartrand

    I have made these ribs adding garlic powder and the family loves them. So easy.

  • May 5, 2021


    I hadn’t thought of using molasses as my husband is diabetic, but when I saw the small amount used, I believe I’ll go ahead and make it. Previously, I used it in my hot water gingerbread cake, but that’s just too sweet altogether.

  • May 5, 2021

    Suzanne Therese Lebel

    I absolutely love Crosby’s molasses and is the only kind I buy. I’ve tried a few recipes and without fail, they’ve been scrumptious! Thank you!

    • June 11, 2021

      Marie-Pierre Lessard

      Thank you for the glowing comment Suzanne!

  • May 5, 2021


    I use molasses to boil the bagels. After that I used the same molasses water to water my plants. Hydrangea and mums love it, but not azelea. They former produces lots of flowers.

    • June 11, 2021

      Marie-Pierre Lessard

      Interesting! Thanks for sharing your tips Faye

  • May 7, 2020

    Twyla Laakso

    Just a quick comment. I have been buying your molasses for many years of course, but only recently signs up for your newsletter emails. They are fabulous!
    Just wanted to say great recipes, well done and thank you.

    • June 17, 2020

      Crosby Molasses

      Thanks Twyla!

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