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Make-Ahead Mason Jar Breakfasts

February 03, 2021 3 min read

Make-Ahead Mason Jar Breakfasts

The morning rush can get the better of us and — before you know it — your family is out the door having consumed nothing but a few bites of a snack bar.

You know that’s not the ideal way to fuel an afternoon of work or school. But you also know that you’re not likely to spend an extra 20 minutes cooking turkey sausage or making omelets.

Happily, there’s an easy fix. And all you need are Mason jars and a free half hour to do your prep work for the entire week. In the end, you’ll save money (versus eating on the go), eat healthier and enjoy taste-filled food that keep you energized all day.

Here are seven of our favorite recipes to get you started.

Mixed Berry Chia Pudding

Two jars with chia pudding topped with berries.

Chia seeds are nature’s way of rewarding those of us who try to eat healthily. That’s because they taste a lot like pudding, but you can eat them for breakfast!

Our favorite recipe, which can be prepared the night before, combines strawberries, blackberries, coconut and cashews to make an incredibly tasty — and easy to take on the go — breakfast treat.

Berry Granola Parfait

Two mason jars with yogurt, granola, and berries garnished with mint.

This recipe is as simple as it gets. Just layer berries, granola and yogurt in a Mason jar. It’s easy to do — and can be done the night before — and is a quick and healthy way to start your day with a good dose of antioxidants, calcium and fiber.

Banana Bread in a Jar

Banana bread baked in a mason jar

If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that our recipes trend healthy. But we also love an occasional indulgence, especially if it’s homemade from simple ingredients. This banana bread, originally intended as a wedding favor, is definitely worthy of a splurge — even if you’re not tying the knot. 

 

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

Whipped sweet potato topped with sliced peaches and berries in a mason jar.

We get it. You don’t think of sweet potatoes as a breakfast food. But they’re packed with nutrients and known for stabilizing blood sugar — which makes them a great choice for starting your day. These are whipped with coconut oil (another superfood) and a bit of honey.

Top them off with berries, sliced peaches, nuts or even edible flowers. The result is beautiful, super-healthy and delicious.

Frittata in a Jar

Two eggs next to a mason jar with a baked asparagus and sun-dried tomato frittata inside.

If you’re an omelet eater and haven’t had a frittata yet you’re in for a major treat. And this asparagus, sun-dried tomato and feta frittata is going to redefine your notion of breakfast.

You’ll want to click on the link above to get the exact recipe, but you’re basically just beating three eggs, then mixing in a bit of almond or coconut milk as well as chopped asparagus, sundried tomatoes and feta cheese. You combine it all in a Mason jar and, the next morning, bake it in the oven for about 25 minutes.

Pumpkin Spice Oats

Pumpkin spice oatmeal topped with nuts and raisins in a mason jar.

We tend to think of pumpkins as a fall treat, but they’re way too yummy — not to mention packed with antioxidants — to ignore the rest of the year.

So grab a 16-ounce Mason jar and all your ingredients, including pumpkin puree, coconut milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and oats. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy the next morning. 

Blueberry French Toast in a Jar

Two mason jars with blueberry french toast baked inside.

There are many, many things that work well in a Mason jar, but French toast? That’s hard to imagine. Kudos to Kelli at Mason Jar Breakfast and More for getting it done.

Interested? Clink on the link above to get the full recipe — and get ready for a true breakfast treat.

On the Road with JarJackets

JarJackets are silicone sleeves that slip right over your Mason jars, making them perfect to enjoy at home or take on the road. Our favorite jar for make-ahead mason jar breakfasts has to be the 16oz wide-mouth jar + JarJackets silicone sleeves.

Not only do they look super-cute, but they protect your glass jars from the inevitable slips and bumps that life brings. Plus, they’re microwave and dishwasher safe.

With a little help from JarJackets, Mason jars are ideal for far more than drinks, so plan just a bit ahead and enjoy delicious and nutrient-packed breakfasts all week — either at home or on the go.


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