Mason jars: They’re not just for pickling anymore. Nowadays, we use the cute jars with a vintage-y feel for everything from DIY projects to storage — and we’re about to show you how to utilize Mason jars to completely revamp your morning breakfast routine.

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These breakfast recipes are delicious and easy because they’re all make-ahead, but the real cherry on top is the adorable country style the Mason jar brings to the table.

Contents

1. Fruit and yogurt parfait recipe

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This recipe has it all, including a nice helping of oats and the extra benefit of chia seeds.

2. Frittata in a jar recipe

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If you’re more in the mood for something savory, you can bake up these frittatas and reheat them whenever you like for on-the-go eating that’s much healthier than a sugar-coated doughnut.

3. Make-ahead smoothie recipe

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These smoothies can be made the night before and stashed in the fridge for a morning meal or in the freezer for a lunchtime snack that will be thawed out by the time noon rolls around.

4. Mason jar breakfast casserole recipe

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This yummy breakfast is paleo-friendly to boot.

5. Blueberry pancakes in a jar recipe

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Don’t worry, we didn’t leave the pancakes off this list. And they’re microwaveable. Microwaveable!

6. Grab-and-go oatmeal recipe

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Prepping a few of these jars of oatmeal will give you a batch you can microwave whenever you need a quick breakfast.

More: Wee Mason jar lid pies are almost too cute to eat

7. Shake-and-pour pancake mix recipe

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If you have a little more time in the morning, you can prep a jar of this shake-and-pour pancake mix. Very convenient, and healthier than the tinned stuff.

8. Skinny apple bread in a jar recipe

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If you’re more of a breakfast bread or muffin lover, this bread in a jar makes a great take-along breakfast.

9. Pumpkin spice overnight oatmeal recipe

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Sure, pumpkin spice season is technically over, but you can still enjoy this yummy oatmeal while you wait for fall to roll back around.

10. Fruit and egg quinoa breakfast parfait recipe

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This is a great day starter if you’re working hard to eat clean.

11. Vegan mango lassi overnight oatmeal parfait recipe

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I can’t think of a better refreshing breakfast for when the mornings start to warm up.

12. Ore-Ida Mason jar egg bake recipe

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For mornings when you need something a little more hearty, hash browns can always be relied upon to do the trick.

13. Raspberry-vanilla overnight oatmeal recipe

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Here’s another great recipe for oatmeal that will be ready for you by the time your alarm goes off.

14. Blueberry French toast recipe

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Bet you didn’t think you could pull off French toast in a jar. Spoiler: You totally can!

15. Healthy breakfast bread pudding recipe

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Make a batch of these on Sunday, and you’ll be good to go all week long.

16. Oven-baked eggs and vegetable cups recipe

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These little bites are packed with yummy stuff that’s also really great for you. Perfect way to start the day.

17. Baked blueberry-pecan oatmeal recipe

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These remind me of blueberry cobbler, not that I’m complaining or anything.

18. Cinnamon rolls recipe

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Look how cute these things are! For mornings when you want something a little sweeter but don’t want a sugar crash midmorning.

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Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

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Originally published May 2015. Updated January 2017.

We all know fitting breakfast into a busy schedule is never easy. I’d sooner hit the snooze button a few more times, over the filling and nutritious breakfast I know I need. With these portable mason jar meals, you’ll be able to take your morning meal on the go.

Just prep the night before and you’ll earn even extra zzz’s. Most importantly, starting your morning out right with a good breakfast will kick start your metabolism and improve your day tremendously. Do some experimenting and find out which of these is your favorite mason jar meal.

The Overnight Oats

The beauty of overnight oats is that their primary “cooking” time happens during your beauty sleep. You wake up refreshed and your oats wake up fully soaked with all the goodies.
Benefits include: more fat burn, feeling fuller longer, doubling your heart health.

1. Breakfast Banana Cocoa Overnight Oats

Photo by Jason Jonathan

Chocolate-y banana oats are the perfect blend of fruity and sweet.

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

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It’s like having candy for breakfast.

3. Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

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PSL season might be over, but you can still get your fix here.

4. Easy Overnight Oatmeal

Photo by Kassie McIntyre

This classic overnight oatmeal gets a personalized twist with your fave fruit.

5. Overnight Quinoa

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This protein rich recipe will keep you full and satisfied longer, for those extra stressful days.

The Chia Seed Puddings

This healthier take on pudding will allow you to have dessert for breakfast. Chia seeds have been all the rage for a while, and now it’s about time you start integrating them into your morning meal.
Benefits include: yummy antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids, loaded with protein and fiber

6. Simple Mango and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

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With these tropical flavors it’s easy to imagine yourself lounging on a beach, sipping a piña colada, instead of rushing off to your internship.

7. Cherry Almond Chia Seed Pudding

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Pop your chia seed pudding cherry with this awesome meal to-go.

8. Mango Lime Chia Seed Pudding

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Using your favorite fruity flavors to remind you that summer is right around the corner.

The Parfaits

Everyone loves parfaits, they’re the perfect blend of yogurt, fruit, and crunchy stuff. Also, these are an easy convert to our portable mason jars because of its layer-ability.
Benefits include: protein, calcium, and probiotics (as long as you choose the lower fat options).

9. Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

Photo by Anna Loh

Traditional yogurt parfaits will never lose popularity with the breakfast crowd, and this recipe’s no exception.

10. Overnight Buckwheat Cashew Parfait

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This vegan recipe will reap hella health benefits.

The Bakery in a Jar

You can enjoy all of your favorites, without making a time-costing trip to the bakery. Also, homemade is always the better option over store-bought.
Benefits include: a happy soul

11. Blueberry Pancake in a Jar

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This traditional fruit-flavored pancake easily transfers into a portable mason jar thanks to this recipe.

12. Skinny Apple Bread in a Jar

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Enjoy the sweetness of apple bread without all of those pesky calories.

13. Blueberry French Toast in a Jar

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Yea, this is totally real and worth a try for those mornings you just want to spoil yourself a little.

The Casseroles

The protein-loaded casseroles will give you the full breakfast experience in the portability of a mason jar. Although not completely guilt-free, these casseroles will give you a hearty and savory meal.
Benefits include: high quality protein from the eggs.

14. Mason Jar Sweet Potato and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

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Enjoy some healthy carbs with this sweet potato dish in a jar.

15. Mason Jar Hashbrown Egg Bake

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Hashbrowns are pretty amazing on their own, but in this awesome portable egg bake you’ll be able to enjoy a well-balanced breakfast featuring your favorite potatoes.

24 Healthy and Portable Mason Jar Meals

1. Blueberry and grilled peach quinoa parfait

This beaut calls for grilled peaches to up the sweet ante, though fresh work just as well in a time crunch.

With layers of nutty quinoa, creamy Greek yogurt, crunchy pecans, and soft blueberries, all drizzled with maple syrup, it’s a symphony of textures so fabulous we’d make it for dessert too.

2. Bacon and eggs in a jar

Mason jar breakfasts aren’t all layered parfaits, oats, and chia seeds. Hearty combinations like this one work just as well, making eggs portable without putting them on an English muffin or bagel.

Instead, toss ’em in a jar with bacon, spinach, and cheese and microwave it all for a speedy, healthy meal.

3. Salted turtle overnight oats

Chocolate turtle lovers, this one’s for you. If you’re not familiar with the sweet combo, rest assured no reptiles are involved — turtle is a delightful mixture of chocolate, caramel, and pecans.

This a.m. meal keeps it healthy with medjool dates as a surprisingly perfect stand-in for caramel, plus cocoa powder, unsweetened almond milk, oats, and of course the pecans. Delish!

4. Breakfast jar parfaits

Gotta love a recipe that doesn’t require cooking. Oats and chia seeds soak up milk, vanilla, and cinnamon overnight to make a thick, pudding-like treat.

Featuring layers of Greek yogurt, berries, and chia seeds topped with granola, this nutritious meal takes just minutes to put together and is perfectly portable. Take that, Mickey D’s.

5. Oven-baked egg and vegetable cups

Who says frittatas have to be fancy? This recipe takes a little longer, but the winning combination of eggs, kale, potatoes, sausage, and cheese in a cute mason jar is worth the time.

6. Granola breakfast in a mason jar

Can’t go wrong with the classic: fruit, yogurt, and granola. Mix protein powder into the yogurt for extra flavor and switch up the other ingredients based on what’s in season and what you want!

To make this even healthier, try goat’s-milk yogurt, which has less sugar than yogurt made from cow’s milk. We recommend using homemade granola to limit the added sugar.

7. Overnight no-cook refrigerator oatmeal

With this basic recipe, you can wake up to a delicious breakfast with a good amount of protein in a different flavor every day.

This blog lists 20 flavors, including cherry almond, papaya coconut cashew, and strawberry pumpkin seed. And can we just talk about the pretty presentation for a second?

8. Omelet in a jar

Despite the slew of oat recipes out there, morning mason jar options for Paleo eaters do exist.

In this recipe, omelets of sausage, sweet peppers, cheddar cheese, mushrooms, and eggs scrambled with plain yogurt are baked right in the jars. Make a few and have breakfast set for the week.

9. Choco-banana refrigerator oatmeal

Who doesn’t want to wake up to a healthy breakfast that’s also chocolaty? The chia seeds, yogurt, and soaked oats make it creamy and rich. Top with extra bananas, walnuts, and honey and it’s ready to go.

10. Apple pie pancake in a jar

That’s right, flapjacks to go! And they’re made with real ingredients — including almond butter, apple butter, and whole-wheat flour — rather than packaged mix.

This version cooks in the microwave and has all the light, fluffy, fruity goodness you’d expect from the griddle. Plus, the jar makes for easy portion control (we all know how a huge stack of pancakes can go down easy).

Find & Log Healthy Recipes

Mushroom Feta Frittata

Serves 2.

Note: For this recipe, choose oven-safe glass containers, rather than traditional canning jars, which should not go in the oven.

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Sauté 2 cups of mushrooms in 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Once the mushrooms release their juices, add 1 cup chopped kale, and cook for 3–4 minutes, until the leaves wilt. Season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper to taste.

Divide the mushroom mixture between 2 oven-safe glass containers, topping each with 1–2 tablespoons of feta cheese. In a small bowl, whisk 4 eggs with 1/4 cup of milk. Divide eggs between the containers. Place on a baking sheet and bake until eggs are no longer wobbly in the center (roughly 20–25 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool before placing lids on the containers and storing in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Apple Maple Overnight Oats

Serves 4.

Divide 2 cups quick oats evenly among 4 pint jars. Top each with roughly 1 cup chopped apples, 2 tablespoons currants, 1/8 teaspoon salt and cinnamon to taste. Swirl each of the jars to mix the contents. Boil 4 cups of water, then divide water evenly among each jar, drizzle a bit of maple syrup into each jar, stirring to combine the oats and ingredients with the water. Allow the jars to sit on the countertop for 10–15 minutes before placing the lids on the jars and storing in the refrigerator. In the morning, pull a jar from the fridge, rewarm in the microwave, top with your favorite kind of milk, more maple syrup and fresh fruit and go!

Orange Pistachio Chia Pudding

Serves 2.

In a small bowl with a pour spout, combine 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, juice of 1/2 an orange, 1 tablespoon orange zest, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and 1/4 cup chia seeds. Mix well to combine. Allow the chia to sit in the liquid for 5–8 minutes, then stir again and pour the mixture evenly between two pint or half-pint Mason jars. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. In the morning, top each jar with 2–3 slices of orange, 2 tablespoons shelled, unsalted pistachios and 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds, and enjoy!

Matcha Pineapple Green Smoothie

Serves 2.

In a food processor, combine 1 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple, 1 cup chopped kale, 2 tablespoons raw almond butter, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds, 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder and 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (optional: 1/2 avocado). Blend until smooth. Pour into two pint jars. Then cover with lids, and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Sprinkle with hemp seeds just before enjoying, if desired.

Mason Jar Yogurt Parfaits

Serves 1.

Add 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt to a pint Mason jar, top with 1/4 cup of your favorite granola (or make your own — see below) and your favorite fruit. Seal jar with a lid, and store for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

To make your own quick granola: Preheat oven to 300°F. Combine 2 cups of quick oats with 1/2 cup nuts, 3 tablespoons maple syrup, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix well with your hands to combine, then spread out in an even layer on a baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes. Allow to cool, then store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Yields 4 cups, or 16 servings.

Make-Ahead Mason Jar Breakfast Recipes

Three easy recipes for grab-and-go breakfast or snack jars. With the toppings stored in containers above the jars, they are sure to stay crunchy and dry. Make these jar recipes the night before and have a tasty breakfast ready to go in the morning.

Mornings are hectic with kids. Between making breakfasts and lunches, and getting everyone dressed and out the door on time, I often don’t end up feeding myself anything. I’m sure a lot of moms can relate to eating peanut butter and jelly sandwich crusts for breakfast while searching for a missing shoe that the dog may have buried under a bush in the backyard, while yelling, “Get in the car!” Tell me it’s not just me. And then there’s school pick-up and after-school sports and oh my gosh, “we are so hungry and need a snack!” So this week I decided to plan ahead make some breakfast/snack jars. When I don’t have time to eat breakfast with the kids it’s been great to grab a jar and bring it with me in the car. I’ve also been bringing the smoothie jars with me to pick up the kids from school. That way they can have a vitamin-packed snack they love in between school and after-school activities.

I made three breakfast or snack jar recipes. Click the links below to see the recipes.

  • Dragon Fruit/Pitaya Bowls with Granola and Coconut
  • Chocolate Chia Pudding with Walnuts and Coconut
  • Overnight Oatmeal with Nuts, Coconut, and Flax

I’ve shared the easy recipes for all three of these make-ahead jars in the past. I used the ingredients I had, but feel free to use other toppings. Crunchy toppings are a must with these soft jar meals. Nuts and seeds are also a terrific way to add protein, healthy fats, and fiber. If there’s space left in the jars, I usually top them up with fresh berries or other fruit just before I leave home with my lovely jar, or before eating.

By reusing a plastic applesauce or fruit cup container, the dry toppings stay away from the moisture inside the jar and remain nice and crunchy. I originally saw this idea on a Facebook video for DIY Lunchables. The ham and cheese were in the jar and crackers were in the top container. If you know who came up with the brilliant idea to top canning jars with applesauce or fruit cup containers, please let me know so I can give them proper credit!

When I first tried this mason jar and plastic applesauce container technique, it did not work at all. The trick is to use a wide mouth jar so that the rim is approximately the same diameter as the lip of the plastic toppings container.

Aren’t these nourishing superfood jars fun? I just love grab-and-go foods that are actually healthy.

While the applesauce container method is the most economical if you have kids who are already eating applesauce, there are commercial canning jar dividers. Here’s one I found on Amazon, as well as the exact jars I used (affiliate links).

Canning jars can also be found at craft stores like Michaels and grocery stores. I use them for all sorts of project from food storage to flower vases.

Ingredients

  • 1 serving smoothie, chia pudding, or overnight oats
  • 1/3 cup favorite toppings (granola, nuts, seeds, coconut)
  • 1 wide mouth pint canning jar and lid
  • 1 empty plastic applesauce container

Instructions

  1. Fill the jar with your ingredients for chia pudding or overnight oatmeal, or a prepared smoothie. If freezing smoothies, be sure to leave room for expansion while freezing so that the jar doesn’t break.
  2. Fill the empty applesauce container with your toppings. Place the jar lid top-side-down to cover the toppings in the applesauce container. Carefully turn the toppings, covered with the lid, onto the filled jar. Use the jar ring to seal. Refrigerate chia pudding and oatmeal overnight. Freeze smoothies.
  3. Chia pudding should be eaten cold. Overnight oats can be heated in the microwave, but remove the toppings first! Remove the smoothie from the freezer 1-2 hours before eating to give it time to defrost a bit.

Breakfast is waiting for you with these quick and easy make-ahead oatmeal, fruit and yogurt jars. For each recipe, layer all of the ingredients except the liquid in the jar. At least 15 minutes before serving, or up to overnight, add ½ cup milk or ½ cup juice and shake vigorously to combine. Each recipe yields one serving. You can add whatever liquid is your favorite, but we prefer apple or pomegranate juice.

Con Poulos

1. Pomegranate and blueberry

½ cup rolled oats

½ cup blueberries

½ cup lowfat yogurt

1 Tbsp chia seeds

¼ cup pomegranate seeds

½ cup milk or juice

Per jar: 312 cal, 6 g fat (1 g sat fat), 17 mg chol, 72 mg sod, 20 g pro, 64 g car, 11 g fiber

2. Peanut butter, banana and strawberry

½ cup rolled oats

1 Tbsp flaxseed

½ cup lowfat yogurt

1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter

¼ cup strawberries, quartered

1 small banana, chopped

1 Tbsp honey

½ cup milk or juice

Per jar: 530 cal, 13 g fat (3 g sat fat), 17 mg chol, 133 mg sod, 23 g pro, 90 g car, 10 g fiber

3. Spiced apple and walnut

½ apple, chopped

½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

½ cup lowfat yogurt

1 Tbsp golden raisins

½ cup rolled oats

1 Tbsp walnuts, toasted and chopped

½ cup milk or juice

Per jar: 360 cal, 6 g fat (1 g sat fat), 17 mg chol, 63 mg sod, 19 g pro, 63 g car, 7 g fiber

4. Jam and apricot

½ cup lowfat yogurt

2 Tbsp raspberry jam

½ cup rolled oats

1 Tbsp ground flaxseed

¼ cup dried apricots, chopped

1 Tbsp pepitas

½ cup milk or juice

Per jar: 464 cal, 8 g fat (2 g sat fat), 17 mg chol, 65 mg sod, 21 g pro, 92 g car, 8 g fiber

5. Mango and apricot jam

½ cup lowfat yogurt

2 Tbsp apricot jam

½ cup rolled oats

2 Tbsp shelled pistachios, roughly chopped

1 Tbsp chia seeds

½ cup chopped mango (½ small mango)

½ cup milk or juice

Per jar: 469 cal, 12 g fat (2 g sat fat), 17 mg chol, 70 mg sod, 23 g pro, 88 g car, 10 g fiber

Breakfast in a jar

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