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.
1. Fruit and yogurt parfait recipe
This recipe has it all, including a nice helping of oats and the extra benefit of chia seeds.
2. Frittata in a jar recipe
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
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
This yummy breakfast is paleo-friendly to boot.
5. Blueberry pancakes in a jar recipe
Don’t worry, we didn’t leave the pancakes off this list. And they’re microwaveable. Microwaveable!
6. Grab-and-go oatmeal recipe
Prepping a few of these jars of oatmeal will give you a batch you can microwave whenever you need a quick breakfast.
7. Shake-and-pour pancake mix recipe
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
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
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
This is a great day starter if you’re working hard to eat clean.
11. Vegan mango lassi overnight oatmeal parfait recipe
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
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
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
Bet you didn’t think you could pull off French toast in a jar. Spoiler: You totally can!
15. Healthy breakfast bread pudding recipe
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
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
These remind me of blueberry cobbler, not that I’m complaining or anything.
18. Cinnamon rolls recipe
Look how cute these things are! For mornings when you want something a little sweeter but don’t want a sugar crash midmorning.
Before you go, check out our slideshow below.
Originally published May 2015. Updated January 2017.