It seems like trendy new food ideas come out almost every day now. Paleo diets, protein diets, all-kale-everything, and juicing are all great fads, however, they are often difficult to keep up with. In the midst of balancing work, school, social commitments, and more, it can be tough to follow the rigid requirements of these recipes.

This is where mason jar breakfasts become a handy trick for those of you who are always on-the-go. These quick and easy overnight meals can jumpstart any healthy lifestyle choice—depending, of course, on what you put in them.

1. Cherry Chia Jam Overnight Oats

cherry jar[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Ingredients

Raw Cherry Chia Jam:

  • 2 cups of fresh sweet cherries (pitted and de-stemmed)
  • 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons of chia seeds

Oats:

  • 1 cup of gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 ½ cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa nibs
  • Chopped cherries and almonds on top for garnish
  • 1 recipe of raw cherry chia jam

To make the jam, blend the cherries and maple syrup together in a high-powered blender for two minutes (until smooth). Place in airtight container and mix chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours.

To make the oats, add the rolled oats, milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract and cocoa nibs to an air tight container which you will gently whisk and then refrigerate for eight hours. Layer the oats and cherry jam in your mason jar, then add cherries and almonds on top (as desired) and refrigerate. It’s ready to eat!

2. Healthy Bread Pudding

Bread pudding jar[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of whole grain oat flour
  • ½ cup of whole grain barley flour
  • ½ cup of whole grain brown rice flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of ground chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 3 cups of ripe berries

Directions

(Note: This recipe needs 12 wide-mouth mason jars.)

You will first mix the oat barley, brown rice flours, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl. Then, in a medium bowl, you will mix the buttermilk, water, vanilla and honey together. Combine both bowls together (batter should remain lumpy). Allow this newly combined batter to sit for 30 minutes, then add ¼ of the muffin batter to each mason jar and bake for 22 minutes. Once cooled, add a spoon of yogurt onto each jar and berries as desired and enjoy your delicious breakfast throughout the week!

3. Raspberry Jam Overnight Oats

raspberry jar[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Ingredients

Raspberry Chia Jam

  • 1 cup of fresh raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds

Overnight Oats

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey

Directions

In order to make the jam, mix the raspberries, honey and lemon juice in a bowl until the mixture resembles a thick, jam-like substance. Then, stir in chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

To make the oats, combine all ingredients thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Then, spoon layers of oats and raspberry chia jam into mason jars and enjoy your breakfast at any temperature!

4. Chocolate Almond Smoothie

smoothie jar[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of silk vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ banana
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of ice

Directions

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into mason jar for storage and conveniently enjoy your easy on-the-go breakfast treat!

5. Eggs and Bacon On-The-Go

eggs jar[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of goat cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 strips of bacon

Directions

Whisk eggs, salt and pepper together in a bowl, then pour into medium-heated pan, scramble and sprinkle goat cheese on top. Then cook bacon strips in pan. Add to mason jar to conveniently eat and store breakfast for those rushed mornings.

6. Overnight Maple Buckwheat

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup of buckwheat groats (rinsed and soaked for at least 2 hours)
  • ¾ cup of almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 diced banana

Instructions

Mix all ingredients and pour into a mason jar, refrigerate mixture overnight. Grab your breakfast in the morning and enjoy during your commute or at work!