3 Litttle Jars: Breakfasts

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is a meal that you should CARE about because without a breakfast, you will feel lethargic and have a lack of motivation to get anything done. Maybe you’re rolling your eyes and thinking “I know I know. Breakfast is important but I just don’t have time in the morning to make it. ” Well you are in luck. These three breakfast recipes were made to be a grab-and-go kinda breakfast. They can all be made in advance and you can just stash them in your fridge or pantry until you need them.

Breakfast 1: Banana Granola

In my house, there is always a jar of homemade granola. It’s easy to make and makes your house smell inviting. I like eating granola by the handful but it is also great with yogurt or ice cream. The granola that my mom always makes is your typical granola, made with honey, maple syrup, oats, nuts and sometimes dried fruits. It is delicious and we always gift it. But sometimes, your palate needs a change. By adding a mashed banana , you add natural sweetness and a tropical twist to your normal granola. It makes your home smell like fresh banana bread and it does conserve for quite sometime, but trust me, it goes quickly. Make a BIG batch on Sunday and put it in a jar. That way, you can eat it by the handful in the morning or top it over some yogurt. You can also just place some in a plastic bag and throw it in your bag to go.

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Breakfast 2: Berry Smoothie

I love to have smoothies in the morning. For my smoothies, I like to have frozen fruit. With frozen fruit, it is thick and cold. Some people like to use fresh fruit. With fresh fruit, it is not as cold but the consistency is more like a liquid. In my fridge, there is always some kind of fruit juice, some kind of yogurt and some kind of lactose free milk, like almond or rice milk. In my freezer, I like to keep a bag of frozen berries and some kind of tropical fruit, mango or pineapple. When I make a smoothie with banana, I like to peel it and cut it into rounds. Then, I place it in the freezer and let it harden. Otherwise, it’s hard to peel once frozen and your fingers get cold very easily. Once you have everything prepared, making a smoothie is very easy and not very time consuming. I find that they are best when they are just made. If you don’t think you have enough time to make it in the morning, I recommend making it the night before and keeping it in your fridge.

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Breakfast 3: Yogurt Parfait with Homemade Jam

The other day, I made homemade jam. Normally, jam has a lot of sugar and takes a lot of time. This one takes less than 5 minutes, but the longer you let it set, the more jelly like it becomes. This parfait is easy to make and you can prepare it the night before. By layering your jam, yogurt and toppings, the presentation is crazy cool and looks like something that came out of the store. Why by one if you can make your own?

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Breakfast 1: Banana Granola

Ingredients for at least 4 servings:

  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 3 tblsp maple syrup
  • 3 tblsp coconut oil
  • 3 cups of gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Heat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, mix the bananas, maple syrup and coconut oil together until well combined.

In a big bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, vanilla and sea salt. Add the banana mixture and mix until the oats are evenly coated.

Evenly disperse the oats on the parchment paper. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden . After 10 minutes, flip the granola with a wooden spoon to ensure that the oats are all golden. Once you remove them from the oven, let it rest for 10 minutes so that it dries. Let it cool before you place in a jar.


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Breakfast 2: Berry Smoothie

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1/2 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, I used kefir

Directions:

In a high speed blender, crush the berries and banana until they look like small beads.

Add the applesauce and pomegranate juice and mix until it forms a puree, you may want to add the yogurt now. Otherwise, you may add more juice if it is too thick.

To serve, place in your jar or glass. Top with yogurt, if you haven’t used it yet, and enjoy.

  • Note: I add the yogurt at the end but it’s only because I like the way it looks. 

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Breakfast 3: Yogurt Parfait with Homemade Jam

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 1 cup frozen berries, thawed OR fresh berries
  • 2 tsps chia seeds
  • 2 tsps maple syrup
  • 1 cup plain yogurt, unless you want it flavored
  • 1/4 cup granola, to serve
  • Fresh raspberries, to serve

Directions:

In a food processor, mix the berries until it forms a puree. Add the chia seeds and maple syrup. Place at the bottom of your jar and let it sit in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.

  • Note: The longer it rests, the more jelly-like it becomes.

Add your yogurt on top of the jam. Before serving, top with granola and raspberries.


Bon Appétit

-Stephanie

 

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