Mason Jar Breakfast Recipes from the 8fit App

We’ve all heard it before: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy, homemade breakfast fuels your body and sets the tone for the rest of the day. However, when it comes down to it, not many of us want to wake up an hour earlier to prepare a meal.

Instead of skipping breakfast altogether, something that could damage your metabolism, try one of these mason jar breakfast recipes. Breakfast in a jar is the perfect morning companion for the busy – or lazy – among us. Prepare any of these 8fit recipes the night before, store them in the fridge overnight and then hit the snooze button in the morning. Some recipes, like the overnight oats and chia pudding, are even OK to prepare 2-3 days in advance.

The perks don’t end there! Preparing your breakfast in a mason jar or other container helps with portion control, which is key to reaching your weight loss or weight management goals. It might not be easy at first, but once you get into the groove, the habit will stick and you’ll feel satisfied straight to lunch.

How to make breakfast in a jar

The principle is simple when making a delicious breakfast in a jar or storage container: add your ingredients to a jar, shake or stir, add some toppings and store it in the fridge overnight or for 2-3 days – and there you have it, a healthy breakfast to take on-the-go each morning. Remember, you don’t need to nail the presentation because it’s what’s inside that counts.

Tip
We advise holding the fruit if you plan to eat your breakfast two or more days later. Add that the night before or morning-of.

Healthy mason jar breakfast recipes from 8fit

The following recipe ingredient counts are for two, 400-calorie servings. Use the 8fit app for portions that suit your weight loss or weight management goals. Simply search for the recipe in your 8fit recipe book and multiply the servings by two, three or more.

Mango coconut chia yogurt

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened yogurt
  • 1 mango
  • 6 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 10 almonds
  • 4 Tbsp shredded coconut
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Make this coconut and mango breakfast bowl and wake up to summery, holiday vibes. Top off the yogurt with shredded coconut, mango, chia seeds, crunchy almonds and a sprinkle of cinnamon. This mason jar breakfast is super easy to make. All you have to do is coarsely  chop the mango and add it to your container with the yogurt and the rest of the ingredients.

Overnight chia and oat pudding

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Ingredients

  • ⅔ cups rolled oats
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 2 tsp raw cacao powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt

You seriously can’t go wrong with this one. If you already love the combination of banana, almond milk and cacao, adding a touch of sea salt will truly elevate the dish. You can combine the ingredients the night before, using a blender or by chopping the banana and shaking the jar instead.

Carrot cake overnight oats

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Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups non-dairy milk
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 Tbsp raisins
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp sea salt

The moment you open this jar in the morning, the intoxicating aroma of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and sweet carrots will entice you. After the first spoonful, you’ll wonder whether you just had a bite of cake. Don’t worry, this indulgent carrot cake flavored jar of overnight oats is healthy and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. Just add the ingredients to a jar, stir or shake, then pop it into the fridge until the morning.

Chunky sesame banana smoothie

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Ingredients

  • 2 banana
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 3 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 4 Tbsp protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
Tip
Make a big batch of this smoothie and store servings in the freezer. Transfer your smoothies to the fridge the night before you’d like to drink them -- creamy smoothies like this one defrost best.

Smoothies don’t always hold well a few hours after preparation, but this one stands  its ground in the fridge overnight. This creamy sesame banana smoothie is full of good-for-you, nutritious ingredients that taste decadent without leaving you feeling sluggish post-breakfast. In addition to the ingredients in its name, you’ll notice the ingredient list also calls for peanut butter, raw cacao powder and protein powder — all of which will all help you feel full and satisfied. Enjoy as is, or add a splash of water for a more hydrating beverage.