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Portable Breakfast–Mason Jar Granola Parfaits

April 23, 2012

Mason Jar Granola Parfaits

 

I’ve got a quick post for you today about a breakfast that I’ve really been enjoying.  Granola, fruit, and yogurt parfaits assembled in a mason jar.  I love the portability of it and they look pretty darn cute once assembled.  It’s a great way to make you look forward to a healthy breakfast and honestly, these days (being enormously pregnant) it’s one of the only breakfasts that keeps me full for more than a minute.  They are highly adaptable depending on what fruit you have on hand and what is in season and you can control the amount of sugar that you add to it.  I just wrap my mason jar in a cloth napkin and put it in my lunch bag.  When I get to work, it’s ready to eat!

Mason Jar Breakfast Parfaits

For this recipe, you’ll need 1 pint mason jars.  Feel free to half the recipe if you want a smaller portion.  I use whatever combination of nuts and seeds that I have on hand for the granola.  You could also add 1 cup of dried fruit to the recipe if you would like, just add it 1/2 way through the cooking time. Makes about 4 parfaits. 

Granola:

3 cups of rolled oats

1/4 cup flax meal

1-1 1/2 cups of nuts and seeds of your choice (roughly chop larger nuts)

2 Tablespoons of olive oil

1/2 cup of honey

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1/4 teaspoon of salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Spread granola evenly on a large, parchment lined sheet pan.  Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  Check after 30 minutes.  If granola isn’t golden brown, stir again and allow to cook for 10 more minutes.  Cool and store in an airtight container.

To assemble parfaits:

4 cups of fruit of your choice cut into bite-sized pieces if necessary (I’ve been using a lot of berries lately)

1 large container of Plain Greek Yogurt (you need about 4 cups)

1/4 cup of honey

Prepared granola

Layer yogurt, honey, fruit, then granola in a mason jar.  Repeat with one more layer.  Tightly screw on the lid and store in the refrigerator.  Can be assembled the night before.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2012 8:49 pm

    This is such a good idea! Totally am trying these sometime soon! Thank you so much! :-)

    • April 16, 2013 8:59 am

      Thank you! I’ve been on maternity leave for…um…well…a year but am back in the saddle. More posts to come soon!

  2. April 13, 2013 1:38 pm

    this looks amazing, and I LOVE mason jars! Trying this out soon!!!!

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