Make ahead breakfast jars

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Do you love waking up early, prepare your breakfast and start the day slowly, or are always in a rush because you always switch off the alarm and you end up being late and grabbing some unhealthy croissant from the bakery near your office? If you’re the second kind of guy, well, this post could be helpful.

I don’t work, but I wake up when my husband’s alarm sounds. Even if I have all the time in the world, I’m lazy, especially in the morning. My brain needs a good hour to start working, so I usually grab some fruit and yogurt, I make a chai tea, and that’s my everyday breakfast. But every time I look at my pantry I think “You have so many amazing ingredients you could use for a delicious breakfast. You HAVE to do something”. And that’s how this post was born.

Make ahead breakfast jars

Make ahead breakfast jars

These 5 jars are ready in a heartbeat – seriously, you may be able to make all them in less than 10 minutes – and have to be prepared the night before, so you can wake up at the last minute, grab your jar from the fridge and eat it while you’re riding the bus to the office or while you start your day at your desk. That’s great, isn’t it? I kept them pretty light since I always drink a chai or a latte with my first meal of the day and I have lunch early, but you can add some more toppings to increase the nutritional value, especially if you don’t have the habit to snack during the morning.

I ate these jar for 5 consecutive days and they lasted with any issue at all – I suggest to have them in this order: 1. budwig cream; 2. bircher muesli; 3. almost raw pudding; 4. chia pudding; 5. overnight oats – so yes, you can make them on a Sunday night and have a breakfast-to-go for your entire working week. I suggest to never use fruit as apple, pear, and banana as a topping because they oxidize quickly turning brown. Nothing harmful, but not the best option.

Make ahead breakfast jars

Make ahead breakfast jars

Make ahead breakfast jars

Make ahead breakfast jars

Make ahead breakfast jars

Make ahead breakfast jars


Substitutions: for nut-free jars use seeds and soymilk; for dairy-free jars use coconut or soy yogurt; for gluten-free jars use gluten-free certified rolled oats or rolled buckwheats; for vegan jars use another liquid sweetener instead of honey and a vegan yogurt instead of goat.
You can see the volume of the final jar in the third photo, they’re in the right order – in the following shots, showing the single jar, too.

[ for 1 person ]

Chia pudding

3 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
1 cup almond milk
topping: 1 passion fruit +1 little kiwi + a couple of brazilian nuts

Put chia seeds with vanilla directly in the jar, then start pouring the milk stirring in the meantime. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Stir it again, but intensely – as you were beating some eggs or whipping cream. Add the topping, close the lid and reserve in the fridge.

[ 282 calories, 17.3 g fat, 18.3 g carbs, 7.5 g protein ]



Bircher muesli

1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/6 cup water
half little apple
a squeeze of lemon juice
1 tsp pomegranate molasses
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
1/3 cup goat yogurt (non-fat for me)
topping: 1 little handful blueberries

Mix in the jar oats, juice, and water. Grate the half apple and add it to the jar, add a squeeze of lemon juice and all the other ingredients. Stir and top with some blueberries. Close the lid and reserve in the fridge.

[ 265 calories, 2.8 g fat, 50.7 g carbs, 10 g protein ]



(Almost) Raw pudding
adapted from Shanyara Leonie

1 1/2 tbsp psyllium husks
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp almond butter
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
topping: 2 chocolate squares

Add all the ingredients but the topping into a blender – I used my Vitamix -and blend until smooth. Pour the cream into a jar and add the topping; close the lid and reserve in the fridge.

[ 268 calories, 14.6 g fat, 30.6 g carbs, 5.4 g protein ]



Budwig cream

1 1/2 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp buckwheat
1 tbsp almonds
1/2 medium banana

1/2 cup goat yogurt (non-fat for me)
1 little meyer lemon (or 1/2 normal)
topping: 1 fat pinch black sesame seeds

With a coffee or a spice grinder, reduce flax seeds, buckwheat, and almonds into a rough flour and put it into a jar. Smash the 1/2 banana with a fork in a little bowl, add yogurt and lemon juice – if it’s organic you can also add some lemon zest – and stir. Add the flour and stir again until it’s pretty and uniform. Pour the cream into a jar, sprinkle with the sesame seeds, close the lid and reserve in the fridge.

[ 271 calories, 11.6 g fat, 30.6 g carbs, 14.1 g protein ]



Overnight orange oats

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1/8 tsp vanilla powder

1 orange + water
topping: 1 handful blueberries + 1 pinch hemp seeds

Put oats, poppy seeds, and vanilla into the jar – if your orange is organic, grate some zest and add it to the mix – squeeze the orange into a 1/2 cup and add enough water to fill it and pour the mixture over them. Top with blueberries and hemp seeds, close the lid and reserve in the fridge

[ 271 calories, 6.8 g fat, 43.7 g carbs, 9.2 g protein ]

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  • Santa Vale dall’ aldilà dell’ oceano!!!
    tu mi salvi la vita… IO SONO COME TE!
    per molti aspetti, lo abbiamo stra anche per questa pigrizia mattiniera… che però urge spiegazione.. dunque.. io mi sveglio prestissimo tipo le 5.30 del mattino.. mi piace … mi alzo e metto su la cuccuma (moka) per me e babbo… piglio caffè e nel frattempo l’acqua sta bollendo per una tisana, se ho fame (raramente appena mi alzo ma a volte capita) dalla ciotolina dei miei biscotti piglio un pezzetto di quello che trovo, magari rotto…
    pooooooi solo dopo un pochino posso fare colazione, ma cado sempre su pane, di ventimila tipi, secco e pucciato nella suddetta tisana…. e dal frigo piglio magari delle buccette di mela che tengo quando cuocio le mele alla mia mamma.. (si, non riesce a mangiare le cose dure, per problemi vari e quindi le faccio sempre le mele cotte e mi tengo le bucce che adoro e sgranocchio come criceto) ecco.. poi vedo le ricette delle granole, dei porridge e dico cavolo però… una volta potresti… invece no… tre/quattro fettuzze paciugate..e via.. anche io pranzo presto e quindi non faccio lo spuntino a mezza mattina….
    ecco allora che ste qua le provo…soprattutto quella col grano saraceno .. ma anche quella con l’arancio…. si… grazie grazie grazie…
    la mattina presto è bellizzimo….
    baci baci Manu