I was at the store the other day and found the really small 4 oz. mason jars.
Of course being the mason jar addict that I am, I couldn't exactly leave them there, so home they came with me.
Fast forward to today, and I was sitting at the kitchen table writing up some menu plans, and I sometimes like to add breakfast and lunch, even though we usually don't change that up very much. As I was writing down muffins and yogurt with fresh berries, I had sort of a light bulb moment go off.
I thought, why not mix both up in the small jars, I mean muffins and yogurt together actually sounds really good. And then throw in the fresh berries....and Yum!
I set to work right away.
All I did was use the little packs of muffin mix that you get at the store. I had mixed berry
and chocolate chip
and apple cinnamon. I decided to leave the apple one for now, and experimented with the other two.
Mix according to directions, then spoon a little less than a 1/4 cup of the batter into each jar.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center, comes out clean.
Let it cool completely. At this point, if you are making a huge batch, I would suggest freezing them just as they are, they should keep for about a month, which is how long my muffins usually keep in the freezer.
The rest of the jars, I'm assuming will last a day or two in the fridge once you add the yogurt and the fruit. Though, I can tell you, I don't think they'll last that long at ALL.
Spoon on some of your favorite yogurt, I think the combination of flavors if what makes this fun. For these I had Vanilla and Strawberry Greek Yogurt so that is what I used.
For the mixed berry muffin base, spoon on some strawberry yogurt (keep in mind you'll need to put a lid on these). Add a few fresh berries. Pop the lid on and into the fridge it goes.
For the chocolate chip base, I used vanilla yogurt, sprinkled on some chocolate chips and a little bit of powdered cocoa. YUM!
I'm thinking tomorrow I'll make a batch of the apple cinnamon and use vanilla yogurt, then top with some apple slices and a sprinkling of cinnamon.
Oh I can't wait to try different flavor combos. Quick, easy, simple breakfast and I'm already thinking when my hubby and I are watching our weight, I can use low fat/low calorie muffins and yogurt mixes :)
The perfect lids for these, are the Plastic Storage Caps. I actually need to get some more. You can find them at Walmart, or buy them on Amazon.
I'm using 4 oz mason jars for these which you can also purchase at Amazon, or Walmart or your local Ace Hardware too.