Monday, May 21, 2012

Mini Breakfast Jars

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.

Mini Breakfast Jars

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!

Mini Breakfast Jars

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

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and chocolate chip

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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For the chocolate chip base, I used vanilla yogurt, sprinkled on some chocolate chips and a little bit of powdered cocoa.  YUM!

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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 :)

Mini Breakfast Jars

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.

3 comments:

  1. Love this idea!

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  2. Amy Steeves4:43 PM

    I fed these to my Daycare kids at the park today and they licked them clean! Great idea for traveling snack idea's!!

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  3. I love this! I am going to try this very soon. :) !

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