Breakfast Parfait Meal Prep Jars are perfect for busy mornings. What’s even more fun about these is that you can play around with different combinations of fruits and flavors until you find your favorite combo!
In the mornings, I’m usually more likely to grab something quick and easy to eat for breakfast- either something that is pre-made, a banana, or some toast. These easy breakfasts are especially useful for mornings when I’m running a little late! But, sometimes my quick breakfasts aren’t as nutritious and filling as I’d like them to be. Luckily, these breakfast meal prep parfaits are both nutritious and filling.
Prepping breakfasts ahead of time makes life just a little bit easier in the mornings. I like making these breakfast parfaits because they are easy to customize, they are quick to make (less than 15 minutes and you have breakfast for the week!), and can easily be enjoyed at home or can be taken with you. Also, you get to make them in cute little jars as a bonus!
Your Favorite Yogurt
These are so easy to customize based on your preferences of yogurt, fruit, and other add-ins! I like using 2% plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt because it is tangy and doesn’t have added sugars. Feel free to use flavored yogurts if you’d like! Another fun way to add flavor to plain yogurt is to add some freshly grated lemon zest for a hint of lemon flavor.
The parfaits pictured contain a mix of blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. That’s probably my favorite combination because you get a nice variety of flavorful berries. Bananas would be delicious too, but I wouldn’t cut them until right before serving as they will brown.
The best part of making these is that you can easily make each one different by changing the add-ins. Granola is always a good go-to, but a mix of nuts or seeds (such as chia or flax) can also add some crunch without added sugar. A spoonful of peanut butter would be great with some freshly sliced banana! I would just be sure to add certain add-ins (such as granola or nuts) right before serving so that they don’t get soggy.
I prefer to use 8 oz. mason jars because they are easy to store and hold the perfect amount of yogurt and fruit for me. Additionally, they look appealing when they are all lined up in the fridge! These jars also make a great storage option for dressing containers (easy to shake) and dessert containers (for chocolate mousse or pudding), so I would definitely say it is worth purchasing a pack. You can also use any other container you may have at home that will fit your desired amount of yogurt/fruit/topping!
Breakfast Parfait Meal Prep
Easy, filling, and nutritious breakfast parfaits will make your mornings easy and delightful!
- 5 (6-8 oz.) canning jars
- 2 1/2 cups yogurt of choice (I like to use 2% plain Greek yogurt)
- 1 1/4 cups fresh fruit (I like to use a mix of fresh berries)
- Dried fruit
- Nuts and seeds
- Vanilla, lemon zest, or cinnamon to add to the yogurt for extra flavor
Wash and dry the canning jars. If you are adding any flavoring to plain yogurt, do so now (see notes). Drop 1/2 cup of yogurt into each jar. Top each jar with 1/4 cup of fruit. Cover the jars with the lids and place in the refrigerator until ready to eat! Top with additional toppings as desired (see notes).
Flavored yogurt: I prefer to buy plain, unsweetened yogurt so that I can know exactly what I am adding to my yogurt. Some ideas for extra flavor include: a few drops of vanilla or almond extract, some lemon or orange zest, a few sprinkles of cinnamon or nutmeg.
Toppings: Certain toppings like granola or nuts may get soggy when they are layered on top of the yogurt and berries. For these types of ingredients, I would recommend storing the amount needed in a small, reusable container and then sprinkling on top of the yogurt right before eating.