Mason jar breakfasts may be my favourite thing. I’m always that girl at work, toting around my mason jar breakfast and my mason jar smoothie. #Basic much?
But seriously. Mason jars are so cute and fun and therefore mason jar breakfasts are in my permanent rotation. My absolute favs:
Today I’m comin ‘atcha with another mason jar breakfast: Strawberry Chia Pudding Parfait. This breakfast is similar to a yogurt and granola breakfast, but it’s dairy-free and so much healthier! Layers of thick Greek-style Vanilla Chia Pudding are layered with pureed strawberry and banana, all topped with fresh strawberry slices (and crunchy granola if you like!)
Loaded with oatmeal, seeds, peanut butter, and chopped dates for sweetness, these Oatmeal Date Breakfast Cookies are a portable, healthy breakfast or snack you can stash in your freezer and take to go.
Cookies for breakfast!!!
I don’t know about you, but my office has a giant bowl of those mini Halloween chocolate bars sitting at the front desk, and every day it calls to me, “Eeeeeeaatttt me. Eeaaattt me!” (Side note: do you remember that Sex and the City scene where the sandwich calls “Eat me!” to Miranda?! The best.)
I’ve just had the most lovely soul-reviving weekend. J was out of town and I was left with two glorious days with absolutely nothing on my calendar. It’s been a long time since I had a weekend so open! I did the perfect amount of errands and cooking and relaxing and am now approaching this week feeling rejuvenated.
On Saturday I knew I wanted to get an early start on some errands, and so I’d set Cherry Coconut Chia Pudding in my fridge the night before. Cherries and toasted coconut pair so lovely together, they were perfect additions to this chia pudding. I’m working through a giant basket of the first local cherries of the season – I just can’t get enough!
Overnight Oats, guys. I just can’t.get.enough.
Remember how I used to turn up my nose at Overnight Oats and how my world was changed back in February? Yep, I have only been eating Overnight Oats for four months, and I am completely obsessed.
In fact, Overnight Oats are now my favourite workday breakfast. They are just so easy and portable! I’ve been waking up early to run a few days a week lately (gotta get fit for my wedding in August!!), and Overnight Oats completely save me – I can jump in the shower, grab my Oats, and run out the door to work.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Squares!
Well that title is a mouthful. 😉
These little beauties are one of the easiest recipes on this site – they require one bowl (it’s actually a pot) and no baking. Just melt the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil over the stove, mix in all the rest of the ingredients, scoop it into a pan, shove it in the fridge – and you’re good!
Chia, chia the magical seed. I’ve already talked about how much I love chia in Overnight Oats, and now we have this magical Vanilla Chia Pudding.
Why is it so magical, you ask? A sprinkling of chia seeds mixed with milk and thrown in the fridge overnight turns into a rich, thick pudding that is a great substitute for your morning yogurt. And, chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain health.
Sounds like it one-ups yogurt, wouldn’t you say?! 😉
Dudes. These. are. the. best.
The best as in I may have already inhaled 3 granola bars today. And one before I got around to snapping the photos (see how there’s only 5 bars in the pictures?!)
I have a granola bar addiction. I have granola bars stashed in my desk drawer at work, in our cupboard at home, and often I’ll throw one in my purse. You never know when hunger might strike – and since I turn into the grouch when I’m hungry, they’ve saved me on many occasions!
I’ve just found my new favourite flavour of Overnight Oats: Carrot Cake. Shredded carrots combine with plump raisins, fragrant cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, and mix together with oats and chia seeds to make Carrot Cake Overnight Oats!
Carrot Cake for breakfast?! There’s nothing better. And these oats are actually healthy – only sweetened with a tablespoon of maple syrup.
Sliced Apples! Peanut butter! Granola!
There are only three ingredients in these Apple Granola Sandwiches – my favourite being the peanut butter. Did you know I have an obsession with peanut butter? I eat it out of the jar like nobody’s business.
These cute little breakfast sandwiches are a cinch to make – just slice a whole apple into rounds, slather each slice with peanut butter, and sprinkle with granola. Press the apple slices together – and ta da! You have breakfast to go!
I have a little notebook where I jot down recipes that are given to me by friends on scraps of paper, or from colleagues on post-it notes. Cooking is a favourite conversation subject of mine, so inevitably someone is always giving me a recipe to try. 😉
These Simple Homemade Granola Bars are a recipe given to me by a friend, during the time after university when I was single and learning how to cook for myself. (It was also during the time where me and said friend would get together for ‘Sex and the City’ parties, where we drank Cosmopolitans and watched through the six seasons together.)
So these granola bars really deserve to be called Laurel’s Granola Bars.
Soft, cinnamony, French Toast in the cutest bite-size form are sprinkled with chewy raisins and drizzled with a sweet and crunchy brown sugar cinnamon topping: it’s Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Bites! It’s French Toast To-Go!
…Is there nothing better than taking French Toast to-go? I think not. (And for real, I did take two of these Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Bites to work and ate them from tupperware at my desk yesterday. Not fancy, but so fun and portable!)
Okay, I have to be honest with you and tell you that I was never allowed to eat Pop Tarts as a kid. “Too much sugar!” my mom would say, shaking her head. I also wasn’t allowed sugary cereals for breakfast – if sugar was the first ingredient in the ingredients list, it was banned from my childhood breakfast table. (Way to go, mom! My adult self thanks you!)
Now that I’m an adult (how did that happen?!) I shop for my own groceries and can buy breakfast pastries galore – but considering that Pop Tarts have 456,264,196 unpronounceable ingredients in them, I’d rather make my own!
Eggs are my favourite breakfast. Even if I’m rushing out the door to head to the office on a weekday morning, I make time for eggs. Usually I fry up a quick egg to put on avocado toast, or scramble a couple eggs for me and J, but my newest favourite egg breakfast are these Baked Ham and Egg Cups. They are so quick to assemble – and I love that once you pop them in the oven, you are free to go back to getting ready for the work day! The recipe is very hands off – so different than scrambling an egg! I’ll pop the muffin tray in the oven, go put on my makeup, and by the time I’m done, breakfast is served!