These easy-to-make yogurt cups can be thrown together quickly, taste amazing, and make the perfect grab-n-go breakfast! If you’re looking for a simple and easy meal prep breakfast idea this recipe is for you, these yogurts will make breakfast a breeze, and they take less than 20 min to prep!
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”Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first.”
To be perfectly honest I and breakfast don’t get along very well, I’m the kind of person who loves getting up early, loves mornings, and loves cooking. But I’m also the sort of person who likes to jump right into the day, I like to get up and get going, I like to get my work started as early as possible, and I don’t like to stop till it’s done. This more often than not leads to me skipping or forgetting about breakfast altogether.
After several years of living this way, I decided something needed to change, I needed to start thinking more about breakfast, and hopefully someday actually start eating it regularly again.
One day I was thinking about the local coffee shop I used to work at and the breakfast yogurt parfait we served there. I was thinking about how I enjoyed them and honestly found myself craving them quite often.
That’s when it hit not only were these parfaits a great healthy breakfast option, they were always super easy to make, making them perfect for busy mornings. Not to mention they could easily be made ahead of time, meaning I could spend 10-15 minutes in the kitchen and have a quick breakfast to eat the rest of the week.
These mason jar yogurt parfaits make the perfect make-ahead breakfast, they are great whether you’re trying to get the kids off to school, get out of the door for work, or simply don’t have a lot of time for eating before noon:)
They are a nutritious breakfast option that couldn’t be easy to make, and they are sure to be a hit! So without further ado let’s get into the recipe!
Meal Prep Yogurt cups
I like to make mine on Sunday night so I have them for the week ahead. Personally, I love making mine in 8-oz glass mason jars, as I find them to perfect single-serving size, and because they are adorable. You can easily make these in a variety of ways though, in bowls, containers, cups, etc. So long as they are in an airtight container or tightly wrapped they should be fine.
makes 6 -8oz yogurt cups
- Yogurt of choice. I like to use regular vanilla yogurt but you can use whatever you like. Plain Greek yogurt, vanilla Greek yogurt, and plain yogurt all work well. As does your favorite, plant-based yogurt or dairy-free yogurt.
- Frozen or fresh berries, I use frozen because they are cheaper and make this recipe just that easier. But you can use whatever you like. You can also switch out the berries for any of your frozen or fresh fruit.
- Homemade Granola, you can also use store-bought granola.
How to make Mason jar yogurt cups
Step 1. Make sure your jars are clean and dry, and have lids. You can find the jars I used HERE
Step 2. Divide the yogurt into six jars. You’ll have roughly 2/3 cups or 5 oz per jar, more or less depending on the amount and thickness of the yogurt.
Step 3. Fill the remaining space in the jar with the berries of your choice. My favorite is raspberry, but any berries work well. If you are using frozen berries, you can fill the jars as full as possible, just be sure you can still screw the lids on. If you are using fresh berries, you’ll want to add slightly less. The frozen berries will melt as they thew and take up less space, unlike fresh ones.
Step 4. Place the lids on the jars and place the yogurt ups in the fridge. You’ll want to let them sit at least overnight before eating.
Top with your favorite granola and enjoy!
Yogurt cups are best eaten within 2-3 days, but I’ve definitely kept them for longer. They are still good and taste great when kept for even a week.
You can add the granola the night before(just be sure to save some room in the jar) but if you don’t want to end up with soggy granola. I would recommend just sprinkling it on in the morning before you head out the door. You can also pre-pack your granola in little containers such as THESE.
These are the mason jars I used, as we have a lot of them at the moment, but again you can use whatever jars or containers you have on hand.
Mix it up: additional things to add to your yogurt cups
Here are some fun and easy things you can add to your Mason jar yogurt parfait. Whether you are looking to make it more nutritious or simply looking to mix things up a little this list has you covered!
- Maple Syrup
- Chia seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Chocolate chips
- Peanut butter OR Almond butter
- Fruit sauce OR Berry sauce
- Flax seeds
- Dark chocolate
- Raw nuts
- Coconut flakes
- Extra fruit OR berries
- Protein powder
Meal Prep Mason Jar Yogurt Cups
- 6 8-oz mason jars with lids You can also make these, in bowls, containers, cups, etc. So long as they are in an airtight container or tightly wrapped they should be fine.
- 32 oz vanilla yogurt Or whatever kind of yogurt you prefer
- 2-3 cups frozen berries of choice, such as raspberries, blueberries, and mixed berries You can also use fresh berries if you like
- 1 cup granola homemade or store-bought
- Make sure your jars are clean and dry, and have lids.
- Divide the yogurt into six jars. You'll have roughly 2/3 cups or 5 oz per jar. More or less depending on the amount and thickness of the yogurt.
- *Fill the remaining space in the jar with the berries of your choice. My personal favorite is raspberries
- Place the lids on the jars and place the yogurt ups in the fridge. You'll want to let them sit at least overnight before eating.
- Top with your favorite granola and enjoy!