Not everyone has the time for a serious meal prep session. A great alternative I’ve found is when I make the time to cook a real breakfast I just make doubles – I set the uneaten portion aside for tomorrow or later in the week. Some things, like pancakes, can be frozen. If you don’t mind eating the same thing a lot you could make a whole week of breakfasts with just one morning and one recipe.
Below are two of my favorite breakfast prep recipes, husband approved!
Peaches and cream oatmeal
Makes 4 jars:
1 29oz can peaches (I used canned in syrup; if you don’t you might need to add more sweetener) – save the juices
2 cups of heavy cream or cashew milk/coconut cream
2 cups of rolled oats
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger (ground)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey or 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp butter or coconut oil
You’ll notice there’s a lot of choices on the ingredients. You can make these clean and vegan or cheap and wholesome. Or just make use of what you have on hand. I like to keep my food flexible because my cupboards never quite look the same.
In a saucepan bring milk and a pinch of salt to a quick boil. Toss in oats immediately and remove from heat.
In a small saucepan pour whole can of peaches, juices and all, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and butter. Cook on medium high until it starts to form a sweet, thick syrup. Taste – it should be a little bit too sweet and strong. Remove from heat. Stir in cooked oats and vanilla extract.
Eat and Store:
Separate into four jars while still hot. Refrigerate immediately until ready to eat – or eat it hot.
Blueberry Banana Parfaits
24oz blueberry greek yogurt
1 cup cranberry-almond granola (or your favorite)
1 cup blueberries, fresh
2 bananas, cut into cubes
Layer ingredients equally among 4 jars. I suggest starting with a granola layer but that’s just because I like my granola soft.
If you want your granola crunchy, layer the yogurt on the bottom, the banana chunks, the blueberries, then the granola.
Eat and Store:
Refrigerate until ready to eat.
For a lower calorie/carbohydrate version:
To save on calories, use plain yogurt and replace the granola with a muesli blend.
I hope you enjoy these recipes. What’s your favorite breakfast on the go?