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Cherry Berry Breakfast Jars

Tart, juicy cherries and sweet blueberries are layered with Greek yogurt, granola, and chia seeds to make a healthy, beautiful breakfast bursting with flavor.  Mason jars make this not only pretty (I love how they show the colorful layers), but they are also practical–just screw on the lid, put the jar(s) in the cooler, and you have a portable breakfast or snack.

cherry berry breakfast jars on porchSummer fruit really is a special treat. There is just nothing like being able to walk out the door and pick fruit right in your own yard, or pick it up from a nearby farm stand.  You can taste the bright sunshine in every bite, and something with that much fresh flavor and naturally bright color has to be loaded with beneficial nutrients!

I wanted to do a post in honor of our cherry trees this week, because they have given us such great fruit this season!  We planted them a few years ago as tiny little trees, and over time we have nursed them, protected them from hungry deer, and watched them grow.  This is the first summer we have been able to harvest more than a handful of cherries from them, and I am so excited about it! Tart cherries have been a favorite of mine since I was a child.  Lots of good childhood memories are mixed in with the pursuit of good cherries and cherry pies. To have them now growing in my own yard feels like a huge luxury, and I know how my dad would love it.

cherries in white bowl 3Our two cherry trees, though still not large, are just loaded with bright red tart cherries! So far, we have been eating them too quickly to make a pie filling, but these easy breakfast jars are perfect.  The sweetness of the blueberries helps balance the tart flavor of the cherries, and really, you could substitute any seasonal fruit if you don’t have cherries or blueberries.

cherries and berries 2This recipe is so simple, yet it is so delicious and so pretty that it is worth remembering and sharing.  My kids, who were definitely in a breakfast rut, have been loving these jars the past couple of mornings.  I think it has to do with the freshness of the fruit and the novelty of the layers instead of everything just mixed up in a bowl.  You can use your favorite yogurt and favorite granola, and sweeten it all with honey if you are using unsweetened yogurt.

cherry berry breakfast jar overview 2I hope you are all enjoying some summer air and summer fruit! We went camping last weekend, and it was just what we needed.  To be away from routines and to be surrounded by nature, getting back to the basics.  It felt like time kind of stood still for us for a couple of days, and we had some good family exploring new territory and sitting around the campfire, roasting marshmallows and listening to the fire crackle and pop.  The trees, the lakes, the fresh air and stars at night all soothed my soul.  And the juicy, tart cherries give vitality and hope.  I hope you are all having a good week! I am going to share this tasty recipe at Angie’s Fiesta Friday, where lots of great food bloggers gather to trade recipes and inspiration.cherry berry breakfast jars in hands 3cherry berry breakfast jars with stripescherry tree

Cherry Berry Breakfast Jars

  • Servings: 4 half-pint sized jars
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  • 1 cup of fresh tart cherries, washed and pitted
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries, washed
  • 2 cups of Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups of your favorite granola
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of honey (use if your yogurt is unsweetened)
  • 4 half-pint sized mason jars


Wash the fruit and remove the pits from the cherries.  Set out the yogurt, granola, chia seeds, and mason jars.  In each mason jar, spoon in a layer of yogurt, fruit, granola, and a 1/4 teaspoon of chia seeds. Repeat the layers.  Serve immediately or cover with the mason jar lids and refrigerate or take with you in a cooler.  Enjoy!


  1. Ginger

    Oh my gosh what a great snack or breakfast. I will do this on the fourth!!!

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Ginger! It has the perfect colors for the fourth! 🙂

  2. chef mimi

    So pretty! I made something similar to this when It was my daughter’s wedding and we had a million young ladies at our house for breakfast! Great to make ahead! But yours are prettier!

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Mimi!

  3. Antonia

    This looks delicious and is so pretty!

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Antonia! It tastes as good as it looks! 🙂

  4. Amanda | What's Cooking

    Wow these are such a great way to use cherries. Cherry season is so magical. Love the photos. It really is a treat to eat fruit from your own trees. Those pies sound good too. Enjoy the bounty!

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Amanda! I am definitely enjoying it. 🙂

  5. Jasmine S.

    I would never have thought to use this for cherries, but it’s genius! And beautiful!

    • Jenny

      Thank you so much, Jasmine! And thanks for visiting my blog!

  6. sarahgiebens

    Looks super delicious and your pictures are stunning! Happy Fiesta Friday 😀

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Sarah! Hope you are enjoying your summer! 🙂

  7. Julie is Hostess At Heart

    What a beautiful delicious breakfast. Those cherries are so pretty!

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Julie! I agree-cherries are such a pretty fruit with such a beautiful color!

  8. Ai | Ai made it for you

    These are beautiful! And your camping trip sounds amazing. I’ll be on vacation next week so hopefully I’ll also be away from daily routines and be relaxed and surrounded by nature 🙂

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Ai! I hope you have a relaxing and beautiful vacation!

  9. Sandhya

    This is my dream breakfast! Yummy!

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Sandhya, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

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