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15 Mother’s Day Recipes You Can Make in a Jar

You’re well aware that your mom deserves the world (and a few DIY bath bombs, perhaps), so why not cook up something special this Mother’s Day? If it’s just going to be you and your mom this year and you don’t want to prepare a big feast, recipes you can make in a jar are the way to go. Mason jar ramen has been your favorite lunch for a while now, so it only makes sense to share the trend with your bestie — AKA your mom. You could even make extras and gift them to her — nothing says “I love you” quite like giving your mom one less thing to worry about for the whole week. Check out these 15 recipes (including a cocktail) to whip up for your mom this Mother’s Day.

1. The Classic Acai Bowl: For those hippie moms that grew up in the health-food-crazed ’70s, this acai bowl in a jar will hit the spot. Dip your spoon right down to the bottom to get the crunch of the granola and the creaminess from the acai smoothie. (via Modern Granola)


2. Mini Frittatas in a Jar With Asparagus and Pancetta: Visiting mom for a quick brunch? Make her these frittatas in a jar. The recipe makes nine servings, so enjoy one apiece for Mother’s Day and save the rest for Mom’s breakfast for the week. (via Home Cooking Memories)


3. Zucchini Noodle Mason Jar Salad With Farro and Mozzarella: Salad is the original mason jar meal. Adding in the dressing before all the other ingredients ensures that nothing gets soggy while they’re stored in the fridge. Give it a quick shake when you’re ready to eat and you’re good to go. Think about gifting mom a spiralizer along with this salad so she can make her own! (via Rachel Cooks)


4. Mason Jar Jam Cocktail: The best part of being an adult is indulging in a boozy beverage with your mom. This mason jar cocktail is great because you can customize it depending on your favorite liquor and fruit. She probably wouldn’t be mad if this cocktail came with a bottle of her fave libation either. (via Platings and Pairings)


5. Butternut Squash and Quinoa Mason Jar Salad: These days, your parents are just as much a part of social media as you are. Watch your mom squeal with excitement when you make her this salad that she can show off to all of her friends on Instagram. Just make sure she’s using the right hashtags. (via Green Evi)


6. Overnight Vegan Chia Pudding: You’d go to great lengths to beautifully wrap a gift for mama, so a stunning presentation of her meal is also necessary. Press sliced figs or kiwi along the inside of the jar to make a gorgeous layout for this pudding. Edible flowers are always a nice touch as well. (via Wilde Orchard)

no bake pink grapefruit mallow flower jelly cheesecake in a jar (2)

7. No-Bake Cheesecake in a Jar, Pink Grapefruit and Fried Mallow Flower Jelly: Your mom has always been proud of you, but sometimes it’s nice to show her just how well-rounded and grown-up you are. Nothing says “I’m an adult” quite like making a fancy floral cheesecake served in a jar. (via Cook a Life by Maeva)


8. Healthier Banana Cream Pie in a Jar: Banana cream pie is a mom-approved classic. This version is given a nutritional boost with added turmeric and coconut whipped cream. Plus, the portions are controlled, which means you won’t accidentally eat a whole pie in one sitting. (via Neurotic Mommy)


9. Greek Yogurt Cheesecake: If you’re having a Mother’s Day date for two, this dessert is perfect. It makes two servings, so there are no leftovers to deal with. Mom will be very happy you decided to make her favorite dessert too. (via Dessert for Two)

Lemon Ice Box Pie Jars

10. Lemon Icebox Pie in Jars: If the Mother’s Day forecast cooperates, go on a refreshing spring hike and picnic with your mom. When you pull these lemon pies out of your basket for dessert, she’ll instantly be transported to her childhood. (via Sprinkle Bakes)


11. Rainbow Fruit Salad in a Jar With Citrus Yogurt Dressing: Whether you and your mom are eating a quick breakfast, a healthy dessert or a simple snack, you won’t be disappointed in this colorful fruit salad. Try stuffing the jars with fruit ahead of time and drizzling the dressing on 30 minutes before serving. (via Whole and Heavenly Oven)


12. Mason Jar Breakfast to Go: What’s better than an entire brunch in a jar? Layers of creamy scrambled egg, crispy hash browns and salty bacon complete a well-rounded breakfast you can enjoy in a hurry. Take these with you on a last-minute surprise Mother’s Day trip. (via At the Picket Fence)

chicken salad jar

13. Chicken, Apple and Pecan Salad in a Jar: If Waldorf salad is your mom’s fave, make her this quick and easy lunch. She’ll love the thoughtfulness, and you’ll love the benefit of minimal cleanup. (via Damn Delicious)


14. Irish Stout Mason Jar Pot Pies: Your mother slaved year after year, making sure you always had a hot meal on the table. Pay her back by treating her to a warm and comforting pot pie. Baking individual pies means no one is fighting over the corner crust, which mom will definitely appreciate. (via Platings and Pairings)


15. The Best Banana Bread in a Jar: You grew up having banana bread every time your bananas started to get brown. Show Mom you were paying attention and whip up this epic banana bread in a jar. (via Bakerette)

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Paige Johnson
Paige is a blogger, food writer and culinary master from Louisville, Ky. She's a newlywed who's obsessed with dogs and renovating her 117 year old home. When she's not working on her blog — My Modern Cookery — you can find her binge watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S with a triple shot latte in-hand.

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