A Sunshine Breakfast Jar

January 28, 2016

A Sunshine Breakfast Jar by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

I woke up the first morning to a cool light seeping through the windows. Sure that I had spent the night at a spa, I ran my fingers over my soft hair and smooth skin. They had spent the night soaking up all of the moisture the air had to give. I tip toe through the quiet house to the kitchen window and peer out at the marine layer drifting over the street. Its a thick, salty fog. I switch on the mini coffee maker and listen to it drip as I stare at the morning dew collecting on the leaves. This use to be my every day, and now it felt like a dream. I left most mornings after coffee for a long distance run. Breathing deep, my lungs welcomed the increase of oxygen going from the mountains to the coast. Scott would most likely go surfing or body boarding while I ran to the back bay, meeting up together after for lunch. We hit all of our usual spots during our stay, and fell back into the normal rhythm of life we know so well.

Time was spent seeing friends, eating good food, visiting the farmers market, finally seeing the new Star Wars at our favorite movie theater, drinking all of the good coffee, going on all of our favorite walks, and hanging on the beach. We even got to spend a day at Disney Land, something we’ve really missed. It only took two back to back rides on California Screamin’ in the front row to make me feel like a yeti had sat on my head, but that didn’t stop us from running in a very dizzy, not-so-straight line to Space Mountain to get rocked once more. Oh Disney, you get us every time with your magic! I could write paragraphs on the little things and places we love and enjoy back home in California. If you are ever in the area and looking for ideas, shoot me an email and we can chat. For now lets move onto this jar of sunshine I bottled up for you one sunny morning before we left. I couldn’t bring myself to be there an entire week and not shoot a recipe in the California “glow”. This breakfast tastes like sunshine and makes you feel all sorts of bright inside. Pop down to read more about the recipe and a special maker I’ve fallen for recently – Dona Chai.

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Let’s talk about this sunshine breakfast jar. Its sunshine. For breakfast. In a jar. Okay just kidding there is more than that – but those are the important details right? We went for a sunny trip to the farmers market and picked up some tasty oranges (and organic, local blackberries in January – because California is amazing like that). Oranges equal sunshine to me, and I think its the greatest gift that they are in season in the winter. Bringing some sunshine into otherwise gloomy days. Blended with frozen banana they become a creamy, frothy smoothie. And since I’m a whole foods crazy pants, I had a jar of homemade granola I whipped up before our trip on hand (it safely traveled in my checked luggage, wedged between my sweater and running tights). So assembling these breakfast jars was kind of a no-brainer. Lets chat about this granola. Crunchy, sweet, with plenty of clumps and the aroma of chai. Cue a major happy dance because this is the granola of my dreams. Thanks to sweet Amy of Dona Chai for taking an already stellar granola recipe to the next level. Let me tell you why I love Dona Chai. Are you ready to hear a bunch of my favorite hippy-dippy words that get me totally jazzed about food? She and her brother Peter make this delicious chai tea concentrate themselves, grinding the spices for each batch by hand, in small quantities, using locally sourced ingredients, with fresh pressed ginger juice. Throw a few tablespoons in your granola recipe like I do here, mix it with your favorite plant milk to enjoy hot to iced, or incorporate it into your baked goods (did I hear chai pancakes?) – this stuff is the real deal. Another amazing maker introduced into my life by Hatchery. Grateful. Now go make some sunshine today, folks!

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Makes 2 servings.

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons Dona Chai (optional)

orange smoothie
2 frozen bananas
1 fresh naval orange
a few tablespoons of plant milk (optional)

Fresh fruit for serving (I use blackberries here).

Begin by making the granola. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients for the granola and toss to combine. Add the maple and Donna Chai, mix well. Spread the granola in an even layer on the lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Halfway though baking, remove the sheet and carefully flip the granola using a spatula. Return to the oven to finish baking. Once done the granola should be a nice golden brown. Set on the counter to fully cool before serving and storing leftovers in an airtight container in the pantry. (Best enjoyed within one week.)

To assemble the breakfast jars, take two 16 ounce jars and place 1/4 cup granola in each. Set aside. In a blender or food processor, combine the frozen bananas and orange (pealed and broken into pieces) and puree until smooth. If it is too thick, or if you prefer your smoothie creamier, add 2 to 4 tablespoons of your favorite plant milk and blend again. Divide the smoothie between the two jars, top with additional granola and your choice of fresh fruit (I love blackberries here). Enjoy right away and get ready to shine!


A Sunshine Breakfast Jar by Faring Well #vegan #recipe {Featuring Donna Chai}


  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams January 28, 2016 at 6:02 am

    I could most definitely go for a jar of sunshine right now — this sounds absolutely perfect Jessie! And your trip home looked beyond fabulous, and just darn right good for the soul. Hope you’re adjusting to being back in the snow — I think it took me min. 2 weeks to readjust from NZ xx

    • Reply Faring Well February 1, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Hi Shelley! You are so sweet, thank you, I sincerely enjoyed following your travels to NZ – and major envy on you visiting the Shire (!!!). Hope you are enjoying some sunshine in the way of this smoothie, I hear you on the acclimation back to snow. Currently waiting out a snow storm and missing the beach hard core. I think I’m still in the transition period ;).

  • Reply Krystal January 28, 2016 at 7:48 am

    This granola sounds fantastic and I love the idea of eating it with a sunny smoothie!

    • Reply Faring Well February 1, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Aw thank you Krystal! It really is a magical combo <3

  • Reply Mel @ The Refreshanista January 28, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Looks so flavourful and filling! A perfect breakfast :)

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High January 28, 2016 at 8:51 am

    These jars are indeed sunshine in a jar! So cute.

    I haven’t been to Disneyland in ages; I’ve been wanting to go back for so long!

    • Reply Faring Well February 1, 2016 at 8:19 am

      Aw yay thank you Michelle! And seriously, do it, its the BEST. xo

  • Reply Lauren January 28, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Been waiting for this recipe since you posted about it on Instagram. Looks so so good! Disneyland is one of my favorite places in the whole world, no matter how old I am :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 1, 2016 at 8:20 am

      That is so neat! Glad you like it Lauren :). And I know right, I always thought I’d eventually get sick of it – but NOPE. Still magical. :)

  • Reply Cassandra January 28, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Ohhh California <3

    I'm a fellow Californian now living in Colo- had to leave due to work :(

    Why did you leave? Do you think you'll ever go back?

    Miss it every day and know how you feel!

    Great recipe btw.


    • Reply Faring Well February 1, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Aw man hang in there! I know it is tough. And my answers to those are a bit long and complicated ;) but powering through winter number 2 now! Stay warm and cheery Cassandra – I wish you the best xo

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore January 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Aww I love hearing your narrative of being home :) Brings a smile to my face! That joy that comes with visiting home… priceless. I have everything for this!! Tomorrow morning’s breakfast is gunna be soo good!!

    • Reply Faring Well February 1, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Thank you KJ! I hope you got to make and enjoy it tons <3

  • Reply Sophie MacKenzie January 28, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Wowzer, you make me nostalgic for Cali even though I’ve never been! I’m still holding out for my parents to take us ‘kids’ to Disney Land one day :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 2, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Oh my goodness, okay, I AM TAKING YOU TO DISNEY LAND. I’ll adopt you for a weekend ;) you just say when.

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life January 28, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Oh I adore these little jars of sunshine – and this granola!! Wonderful. I loved reading about your trip back home. Simply dreamy! I’ve only been to Cali once, but it was love at first sight and I’ve been dreaming of going back ever since. I’m so happy you had the best time. I hope you’re adjusting smoothly to being back in Colorado. Big hugs, sweet lady. xo

    • Reply Faring Well February 2, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      You are the sweetest Sophie – for both this comment and your picture on instagram! I’m so glad you got to make and enjoy these bottles of sunshine. Channeling California any way we can – xoxo

  • Reply danielle // rooting the sun January 28, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    jessie, this is total and complete sunshine (and so are you). honest and pure california vibes for good, i was so happy following your visit home through picture journey! i love the sound of this chai infused granola (i’m a chai freak) and the completely sunny beacon of the orange smoothie. golden, sweet woman. xo

    • Reply Faring Well February 2, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Aw thank you Danielle! I’m so glad you enjoyed the posts on our trip, and totally hear you on being a chai freak – wait until you combine it with orange, its incredible! Lots of hugs and smiles <3

  • Reply Emilie @ The Clever Carrot January 29, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Hey Jess, I haven’t seen this chai concentrate. What a fantastic idea! and can be used in sooooo many things! Love how you captured the sunshine!!!! XO

    • Reply Faring Well February 2, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Ohhh you would love it, hopefully your get a little bottle soon. And thanks about capturing the sunshine! Any way we can ;) hope you’re having a cheery week Emilie! xo

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate and Marrow January 29, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Well this little jar sounds so beautiful and, for lack of a better word, sunshine-y! I’m so glad you got your fix of sunshine while you were back home. Sounds like it was a great trip…especially the Disney ;)

    Also, I’m reallllllly glad to know I’m not the only one who travels with food in their checked luggage!

    • Reply Faring Well February 2, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      Eeeee yes especially the Disney! **Big cheesy kid face** And hahaha YES fist pump for checked pantries!

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine January 29, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Yay you are back! So much fun to hear about your trip back home and your big heart of appreciation. Totally agree about the Dona Chai- it’s so marvelous. I cannot wait to try it in granola and I especially love that you added buckwheat to your version. Such a bright and happy smoothie jar!

    • Reply Faring Well February 2, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you so much Emily! It was such a wonderful trip. So thankful. And I know right, Dona Chai has that flavor totally nailed – cannot wait for you to get to try it in some granola soon! YAY!

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full January 30, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I love how you embodied your time in California into this lovely breakfast jar! It really does make me think of sunshine and happy days :) Also – Disney fans unite! Space Mountain is the best!! :D

  • Reply jodi January 31, 2016 at 11:11 am

    This chai sounds fantastic! Pancakes – yes. A little jar of sunsine can go a long way, especially now when winter feels like it’s dragging on just a little bit. Happy to hear all is well back home, a trip like that is so good for the heart. Soak it in. Big hearts for this one, Jessie x

    • Reply Faring Well February 3, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you tons Jodi, you are the sweetest! And I know I need to get on those chai pancakes now ;). I hope you are enjoying winter back in Canada this season lovely lady! xo

  • Reply Sabine I Sweet Lemons & Lilikoi January 31, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Jessie, glad you had a nice vacation! This looks delicious. I used to be ‘addicted’ to parfaits and pushend myself to quit it because of sugar loaded dairy, etc… This version looks amazing and is naturally loaded with fresh flavors. And how can I get my hands on this chai? Cheers! 🙃

    • Reply Faring Well February 3, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you Sabine! And you can click on the link to the chai in the recipe above! Its so yum, I hope you get to try it soon. And definitely yay about getting to bring a healthier parfait back into your life! So healthy and happy. xo

  • Reply Alana February 1, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    You, my dear, are sunshine. I LOVE coming to your blog when I need a dose of sunny, happy, positive energy. I am so glad you had a wonderful time home (now hurry up and make it a full time thing, please). As for this sunshine in a jar breakfast, yes, please. I love chai and have been so curious about the dona chai concentrate. So glad to hear you love it. And I adore you even more than I did before for traveling with your own granola. You are the cutest and I’m so grateful for you in this wonderful virtual community!! ox

    • Reply Faring Well February 3, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      I feel like I could have written this comment to you! Alana! You are straight up sunshine. Thank you for your sweet comment here making me smile ear to ear friend, I adore you and appreciate you tons. And oh yes you must snag a jar of this chai and give it a try – I promise you will LOVE it! ;) xo

  • Reply Heidi February 4, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    I don’t have the chai, so instead, I used a 1/2 tsp. cardamom ground with the cinnamon. Heaven, just heaven. Thank you for the best granola recipe I’ve used to date. (It’s been a lot of recipes tried, too).

  • Reply Lily | Kale & Caramel February 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    This is perfection. I want all that sunshine in a jar. With chai granola on top. And a marine layer, too. Yum.

  • Reply Lily December 10, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Would quinoa work instead of buckwheat? Also would oat flour work instead of almond flour?

    • Reply Faring Well December 10, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Yes and yes! I haven’t tried, but do not see why not! <3

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