Crunchy Granola Cups

Crunchy Granola Cups

It is breakfast - Crunchy Granola Cups

Is it very obvious that my family considers first meal of the day their favorite? Even with all of the breakfast recipes that I have up my sleeve (Almond Butter SmoothiesPear Honey PocketBaked OatmealBreakfast PolentaGranola among many others) the demand for additional ideas simply refuses to taper off.  So, every week or so, I keep coming up with the new alternatives.

Our newest breakfast obsession – cookies! Yep, you heard me right. But don’t think that Cucee has gone off the deep end with a cookie – these are super healthy and the only kind allowed in our house before noon.

The final version of this simple recipe stands on the shoulders of multiple failed attempts. If you’ve tried making your own breakfast granola cookies or bars, then you too probably ended up with a fair share of misshaped, cracked pieces of granola bark. Even David Lebovitz gave up on these. But I was determined to keep trying until a Cucee-fine breakfast granola cookie came into an existence.

Almost like a fairy tale, it all came together one fine day when, defeated and frustrated, I was standing in the middle of the kitchen, licking the crumbs off of the very knife that caused yet another granola bar massacre. Suddenly an oven light popped in my head. How about a cupcake pan as a baking and shaping tool?!

Success! Individual-size granola bars (ahem – cups), each as perfect as a billboard photo of a Big Mac.

The recipe is disappointingly simple: combine the base with a mixture of your favorite nuts, dry fruit (even chocolate.)  Pop these suckers into the oven, sit on a couch with a nice glass of Zin, relax and let the vanilla aroma fill every nook and cranny of your house. In fact, the process is so simple that I normally make not just one but multiple flavors – one for every member of our family: chocolate-chip for my son, cherry for my daughter, and Grey Goose & Red Bull for my husband (well, only in his dreams Does not e know that Red Bull is so not good for him?!)

Crunchy Granola Cups

Inspired by me

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat cupcake pan with a non-stick spray
  2. Bowl 1:  stir together the dry ingredients
  3. Bowl 2: whisk together egg (if using,) vanilla, melted butter, honey and sunflower seed butter
  4. Mix the ingredients from all 2 bowls together until the mixture is evenly crumbly. Fill the cupcake pan, pressing the mix firmly into each cup
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until  the tops are nicely brown
  6. Cool completely on a cooling rack before removing from the pan. Store in a large cookie jar on the counter or in the refrigerator. They freeze really well too

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  • Anna June 7, 2012, 8:09 PM

    Now this is what I call breakfast!

  • ChefTuti June 7, 2012, 8:13 PM

    Oh, I have tried to make granola and granola bars and I failed. MISERABLY. Every time! I will try your recipe!

  • Lorii Abela June 18, 2012, 2:09 PM

    Oh!.. Thank you for this recipe.

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