No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Cups, Great Vegan Snack

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Granola is a very popular breakfast food, with the main ingredients being oats, nuts and sweeteners like honey or sugar. These foods can be accompanied by rice or other cereals, spices, dried fruits, seeds, and nuts.

These foods are good and healthy for the most part if they do not include sugar syrups, oils and white or milk chocolate. These extra ingredients add a lot of unhealthy elements, especially when it is common to eat more than the standard serving size. This is the reason to make sure to check the ingredients when selecting granola purchased in-store.

Tip: Avoid buying these products where sugar or any other sweetener is listed among the first few ingredients.

Granola contains lots of fiber, protein and healthy fats, though of course, the actual amount varies with different recipes. Regardless of the brand, the granola is undoubtedly full, delicious and easy to use when in a hurry.

The best to use are granola bars that can be baked in granola bars. They are usually made up of a cup of granola with peanut butter filling, which is baked with a layer of dark chocolate. Have a great quick breakfast with them, which can be prepared in advance and eaten on the go. They are also a great snack when you need a quick burst during the day, and if you use them as a sweet treat, it will make you feel energized and satisfied for hours afterward.

Peanut butter granola requires only a few natural ingredients and they are easy to chop and are packed with nutrients. It’s best to eat them as a strong snack. Careless snacking is not recommended as the food is much more comfortable and satisfying when you give it proper attention.

So bring these little peanut butter cups with you in the lunch box so they can be at hand so you can eat them when you’re in a hurry or when you go on a day trip.

Peanut Butter Granola Cups (Not Baked)

Ingredients:

–           1 cup peanuts, chopped

–           2 ½ cups granola* (optional – sugar-free recipe below)

–           3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (add more if needed)

–           3 tablespoons natural peanut butter or almond butter**

Filling:

–           1 cup natural peanut butter

Topping:

–           12 oz. finely chopped dark chocolate,

–           1 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions:

1)         Combine the granola in a medium-sized bowl, chopped peanuts, peanut butter, and honey (or maple syrup).

2)         Divide the granola mixture into the 12 cups and grease a cupcake pan.

3)         Press the mixture well against the sides and bottom of the pan

4)         Freeze for 5–10 minutes, until the cups are firm.

5)         After melting peanut butter for the filling, pour it into the center of each granola cup,

6)         Freeze the pan for another 5-10 minutes, until the peanut butter is firm.

7)         Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil, and mix until they combine.

8)         Spoon over the top of the peanut butter filling melted chocolate

9)         To set chocolate, chill the pan.

10)       Store the granola cup in the fridge in an air-tight container, or freeze for longer storage time.

*To reduce the sugar, try making your own delicious and sugar-free granola (recipe below)

**Note: If you’re looking to avoid peanuts, substitute both the peanuts and peanut butter in this recipe with any nut or seed you’d like.

Ingredients:

–           1/2 cup cashews

–           2 cup oats, dry

–           1/4 cup sesame seeds

–           1/4 cup almonds, sliced

–           1/2 teaspoon salt

–           1 tablespoon cinnamon

–           3 large egg whites

Instructions:

1)         Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

2)         Combine the oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.

3)         Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.

4)         Fold the egg whites into the dry oat mixture and stir gently until the dry mixture is coated.

5)         Onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, turn the oat and egg white mixture.

6)         Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes.

7)         Store granola cups in an airtight container for 1–2 weeks.

Sources:

www.healthline.com

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