These granola cups are made with peanut butter and granola, and make the perfect no bake snack! Healthy and delicious, these are a fabulous snack for both kids and adults alike!
Whenever the early afternoon hits, I’m always in need of a snack. Every week when I do my dinner prep, I always set time to prep some snacks to have on hand. Recently, I prepared a little too much granola for my breakfasts, so repurposed some of the leftovers to make a recent obsession of mine- Granola cups!
These cups are perhaps one of the most simple and customizable recipes you MUST have in your arsenal. All you need is three ingredients, and you can use whatever granola you have on hand.
No dairy, no butter, and no oil is needed, but you’d never tell. The granola cups are sweet, satisfying, and full of peanut butter flavor. They take just 5 minutes to prepare, and the hard part is waiting for them to firm up.
A friend recently came over, and I sent them home with a fresh batch I’d made that morning (seriously, they DO take 5 minutes only!) and they loved it so much, they’ve stopped buying expensive granola and snack bars!
Ingredients to make this recipe
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make these granola cups. It’s super customizable and there are tips below to keep them nut and peanut free!
- Granola– I have tried this with my healthy granola and chocolate granola. If you’d like to use a store bought granola, stick to one with reduced sugar, and no hydrogenated fats. You can also use muesli too.
- Peanut Butter– Smooth and drippy peanut butter, so it can be thinned out with the syrup/honey. Again, try to use a sugar free peanut butter.
- Honey OR maple syrup– Either honey or maple syrup can be used. Honey provides a thicker and better consistency, but maple syrup also works, which works well if you’d like these cups to be vegan.
How do you make peanut butter granola cups?
In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, place your peanut butter with honey/maple syrup in it. Heat it up, until warm then whisk together until combined. In a mixing bowl, add your granola. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the top and mix very well, until completely combined.
Grease a 12-count muffin tin with cooking spray. Distribute the granola mixture amongst the muffin tin. Refrigerate for at least an hour, to firm up.
What can I use instead of peanut butter?
If you’d like these to be made without peanut butter, you can substitute it with either almond butter, tahini, or sunflower seed butter. Like the peanut butter, you want it to drippy and smooth.
Tips to make the best muesli cups
- If using store bought granola, avoid using ones with clusters or lots of mix-ins (e.g. dried fruit and nuts). The more texture the granola has, the harder the cups will form.
- While a muffin tin works well, these are even easier to prepare in a silicone muffin pan. You simply pop out the cups once they have set.
- For quick grab and go snacks, portion them out in small ziplock bags. You can easily toss them into lunchboxes or work bags.
- Granola yogurt cups– Press down in the center of the granola cups to form a well. Fill with non-fat vanilla or fruit yogurt.
- Berry and Yogurt granola cups– Form a well in the middle of the cups and fill with yogurt and fresh berries.
- Chocolate granola cups– Fold through 1/4 cup cocoa powder into the mixture, and top with chocolate chips.
- Gluten Free granola cups– Be sure to use one of my granola recipes, or a store bought gluten free granola.
How to store peanut butter granola cups
- To store: Granola cups should be stored in the refrigerator, covered, at all times. They will keep fresh for up to 4 weeks.
- To freeze: Place leftover granola cups in a ziplock bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
More healthy snacks you’ll enjoy
- Peanut Butter Protein Bars
- Cookie Dough Bites
- No Bake Brownie Bites
- Crispy Roasted Chickpeas
- Coconut Balls
- Grease a 12-count muffin tin and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add your granola of choice and set aside. In a small saucepan or in the microwave, melt your peanut butter and maple syrup together, until combined. Pour over the granola and mix until fully incorporated.
- Distribute the mixture amongst the 12 muffin cups and refrigerate for at least an hour, to firm up.