These healthy no bake granola cups are a delicious grab and go snack or wholesome breakfast using just three ingredients! They take less than five minutes to whip up and are naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free, oil free and refined sugar free!
Edited to add- Before we get into today’s recipe, I need to clarify something from yesterday’s post. Apologies to readers who thought/think I am currently in London- I was recapping adventures from several years ago (something I’m hoping to include regularly on here). I also want to apologize to those who, after seeing the photos, thought Europe was going through a cold spell in the middle of summer.
You guys, we have a new food pyramid.
The Arman pyramid.
Growing up, the food pyramid was taught to us at school and often dictated the ‘correct’ way to eat food daily. This included 9-12 servings of grains, 4-5 of fruits and vegetables, 3-4 of protein/meats (weekly) and often recommended a few teaspoons of fat…per day.
Granted, I don’t think many followed those guidelines to a T, but generally, carbs were eaten in abundance (bread, cereals, pasta, rice), vegetables (including potatoes, corns, and peas) and fruits complimenting those and the rest filled with protein and dairy.
As time went on, the basic food pyramid had minor changes made to it- Potatoes were moved to the grains category, dairy got more of a spotlight and well…fats were still kind of ignored. Moving further along, the suggested number of grains decreased, with more priority given to protein and dairy. Over the last few years, the original premise of the food pyramid is…well, I don’t think followed much at all. If anything, the macronutrients have switched places and some have even been omitted (hello, where is my cheese?). While I think having a standard food pyramid of sorts could be beneficial, at the end of the day, following whichever macronutrient breakdown which benefits YOU is key here.
If I could personally write my own food pyramid, it would be incredibly biased, random, but also delicious. If we had to follow the pyramid structure, it would look a little something like this-
The top- Pesto, gelato, ice cream, hot sauce, brie.
The middle- Pineapple, SWEETENED coconut flakes, potatoes, unlimited Brazilian BBQ, curry, cauliflower, cheese, cocoa powder, quark, sea salt,
The bottom- Granola. LOTS of granola.
Can you imagine how much better this world would be if granola was a primary food group? If legislation around the world stipulated that every person NEEDED to consume granola at least 7-9 times a day. Saying that, granola is like taste buds- No single person has a personal favorite of granola. Some like peanut butter ones, some like ones with fruit and seeds and others like the clusters.
Oh, those cheeky clusters.
Personally, I have two favorite homemade granolas- This peanut butter pimped out granola and this espresso-spiked version. Today’s recipe fits the bill for your favorite granola recipe- Whether it be homemade or store bought, the power is in your hands. Using that base, you can make today’s beauty- These healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Granola Cups!
These healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Granola Cups are a quick and easy snack or breakfast which uses YOUR favorite granola here. Whether you like a dark chocolate heavy granola, a hint of espresso with it or one with pretzels– You have no excuses. Unlike store bought granola bars, these contain no butter, oil, binding flour or granulated sugar, but taste just as good, if not better! It’s a fool proof, one bowl recipe which takes less than 5 minutes to prep and then the infamous waiting game for them to firm up. Saying that, if you want to enjoy them faster, simply throw in the freezer once done! Based on the granola you use (and certified gluten free oats), this recipe is naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free and refined sugar free!
HACK! If you don’t use a homemade granola, I can personally vouch for these gluten free and vegan store bought granola ones– This one is perfect for those who love nuts and this one is perfect for those more into something fruity.
Ha, tutti fruity.
Make these healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Granola Cups and let’s start a riot for the Arman food pyramid.
You know you want to.
- 1 1/2 cups granola of choice*
- 1/2 cup nut butter of choice (I used drippy almond butter)
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup (can sub for pure maple syrup or agave)**
- Line a 12 count muffin tray with 8 -12 muffin tins/paper cups and set aside. (Use 12 for smaller cups, 8 for large cups).
- In a large mixing bowl, add your granola of choice and set aside.
- Stovetop or in the microwave, melt your nut butter with your brown rice syrup (or maple syrup/agave) until combined. Pour over the granola and mix until fully incorporated.
- Divide evenly amongst the muffin tins/cups and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
- * You can sub granola for sugar free muesli of choice
- ** If you use agave or pure maple syrup, you may need to add an extra tablespoon
- These can be kept covered at room temperature for up to 5 days or refrigerated for up to two weeks. These cup are freezer friendly too.
What would your typical food pyramid look like?
Do you have a favorite kind of granola?