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Honey Almond Butter Mini Granola Cups {Gluten-Free}

These Honey Almond Butter Mini Granola Cups will quickly become a lunchbox hit this back-to-school season. The crunchy oat cups are the perfect pop-able snack.

Honey Almond Butter Mini Granola Cups {Gluten-Free + Naturally Sweetened}

Now that the kiddos are getting ready to head back to school, it’s time to start thinking about lunchbox-worthy snacks that the little ones will want to eat. The keyword, of course, being “want.”

Even the fussiest eater will love these Honey Almond Butter Granola Cups. It’s hard to resist their crunchy outer oat shell and creamy honey almond butter filling topped with a dollop of sweet jam.

Honey Almond Butter Mini Granola Cups {Gluten-Free + Naturally Sweetened}

They’re the good-for-you snack that will have them coming back for more, plucking the mini cups from their snack bag until all that’s left is a few rogue flecks of coconut and bits of oats.

Don’t be surprised if your kiddos want to eat these on repeat, week after ever-loving week during the school year. Thankfully, they’re easy to make.

I made these Honey Almond Butter Mini Granola Cups with the kiddos in mind. What child doesn’t love a mini treat filled with creamy goodness? But, the fact is, adults love mini treats, too. These have quickly become my favorite go-to snack. I find myself stealing one or two from the container quite frequently.

Honey Almond Butter Mini Granola Cups {Gluten-Free + Naturally Sweetened}

This recipe is extremely versatile. Once you make the granola cups, you basically fill them with whatever you have handy. Roasted almond butter spiked with sweet honey is my favorite, but you and your kiddos might prefer peanut butter. The wonderful thing about honey is that it pairs perfectly with just about everything. You could even fill the granola cups with a little honey-sweetened Greek yogurt and top them with fresh fruit to create a quick and wholesome breakfast option.

However you decide to fill your cups is up to you. There’s no harm in putting your own spin on the recipe.

Honey Almond Butter Mini Granola Cups {Gluten-Free + Naturally Sweetened}

Either way you decide to dish up these Honey Almond Butter Mini Granola Cups, they’re guaranteed to be devoured.

Honey Almond Butter Granola Cups

Yield: 36-40 cups

Total Time: 30 minutes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats (certified gluten free optional)
  • 1 cup coarse almond meal
  • ½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • Strawberry jam (or favorite jam)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray 2 nonstick mini muffin tins with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, add oats, almond meal, coconut, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil, ¼ cup honey, and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over the oats and fold to combine, making sure the oat mixture is evenly coated.
  4. Fill the mini muffin cups with 1 tablespoon of the oat mixture, pressing down firmly with the back of the tablespoon to create a shallow depression in each cup.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the cups are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow the cups to cool for 10 minutes. Using a butter knife, gently run the knife around the cups to release them from the mold. Allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. In a small bowl, mix almond butter with remaining 2 tablespoons of honey. Fill each cup with a scant teaspoon of almond butter. Top with a small dollop of jam. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

 

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7 Responses to “Honey Almond Butter Mini Granola Cups {Gluten-Free}”

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    Christina — August 29, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    OK, a couple of things:
    A. That adorable breadboard, where did you get it? I LOVE the colors!
    B. This recipe looks amazing.
    C. Your food photography is freaking awesome
    D. Anyone who describes themselves “whisky wielding” is automatically my best friend.
    E. We’re best friends now :)

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    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — August 30, 2017 at 8:04 am

    You’re right, my kids would want me to keep making these every week! I love them too, we’d have to share :)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — August 30, 2017 at 9:38 am

    These are such a great idea!! My daughter would LOVE them!

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    Gina @Running to the Kitchen — September 2, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    What a great little snack! They are gorgeous!

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    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — September 3, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    My kids will go nuts for these!!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — September 10, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    These look so dang good!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — October 27, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I LOVEEEEEEE honey and almond butter together! And I love that you made granola into cups! This is such and ADORABLE and DELISH snack!!

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