Vegan Granola Cups are made with almond butter, flaxseed and rolled oats and filled with dairy-free yogurt and colorful fresh fruit for a healthy snack or breakfast.
I take oats pretty seriously. Whether I'm building a protein-packed and filling breakfast of Creamy Coconut Steel Cut Oats + Quinoa with Mango or treating myself to a batch of the Best Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, I can't get enough!
Oats, especially rolled oats, are also so good for you. They're naturally gluten-free and full of plant-based protein, fiber and essential nutrients.
So if you're looking for ways to get more oats into your diet, these adorable vegan granola cups are a must-try!
How to Make Vegan Granola Cups
I love that these cute little cups act as vehicles for any of your favorite fillings and toppings. All you have to do is bake the cups in a muffin tin, let them cool, and fill!
Here are a few things to keep in mind about the ingredients for your granola cups:
- Rolled oats. Be sure to use old-fashioned or rolled oats, not the quick-cooking kind. These are higher in nutrients and have better texture.
- Maple syrup. You can also use honey if you are not vegan.
- Almond butter. Feel free to use a different nut butter. Or go nut-free and replace the almond butter with sunflower seed butter. I recommend smooth nut butter for the best texture in your oatmeal cup dough.
- Flaxseed meal. This is the egg-free way to bind your granola cups together. You can also use chia seeds if you prefer.
Filling Granola Cups
I like to make these cups into mini healthy tartlets. I start with a dollop of vegan yogurt (I usually use coconut). Then, I pile in fresh fruit.
You can use any kind of vegan yogurt you like and experiment with other types of fruit, depending on what's in season.
Or, try something totally different like one of these filling ideas:
- Fruit jam. You can make your own with chia seeds!
- Cooked apples
- Chia pudding
Meal Prep Suggestions
If you plan to use this recipe for meal prep, I recommend keeping the filling and granola cups separate.
You can freeze the unfilled granola cups for up to three months or keep them in the fridge for up to five days. Then just before serving, filling them with your yogurt and fruit. That way, the cups won't become soggy.
More Vegan Oatmeal Recipes
If you make these Vegan Granola Cups, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!
Vegan Granola Cups
for the cups
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 6 tablespoons almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons flaxseed meal (or chia seeds)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
for the filling
- Yogurt (I like coconut)
- Sliced strawberries
- Fresh blueberries/blackberries
- Sliced kiwi/mango
- Sprinkle of coconut
- Sprinkle of chia seeds
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray and set aside.
- Mix together all the cup ingredients. The "batter" should be sticky.
- Scoop 1/4 cup of the oat mixture into each muffin cup.
- Using damp fingers, press the oat mixture into the center and up the sides of each cup, trying to cover as much of the cup as possible, keep the center as a well.
- Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until the cups are golden brown and crispy.
- Fill each cup with yogurt and your choice of fruit! Sprinkle with chia seeds and coconut if desired.