A breakfast this beautiful is hard to skip! Filled yogurt and fresh fruit, these vegan granola cups are convenient enough for on-the-go and pretty enough for entertaining brunch company.
“Wow those went from a 0 to a 10 in seconds”, Chew commented as I arranged a colourful array of fruit on top of these yogurt-filled vegan granola cups.
It’s amazing what a few berries and a sprinkle of chia seeds can do to make breakfast appealing. We eat with our eyes first, or maybe second after the camera in our day and age. Having a breakfast this pretty makes me feel like one of those famous Australian Instgrammers. Imagine: lounging beach-side in a cute romper, skin bronzed from the endless sunshine, and a beautiful breakfast in my lap. Australia sounds delightful.
Australia is perched at the top of my wanderlust list. The beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, the incredible landscape, the wildlife, the vegan scene! Who wouldn’t want to cuddle with a koala and feed it eucalyptus? Or walk along white sand beaches with a Coco Whip in hand? I know it’s a huge country and not practical for me to want to ‘fit it all in’ in a single trip. Especially since I’m the type of traveler that would rather spend 2 weeks immersed in one area than 2 weeks hopping around 10 different countries. I just like to feel like I’ve truly experienced life in one place and have enough time to explore beyond the tourist landmarks.
I’ve had many opportunities this past summer to appease the travel bug in me. But it seems like the more I feed it, the bigger and stronger it gets (like sourdough starter!) The world is such a wondrous place, and I want to touch, smell, see, hear, and taste it while I can! School resumes this week, full steam in true university fashion, so no more travelling until next summer (and until I replenish my bank account, yikes!) Until then, I’ll be sticking my nose into my copy of The Australian Women’s Weekly Vegan Kitchen cookbook and munching on these vegan granola cups to get my fix of Aussie vibes.
During the school year, I love making batches of homemade granola. It’s so much cheaper than buying it from the store, easy to customize according to your favourite flavours or what you have in your pantry, and it’s actually filling and keeps me satiated until lunchtime. These vegan granola cups are a fun breakfast to serve kids (they can help fill and decorate!) and also brunch guests! For those going back to school or work, make a batch of vegan granola cups at the beginning of the week so you can have a beautiful breakfast ready to go every morning of the week.
- GRANOLA CUPS
- 1½ cups quick or old fashioned oats
- ½ cup nuts or seeds of choice (I used ¼ cup pecans, ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds or ground flaxseed
- A pinch of sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup mashed banana or applesauce
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ¾ cup plain non-dairy yogurt
- Fresh fruit
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 6 cavities of a muffin pan (or use a silicone pan) and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, roughly mix together the oats, nuts and seeds, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a small mixing bowl, mix the mashed banana with the oil and maple syrup until combined. Add this wet mixture to the oat mixture and stir until combined.
- Divide the granola mixture between 6 muffin cups and firmly press down on the bottom and along the sides to make a cup shape. Use the bottom of a cup to help mold the granola.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. 15 minutes if you prefer a oatmeal cookie-like texture, and longer for a crispier texture.
- Remove from oven and cool completely before removing from the pan.
- When ready to serve, fill each cup with 2 tbsp yogurt and top with fresh fruit.
Adapted from our Vegan Banana Nut Granola recipe