Crunchy Chocolate Granola Cups

Granola cups-finished

I was in the mood for something crunchy….something sweet….something chocolate, the result… crunchy chocolate granola cups. This is a large recipe so you may want to cut it in half. I ended up making 12 granola cups, 24 gingerbread boys and 1 bar! These keep well in the refrigerator and also freeze well.

 

Granola Ingredients:

4 C. Granola

1/4 C. Chia seeds

1/4 C. Sunflower Seeds

1/4 C. Cacao nibs

1/4 C. Pumpkin seeds

 

Almond Cream Ingredients:

6 oz. Cacao butter

1/2 C. Coconut oil

3/4 C. Almond butter

3/4 C. Honey*

1/4 tsp. Vanilla powder

 

Chocolate Topping Ingredients:

1/2 C. Cacao powder

1/2 C. Coconut oil

1/4 C. Maple syrup*

3/4 C. Cashew butter

*You can swap this out for your favorite sweetener such as honey, or use Lakanto Sweetener which does not raise blood sugar levels or feed candida.

 

Directions:

Put 2 cups granola in a bowl  with chia, cacao nibs and sunflower seeds. Set aside.

Pulse the other 2 cups of granola in a food processor until it almost has an almond meal texture.

Granola cups-pulsed

Add the pulsed granola to the bowl, stir well and set aside while you make the almond cream.

Granola cups-granola mix

Almond Cream Directions:

In a small saucepan on low heat, add cacao butter and allow to melt. Add in  cashew butter, honey and vanilla, stir till combined.

Granola cups-almond cream

Pour over granola and stir till combined. Scoop granola mixture into mini cheesecake molds and fill 3/4’s full. (see picture 2 photos down). Set mold aside while you make chocolate.

 

Chocolate Topping Directions:

Melt cacao butter in a saucepan on low heat. When melted add in coconut oil and stir till melted. Pour into food processer. Add in maple syrup and cashew butter.  Mix till combined and then top granola. (See picture 2 photos down).

granol cups-chocolate topping

 

Fill mini cheesecake  cups three quarters full. Top with chocolate.

Granola cups-in pan

Place in freezer for an hour or so to set. Remove from molds and enjoy!

Granola cups-ginger boys in pan

 

 

Granola cups-ginger boys

 

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