Morning Time Breakfast Granola Cups

Granola bars are a hot ticket item in this house.   Believe it or not, we eat our way through about six to eight boxes a week.  My husband fancies them as an accompaniment to his morning cup of freshly brewed joe.   And, in the spirit of true marital bliss, I’ll wholeheartedly agree with his start of the day assessment.  The kids love that they can bound downstairs in the morning and grab their favorite flavor; no adult intervention required.  As you can probably guess, I appreciate this aspect as well.

I’ve made both breakfast bars and granola on this blog before, but have yet to make a granola bar.  As I was researching different recipes and flavors in preparation for putting together my own creation, it hit me.  Why does it have to be a bar?  Why can’t it be a bowl instead?  You could spoon in a little french vanilla yogurt, top it with some fresh berries and in the process you not only take a notch off your daily grain requirements , but cross off a little dairy and fruit from the list as well.   Make them with a regular muffin tin for a full breakfast serving or use a mini muffin tin to make a more bite sized version for on the go or a brunch amongst friends.

Making a batch is a fairly easy and quick process.  Begin by melting a couple pats of butter in a small saucepan along with some honey, molasses, brown sugar and a few spices.

While the mixture is heating up, toss together some oats, wheat germ, flax seed, almonds and dried cranberries in a separate bowl.

Once the mixture is melted and hot, remove it from the heat and pour over the dry mixture.  Stir it up well and coat completely.

Slide the mixture into the fridge to cool for about 20-30 minutes.

Once it’s cooled you’ll spray a little cooking spray inside your muffin tins and drop enough of the mixture in to fill it about 2/3 of the way full.  Beginning in the middle, start pressing down gently with your fingers to form a bowl.  Continue pressing gently around the sides, to complete the shape.  If the mixture sticks to your hands, simply wet your fingers with cold water, shake them off and get back to it.

Slip them into the oven and allow to cook for about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the size muffin tin you used.  Cool the bowls completely before popping out of the tins.

Here are a collection of small and large bowls to give you a better idea.  Aren’t they adorable?

Welcome to breakfast the way nature intended (or least the way I intend to enjoy it for the next few days).  Simply grab a granola bowl, fill with your favorite yogurt, top with berries and indulge in a healthy start to the morning.

I’m going to throw my hat (and this photograph)  into the ring for a chance to win a scholarship, sponsored by Feastie to the Eat Write Retreat Conference held in DC this May.  Wish me luck!

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Morning Time Breakfast Granola Cups

Yield: About 12 regular sized cups or 24 to 30 Mini Cups

Total Time: 1 hour 15 min


4 Tbsp Butter
1/4 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Molasses
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ginger
1/4 tsp Cloves
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats (Not Quick Cook)
1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
1/4 Cup Flax Seed
1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds
1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries


To a small sauce pan, add the butter, honey, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt.

Heat until butter is melted and ingredients are combined. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix together the oats, wheat germ, flax seed, almonds and cranberries.

Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and stir until completely coated.

Place the mixture into the fridge for about 30 minutes to cool.

When ready to bake, grease up a muffin tin and fill each opening about 2/3 full.

Using your fingers press into the center of the hole and then work your way around the edges to form a bowl. If the dough is sticky, wet your fingers with cold water, shake them out, and proceed. Repeat as necessary.

Place the bowls into an oven preheated to 325 degrees. For regular sized muffin cups, cook about 15-17 minutes. For mini muffin cups, cook about 10-12 minutes.

Let cool completely before removing from the tin.

Store in an air tight container. When ready to eat, pull one out and fill with the yogurt of your choice. Top with fresh berries.


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80 Responses to “Morning Time Breakfast Granola Cups”

  1. 1

    Emily Bites — January 9, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them.

  2. 2

    Rach — January 9, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

    Oh wow, these look super delicious!

  3. 3

    beti — January 10, 2012 @ 1:22 am

    this is such a great idea! something different and delicious that will motivate me in the morning

  4. 4

    Elise — January 10, 2012 @ 1:27 am

    These are incredible. Can’t wait to try them on the fam!

  5. 5

    Shawn @ I Wash... You Dry — January 10, 2012 @ 1:32 am

    These look so amazing! Can’t wait to make a batch!

  6. 6

    Fey — January 10, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    I followed a beautiful picture on foodgawker to find your genius and simple recipe. My current favorite breakfast is yogurt and granola. What a fun way to eat it, and with all real ingredients! Well done.

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    LisaDay — January 10, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    I love them. All my favourite spices.



  8. 8

    Migle — January 10, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    What an idea!!!!! :)

  9. 9

    Rita — January 10, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    I can just imagine how your kids must have been when they arrrived in teh kitchen. This is so neat; you do come up with such novel ideas.

  10. 10 — January 10, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    I LOVE this idea. Great pics.

  11. 11

    Mercedes — January 10, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    I love this idea! And great granola recipes and beautiful photos!

  12. 12

    Katerina — January 10, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    What a powerful way to begin your day! They are very cute as well! They please both the eye and tongue!

  13. 13

    Mari — January 10, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    Love these cups Julie! Very healthy and delicious. Have a nice day :)

  14. 14

    Jane M — January 10, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    What a GREAT GREAT idea! Really love it!

  15. 15

    Jenna — January 10, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    What an amazing idea! They’re adorable, and they look delicious. It’s like a parfait that you can eat with your fingers.

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    Laura in Cancun — January 10, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Those are too stinkin cute! I would love some of the tiny bite size ones to enjoy while reading the paper :)

  17. 17

    Shumaila — January 10, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    That new year resolution of me getting back into shape seems like a possibility if I have such tasty but healthy food around! thanks for sharing!

  18. 18

    Damaris @KitchenCorners — January 10, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    Julie, this is seriously amazing. I can not wait to get back to the U.S and find my muffin tins so I can do this. I love love love this.

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    Monica @ TheYummyLife — January 10, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    I love muffin tin recipes. This is one of the most clever and nutritious that I’ve seen. Perfect for a brunch buffet. FABULOUS!

  20. 20

    Cheri Sicard — January 10, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    What a fabulous creative idea. I love it. Will have to try this. Thank you for sharing.

  21. 21

    Jan — January 10, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    Great idea for a brunch, and because I love granola so much… Love it :)

  22. 22

    Willa@ArmstrongFamilyFare — January 10, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    Love it!! Great idea plus they’re adorable! I just recently made granola bars for the first time and they tasted great. I love how easy they are to make and yet you can control the ingredients (vs storebought). Thanks for sharing your recipes, I look forward to trying it!

  23. 23

    maureen — January 11, 2012 @ 1:53 am

    These look wonderful. I can’t wait to try them. By the way, I have made your chocolate chip pecan muffins several times for various friends. Everyone raves about them!!!!

  24. 24

    sippitysup — January 11, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    very clever and the perfect opening to a brunch. GREG

  25. 25

    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — January 11, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    This is brilliant. I cannot wait to make these!

  26. 26

    Sarah J — January 11, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    I love this idea!

  27. 27

    Laura @ Mrs in the Making — January 11, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    I feel confident that this is not an issue in your home… but about how long do you suppose these would keep?

    They look amazing, and I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing!

  28. 28

    anne Alesauskas — January 11, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    awesome! awesome! idea, i totally love this! anne

  29. 29

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — January 11, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

    What a cute idea! I love it.

  30. 30

    raquel@erecipe — January 12, 2012 @ 4:16 am

    The granola bars looks like a basket full of fruits that is amazing

  31. 31

    grace — January 12, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    yogurt and granola is one of my favorite breakfasts, and this is one heck of an elegant way to eat it!

  32. 32

    Kathy — January 12, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    What a great idea! I’m throwing my sister a brunch bridal shower and was wondering how far in advance I could make these? Would they be ok after a couple of days?

  33. 33

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  34. 34

    Kathy - Panini Happy — January 12, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    This is a super-cute idea!

  35. 35

    Shannon | JustAsDelish — January 13, 2012 @ 1:04 am

    You are so brilliant! love this!

  36. 36

    Cindie — January 13, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    What a great idea, and it looks nice and simple too, awesome!

  37. 37

    Jersey Girl Cooks — January 13, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    Such a cool idea!

  38. 38

    Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) — January 14, 2012 @ 4:35 am

    These are so awesome!

  39. 39

    Allison S. — January 14, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

    Wondering if these would freeze well? Guess I’m about to find out!

    Also, anyone else think these look like little bird’s nests? Wouldn’t they be super cute w/ some candy eggs in them around Easter? :)

  40. 40

    Ameena — January 15, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    What a clever idea! These are so cute for company…and the butter just makes it even more appealing. :)

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    Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate — January 17, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    This is an incredibly clever idea! I absolutely love putting cereal on top of my yogurt and this reminds me of that. Hmm… I wonder if these granola bowls would hold a small amount of milk and cereal too?

  42. 42

    Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} — January 17, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    I loved this bowls since you shared them on facebook! they are so so cute!

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    Chei — January 17, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    Whew! This would be a sure favorite next time we’d have a special gathering. Especially for the kids… ^_^

    Here’s for a party craze too:

    Simple and easy too make but everyone, well almost, loves it! =>

  44. 44

    Alisa — January 17, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    I stumbled across this on pinterest. Had to make them! They turned out so delicious, I am now making my second batch. Thanks for an awesome recipe.

  45. 45

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    brighteyedbaker — January 18, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    I bookmarked this recipe; these look so tasty! I definitely will try to make them soon. I love how you topped them with yogurt and berries, although I will probably have to skip that part so I can take them with me on the go!

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    Mihela — January 20, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    I am from Europe so we do not have molasses. With what could I replace it?

  48. 48

    Sorta Southern Single Mom — January 24, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    These look like fun… I wonder if my children would eat them??

  49. 49

    Christine — January 27, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    To Mihela,

    Depends on where you live, I am in Germany and here you substitute with
    something called “Zuckerruebensirup”

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    Gitte — February 15, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    They look like beautiful little birds nests :) and sounds very very delicious. Love granola!

  51. 51

    Schokozwerg — February 19, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    Wonderful idea! I prepared them for our breakfast, used sugar beet syrup and have to find a new muesli now. The old is inside the cups :) Thank you from Berlin!

  52. 52

    AmyJoTink — February 21, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Just wondering if you use whole flax seed? I have heard you don’t benefit if you don’t grind it?

  53. 53

    Susan — February 22, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea! Fabulous! I may re-create with a link-back. In the meantime, I posted it on my Facebook component.

  54. 54

    Ulya — March 1, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    Great idea! Definitely gonna try this!! Thanks for sharing!

  55. 55

    Kirsten — March 4, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    I’m a personal chef and made these for a baby shower this weekend — everyone loved them (the taste and the presentation). I’ll be making these again for myself and my clients. Thanks!

    • Julie replied: — March 4th, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for letting me know. :)

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    Little Miss Miffy — March 13, 2012 @ 5:57 am

    I tried these at a friend’s, and I was stunned by her creativity. When I asked for the recipe she confessed that she found them online… So I’ll pass along the compliment to where it’s due: You’re children are lucky to have such a clever and creative mommie!

  57. 57

    sarah — March 20, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

    just made these, they turned out great!!!!!

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    Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef — May 14, 2012 @ 2:13 am

    I tried these and formed them by turning over a muffin tin and shaping them around the outside rather than shaping them on the inside. They were a bit bigger but thinner if that makes any sense. :)

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    Sara — November 20, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    Hi Julie, My university class was asked by our professor to bring in some small finger foods for breakfast and this is the perfect thing to wow my fellow classmates! Did you ever submit this to that convention you mentioned? If so, how did it go? I wouldn’t be surprised if you won something because this is such a creative idea and the picture looks like it is straight out of a Martha Stewart or Better Home and Garden cookbook!! :)

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    Sara — November 20, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Also, Julie, if possible, could you please let us know how many regular-sized granola cups that this recipe makes? Thanks!

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    Sarah — December 30, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    These look so yummy! I’m so sick and tired of the same old thing for breakfast daily! This will spruce things up a bit! Anybody have any idea how to figure how many WW points plus are in these?

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    Lorelei O'Connor — April 28, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

    I found this on ziplist which I’m addicted to. When I saw your granola cups my mind leapt and danced. I’m a total granola maker. My son loves my homemade granola. Just thought I’d put in what I’ve done: for cranberries i use cranraisins basically because I can find them as a great deal at Costco. I also use coconut, dried dates and any other dried fruit that suits my fancy. But the real deal, I discovered oat flower, just a small amount will help the granola clump so it won’t be so “dusty like”. I also use flax and wheat germ. It makes me feel good that I’m putting that into my son’s diet. Oh, the almonds are available at Costco too. And, I buy the oat meal at Costco too. This way, I’m getting a return on my bulk food investment.
    I won’t say my son’s age or I’d be put in mom jail, but lets just say he’s an early adult poor as they come, and a single guy who has to call me to find out how to do a microwave baked potato. Every visit I put together a big batch.
    Also, this granola can be used to make peanut butter balls. I wanted to make something that can give him quick energy when he’s too busy to catch breakfast of lunch.
    So from one mom doing granola to another, Kudos.

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    Katie — April 28, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    What an amazing idea to do them as cups! My kids will love this, but probably not as much as I think I will. Thanks for sharing!

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    Becky — April 29, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Great idea! I would substitute coconut oil for the butter just to make them a little healthier.

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    Joni — April 29, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    Can you post the nutrition for this recipe? Calories, fiber, carbs, fat….. Thank you!

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