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Peanut Butter Granola Cups - delish and nutrish!

This recipe for Peanut Butter Granola Cups is the perfect breakfast, lunch or snack idea. They are delicious, healthy and fun to make! Each cup provides 14g protein, 4g fiber and 351 calories with a boost of heart-healthy fats to tide you over until your next meal.




INGREDIENTS

FOR THE OAT CUPS:

3 ½ cups granola (homemade or store-bought)

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup honey

FOR THE FILLING:

1 cup peanut butter, melted

FOR THE TOPPING:

¼ cup dark chocolate, semi sweet chips or carob chips

2 Tablespoons half and half


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Mix granola, 1/4 cup of peanut butter, 1/4 cup of honey, and 1/3 cup of maple syrup to make the mixture for the oat cups. Blend until well mixed. Grease a 12 count muffin tin with cooking spray, on the bottom and up the sides of each muffin space. Place the oat mixture in each muffin space, evenly, until the muffin tin is nearly full. Grease your hands with butter, and using your fingers, press the oat mixture in the bottom and up the sides of each muffin space, until you've pressed all the oats in the muffin tin. I found a round pestle works really well if you don't want to use your hands. Place the muffin tin in the freezer for 30 minutes.


2. When the 30 minutes is up, remove the muffin tin from the freezer. Place 1 cup of peanut butter in a measuring cup with a pour spout, and melt in the microwave for about 1 minute, stopping every 15 seconds to stir. When the peanut butter is melted, but not hot, stir well, then pour the melted peanut butter into the muffin cups, and fill about 3/4 of the way full. Place the muffin tin back in the freezer for another 30 minutes.


3. In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate and the half and half. Microwave at 10 second intervals until the chocolate starts to melt. Stir until all the cream and chocolate are combined. If the chocolate is not completely melted, place it back in the microwave with a few drops of cream for 10 seconds, remove and stir until the chocolate is melted and blended with cream. The chocolate should look thin and shiny. Remove the muffin tin from the freezer, and pour the chocolate topping on each peanut butter cup, filling, but not over filling the cups, until all cups have been topped with chocolate. Place the muffin tin back in the freezer for 1-2 hours to completely set the chocolate and peanut butter.

Serve and Enjoy!

**The granola cups hold together better if stored in the refrigerator or freezer.


Nutrition Facts:

Amount Per 1 Granola Cup

Calories 351 Calories

Fat 18g

Carbohydrates 39g

Fiber 4g

Protein 12g

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