Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In the Kitchen: Protein-packed Granola Cups

Our youngest son is an avid runner and sometimes runs as much as 24 miles a week  Needless to say, after one of his long runs, he is needing some replenishment.  Our friend, Jennifer, who is a trainer, tells us that it is very important to have some protein after a long run.  So, today I created a snack that I think is pretty healthy and is packed with protein; Protein-Packed Granola Cups.  This snack has peanut butter and almonds for protein and oats and honey for quick energy.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

Protein-Packed Granola cups
2      cups old-fashioned oats
1      6 ounce bag of unsweetened dried apricots
1      cup of sliced almonds
2/3   cup of peanut butter
4      Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4   cup honey
1      tsp vanilla
1/2   tsp salt
 Preheat oven to  300 degrees. Chop the Apricots into small pieces.  In large bowl mix together apricots, oats, and almonds and mix well.  Add salt and mix again.
  In medium saucepan over low heat,  mix together the butter, honey, peanut butter and
 vanilla until creamy and smooth. 



Pour creamy mixture over granola mix and stir together until well blended.  Line cupcake pans with foil cupcake liners. Fill each cup with granola, pressing down into pan with back of spoon.
  Bake 20 minutes on 300.  Place pan on wire racks to cool. Granola needs to completely cool before eating.  Serve with ice cold milk or ice cold water.  Enjoy!