Granola and yogurt breakfast cups make for a fantastic breakfast option for anyone who’s usually in a hurry in the mornings (and that’s generally everyone) since they are so incredibly convenient. Unfortunately for many people following a paleo diet, yogurt is one of those foods that is off limits. That doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy a healthy breakfast cup though. Thanks to this great paleo-friendly recipe, you can make your very own granola breakfast cups with a cashew “yogurt” to replace the normal dairy variety. Once you try out these paleo breakfast cups, you’ll never worry about having yogurt with dairy ever again.
Yummy, Dairy-Free Cashew “Yogurt”
There are many reasons why an individual might not be able to eat regular dairy-based yogurt. Perhaps they are following a paleo diet or something similar and they’re avoiding it for that reason. Maybe they are lactose intolerant and can’t eat it even though they would very much like to do so. Whatever the reason might be, they can still enjoy these granola breakfast cups thanks to the homemade “yogurt” that is used.
Using a deliciously smooth blend of soaked cashews, lemon juice, water, honey, and vanilla extract, the base of this “yogurt” contains just as much nutrition in the form of vitamins and minerals as regular yogurt would. And unlike dairy, which can trigger inflammation in some individuals, cashews have actually been shown to lower cholesterol and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease thanks to the healthy monounsaturated fats they contain. (1)
However, what really boosts this faux yogurt over the top is the addition of chia seeds as well. They add a nice thick texture to the cashew yogurt, and just like cashew nuts, they’re a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, chia seeds are excellent sources of dietary fiber, protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, and antioxidants. (2) When you add this delicious yogurt into the granola mixture of seeds, nuts, and other healthy ingredients, you end up with an incredibly healthy and balanced breakfast that will give you the energy needed to get through your day.
Grain-Free, Heart-Friendly Granola
Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds serve as the base for one amazingly heart friendly granola mixture. Adding in the cashew yogurt featuring chia seeds makes it even better by offering you an unbelievable amount of nutrients, protein and health benefits in one convenient breakfast cup package. It’s hands down one of my favorite breakfast options to enjoy.
PS. Were you looking for some other great paleo-friendly breakfast ideas? It’s understandable since it is such an important part of your day. Here are a few of my breakfast staples
- For the cups
- 2 tbsp almonds
- 2 tbsp walnuts
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- ½ cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2 tsp almond flour
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 egg white
- For the cashew yogurt
- ½ cup raw cashew nuts, soaked overnight
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 7 tbsp water
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extracts
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- Fresh fruit as toppings
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 6 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
- To make the granola cups, place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined.
- Press mixture into the base and up the sides of the prepared muffin cups.
- Bake in preheated oven until golden, 12 – 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- To make the cashew yogurt, place all the ingredients except chia seeds in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Stir in chia seeds and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Just before serving, stir the cashew yogurt.
- Fill each cup with cashew yogurt, top with fresh fruits and serve.