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Vegan Granola Cups with Fruit and Lemon Filling

Gluten-free and vegan granola cups are filled with a zesty and bright lemon coconut “yogurt” filling and topped with fresh fruit and berries.
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 18 cups
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Megan


For the Granola Cups:

  • 2 cups gluten-free certified oats (or 1 cup rolled oats if not gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (I use low sugar)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla (gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds


  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup cold water

For Assembly

  • fresh berries like strawberries (blueberries, raspberries)
  • fresh fruit like apricots (peaches, bananas)


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a bowl, mix together oats, coconut, dried cranberries, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, applesauce and chia seeds until the oats are moistened and everything sticks together. If it's not sticking together, you can add more sweetener or you can put it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes until its cold and it should be easier to mold.
  • Spoon oat mixture into 18 muffin cups (without liner). Make a well with the back of your spoon so that the filling has some place to go. Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  • To make the filling, add coconut milk, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla to a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until it comes to a boil. Make a slurry with the cornstarch but mixing it in a small bowl with 3/4 cups of cold water until no clumps remain. Slowly add it to the coconut milk mixture until it begins to thicken up while stirring. Heat for an additional 5 minutes and then let cool. Refrigerate the filling until it sets up.
  • To assemble, spoon the lemon coconut filling into each of the granola cups. Top with a few pieces of fresh fruit.


*You can make the granola cups and the filling ahead of time and just assemble right before serving to cut down time.
**Filling will need to be cooled completely in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
***You can use store-bought yogurt instead of the filling. Just add lemon juice and lemon zest to the yogurt for a fresh flavor.


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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