Give your favorite vanilla cupcakes a makeover with a cookie bottom, granola center, chocolate glaze and granola sprinkles.
Remember the granola clusters I made from muesli a while back when we were on Bali?
The first batch didn’t turn out so great because I got distracted swimming in the pool…oops. But I tried again, watching the oven closely this time, and they came out wonderfully.
The fact that my husband and I gobbled them up all in one afternoon attests to how much we liked them. And we didn’t even feel too guilty as they are quite a healthy treat.
That is to say there were still a few when I was making cupcakes the same day. It gave me an idea to incorporate them and give the cupcakes a crunchy center. But before that I had already decided to give the cupcakes a cookie bottom.
You can skip this part or use any smallish cookie that you like (home-made or bought) that is about the diameter of your cupcake liners. These were the cookies I used:
They were store-bought chocolate chip peanut cookies.
Next time I would probably use a cookie that complements the granola clusters. Or make granola clusters complementing the cookies. So for these cookies granola clusters with peanuts and chocolate chips would have been perfect.
To add a granola center to your cupcakes cut a cylindrical hole about 2/3 deep into the cupcake. A small knife works well but I prefer the reverse side of a medium-sized icing tip. I did the same for my apple caramel cupcakes and it worked like a charm.
Crumble apart a granola cluster (this works best if they weren’t baked until too crunchy) and fill the center with about 1/2 a granola cluster. Push in a little bit but don’t press too tight. I made that mistake with a few of the cupcakes and those ended up being difficult to cut or bite into.
To close the center again use just the very top of the cut-out cupcake part.
To finish off the cupcakes I thought a chocolate glaze would be wonderful. It keeps the cupcakes moist and adds a chocolaty sweetness without being too overwhelming. I used my absolute favorite and so simple to make chocolate glaze from my Zucchini Brownies.
Any leftover glaze can be used to make hot chocolate or chocolate milk.