Peanut Butter Granola

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I’ve started making my own peanut butter granola because I love how it tastes and feel good about not feeding my family with ingredients that are unpronounceable or come from potentially unethical sources. I wrote down the recipe in my blog and would like to share a few of these delicious oats recipes with you, too

Healthy Peanut Butter Granola

A straightforward homemade recipe for chunky clusters of complete, healthful ingredients is Healthy Peanut Buttr Granola. In under 30 minutes, fully free of dairy and gluten!

granola with chocolate chips

The best granola recipe you’ll ever make

This nutritious peanut butter granola is the only homemade granola recipe you will ever require. Count on me for that.

I’ve been making my own granola for as long as I can remember. One of my all-time favorite snacks, I still purchase granola occasionally, but I almost always have a batch of my own on hand.

I prefer it this way because I can precisely control what’s included, down to the degree of sweetness or crunchiness.

clusters of granola

Ingredients in healthy peanut butter granola

For over ten years, I’ve been cooking this nutritious granola recipe. As I’ve changed the ingredients and tried new techniques over the years, it has gone through a lot of various variations. After ten years, I should be able to create it from memory now, but I’ve even reached the stage where I can simply mix the components and produce a delectable result.

Fortunately for you guys, the last time I prepared it, I jotted down the recipe. It is quite forgiving and has several ingredients that are simple to replace with other things you may already own. You’ll need the following:

  • Old fashioned oats
  • Salt
  • Chia seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Melted coconut oil
  • Vanilla

In terms of tools, you’ll need a baking sheet, parchment paper, a mixing bowl, a mixing utensil, and these measuring cups: 1/4 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 tbsp, 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup.

How to make granola

happy news Making homemade granola is quite simple. Simply combine all the ingredients in one bowl, spread it out on a baking sheet, and bake it!

You will be able to separate the granola into clusters of the desired size once it has cooled fully. Here is a complete how-to.

A baking sheet should first be lined with parchment paper and the oven should be preheated to 325F.

Combine the oats, salt, chia seeds, and cinnamon in a sizable bowl.

Add the vanilla, honey, coconut oil, and peanut butter.

When everything is thoroughly blended, press onto the baking sheet covered with parchment paper and spread into a level layer.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the top begins to brown.

Before dividing the granola into the necessary number of pieces of your desired size, let it cool fully.

Enjoy on ice cream, yogurt, or in a bowl of milk. There are a ton of choices.

Healthy granola recipe add-ons

Adding all of the various mix-ins after the granola has cooled is my favorite part of this recipe. The actual flavor magic happens at this point, when inventiveness truly shines! I like to top my granola with as many treats as I can find sometimes, and other times I’m in the mood to eat it plain.

You can include chocolate bars, graham crackers, peanut butter chips, dried fruit or cranberries, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and more. It’s a clean slate!

How this recipe is healthier

There are only a few very simple ingredients in this granola, all of which are healthier alternatives to what you’ll find in store-bought brands. Those are filled with preservatives and aren’t the best choice health wise. Here are some ingredients I use that make this recipe a better option!

Rolled oats: Oats are a wonderful granola ingredient because they provide fiber and healthy fats. I highly recommend using rolled oats for this recipe. They will work better than steel cut or quick oats.

Natural peanut butter: Natural peanut butter is the way to go! This is one of those ingredients where you always want to choose the organic, natural version. It’s also a great granola ingredient because it provides protein. I love the Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s brands because they only contain peanuts and salt.

Honey: This one of my favorite natural sweeteners to use! It helps to gather the ingredients and create the beautiful chunky clusters. It also means only natural sugar!

Chia seeds: These seeds provide some of the texture while also supplying healthy Omega-3s.

Coconut oil: Coconut oil keeps the granola moist and will also help to crisp it up in the oven. You can use any oil you’d like, but I love the natural coconut flavor that this type provides. If you don’t like the flavor of coconut, be sure to use refined coconut oil, as it has no taste.

peanut butter granola

How should I store this granola?

Healthy peanut butter granola can be stored in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container on the counter. It will last for about 2 weeks!

HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA

A tasty meal that can be prepared ahead of time in just 30 minutes with only 6 ingredients is this healthy peanut butter granola recipe. Additionally, it is dairy-free, refined sugar-free, oil-free, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly.

overhead view of a bowl of yogurt topped with berries and a lot of Peanut Butter Granola

Our family has enjoyed this healthy peanut butter granola recipe for years. We adore eating it with a splash of almond milk or over yogurt!

This dairy-free, gluten-free, oil-free, and refined-sugar-free granola recipe is vegan. Suitable for any diner in your life! Everyone in my small home adores it, and for those of us who prefer to make mornings as simple as possible by sleeping in as long as we can, it makes a terrific breakfast to prepare ahead of time.

HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA: INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Oats: I have had great success with both quick-cooking and old-fashioned oats in this recipe! Using the quick-cooking variety produces a chunkier granola (it’s what I used in the batch pictured).
  • Honey: You can easily substitute maple syrup for a vegan option!
  • Peanut Butter: Any nut or seed butter can be used in place of peanut butter. If you use a firmer variety of peanut butter {not a runny, natural kind}, just be sure to melt it completely with the honey before adding the rest of the wet ingredients.

And that’s really it! There’s nothing much to this deliciously healthy peanut butter granola! Serve on top of yogurt, drenched in almond milk, or snack on it pain! There’s no wrong way to enjoy this healthy breakfast!

HOW TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA

It is very easy to make this peanut butter granola recipe. Let’s discuss the process.

Begin by melting together the honey and peanut butter over very low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.

Next add the vanilla and stir then add the dry ingredients & stir to combine.

two overhead photos showing how to make peanut butter granola

BAKE

Transfer the peanut butter granola mixture to a greased baking sheet and press it onto the pan and bake.

See! It’s such an easy granola recipe! The only note I have is that if you get to the final stage (before transferring the granola from the saucepan to the baking sheet), and the granola looks crumbly and not wet, add more peanut butter or honey until you reach the consistency pictured below. This is key in achieving clumps!

two overhead photos showing how to make peanut butter granola

HOW TO KNOW WHEN THE GRANOLA IS DONE BAKING: 

The granola will look slightly golden-brown once it is done baking.

Tip: In order to be extra sure the granola is done, remove a piece or two from the pan and let it cool on the countertop. If it hardens relatively quickly (in 1-2 minutes) then it’s done. If not, continue baking until it is crunchy at room temperature.

overhead photo showing how to make peanut butter granola

Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool completely, then break it into chunks and serve or store.

overhead photo showing how to make peanut butter granola

STORE/FREEZE

Store this granola in an airtight container or glass jar with a lid at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

front view of a glass jar filled with peanut butter granola

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy this peanut butter granola.

  1. On top of yogurt. I recommend eating this served on top of your favorite yogurt with fresh berries! It adds the perfect crunch!
  2. In a bowl with your choice of milk! You can also serve this homemade granola as a cold cereal! Simply use your favorite dairy-free or regular milk and enjoy!
  3. As a snack! Sometimes we like to pack individual containers of this healthy peanut butter granola when we go hiking or to the park as a delicious snack!
Up close overhead view of peanut butter granola in a bowl of yogurt and berries

RECIPE FAQS

Here are a few commonly asked questions I receive about this peanut butter granola recipe!

How do you make homemade granola crunchy? 

Here are a few tips and tricks for ensuring that your peanut butter granola is crunchy (and stays crunchy)…
Bake at a low temperature. This peanut butter granola bakes at 325 degrees F, which a lower temperature than I usually bake most recipes. The low, slow baking process ensures that the granola will dry out sufficiently to stay nice and crunchy.
Use enough wet ingredients. The clumps are what make this peanut butter granola so amazing. Making sure the mixture is sufficiently wet before baking is very important.
How you bake the homemade granola is key. This peanut butter granola needs to be baked in one sheet pressed to the bottom of the pan to achieve maximum crunchiness. The reason for this is that it creates clumps, which are very important to crunchy granola!

How do you store homemade granola?

I recommend storing this peanut butter granola in an airtight, glass container at room temperature.

How long does homemade granola last? 

This homemade peanut butter granola lasts 3-4 weeks when stored at room temperature in an airtight, glass container (assuming it has been baked to be crunchy and not soft).

Can you refrigerate granola?

I recommend not storing this homemade granola recipe in the refrigerator! It’s best when stored in an airtight container at room temperature!

Is eating granola for breakfast healthy? 

It absolutely is healthy! Just check out the nutrition facts in the recipe! One serving of this granola contains plenty of protein, fiber and other nutrients!
It also keeps you full for a long time, which helps get you through a mid-morning slump!

How do you re-crisp this homemade granola?

If you do under bake this healthy peanut butter granola and it becomes soft the next day, no need to worry.
Simply pop it back into the oven for a few minutes to re-crisp it! Just be SUPER careful not to forget you put it back in the oven…I may have done this on more than one occasion. Whoopsies.

IRRESISTIBLE PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA

  •  prep time: 10 MINUTES
  •  cook time: 30 MINUTES
  •  total time: 40 MINUTES
  •  yield: 0 ABOUT 4 CUPS 1X

DESCRIPTION

My favorite homemade peanut butter granola recipe!  It’s quick and easy to make, it’s naturally sweetened with honey, and it’s ridiculously, irresistibly, completely delicious.  Feel free to customize with any add-ins that you prefer.


INGREDIENTS

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  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup nuts (such as peanuts, sliced almonds, chopped pecans, or a mix)
  • 1/3 cup natural smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • optional: 1/3 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • optional: 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 325°F.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine oats and nuts in a large mixing bowl.  Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, vanilla, salt and cinnamon.  Heat briefly in the microwave (for 20-30 seconds) or in a small saucepan (over medium heat for 3-4 minutes) until warm, but not bubbly.  Stir again until smooth.
  4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oats mixture, and stir until evenly combined.
  5. Spread the granola out evenly on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through, and keeping an eye on the granola to ensure that it doesn’t burn.  Remove pan from the oven, sprinkle the coconut on top, and give the mixture a good stir.  Bake for 4-5 more minutes, or until the granola is lightly toasted and golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire baking rack.  Let the granola cool until it reaches room temperature.  Then stir in the chocolate chips (if using), and any other optional add-ins you might prefer.
  7. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

NOTES

*I like to also sprinkle on a bit of flaky sea salt (like this) at the end.

Gluten-Free: If making this recipe gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats and ingredients.

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