Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

Dark chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate get married in this delicious and healthy granola! Perfect for snacking or breakfast, it’s vegan, dairy free, gluten free and made with no butter, no oil and no sugar!

I’m always looking for creative snacks that can pass for breakfast, such as blueberry breakfast cake, flourless breakfast bars, and this chocolate peanut butter granola! 

As someone who enjoys breakfast, I need to constantly switch it up to keep things exciting. I went through a huge oatmeal phase and as expected, got burnt out super fast. Instead of changing up the flavors, I opted to combine my favorite flavor combination (chocolate and peanut butter) into a cereal-like recipe.

This healthy chocolate peanut butter granola absolutely fits the bill and perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack! 

healthy chocolate peanut butter granola recipe

How to make chocolate peanut butter granola

Step 1- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.

Step 2- In a large mixing bowl, combine your rolled oats, nuts and salt and mix well. 

Step 3- In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, combine your peanut butter with maple syrup and heat until warm and melted. Whisk together until combined.

Step 4- Combine your wet an dry ingredients and mix very well, until fully incorporated.

Step 5- Transfer the granola mixture onto the lined pan and spread out on an even layer. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are going slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven, mix around, and add chocolate chips. Place back in the oven and bake for an extra 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Step 6- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Once cool, break apart into clusters. Add in pretzels, extra nuts or seeds of choice. 

Can you make the granola without peanut butter?

Easily make this chocolate peanut butter granola without peanut butter.

Almond butter and sunflower seed butter are both fantastic substitutions, along with smooth tahini.

As long as your nut or seed butter is smooth and drippy (and unsweetened), it generally will work well. 

How to make chocolate peanut butter granola gluten-free

Easily make this granola 100% gluten-free!

Simply ensure you use certified gluten-free rolled oats and ensure any mix-ins you choose are also gluten-free. 

Storing chocolate peanut butter granola 

Healthy chocolate peanut butter granola should be stored at room temperature, in a sealed container. The granola will keep fresh for up for 2 months. 

Easy healthy chocolate peanut butter granola recipe

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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Recipe

Dark chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate get married in this delicious and healthy granola! Perfect for snacking or breakfast, it's vegan, dairy free, gluten free and made with no butter, no oil and no sugar!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: granola
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 22 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Arman



  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large oven tray with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, salt and nuts.
  • In a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, heat the nut butter of choice with the syrup until it just begins to bubble. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and combine until fully incorporated.
  • Spread out the granola mixture evenly on the lined oven tray and bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on the oven) until the edges start to go slightly golden. Remove from the oven and stir through several tablespoons of the chocolate chips of choice. Place back in the oven and continue to bake until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and stir through remaining chocolate and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, break up the granola and add the mix-ins of choice and store in an airtight container.


Constantly keep an eye on your oven temperature throughout, as oven times differ.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 4g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.7mg | NET CARBS: 14g
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Easy homemade vegan chocolate peanut butter granola recipe

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93 thoughts on “Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

  1. Granola is made to eat from the hand. Without milk. At least that’s how I do it.
    I love this – pretzels!! We only have salty boring pretzels here, so clearly, you have to send s jar over here. Go.

  2. Why didn’t I have this for my moving weekend? Sweet, salty, crunchy – perfection. Granola was meant to be a snack. Whoever decided to pretend pouring milk over it and thereby turning crunch into mush clearly didn’t think far.
    And when did you say you were going to start sellling this in stores??!

  3. Mmm I want to be your real life friend who makes me this granola…pretty please?? Everything about this sounds perfect- you know I’m a sucker for the sweet & salty combo! Like you, I am not big on granola for breakfast (unless it’s added to a smoothie for crunch) but as a snack with some iced cold almond milk? YES PLEASE!

  4. I don’t have self-control when it comes to any kind of muesli, so no granola for me. When I was younger my brother and I sometimes ate enormous portions of muesli for dinner. I mean , not from a simple breakfast bowl, but from a serving bowl!! That’s how champions eat muesli 😀 (and then have a serious sugar rush afterwards)

  5. I used to eat a lot of granola and for some reason stopped. I think I just stopped buying it randomly one day and that was that…I should buy more though. This looks really good but I think I say that about all of your recipes.

  6. YUM!! I hear ya on loving salty and sweet! I honestly don’t really eat granola much… but this looks good!! …I’m more of a salmon person… but I LOVE chocolate! So …yum!!

  7. Hahaha, same here – granola is not a meal unless it’s followed by at LEAST one refill and a protein shake or something. Although my habits might not be the healthiest metric…I stared at a bottle of jack in the fridge yesterday morning and had to convince myself that a pre-breakfast shot on a Sunday morning was NOT a wise choice. 😉

  8. Oh I see this being a big hit. People go nuts for anything with pb in it! I love yogurt covered pretzels and also like chocolate covered pretzels, so I think I’d like this if I tried it (but I’d have to replace the pb so as not to die).

  9. Pooh!.. salmon and burger dinners are for boring old fuddie duddies. This granola though, wow. Sweet and salty with chocolate majorly involved – yes please. And here’s where I make an earth-trembling, hernia inducing confession: I’ve never had granola. I know.

  10. Why would you do this to me right now? I’m still homeless and am supposed to looking for a place but now all I want to do is make this!
    Pinning for later when I actually have my own kitchen and oven to make it in haha

  11. Love this! And YES! I could not agree more, I am constantly eating granola…handfuls of it a lllllll the time, especially as it is sweet, but does not count as a sweet….so its like free pass cheating 😛 What a great combination of flavors… love love! Oh, and I have granola for dinner somedays too…….not a great idea for my running, but its just tooooooo good!

  12. I could not agree with you more! Granola is the ultimate snacking food. I’m always snatching handfuls of it throughout the day. I also really like it with yogurt and fruit for breakfast.

    I still haven’t really done the whole chocolate + pretzels combo, but I trust you that it’s good!

    If only I had this granola in the cannister in my kitchen right now instead of the mediocre batch I made out of a cookbook. I should haven’t known better when I saw that the granola was only sweetened with apple juice and like a teaspoon of maple syrup. Not sweet and no clumps = the ultimate granola fail.

  13. I can totally get on board with this! Sweet and salty is the world’s best flavor combination. One of my favorite things in the world is extra salty pretzels covered in chocolate so I can only imagine this granola topping some yogurt or something.

  14. So the first word that came to mind when seeing your post was genius! Pretzel granola?! I love the idea of a sweet + salty treat. I’m definitely going to try this when I get back to Miami. The only issue is that all willpower will go out the window when I make this – I just know it!

  15. You know what’s awesome? The fact that you’re going to meet me at the end of my 18-miler this weekend with a big ol’ bowl of this granola. Perfecttttttt 😉 And my lazy, go-to meal? Sweet potato topped with ground turkey, spinach, avocado, salsa and an egg. Simple and it covers all of the major food groups… besides chocolate and Nutella.

  16. During the work week, I eat granola for breakfast almost daily. I mix mine with some plain (although full fat) Greek yogurt and fresh berries, if I have them. It’s perfect fuel for my workouts actually. The Hubby eats his as a giant snack though. He also temporarily banned me from making any more Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola because according to him, it’s like crack.

    I love the use of pretzels here, and I’m digging the sweet and salty combo. You are a rock star. I shall even share my granola crown with you. Hmm, maybe we should start a granola business. Now there’s an idea.

  17. i LOVE sweet / salty. its the most amazing taste combo ever invented. As is dark chocolate. I may or may not have been living off red wine and dark chocolate for most of this primal eating challenge 😀

  18. I’m so jealous, granola for dinner sounds way too awesome! Pretty sure that’s they way I’d eat if I lived alone and had no more home cooked meals to eat. I haven’t had granola in a very long time because I literally grabbed a handful of it every time I passed the bag of granola. The store bought kind tasted pretty good, but probably wasn’t to healthy so I had to refrain from buying it. This looks super duper good! I save tons of your recipes, particularly the dessert ones, but still haven’t gotten around to making any of them. I actually printed out one of your recipes and bought all the ingredients for it at the supermarket, that was at the beginning of summer break, but still haven’t gotten around to making it. This summer I’ve been way too lazy in every way possible, but I definitely need to make a batch of this for study breaks once school starts, because I’ll be super hungry from all the hard core study. At least I hope, I really hope I turn things around this school year. 😛

  19. Yummm! You do realize that somehow four of my favorite things on earth are in the TITLE of this post? Granola is amazing, and I am one of those people who eats it for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three.) I just had way too much as a snack, in fact… whoops. 😉

  20. Besides the fact that even a small spoonful of this would send me straight to the ER, I’m loving it! You know I live for sweet ‘n’ salty, and the combo of oats, nut butter, and honey is the love of my life. I canNOT be trusted around granola, though — I mean, how many times have I complained to you about giving myself a stomach ache by eating too much of it? Story of my life…

  21. Peckish and twat in one post? Priceless.

    If you could just ship me a box of this that would be great. Actually, seriously, you should start a mail or service or something. You and Davida. You’re both welcome for that fabulous business plan.

  22. Arman,
    It’s 5 degrees out (that’s F, so -15 to you), I’m out of milk AND cream for my tea, and my car is in the shop because the spouse feels that working brakes are important. He’s cuddly that way. There’s a grocery store a mile away from home, and if it was even 25 degrees out I’d be all over walking down to pick up a gallon for the kids and cream for my beloved tea.
    However, it’s just too damn cold for that. I was thinking I’d chow on a piece of PB toast, but you’re reminding me I’ve got a bit of granola left in a jar and Meghan’s reminding me I’ve got yogurt in the fridge.
    Clearly, I will not starve.

    I think this would be amazing with those PB-filled pretzel pillows from Trader Joes thrown into the mix.

      1. Arman,
        I’m delighted to learn that your time in America included a trip to TJ’s. Sure, we’ve got some great museums and natural wonders, but so do you Down Under. However, we have TJs . . . and now you know what the fuss is about!

  23. sweet and salty is where it’s at. granola and milk, also where it’s at. granola for dinner? pretty sure that has happened here, more than once. rarely for breakfast, you are right!

  24. Nope, I don’t eat it for breakfast either. I snack on it. And in fact, I have never made it, because I have a friend that opened a granola business and I buy hers. Actually now I am craving it, thanks to you. I might have to make a batch of my own too.

  25. Looks totally yummy, but I will not make this granola! Because if I do, it will be gone in a flash and I will not be the better for it. But maybe I could make it for someone else and having a shipping box at hand, so that I am compelled to make sure it gets out of the house pronto.

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