Peanut Butter Granola


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This ultimate peanut butter granola is made with just five simple ingredients! It is chunky, crunchy, and loaded with sweet, salty, and nutty flavors.

peanut butter granola.

Crispy and crunchy peanut butter-flavored granola using wholesome ingredients- count me in!

Granola gets an unfair wrap for being a glorified sugar-laden cereal, but that is far from the truth. When made correctly, it can be a healthy, wholesome, and delicious breakfast the whole family will adore!

Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works
  2. Ingredients Needed
  3. How to make peanut butter granola
  4. Flavor variations
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Recommended tools to make this recipe
  7. Recipe tips and tricks
  8. More cereal and granola recipes to try
  9. Frequently asked questions
  10. Peanut Butter Granola (Recipe Card)

Why this recipe works

  • It is way cheaper when you make it at home. You don’t have to spend money on generic granola anymore (or any of those fancy ones, either!). Instead, make your gourmet-style granola at home at a fraction of the price! 
  • Scale it up! Like chocolate granola or protein granola, this granola stays at room temperature for a month. So, feel free to make it in bulk and enjoy a healthy breakfast daily!  
  • It’s diet friendly. Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, you can enjoy this delicious recipe. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or a meat enthusiast, I promise you’ll enjoy it.
  • Healthy and delicious. My favorite kind of food! With no added refined sugars or flour, fiber-rich oats, and healthy fats from peanut butter, peanut butter granola is a healthy addition to your diet.

Ingredients Needed

  • Rolled oats. I prefer using rolled oats to make granola, but you can mix rolled and quick oats.
  • Nuts. Nuts make up for a large portion of granola, and you can mix in your favorite nuts. I like to have a mix of chopped and whole nuts for various textures. You don’t need to toast them before use as you’ll bake the granola eventually. 
  • Salt. Trust me, you must add a generous salt pinch to your granola! It elevates the flavor of this cereal.
  • Peanut butter. The World is divided over crunchy and smooth peanut butter. But the good news is that you can use either one to make this recipe.

Peanut butter substitute

Even though this is a ‘peanut butter’-esque recipe, you can swap it out for any nut or seed butter. These include almond butter, tahini, or sunflower seed butter.

  • Maple syrup. My preferred liquid sweetener. It’s healthier than white or brown sugar and lends itself to a lovely flavor. Honey or agave nectar also works.

How to make peanut butter granola

  1. Mix the dry ingredients. Add oats, salt, and chopped nuts in a large bowl. 
  2. Mix the wet ingredients. Heat maple syrup and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl or a saucepan until it bubbles. 
  3. Make the granola mix. Pour the wet mix into the dry oat mix and coat everything nicely.
  4. Bake the granola. Spread the wet granola mixture on a baking tray, and bake it in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F until golden. Then, remove it from the oven, stir, and place it back in the oven until golden brown.
  5. Store until later use. Let it cool, break it into smaller chunks, and store it in an airtight container for later munching.

Flavor variations

  • Add seeds. A vegetarian diet often lacks omega-3 fatty acids! Add a tablespoon or two of ground flax seeds to the granola mix to get your healthy fats. Add pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, or chia seeds for a crunch and bite. 
  • Make it chocolaty. Toss ½ a cup of chocolate chips or shavings with granola for a peanut butter-chocolate granola.
  • Double down on the peanut flavor. If you like the peanut flavor, mix in salted and unsalted toasted peanuts with the granola mix.  
  • Add more flavors. While peanut butter remains dominant, you can experiment by adding spices like cinnamon or pumpkin spice mix, or vanilla extract.
  • Add dried fruits. For fruity granola, stir through dried figs, cranberries, raisins, dates, and banana chips.

Storage instructions

To store. Good news, guys! Granola stays fresh at room temperature for a month when stored in an airtight container.

To freeze. Freeze the granola in ziplock bags for up to six months.

  • Mixing bowls. These sets of mixing bowls are a great addition to your kitchen.
  • Baking sheet. To cook the granola evenly and completely.
  • Spatula. Mixing the wet and dry ingredients becomes extremely easy with this spatula.
healthy peanut butter granola.

Recipe tips and tricks

  • Adjust the sweetness. Depending on whether you are using sweet, salty, or unsweetened peanut butter, you’ll have to adjust the amount of added maple syrup.
  • Use good-quality peanut butter. Make peanut butter at home or buy good-quality, natural peanut butter with only peanuts. You don’t want added flavors, sweeteners, and oil.  
  • Avoid overbaking the granola. While this recipe is pretty hands-off, you must watch your granola as it bakes! In your quest to get crispy granola, don’t burn it. Blackened and burnt granola pieces are just not fun!
  • Cool down the granola. Don’t disturb the granola when you remove it from the oven. Let it cool to room temperature so the sugar recrystallizes with granola to form crunchy and chunky bits.

More cereal and granola recipes to try

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between granola and muesli?

While both recipes have oats as their primary ingredient and contain dried fruits and nuts, they differ in how they’re prepared. While muesli is uncooked, granola is baked with fat and sweet components.

Can I refrigerate granola?

I don’t recommend storing granola in the refrigerator. It becomes soggy and loses its crunch.

Can I revive soggy granola?

If your granola goes soft or soggy over time, toss it in the oven for a few minutes. It’ll be crispy and fresh.

peanut butter granola recipe.

Peanut Butter Granola

5 from 4 votes
This ultimate peanut butter granola is made with just five simple ingredients! It is chunky, crunchy, and loaded with sweet, salty, and nutty flavors.
Servings: 8 Servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 22 minutes
Total: 2 hours 27 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats use gluten free for gluten free option
  • 1 cup nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup mix-ins of choice pretzels, nuts, seeds etc


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment 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 peanut butter with the syrup until it just begins to bubble. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and combine until fully incorporated.
  • Spread the granola mixture evenly on the lined sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until the edges start to go slightly golden. Remove the granola from the oven and give it a good mix. Place back in the oven for another 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let the granola cool completely, before breaking it apart and adding your mix-ins of choice.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 203kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 6gFat: 11gSodium: 149mgPotassium: 199mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 18g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. Gimme a spoon and some ice cold almond milk and call it a dayyyyyyy. Seriously, the sweet and salty harmony that’s going on here is just like the most serious swoon city ever!

  2. 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 😀

  3. yum!! I feel like this would taste just ike chocolate covered pretzels… which are dangerously addicting. Since I basically always have the ingredients for this recipe on hand, I think I’m going to have to try it… tomorrow

  4. 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.

    1. Um…full fat yogurt is the ONLY kind of yogurt. Kind of why I need to move to Cleveland- FAGE TOTAL. None of this chobani 0% crap.

      Please share your granola crown with me. And ps. Yes.

  5. I am a granola freak and this just looks amazing!!!! making ASAP!!!! Or you could send a batch of this when you send the breakfast cookie 🙂

  6. 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. 😉

  7. I love making granola. And eating granola. And I love Mayvers so this sounds amazzzzing. My roommate dropped her jar of the chocolate superspread and there was glass everywhere. LUCKILY the spread was safe.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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).

    1. We don’t want you to die so don’t try it with peanut butter! I love yogurt covered pretzels, especially as it’s got no yogurt on it haha!

  13. I’m so lazy when it comes to making homemade granola but I think I’d have to get past that laziness to make this – chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels? Some of my favourite things right there.

  14. this would be so good just on top of plain yogurt or just consumed by standing there and eating hand after hand 😉