Big clusters of crunchy granola with salty and sweet vibes that make for the best & EASIEST ever peanut butter granola that’s actually healthy! Only 4 ingredients needed.
Back in the day, before I could truly appreciate all the glory that is peanut butter, I’d read about folks eating entire jars of PB in one sitting. (I mean, a whole batch of peanut butter granola, I get…)
But a full jar. In one sitting?!?
Woah. But now that I’m a fellow PB fanatic, I now consider that idea strangely enticing.
Meanwhile, fellow PB lovers, I’ve found a more practical, long-term way for you and me to enjoy all the yummy peanut butter treats that we desire… without the 500 miles of running. This easy and healthy peanut butter granola!
Anyone as excited about this as I am? This peanut butter granola recipe is soon-to-be your favorite way to enjoy granola and peanut butter in one fell swoop. So you (and I) can avoid the whole “eating 1 entire jar of PB, then having to run 500 straight miles afterward” fiasco.
Let’s dive in! In today’s post, I’m going to be covering common questions about peanut butter granola, substitution notes, tools for making this peanut butter granola awesome and more!
Peanut Butter Granola Ingredients
This peanut butter granola uses only 4 ingredients to create a delicious texture that’s filling and healthy. Check ’em out:
- Peanut butter – natural, unsalted peanut butter works best in this recipe.
- Maple syrup – some readers have used honey with success, but I haven’t tried it myself, so proceed with caution.
- Nuts – You can use your favorite nuts like walnuts and pecans. I like to use a split between a variety of nuts and some peanuts to enhance the peanut flavor in this peanut butter granola.
- Oats – I recommend using rolled oats in this recipe. They are also called “old-fashioned” oats. Quick oats, or 1-minute oats, are a bit mushy and won’t yield a more substantive texture.
How to Make Peanut Butter Granola
To make this peanut butter granola recipe, all you have to do is whisk together a few simple ingredients, spread them on a baking sheet, bake and cool. Here are the detailed instructions:
First, preheat the oven to 325°F. Line your favorite baking sheet with parchment paper or greased foil.
Second, add peanut butter and maple syrup to a mixing bowl.
Third, whisk the peanut butter and maple syrup together until you get a thickened, sweet mixture, like peanut butter frosting — this will hold the peanut butter granola together.
Next, add your favorite nuts and the oats. Here, I like to add in some peanuts to enhance the peanut butter flavor, and mostly other nuts like pecans to not overwhelm the granola taste.
Now, it’s time to grab a silicone spatula! It’s one of my favorite kitchen tools because it’s nonstick and works with everything. Use the spatula to stir and fold the wet and dry ingredients together until every bit is moist and coated.
Grabbing the mixing bowl by the sides, pour the peanut butter granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet into one even layer.
Then, use the silicone spatula to spread the granola into little piles — these will be the yummy granola clusters later!
Bake for about 20 minutes, then flip and bake until deep golden brown.
Lastly, cool and enjoy the best ever peanut butter granola!
Related Recipe: Low Calorie Granola Recipe (reader fave) ❤️
Tips for the Best Peanut Butter Granola
This peanut butter granola recipe is super easy to make. But here are some insider tips:
- Use creamy, unsalted natural peanut butter. It should be drippy and runny, like a thick liquid, and made with just 1 ingredient: peanuts. Here’s a homemade peanut butter recipe to try.
- Stir the peanut butter really well, until smooth and creamy. Super greasy or just dry, chunky peanut paste ain’t gonna cut it! 😉
- Avoid chunky or salted PB: the peanut bits in chunky PB mess with the wet to dry ratio in the recipe. Salted PB takes away how much salt you choose to add to the recipe.
- Create clusters before baking! See next section for more.
- Cool completely before storing to ensure crispy pb granola clusters.
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How Do I Get Big Clusters in My Homemade Peanut Butter Granola?
- Before baking, create small piles of pb granola on the sheet. Keep the pb granola clusters somewhat chunky, but not too large, as they’ll fall apart when flipping.
- Space each pb granola cluster about ½” apart to allow air to flow through and crisp up clusters.
- Very gently flip the clusters during the midway bake point. If the clusters start to fall apart (and the clusters aren’t too browned), bake for another few minutes before flipping.
- Two big cluster lover’s recipes: homemade chunky paleo granola & this sweet ‘n salty nut clusters recipe.
- Can I swap the peanut butter for another nut or seed butter? Yes! Almost any other kind of nut or seed butter will work, including: almond butter, sunflower seed butter (aka sunbutter), cashew butter, and more!
- How to swap nuts, change add-ins: feel free to swap the peanuts in this recipe for your favorite nut, dried fruit (just make sure they’re not too huge) and more!
- Using other sweeteners: brown rice syrup, date syrup, honey. Different sweeteners will yield slightly different results. This peanut butter granola recipe isn’t too risky, so for the most part it should work just fine!
Are you ready to show HOMEMADE who’s boss?! Yeah, you are!! Let’s grab all of our favorite homemade peanut butter treat tools (like… our appetites, hehe!!) and meet in the kitchen! It’s so much fun seeing how your creations turn out! Make sure to take a photo, or shoot a quick vid and share it on IG stories! I can’t wait to hear what you think. In the meantime…
Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️
Healthy Breakfast Recipes
- Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
- Peanut Butter Granola Bars (3 ingredient)
- Easy Coconut Chia Pudding Recipe
- Healthy Breakfast Bars
- And Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies 🙂
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