Peanut Butter Granola

This healthy Peanut Butter Granola recipe creates a crispy, crunchy homemade granola made with fewer than 10 ingredients. Serve it for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or as a topping for yogurt and ice cream.

A bowl of peanut butter granola features dried cranberries, nuts, and more. There's another bowl with granola behind it.

I love making healthy granola recipes, and in fact, easy vegan recipes are my forté! I also love saving money! So, I knew making this DIY granola recipe healthy would be the way to combining it all.

In fact, this peanut butter granola recipe checks off all the boxes because making your own homemade granola with peanut butter saves money and is way easier than you think.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • A flax egg binds the granola together, creating the tasty granola clumps that we all love
  • Coconut oil bakes into the granola, making it crispy
  • Pressing the granola into the pan before baking is another secret for creating those pieces of granola that form into clumps. It’s a winning formula for the best granola!

Ingredient Spotlight

A small, white bowl holds creamy peanut butter inside.

What Peanut Butter is Best

There are three basic types of peanut butter: 1) Natural (the kind that has to be stirred, 2) Creamy, and 3) Crunchy. Some types of peanut butter work better for different recipes. Most of the time I prefer using natural peanut butter because it doesn’t have added hydrogenated oils or sugar. For this recipe, you can use whatever kind of peanut butter you like best.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Flax Egg — You can use either a flax egg or a chia egg
  • Rolled oats — These are also referred to as old-fashioned oats
  • Pecans – I buy pecans in large packages on my vegan shopping trips at Costco. You can also buy them at grocery stores or online.
  • Additional nuts — Use your favorite nuts, like pistachios, cashews, peanuts, and almonds
  • Seeds — Add your favorite seeds, like pumpkin, sunflower, hemp, and sesame
  • Syrup sweetener — You can use maple syrup or agave nectar
  • Peanut butter — You can use natural, creamy, or even crunchy peanut butter.
  • Coconut oil — Using refined coconut oil gives it a more natural flavor. You can substitute olive oil.
  • Dried fruit — Use your favorite dried fruits, such as raisins, dried cranberries, or even dried strawberries.

Note: You can use a variety of ingredients such as sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and any of your favorite nuts, like cashews. I like to mix it up from time to time to give it variety.

How to Make Peanut Butter Granola

If you’re wondering how to make granola, here are the steps I use to make it the best! Of course, I love making homemade granola healthy because it’s so easy:

  1. Make the flax egg and set it aside.
  2. Stir together dry granola mixture from the oats, pecans, additional nuts, and seeds in a large bowl.
    A large white bowl holds oats, nuts, and seeds for granola.
  3. Make the peanut butter sauce by combining the syrup, peanut butter, and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat this in the microwave until the mixture is smooth enough to spread. Stir in the flax egg.
    A bowl of the sauce used to make granola in a glass pyrex measuring cup.
  4. Pour the peanut butter sauce over the oat mixture. Stir, ensuring all the oatmeal and nuts are coated.
  5. Spread the sticky granola into prepared pans, distributing it equally across the pan. Use a spatula to press the granola down into the pan.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, until the granola is golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and set it aside for 10 minutes to cool.
  8. Add the dried fruit and then break the granola into pieces.

Storage Tips

Store granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks. It can be refrigerated or even frozen for longer storage.

Serving Suggestions

Marly’s Tips

Use these tips and tricks to make the perfect batch of peanut butter and granola every single time:

  • For keto granola — remove the oatmeal, add more nuts and seeds, and use a zero-calorie syrup sweetener, like Stevia Maple Syrup.
  • I prefer to line my baking sheets with parchment paper because it makes cleanup so much easier.
  • Make chocolate peanut butter granola by adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the granola sauce.

There are rules for making the very best oatmeal granola. I love these tips from The Kitchn on ways to make the best granola.

More Peanut Butter Recipes

Do you love healthy peanut butter recipes beyond vegan granola? Be sure to check out these peanut butter recipes too:

Milk is being poured into a bowl of healthy granola. There's another bowl with oats in the background.

That’s it for the this Healthy Peanut Butter Granola Recipe!

A bowl of peanut butter granola has dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, nuts, and more.

Peanut Butter Granola

Make this healthy peanut butter granola, loaded with oatmeal, pecans, peanut butter, seeds, raisins, and a few chocolate chips for the fun of it. It's an easy recipe and perfect for breakfast or snacking!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 338kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 flax egg
  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup pecans roughly chopped
  • 1 cup additional nuts pistachio, cashew, almonds, etc,
  • ½ cup seeds pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, etc
  • ½ cup syrup sweetener maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup dried fruit such as raisins

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F/150°C. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Make the flax egg and set it aside.
  • Combine the oats, pecans, additional nuts, and seeds in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl, combine the syrup, peanut butter, and coconut oil. Stir to combine. Heat this in the microwave in 11-second increments until the mixture is smooth enough to spread. Stir in the flax egg.
  • Pour the peanut butter syrup mixture over the oat mixture. Stir, ensuring all the oatmeal and nuts are coated.
  • Pour the sticky granola mixture onto prepared pans, distributing it equally across the pan. Use a spatula to press the granola down into the pan. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, until the granola is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and set it aside for 10 minutes to cool. Add the dried fruit and then break it apart into pieces.
  • Store in an airtight container.

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Notes

Make this recipe keto-friendly and/or low sugar/low carb by doing the following: remove the oatmeal and add more nuts and seeds. Replace the syrup sweetener with stevia maple syrup, and use sugar-free chocolate chips (Lily’s stevia-sweetened chips).
Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2014 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

6 Responses to Peanut Butter Granola

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJessica @ A Kitchen Addiction Reply

    We love snacking on granola while traveling! This granola looks perfect for our next road trip!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      We should start a rock group: The Traveling Granola Crunchers! 😉

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyBeth @ The First Year Reply

    5 stars
    I joke about moving to Hawaii all the time, so glad I am not the only person dreaming about it! And I am a total snackers, wherever I go there will be snacks in my bag 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      We are total Hawaii dreamers. Snackers too!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAmanda Paa Reply

    as someone who’s gluten-free, it is so important for me to be prepared and have snacks on hand. this peanut butter pecan granola looks so good – those clusters!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Amanda! I know how you feel having a special diet does mean a little bit of planning ahead. But with good food like this to bring along, it’s not so bad! So glad you like this peanutbutter granola recipe!

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