Peanut Butter Granola (Naturally Sweetened)

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Cambria Glosz

Cambria Glosz, RS, MD
Nutritional Reviewer

Crunchy, sweet, and filling—what’s not to love? Granola is a delicious snack that can be enjoyed anytime of day.

One thing that bums us out is that most store bought granolas are loaded with added sweeteners and filler ingredients that are pretty unnecessary. Especially when you can make a super tasty at-home granola with none of the nonsense.

This peanut butter granola recipe takes a few minutes to prep and only 10 minutes in the oven! 

Your house will smell like warm peanut butter cookies and you’ll have a crispy, crunchy snack to munch on all week. 

Granola is also great for on-the-go as it doesn’t need to be refrigerated and can be eaten dry, as cereal, or on top of yogurt. It’s filling and in the case of this recipe, refined-sugar free!

Why is homemade granola better?

As we’ve mentioned, most store bought granolas come with a host of additives, particularly lots of sugar. 

You can achieve a sweet and flavorful taste with simpler ingredients in your own home. 

Not to mention, the cost. 

Is it cheaper to buy or make granola?

Store-bought granola is expensive! 

For a fraction of the cost (even if you use all organic ingredients), you can make this granola at home.

  • Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Oats (this is what we used): $10 per 2 lb bag
  • Organic Maple Syrup: about $8 per 16 oz bottle
  • Organic peanut butter: $4-6 per 16 oz jar

Total: $22-24 for all ingredients, which is about $6 per all organic batch of granola (16 oz).

A standard bag of 16 oz organic store-bought granola goes for $9-11 per bag.

Which oats are better for granola?

Old fashioned oats are the optimal choice for making crunchy granola with lots of clusters. This, plus cooking on a low temperature will lead to delicious, peanut butter-y clumps and not a flaky texture.

bob's red mill organic old fashion oats

Ingredients for a Healthy Peanut Butter Granola Recipe

We use only the following ingredients for our peanut butter granola:

Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

This will lend to the most granola-like consistency and texture.

Smooth Peanut Butter

Ideally, this will be with one ingredient: peanuts. 

Added salt is okay if that’s what you have on hand, however peanut butters often come with lots of additional additives, like oil and sugar so be sure to read the label. 

Maple Syrup

This is our sweetener of choice for this recipe. 

If you prefer agave or honey, that will work too.

ingredients in a bowl

Tips for Making the Perfect Peanut Butter Granola

To make sure you’re in love with your granola, here are some crucial tips to ensure it tastes just right!

Getting the Right Texture

A little fat and a little sweetness, of course! 

The peanut butter is what allows clumps to form and gives a crispy texture. If you’re not a peanut butter fan (or have an allergy), you can sub any nut butter (like almond butter) or tahini. 

Alternatively, plain old butter will work but we recommend adding some other flavors like cinnamon and seeds if you’re opting out of the nut/seed butters.

Temperature Matters

If you cook this on too high of a temperature, your granola will burn… and fast. 

Keep your oven at 300, cook on the lowest rack, and check often to avoid “blackened granola.”

Let It Cool

Let it cool before enjoying. The clusters will crisp up as they cool and air out. 

Even if your granola doesn’t feel super crunchy right out of the oven, don’t assume it needs more cook time. Let it rest until cooled. 

You can always cook it longer if needed.

granola cooling after the oven

Enjoy Clean, Healthy Granola

We hope you enjoy this healthy peanut butter granola recipe as much as we do. Clean eating should be simple and nothing is simpler than 3 ingredients!

Even if you decide to buy your granola instead of making it every week, be sure to read the labels so you know what you’re eating.

Happy snacking!

Peanut Butter Granola

Peanut Butter Granola Recipe

Our peanut butter granola is a 3-ingredient, clean and simple granola for every day of the week!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings
Calories 247 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • â…“ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Optional: pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 300℉
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, peanut butter, and maple syrup until thoroughly combined
  • Pour mixture onto a large baking sheet and spread out. Leaving some clusters is ideal for crunchy bites and texture
  • Place in your preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, checking every 4 minutes or so to ensure granola is not burning.
  • Let cool and transfer to an airtight container or sealable bag (can be stored at room temperature and should be eaten within 5 days)

Nutrition

Serving: 1 servingCalories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 8gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 76mgPotassium: 232mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gCalcium: 34mgIron: 2mg
Keyword granola, peanut butter
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