Chocolate Peanut Butter Lovers’ Granola.

A healthy on-the-go snack for all of us with a sweet tooth! Only 7 ingredients needed to make this chocolate peanut butter granola.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Lovers' Granola - an easy, healthy treat for all of us with a sweet tooth!

It has been far too long since I posted a chocolate & peanut butter recipe.

Wait… 12 days is long enough, right? I can’t go 1 day without a peanut butter/chocolate craving. It hits me like a ton of bricks. Actually, more like a ton of peanut butter cups. Mmm, tasty. My pantry is currently home to 9 different peanut butter jars, my candy bowl is full of Reese’s, and I live with this peanut butter monster. Don’t get between him and the peanut butter.

If peanut butter and/or chocolate is your middle name, this granola is for you.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Lovers' Granola - an easy, healthy snack for those of us with a sweet tooth!

I made this granola recipe twice last week. You see, the first time I made it… I shot it right away. Made it look pretty, took photos of it, and had to run out the door. Later that night, I gobbled it up on the couch watching Pulp Fiction. Kevin took the leftovers to work with him the next day and that’s that.

After he left, I pulled up the photos on my computer and kicked myself for not double checking them the day before. They were awful! The lighting in our new apartment is world’s different than our old apartment. Our apartment before the flood faced west, so I could shoot at 4pm and still catch some great sunlight. Heck, some of my cookbook recipes were shot at 6pm in the summer!

This one… 5:49pm. Crazy.

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Anyway. I used my photography disappointment as an excuse to make the crunchy granola again. Boo-hoo? I certainly didn’t complain about it. I shot about a million photos of batch #2 in about 100 different places over the course of the entire day. Who knew shooting granola could be so exhausting?! That being said, I happily kept batch #2 all to myself as a sweet reward.

Lucky for you (and me!) this chocolate peanut butter granola is a snap to make. And what’s more? You’ll only need 7 ingredients to bake it. The ingredient list is short, easy, and simple. Nothing weird, nothing complicated, nothing you can’t pronounce. I actually looked at the ingredient list on some granola at the store yesterday and recognized about 4 of the 288745843 ingredients. Yeah, scary.

The ingredients you’ll need for today’s recipe are peanut butter, coconut oil, honey, cocoa powder, oats, peanuts, and vanilla. Chocolate chips and a peanut butter drizzle are completely optional, but heavily recommended for obvious reasons. Also, I love these bowls.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Lovers' Granola

The best part about this granola recipe, and all of my granola recipes, is that there is always room for substitutions based on what you like. Vegan? Substitute maple syrup for the honey and make sure the chocolate chips you use are dairy-free. Don’t like nuts in your granola? Leave out the peanuts. Add dried fruits like banana chips, dried cranberries, or even raisins. Throw some coconut in if you’re feeling jazzy. And M&Ms if you’re feeling indulgent. Your granola options are endless with this recipe!

One thing you shouldn’t alter about this recipe: the coconut oil. If you do not have or you do not like coconut oil, you may substitute canola or vegetable oil instead. The small amount of oil in this recipe gives each bite a crunchy texture. You will certainly miss the 1/4 cup of coconut oil if you leave it out.

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Serve it on yogurt, with milk, drizzle with warm peanut butter, sprinkle it on ice cream, or munch away while plopped on the couch at midnight. It’s ok, I won’t judge. One may go as far as saying this granola is better than a peanut butter chocolate brownie… but that would be pushing it. 😉

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Lovers' Granola

A healthy on-the-go snack for all of us with a sweet tooth! Only 7 ingredients needed to make this chocolate peanut butter granola.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (240g) old-fashioned rolled oats1
  • 3/4 cup (106g) peanuts (or any nut)
  • 3 Tablespoons (16g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (125g) creamy or crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup (113g) honey2
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) coconut oil3
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional

  • 1/2 cup (90g) chocolate chips
  • melted peanut butter for drizzling

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Mix oats, peanuts, and cocoa powder together in a large bowl. Melt peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil together in a medium bowl and stir until smooth. Mix in the vanilla extract. Pour over oats and mix until all oats are moistened.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring and flipping every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and, if adding chocolate chips, sprinkle the granola with them while it is still warm. Stir. The chocolate chips will melt, creating larger clusters of granola. Allow to cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. The air will help the granola get crunchy.
  4. Make ahead tip: Granola is the perfect recipe to make ahead because it stays fresh for so long. Store this in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes:

  1. For a gluten free version, make sure you use certified gluten free oats.
  2. For a vegan version, make sure you use maple syrup or agave instead of honey as well as dairy-free chocolate chips.
  3. Instead of coconut oil, feel free to use canola or vegetable oil.

 

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143 comments

  1. Made this too.May be coz of my oven 20minutes was all they needed. Instead of choco chipsI added chopped figs and raisins.

  2. Wow, Sally! This was really good! I made this granola for breakfast today and my siblings loved it. Since we have peanut allergies in my family, I substituted the peanut butter for soy nut butter and I used almonds in place of the peanuts. It turned out amazing! Thank you!

  3. This was sooo good! i LOVE ob, but i did kinda burn this batch… ;( will make again though!

  4. This granola is amazing! The smell fills my house and is making my stomach rumble! Thanks so much for this recipe!

  5. Made this last night. It smelled sooo good while it was cooking and the uncooked “batter” was delicious. Unfortunately mine burnt at 20 minutes because my oven runs hot. I’ll definitely try it again and turn my oven temperature down because I can tell it’ll be delicious.

    • So, I bought an oven thermometer and made this again. Turns out my oven runs about 25 degrees hotter than the dial says. Made sure the thermometer read 325 and the granola came out perfectly! Thanks for tomorrow’s breakfast Sally 🙂

  6. I made these they other day….boy oh boy is it yummy! One question -do you have any tips on getting the granola to be larger clusters of granola. I have a few large clusters but most of the batch smaller pieces. Maybe I should add more chocolate?…I dont think anyone would have a problem with that! 🙂

    • Hey Christine! I would add a little more honey, as well as more chocolate chips at the end. The melty chocolate chips will create more clusters of granola for sure!

  7. To freaking die for! Made a double batch for a couple of my fav co-workers, and returned the favor for someone who brought me homemade granola before. Hers was NOTHING like this, wow we! Plus super easy!

  8. I made this with my two-year son last week and oh. my. gosh. SO good! I almost ruined my dinner the day I made it by eating it straight off the pan. I’ve also added it to my yogurt and oatmeal and it works great in both. Or there’s times i just eat it with a spoon. My son loves it too. Thanks for a great recipe! I will make it again! 🙂

    • Glad to hear it Jennifer! And I know what you mean about spoiling your dinner with too much granola. I know it all too well!

  9. Hi Sally! Thanks for sharing this great recipe with all of us 🙂 I have one question though, did you use clean Peanut Butter, or did you use the regular Peanut Butter (e.g. Skippys, JIF, Peter Pan etc.)

  10. Hi! I love your recipes and I hope it was ok that I shared it on my fitness page I made sure to add your link and source!! Thank you!!!

  11. I was super excited to make this recipe and I’m usually a good cook, but I somehow managed to screw it up. I guess maybe my mistake was spreading it too thin (over two baking trays) as the smoke alarm went off after 5 minutes and it was scorched black.

    I’ll definitely try the recipe again and set my oven a little lower. It’s always a bit temperamental. Last time I made granola I had to give it an extra 20 minutes 🙁

    • Oh no! Try setting your oven lower, Emily. That will definitely help. I’ve set off the fire alarm one too many times in my day. So sorry about that – let me know how round 2 turns out.

  12. I love, love, LOVE this granola! I now make a double batch every other weekend and take a portion to work (I have to put some in a bag to refrain from eating all of it) and mix it with some vanilla Chobani! I’m a dietitian and LOVE chocolate (yes, you can absolutely have chocolate daily 😉 ) and this satisfy’s my intense craving for chocolatey peanut buttery goodness.

  13. I made this last night and it was a big hit. I was starting to make my standard granola recipe but realized i was out out of Cinnamon (we go through that so fast in this house!) so I changed it up and used this recipe. I did almonds and cashews instead of peanuts and butter instead of coconut oil (since my other recipe called for butter). It all tasted great so I am sure it will be even better with the coconut oil next time. It felt like eating Cocoa Pebbles! I love “dessert cereal” but gave it up to avoid all the processed stuff. Glad to have this to satisfy those cravings!

    • Cocoa pebbles were so good when I was little – but, I definitely love this stuff more. Thanks for reporting back Elizabeth!

  14. How many servings does this make?

  15. I love how simple this was for me. I am not much of a baker…yet…and was able to make this thanks to the easy recipe and simple ingredients. I was even able to put my own twist on it…adding flax seed, cranberries, and sliced almonds. I also substituted dark chocolate cocoa powder and it was still super yummy! I will definitely be trying out more of your recipes soon!

  16. This is one of the best granolas of all time. Seriously. It’s so easy and so flavorful. It’s taken up permanent residence in my Favorites file. We prefer it with cashews instead of peanuts. YUMMY IN MY TUMMY!!!!

  17. Could I use a slivered nut like slivered almonds instead of whole or sliced nuts? P.S your banana Nutella granola is my favourite!

  18. Has anyone tried making this with PB2? This recipe looks amazing, but I’m trying to cut the fat and calories without compromising the taste!

  19. I love your peanut butter recipes :D, and I especially LOVE this recipe 🙂
    But I altered it slightly, by using rice and buckwheat flakes instead of oats and maple syrup instead of honey and I added dried cranberries cause cranberries are the best <3

  20. This granola looks yummy. BUT agave is a man made compound complex sugar. It does not digest well AND it spikes your blood insulin. Thanks for the recipe.

  21. I make chocolate granola all the time and cant wait to try your peanut butter chocolate version. I will be doing a sunbutter chocolate as we are nut free here. Anyway, i just wanted to share a baking tip. I bake my granola plain for 15 min then add the chocolate mixture and bake 15 min more. Doing it this way eliminates the chance of burning the chocolate and will still give your granola a great crunch. 🙂

  22. what is the recipe for the cookies in the one picture? thanks

  23. Do you think this recipe could be made into granola bars? Would love to make this for a friend for Christmas, but I feel like she’d appreciate them as bars rather than pieces.

  24. Made this last night, delicious! Used sliced almonds as the nut and added about 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips after it cooled a bit. Love it!!

  25. Hi, I was wondering, can you make this recipe with quick oats? If yes, what would the temperature or time change be? Thanks!

  26. Hello! I was wondering does the coconut oil stand out in the recipe? I have a ton of coconut oil but am so afraid to put it in recipes because I’m afraid of the taste being too overpowering. I know tons of people say that there is no flavor to coconut oil but I have made chicken in coconut oil and haven’t been able to eat coconut since, because of the very strong coconut flavor. I have the organic unrefined top of the line coconut oil. I’m just so nervous!

    • This baked granola doesn’t really take on any coconut flavor. Especially paired with strong flavors like cocoa and peanut butter.

  27. I just made a batch and the whole appartment smells sooooo good 😉 Can’t wait for breakfast! Greets from Vienna

  28. Wow this was/is good. Can you believe it’s my first homemade granola with chocolate added? Reminds me of that cereal of yesteryear, Cocoa Pebbles, which of course I haven’t eaten in years. To the comment about how awful coconut oil is, there’s a reason I don’t trust those major “health” organizations, but this isn’t the place for that.

  29. OMG! I just made this and it’s so stinking good!  Amazeballs as my friend would say!!!
    Thank you for making my 3PM snack a highlight to my work day!

  30. Hi there, I’m wondering if some clever person can work out the nutritional information for this recipe?? I’m afraid I’m not equipped! Beautiful granola, my favourite granola recipe ever! 

    • Flip every ten minutes like she says, you guys. Not fifteen. Ten.

      • Wow since I accidentally responded to your comment instead of making a new one I might as well try to find the nutrition facts for you. Here’s what Myfitnesspal says:

        A 1/4 cup serving of this is 269 calories and 6 grams of protein.

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