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

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 cups
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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 oats*
  • 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) honey*
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) coconut oil*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Optional

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

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C). 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.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: 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.
  2. Gluten Free: For a gluten free version, make sure you use certified gluten free oats.
  3. Vegan: For a vegan version, make sure you use maple syrup or agave instead of honey as well as dairy-free chocolate chips.
  4. Oil: Instead of coconut oil, feel free to use canola or vegetable oil.

Keywords: chocolate peanut butter granola

Only 7 ingredients needed to make this simple chocolate peanut butter granola!

141 Comments

  1. Oh my! That looks INCREDIBLE!!! As do all the other granola recipes under it! Granola is my weakness, I LOVE it after coming back from a run, I love the crunch, and the flavors you have used made it even more tempting! I am not sure I would be able to stop eating it!

    Its a good job I am in a segment where I am running 70 miles a week, but not in my racing segment yet, or I would be in trouble! This could be very dangerous!

    1. 70 miles per week? I am so impressed! I don’t’ think I’ll ever make it up to that mileage, unless I was training for a marathon. Are you training? Good luck Tina!

  2. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche says:

    This is amazing! I quite often have to make things a second time to get better photos, and I very rarely complain about it 😉

  3. Oh my lord! That sounds amazing 😮 im sitting in college almost drooling over my phone right now! Think I know what I’m baking this month!

    Glad you managed to get used to the lighting in your kitchen – mine has no windows along with black cupboards and a fluorescent strip light :$ I can’t wait to get my own place purely for decent photos!

    Thanks for the lovely recipe 🙂 x

    1. I know all too well what it’s like to live in a challenging atmosphere for food photography. I will certainly miss my old apartment’s lighting!

  4. I’m sitting here salivating this morning–I want some of this granola in my belly right now. I will run to the store and get some coconut oil and then be good to go. 🙂

    1. Let me know how you like it Madison!

  5. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    Oh that looks SO GOOD! I love granola and a choc + PB version is right up my alley!

    I normally make all my choc + Pb + oats recipes as bars but actually have some granola on my calendar in about 2 weeks. I don’t know why I dont make it more! since it’s so easy! Well, I know, b/c it’s so addictive and yours must just be handful after handful…and then some 🙂 Pinned!

    And the scent must have been HEAVEN with the coc oil, choc, pb, oats. oh my!!

  6. If I were not at work right now I would be making this! I hope to find the time tonight!!

    1. Yeah! Let me know if you try it out Jodi. You’ll love it.

  7. Laura Dembowski says:

    I make granola all the time. It’s the best. I’ve been adding almond butter, but peanut butter is my next test!

  8. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness says:

    I eat some kind of peanut butter and chocolate concoction every day. Can’t stop. Won’t stop.
    This looks like it needs to be added to my go-to list!
    And, such a bummer about the lighting..I HATE when i forget to double check my pics until later (aaaand I have usually consumed the treats that I was photographing) and then dislike the pics! Sad day!
    But this? Ya, totally makes up for that!
    And, I love your little blue flowery-looking-thing bowl…its so cute!

    1. Thanks Taylor! That bowl is from Anthropologie. Where I buy a lot of my food props. Relatively inexpensive, too. I was so bummed when I took a look at the pictures. But oh well, the granola is so easy to remake anyway!

  9. Oh how incredible is this!! I think I’ll need a mixing bowl as my “cereal” bowl for this!

    1. Hahahaha I like your style!

  10. Yum! Lesson 1 — unfortunately so so true. Learned that one the hard way, too! Lesson 2 — I definitely did not eat any of this granola after learning lesson 1 which may have eased the frustration. Lesson 3 — Make new granola recipe to make up for lesson 1 and lesson 2. Done! 🙂 This looks awesome! Love the tip about the coconut oil. PS I totally think I’m going with those brownies. Your confidence has inspired my own confidence in them! 😉 Have a great Tuesday, Sally!

    1. Perfect! Let me know how the brownies go, Erin. And after you make those, you gotta try this granola. Right up your alley.

  11. Tieghan Gerard says:

    That is the worst when you realize you do not love the photos, but already ate the food. I hate having to do re-shoots, but I would not mind getting this twice! Love chocolate + Peanut butter anything and granola is a go to snack for me. Love this one, Sally!

  12. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

    I seriously don’t think I have ever seen granola look so darn good in my life!

  13. This looks insanely good! I can’t wait to try it as I know my kids would LOVE it! Perfect anytime food, if I do say so myself! 🙂

    1. Exactly. Definitely an “anytime” food. Hope you guys try it Liz!

  14. Yay! New granola recipe!

  15. Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon says:

    So Sally- you don’t mind if I grab this out of the screen and go at it with a spoon? I love love love your granola recipes and I know this one won’t disappoint! I don’t even feel bad that you had to make 2 batches for pictures 😉

    1. I do not blame you for wanting to reach through the screen. This stuff is beyond good Marisa. I actually just made another batch! It’s a new favorite for sure.

  16. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    12 days is totally way too long 😛

    LOOOVE everything in this granola-soooo good!

  17. Hello Sally,

    I adore your pictures and your recipes. It makes me drool :).I love reading your posts especially the ones on blogging tips and I have been trying to implement it on my blog too. I have also purchased a 50 mm lens and needless to say I see improvement in my photos.

    Thank you for all the lovely information.

    1. That’s fantastic Teena. The 50mm f/1.8 was my first lens with my DSLR. It’s incredible! Good luck with it all and I’m glad to be a help.

  18. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen says:

    I’ve been snacking on a 2lb bag of Reese’s cups right next to my desk for the past week; this granola is clearly a necessity in my life! These pictures are gorgeous- getting used to new lighting is hard but you’re making it work! (And look effortless in the process, which is even harder.)

    1. Thanks Faith, it’s been a hard transition. Well, moving was stressful enough and now I’m struggling with my photos! Practice makes perfect though. I’d like to get my hands on that 2lb bag of Reeses you speak of…

  19. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection says:

    I think 12 days is a record for no peanut butter and chocolate posts! Thank good ness you posted this granola recipe. And thank goodness I have all of the ingredients. Guess what I’ll be doing on my day off from work? (Thank you snow!!)

    1. Yeah snow day! Enjoy it, Elaine. It’s falling heavily here right now!

  20. This looks amazing! I don’t usually like granola- but your recipe looks rather tasty 🙂

  21. Eating this high protein meal will be perfect way to start a day. Thanks.

  22. Can’t wait to make this! I would put peanut butter in everything if I could!

  23. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    Oh lord! I would make three batches of this granola to be on the safe side.

  24. Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina says:

    This looks delicious Sally. I love learning new granola recipes with only a handful of ingredients since the stuff at the store can be loaded with extra sugar and other junk!

  25. Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says:

    I think all breakfasts should have a peanut butter drizzle 🙂 Love that all of these ingredients are already sitting in my pantry – it looks amazing!

    1. Thanks Alyssa. And I completely agree about the PB drizzle!

  26. Love this, Sally. I like granola, but never buy it. If I cannot understand what the ingredients are, I don’t want it. Not to mention how much sugar is used in store bought granola. Your recipe looks so much more healthy and now I’ll be able to make my own healthy version. Thanks.

    P.S. Can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. 🙂

    1. The sugar in some granolas that I see in the stores is mind blowing! You have to try this homemade version Sylvia. You’ll just love it.

  27. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal says:

    Be still my heart…. peanut butter LOVER over here is approving this message, this granola rocks my socks off!! xox

    1. Haha! Sounds like you need to try this stuff Kammie.

  28. 9 jars of peanut butter…Sally, what does that even mean?!?! I just whizzed through my last homemade jar today though and had to make more…guess I know where this batch is ending up 🙂 the granola looks scrumdiddlyumptious!

    1. I haven’t heard “scrumdiddlyumptious” in way too long. That word alone just made my day. 😉

  29. Becca @ Crumbs says:

    Omg Sally this just sounds like my idea of heaven! Need to try ASAP

  30. Emily @ Life on Food says:

    I have so many peanut butter jars in my pantry. I think it is a pretty little collection. This granola looks amazing. That bowl has me drooling with the little swirl on top. Yum!

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