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!

146 Comments

  1. Well, I’m sorry you had to go through the growing pains of figuring out your new apartment’s lighting, but you got some fabulous pictures! They look so summery, especially with your cute bowl and the pretty cloths you have in the backgrounds :). I think this sounds great for a parfait with some kind of fruity yogurt…maybe strawberry?…like a peanut-butter and jelly (and chocolate) homage ;). I love the peanut-butter swirl you added!

    1. Caley, I love the idea of a strawberry yogurt-chocolate peanut butter-granola parfait. Gotta try it with my next batch! Stay warm out there in CO!

  2. I love this granola Sally! I agree, a day should not go by without some peanut butter in it, chocolate doesn’t hurt either 😉

    PS~Those bowls remind me of Rachael Ray’s “garbage bowls”!

  3. Lovely easy recipe and great photos, as usual. Looks like you figured out the lighting in your apartment pretty well in the end! Lighting can be a pain to get right, can’t it? Do you ever crank up your ISO to about 800 in less than ideal lighting? I did that for the first time yesterday and it made my photos so much easier to take late afternoon, but I wonder if the quality tumbles too much?

    1. Hey Helen! I never crank up my ISO. The grain in the photo is heavily compromised by doing so. I find the background to be quite fuzzy and the subject is never as clear and crisp. My ISO is always, always at 100 or 200.

  4. Haha, “lesson: check photos before eating the food” – I’ve made that mistake way too many times (: This granola recipe looks amazing, Sally! I also love chocolate-peanut butter flavored things.

    1. Caroline, I’m happy the granola is so easy to make because I wouldn’t have been happy to remake a recipe just to reshoot it otherwise! Sounds like you gotta try this stuff.

  5. A-MAZ-ing! Looks so good. I totally hear you about the light. I can shoot most of the day in summer, but only about 2-3 hours in winter. Oh, yes, and I’m pinning this granola. Chocolate and Peanut butter are a fave combination of mine.

  6. That’s frustrating about your first photo shoot with the new lighting! I wish I could’ve had the light in your old apartment. We have the worst window situation in our current house, partially because the homes in this neighborhood are crammed together tighter than the pieces in a jigsaw puzzle, so I only have 1 hour to shoot every day (from 1-2 pm, unless it’s spring/summer and daylight savings, which turns into 2-3 pm). I can’t wait to move in September!!

    Anywho… Oh my goodness gracious me oh my. With how much I’m addicted to chocolate AND granola AND peanut butter, there is no WAY I’d give up a single bite of this. I’d keep it all to myself and inhale it in a single day. No other food required. 🙂

    1. Amy, you would have loved my old apartment lighting. I’m really going to miss it! You would have all afternoon to shoot at your leisure. And this granola has your name written all over it! I’m excited for you to move in 8 months!

      1. Thank you Sally! I’m excited too but also pretty nervous. We’re moving based on wherever my guy finds a job, which could be anywhere at this point. California, Oregon, Boston… I’d love to stay close to family (and where it’s warm!), but I’m trying to be flexible and take whatever comes. Easier said than done some days!

        I’ll just have to eat lots of chocolate pb granola to stay positive! 😉

  7. Oh my gosh – chocolate and peanut butter are so my middle name! And granola is my honorary third name 🙂 This recipe has me written all over it!

  8. Oh gosh that looks delicious Sally! Peanut butter and chocolate are definitely the best comfort foods there are, and it’s granola so it’s totally healthy…right?…
    My dad has successfully renovated our house so many times that we don’t have any natural light coming into our house; although this is an awesome way to keep out the heat in our subtropical climate, it means I have to take my table and food and etc outside to get the best photographs!
    I think I’ll have to make myself some granola just to get over it 😉

  9. How do you give me a sugar rush just by looking at a bowl of granola? Impressive Sally.

    Also, this happens to me all the time. Except it’s usually that I just get impatient and start eating my most photogenic cupcake before I really ought to.

    1. Hahahaha I am totally with you on the photogenic cupcake thing. I just made a fresh batch of cupcakes this morning that I’ll have to shoot in an hour with my lighting – and it’s very tortuous to not dig in!

  10. Pb and chocolate is the absolute best flavor combo. And you know I could easily skip lunch and dinner, and munch on this all freaking day!

  11. Wow, Sally, I was just thinking about how to put some PB in my granola! We are SO on the same wavelength! I tried your triple chocolate granola last Friday and it was really good! I’m thinking about mashing this recipe with the triple chocolate granola one to make an amazing chocolate-y peanut butter-y granola mess!

  12. Yum!! Love PB, love chocolate more, go crazy about granola! 😀 So this is my kind of breakfast heaven! 😉
    I’ll be making this for my mum’s birthday brunch, that I’m throwing her!! She’ll love it too!

    And I love your pictures- definitely worth the second batch 😉

  13. Peanut Butter and Chocolate is the BEST combo!! Better than peanut butter and Jelly. I like that you used Coconut oil…my favorite! Makes me feel less guilty than butter. Also, your comment on long lists of ingredients on food, it totally is scary. So unnecessary to have something as simple as granola with 50 different ingredients. Have you seen Food Inc? Such a great documentary that touches on this subject. Thanks for another fabulous recipe, Sally! 🙂

  14. Looks amazing as always! Always a challenge to adjust to changing light- especially with a new set up! Glad you are settling into your new place!

  15. Saw this on Instragram the other day and fell in love! You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter, especially for breakfast. 🙂

  16. Omg so excited! Pre-ordered your cookbook via amazon. Cannot wait till it arrives. It’s not helping my baby weight loss plan tho … Hmm wait what plan !!? Haha best of luck hope your book goes #1 girl you deserve it!!
    ~ Jen

  17. Here in Ohio where it is -degrees outside is causing my coconut oil in our chilly pantry to be solid. For this recipe, do I use 1/4 cup MELTED coconut oil or measure 1/4 cup of it solid and then melt it? 🙂 Thanks!

  18. I eat yogurt every day during the week for breakfast and this would be such a special treat to sprinkle over it and make me excited to wake up!

  19. This looks delicious!…but coconut oil is not healthy. It has the highest percentage of saturated fats of almost any edible oil. I know it’s trendy with the paleo crowd, but it’s horrible for your heart. There’s a reason every major national and international health organization cautions against the consumption of coconut oil (yes, really). Almond oil, which is high in unsaturated fats, is a very healthy substitute. I’m going to give it a try!

    (I don’t mean to sound like a jerk; I love your recipes! It’s just that I’m a cardiologist, and you would not believe how many otherwise healthy and fit younger people are referred to me because of sky-high cholesterol and clogged arteries. Coconut oil is a huge culprit.)

    1. Thanks Emma. There are refutable health claim statements about nearly every food on the planet. Feel free to try this granola and my other recipes using coconut oil with your favorite oil.

    2. Here is a helpful article that addresses the question of whether coconut oil is bad for you. In the past, there was a very harmful, high cholesterol inducing form of coconut oil used in junk food. It is not at all like the virgin coconut oil available today. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/coconut-oil-healthy_n_5167057.html

  20. Made this tonight and it was delicious! Just one question, what is the nutritional information on it? More specifically the calories. It would help tons so I know when to stop stuffing this in my mouth! 😉 thanks!!!

    1. I’m glad you made the granola and love it! I’m not sure of the calorie count. I do not post nutritional information for a majority of my recipes.

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