Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola is the perfect snack for adding to yogurt, smoothies, and ice cream, or eating alone with milk! Enjoy this delicious treat that’s ready in less than an hour and is super simple to make.
The perfect chocolate peanut butter granola
Granola is arguably one of the most versatile snacks. You can eat it on top of yogurts, sprinkle it on smoothie bowls, add it to ice cream, or even enjoy it alone with a bit of almond milk! What’s more, granola can mean the difference between a quick bite (plain yogurt) or a snack that’ll leave you feeling full all morning (i.e. yogurt + granola)!
On my usual grocery run, I decided to skip the bag of pre-made processed granola, instead deciding that I would make my own. Though I’ve made granola in the past (lookin’ at you, oatmeal raisin granola), I decided that this recipe would be a bit different. Something that was as much a dessert as it was a healthy, filling smoothie bowl garnish.
The result? Delicious, perfectly sweet, craving-satiating chocolate peanut butter granola. I can’t wait for you to try this recipe! You’re going to love it, I promise.
Ingredients used to make homemade granola
To make this homemade granola recipe, you will need a variety of ingredients such as oats, peanuts, coconut oil, and more. Grab your favorites of each brand, and let’s get started!
- Rolled oats
- Chopped peanuts
- Coconut sugar
- Cocoa powder
- Maple syrup
- Peanut butter
- Coconut oil
- Chocolate chips (or chocolate bars)
- Sea salt (optional)
Tools needed for this recipe
You will need the following tools to make this granola recipe.
How to make granola
This recipe will require about 45 minutes total, with about 10 devoted to prepping and mixing the ingredients. When all is said and done, you will have several servings of this chocolatey treat!
Start by preheating the oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Next, in a large bowl, mix the oats, peanuts, and salt.
Once dissolved, turn off the heat and add the vanilla.
Pour the saucepan mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Once complete, each oat should be coated in chocolate.
Pour the mix onto the baking sheet and press flat. Bake for 25-30 minutes total.
Once fully baked, top the granola with chocolate chips and return to the oven to allow the chocolate chips to melt. Once melted, stir everything together so that the melted chocolate coats all of the granola.
Let the granola cool for 30 minutes and then break it into pieces.
Store in a sealed container in the pantry and enjoy within 2 weeks!
Additional mix in ideas
Want to add more mix ins to your recipe? There are so many ideas that you can choose from!
Peanuts are included in the ingredient lineup, but you can also add walnuts, pecans, or even almond slivers.
Add your favorite chocolate candies to add extra flavor. Try chopped Kit Kats, Twix bars, or even mini M&Ms! I bet the caramel in the Twix bars would taste so good in this granola.
I use peanut butter in this recipe, but you can also use cashew or almond butter! If you want to use two types, split them in half to avoid ending up with a super gooey, buttery mess!
You can add any dried fruit to this recipe. Mangos, raisins, and even dried banana will all taste great!
Benefits of homemade granola
There are many delicious granola brands and variations out there, but nothing comes close to preparing your very own homemade granola recipe.
This particular rendition is filled with nutrient-rich ingredients that are void of the processed chemicals and additives present in so many different granola brands. Plus, the ingredients provide a wide variety of benefits.
- Oats: Oats are an ingredient rich in beneficial nutrients like fiber, protein, and antioxidants. This ingredient helps to satiate hunger and leave you feeling full and satisfied for hours.
- Peanuts: For a healthy source of fat, peanuts are the way to go. They also contain protein, fiber, magnesium, and potassium!
- Cocoa powder: Chocolatey cocoa powder does more than provide great flavor. It benefits blood sugar levels, heart attack risk, and even helps to increase blood flow.
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil benefits cholesterol, blood sugar, heart disease, and more. It’s a healthy fat that also provides a kick in energy levels!
More delicious breakfast recipes
Mix up your mornings and try some new breakfast recipes! Here are some of the most popular breakfast ideas on Erin Lives Whole.
- Easy Roasted Breakfast Potatoes
- Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Scones (Gluten-Free)
- Veggie Quiche with Walnut Crust
- Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Granola
Recipe by Erin Morrissey and Photos by Quarter Soul Crisis
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup finely chopped peanuts
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup chocolate chips or 1 chocolate bar chopped
- optional: flake sea salt on top
- Preheat oven to 325F and line baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, peanuts, and salt.
- In a saucepan, heat coconut sugar, cocoa powder, maple syrup, peanut butter, and coconut oil over medium heat. Let cook for 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
- Turn off heat and add in vanilla.
- Pour saucepan mixture onto oat mixture and stir until well combined. Each oat should be coated in chocolate.
- Pour onto baking sheet and press into flat sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes total.
- Once fully baked, top with chocolate chips immediately. Stick back in oven for 3 minutes until chips are melted. Stir granola, letting melted chocolate cover all of the granola.
- Let cool for 30 minutes before breaking apart.
- Store in pantry for up to two weeks.
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