Healthy Peanut Butter Granola is a simple homemade recipe filled with chunky clusters of whole, healthy ingredients. Made completely gluten and dairy-free, and ready in 30 minutes or less!
The best granola recipe you’ll ever make
The only homemade granola recipe you will ever need is this healthy peanut butter granola. Trust me on that.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been making my own granola. It’s always been one of my favorite snacks, and while I do still buy granola, I almost always have a batch of the homemade stuff on hand.
I like it this way because it allows me to control exactly what’s included, right down to the amount of sweetness or the level of crunchiness.
Funny enough, granola is the first recipe I ever shared on my Instagram when I first became a “foodie!” But, let’s not scroll back and look, because it was clearly the beginning of my food photography journey!
Ingredients in healthy peanut butter granola
I’ve been making this healthy granola recipe for about ten years. It’s seen lots of different varieties as I’ve switched up the ingredients and tried out new methods over the years. Now, I’m able to make it from memory – I mean I would hope so after ten years – but I’m even at the point where I can just throw the ingredients together and end up with something delicious.
Lucky for you all, I wrote the recipe down the last time I made it! It’s a very forgiving one with many ingredients that can be easily swapped out for other products that you may have. Here’s everything you’ll need:
- Old fashioned oats
- Chia seeds
- Natural peanut butter
- Melted coconut oil
How to make granola
Good news! Homemade granola is literally so very easy to make! All you need to do is mix all of the ingredients together in one bowl, lay it flat on a baking sheet, and bake!
Once completely cooled, you will be able to break the granola up into desirable size clusters. Here’s the full how-to.
To start, preheat the oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix the oats, salt, chia seeds, and cinnamon.
Stir in the peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla.
Once fully combined, press onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet and spread into a flat layer.
Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until it starts to turn golden brown.
Let the granola cool completely before breaking it apart into your desired sized pieces.
Enjoy on yogurt, ice cream, or in a bowl with milk! There are so many options.
Healthy granola recipe add-ons
My favorite part of this recipe is adding all of the different mix-ins once the granola has cooled. This is when the creativity comes out, and when the true flavor magic happens! Sometimes I’m in the mood to eat the granola as-is, and other times I prefer to load it up with as many goodies as I can find!
You can add chocolate bars, dried cranberries or fruit, peanut butter chips, marshmallows, chocolate chips, graham crackers, and more. It’s a blank canvas!
How this recipe is healthier
There are only a few very simple ingredients in this granola, all of which are healthier alternatives to what you’ll find in store-bought brands. Those are filled with preservatives and aren’t the best choice health wise. Here are some ingredients I use that make this recipe a better option!
Rolled oats: Oats are a wonderful granola ingredient because they provide fiber and healthy fats. I highly recommend using rolled oats for this recipe. They will work better than steel cut or quick oats.
Natural peanut butter: Natural peanut butter is the way to go! This is one of those ingredients where you always want to choose the organic, natural version. It’s also a great granola ingredient because it provides protein. I love the Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s brands because they only contain peanuts and salt.
Honey: This one of my favorite natural sweeteners to use! It helps to gather the ingredients and create the beautiful chunky clusters. It also means only natural sugar!
Chia seeds: These seeds provide some of the texture while also supplying healthy Omega-3s.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil keeps the granola moist and will also help to crisp it up in the oven. You can use any oil you’d like, but I love the natural coconut flavor that this type provides. If you don’t like the flavor of coconut, be sure to use refined coconut oil, as it has no taste.
How should I store this granola?
Healthy peanut butter granola can be stored in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container on the counter. It will last for about 2 weeks!
More healthy dessert recipes to try
Here are some more delicious healthy recipes that have been recently added to the blog! All of these ideas are crazy delicious and feature simple ingredients just like this recipe.
- Healthy Pretzel Freezer Fudge
- S’mores Banana Bread
- Healthy Raw Brownie Bites
- Healthy Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, salt, chia seeds, and cinnamon.
- Stir in peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla.
- Once fully combined, press onto lined parchment paper – spread into flat layer.
- Baked for 18-22 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown.
- Let COMPLETELY cool before breaking apart.
- Store in airtight container on the counter.
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