Healthy Peanut Butter Granola

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This Healthy Peanut Butter Granola Recipe is the perfect make-ahead breakfast! This easy homemade granola recipe is made with only 6 ingredients in 30 minutes! Plus it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free, oil free and vegan!

This Healthy Peanut Butter Granola Recipe is a tried and true family favorite in our house! We love enjoying it over yogurt or with a splash of almond milk!

This vegan granola recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free, and refined-sugar free! Perfect for any and all eaters in your life! It’s beloved by everyone who lives in my humble abode, it’s a great make-ahead breakfast for those of us who like to make the mornings as easy as possibly {i.e. sleep as long as we can}!

Overhead view of a pan of vegan healthy peanut butter granola with a spoon in it with a scoop of granola on the spoon.

A great make-ahead breakfast!

Yes it’s true. I am not a hot breakfast every day mom. We eat lots of muffins , smoothies , breakfast bars , baked oatmeal , and yogurt with granola…..all of which have been made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Oh and I can’t forget…we even eat….cereal {gasp}… 😉

I like to make breakfast as easy and desirable as possible for my kids. They almost always get to pick whatever they want in the mornings, because the last thing I’m looking for is a battle royale over finishing their first meal of the day. {Truth}.

This is why I think it’s important to have a bunch of nutritious options, like this Healthy Peanut Butter Granola, on hand and ready to be chosen by hungry little tummies.

Is eating granola for breakfast healthy?

It absolutely is healthy! Just check out the nutrition facts in the recipe! One serving of this healthy peanut butter granola has lots of protein, fiber and other nutrients!

It also keeps you full for a lonnnng time, which helps get you through a mid-morning slump!

front view of a bowl of hands holding a bowl of Peanut Butter Granola taking a scoop!

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It is ridiculously easy to make this peanut butter granola recipe. Here is an outline of the steps to ensure your homemade granola making success!

  1. Melt together the honey and peanut butter over very low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla and stir again.
  3. Add the dry ingredients & stir to combine.
  4. Transfer the peanut butter granola mixture to a greased baking sheet and press it onto the pan (see bottom right photo below).
  5. Bake!

See! It’s such an easy granola recipe! The only note I have is that if you get to the final stage (before transferring the granola from the saucepan to the baking sheet), and the granola looks crumbly and not wet, add more peanut butter or honey until you reach the consistency pictured below. This is key in achieving clumps!

a collage of six photos showing overhead views of the steps in making this healthy peanut butter granola recipe

How to know when your homemade granola is done baking:

The granola will look slightly golden-brown once it is done baking. See the top photo below!

Tip: In order to be extra sure your easy homemade granola is done baking, remove a piece or two from the pan and let it cool on the countertop. If it hardens relatively quickly {in 1-2 minutes} then it’s done. If not, continue baking until it is crunchy at room temperature.

Two overhead photos, the top one showing the granola being lifted out of a baking pan with a spatula, the bottom photo shows hands breaking the piece of granola into clumps.

FAQs about this homemade peanut butter granola!

Here are a few commonly asked questions I receive about this peanut butter granola recipe!

How do you make homemade granola crunchy?

Here are a few tips and tricks for ensuring that your peanut butter granola is crunchy (and stays crunchy)…

  • Bake at a low temperature. This peanut butter granola bakes at 325 degrees F, which a lower temperature than I usually bake most recipes. The low, slow baking process ensures that the granola will dry out sufficiently to stay nice and crunchy.
  • Use enough wet ingredients. The clumps are what make this peanut butter granola so amazing. Making sure the mixture is sufficiently wet before baking is very important.
  • How you bake the homemade granola is key. This peanut butter granola needs to be baked in one sheet pressed to the bottom of the pan to achieve maximum crunchiness. The reason for this is that it creates clumps, which are very important to crunchy granola!

How do you store homemade granola?

I recommend storing this peanut butter granola in an airtight, glass container at room temperature.

How long does homemade granola last?

This homemade peanut butter granola lasts 3-4 weeks when stored at room temperature in an airtight, glass container (assuming it has been baked to be crunchy and not soft).

Can you keep granola in the fridge?

I recommend not storing this homemade granola recipe in the refrigerator! It’s best when stored in an airtight container at room temperature!

front view of a glass jar filled with peanut butter granola

How do you re-crisp this homemade peanut butter granola?

If you do under bake this healthy peanut butter granola and it becomes soft the next day, no need to worry.

Simply pop it back into the oven for a few minutes to re-crisp it! Just be SUPER careful not to forget you put it back in the oven…I may have done this on more than one occasion. Whoopsies.

How to eat granola:

  1. On top of yogurt. I recommend eating this served on top of your favorite yogurt with fresh berries! It adds the perfect crunch!
  2. In a bowl with your choice of milk! You can also serve this homemade granola as a cold cereal! Simply use your favorite dairy-free or regular milk and enjoy!
  3. As a snack! Sometimes we like to pack individual containers of this healthy peanut butter granola when we go hiking or to the park as a delicious snack!
Up close overhead view of peanut butter granola in a bowl of yogurt and berries

Healthy Peanut Butter Granola: Substitutions

  • Oats: I have had great success with both quick-cooking and old-fashioned oats in this recipe! Using the quick-cooking variety produces a chunkier granola (it’s what I used in the batch pictured).
  • Honey: You can easily substitute maple syrup for a vegan option!
  • Peanut Butter: Any nut or seed butter can be used in place of peanut butter. If you use a firmer variety of peanut butter {not a runny, natural kind}, just be sure to melt it completely with the honey before adding the rest of the wet ingredients.
  • And that’s really it folks! There’s nothing much to this deliciously healthy peanut butter granola! Serve on top of yogurt, drenched in almond milk, or snack on it pain! There’s no wrong way to enjoy this healthy breakfast!

Healthy Peanut Butter Granola

This Healthy Peanut Butter Granola Recipe is the perfect make-ahead breakfast! This easy homemade granola recipe is made with only 6 ingredients in 30 minutes! Plus it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free, oil free and vegan!

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword easy granola recipe, granola recipe honey, healthy homemade granola recipe, peanut butter granola, peanut butter granola recipe, vegan granola
Prep Time5minutes
Cook Time25minutes
Total Time35minutes
Servings2Cups Granola
Calories161kcal
AuthorLaura

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a large cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together oats, salt and cinnamon. Set aside
  3. In a microwave safe dish or on the stovetop, melt the peanut butter and honey (or maple syrup) together until smooth.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  5. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  6. Spread mixture on prepared cookie sheet.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until granola is lightly browned, stirring the granola once gently half way through. (A great way to test for doneness is to remove a small portion of the granola from the pan and set it on the counter. If it hardens as it cools the rest of the granola is done)!
  8. Remove from oven and let sit until cooled.
  9. Once cooled, break apart and eat!

Recipe Notes

*Nutritional information is calculated based on a serving size of 1/4 cup!

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Peanut Butter Granola
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 161Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g9%
Sodium 81mg3%
Potassium 57mg2%
Total Carbohydrates 22.8g8%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 12.4g
Protein 5g10%
Iron11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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