Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola- Made simply with oats, peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup, this may become one of your favorite snacks!
I've been making my own granola for years, but it has only been recently that I've finally nailed a recipe that my whole family loves!
To emphasize that point, let me fill you in...Sammy typically hates peanut butter (I know!), but loves this granola! I imagine the addition of two of his other favorites ingredients (oats and maple syrup) help, but it's still noteworthy.
In the past, I've added nuts and dried fruit, only to then eliminate the dried fruit (it's sweet enough without it, isn't it?) and now the nuts. I really want the oats to be the star, with some help from my favorite peanut butter.
One great thing about this recipe is that it is highly adaptable, meaning you can easily add in nuts and fruit if you like. I like to include a couple of tablespoons of seeds, for both taste and nutrition.
They also add a nice little 'pop' of color!
....it's also incredibly easy to make!
Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola
- 2 c. rolled oats
- ¼ c. creamy peanut butter I used salted
- ¼ c. maple syrup
- 2 T. coconut oil or butter
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1 t. vanilla
- ⅛ t. salt
- 2 T. seeds such as sunflower, sesame, chia, etc., optional
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, add the oil or butter, peanut butter, and maple syrup.
- Heat the mixture just until the oil/butter is melted.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in the cinnamon, vanilla, and salt until everything is emulsified.
- Lastly, stir in the oats and seeds, if using, until the oats are evenly coated.
- Pat the mixture into a tight square shape on a cookie sheet (this ensures you will get big clusters as opposed to individual oats, if that is your desire).
- Bake for 25 minutes, untouched.
- Cool for 15-20 minutes.
- Break into clusters and enjoy!
SOME OF THE ITEMS I USE IN THIS RECIPE INCLUDE:
Melting the wet ingredients in a saucepan...
Mix the oats, cinnamon, and salt separately...
Pat into a flat circle (pre-bake)...
Post-bake, let it cool so those clusters form!
It's so tasty too!...
So why don't you join the thousands of happy, peppy people, and make a great big batch of Peanut Butter Granola?... 😉
Looking for a lower sugar granola? Check out some of my other recipes!
What are your favorite granola add-ins?
I really love adding black sesame seeds! They're often used in Asian recipes, and are known for their high mineral content as well as promoting kidney and liver health.