These crunchy peanut butter granola clusters features peanuts, pepitas and delicious chopped dates and are naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and honey.
Have you always had bad luck when it comes to making your own granola? So did I until I created this recipe. My homemade granola used to come out very crumbly and overbaked… and usually ended up in the trash if I’m being honest. I gave up on trying to make my own granola for a while and just kept on buying the expensive store bought stuff. But I’ve been trying to save some money on my grocery bill and making granola from scratch with cleaner ingredients that I already have in my pantry sounds like a winner to me!
A Homemade Granola Recipe You Can Count On!
I know how it feels to have a recipe flop, which is why I’m so excited to share this foolproof peanut butter granola recipe that anyone can make a success! Most of these ingredients are probably already staples that you have in your pantry so let’s get baking!
What makes this healthy granola recipe so great is creamy natural peanut butter, sweet floral honey and liquid gold aka pure maple syrup! The trick to getting those crunchy peanut butter granola clusters to form is adding enough sticky goodness.
To make this recipe buttery without adding any butter, we’re going to add some melted coconut oil for healthy fats and to help evenly coat our whole rolled oats. I like to add in any mix-ins after baking, but you can try adding other nuts or seeds to the mixture and bake them in if you’d like! This time I added pepitas, roasted peanuts and some chopped medjool dates.
Let the granola cool completely before breaking it up into pieces. This step is crucial for achieving those beautiful peanut buttery clusters we’re looking for.
Ways to Enjoy These Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Clusters:
- On their own. Add to a sandwich bag and munch on your healthy homemade granola during your lunch break or pack it on a picnic.
- As cereal. This is my favorite way to enjoy this granola because all of the flavors compliment each other so well and the milk basically becomes peanut butter milk! Add a drizzle of honey and a pinch of cinnamon! So good!
- With yogurt. Topping yogurt with crunchy, sweet granola and a drizzle of honey never gets old. This is one of the easiest breakfasts especially if you’re in a hurry.
- On a smoothie bowl. Personally I enjoy naked smoothie bowls without any toppings. But if you’re someone who loves a good crunch, you will love this crunchy granola on your smoothie bowls.
Everything You'll Need
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats: The shining star of this recipe! Make sure you use old fashioned rolled oats for the best taste and texture. Peace out quick oats, we don't need you today!
- Creamy Natural Peanut Butter: This healthy recipe calls for natural peanut butter to add that nutty flavor and help bind our dry ingredients together. Natural peanut butter lists only "peanuts" and sometimes "1% or less of salt" in the ingredients and nothing else! This is what we're looking for.
- Pure Maple Syrup: We're using the real stuff. It's magical, I promise! Pure maple syrup is a game changer in homemade granola recipes.
- Honey: Ohhh sticky and sweet honey, how much we love you! Honey holds the granola ingredients together and adds delicious natural sweetness.
- Coconut Oil: Melted coconut oil acts as a healthy fat in this peanut butter granola and makes our oats crisp up while baking!
- Cinnamon: A little cinnamon never hurt anybody! Cinnamon pairs beautifully with the nutty peanut butter and sweet maple syrup and honey.
- Salt: Don't leave out the salt people! We just need a pinch of salt to balance out the sweetness.
- Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds): Pepitas are hulled pumpkin seeds and they add a wonderful pop of green color to our granola plus they taste good too!
- Peanuts: Let's amp up the crunch in these peanut butter granola clusters with some chopped peanuts!
- Medjool Dates: We've got the crunch factor covered, so now we need something chewy! Chopped medjool dates taste like mother nature's caramel chews and add a little more sweetness to this recipe.
Need to make a substitution?
Don't have pepitas?
Try swapping sunflower seeds, crushed pretzels, sliced almonds or your other favorite topping for the pumpkin seeds to make this peanut butter granola recipe your own!
Use gluten-free rolled oats and gluten-free flour if necessary.
Other mix-in ideas!
Flax seeds, chia seeds, raisins, dark chocolate chunks, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, chopped prunes and dried cranberries are all great mix-ins to try in homemade granola. Always add dried fruit or chocolate chips after baking.
More Easy Breakfast Recipes
- Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding
- Chocolate Iced Coffee Protein Smoothie
- Quick and Easy Classic Breakfast Acai Bowl
- Lemon Blueberry Greek Yogurt Muffins
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crunchy peanut butter granola clusters
These crunchy peanut butter granola clusters features peanuts, pepitas and delicious chopped medjool dates and are naturally sweetened.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 25
- Yield: 12-15 1x
- 3 cups whole rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
- ¼ cup oat flour, or all-purpose flour (gluten-free if necessary)
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup pepitas
- ¼ cup chopped peanuts
- Add after baking: ¼ cup chopped medjool dates
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- Preheat oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add dry ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine.
- Melt coconut oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
- Pour granola mixture onto a lined baking sheet and press down firmly with spatula to form a rectangle.*
- Bake granola at 325°F for about 18-22 minutes. Check for golden edges and be sure not to burn your granola.
- Let granola cool completely before breaking into large pieces aka granola clusters! Don't rush this step, the granola must be cooled.
- Lastly, add any dried fruit like chopped dates. Store in an airtight container for two weeks!
*For regular, loose granola, don't press granola mixture into a rectangle. Instead, spread granola evenly over baking sheet and stir halfway through baking.
Keywords: homemade granola clusters, peanut butter granola
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