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This easy peanut butter granola recipe is ultra simple, with the best flavor and clumpy chunks! It’s the only recipe you need.

Peanut Butter Granola
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Get ready to chuck all your other granola recipes out the window, because this one is all you need. Try this easy peanut butter granola recipe, just a handful of ingredients and it comes out beautifully clumpy with a rich, cinnamon-spiced flavor. There’s really no need for mix ins with the varied texture of the clusters (though you can add them, of course!). Grab your peanut butter and oats, and let’s do this.

Ingredients for this easy peanut butter granola recipe

Most granola recipes use oil to toast the oats to crispy perfection. Not this one! Nut butter works as a stand-in for oil, making it a great no oil granola alternative. But that’s not why we love this recipe! It’s beyond easy, uses a few ingredients that we always have on hand, and makes great clumps (which is harder to achieve with a standard granola recipe). Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Kosher salt
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats

Mix up these ingredients and bake them up: instant granola! There are just a few notes on how to make chunky granola. Keep reading!

Peanut Butter Granola

How to make chunky granola: some tips

If you’re like us, you like a little texture in your granola. Chunks, clusters, clumpy granola: whatever you want to call it, it makes eating it much more interesting. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Press it into an even layer, then bake 10 minutes. Use your fingers to pat it down. Then bake 10 minutes without stirring.
  • Flip, press back together and bake 10 minutes more. We like to use a fish spatula to flip it (sounds weird, but it’s great for scooping!), but you can use any flat spatula. Some pieces should stay together. Then pat it back into an even layer with your fingers.
  • Roll over it with a rolling pin and allow to cool completely. When you remove it from the oven, take a rolling pin and gently roll over it to press it down even further. Then let it cool completely to let the chunks form.
  • Break it apart with your fingers. Break into clumps, whatever size you like!
Peanut Butter Granola

Mix-ins for peanut butter granola

This peanut butter granola tastes great as is! Of course you can add mix-ins if you prefer. Add these after the granola is fully cooled. We love to keep it simple, but here are a few great ideas:

  • Raisins
  • Peanuts
  • Slivered almonds
  • Chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Shredded coconut
  • Dried cranberries, cherries or other dried fruit
  • Pepitas

Vegan variation

Don’t eat honey? No problem: you can substitute pure maple syrup or agave syrup for the honey in this recipe. Keep in mind that honey helps it to become very clumpy, since its texture is very sticky. The resulting peanut butter granola might not be as clumpy as in the photos, but it’s just as tasty!

Peanut Butter Granola

More peanut butter recipes

Are you a peanut butter fan? We’ve got lots of peanut butter recipes to use this irresistible spread. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

This easy granola recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free use maple syrup or agave syrup.

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Peanut butter granola

Easy Peanut Butter Granola

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings (4 cups) 1x
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This easy peanut butter granola recipe is ultra simple, with the best flavor and clumpy chunks! It’s the only recipe you need.


  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Add the rolled oats and mix well until fully combined.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the mixture on the baking sheet in a single even layer, using your fingers to press it down. Bake 10 minutes, then flip it with a flat spatula (some of the pieces should stick together; press it bake together with the spatula). Bake another 7 to 10 minutes more until it’s golden brown — it will still have some moisture and will crisp while cooling.
  4. Remove from the oven. If desired gently roll a glass or rolling pin along the layer of oats a few times, which helps it become clumpy. Allow to fully cool for 45 minutes. Then break apart the granola into clumps or single pieces. Store in a jar for up to 1 month (make sure it’s fully cooled before storing).


*For vegan, use maple syrup or agave syrup. It may not get as clumpy as with honey, but it works!

  • Category: Breakfast or Snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Granola
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Jessica Flory says:

    Oh my gosh. Best granola ever!!! So easy, perfect clusters, and DELISH! I sprinkled Hu chocolate chips on top when it came out of the oven. YUM.

  2. Julie Amick says:

    I love your recipes and your website is my go to menu builder- including breakfast.This is my favorite granola recipe and I make it once a week. Thank you!

  3. Rhonda Fitzpatrick says:

    I am trying to avoid honey and maple syrup so I made some date paste and used that instead of the honey. I added in cacoa nibs, and unsweetened cranberries along with pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Very good recipe to top off my dairy free yogurt, chia pudding and overnight oats. Thank you!

  4. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!