Peanut Butter Cup Granola

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I have just one thing to say.  Peanut butter cups for breakfast. In the form of granola of course! I just love homemade granola. I have many homemade granola recipes on my blog. This Peanut Butter Cup Granola makes you feel like you are having a special treat for breakfast. After all, peanut butter and chocolate were made for each other.

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I was a huge fan of the Reese’s peanut butter cups.  Let’s be honest though.  They are filled with chemicals and additives and probably not much real peanut butter or chocolate.  So I tried to create a dish that resembles that naughty taste, without the guilt.  What better time than breakfast to eat chocolate and peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Cup Granola

Peanut Butter Cup Granola

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Peanut Butter Cup Granola



  • Preheat oven to 350. 
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. 
  • In a small sauce pan, heat up the peanut butter, milk, maple syrup and applesauce on med. heat until the peanut butter has melted. 
  • Add the wet to dry. 
  • Spread mixture onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Pull the baking sheet out and move the granola around a bit. 
  • Place back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. 
  • Serve with milk or sprinkle over plain yogurt.  If you are feeling extra feisty, you can sprinkle a few chocolate chips in.

What are some of your other guilty candy pleasures?

65 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Cup Granola

    1. Hahaha! I am the same way! I snack on granola for a bit of something sweet in the afternoons. That is why I have so many granola recipes. I am glad you are enjoying the blog. :)

  1. Any chance the baking temp or time are a little off? I’ve had mine in the oven for a lot longer than you suggested, and it is not getting crisp. (But it’s darn tasty)

      1. I too noticed that all the other granola cooks at 350 & this one is listed at 330, could that be off?
        Also, I noticed that mine didn’t seem crisp when done with the specified time but crisped up as I let it cool (I did leave it in an extra 4 minutes).

  2. Yum! Made this granola tonight. Mine didn’t get really crunchy until after it cooled. I used natural, non-GMO quick oats, because that is what I had on hand and I added 2 Tbsp flax seed meal to the recipe (to sneak in some extra fiber & protein). Love your blog! Just found it last week, but have already been trying a bunch of your recipes! We’re trying to eat more natural foods and we have a daughter that is vegan, so she is loving the new recipes! Thanks!

    1. Yay! So glad you liked it. That is one of the granola recipes that doesn’t seem to get too crunchy. Maybe the cooking time needs to be a bit longer. I need to make that one again for myself. :)

      1. I baked mine for an extra 4 minutes and when it cooled I got crisp like my other granola.

        I did notice that your temp is stated at 330 when all the other granola’s are stated at 350 this may be the issue too! :)

  3. I’m not sure if this has been answered, but what is the non dairy milk for, and is there an alternative?
    Looking forward to making this!

    1. I am allergic to milk, so I use non dairy. I used almond milk for the recipe. If you drink milk, then feel free to use regular milk.

    1. You can use raw milk too! I am allergic to milk so I use a non dairy alternative like almond or hemp milk. I imagine raw milk would work okay too. :)

  4. I really like your picture. It is hard to make a dish like brown granola stand out to the eye. I like the way you sprinkled nuggets around the jar.

  5. I have always bought granola and never made my own because the recipes I always found called for so much ingredients and I didn’t want to bother. This recipe looks and smells delicious. My 16 yr old daughter LOVES granola and chocolate so this should be a hit with her.

  6. Is there anything that would be a good substitute for the ground vanilla beans if we don’t have those on hand?

  7. This granola is really good! I should have made a double batch. None of us could stop snacking on it this evening :)

    1. You can sub oil or more peanut butter. Most typical granola recipes call for oil or butter. I use applesauce to cut down the amount of oil. Banana would work too, but it has a strong flavor.

  8. Oh so good girl! I used homemade sunbutter and switched the maple syrup to honey and I could eat it all up now!! Thanks for the good recipe!

  9. Hi, what brand of rolled oats do you use?
    Also, does it has a strong maple flavor or does the maple just add sweetness?


    1. I buy the organic rolled oats out of the bulk bins at Whole Foods. I think they are about $1.69/lb. There is no maple flavor in this at all. The chocolate and peanut butter mask it. It just adds the sweetness.

  10. This granola is SO good! I also love the maple almond vanilla one, but this peanut butter cup granola is as good as eating cookies! My kids and husband like this….that’s quite an accomplishment in my quest for healthy, low sugar, whole food recipes. I am so glad I found your blog as several recipes are now weekly regulars in my house.

  11. If I’m subbing vanilla extract for ground vanilla beans and coconut oil for applesauce, how much of each should I use?

  12. This is amazing. We at Little Green Pouch are taking a 10 day real good pledge, and I made this for breakfast on day 3. I want to have it for day 4, 5, etc. but there surely won’t be enough as my boys (3 and 5) can’t get enough of it either! Thank you and can’t wait to try more of your granola recipes.

  13. THANK YOU for this recipe! I love it and it has become a staple in our home. We always have it on hand. I love that I’m no longer buying expensive boxes of cereal. Thank you!

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