Peanut butter oatmeal cookie granola

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Behold the latest snack obsession. 

I was trying to think of another breakfast option that I could make in advance, since eggs don’t travel too well and I’ve been wanting to switch it up from the usual breakfast cookies and cookie dough cereal. Granola instantly came to mind, as it’s one of my favorite cereal options, and one of my favorite things to make at home, minus the sugar bomb that many storebought versions contain. The Paleo granola from my book is a staple around here!

For this version, I decided to roll with an oat and peanut butter combination… and the result tastes exactly like peanut butter oatmeal cookies. 

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For breakfast.

Or snack.

Or you know… 10pm and you’re wanting a little something sweet before bed. 😉

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(with almond milk and strawberries)

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!!

Peanut butter oatmeal cookie granola

Peanut butter oatmeal cookie granola
a perfectly sweet breakfast or snack option that tastes like dessert. Enjoy with almond milk and berries, layered in a parfait, or with some chia pudding
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  2. 1/2 cup almond meal
  3. 1/2 cup chopped raw pecans
  4. 1/2 cup dried cherries or raisins
  5. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. Pinch of sea salt
  7. 1/2 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
  8. 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  9. 2 tablespoons melted butter
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 325 and spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray or olive oil.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almond meal, pecans, dried fruit, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  3. 3. In a small bowl, whisk the peanut butter, maple syrup, melted butter and vanilla until combined.
  4. 4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir well.
  5. 5. Spread the mixture onto the cookie sheet and use your spoon to break up into granola chunks.
  6. 6. Bake for 15 minutes at 325 and 10 minutes at 300, turning occasionally. Next, turn the oven off completely and leave the tray in the oven for up to 30 minutes, until crisp. Allow to cool completely before storing.
  1. Take it over the top: after it cools, stir in a mixture of chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.
The Fitnessista
 *For gluten-free, making sure to use gluten-free oats.




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  1. If I didn’t want this to be sweet, could the maple syrup be omitted? Wasn’t sure if it was required to keep the granola together or if there is an alternative.

    Love your blog and the recipes 🙂

  2. Yum! Sounds delicious. Paleo granola making has been on my recipe to do list for weeks. It’s a fun summer topping!

  3. granola cereal is my nighttime weakness 😉

  4. That sounds amazing. I just finished making a batch of almond butter that I bet would be good with this too. I have been on a tart cherry kick lately in my granolas. Thanks for sharing!

  5. The problem with making these amazing breakfasts is I cannot stop. This looks tooo good!

  6. Thanks Gina! What protein powders are you recommending these days?

    • Fitnessista says:

      shakeology is my current top of the list, followed by daily burn fuel-6, and vega. since i’m pregnant, i’ve been sticking with very occasional daily burn, vega and plain hemp protein

  7. Gina,
    Can you use something instead of almond meal? Looks delicious and need new breakfast ideas!

  8. Looks delish! Why is cereal at night so much better than cereal during the day?!?!

  9. This looks and sounds delicious! Putting it on my list of things to make.

  10. This looks soo good! I’ll take anything with PB for breakfast 🙂

  11. This looks like one of those things I’ll have to make, eat a bowl, then immediately give the rest away to avoid eating it alll.

  12. Ummm this looks fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!

  13. This sounds delicious! You never fail to provide amazing recipes Gina! Anything with peanut butter is good in my book for the most part, but this sounds especially delicious. I have a feeling this will be a late-night treat for me. 😉

  14. Welll I’m going to be making this. And then making the hubby hide it from me because I won’t be able to stop eating it.

  15. Gina Gina thanks so much for sharing this recipe. You read my mind. I keep wanting to buy granola in the store but been avoiding it due to the amount of sugar.

    This looks wonderful.

  16. Tristica says:

    I am going on vaca with my family next week and they asked me to find some healthy snack options so this will be perfect! Thanks so much!

  17. RachelG says:

    Now that I’ve got “certain cravings” this kind of food is all I’ll really eat. 😉 Definitely trying it soon. 🙂

  18. This is delicious!! I doubled the recipe because I am giving half away to a friend as a “thank you” gift. (She’s going to love me, haha) The only changes I had to make were walnuts instead of pecans cause that is what I had on hand. Also, I used vegan butter because I can’t tolerate regular butter. So good! I can’t wait to eat it for a bowl of cereal :).

  19. Just made! It’s amazing and so simple. Going to be a staple in our house! Thanks 🙂

  20. I just made this. Seriously! The best granola I’ve ever made! Or had for that matter! The whole family’s diggin it. Thanks!!!

  21. O.M.G. I just made this for my hubby last night and it’s almost all gone. He said, “this is the best granola I’ve ever tasted, including store bought or homemade.” You really out did yourself with this one Gina! Thanks for saving the day, I miss granola but refuse to keep buying it with all the added sugar, this recipe is perfect. Next time I’ll quadruple the batch 🙂

  22. Do you think substituting almond butter or cashew butter for peanut butter would work? I know it’s normally a bit more runny…

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