Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Granola

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Peanut butter oatmeal granola

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!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Granola

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

healthy homemade granola

For breakfast.

Or snack.

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

homemade granola with milk and strawberries

(with almond milk and strawberries)

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

Peanut butter oatmeal cookie granola - healthy homemade granola thats not loaded with sugar like store-bought versions.


Peanut butter oatmeal cookie granola

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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

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 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.


  • Take it over the top: after it cools, stir in a mixture of chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.

 *For gluten-free, making sure to use gluten-free oats.




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Fiesta casserole

Egg-free high protein breakfasts

Green chile egg casserole

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  1. Raquel on May 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    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 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      i’m not sure. i think it helps with texture a lot. it’s not overly sweet at all. you could probably reduce it a bit a see what happens

    • Eileen on July 29, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      What about substituting glycerine for the maple syrup?

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on May 18, 2015 at 3:59 pm

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

  3. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on May 18, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    granola cereal is my nighttime weakness 😉

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      amennnn. cereal is so good before bed 🙂

  4. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on May 18, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    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!

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      let me know what you think! 🙂

  5. Amanda @ Slimplify Life on May 18, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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

  6. Molly on May 18, 2015 at 5:12 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      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. Amanda on May 18, 2015 at 5:20 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      definitely! oat flour would be lovely, or any of your favorite nuts ground into flour

  8. Nikki on May 18, 2015 at 6:40 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      that is so true! it’s the best dessert 🙂

  9. Maria on May 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm

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

  10. Chicago Jogger on May 18, 2015 at 7:16 pm

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

  11. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood on May 18, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    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.

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      i did give some of it away. i knew portion control would not exist haha

  12. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on May 18, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Ummm this looks fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      let me know if you try it!

  13. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on May 18, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    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. 😉

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      i just finished it off at 10pm tonight so there ya go. 🙂 hope you love it, too!

  14. Amanda on May 19, 2015 at 5:20 am

    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. Jodie on May 19, 2015 at 5:39 am

    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 on May 19, 2015 at 5:46 am

    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 on May 19, 2015 at 8:47 am

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

  18. Bekah on May 19, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    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 :).

    • Fitnessista on May 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      so happy to hear you liked it!!

  19. Carly on May 19, 2015 at 5:48 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      awesome!! :)!

  20. Kelly on May 30, 2015 at 11:58 am

    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. Ali on September 14, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    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 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 14, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      that is so awesome. happy to hear that he liked it! (and thank you for reminding me to make some more!) xoxo

  22. Brianne on October 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on October 11, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      i think they would, but the flavor would be a little different!

  23. Marcy on September 3, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    any chance you already have the nutritional info or calories/serving etc for this recipe? thanks!

    • Fitnessista on September 3, 2020 at 6:17 pm

      hi! i’m sorry i didn’t calculate it for this one!

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