Lightly sweet-and-salty and FULL of crunchy clusters, you'll love this easy peanut butter granola recipe. Healthier than most, it contains no refined sugar or oil, and you need just 6 ingredients and 35 minutes to make a batch!
Why You'll Love It
Sometimes you crave the irresistible crunch of granola, but store-bought granola can be expensive and is usually contains a lot of oil, sugar, and/or honey. Enter homemade oil-free vegan granola!
We're pretty picky about granola in this house, and this peanut butter version is right up there at the top of our list, along with Crunchy Almond Granola and Ginger-Turmeric Granola (both also oil-free).
Peanut butter combines with the warm, natural sweetness of brown rice syrup, a touch of maple syrup, and plenty of vanilla.... it's so simple but so right.
Not too sweet or heavy and perfect as a snack or for breakfast!
The only ingredient in this granola that might be a bit tricky to find is brown rice syrup. But if you really want extra crunchy and cluster-y granola, it's worth it to hunt down a bottle (or several)!
You can find brown rice syrup at Whole Foods, online (Amazon affiliate link), and often at smaller, local health food stores. It has such a lovely, lightly sweet, caramel-like flavor, and the sticky, gooey consistency makes it perfect for recipes like granola bars!
Here are a few more ways to use brown rice syrup:
How To Make This Recipe
This is about as easy as granola gets. There's no need to warm the syrups on the stove first, although you can if you want to. Here's how I usually do it:
- Preheat the oven to 310 degrees F, and line a large baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat. In a mixing bowl whisk together the wet ingredients. Warm in the microwave for about 20 seconds. This softens the brown rice syrup and makes it easier to stir. Add the rolled oats and peanuts and mix well.
- Spread on the prepared pan. It's okay that the granola overlaps quite a bit in some areas. This is what creates thick clusters. Bake for 20 minutes, then carefully stir and spread out again. Bake for another 8 to 12 minutes.
- Let the granola cool for 10 to 15 minutes before breaking into clusters.
The granola will continue to crisp up as it cools, so don't let it trick you into thinking it isn't done when you remove it from the oven.
This recipe has the same amount of sweetener as my other granola recipes but less dry ingredients. This means it's really important to keep an eye on the underside of the granola in the last few minutes of baking. It can go from golden to burnt fairly quickly.
Sunbutter and tahini make excellent nut-free granola if you feel like a peanut-free treat!
More Recipes With Peanut Butter:
Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola (Oil-Free)
- ½ cup brown rice syrup - This is important for cluster-y granola. Can sub maple syrup, if desired, and omit the extra 3 Tbsp maple syrup below.
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- ⅓ cup natural peanut butter, salted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats - Certified gluten-free if needed.
- ½ cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
- Preheat oven to 310 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
- In a mixing bowl combine the syrups, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Microwave in 10 to 15 second intervals just to slightly warm the syrup. This makes it easier to stir and combine with the other ingredients. Stir well.
- Add the oats and peanuts to the bowl. Stir until everything is well coated with the syrup mixture.
- Spread the granola onto the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven, gently stir (keeping large chunks of it intact), and spread out on the pan again. Bake for another 8 to 12 minutes, keeping an eye on the bottom of the granola in the last few minutes so that it doesn't burn.
- Let the granola cool on the pan for about 15 minutes, then break into clusters. Once completely cool, transfer to an airtight container.
Estimated Nutrition (per serving)
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