Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola


I’m guessing that many of the greatest recipe “inventions” have happened by accident. Asa (our 15 year old) really didn’t mean to create this wonderful Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola. His real intent was to make No-Bake Cookies for a mission trip fund-raising meal last Sunday. But somehow the liquid ingredients got slightly overcooked, the oats made the mixture way too dry, and no way no how was a cookie going to be formed once it was all said and done. I told him to press his mixture into a 9×13 inch pan and that we’d try cutting them into bars later. While that was a brilliant idea, it didn’t work any better than forming the mixture into cookies. We ended up with peanut butter chocolate oat crumbles instead. Peanut butter chocolate oat crumbles that tasted really, really good. :)

And so – we all just grabbed a bowl and a spoon and had at it. (While planning a different dessert to take to the fund-raising meal.)

I’m calling this “granola” because that’s what it looks and feels like. But I do have a hard time calling this a healthy breakfast or snack. While it is made with real food ingredients, it is still more dessert-like, for sure. In an effort to make this a little less sugary, and a bit more diverse for “stir-in” options, I’ve tweaked the ingredients from the original cookie recipe Asa used. I’m pretty sure it will still taste awesome with less sugar than originally called for in the cookie recipe!

By the way – depending on how you make this, it can be completely dairy free if you wish. :)

Peanut Butter Chocolate GranolaYum

1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup milk or coconut milk
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (we use homemade peanut butter)
1 cup sucanat or 1/2 cup honey
4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut flakes (optional)

Put butter, milk, peanut butter, sucanat, and cocoa into a medium sized saucepan. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Allow the mixture to boil for one minute. Remove from heat. Add vanila, oats, and coconut flakes. If the mixture is too liquidy add a few more oats or coconut flakes until you reach desired consistency.


Or shucks. If you “mess up” this recipe and the mixture turns out to be nice and smooth instead of crumbly – go ahead and spoon it onto wax paper and make No-Bake Cookies. ;)

 UPDATE:  If you do find your mixture too wet:  Add a few extra oats to soak up the liquid. Then put it on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and baked it at 250° for one hour, stirring occasionally. The granola should get nice and crispy!


  1. Lori says

    Chocolate no bake cookies are my favorite- but by no means the healthiest treat in the world! I look forward to trying this soon. I think we’ll really enjoy it. Thanks!


  2. Jill says

    Looks wonderful. I’ve been told not to use the “all natural” peanut butter for recipes where you need it to stick together. It ends up too runny and doesn’t hold up. So I’ve been forced to go and by the unhealthy highly sugared jar of pb on occasion for those recipes. Any one else heard the same thing?


    Nikki Reply:

    I only use natural peanut butter, even for granola bars and haven’t had a problem!


  3. CW says

    Oh, I did that too! I was making no bake granola bars last night, and, well, it made good breakfast cereal.

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Jaclyn says

    So then you let it dry and then use? Or bake it?


    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Yep! If you let it dry but you don’t think it is dry enough, you can bake it for 30 minutes on a low temp.


  5. Nanci Fitschen says

    The recipe I use calls for 1 cup of peanut butter. I have not had them get to dry unless I cook them to hard.


  6. Melissa A. says

    Here is the recipe I use for no-bake cookies:
    2 cups sugar
    1/4 cup cocoa
    1/2 cup milk
    1 stick butter
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 pinch salt
    1/2 cup peanut butter
    3 cups oats (I DON’T use quick cooking oats)

    Mix sugar, cocoa, milk, butter in saucepan. Put on medium heat until mixture starts to a rolling boil. Boil one minute, remove from heat and cool one minute. Add rest of ingredients and stir well. drop about a teaspoon of mixture on wax or parchment paper.

    This is the recipe I have used for many, many years. I got this recipe from my culinary teacher in high school and there have been only a few times it didn’t set up right.


  7. Carrie says

    I make no bakes with regular white sugar and when the mixture boils set a timer for a minute. I have subbed half sucanat, but with all sucanat they don’t turn out.


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