Peanut Butter Granola (4 Ingredients!)


Are you ready for the easiest granola recipe of your life? Seriously, I don’t know if granola gets any easier than this! This is not only the easiest granola I’ve ever made but it baked faster than any granola I’ve made. It’s flavors are simple but sometimes that’s just what we need, especially for breakfast. If you want one more layer of flavor you can add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, but personally I don’t think it needs it.

Peanut Butter Granola {only 4 ingredients!} | Cooking Classy

I made a few batches of this trying to get the recipe right. I tried to do a 3-ingredient granola on the first attempt. While it was good, with the lack of brown sugar it just didn’t have enough crunch. So, attempt two I added in brown sugar and not only did it give it a little crunch but it added a nice flavor too.

This is a healthy and kid friendly recipe, it is one the whole family can enjoy. With how easy it is to make and the fact that it uses basic pantry staples that you likely always have, this might just become a regular in your home. Serve it with almond milk or Greek yogurt and some fresh fruit and you’ve got a breakfast worth waking up for. Enjoy!

(Note that this is a double recipe pictured)

Peanut Butter Granola {only 4 ingredients!} | Cooking Classy

Peanut Butter Granola {only 4 ingredients!} | Cooking Classy


Peanut Butter Granola (4 Ingredients!)

Yield: Makes about 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes


  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pour oats into a mixing bowl, set aside. In a microwave safe mixing bowl (or it can also be melted in a saucepan), combine peanut butter, honey and brown sugar and heat mixture in microwave until runny and smooth, about 25 seconds. Pour mixture over oats in mixing bowl and toss mixture with a spatula until evenly coated.
  2. Spread mixture onto a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet into an even layer and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 18 - 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through baking. Allow to cool completely (it wont be crunchy until it cools) and store in an airtight container.
  3. Recipe Source: inspired by Peanut Butter Fingers


  • Sandi: I love that this uses regular ingredients that I already have in my pantry! I hate when I want to make one little thing and I have to buy a whole pack of some obscure thing to make it lol. Yum pb granola, greek yogurt, and a banana, can’t wait to try this! April 3, 2014 at 9:44am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Peanut butter. Granola. Lord have mercy, this would be so dangerous for me! I would be in crunchy, handful after handful heaven! Love the blue backdrop! April 3, 2014 at 10:27am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie :)! April 3, 2014 at 10:30am Reply

  • Laura @ Raise Your Garden: Looks delicious! And I refuse to shy away from the good fats…like peanut butter! Going on my to-do list =) April 3, 2014 at 11:15am Reply

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts: This looks delicious – I love granola! Pinning this one! April 3, 2014 at 1:16pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): This granola looks too good, perfect for breakfast or a midnight snack! April 3, 2014 at 2:39pm Reply

  • Liz@Virtually Homemade: So simple! So delicious! April 3, 2014 at 3:00pm Reply

  • ATasteOfMadness: I have made peanut butter granola once, but it involved 5 ingredients. I should really try this out. It looks SO good! April 3, 2014 at 3:26pm Reply

  • Angie: Does it work with the natural peanut butters? Or is traditional peanut butter the way to go? April 3, 2014 at 6:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tried so I’d recommend sticking with traditional, unless you’re willing to experiment and take a risk :). April 4, 2014 at 10:22pm Reply

    • Carol: I made it yesterday with Adams brand (natural) because that’s what I had on hand and I thought it was yummy! My 7 year old son loved it too. April 10, 2014 at 4:32am Reply

      • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you both enjoyed it Carol! Thanks for your feedback! April 10, 2014 at 9:05am Reply

    • amy: I tried those with natural peanut butter and it ended up pretty well June 22, 2014 at 4:48pm Reply

      • Mae: I made it with Justine natural peanut butter, the peanut butter burned. before it could finish cooking. July 16, 2017 at 7:33pm Reply

  • Michelle: I just made this. It is so good! I made a double batch, left out the sugar, and added some peanuts and chocolate chips when it came out of the oven. I haven’t been able to stop eating it :) Thanks for the super simple recipe! April 3, 2014 at 6:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Michelle! April 3, 2014 at 8:52pm Reply

  • Avra-Sha Faohla: 1. I opened my email and saw this.
    2. I read the ingredient list and saw I had everything.
    3. I realized that this was a really simple recipe.
    4. I promptly went and made it.

    It’s in the oven as I write. Can’t wait to try it when it comes out and cools! ;) April 3, 2014 at 8:16pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it :)! That is one thing I love about this recipe – it uses simple ingredients which I always keep on hand. April 3, 2014 at 8:52pm Reply

  • whatjessicabakednext: This looks divine- love making my own granola! Fab that it only contains four ingredients as well. April 4, 2014 at 4:12am Reply

  • Chloe @ foodlikecake: This looks amazing! Having it with some strawberry yogurt would be like a pb&j sandwich :-) April 4, 2014 at 4:28am Reply

  • Helen @ Scrummy Lane: Ahhh, this is the kind of recipe I like to see … super super easy, especially at the end of a busy week. I’m getting a very clear picture of this granola sprinkled over my morning Greek yoghurt next week! :-) April 4, 2014 at 5:12am Reply

  • Ilona @ Ilona’s Passion: Granola with peanut butter, love this idea:) Pinned it! April 4, 2014 at 8:25am Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: Okay, it’s only four ingredients…so I can’t NOT try it, and those are ingredients I always have on hand. So perfect. Definitely trying soon! Pinned. April 6, 2014 at 5:41am Reply

  • Pauline: OMG this is fantastic so quick to make. Love it just having trouble not eating it! April 6, 2014 at 7:03am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you like it Pauline!! April 6, 2014 at 8:14pm Reply

  • Joanne: Just made this. It’s fabulous! Can’t stop munching on it. I’ve been looking for a tasty gluten free snack so I used gf oatmeal. Love it! Has anybody tried it with almond butter? April 6, 2014 at 12:29pm Reply

  • myfoodbook: We’re HUGE fans of anything Peanut Butter so wonderful to come across this recipe. April 6, 2014 at 4:43pm Reply

  • Trish: I just started making my own granola and I am hooked! This looks simple. Definitely making this this week.
    Trish April 6, 2014 at 6:57pm Reply

  • Jo: Has anyone tried this with a sugar alternative? April 7, 2014 at 4:31am Reply

  • Stacy Lynn: I love this simple recipe. i cant wait to make it! can you use crunchy peanut butter with it instead of creamy? April 7, 2014 at 5:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should be fine but I’d recommend upping the amount a bit. April 15, 2014 at 8:59pm Reply

  • Jodashde: Has anyone tried this with an alternative to the brown sugar? April 7, 2014 at 7:41pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You can replace it with honey, I just felt it gave the granola a little more crunch but it’s still good without it too. April 7, 2014 at 8:23pm Reply

    • Natalie: You could use coconut sugar instead. Same crunch but with a more natural non refined sugar. August 26, 2014 at 4:44pm Reply

    • Jenny: You can also do 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut mixed in with the oats (instead of heated with the PB). I also like to add 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Weake this all the time and love it? January 4, 2017 at 11:09am Reply

  • Lisa @ Simple Pairings: How delicious! I love how simplistic the recipe is. Peanut butter can make pretty much anything incredible, can’t it? :) April 8, 2014 at 8:05am Reply

  • Cheri: I LOVE granola. This is so simple. The granola I make takes about 10 ingredients and takes a while to make. I will certainly give this one a try! April 8, 2014 at 2:12pm Reply

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  • Jocelyn: Another winning granola recipe from you! I did add a smidge of cinnamon and salt to my batch, but it really doesn’t need it. Thanks so much. April 26, 2014 at 9:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Jocelyn! I’m so glad you liked it :)! May 6, 2014 at 6:39pm Reply

  • Julianna: Can you use quick oats instead of old fashioned oats? I only have quick oats right now but I really want to make this! April 28, 2014 at 6:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend it – it will probably have a different texture. I could be wrong though because I’ve always just used old fashioned oats for granola :). April 28, 2014 at 7:23pm Reply

  • Nicole N.: Can you use quick cooking oats for this? June 1, 2014 at 5:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend it for this recipe. June 1, 2014 at 6:35pm Reply

  • Victoria: Came here by way of Pinterest. While I would love this and will make it for me, my older son hates all nut butters, except Nutella. Would that work as a substitute OR can I double the honey and leave it out (making it a 3 ingredient granola)? June 4, 2014 at 11:55am Reply

  • Victoria: Since I had the ingredients on hand to make two batches, I made the peanut butter (and will admit to liking it better uncooked!) and experimented with a batch using Nutella. I subbed dark Karo syrup for the honey, Nutella for the PB, ncluded the brown sugar and added semi-sweet mini chocolate chips. I didn’t realize that Nutella’s melting properties aren’t the same as PB (it required longer heating, quick stirring, pouring and mixing with the oats. I used my hands with both recipes to make sure the binder was distributed amongst the oats. It came together more solidly and I had to break it apart. Next time I’ll add the chips during the cooling stage. Can’t wait for my older son and husband to get home to try them. June 4, 2014 at 1:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you were able to make it work Victoria! Thanks for the info! June 6, 2014 at 11:40pm Reply

  • jen booth: I was wondering if you could substitute agave nectar for the honey? (I happen to be out of honey at the moment)
    Thanks June 21, 2014 at 1:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It might work but it does bake up differently than honey so it might not offer the same crunch. Sorry I wish I could say for sure with this recipe, I just haven’t tested that yet. June 21, 2014 at 11:12pm Reply

  • Dana: I really want to try this, but was wondering if these could be made into granola bars? August 9, 2014 at 8:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Possibly, I haven’t tried yet so I can’t say for sure sorry. It seems like it might need a little more something to hold them together. August 9, 2014 at 11:12am Reply

  • Crystal: omgosh as soon as i seen how easy it was to make i went and checked if i had the right ingredients ..and i did!! me and my kiddos made a batch up and it’s cooling now!! the only thing is i think i might have burnt it a bit.. so next time i’ll put it on for less time ( i put it on for 18min).. but it hasnt fully cooled so i shall see then!! August 25, 2014 at 4:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you were able to make this Crystal! September 12, 2014 at 3:46pm Reply

  • Steph: Just made this! Loved it AND was way easier to clean up than I thought. Yeah! August 31, 2014 at 5:35pm Reply

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  • Maritza: Another awesome, easy recipe to make! I enjoyed making this recipe with my son and we are just waiting for it to cool down and store with your Granola(with no oil) recipe we made yesterday which is awesome with yogurt!!!! April 21, 2015 at 1:12pm Reply

  • Maria: A few tablespoons of pure maple syrup could replace the brown sugar couldn’t it? May 10, 2015 at 9:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should work but it might not be as crunchy. June 2, 2015 at 8:12pm Reply

  • Roisin: Such an easy and delicious recipe! Half an hour after starting I’m eating it- so good! June 20, 2015 at 12:41pm Reply

  • victoria: Could you add raisins to the mixture before you bake? June 25, 2015 at 8:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would probably mix them in after baking so they don’t dry while baking. June 25, 2015 at 9:58am Reply

  • June: I know the recipe and comments have been around for around a year.

    I wanted to add, I make my own brown sugar.
    2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses and 1 cup sugar, mix. Store the brown sugar in covered container in the fridge. I also make this low sugar by mixing Xylitol (sugar sub) instead of sugar.

    Made the granola, so good, thanks!! May 30, 2016 at 4:42pm Reply

  • Jenx: Love this recipe! I omitted the brown sugar and it was plenty sweet for me. Simplicity of this recipe is refreshing! March 19, 2017 at 8:18am Reply

  • Sue Hildebrand: How many calories does the Peanut Butter Granola (4 Ingredients) have per cup? June 30, 2017 at 10:51pm Reply

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