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Peanut Butter Chia Seed Granola

This Peanut Butter and Chia Seed Granola features a short ingredient list and quick prep time to provide you with a cheaper and tastier alternative to store-bought granola.

I have a recipe to share with you today that might be the best recipe I’ve shared in a long time!

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Granola

Let me introduce you to homemade Peanut Butter Chia Seed Granola! I wish I could say I’m exaggerating but I’ve made this granola FOUR times in the past eight days. It’s that good. (And hey…I was trying to get the recipe just right before sharing it.)

Smoothie with Peanut Butter Granola

I’ve been on a big kick since last October of topping my smoothies with granola and eating them with a spoon. That led to having granola in the house all the time and snacking on it regularly. Before I knew it I was going through 1-2 bags of granola a week…and good granola isn’t cheap! I was paying anywhere from $5-$8 per bag on average for the good stuff.

So I decided to make my own good stuff.

Peanut Butter Granola Ingredients

The ingredients list is super simple: peanut butter, oats, kosher salt, vanilla, coconut oil, honey and chia seeds.

unbaked peanut butter granola

The prep is also super simple and it takes less than five minutes to get everything mixed together and on the baking sheet.

Peanut Butter Granola

After a quick 20 minutes in the oven the granola emerges puffy, golden brown and clumped together.

Peanut Butter Granola Clusters

After letting it cool, I gently break it into clusters and then transfer it to airtight storage containers.

Peanut Butter Granola Storage

Where it quickly disappears in less than 24 hours! 🙂

This granola is really basic but super delicious. It’s sweet, a little salty and very peanut buttery. I’ve tried it with honey and maple syrup and both are delicious but the syrup definitely gives it a strong maple flavor. The granola cooks in a 300 degree oven and my baking instructions will leave you with granola that’s not rock hard. I can’t stand super crunchy granola. This granola is the perfect blend of crisp edges with a little bit of chew in the center.

Enjoy and let me know if you try it!

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Granola
(Recipe developed by Jen DeCurtins, Peanut Butter Runner)


1/2 cup natural style peanut butter
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
3 cups old fashioned oats (not quick)
2 tablespoons chia seeds


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, honey, coconut oil and vanilla. Stir in oats, salt and chia seeds and mix well until oats are evenly coated with peanut butter mixture.

Spread the oat mixture into a relatively thin layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Granola will still seem soft when you remove it from the oven but it will set as it cools. Do not keep baking it until it’s crispy. You will have overdone granola!

Let cool completely before gently breaking into clusters. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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  • 1
    kristin | W [H] A T C H March 9, 2015, 10:34 am

    i love how simple these ingredients are!

  • 2
    me March 9, 2015, 11:09 am

    OMG a total winning combination. I made something similar to this without chia seeds but adding the chia seeds is genius for the nutrition factor!

  • 3
    Holly March 9, 2015, 11:43 am

    have you tried this without the chia seeds? I’m all out but would love to whip this up!!

    • 4
      Jen March 9, 2015, 12:15 pm

      yes, one of the four times i made it i forgot the chia seeds and it still turned out great! 🙂

      • 5
        Holly March 9, 2015, 1:31 pm

        I made it!! Currently eating it on top of some greek yogurt and it is wonderful! Perfect level of crisp but not too crispy. 🙂

        • 6
          Jen March 9, 2015, 1:34 pm

          awesome! so glad it turned out well for you! 🙂

  • 7
    Klara March 9, 2015, 12:18 pm

    Looks delicious! What would be the best swap for coconut oil?

    • 8
      Jen March 9, 2015, 12:38 pm

      Thanks! Canola oil would be a good swap.

      • 9
        Klara March 9, 2015, 12:48 pm

        Awesome, thanks!

  • 10
    She Rocks Fitness March 9, 2015, 12:35 pm

    YUMMY!!! Granola in smoothies are one of my favorite combos…Love the added crunch and that you can eat it with a spoon! 🙂

  • 11
    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run March 9, 2015, 12:39 pm

    simple recipe. love the clusters!!

  • 12
    Klara March 9, 2015, 12:46 pm

    Looks delicious! What would be the best substitute for coconut oil? Thanks!

    • 13
      Klara March 9, 2015, 12:47 pm

      Sorry I posted the same comment twice! haha

  • 14
    Taca @ A Side Of Dessert March 9, 2015, 3:09 pm

    Wow looks SO delicious! I also assume its way less inexpensive than buying already made granola. I’m totally trying this with the maple syrup! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • 15
    Liv @ Healthy Liv March 9, 2015, 4:22 pm

    I love all of the clusters! Those are the best part 🙂

  • 16
    Linda March 9, 2015, 4:49 pm

    That wouldn’t last more than a day in my house!!! Crazy good!

  • 17
    sabrina March 9, 2015, 5:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing Jen – I printed the recipe and going to get the items today.
    Also going to try coconut nectar instead of honey…something different 🙂

  • 18
    Emily @ My Healthyish Life March 9, 2015, 8:29 pm

    I LOVE this idea! I typically have all those ingredients on hand so it will be super easy to make 🙂

  • 19
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt March 9, 2015, 8:39 pm

    Yum! I am totally trying this. So simple and looks so good.

  • 20
    Becca March 9, 2015, 11:02 pm

    Just made a batch of this and it is SO good! My husband eats granola and greek yogurt for breakfast every morning so I am hoping he will enjoy as well. Thank you for such a quick, easy, and perfectly peanut buttery granola!

  • 21
    Kelly March 9, 2015, 11:20 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing, I am pinning this to make later!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • 22
    hillary | nutrition nut on the run March 9, 2015, 11:26 pm

    made this tonight! couldn’t even wait for it to cool before crumbling it over a bowl of cereal, but i’m sure it’ll be even better when it cools and gets crunchy.

    this granola recipe was so simple!

  • 23
    Linda March 10, 2015, 5:43 pm

    I can’t wait to make this granola. My mouth is watering. Have you ever thought about adding a print function for your recipes? Love your blog.

  • 24
    erin March 11, 2015, 8:21 am

    oh my goodness!! looks so good and I have been craving anything with peanut butter lately! This would be such a cute gift too – make up a huge batch and give it away in little mason jars with the recipe attached – call it peanut butter runner granola! i love that it’s super simple and quick – i’m into anything simple these days!

  • 25
    erin March 11, 2015, 8:22 am

    oh my goodness!! looks so good and I have been craving anything with peanut butter lately! This would be such a cute gift too – make up a huge batch and give it away in little mason jars with the recipe attached – call it peanut butter runner granola! i love that it’s super simple and quick – i’m into anything simple these days!

    • 26
      sherri March 11, 2015, 9:22 am

      Has anyone figured out the calorie of this yummy sounding concoction

  • 27
    Melissa @ The Fit Chocoholic March 11, 2015, 11:45 am

    Yum!!! Can’t wait to try this recipe out, looks delicious!

  • 28
    Kate March 23, 2015, 7:20 pm

    Just made it–delish! So peanut buttery & perfect texture with some chew. Thanks! Love it!

  • 29
    Erin April 2, 2015, 9:43 am

    I made this earlier in the week with almond butter instead of peanut butter because that’s all I had. It is SO delicious. Absolutely love it. My roommate walked in and said she could smell something amazing from all the way from outside, haha. I shared, but only a little bit 😉

  • 30
    Allegra January 27, 2016, 6:47 pm

    OMG I’m so sorry I waited so long to make this! It’s so SO good. I tweaked mine since I’m doing a good sensitivity protocol so I subbed almond butter for the peanut butter and added 1/2 tsp extra of vanilla and 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Thanks for this!!

  • 31
    Jill March 5, 2016, 8:15 pm

    Just made this & it’s SO good!! My husband and sons love it too. Thank you!!

    • 32
      Jen DeCurtins March 5, 2016, 10:01 pm

      Thanks so much for trying my recipe and I’m glad it was a hit for you AND your fam!

  • 33
    Jen April 30, 2016, 8:37 am

    I just finished a bowl of this, and it’s amazing! I used the maple syrup option, plus a little cinnamon, and it’s my perfect bowl of oatmeal in granola form. Crisp yet chewy, almost reminds me of a granola bar! Thanks for the recipe!

  • 34
    julia September 12, 2016, 8:33 pm

    this granola is amazing! when my mom made granola, it was always burnt and hard, but this is soft and chewy with the right amount of crunch. the peanut butter tastes great and, since i used maple, it’s just the right amount of sweet. love this jen!

  • 35
    Bryce September 27, 2016, 1:07 pm

    Does anyone know the calorie content and serving size? Love this recipe!

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