Peanut Butter Cup Granola

This granola. 4 Ingredients. Minimal prep. Just a little toasting in the oven. That’s it.

granola in mason jar from above

But before I hand over this to-easy-to-be-true granola, we’ve gotta talk about cacao nibs for a bit. I used them in this granola but you could sub in dark chocolate chips if that’s more your style. Cacao nibs are made from pure cacao beans. So basically they’re like the darkest chocolate ever. because there’s no sugar in them. They’re also considered a superfood, although who decides what’s on the list of superfoods… I do not know.

Not sure if you’re ready to move from chocolate chips to cacao nibs? Here’s a good way to tell:


  1. Do you like the taste of kombucha?
  2. Do drink your coffee black?
  3. Do you often think desserts taste too sweet?


If you answered yes to all of the above, you’re ready to try cacao nibs. If your favorite “coffee” drink doesn’t actually have coffee in it, then you might want to stick to chocolate chips on this one. Personally, I like cacao nibs and I wanted to cut back on sugar in this recipe, so I used cacao nibs but trust me this would be delicious with dark chocolate chips, too.

ingredients for peanut butter cup granola

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Peanut Butter Cup Granola
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Makes 8¼ cup servings
Recipe type: Granola
Serves: 8
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey (or agave or maple syrup if vegan)
  • ⅓ cup cacao nibs OR chocolate chips
  • Pinch of sea salt (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 300.
  2. Combine the oats, peanut butter, and honey. You want to make sure the oats are coated. If your peanut butter in unsalted, sprinkle a little salt in there.
  3. Spray a large baking sheet with non stick spray.
  4. Dump the oats onto the baking sheet, leaving all the oats in one pile, and then flatten with your hand or spatula. You want them in basically a giant pancake shape.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes at 300 and then stir things around with a spatula. It's up to you if you want big clumps or not. (I like clumps, so I stirred just enough to get everything brown.)
  6. Bake for another 5-7 minutes, until everything is evenly browned.
  7. Stir in cacao nibs or chocolate chips. (If using chocolate chips, let it cool just slightly.)

granola in a mason jar

Is there any better combination than chocolate and peanut butter? I don’t think so.

This peanut butter cup granola is gluten free, low in sugar, and totally delicious! You only need 4 ingredients!

What’s your favorite flavor combination?


  1. only 4 ingredients????? YES!

  2. The more bitter the better! Black coffee, dark dark, pure chocolate, ALWAYS!

  3. Yummmm! This is definitely my kind of recipe. I always go straight for the darkest chocolate possible so this is just my kind of recipe.

  4. I’m definitely a dark or bittersweet chocolate person so I will be trying this recipe with cacao. Plus, ever since I saw Fed Up and That Sugar Film… I made dark chocolate brownies this weekend with cacao and they’re so dense and amazing, and only the tiniest bit of sugar 🙂

  5. I love cacao nibs! Just…not by themselves. Ive been adding them to everything though – smoothies, oatmeals, cookies, etc. And I love granola so so much, but man I cant keep the stuff in my house. I just eat it non stop!

  6. There is nothing better then chocolate and peanut butter….okay maybe peanut butter and banana….or….well anything with peanut butter is good in my book. I think I need this granola in my life now. Gotta go stock up on some GF oats!

  7. Great minds…I made a maple, coconut, walnut granola yesterday. Unfortunately, something went wrong with the oven temp and/or my timing, so it’s a tiny bit burnt. Oops!

    Love the chocolate + PB combo you have going on here. Delicious!

  8. Sounds simple and delish! Will definitely have to try and will sub agave for honey..honey is disgusting!

  9. I love how simple this is! I do believe I’d have a hard time not eating it all.
    I absolutely love black coffee and dark chocolate, but I am not crazy about cacoa nibs,, but I’ve only ever had them plain. I will have to try them here.

  10. Yum that looks so good!! Definitely need to try this out.


  11. This looks delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate is just the best combo ever!

  12. Hell yeah to black coffee, kombucha and cacao nibs! I’ve been so into making my own granola for the past few months and this one looks so easy and delicious. Plus, those clusters!

  13. I haven’t made my own granola in so long. I love the flavour combo here. 🙂

  14. Over the last year I have started replacing chocolate chips with cacao nibs and I LOVE it! I love the idea of adding in cacao nibs to granola… yum!!

  15. I have a feeling this recipe would make perfect holiday presents wrapped in mason jars & ribbon 🙂

  16. This looks fantastic! I have to say, I’m not the BIGGEST chocolate fan, but I’m down for it when it’s paired with peanut butter 😉

  17. Peanut butter and chocolate is for sure one of my favorite flavor combinations!! Also love a good corn chip and salsa 😉

  18. Ha! What an amazing quiz/test! And so true. I’m curious about the kombucha comparison though!? I loooove kombucha and always drink my coffee black…. But I already knew I’m a cacao nib fan (although I’m a massive sweet tooth when it comes to desserts). Love the easiness of this recipe – thanks!

    • Haha I don’t think it has anything to do with the taste of kombucha but if you’re the type of person to enjoy trying kombucha then you’re probably the type to enjoy trying cacao nibs!

  19. I must make this! My favorite peanut butter is involved and yes, I am ready for cacao nibs!

  20. This looks delicious! I’m obsessed with granola, and my husband loves PB & chocolate. Love that you can make this with cacao nibs. I’m definitely going to try it!


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