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 too-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

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Granola


Makes 8 1/4 cup servings


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey (or agave or maple syrup if vegan)
  • 1/3 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?