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This healthy granola recipe is oil-free and has a yummy peanut butter flavour. It’s a great snack or breakfast and creates delicious granola clusters!
Granola is super easy to eat by the handful on the go, just like this vegan trail mix.
After making this recipe, you’ll never need store-bought granola again!
Is homemade granola healthy for you?
Granola is a relatively healthy snack, however it depends on the ingredients. Homemade foods are often healthier than store-bought, but every granola recipe is a bit different. Many use oil, which significantly reduces the nutritional value of the granola.
If the granola is oil-free and contains whole ingredients, it can provide many health benefits.
This oil-free peanut butter granola recipe contains the following ingredients:
- 100% pure maple syrup
- All-natural peanut butter
- Vanilla extract
- Rolled oats
- Slivered almonds
- Walnut pieces
- Raisins (optional)
But doesn’t granola need oil?
Some people think that added oil is necessary to get the granola to crisp up and form clusters, but this can be achieved with a nut butter.
Peanuts naturally contain oil, so all-natural peanut butter does contain oil. However there is no added oil to this recipe, so that’s why it is considered “oil-free.”
The peanut butter and maple syrup in this recipe create a nice coating for the oats and nuts, allowing them to clump up. This will leave you with some nice crunchy granola clusters when you break it all up.
Ways to eat this granola
This granola is great as a snack on its own. I often just grab a handful and eat it plain because it is so good!
It’s also great with some plant milk. My favourite is pouring some oat milk on it and eating it like cereal.
You could also add it to oatmeal for some crunch, or sprinkle it on some plant-based yogurt.
This granola would also be delicious on top of some nice cream! You could try this banana chocolate strawberry one.
Substitutions and Tips
Nuts in this recipe can be swapped. I use almonds and walnuts, but you can adjust the ratio as long as you keep the same total amount. So if you don’t like walnuts, you could replace them with more almonds or vice versa.
You can also try using a nut butter other than peanut butter. I haven’t tried that because I’m obsessed with peanut butter, but I think it would work well with almond butter too.
This recipe calls for slivered almonds and walnut pieces. This is to ensure that you aren’t left with large pieces of nuts that are completely intact. I find it much more enjoyable to have smaller pieces when eating granola. So whatever nuts you choose to use, I recommend buying them pre-chopped or chopping them yourself.
Other peanut butter recipes:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Hummus
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- Peanut Butter Frozen Coffee
- Chocolate Covered Dates
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls
Healthy Oil-Free Granola with Peanut Butter
- Set your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together the maple syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla.
- Add the cinnamon and oats, and mix together thoroughly.
- Add the almonds and walnuts (make sure they are chopped first) and mix thoroughly.
- Once evenly mixed, spread the granola onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Create an evenly distributed layer.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove the granola from the oven and leave it to cool. Once cooled, you can break up the granola. It will be clustered together, so you can break it up as much as you want. I like to leave some clusters, but you can break it down more so that there are no large clusters if that is your preference.
- Mix in raisins after baking, if desired.