Extra Clumpy Peanut Butter & Maple Granola

I know I’ve shared plenty of granola here before, but I have a new favourite. This clumpy, crunchy granola is bound together with peanut butter and pure maple syrup. I KNOW!! The peanut butter adds a light crunchiness I’ve never achieved with other granola formulas – like Harvest Crunch, without the over-the-top sweetness. Next time I’ll venture into peanut butter and honey territory.

I’ve had a big baking sheet of this on my kitchen counter all afternoon, and when I had to leave the house I got all panicky for a minute that I had to leave my new bff, and wound up filling a ziplock bag of it to tuck in my pocket and sneak handfuls of. You could of course spice it up with cinnamon or a pinch of ground ginger, but I kind of like it straight-up. Of course feel free to take liberties with nuts, seeds and dried fruit, too.

Extra Clumpy Peanut Butter & Maple Granola


January 27, 2012

  • Makes: Makes about 6 cups.


4 c. old-fashioned (large flake) oats

2 c. sliced or slivered almonds

1 c. shredded coconut

1/4 t. fine sea salt

1/2 c. creamy peanut butter

1/3 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. maple syrup (the real stuff!) or liquid honey

1 c. dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries, cherries, chopped dried figs, dates or apricots


1Preheat the oven to 325F. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, coconut and salt.

2In a small saucepan, combine the peanut butter, brown sugar and maple syrup over medium heat and stir until everything is melted and smooth.

3Pour over the oat mixture and toss until well combined. Spread the mixture out onto a large rimmed sheet pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring once or twice, until pale golden and crunchy/clumpy. Let cool and stir in the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container or in individual zip-lock baggies.


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33 comments on “Extra Clumpy Peanut Butter & Maple Granola

  1. renee@sweetsugarbean
    January 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I’m a bit of a granola addict myself, so of course I’ll be trying this. How wild and crazy would it be to add some little dark chocolate chunks to the party?

  2. JulieVR
    January 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I was thinking the EXACT same thing!

  3. margo
    January 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I’m hoping this would be fine with natural PB?
    Anxious to try it; yum!!

  4. Melissa
    January 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Hmmm I think I know what I’ll be making for breakfast tomorrow!

  5. Carolyn
    January 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Just sailing home from Antarctica (seriously — it was amazing!) and craving whole grains like crazy — this is the first thing I’m going to make when I get home. Thanks!

  6. molly
    January 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    peanut butter? serious?

    man. i’m a wild-eyed devotee of the whole olive oil-maple angle, but i think this might just be brilliant. i can kind of taste it already. hmmm…

  7. kickpleat
    January 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I love the sound of this. I love peanut butter granola but this version looks delicious. Would love to try it with some cocoa nibs!

  8. Angela
    January 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Making this now. Smells amazing. Can’t wait to share it with friends

  9. Reservation42
    January 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Looks delicious!! Excited to try this recipe and so grateful you shared it with us!

  10. mmac
    January 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Made this yesterday and can’t publicly admit how much I’ve eaten already. It may cure my obsession with the yogurt parfaits from Rise Bakery, which I buy mostly for the granola.

  11. Heidi
    January 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Just made a 1/2 batch of this (didn’t have enough for a full one) and the smell alone is out of this world. As for the taste – WOW. I might have to hide this from my hubby and kids and save it all for me. Love the idea of adding dark chocolate chips…

  12. Ashley
    January 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    This sounds amazing!! I can see why you loved it. I’ve been looking for new granola recipes and will definitely try this next.

  13. Carolyn
    January 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    love this! I used 1/2 cup of honey (total) instead of adding brown sugar. It’s great. I also stirred in some rice krispies in the last 15 minutes of baking to give it a bt of lightness. Fantastic!

  14. Kare
    January 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Clumpy! Yes! I made a batch of Cherry, Coconut & Almond Granola to snack on while nursing my little one, but it ended up being impossible to eat one-handed. I need clumps. Peanut buttery clumps sound even better. I will have to give this one a whirl.

  15. Sherry
    January 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I made 2 batches and it didn’t create the clusters you have in the photo. Should I double up on peanut butter and honey?

  16. Jennifer Jo
    January 31, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I made this, using honey instead of maple syrup. (http://bit.ly/A6kB3i) I didn’t get the clusters either, but I suspect that’s because I used five cups of oats. Next time I’ll use only four.

  17. brigitte
    February 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I made it! Completly addictive !Hubby wants some for breakfast every morning ! Thanks

  18. Stephanie
    February 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Oh my goodness! How I don’t have this in my kitchen right now is beyond me… it looks delicious! Now I know what I’m going to be eating for breakfast for the rest of the week…

  19. suchalab
    February 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

    what is the trick to the clusters? got some but alot of it was vey individual, did I stir to much initially instead of tossing? would that be the make or break technique? Smells great tho!

  20. Nikki6
    February 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I made this today and it was incredible!! My teenage son, (who was bitter about the trip to the ‘smelly’ bulk food store), hasn’t stopped munching all afternoon! I added some cinnamon, some ginger and sunflower seeds. It’s delish!!

    I have to say, I’ve made quite a few recipes from your lovely site and all have been spectacular. The dark chocolate orange chip cookies were quite the hit at work and I’m planning on “Spilling the Beans'” being my next cookbook purchase.

    Thanks for the great meals!!

  21. Amy
    March 11, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I’ve made this twice already this week. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • JulieVR
      March 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

      So good to hear! I have to make more…

  22. Lisa
    March 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    This is a great recipe!! I made it with soynut butter (nut allergy) and a bit less sweet stuff (by sb is already sweetened) and it worked very well. I linked back to you: http://dinnerversions.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/homemade-nut-free-granola/
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  23. Adrienne
    June 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I made this, and it’s pretty good, but it didn’t turn out like how it was supposed to. I used natural peanut butter and it didn’t melt very well. Or maybe my problem was that I had the temp too high? Either way, I’ll be making it again, it’s definitely tasty!

  24. Angela
    February 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I made the recipe as called for except I didn’t add any dried fruits. I love Quaker’s Harvest Crunch and wanted it to be as similar as possible. It turned out perfect. A number of chunks but not all, tasted wonderful and lasted two weeks. The house smelled amazing while baking it, and the peanut butter hint was great, although it was a little too peanutty when eating it with just milk in the morning. I’m sure it would have been a pleasant hint of flavour if it was served with yogurt and berries but I didn’t try it that way. Thanks so much! Loved it.

  25. angela
    February 15, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    my 3rd time making this, loVE!

  26. Mary
    July 13, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I have been making this several times it is a very good recipe. Each time it came out phenomenal however I find it too sweet so I’m trying it this time without the brown sugar. I think it comes out too sweet because my shredded coconut is sweetened and the unsweetened coconut is a little pricey where I live. But otherwise worth making.

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