This is a variation of our stovetop granola base recipe. Homemade granola is not only easy, but it’s delicious, too! When you make your own, you get to control the ingredients, including the amount of sugar added (store bought granola usually has way too much!). Stovetop granola is a great option for when you don’t want to turn your oven on. Tossed with crunchy peanuts, honey, and cinnamon, this stovetop peanut granola with chocolate chips will enhance any breakfast, snack, or dessert.
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Culinary Tips for the Best Peanut Granola Recipe
This recipe calls for brown sugar, oil, and honey. Measure the ingredients in that order to make clean-up easier! Measure the brown sugar first; it needs to be measured with a clean spoon; otherwise, it will stick to the bottom. Then, by measuring the oil before the honey, the honey will just slide right out!
Cook the granola until golden, but don’t expect it to be hard when you remove it from the stove. It will harden as it cools.
Add the chocolate chips once the granola cools to prevent melting.
If you have kids, let them help you with this recipe! It’s very kid-friendly.
- Brown Sugar: substitute cane sugar or sugar in the raw, although the flavor will be slightly different.
- Canola Oil: substitute avocado oil.
- Honey: substitute agave or maple syrup.
- Vanilla: substitute ¼ teaspoon almond or coconut extract.
- Cinnamon: substitute pumpkin spice or apple spice.
- Old-Fashioned Oats: substitute quick oats. We don’t recommend using steel cut oats, as these have to be boiled for digestibility.
- Roasted Peanuts: substitute any variety of roasted nuts, but the granola won’t be a peanut variation any more!
- Dark Chocolate Chips: use dark or semi-sweet chocolate for best flavor and nutrition. We don’t recommend using milk or white chocolate, as these are not generally healthy options.
Add some dried fruit, like raisins or dried cherries, to the granola after cooking for a chewy texture and more nutrition.
Need some stovetop granola recipe inspiration?
Use our stovetop granola base recipe as a guide!
This recipe was adapted from our traditional homemade granola base recipe. Check out our other healthy granola recipe variations!
Equipment Recommendations for Stovetop Peanut Granola
You just need a few pieces of kitchen equipment for this recipe!
Is this Peanut Granola Recipe Healthy?
Granola can definitely be part of a healthy diet. The star ingredients in this crunchy granola recipe are oats, peanuts, and dark chocolate. Learn more about the benefits of whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats in our book, To Your Taste!
Oats are whole grains, making them rich in disease-fighting phytonutrients and antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Whole grains such as oats are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Complex carbohydrates are important for steady energy and focus.
Nuts are a great source of plant-based protein and healthy fat. Peanuts are high in monounsaturated fats, which are good for heart health.
Cocoa is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The darker, the better; dark chocolate with more than 70% cocoa solids has the most nutritional benefits.
Healthy Peanut Granola Serving Suggestions
This simple granola recipe is great for an easy breakfast, a satisfying snack, or even a healthy dessert!
- Top a peanut butter parfait made with plain yogurt and fresh fruit
- Garnish a smoothie bowl
- Sprinkle on top of peanut butter coated apples or bananas
- Eat by itself for a tasty snack!
How to Store Peanut Granola
Allow granola to cool completely. Homemade granola will keep for at least a month in an airtight container at room temperature.
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Peanut Granola with Chocolate Chips
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon canola oil
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Dash salt
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup lightly roasted peanuts
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add brown sugar, oil, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Stir with a spatula until melted and mostly combined.
- Add oats to the pan, stirring to coat with the oil mixture. Stir frequently for 6 -7 minutes, or until oats are almost fully toasted and golden brown.
- Add the peanuts, stir into the oats, and cook for 2-3 more minutes until the oats are fully toasted.
- Remove from heat, and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet or sheet of parchment paper to cool. Granola will crisp as it cools.
- Once cooled, add chocolate chips, then store in an airtight bag or container. Enjoy!