Skinny Peanut Butter Cookie Granola

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This is hands-down the best recipe ‘mistake’ I have made to date!  I set out to make a healthy peanut butter oatmeal cookie… and they turned out crumbly. The lightbulb went on… and my Skinny Peanut Butter Granola was born. My toppings for yogurt, protein shakes, and ice cream will never be the same!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 45 Minutes.


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. (If using foil, spray with non-stick cooking spray).


Place peanut butter and butter in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 30 seconds, or until softened. Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium sized bowl, and add softened butter and peanut butter. Stir until everything is well combined. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from oven and stir to break granola apart. Return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until granola is crisp.


Let cool completely, and store in an air-tight container for up to 7 days.


2 1/2 cupsRolled oats
2 tbs Butter (I used Smart Balance™)
1/2 cupBaking stevia OR 1 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar 1
1/8 cup Honey
1/4 cup Mini chocolate chips
1/4 cupand 2 tbs cup egg whites (or egg white substitute)
1/2 cup Peanut butter
1 tspBaking powder
PinchSalt (to taste)
OptionalAdd 1 scoop of protein powder for a protein packed version!

1 I used NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend. If using packets of stevia, I recommend using about 8-12, or adjust according to taste.

Katie's Tip!

This granola tastes great on protein shakes, ice cream, yogurt, or as a quick snack!

Nutrition Breakdown

5 Cups
200 Calories Per 1/2 Cup
34 g Carbohydrates
7 g Protein
6 g Fiber
3 g Sugar
5 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Brenna said:

Is it really just 1/2 tsp if using stevia or is that supposed to be 1/2 cup?

February 27th, 2012 — 1:14pm  |  Reply

Casey said:

Yum!! Peanut butter cookie granola?! Sign me up :) I love that you always use such “normal” ingredients that are practically always around in most people’s kitchen and you still manage to make things low-cal

February 27th, 2012 — 4:12pm  |  Reply

Gillian said:

I love peanut butter granola! This looks dreamy!!!

February 27th, 2012 — 11:16pm  |  Reply

Catalina @ Cake with Love said:

Isn’t great when mistakes turn int our best decisions and results? the granola sounds delicious, everything is better with PB.

February 28th, 2012 — 6:13am  |  Reply

Life's a Bowl said:

This sounds fabulous! I’d love to top my Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or ice cream with a spoonful :D

February 28th, 2012 — 7:05am  |  Reply

Meg B said:

Yum! Can’t wait to make this. I’ll buy that Better N Peanut Butter on amazon. Does the 200calories= 5 ww points or 4 ww points? And is it 7 grams of protein with the protein powder? I want to pass your recipe out!

February 28th, 2012 — 7:29am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Hey Meg! Yes, it’s 5 ww points for the regular pb…It may be lower with the better n’ pb

February 28th, 2012 — 9:24am  |  Reply

Jennifer@ ItSuxToBeFat said:

It is 4pp with Better n’ Peanut Butter!

February 28th, 2012 — 10:49am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Jennifer! :) Your amazing! :)

February 28th, 2012 — 11:14am  |  Reply

Ellen said:

I’m wondering if it would work to substitute sugar free applesauce for butter? Not sure if it would work in this particular recipe, the ratio may change, but just wondering if you’re tried it Katie?

February 28th, 2012 — 4:16pm  |  Reply

Marissa said:

Hi Katie! I just found you today on Pinterest and I could not be more happy!! I am LOVING your website! It is packed full of amazing recipes! I have been getting really bored with the same old dinners, so I can’t wait to try these out! And I am so excited that you have the pointsplus values with every recipe! Awesome! Keep up the great work!

February 29th, 2012 — 10:59am  |  Reply

Olviya Ivanov said:

How cute is that heart!? You are so creative with your photography!

I can’t wait to give this granola a try.

February 29th, 2012 — 11:14am  |  Reply

Meg said:

Just found your site today! Absolutely LOVE it! After three kids it’s finally time to focus on myself eating healthy and becoming lean. Baby is napping and I should be getting so much done but can’t get off of your site! I want to print some recipes to try and can’t find the link to print? Can you help? I must be missing it somewhere. Thank you!

March 6th, 2012 — 1:23pm  |  Reply

Raelyn said:

I made this the day you posted it and it was great. I have been avoiding yet craving granola because of the high calories. My husband then proceeded to eat about half of the entire batch and I just about had a heart attack. However today I made another batch with White Chocolate Avalanche Peanut Butter with white chocolate chips instead of the mini semi sweet chips and it was divine! Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

March 6th, 2012 — 5:20pm  |  Reply

Jenna Z said:

I made a batch of this last night (minus the chocolate chips) and had to make another one this morning, but I did half and half-oats and puffed brown rice. This stuff is fantastic! I’m taking it to dance group tonight for my birthday!

March 13th, 2012 — 8:54am  |  Reply

Lindsay said:

In the oven as we speak! Just made this with my two little helpers and can’t wait to try it on yogurt. I even thought this stuff would be delicious as the topping for an apple crisp…might have to try that!
I used agave nectar instead of the sugar (we are trying to eat clean in our house) and instead of chocolate chips added sliced almonds and sunflower seeds.

March 19th, 2012 — 11:01am  |  Reply

Tiffany said:

I’m so excited to make this! I am making my third batch of triple chocolate muffins as we speak–can’t keep my son out of them-great to put in his lunch for a dessert! Any thoughts on using powdered peanut butter such as PB2?

March 19th, 2012 — 8:11pm  |  Reply

mia said:

can we use regular eggs or will the granola be best with egg whites or egg beaters?

March 23rd, 2012 — 3:36pm  |  Reply

Kayla said:

I have made so many different granolas and this is the first recipe to turn out perfectly! I’ve never seen a reciep with egg whites. Is that what helps the granola hold together and get in clumps? I want to try this recipe with a few modifications to make other flavors!

Thanks Katie!

March 24th, 2012 — 12:25pm  |  Reply

Lynne said:

Love your website! Found it on Pinterest and I am committed to only posting healthy, low sugar, protein-packed recipes. There are way too many unhealthy desserts and meals out there. So thank you for posting all of these great recipes!
I was wondering: is the nutritional information with or without the optional protein powder?

March 25th, 2012 — 10:33am  |  Reply

Shannon said:

I have now made this twice. First time with regular peanut butter and the second time with PB2. I loved it both ways…and so do my 4 boys! Thank you :)

April 20th, 2012 — 8:45am  |  Reply

Brigitte Burbach said:

How much PB2 did you use?

January 11th, 2013 — 11:21am  | 

Brandi said:

I just finished making this and my whole house smells delicious!! I added some sunflower seeds and instead of the butter I used olivio Coconut oil (that is the spread I keep in the fridge instead of butter!) Thanks for the great granola recipe it is divine!!

April 22nd, 2012 — 12:34pm  |  Reply

Rachel said:

Katie I made this last night after the kids went to bed (to top my ice cream:) and this morning when they woke up they have been picking at it and love it…thanks for the yummy mistake!

June 6th, 2012 — 12:12pm  |  Reply

Bobbi said:

So I want to make this with PB&Co’s “White Chocolate Wonderful”. I think I would have to cut down the sugar if not take all of it out. Is the honey needed for consistency/baking purposes? Or is it just another sweetener?

July 18th, 2012 — 5:15pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

the honey does help it bind…You could certainly leave out some or all of the sweetener though!

July 18th, 2012 — 7:28pm  | 

Kristen said:

Katie! Yum yum yum, I can’t wait to try this recipe! It reminds me of one I currently use, and one day I decided to try substituting unsweetened applesauce for the oil. It worked great, and tasted even better! I wonder if it would work for the butter in your version…? Sending love, sister. Your site is an inspiration!

September 15th, 2012 — 5:35pm  |  Reply

Alina said:

Your recipe sounds healthy and delicious! How can I find your website on Pintrest? I’m using my iphone, so it must be the mobile version. Thank you

December 30th, 2012 — 10:16pm  |  Reply

Angie said:

I have to admit that a tiny part of me wishes I hadn’t tried this recipe because I CAN’T STAY OUT OF IT!! This is so yummy! My intention was to make the granola to sprinkle a little bit on my Greek yogurt, but I find myself eating it plain, straight out of the jar that I put it in. Thanks for another great recipe!!

March 27th, 2013 — 12:30pm  |  Reply

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April 16th, 2013 — 7:02pm  |  Reply

jenny said:

Has anybody found a substitute for the butter? Would greek yogurt work?

January 3rd, 2014 — 9:52am  |  Reply

Matilda Harris said:

I love this sight.

August 21st, 2014 — 5:07pm  |  Reply

sarah said:

What Protein powder do you use? Anyone else have good suggestions, i’ve never bought any except hemp and it was gross. thanx, sarah

December 17th, 2014 — 5:31pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

i like designer whey

December 18th, 2014 — 9:38am  | 

Katie Farrell said:

hey breanna, it really just depends on the type of stevia your using, there are so many forms (liquid, packets, powder, baking, etc.) i would suggest using less to start, and adding more if you desire!

February 27th, 2012 — 4:50pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

one of the best compliments you could have ever given me casey! thank you!!! :)

February 27th, 2012 — 4:51pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

not in this particular recipe ellen, most of the time yes, just not in cookies! :)

February 29th, 2012 — 8:35am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you so much marissa! :)

February 29th, 2012 — 5:06pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you olviya! :) that was actually my hubbys idea for the heart! ;)

February 29th, 2012 — 5:07pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

That is so amazing Meg! You are so right, it is for sure time to start getting healthy, not only for yourself, but for your family too! :)

The print feature is coming, it should be up on the next month or so!

Thank you so much for all your kind words! xo

March 6th, 2012 — 2:01pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

regular eggs will work mia! :)

March 24th, 2012 — 4:35am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks so much lynne! :) that is without the pp!

March 25th, 2012 — 10:59am  |  Reply

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