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Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola

This tasty peanut butter granola is the perfect mix of sweet and healthy. Peanut butter and chocolate-covered raisins are balanced out by a nutritious mix of oats, quinoa, and chia seeds.

Overhead view of a mason jar filled with peanut butter granola with quinoa, chia seeds, and chocolate-covered raisins with bowl of granola in background and recipe title at top

One time, I drank decaf coffee for an entire week and had no idea. I didn’t realize anything was off until I sleepily stumbled upon the bag of decaffeinated coffee, stared at it for about 10 seconds, and realized it said “decaf” on it. Huh.

I’m not really sure what that says about me. Either it’s totally awesome that I can basically quit caffeine for a week with no negative side effects or it’s incredibly sad that my morning coffee doesn’t really seem to be having any positive effect on me. At least a nice hot cup of coffee makes me happy?

Weekday breakfasts don’t generally make me very happy since I typically eat the same thing at my desk every single morning: a Greek yogurt and grapes. I honestly just try to get some fuel into my body while I’m still waking up and this does the job. But occasionally I’ll bring something a little more exciting and it makes my day about 12 billion times happier and more exciting.

This granola is one of those things. I made it sound all healthy-ish in the recipe title: Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola. But I left out the word “chocolate,” which is deceptive because there’s chocolate in there, too. Raisinets to be exact.

But you’re allowed a little a.m. chocolate when you’re getting all these grains and seeds in: oats, quinoa, and chia. Plus, you can simply sprinkle this granola on your yogurt if you still need that dairy fix.

PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA WITH QUINOA AND CHIA SEEDS RECIPE

If you haven’t tried it before, you should know that granola is incredibly easy to make. Also? When you buy it at the store, it’s crazy expensive. But at home, you can make a whole lot of it for a whole lot less money. Especially if you’re like me and you purchase 6 pounds of chia seeds at a time. But seriously, these bulk chia seeds (affiliate link) are one of my favorite Amazon purchases and I re-purchase them about twice a year. The price ranges anywhere from $20-$25, which is always a great deal.

The other ingredients in this peanut butter granola are also quite affordable, including old fashioned oats, quinoa, peanut butter chocolate-covered raisins, coconut oil, and maple syrup.

You’ll start by mixing the dry ingredients together.

Overhead view of old-fashioned oats and quinoa in a mixing bowl

Then combine peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup in a small saucepan over low heat until it’s a nice and smooth.

Peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup being combined in saucepan

Toss the dry mixture with the wet mixture.

Mixing bowl with old fashioned oats, quinoa, and chia seeds being tossed with peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup mixture

And spread on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 325 degrees until mixture turns golden.

Peanut butter granola with quinoa and chia seeds on a baking sheet just out of the oven

Major bonus points for the fact that your kitchen will smell like peanut butter and maple syrup for a few hours.

Honestly, the toughest part about making this recipe is waiting for the granola to cool so you can add in the chocolate-covered raisins before you eat all of them out of the container. Maybe just keep it shut until the granola is cooled.

Overhead view of a bowl filled with peanut butter granola with quinoa, chia, and chocolate-covered raisins

But really, you do need to let the granola cool before you dig into it anyway so that you’ll get all the nice granola clumps and clusters. Plus, the chocolate will get all melty if you add it in too soon.

And aren’t those clusters pretty? I am a big fan. There’s seriously something awesome about every bite of this.

Overhead view of a mason jar filled with peanut butter granola with quinoa, chia seeds, and chocolate-covered raisins with bowl of granola in background

I admit that I’m not a huge oatmeal fan and I’d much rather eat granola coated in peanut butter than oatmeal topped with peanut butter. Crunchy wins over mushy any day.

I especially love that roasted peanut butter flavor, combined with the chocolate. I know I’m all “put this peanut butter granola on your yogurt for breakfast” or “eat handfuls of this for a snack,” but I mean, maybe try putting it on ice cream instead? I honestly can’t decide whether to categorize this as a snack, breakfast, or dessert. If you’re a cereal-for-dinner type person, it could most definitely suffice as dinner, too.

Basically, you can’t go wrong and you should probably always have a couple mason jars of this in your house.

Overhead closeup view of bowl of peanut butter granola with quinoa, chia seeds, and chocolate-covered raisins

Seriously, just don’t spend crazy amounts of money on granola anymore. There’s no need for it when you can have homemade, totally fresh and versatile peanut butter granola in your home at all times. This makes me SO happy.

But yes, I enjoyed it alongside a cup of coffee WITH caffeine, thank you very much.

Do you buy granola or make your own?

If you’re looking for more easy granola recipes you can make at home, check out my homemade Fruity Granola and my Quinoa Granola with Dark Chocolate Pomegranates. I can’t wait to try this Lemon Blueberry Granola from The Backcountry Kitchen!

Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola

This tasty Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola is the perfect mix of sweet and healthy. Peanut butter and chocolate-covered raisins are balanced out by a nutritious mix of oats, quinoa, and chia seeds.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Breakfast Recipes, Chia Seed Recipes, Homemade Granola
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Sues

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup chocolate-covered raisins

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.
  • Mix oats, quinoa, and chia seeds together in a large bowl.
  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup and warm over low heat, stirring until mixture is smooth.
  • Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and toss to combine and coat oats.
  • Spread oat mixture onto prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for about 35-40 minutes, until granola begins to turn golden brown. Be sure to stir mixture every 15 minutes or so to ensure even baking.
  • Let granola cool on baking sheet before tossing in bowl with chocolate-covered raisins.
  • Store granola in airtight containers.

18 Responses to "Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola"

  1. sarah k @ the pajama chef says:

    oooh what a great granola recipe! i totally worked my way through that amazon deal chia a couple years ago. good stuff. 🙂

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    I’ve always wanted to add quinoa to granola! This looks fantastic, Sues! Love the peanut butter flavor!

  3. Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    I did the exact same thing with the coffee once! I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t waking me up for a few days and then finally realized it was decaf. Oops! Please send a big batch of this granola in my direction.

  4. Katalina @ Peas and Peonies says:

    Yes, my weekday breakfast isn’t that fabulous either, I usually have a big fruit salad from a place that I like, I get mango, pineapple and a side of bacon, I just love bacon lately, must cut down, having this granola on had would make my mornings so much better.

  5. Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Yum! I am so going to have to try making granola!

  6. Justine says:

    Loving this as breakfast, lunch and dinner! I also love your wedding pics and those cutie pie babies!

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    This granola looks so yummy. Love the flavour!

  8. Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says:

    Oh my gosh I gasped when I read the beginning of this post. So cruel! I would’ve had a splitting headache within a few hours!! I’m jealous you actually had no negative side effects – sometimes I feel like a slave to the caffeine. This granola looks all kinds of delicious! Quinoa is a great addition.

  9. Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    I always make my own granola, and love new ideas, so thanks for sharing. As for the decaf coffee, that would not have worked for me 🙂

  10. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    Love homemade granola and this one sounds delicious! The peanut butter, quinoa and chia seeds are such a great combo!

  11. ramit says:

    So awesome that you don’t cook the quinoa first. Can I use chunky peanut butter in this recipe?

  12. Lexi @ Sempre Dolce says:

    Yummy! I love homemade granola – especially when it involves peanut butter and chocolate… 😉

  13. Jessica @ Sweetest Menu says:

    Talk about delish! I love making my own cereal at home.

  14. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    This granola looks so good, and I’m the same way with coffee!

  15. Lawyer Loves Lunch says:

    I also eat the same thing at my desk every day (toast and coffee) 🙁 but granola (with chocolate) sounds SO much better!

  16. Barbara says:

    Great granola recipe…never thought to Add peanut butter to mine!

  17. Joanne says:

    This granola would definitely liven up my workweek breakfasts!

  18. Sues says:

    @Ramit- Yes! I think chunky peanut butter would be awesome 🙂

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