Peanut Butter Cup Granola

You know what I kind of hate?

Those “scan your own” grocery aisles.

As if shopping wasn’t enough work, now I have to scan my own scallions as well?


And not for nothing, the fact that I have this blog on the internet is something of a miracle in itself, because I am so very not computery.  So when faced with a new thinking machine that I need to figure out, I’m basically playing a game of Russian Roulette with my Ben N Jerry’s.

Oh yeah, and lady who sighs really loud behind me…I GET it.  I am slow… is the upper lip sweat and giant blinking “help” light not telling enough for you?


I am not on board with robot machines trying to take over the land.  I do not know what type of onion I chose…I mean WHY ARE THERE SO MANY CHOICES OF ONIONS?

That’s why there are trained checker-outers.  They know their vegetable SKUs.  I do not.  IDONOT!


So instead of letting my Vidalia sit and twirl his mustache at me, knowing that I am bound to get stumped on his variety, I choose real life humans.

All day every day.

Except when they’re being rude.


Guess where I was today?


Moving on…Peanut Butter Cup Granola.

Perfect for snacking.  Perfect for gifting.  Perfect for pelting at the scan-your-own-grocery machine.

Perfect for emotional eating after being humiliated by a mustache twirling Vidalia.

PhotobucketHomemade granola is completely easy to make and since it’s so adaptable you make a flavor that suits your very particular palette.

Which means I added peanut butter cups to mine.  Doi.


Start with some oatmeal on a baking sheet…

PhotobucketThen measure out 2/3 cup of both peanut butter and honey…


Mix them together in a small saucepan…


Heat the honey, peanut butter and a little cinnamon until it’s warm and pourable…add a splash of vanilla and drizzle that over the oatmeal.

Sorry about all the pouring shots…I couldn’t stop.


Stir the peanut butter mixture into the oats, making sure that they all get coated evenly.


Bake the oats up for about 35 minutes.  Then here’s the trick..turn OFF the oven.

Then grab some peanuts…


Stir those into the oats and then add the whole shebang back into the “turned off” oven to dry.


Leave it alone for about and hour and a half.


THENNNN…pull it out of the oven and sprinkle on your mini peanut butter cups.


Your oven will still be mildly warm…so pop the granola back in for only 4-5 minutes until the peanut butter cups get glossy, then remove from the oven.

This will help them stick to the granola…


Let the peanut butter cups set back up and package up for gifts or snacks!





Peanut Butter Cup Granola

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


makes 8 cups granola


  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups Mini peanut butter cups


  1. Preheat oven to 300°
  2. Line a roasting pan or large baking sheet (with sides) with foil. Spread oatmeal evenly in pan.
  3. In a small saucepan combine peanut butter, honey and cinnamon heat on medium for about 4 minutes until heated through, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour over oatmeal and stir gently to coat evenly. I used a rubber spatula and my hands.
  5. Bake oats for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn oven off.
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle peanuts into mixture and stir to combine evenly. Place baking sheet back in oven and let sit in warm oven for 1 1/2 hours to dry.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle mini peanut butter cups over the granola. Place back in barely warm oven for 4-5 minutes until the peanut butter cups get slightly glossy and stick to the granola.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit until peanut butter cups set up.
  9. Store in an airtight container fro up to 5 days.


adapted from Jif

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45 Responses
  1. Julie

    Ha ha I had to do a double take! I swear I read “add a splash of vodka” instead of “vanilla”! LOL! I was like YEAH! Maybe it was the fact that the next sentence contained the words “pouring shots”. Boy… TGIF, huh?! 😛

  2. This. Looks. Freakin’ amazing. And probably a little too dangerous to have around the house … but then again, 1) It’s granola so it must be healthy, right?! and 2) It’s December so anything goes! 🙂 And I’m with you on the automated check-out. It doesn’t help that often an employee is there looking over your shoulder to make sure you don’t screw up or try to steal something. The pressure! I can’t take it.

  3. I absolutely hate those self-check out aisles too. I certainly don’t want to put anyone out of a job and why would I want to check out and bag my own groceries??? But that granola – now that’s a different story all together! It looks (and sounds) incredible!!!

  4. Those machines piss me off every time! Why do I even attempt them? They start telling me to put my items in the bag and then that there are too many items on the “checked out” side (so I’m obviously stealing)…ahhh!!!
    Yes, granola. Problem solved. Kinda 🙂

  5. jenni

    omigosh! i’m sooooooo excited for this! i was addicted to the peanut butter granola at wynco. but we’ve moved away from there and when i get back into town, it’s so far out and away from everything that i never go. plus it’s expensive for all the delicious granola. so you are the literal answer to a peanut butter granola crave that’s been going on for about a year. thank you so much for this. i don’t know about the peanut butter cups….although i do love those things…but maybe if i get the teeny tiny mini ones at trader joe’s…..i could maybe talk myself into them for breakfast. what….after all it is granola. thank you again!

  6. Self-check outs are the devil. My issue is ALWAYS the bagging process. ‘Please place item in the bag’. Um, I did. Like 18 times. Then I’m asked to ‘Wait for assistance” because it doesn’t like my tone. Seriously? I mean, it’s not my fault these stupid machines can’t figure out I placed a pack of stickers or greeting card in there.

    On a happy note, I’m so with Bridget. You found a way to make PB cups into health food. You ARE a bloody genius woman.

  7. Love that you can find a use for peanut butter cups everywhere in life!
    My grocery store now has computer things in the produce section. So you can weight and print a label for your onions, then the check out person has less work to do. SERIOUSLY?!?!? You have to be kidding yourself, if you think I will stand over the machine and take care of my produce and then do the rest of my shopping, way too much work!

  8. I hate those “scan your own” registers. I can never find the right code for the vegetables or fruits. The machine keeps telling me -in a really nice way- that pretty much I am stealing something. The bagging everything myself, sigh!

  9. i hate those self check lines too! i support keeping people employed in this high-levels-of-unemployment economy. bring back the real life checkers!

    you’re a pb cup miracle worker. this would be so fab on some ice cream…

  10. Eleanor

    This looks so easy! I have always wanted to make granola and never have because it always has hard to find ingredients in it like Flax seed! i’m not spending that much money on flax seed when i will probably devour the granola in two days anyways! whoo! i am so excited over this recipe!!! (even if it really is “granola” in a vague yet AMAZING way)

  11. FANTASTIC! Can’t wait to try it! Gift giving problem = SOLVED. And before December even starts! I feel so put-together! (unlike how I feel when I use the self checkout – I hear ya, sister).

  12. Ohhhh lawdy. First the story about coughWalmartcough which hello, I CAN SO RELATE!!, and then you made peanut butter granola which I can SO RELATE because regular granola is all earthy and junk and you totally made this earthy stuff all sexy and whatnot with pb cups.

  13. I LOVE the self checkerouters!! But it’s mainly because 1) I bring my own bags because I HATE having tons of plastic bags laying around and 2) the trained checkerouters need to be trained to put more than 2 items in any given bag. My condo is a second floor beast so the less trips the better so let’s fill a bag to it’s brim! 🙂

    P.S. this granola looks FABULOUS!! I’m going to definitely have to give it a try!!!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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