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Chocolate Peanut Butter Sourdough Granola

Granola is such a versatile food. You can eat the large clusters like cereal with your favorite milk (or milk alternative) or sprinkled over yoghurt. You can also eat the large clusters plain for a perfect on the go snack. My chocolate peanut butter sourdough granola is a sweet and salty twist on granola that uses a generous amount of sourdough starter discard. This large cluster sourdough granola is sure to be a recipe you will make over and over again.

There is a bowl of chocolate peanut butter sourdough granola with a small jar of milk in the background.

Ingredients and Substitutions

peanut butter chocolate sourdough granola ingredients in individual measuring cups and bowls.
  • Oats: I have only tried making this recipe with old fashioned rolled oats. I suspect it would work with instant oats but may take less time to become crisp in the oven.
  • Sourdough Starter: You can use active starter or unfed sourdough discard straight from the fridge.
  • Peanut Butter: Use unsalted peanut butter. If you only have salted, reduce the salt in the recipe by 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Maple Syrup: I have made this recipe with both honey and maple syrup and both turned out great.
  • Sugar: I recommend plain white sugar. Brown sugar can add too much moisture which can prevent the granola from becoming crisp.
  • Cocoa Powder: I recommend dutch-processed cocoa powder as this variety has a richer flavor but natural cacao powder also will work just fine.
  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil works best in this recipe but you can also substitute a neutral tasting oil such as avocado oil or vegetable oil.
  • Salt
  • Vanilla: Use pure vanilla extract. If you only have imitation vanilla, this will also work.
  • Peanuts: I recommend skin free unsalted peanuts but you can use salted peanuts as well.
  • Chocolate Chips: You can use any kind of chocolate chips but I recommend semi-sweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips. You can also substitute white chocolate chips or peanut butter chips.

How to Make Sourdough Granola

Step 1: Preheat oven to 325F.

Step 2: Mix together the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

sourdough chocolate peanut butter granola wet ingredients mixed together in a large mixing bowl.

Step 3: Stir in the oats.

Oats and wet ingredients mixed together in a large mixing bowl.

Step 4: Stir in the cocoa powder and peanuts. You want to wait until the oats are mixed with the wet ingredients before adding the cocoa powder. If you do not the wet mixture becomes too stiff to stir in the oats.

Step 5: Press the oats in an even layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 6: Bake for 30 minutes.

sourdough granola pressed into a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper before baking.

Step 7: Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the granola while it is still warm so the chocolate melts into the granola. Allow to cool completely before breaking into large chunks.

There is a sheet pan lined with parchment paper that contains the sourdough granola and chocolate chips have been sprinkled over the mixture and are starting to melt.

How to Store

Store the granola in an airtight container. I recommend consuming within 2 weeks.

How to Serve

There are many ways to enjoy this peanut butter chocolate sourdough granola:

  • Eat as cereal with your favorite milk.
  • Sprinkle over a yogurt parfait or smoothie bowl.
  • Eat plain for a perfect on the go snack or eat as a trail mix.

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There is a bowl of chocolate peanut butter sourdough granola with a small jar of milk in the background.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sourdough Granola

This easy sourdough granola is perfect for all chocolate peanut butter lovers. This granola is crunch and the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Serve it with milk or over yogurt, or eat it as is.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 379 kcal


  • ½ cup unsalted peanut butter
  • ½ cup sourdough starter active starter OR discard
  • cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips dark chocolate or semi-sweet


  • Preheat oven to 325℉.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, sourdough starter, maple syrup, sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • Add the rolled oats and mix with a rubber spatula until fully coated.
  • Sprinkle the cocoa powder over the oat mixture and continue to mix until evenly mixed.
  • Stir in the peanuts.
  • Pour the granola mixture on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread the granola evenly across the baking sheet and slightly press the mixture down.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the granola. The chips will melt into the granola.
  • Allow the granola to completely cool. Then break the granola into large chunks.


Calories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 9gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 56mgPotassium: 324mgFiber: 5gSugar: 20gCalcium: 52mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chocolate, Sourdough Discard
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