This Easy Granola Butter Recipe tastes like an oatmeal cookie in spreadable form. A simple recipe made with roasted nuts, old-fashioned rolled oats, and maple syrup; use it anywhere you use nut butter. Get my testing tips and tricks with you in an easy step-by-step format.
Homemade oat butter is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and healthy, the first-ever spreadable granola. This delicious spread is addictive and will make you and your guests crave more!
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Why You Will Love This Recipe for Granola Butter
- Quick – Make two heaping cups of granola butter in under 30 minutes!
- Vegan and Gluten-Free – Discovering a new vegan or gluten-free recipe is always exciting for those with dietary restrictions.
- Multi-Use – Spread it on waffles, drizzle on fresh fruit, mix it into your morning granola and yogurt, or bake it in your favorite cookie dough. The possibilities are endless!
- Healthy – Packed with tons of healthy fats and fiber, this is an excellent breakfast or a mid-day snack.
Similar to cookie butter, almond butter, and natural peanut butter, but has the flavor of oatmeal cookies!
- A food processor or a high-speed blender are must-haves in this recipe; nothing else will have the power to mix into a butter.
- Sturdy spatula, I love these long spatulas; they are great for cleaning the sides of the blender or food processor.
- I love these baking sheets, made in the USA.
- I highly recommend these beautiful Weck Tulip Jars; they are so pretty and giftable! But you can use any 8-ounce jars.
Simple Ingredients for Oat Butter
Rolled Oats | The base for Oat Butter, ensure you grab gluten-free oats if necessary. I like to use organic oats.
Nuts | Soft and chewy walnuts provide the perfect subtle crunch to the oat butter. Use pecans as a substitute or combine a mixture of the two if preferred.
Coconut flakes | Unsweetened coconut flakes give the granola butter a cookie-like flavor, but they can be left out if you’re not a fan of coconut.
Maple syrup | Sweeten the recipe with 100% pure maple syrup or honey. Avoid granulated sugar because it won’t break down in the recipe. You could also use sugar-free maple syrup for a sugar-free oat butter.
Vanilla | Deepen the taste and compliment the spices with a drop or so of vanilla extract.
Spices | Ground cinnamon and nutmeg bring the oatmeal cookie flavor to life! Also, include a dash of kosher salt to contrast the sweeter notes.
Oil | Melted coconut oil is an optional ingredient and gives the butter a thinner and creamier texture. Olive oil or avocado oil also does the trick. However, you can omit the oil if you prefer a thicker consistency.
- Omit the Oil – While coconut oil has several health benefits, it has plenty of calories and fat content. So, keep the optional oil from the recipe to save a few calories.
- Choose your Sweet – Add honey for the antioxidants, maple syrup for manganese and zinc, or agave for magnesium.
- Seeds Please – Toss in some seeds, like pepitas, sunflower, chia, or flax seeds, for additional health benefits.
How to Make Easy Oatmeal Butter
Preheat the oven to 300° F (150° C), then set out a large bowl. Add the oats, walnuts, coconut flakes, vanilla, and sweetener, stirring until fully incorporated.
Then spread the mixture on a baking sheet in an even layer and bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown. Let the oat mixture cool for five minutes before proceeding with the recipe.
Transfer the ingredients to a high-speed food processor or blender, adding the cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt.
Process until you have the silky smooth texture of nut butter, and remember to scrape the sides with a rubber spatula. It may take 15 minutes or a bit longer to achieve a silky consistency; a little patience is required.
Add melted coconut oil and process in the food processor for a little longer for a thinner oat butter.
Finally, store the freshly made granola butter in an airtight container or mason jar and keep it in the fridge until ready to serve– Enjoy!
- For a thicker and chunkier texture, process the ingredients for less time.
- A high-speed blender will do the trick if you don’t have a food processor handy.
- Don’t skip out on toasting the oats, nuts, and coconut in the oven. This brings out the natural oils and flavors, creating a more lovely nutty scent and taste.
For more healthy oatmeal recipes, try my Protein Overnight Oats for an excellent start to an active day, this low-fat and refined sugar-free Air Fryer Apple Crisp Recipe, and these irritable Healthy Gluten-Free Breakfast Cookies and let’s not forget, classic oatmeal made in the Instant Pot.
How Do You Use Granola Butter?
There are countless ways to use tasty oatmeal butter. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Spread It: Add granola butter to toast, waffles, biscuits, graham crackers, or your favorite pancakes.
- Add It to a Smoothie: Get a creamy texture and extra nutrients by adding a spoonful or two to a berry, chocolate, or banana smoothie.
- Layer in Oatmeal or Yogurt: This is the perfect nut butter for your morning granola bowl or yogurt bowl. It’s delicious when layered into a classic parfait! It’s a great way to add flavor to plain Greek yogurt.
- Add to Baked Goods: Make mini energy protein balls, delicious cookies, brownies, or chewy granola bars – use where you would use peanut butter.
- Secret Sandwich Spread: An extra creative way to use your homemade granola butter is to add it to sandwiches or wraps with fruit, veggies, cheese, or jam.
- Dip for Fruit and Vegetables: Use granola butter for fresh fruit like apple slices, bananas, strawberries, or celery sticks.
Can I make Oatmeal Butter Tree Nut Free?
You sure can! Replace the walnuts with equal amounts of sunflower, pumpkin, or your favorite seed, and add to the base of oats and bake.
Sugar-Free Oatmeal Butter
While this recipe is low in sugar, and is refined sugar-free, it’s not without sugars. To make sugar-free, use a sugar-free maple syrup replacement for best results; I love this monk fruit maple syrup.
Variations & Substitutions
The Oat Haus Granola Butter brand created the world’s first oat-based spread. Their products come in fun flavors, like cookie dough, birthday cake, vanilla, strawberry shortcake, brownie batter, cinnamon roll, and classic original flavor. Experiment with add-ins to make fun flavor combinations, like:
Pumpkin Spice Granola Butter
Add pumpkin puree and warm pumpkin pie spices to make the perfect fall spread.
Salted Caramel Oatmeal Butter
Add a few drops of caramel extract or sauce and sprinkle in a pinch of flaky sea salt.
Almond Coconut Granola Butter
The recipe already includes coconut flakes, so you only need to add ½ teaspoon of almond extract, and if desired, use almonds instead of walnuts for a tropical flavor.
Chocolate Oat Butter
Add a rich chocolatey taste by mixing in a quarter cup of unsweetened cocoa powder or drizzle with melted dark chocolate.
Maple Pecan Oatmeal Butter
Make a cozy combination by swapping the walnuts for pecans and maple syrup as the sweetener.
Cinnamon Raisin Granola Butter
Add a little more cinnamon and ¼ cup rough chopped raisins for a classic cinnamon raisin flavor.
Very Berry Oat Butter
Give the granola butter a burst of berry flavor by adding ¼ cup of dried berries (I love using freeze-dried) – Yum!
Store at room temperature – In an airtight container, the oat butter should last a couple of weeks in the pantry or on the countertop.
Refrigerate – The granola spread lasts about a month when stored in the refrigerator. Keep in mind that the butter will harden some. Before serving, warm it in the microwave or set it out on the counter to soften.
Frequently Asked Questions
Granola butter, also known as oat butter or oatmeal butter, is a spread similar to peanut butter or other nut butters. It’s made with oats, nuts, natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey, and sometimes oil and seeds. It can also be made nut-free with only seeds for those with tree nut allergies, perfect for nut-free environments.
The use and texture of oat butter is similar to peanut butter. The largest difference is the taste – granola butter has a flavor similar to an oatmeal cookie, and peanut butter tastes like peanuts.
Granola butter can be spread onto toast, pancakes, waffles, and bagels. But it can also be enjoyed as a dip for fresh fruit, an ice cream topping, smoothie ingredients, or baked goods. Anywhere you use nut butters, they can be used!
What to serve with Oat Butter
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- Vanilla Sauce – a seriously delicious and easy sauce to put on everything
- Salted Caramel Bourbon Vanilla Sauce
- Crème Anglaise, great on bread pudding, cakes, crisps, fresh fruit and more!
- Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe
Best Chocolate Fruit Dip Recipe with Cream Cheese
This easy 4-ingredient chocolate fruit dip recipe is made without Cool Whip or marshmallow fluff, is lower in sugar and doesn’t compromise on flavor.
Easy Vanilla Sauce
Vanilla sauce is ready in less than 10 minutes. While it might seem basic and simple, the flavor is out of this world. Use this vanilla sauce for bread pudding, bundt cakes, regular cakes and it's rather dreamy over ice cream.
Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce
A sublime, rich, chewy old-fashioned hot fudge sauce. Warmed it melts onto your ice cream, cooling into a thick, chewy fudge.
Crème Anglaise is the most amazing sauce, dessert topping, pouring custard! A luxurious, rich and creamy sauce, with many uses over many desserts.
Feel free to adjust the thickness of the oat butter by adding coconut or another oil and blending the ingredients for more or less texture.
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- Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor
- USA Pan Half Sheet Baking Pan
- 2 cups rolled oats be sure to use gluten-free, if needed
- 1 cup walnuts or your favorite nuts or seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 3 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup or substitute with honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons Coconut oil melted (optional for thinning the texture if desired)
- Preheat the oven to 300° F (150° C).
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, walnuts, coconut flakes, vanilla extract, and maple syrup, making sure everything is evenly distributed.
- Spread the mixture on a sheet pan in an even layer. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Allow the oats to cool for about 5 minutes.
- Put the oat mixture into the food processor with cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and process until smooth, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula as needed. This can take up to 15-20 minutes, so be patient.
- If you’d prefer a thinner consistency, add the melted coconut oil and process for a few more seconds to distribute.
- The texture of this nut butter is mostly smooth with a tiny bit of grain. If you like a chunkier, thicker, texture, you can process for less time.
Honey can be substituted for maple syrup if you prefer. Still adds sweetness without the maple flavor.
Pecans can be substituted for walnuts. You can also add seeds, such as pepitas or flaxseed to add to the health benefits.
The oil is optional but provides a creamier texture. You can substitute olive oil or avocado oil if you don’t have coconut oil. Vegetable oil will work too, but the other oils mentioned are much better for you.
This can be made in a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix or Blendtec. However, I find it much easier to scrape down the sides (which is necessary as the mixture will splatter) in the food processor.
Store at room temperature for 1-2 weeks, or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Toasting the oats, nuts, and coconut in the oven brings out their natural nutty and earthy flavors. The heat helps to release the oils and intensify the aroma and taste, resulting in a richer and more complex flavor profile.
The granola butter will become firm and harder to spread when stored in the fridge. To make it softer, warm it in the microwave for a few seconds, or allow it to come to room temperature on the counter before using.
Ways to Use Granola Butter
Spread on Toast, Bagels, Biscuits or Muffins. Use a drizzle of fruit dip. Smother on pancakes, waffles, stuff in crepes. Add to smoothies, milkshakes, drizzle on ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal. Bake into brownies, cookies, pies, quickbreads and more.
Salad Dressing: Combine granola butter with olive oil, lemon juice, and your choice of seasonings to create a homemade salad dressing. Think of Thai Peanut Dressing.
Sandwich or Wrap Spread: Use granola butter as a spread in sandwiches or wraps for a delightful crunch and unique flavor. It pairs well with sliced fruits, vegetables, cheese, or even deli meats.
Granola Butter Variations
Pumpkin Spice Granola Butter | Add pumpkin puree and warm pumpkin pie spices to make the perfect fall spread.
- Salted Caramel Oatmeal Butter | Add a few drops of caramel extract or sauce and sprinkle in a pinch of .
- Almond Coconut Granola Butter | Add ½ teaspoon almond extract and if desired, use almonds instead of walnuts.
- Chocolate Oat Butter | Mix in a quarter cup of unsweetened cocoa powder or drizzle with melted dark chocolate.
- Maple Pecan Oatmeal Butter | Swapping the walnuts for pecans and maple syrup as the sweetener.
- Cinnamon Raisin Granola Butter | Add a little more cinnamon and ¼ cup rough chopped raisins for a classic cinnamon raisin flavor.
- Very Berry Oat Butter | Give the granola butter a burst of berry flavor by adding ¼ cup dried berries (I love using freeze-dried).