Granola Butter is super easy to make at home. With a little patience you can make your own creamy granola butter to use as a fruit dip, in chocolate granola butter cups, to add to smoothie bowls and more.
Granola butter makes a delicious dip for fruit, to add to yogurt parfaits or spread on toast. You can buy store-bought granola butter in the grocery, most often found with the nut and seed butters, or you can make your own at home with a few simple steps.
What is Granola Butter?
Granola butter is like a nut or seed butter but it's made with a finished granola and processed into a smooth & creamy spread. The toasted oats, flavourings, sweetener and other ingredients in the granola come together to create a delicious nut butter alternative.
You can start with your own homemade granola from your pantry, buy a pre-made granola from the grocery store or you can start this recipe from scratch by making granola specifically to process into butter. I like to make things easy for myself and when I make granola I make double batch so half of it can be turned into butter.
- Make it nut-free by using a granola without nuts of any kind. This is a great option for school lunches or for anyone with nut allergies.
- Keep it gluten-free. Check your ingredients to ensure the oats have not been processed in a facility that also manufactures foods containing gluten.
- Adjust the sweetness to your taste. If you are using homemade granola you can reduce the amount of sugar or sugar alternative.
- Add spices to your granola or granola butter to adjust the overall taste. Try pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla or even a bit of espresso powder.
- Use whatever oil you prefer., or none at all. Ideally a neutral flavoured oil is best so it doesn't interfere with the taste.
How do you use granola butter?
Use your granola butter in the same way you would use a nut or seed butter.
- Spread on toast
- As a dip for fresh fruit
- As a base for homemade granola bars
- Added to a smoothie bowl or yogurt parfait
- Added to a bowl of warm oatmeal
- Use it to fill chocolate granola butter cups for a sweet treat
Here are a few things to keep in mind when making granola butter at home:
- You can use a food processor or high-powered blender. It can take up to 15 minutes of processing to get a smooth butter so make sure to take breaks so you don't overheat your appliance.
- Nuts and seeds have natural oils that will be released when you start processing. The more nuts & seeds you have the less added oil you will need.
- Try not use granola with dried fruit because the fruit can get gummy and make your end product clumpy instead of smooth.
- Granola butter can be stored in a cool, dark place like your kitchen cupboard or pantry for up to 1 week.
- If you choose to store yours in the refrigerator the oils may solidify. If this happens just take the jar out of the fridge 10 minutes before you want to use it to make it soft and spreadable.
- Keep in mind that the granola you use will determine how smooth and creamy the butter gets. I used a version of this homemade granola with toasted quinoa instead of kaniwa, which didn't break down all the way.
Homemade Granola Butter
- 1 Food Processor or High Powered Blender
- 1 Measuring cup
- 1 jar with lid 250 ml jar
- 2 cups granola (use your favourite homemade or store-bought granola)
- ¼ cup neutral flavoured oil (optional)
- Measure out the granola and oil
- Add granola to the bowl of a food processor or jar of a blender
- Pulse 4 - 5 times to start breaking down the granola
- Once the granola starts to break down turn the food processor or blender on high for 3 - 4 minutes
- Open the food processor or blender. The granola should be broken down into a coarse meal. Give it a stir and put the lid back on.
- Turn the food processor or blender back on medium and remove the oil dispenser in the lid.
- Slowly stream in half of the oil, if using and blend for 2 minutes.
- Open the lid and scrape down the sides of the food processor or blender.
- If you want a looser granola butter you can add more oil.
- Continue processing in 3 - 4 minutes bursts, stopping to scrape down the sides, until you get the desired consistency.
- Pour your finished granola butter into a jar, seal and store in the pantry or cupboard.
- Use your favourite homemade or store-bought granola to make this recipe.
- If your granola has a lot of nuts and seeds, which contain natural oils, you may not need the full amount of added oil.
- The ingredients in your granola will determine how smooth your granola butter will be. I used a granola with toasted quinoa which remained a bit chunky.
- It can take 10 - 15 minutes for the granola to smooth out into a butter. Process in bursts instead of all at once so you don't overheat your food processor or blender.