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Brown Butter Granola with Pecans

Brown Butter Granola with Pecans

I made this brown butter granola with pecans because I like to keep granola on hand and we were out. We like to eat granola with milk in the morning or with yogurt as a snack or on ice cream for dessert. I stumbled upon this bon appetit recipe and happened to have all the ingredients on hand so I went ahead and made it. I really like the combination of flavors and textures in this granola and of course the brown butter made it extra special. I had to force myself to stop snacking on it while it cooled but it was difficult because it’s so delicious. My kids both thought this brown butter granola with pecans was tasty and I can’t wait to have a big bowl for breakfast tomorrow!

Brown Butter Granola with Pecans

How to Make Brown Butter Granola with Pecans

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until melted. It will start to bubble, foam, and separate then will turn golden brown with a nutty aroma. Remove from the heat immediately. Side Note: Watch the butter carefully while cooking because it can burn quickly & easily. 

Transfer the brown butter to a bowl then whisk in the brown sugar, honey, and vanilla until well combined. Set aside.

In another large bowl, combine the oats, pecans, pumpkin seeds, coconut, orange zest, cinnamon, and salt and mix well.

Drizzle the brown butter mixture over the oat mixture and mix with a rubber spatula until evenly coated. Spread out the granola on the prepared baking sheet.

Brown Butter Granola with Pecans

Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking, or until golden brown. The mixture will still look a bit wet but will harden as it cools.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet before breaking up into clusters. Add the dried cranberries and toss to mix evenly. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy.

Brown Butter Granola with Pecans

Brown Butter Granola with Pecans

Brown Butter Granola with Pecans

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 - 6
Author: Pam

Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup candied pecans (or plain is fine too), slightly crushed
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • ½ cup coconut shavings
  • 1 tsp fresh orange zest
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until melted. It will start to bubble, foam, and separate then will turn golden brown with a nutty aroma. Remove from the heat immediately.
    Side Note: Watch the butter carefully while cooking because it can burn quickly & easily. 
  • Transfer the brown butter to a bowl then whisk in the brown sugar, honey, and vanilla until well combined. Set aside.
  • In another large bowl, combine the oats, pecans, pumpkin seeds, coconut, orange zest, cinnamon, and salt and mix well. 
  • Drizzle the brown butter mixture over the oat mixture and mix with a rubber spatula until evenly coated. Spread out the granola on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking, or until golden brown. The mixture will still look a bit wet but will harden as it cools. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet before breaking up into clusters. Add the dried cranberries and toss to mix evenly. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy. 
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6 Comments

  1. I would eat it all I am sure as it came out of the oven!! Pecans are not easy to find here! Have a good day Diane

  2. Susan Watson says:

    I have some left over pecans from a pecan pie I made at Christmas; will have to give this recipe a try.