Brown Butter Pecan Granola Recipe

The best granola on the planet, this brown butter pecan granola is lightly sweet, nutty, and golden-toasted. Those little clusters of granola are fabulous.

You guys, I’m a granola snob. I’m not even ashamed to admit it. And I feel like I can’t live another day until I tell you that this brown butter pecan granola is unbelievably good. Like, one of the best granolas I’ve ever made or eaten. 

I have a few go-to granola recipes in my back pocket that I make often since everyone in my house is crazy for a bowl of granola + yogurt + fruit. We eat that combo for breakfast at least weekly, and it is one of my kids’ favorite after school snacks (and one of my go-to lunches). 

The minute I found out how easy it was to make granola at home, I didn’t look back. It’s ridiculously simple! And quite a bit cheaper than buying a package of granola at the store (dang, it’s expensive!). Plus I’ve never met a storebought granola that beats the taste of my favorite homemade granola recipes – especially this brown butter version!

white bowl with yogurt and brown butter pecan granola

Let’s talk about the butter

If you’ve eaten a lot of granola in your life, you’ll recognize and appreciate that this brown butter pecan granola is probably on the more indulgent end of granola…thanks to the butter. The brown butter. It’s worth every minute and calorie, if you ask me. One taste, and you’ll understand.

Usually I try to be open minded about ingredient substitutions, but I feel pretty strongly that the brown butter is necessary to accomplish the full deliciousness of this recipe. As in, don’t make this granola without it. {pretty please} 

I have a quick and easy tutorial on how to brown butter here. You don’t want to skip that step – regular melted butter just isn’t going to do it. Taking five minutes to brown the butter adds a minimum of 87 1/2 layers of flavor. You won’t regret it, I promise.

Sheet pan filled with brown butter pecan granola

Why this granola is unique

I already mentioned the brown butter. It is the cornerstone of this recipe and makes it totally irresistible. But there are a few other things that set this granola apart:

  • Pecans. And actually, it’s not the pecans that are all that unique, it’s what you do with them. The pecans are ground to a pretty fine consistency before using in the granola. Why does this make a difference? It lends a lovely, toasted pecan flavor to every single little bite of granola as those crushed pecans float their way into every granola crevice and corner. Yum. (This is especially nice for me who…

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