Our Easy Brown Butter Granola with Pecans and Cranberries is seriously delicious, easy and makes a great breakfast or high energy snack on the run. If you aren’t familiar with Brown Butter, then check out our recipe and tips on the many ways you can utilize this amazing flavor enhancing technique here.
We also toss Pan Roasted Pecans into this mix, and wow it’s a one-two punch of flavor! Eaten plain, in a bowl with milk, or adorning our Easy Peach Parfait it’s a supercharged food.
- Old-fashioned Oats: Are our main oat choice for this granola, their perfect chewy consistency is the base of most granola recipes. Sometimes called rolled oats, they have a flat oval shape which is achieved when the kernels are steamed and then rolled to flatten them.
- Steel Cut Oats: We’ve added steel cut oats for their excellent texture. Also called Irish or Scotch oats they have been cut and not rolled. And have the appearance of fine grain and a chewy texture.
How to Make Brown Butter
- 1 Melt the butter: Place the unsalted butter in a cold heavy-bottomed stainless steel skillet. Set the temp to medium-high heat. As the butter melts it will begin to foam. Swirl the pan occasionally to help ensure even cooking of the butter.
- Watch for brown specs and nutty aroma: Once melted the butter will foam up a bit, then subside. Watch carefully as lightly browned specks begin to form at the bottom of the pan. Smell the butter, it should have a nutty aroma.
- Remove from heat and pour into a bowl to stop the butter from cooking further and perhaps burning.
What Type of Nuts Are Best in Homemade Granola Recipes?
Whatever your heart desires! Here we add our Pan Roasted Pecans because they add an extra depth of flavor, that compliments the brown butter. If you don’t have pecans, you can use what you have on hand, but I do suggest that you toast them up in a pan before blending into the granola.
- macadamia nuts
- Brazil nuts
The same goes for dried fruits, here the cranberries are a great pair with the toasted pecans. But you can use what you have on hand too!
Why Use Egg Whites in Granola?
They are the Key Ingredient that binds the ingredients and creates tremendous granola clusters!
We always make double or triple batches of Brown Butter Granola with Pecans and Cranberries and still disappears faster than we can make it. The recipe here is for a double batch, you can easily halve it to make a single but goes quickly, you’ll catch yourself snacking on it soon after it comes out of the oven!
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How to Make Easy Brown Butter Granola
Seriously Easy Brown Butter Granola, perfect for eating plain, in a bowl with milk, or in a yogurt parfait!
- 7 cups (630 grams) old fashioned oats
- 1 cup (180 grams) steel cut oats
- 4 cups (500 grams) pan roasted pecans, chopped
- 2 cups (240 grams) dried cranberries
- 1 cup (180 grams) dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan sea salt or Kosher sea salt
- 1/2 cup (120 grams) Brown Butter
- 3/4 cup (255 grams) honey
- 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 large egg whites, whipped till frothy
Preheat the oven to 300°F/148°C, arrange rack so that it's the second level from the top and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix the old fashioned oats, steel cut oats, pan roasted pecans, dried cranberries, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt together in a large bowl.
Pour in the Brown Butter, honey, pure vanilla extract, and frothy whipped egg whites. Stir until thoroughly combined and ingredients begin to stick together. Spread out on the parchment lined baking sheet and press down with a flat wooden spatula until the mixture is even and becomes compacted. Bake for 30 minutes and then rotate the pan and bake for an additional 15-30 minutes until the granola becomes golden toasted and crispy.
Remove from the oven and cool completely and then break into chunks.
- Prep time is approximate.
- Store in an airtight container at room temp up to 2 weeks.
If your looking for more breakfast recipe inspiration then be sure to check out our Ultimate Breakfast Quiche….
Angela, I love this recipe! I eat a lot of granola and sometimes it is hard to find a good recipe to make at home! Thank you can’t wait to try this!
Hi Holly! ? You’ll love the flavor combinations in this recipe, be sure to use the brown butter and toast up your pecans (or whatever nuts you use) it will become your go-to recipe. It never lasts long in our kitchen. Thanks so much for checking it out! ?
This looks really good! Brown butter is new to me. I had never heard of that before! Thanks!
Hi Meagan! Brown butter is a revelation in the kitchen it adds flavor to everything from this granola to sauces, soups, eggs, baked goods and everything in between! Thanks for checking out our recipe. ?
Oh my gosh. Yum! I love granola. I like putting it with some yogurt and a drizzle of honey. And sometimes blueberries or something on top!
Hi Katie, 🙂 yes absolutely! We’ve added this to our Peach Parfait and it’s so darn good, thanks so much for checking out our recipe! ?
Your blog posts always make me hungry! In the best ways 🙂
Thank you, Jen, you made my day!! Thanks for checking out our fare! ?
Can you offer a vegan version of the same granola bar? I would love to try it! Looks delicious !!!
Hi Anna, no way can I recreate the magic of Brown Butter in a vegan version. However, I’m sure you’re more familiar with substitutes and can create something delicious too. The great thing about recipes is they are guidelines for formulating what you desire. Thanks so much for checking out our recipe and let me know what you come up with! ?
I love, love, love brown butter! This recipe would be a great transition to get kids off of commercial cereal!
Hey Tricia! 🙂 It really is a magical component to upping the flavor ante in so many dishes! I know your kids will love it too ? thanks so much!
This looks amazing!!! I’ve tried making granola before and it never turns out right. Thank you for all the little tips.
Hi Pauline, I really hope the tips help out. The egg whites make a HUGE difference too so be sure to give them a go next time! Thanks so much for checking out our recipe ?
I love granola and butter so what’s not to love here! Thanks for sharing and the tip on egg whites was super helpful.
Thanks, Leigh Ann, let me tell you Brown Butter is something special! Glad the tips were helpful, appreciate you checking out our recipe!?
Um, I’m making this! I pinned it to my recipes so I can try it. Can’t wait!
You also have great photos. Very professional.
Thank you so much, Dina, seriously made my day! Please be sure and tag us @meangreenchef or #meangreenchef when you make it! Thank you again ??️?
Homemade granola is by far the best, and your recipe looks wonderful! Your photos are absolutely lovely!
Hi Ramae! 🙂 Yes, we totally agree homemade granola is pretty amazing, and it’s also a cost-effective way to keep it in the kitchen. Thank you so much for the compliment on my photography and of course for stopping by to check out our recipes! ?
This looks and sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try the recipe!
Hey Junell, I’m sure you’ll love it! Be sure and take some photos and tag us @meangreenchef or #meangreenchef Thank you! ??️?
This looks super yummy. I love making granola, can’t wait to give yours a try!
Thank you Sandi! If you have any questions while making it just give a shout on FB https://www.facebook.com/MeanGreenChef/ and we’ll get right back to you! Please don’t forget to tag us @meangreenchef or #meangreenchef in your recipe photos too! Thank you ??️?
Your photos are beautiful! This looks so tasty! I managed to find certified gluten-free oats so I will have to try this recipe out!
Hi Rachel! 🙂 Thanks ever so much for the compliments on my photography, I love shooting as much as cooking! So glad that you found an option for gluten-free oats that work for you, please let me know how this recipe turns out when using them so we can suggest them here as an option. Thank you ?
Mmmm I can taste this now!! What a great idea to use egg whites. I will be making this soon! (This weekend!)
Hi Brittany! 😀 You will love the Brown Butter combo with the pecans and cranberries it really rocks and the egg whites create beautiful clusters! Be sure to tag us @meangreenchef or #meangreenchef in your recipe photos! Thanks! ?
I love brown butter! I love granola! This is the best of both worlds! Sounds delicious…thank you for sharing!
Hi Michele! 🙂 It really is the best of both worlds, thanks so much for checking out our recipe! ?
Yum! I love granola and I love pecans, so this looks delightful! Also, I’d never really thought about what steel cut meant. Thanks for the info!
Hey Stacey! The pan roasted pecans really add a great depth of flavor, so glad that our little bit of food nerdery gave you some insight on steel cut oats too 🙂 thanks for stopping by and checking out the recipe ?
You had me at pecans and cranberries. Looks absolutely delicious!
Thanks so much, Janine!! ? ?
Never would have thought that you’d use egg whites in a granola recipe. Thanks for sharing, it looks delicious!
Hi Kathryn! 🙂 Right? Who knew egg whites would have such an amazing impact, they create the most amazing crunchy clusters! Thank you so much for checking out our recipe ?
This looks so delicious! I would love to have this to put on my overnight oats in the morning and give them a nice texture and punch of flavor! YUM!
Hi Jennifer, we’re all about upping the flavor ante in every way possible! Pecans and cranberries would be an awesome addition to overnight oats, I absolutely love them ? thanks so much for stopping by to check out our creations! ?
Looks wonderful! I’m vegan so I’ll have to play with the recipe and see what I can come up with. Thanks for the inspiration!
Hi Cindy, thanks so much for checking out our recipe! Please be sure to let me know how your vegan granola turns out, I would love to hear ?
This may not be what I was supposed to take away from this, but I just had a lesson from Google about beurre noisette because I did not know what is brown butter. Learning new things can be a treat, so thank you for exposing me to a new-to-me food item!
Hi Dawn Marie 🙂 that’s great that you learned a new technique to add to your cooking arsenal! It’s one of the best things you can take away from this recipe because you can apply it to so many dishes. It’s truly amazing! Thank you so much for letting me know!! ? ?
I’m a breakfast person and I have to make this 🙂 You can definitely cook/bake 🙂 Keep it coming…
Morning Jane! 🙂 Thanks so much for the high compliments 🙂 creating great food is my passion!! ? Please be sure to tag us @meangreenchef or #meangreenchef when you whip up a batch! Thank you again ??️
This! This is the recipe I’ve been looking for! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!
Hi Laura, so excited to hear that if you love granola I’m sure this flavor combination will have your taste buds firing on all cylinders! Thanks so much for checking out our recipe and be sure to tag us @meangreenchef or #meangreenchef in your recipe photos! Thank you ?️?
I was just talking about looking for a recipe to make my own granola the other day. Now I do not have to search. this looks and sounds wonderful. Thanks!!
Hi Shirley 🙂 Great, this is flavor-packed granola for sure! Plus it’s super simple to whip up too, please don’t forget to tag us @meangreenchef or #meangreenchef to share some pics of your results! Thank you ??️?
Ooo, great idea on the eggwhites. I’ve experimented with other things, but this makes sense!
Hey Carmen! 🙂 The egg whites create amazing crunchy giant clusters of granola, works like a charm. Thanks so much for checking out our recipe! ?
Healthy and delicious! Love the way you offer up some many choices. This is a must try! Thanks Angela!
Thanks so much, Dennis! 🙂 This is such a great recipe for granola and totally versatile too, thank YOU for checking it out! ?
There is something about pecans and cranberries that goes so well together! This looks delicious!
Hey Kat, 🙂 absolutely they make such a great flavor combination! This granola is amazing in a bowl with some cold milk, really tasty and quick breakfast. Thanks so much for checking out our recipe!!?
This looks delicious! I’ve been trying to watch what I eat after having a baby and this sounds like the perfect “treat” for me 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Hi Sarah, thanks so much for stopping in to check out our recipe! 🙂 It really is a super tasty treat and gives you a nice boost of energy too, which you may need after having a baby. Congratulations on your little one! If you would like to see a recipe featured here just let us know and we’ll make it happen. ?
This looks like a flavorful breakfast!!! I love the brown butter!!
Morning T.M.! 🙂 It is super flavorful, brown butter makes everything better! Thank you!?
This recipe looks so delicious! I love granola!
Hi Nicki! 😀 Thanks so much, the brown butter really sets off this granola recipe. ?
I will definitely make this at home perfect for our hiking and road trip snacks. I love granola for breakfast and now I can make it at home. Thanks for sharing another delicious and simple recipe.
Thanks so much, Jane, it’s the perfect hiking and road food snack!! Really appreciate you being a part of our kitchen 🤗