decadent mornings: salted nutty brown butter granola

salted brown butter granola | everybody likes sandwiches

To me, granola has always included warm, toasty spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Oats and those wintery spices were like one big warm hug of deliciousness. But I’ve heard rumblings of people not liking spices in their granola. That to me seemed crazy – but I wanted to give it a try. However, I felt the oats and nuts needed an extra push to keep things on the up and up. I didn’t want to end up with a bowl of boring breakfast. That nudge here is brown butter, the noisette-like fragrance that comes from cooking butter a little longer than normal. The butter goes from melted to foamy and then to a golden brown. It’s toasty and warm and turns into something extra special.

salted brown butter granola | everybody likes sandwiches

Brown butter can quickly turn from golden and nutty into a black mess, so keep your eye on it and don’t turn your head for a second, especially when it gets to the foamy stage. But once the brown butter is off the heat, this recipe comes together quickly. You toss it with brown sugar and maple syrup with vanilla extract tagging along for the ride. Then that mixture gets mixed with whole oats, almonds and coconut along with a good pinch of kosher salt. You most certainly could add hazelnuts or pecans instead, but I had almonds on hand and they were a fine choice.

salted brown butter granola | everybody likes sandwiches

In this house, granola gets made in the evening just so that it can cool over night. It also makes breakfast in the morning super easy. I had a friend visiting me from Seattle and I wanted to make sure that I had at least something tasty for breakfast. We ate this with big dollops of plain Greek yogurt and spoonful of delicious local jam. Fresh local strawberries, or other fruit, would have been lovely too. Having a big jar of this granola, kept me in happy breakfast land all week long.

salted brown butter granola | everybody likes sandwiches

10 comments to “decadent mornings: salted nutty brown butter granola”

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    Karen   May 31, 2015 at 8:30 am


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    kickpleat   May 31, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Thanks Karen, spelling isn’t my forte.

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    cheri   May 31, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Love how you prepared this granola, such a great idea.

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    Joanne M   June 4, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    This looks like all kinds of awesome!!! It must smell fantastic! Brown butter in foods is my weakness…YUM!

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    kickpleat   June 4, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks Cheri, it’s a keeper!

    I love it too, Joanne 🙂

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    Lindsey @ a honey blossom   June 19, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    This granola looks incredible! I love browning butter – it is so transformative. What a great way to have brown butter for breakfast, too.

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    Lucy @ Lucyeats   June 21, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    mmmm.. the golden brown looks so inviting. What a great way to start the day!

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    kickpleat   July 26, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks Lindsey! Brown butter is the best.

    Lucy, definitely a good way to start the day.

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    petermcgill   September 22, 2015 at 2:21 am

    So yummy dish. looking so tempting.

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    My2bts   December 25, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    3/4 cup oats always every morn for me.. This idea I can definitely do!

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