Brown Butter Pecan Almond Maple Trail Mix Granola

I love granola and could eat it by the handful! It’s hard to stop shoveling it into my mouth.

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And this brown butter pecan, almond, maple granola is da bomb!

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It’s not overly sweet but it’s chocked full of flavors. Bits are crunchy and some are chewy with old fashion oats, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, pecans, cashews, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), brown butter, organic almond butter, organic maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla and local organic honey. Now that’s a mouthful–literally. I had a hard time staying away from the chocolate chips, but you could drop those in when your store it or as you use it.

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It’s crunch-a-licious! And so much better for you than the store bought varieties.  I never was one for all those sugary cereals but a big bowl of oatmeal with raisins and tons of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and brown sugar or honey— Mmmm. This is just the more easily transported gourmet version of that for me. It’s on my list of comfort foods!  Wholesome, healthy, chock full of good nutrition and so simple to make. It’s a great kid’s snack too!

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Sometimes I don’t add the dried fruit until after it’s cooled down and I’m ready to store it. This time I baked the dried fruits into the granola . It all depends on the mood I’m in. Baking them in provides an extra chewiness to the fruit I think and I love that. It’s good either way.  The honey I use to add some extra sweetness and extra anti-oxidants. I drizzle it over the granola just before I put the pan in the oven.

As you know, all ovens cook differently and mine bakes this up in 30 minutes max for one large pan. Be careful you don’t burn it and adjust the cooking time to your oven.

Brown Butter Pecan Almond Maple Trail Mix Granola

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: 1 quart

Brown Butter Pecan Almond Maple Trail Mix Granola

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned oatmeal (do not use instant)
  • 1 cup of raw pecans
  • 1 cups of cashews ( I used salted for the salt and sweet flavor)
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 3 table tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 cups real maple syrup ( I used organic)
  • 2 tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of organic almond butter
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 or 5 tablespoons local organic honey

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • In a large bowl combine the oats, pecans, cashews, pumpkin seed, cranberries and blueberries. Toss well.
  • In a small bowl pour the maple syrup, coconut oil and almond butter.
  • Use a skillet or small sauce pan to melt the butter over a medium heat until just browned. The butter will melt, foam then froth, and start browning at the bottom. Be careful not to burn the butter . Whisk all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan, Once the butter is browned quickly remove from heat and slowly stir the hot butter into the maple syrup, coconut oil and almond butter. Stir until blended. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt and vanilla then stir to blend.
  • Pour the warm mixture over the dry oat mixture a little at a time and stir to fully coat all the dry ingredients. Making sure all the ingredients are coated usually takes about 4-5 minutes of stirring. Make sure you mix in all the ingredients at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Spread the granola mixture evenly onto a parchment lined baking sheet or use a Silpat baking mat if you have one.
  • Drizzle the honey over it and bake for 30 minutes more or less depending on your oven. You will need to check periodically so that it doesn't burn. I like clusters so I break up my granola after it's cooled but you could stir it around every 20 mins. or so for a crunchier and less clustered version.
  • Let cool completely and store in an airtight container. (I use a large 1/2 gallon mason jar and I bought the screw-on white plastic lids)
  • First thing I did was top my bowl of Greek Yogurt and Kefir with this yummy stuff. ENJOY!
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