Brown Butter Granola

by Rachel | Studio Cuisine on May 2, 2013

With grad school wrapping up and a new job around the corner, my meals have become two things: quick and easy.

Brown Butter Granola //

Despite all the shortcuts I take for my meals (can you say canned tuna on a bed of lettuce?), one shortcut I refuse to take is with store-bought granola. The minimal effort it takes to make your own is worth the peace of mind knowing exactly what went into it. Taking 30-45 minutes to whip up a big batch ensures I’ve got enough granola to top my morning yogurt for at least a couple weeks.

Brown Butter Granola //

This particular granola comes from one of my favorite blogs that I’ve mentioned in the past, How Sweet It Is. I’ve mentioned Jessica before in my Must Make Mondays post (that I’ll reinstate one day, I promise). Her recipes are creative, her photography is gorgeous, and you better bet I’ll be one of the first people in line to buy her cookbook when it comes out.

Brown Butter Granola //

So in the style of the brown butter queen, I took a page from her book and added it to this granola. It adds a level of complexity that is unmatched. Add in some almonds, ground flax, and dried cranberries and you’ve got a healthy granola that totally negates the impact of the minimal amount of butter.

Brown Butter Granola //

Brown Butter Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Adapted from this Crunchy Quinoa, Toasted Almond and Dark Chocolate Brown Butter Granola.

My granola came out in small pieces, not in clumps like some types of granola. You might want to consider adding more honey or other liquid to get a more clumpy granola.


  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/2 ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat, whisking constantly until butter begins to brown. Remove from heat and stir in honey and vanilla extract.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together oats, almond, ground flax, cinnamon, and salt. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until mixture is fully coated.
  4. Spread granola over parchment or silicone baking mat-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, stir, then bake for another 10 minutes. From this point forward, stir every 3 minutes until granola is light brown (this took 6 minutes for me). Let cool completely, then stir in dried cranberries. Serve as desired (over yogurt, like cereal with milk, etc.)
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1 sally @ sallys baking addiction May 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

Considering how much I love using brown butter in my cookie recipes AND how much I love granola, I need to make this! I love the combo of the toasted almonds and cranberries too
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2 Rachel | Studio Cuisine May 3, 2013 at 9:04 am

Thank you, Sally!


3 alex May 3, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I love Jessica and this granola looks perfect. I love granola and blueberries on my yogurt!
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4 Rachel | Studio Cuisine May 7, 2013 at 7:49 am

Thanks so much, Alex! I’m a fan too :)


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