This pecan granola recipe is delicious and potentially addicting. Crunchy, buttery, and nutty are three words that describe the perfect granola (in our opinion). Granola goes so well on top of yogurt or baked goods, in a bowl with cold milk, or even on its own! Good granola is sometimes hard to come by. There are so many different types with different textures and flavors. We found the perfect combination of all of the above! Any spices, nuts, dried fruit, or even chocolate chips can be used in this granola recipe.
- We love supporting local companies who believe in producing high quality ingredients. Bergeron Pecans is one of those companies and they have amazing pecans that are grown right here in Louisiana! Don’t worry, if you don’t live in Louisiana, they ship 🙂
- Old fashioned oats work best in this pecan granola recipe as opposed to quick oats or steel cut. Using different types of oats may affect the liquid needed and/or cook time.
- This recipe calls for sweetened coconut but unsweetened will work just fine. We find that sweetened coconut toasts up a little bit better and obviously adds some sweetness to the granola.
- High quality maple syrup is another ingredient that we personally feel you NEED to buy. When looking for maple syrup, check the ingredients label. The only ingredient you want to see is “100% maple syrup.” If you see any other syrup like corn syrup, just put the bottle down and keep looking. We know real maple syrup is more expensive but it’s just SO much better than the fake stuff!
You’ve come to the right place! Tossing the granola a couple of times during baking will allow the mixture to get nice and toasty. This pecan granola is crunchy as opposed to soft, so we want to make sure all surfaces turn golden brown.
Whatever you want! Popular granola add-ins include raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, shredded coconut, chocolate chips (white, dark, milk), pecans, walnuts, peanuts, and almonds. The possibilities are endless! Pro tip: wait until the granola has mostly cooled before adding chocolate chips (unless you want them to melt!).
We don’t recommend it. This may cause the granola to soften and lose it’s crunchiness. We suggest storing it at room temperature in an air-tight, sealed container or package.
We prefer to use old-fashioned oats because they cook evenly and soak up the flavors. Other types of oats may not cook the same or need more liquid, which could alter the recipe.
Other Recipe Notes
- Melting the butter and then mixing with the sugar, syrup, molasses and vanilla creates a homemade caramel of sorts. Tossing the pecans in this sweet buttery mixture allows every nook and cranny of the nuts to be coated in this deliciousness.
- You can use all cinnamon or all pumpkin pie spice if you’d like, instead of a little bit of both. We just love the flavors pumpkin pie spice brings in addition to cinnamon!
- We recommend patting down the granola (check out our Reel on Instagram for a demonstration!) before baking to make it on the clumpier side.
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This pecan granola recipe will significantly improve your breakfast or snack routine
One of our favorite ways to enjoy it is to layer it between creamy low-fat Greek yogurt and mixed berries. Talk about an amazing breakfast. Or pour some into a bowl and add milk. Voila! A filling and satisfying breakfast or snack. If you try this recipe, please rate and review it below! We also love connecting on social media so tag us @theperfectpear8 so we can see your creation! 🙂Print
This pecan granola is crunchy, sweet, and satisfying. The molasses and spices give it a great flavor you’ll love after it’s toasted to perfection!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 5 cups 1x
- Category: Breakfast, Snack
- Cuisine: American
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup maple syrup (100% real)
- ¼ cup brown sugar (light or dark)
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup pecans ((we love Bergeron!))
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup coconut (sweetened)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt butter in a small pot on the stove. Remove from heat once melted and add maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla extract.
- Stir until sugar melts and everything is fully mixed. Toss pecans in butter/sugar mixture.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix oats, coconut, salt, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon.
- Pour pecan mixture over oats mixture and stir well, until fully mixed.
- Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes. After tossing the second time, put granola back in the oven for ~10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let cool and enjoy!
- Keep granola in an air-tight container for up to 7 days.
- Serving Size: 1/4 cup
- Calories: 135
- Sugar: 9
- Sodium: 120
- Fat: 9
- Saturated Fat: 4
- Unsaturated Fat: 1
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 13
- Fiber: 1
- Protein: 1
- Cholesterol: 12
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