This incredibly fragrant granola combines the warm flavors of vanilla and brown butter in a breakfast treat that tastes like it could pass off as dessert! The simple list of ingredients allows the flavor of the vanilla to take center stage while the brown butter adds depth and crunch to the finished product.
Using the whole vanilla bean adds an extra element to this granola as any remaining pieces of pod crisp up in the oven, adding extra texture and flavor. This is also a great way to use up any extra vanilla pods left from previous creations! —kim sanz
Five cups of granola
vanilla bean, roughly chopped
whole almonds, roughly chopped
pitted dates, roughly chopped
In This Recipe
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Continue to heat until butter turns brown and fragrant. Remove from heat.
Combine sugar, vanilla bean pieces, and salt in a small food processor or clean coffee or spice grinder and pulse until no large vanilla bean pieces remain.
Add sugar mixture and vanilla to brown butter and stir to combine. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time until sugar is dissolved.
Add oats and almonds to brown butter vanilla syrup and stir to coat.
Spread oat mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes until deep golden brown, stirring halfway.
Allow granola to cool, add chopped dates, and store in an airtight container.