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Small Batch Butter Pecan Granola

This homemade Butter Pecan Granola recipe is the only granola recipe you need! Perfectly sweet, crunchy and full of so much flavor. This small batch of granola bakes in just 30 minutes and tastes so good!

glass mason jar filled with granola


Your breakfast just got a whole lot easier and tastier too. Today I'm bringing you an incredibly delicious small batch butter pecan granola recipe and I'm sure you're going to love it.

Buttery and nutty, this granola is perfect to enjoy with yogurt or in a bowl of milk. It's so easy to make, I don't think you'll ever go back to store bought granola again.

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Why This Recipe Works

Homemade granola has to be one of the easiest breakfast recipes to make. Purchasing boxed granola can be such a waste of money because making it yourself is just so easy.

The thing I love most about making granola from scratch is that you can use up items in your pantry to create any kind you like.

You will likely find the same ingredients in all granola recipes. Ingredients such as oats, nuts, a sweetener, butter or oil, and sometimes salt. These along with the few delicious ingredients we're adding to our butter pecan granola recipe makes this one stand out!

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Ingredients

the ingredients needed to make butter pecan granola on a brown table next to an open window.

Ingredient Notes

  • Oats: I use old-fashioned rolled oats in my granola recipes. If you'd like to make a gluten free granola, be sure to use gluten free oats. I do not recommend using quick oats.
  • Nuts: Feel free to switch up the nuts you use in your version. Consider using cashews, pumpkin seeds, or walnuts.
  • Coconut: I use unsweetened shredded coconut, you may sweetened instead if preferred.
  • Butter: Salted butter is what I prefer using, you may use coconut oil instead.

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the maple syrup and vanilla.
  2. Add the oats, coconut, nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon to a large bowl.
  3. Pour in the liquid ingredients and stir until the oats and nuts are completely coated.
  4. Spread the granola out on a rimmed baking sheet.
Four numbered pictures showing how to make granola.

Cook the granola for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to achieve an even color.

a tray of baked granola.

Expert Tips

  • Think of this recipe as a guideline for a basic granola and customize it as you'd like. As long as you keep the ratios the same, it's fine to substitute just about any nuts and dried fruits.
  • Customize your granola to include seeds, dried fruit, chocolate chips and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • If you like big clusters of nuts and oats, press the oats mixture into little 1-inch ovals for the first 10 minutes of baking.
  • Be sure to let the granola cool before eating or transferring into a jar. As the granola cools, the crispier it gets.
  • If you're adding dried fruit to your granola, add it at the end. You don't want to run the risk of burning your dried fruit in the oven. Stir it in after the granola cools.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I store granola?

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Enjoy as a snack, with yogurt, or eat it like cereal with a bit of milk.

Is homemade granola cheaper?

Making your own homemade granola is definitely cheaper than store-bought granola.

Can I use quick oats in this granola recipe?

No, we don’t recommend it. The oats will get mushy when mixed with the liquid ingredients. We recommend using old fashioned rolled oats.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this small batch granola recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Looking For Our "Full Batch" Granola Recipe?

This butter pecan granola recipe is one of our oldest recipes. It first appeared on our earlier website, ZagLeft and has always been extremely popular with readers. Since One Dish Kitchen is a single serving and small batch recipe site, we tweaked the ingredients, retested the recipe, and came up with a small batch granola recipe. Those ingredients can be found in the recipe box below. If you would like to make the large batch granola version, use the following ingredient amounts. Bake the granola as directed in the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Small Batch Butter Pecan Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cool: 5 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Breakfast
Keywords: granola
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 388kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup pecans , chopped (or use walnuts)
  • ½ cup almonds , chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, almonds, pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • In a small pot on a medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the maple syrup.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour the butter/syrup mixture over the oats/nuts mixture and stir until well blended.
  • Pour onto a rimmed sheet pan.
  • Cook for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to achieve an even color.
  • Remove from oven, cool and transfer to a large bowl.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Think of this recipe as a guideline for a basic granola and customize it as you'd like. As long as you keep the ratios the same, it's fine to substitute just about any nuts and dried fruits.
  • Customize your granola to include seeds, dried fruit, chocolate chips and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • If you like big clusters of nuts and oats, press the oats mixture into little 1-inch ovals for the first 10 minutes of baking.
  • Be sure to let the granola cool before eating or transferring into a jar. As the granola cools, the crispier it gets.
  • If you're adding dried fruit to your granola, add it at the end. You don't want to run the risk of burning your dried fruit in the oven. Stir it in after the granola cools.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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53 thoughts on “Small Batch Butter Pecan Granola”

  1. 5 stars
    I have an obsession with homemade granola, so I tried this recipe the minute I read it. It was so easy and tastes amazing! I did leave out the brown sugar because I don’t like things too sweet, and it was still the best granola I’ve ever had. Thank you so much for this great recipe. I’d give it more than 5 stars if I could. I’ll be making this one forever!

    1. Thank you so much, Jean. I’m so happy you enjoyed the granola recipe, it’s one of my favorites too.
      Have a wonderful week!
      Joanie

    1. Hi Heather, you will need something to hold it all together. Peanut or Almond Butter will do this. Heat about 1/2 cup of nut butter in the microwave and and add to the granola. Press the mixture into a pan and let cool completely before cutting into squares.

  2. This looks really good. I’m not coconut fan, but the rest sounds amazing. I always have a jar of homemade granola on my counter. This one will be up next!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my WORD. This is simply fantastic. After making it and telling my mom about it she made it for my siblings and they DEVOURED it. Even the ones that don’t like granola!! This was soooo good thank you for sharing!!

    1. 5 stars
      This granola was amazing. My house smelled so good while it baked. I didn’t change a thing. It goes well with my yogurt. I had to put half of it in the freezer to keep from eating the whole batch myself!!! Thanks for the recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    Just discovered this recipe on Pinterest. Made the granola today & it is wonderful! Have never made my own granola before, but I definitely will be making this again – thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know, Valerie. I’m so glad you liked the recipe. Homemade granola is so easy to make, I try to keep a container of it in my kitchen.

  5. Hi! I would like to try this recipe. I am not a fan of coconut and don’t have almonds. If I totally omit the almonds and coconut, can I use the same recipe or should I make adjustments?

    1. Hi Dia, If you leave out BOTH the coconut and the almonds, increase the oats by 1 cup.
      If you don’t have almonds, you can substitute with other nuts like peanuts or sunflower seeds OR add an additional 1/2 cup of pecans. If you do this, then only increase the oats by 1/2 cup.

    1. Hi Diane, this recipe will give you about 5 cups. Store the granola in an airtight container and it will be good for up to 2 weeks (mine never lasts that long, we eat it too quickly). Enjoy the recipe!

  6. This was soooooo delicious! My family dove in as soon as it came out of the oven. I did half cinnamon and half nutmeg because I love that combination. Thank you so much for giving us a new staple snack in our home.

    1. I’m so happy your family liked the recipe, thank you so much for letting me know. I really like your idea to add nutmeg, I love it combined with cinnamon too. Have a wonderful week!

  7. Laura @MotherWouldKnow

    Homemade granola is sooo much better than storebought. In my granola, I use oil instead of butter and haven’t added the vanilla – will have to try your version. It looks delicious!

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