Granola-Crusted Pear and Almond Butter Panini

by on September 5, 2012

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I may be posting a recipe for Granola-Crusted Pear and Almond Butter Panini but that doesn’t mean that I’m ready for it to be autumn yet. Because I’m not. And it’s not. Despite all of the “end of summer” Labor Day declarations I saw on Monday and the 6-foot light-up Christmas snowmen available for sale at Costco, the autumnal equinox – the official end of summer – doesn’t take place until Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 7:49 AM PDT. And since my two little preschooler alarm clocks typically sound off earlier than 7 o’clock, this means by the time I wake up three weekends from now it will still be summer. White shorts are on!

That said…

I can’t deny my anticipation for my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season at Starbucks. And it’s possible that I’ve already tentatively identified possible dates for apple-picking up in Julian later this month. Discussions have begun with my 4-1/2 year old about this year’s Halloween costume (she’s debating between Abby Cadabby and Ariel the mermaid at the moment).

And the pears. It’ll sure be nice to eat pears again.

Pears with some creamy almond butter and a drizzle of honey grilled on granola-crusted country levain? Yeah, that works. The perfect sweet and crunchy breakfast panini. Read on for the recipe.

All right, maybe I’m a little ready for autumn.

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1 Jeanette September 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm

What a fun breakfast panini – love the crunchy coating on the outside the combination of fruit and nuts inside!
Jeanette´s last blog post ..Roasted Beet, Apple and Walnut Salad with Honey Lemon Yogurt Dressing


2 Brian @ A Thought For Food September 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I swear… every time I come over here I leave wanting a panini press. Apple and almond butter??? Yes please!
Brian @ A Thought For Food´s last blog post ..Quail Egg Pizza


3 Kathy September 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm

You so should get one, Brian! I can only imagine the incredible treats you’d conjure up. 🙂


4 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies September 6, 2012 at 6:02 am

I’ve been looking for easy lunch ideas and this recipe is calling my name!
Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies´s last blog post ..Recipe | Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Shake


5 Lisa | With Style and Grace September 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm

what a great idea to add granola, bet that makes a great crunch!
Lisa | With Style and Grace´s last blog post ..Light Berry Kefir Muffins, Gluten-free


6 shelly (cookies and cups) September 7, 2012 at 5:42 am

Oh yes. The perfect lunch…or snack…or breakfast 🙂
shelly (cookies and cups)´s last blog post ..Caramel Apple Week Recap


7 Joanne - Inspired Taste September 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Granola butter — such a cool idea! Thanks for the inspiration. Trying soon.
Joanne – Inspired Taste´s last blog post ..White Wine and Peach Sangria Recipe


8 Kevin (Closet Cooking) September 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

Nice panini! I like the sound of the granola crust!
Kevin (Closet Cooking)´s last blog post ..Bacon Jam and Guacamole Quesadilla topped with a Fried Egg and Bacon Jam Vinaigrette Drizzle


9 Russell at Chasing Delicious September 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm

What a panini recipe! I love everything in this!
Russell at Chasing Delicious´s last blog post ..Lemon Meringue Cupcakes


10 Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen September 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm

It blows me away how creative you are! You inspire me to get more creative with my sandwiches. My husband is probably sick of the same old kind all the time haha.
Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen´s last blog post ..Caramel Brownies


11 maxine kemp November 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm

what could I serve as sides with the Granola crusted pear and almond butter Panini for ladies breakfast/brunch?
Thank you,


12 Kathy Strahs November 19, 2013 at 11:10 am

Hi Maxine – I might go with fruit (maybe grapes?), a frittata, candied bacon?


13 Mayumi March 22, 2017 at 10:55 am

Hi, I recently received your cookbook as a gift, and loved every recipe I’ve tried so far! Is there something I can use to (fully or partially) substitute the butter in this recipe, for fewer calories? I’m not sure what else would make the granola stick to the bread…


14 Kathy Strahs March 22, 2017 at 11:06 am

Hi Mayumi — I’m so glad you’re enjoying the book! I don’t really know of a good substitute for the butter — I’m not a big fan of butter substitutes due to the chemicals (also butter just tastes better). I’d say if you want to cut calories, maybe just eat only half a sandwich or try using a somewhat less butter. ~Kathy


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