3 c old-fashioned rolled oats
1 c raw pumpkin seeds, hulled
1 c raw sunflower seeds, hulled
1 c raw coconut chips
1 ¼ c raw pecans, coarsely chopped
¾ c pure maple syrup (b grade)
½ c extra virgin olive oil
½ c packed light brown sugar
1 tsp coarse salt
½ tsp. cinnamon or ¼ tsp nutmeg (optional)
1 c dried sour cherries (optional
Preheat oven to 300F
Place the everything except spices in a large bowl. Mix until well-combined. Spread mixture in an even layer on a cookie sheet. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes or so. Granola will get toasty and golden brown. Depending how hot your stove is it takes around 45 minutes.
Remove and taste as you might want to sprinkle more salt. Add any dried fruits, switch out the nuts, butterscotch or carob/chocolate chips, add millet seed or any other seed BUT keep the syrup, olive oil and salt. I personally added dehydrated mango and chopped raisins to mine. I added them in with 10 minutes to go. I did use less coconut as well. Whatever you decide it will be delicious and a great healthy snack!!
You can store the granola in an airtight container for about a month.