1½ cupsraw almonds or pecans left whole or coarsely chopped
1cupunsweetened coconut chips or flakes
½ cuppumpkin or sunflower seeds
¾cup pure maple syrup
½cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup light-brown sugar
1teaspoon ground cinnamon
1cupdried apricots, cherries, or cranberries(optional)
Heat oven to 300° F.
In a large bowl, whisk syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Add oats, nuts, seeds, coconut chips or flakes, and mix until well combined.
Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper. Spread granola mixture in an even layer on each pan, let stand for 15 minutes. Transfer to oven, bake, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes, until granola is toasted, about 30-45 minutes.
Remove granola from the oven and season with more salt to taste (if needed). Let cool completely before adding tghe fruit (if using).