1 cup dried fruit- (optional) cherries, craisins, figs, chopped mango, currants, chopped apricots, or raisins
Preheat oven to 325F
Combine dry ingredients in a big bowl (all except dried fruit). Pour in melted coconut oil, maple, and vanilla. Add optional orange zest.
If the mixture seems dry add just enough oil and maple ( in equal portions) to lightly coat all ingredients.
Spread out on one or two large rimmed, parchment-lined baking sheets and place in the oven and bake 10 minutes. Stir the granola, and flatten out gently with the back of a spatula, and rotate the pan. Bake 10-15 more minutes or until golden and fragrant.
Let this cool down completely on the counter before breaking it apart, to ensure good “clusters”. ( I often make this at night before bed, letting it cool overnight).
After it has completely cooled break the granola apart, add optional dried fruit.
Store in an airtight container or jar.
This granola will last a couple of months!
Placing this on the upper oven rack may scorch it, middle or lower rack is best. 🙂
All ovens are different. Just be sure to check it and stir after 10-12 minutes!