Homemade Granola (it's gluten free)

A friend of mine made me the most amazing granola, and I had to try and recreate it in my own kitchen with some small tweaks to it.  I wanted to add coconut oil rather than olive oil or a vegetable oil to give it all of those great fats, and to also use a more heat stable oil since you do bake the granola.   I also wanted to use maple syrup instead of agave, as agave is extremely processed down.

Here is the mega-simple recipe that anyone can make.  I am not the best at baking, so I had this feeling that I would somehow mess this up, but it turned out great.

3 1/2 cups of gluten free oats ( I used Bob's Red Mill)
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup softened coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup dried raisins
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt


Preheat oven to 325

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.  Place parchment paper over two baking sheets and spread granola over sheet pans evenly.  Bake granola for 10 minutes and give it a little stir, and put it back into the oven to bake 10 more minutes.  Let it cool and place in an air-tight container

Finished product!

Finished product!