You can certainly adapt the nuts and dried fruit to your tastes, but this is our favorite combination.
5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup organic unsweetened apple sauce
5 tablespoons real maple syrup
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (heaping)
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup walnut pieces
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup grated coconut
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1 cup sweetened dried cherries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. I like to mix in the flax seed meal after stirring everything else together. That keeps the finely ground flax seed meal from coating everything and inhibiting clumping. Clumps are the best part of granola!
Spread mixture out on a sheet tray and press it into an even layer with a spatula. Bake in oven until lightly browned, about 40 minutes. Stir the granola every 10 to 15 minutes, compressing with spatula after every stirring to ensure granola clumps together.
Cool completely and then mix in the dried cherries. Store in an airtight container.