Basic Granola

3 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups nuts and seeds – slivered almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, cashews, black and white sesame seeds, poppy seeds, chia seeds and flaxseeds
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup maple syrup (or honey)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 325F (160C).

Combine the oats, nuts and seeds in a large bowl.

Combine the apple juice, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, sea salt and black pepper in a medium saucepan. Gently heat all together until salt is dissolved and coconut oil liquified. Pour liquid over the dry ingredients and toss to coat. Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes until golden. Make sure to stir the mixture about every 15 minutes to make sure it is evenly baked.

Let the granola cool completely. It will become crunchier as it sits. Store in an airtight container for a few weeks.

Serve with fruit over yogurt or milk.

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