Cherry, Pecan, Coconut Granola

I love homemade granola! It's sorta like chili, just throw in what you have and call it a day... So easy! Unfortunatly, I don't make it nearly enough. Since we have a nice rainy Sunday evening, I got lots of projects and cooking done. This is what I threw together for granola:

1/4 cup butter
3 tbsp light maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups of quick cooking oats
2 cups of pecans, chopped
1 cup of sweetened coconut, shredded
4 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup dried cherries 

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking dish with the silpat mat or parchment paper.
Heat the butter, maple syrup, and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat until just warmed and the oil has become a liquid. Set aside.
Combine the oatmeal, chopped pecans, coconut, salt, and brown sugar together in a large bowl. Mix until well combined. Add the maple syrup mixture to the granola mixture and mix well until evenly coated.

Spread out evenly on the baking sheet. Place into the oven and bake, stirring every 10 minutes, for 30-40 minutes, or until it's golden brown and crispy. 

Cool completely on the baking sheet before adding the dried cherries. Pour the homemade granola into an airtight container. Enjoy!

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