Add all dry ingredients (excluding the chopped dates) to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add coconut oil and pure maple syrup to a small bowl and microwave (or heat on stove top) for 10 seconds or so or until melted. Pour the maple/coconut oil over the oat mixture and use a spoon to stir until everything is coated.
Half-way through baking, mix granola around on the baking sheet with a spatula so that it bakes evenly. Remove from the oven and allow the granola to cool at least 10 minutes – this is where the clustering magic happens! Add the chopped dates before serving with yogurt, milk and/or fruit!