Granola with Coconut & Candied Pecans

The last few months have been filled with a flurry of activity and I've let this blog fall by the wayside. Earlier this spring, I was involved with two food/charity events that took a prominent place in my life. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have seen photos from the C-CAP Sweet Sensations event as well as the NYC Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry. It was a privilege to be a part of both events, raising funds and awareness for the respective non-profit organizations. Both events were successful in their own ways (check out the recaps via links above) - but what was even sweeter was getting to know my fellow NYC food bloggers and tasting their delightful baked goods! 

After the bake sale, I retreated back into my comfortable place and sought quietness from all the noise. Being an introvert, these type of events take a lot out of me. Not only on the day of, but in the weeks leading up to the events as we had to engage supporters on social media. Don't get me wrong, I love social media and the interaction it brings - so many new friendships have blossomed these past couple years as a result. I just needed to take a few steps back and catch up with life, my husband, my family, my friends outside of food blogging and take some time away to re-focus. 

Now that summer is upon us, it's more the reason to step away from the computer. To step out into the plentiful sunshine and take in the fresh, sweet scents of the season. I'm particularly excited for the sweet berries - my favorite way to eat them is by the handful from a bowl. My second favorite way is with a bowl of creamy Greek yogurt, drizzled with honey, and a big handful of crunchy homemade granola goodness.

Source: Adapted from Shutterbean's Killer Granola 

For some reason, I've been obsessed with oats lately and find myself craving oatmeal cookies, granola bars, and granola! I've made granola before but this recipe adds an extra step that takes granola to a whole new level. It involves melted butter, brown sugar and nuts (I chose pecans), hence the "candied" part. There's just so much good in this - toasted coconut flakes, sesame seeds (I used white), sunflower seeds and I added dried cranberries to the mix (add after granola has cooled) since I needed to use them up. Feel free to use what's in your pantry.