MACA ALMOND GRANOLA

Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca

Oh hai!

I've been gone for a while enjoying the last month of summer before hibernating for the long Northern winter. I've missed you and I hope you've missed me too. I've also had a hard time getting myself to sit down and write. But here I am, writing. Not necessarily well, but writing no less. I was thinking I could claim writer's block and drink dry martinis alone in a bar while staring at people and penning doodles in my empty notebook. I could try and channel Hemingway, except he wrote real life- changing books opposed to a food blog. But who says a good slice of cake or bowl of soup can't change a life? Although he did love to drink, apparently he never drank while working, he knew this wouldn't produce his best works. Hemingway was a world traveller, a man after my own heart and frequented bars all over the globe. He said, “Don't bother with churches, government buildings or city squares, if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars”. I've been very “nighttime" Hemingway lately and I feel this statement deeply. Bars have a rawness you can't get everywhere and night carries mystery that dissipates with sunrise. People engage with each other uninhibited, they let down their guards and speak more freely which allows for easier connection. Like Hemingway I cannot write in them, but they are a perfect place for conversation, fun and distraction. 

For now, I will cultivate my inner “day" Hemingway and recommit myself to putting words on paper (or computer), whether they're bad or good. I will go on walks and let ideas flow, I will lay on my couch and gaze into space instead of my phone and let my mind wander. I will leave scraps of paper around scribbled with sparks of ideas or reminders to myself of an inspiration I couldn't bare to forget. I believe that sometimes you must create bad art simply to move past it and towards better art. It's easy to get stuck on criticizing the bad work because you want it to be better so badly. But maybe it simply needs to release itself so you can move forward. 

To get back into the swing of things I've made this granola for you (and me, because I'm forever hungry and love this recipe). Granola has always been one of my favourite foods because of it's versatility, crunchiness and slightly sweet taste. If you want more time to focus on projects, work or relaxing– granola is there for you. Satiating yet so easy to pour into a bowl with some yogurt, milk and fresh fruit. I am known to eat granola at any time of day and indulge in multiple bowls if I'm too busy (or lazy) to cook. This granola uses quality ingredients with the addition of maca powder which adds a malty flavour (perfect for anything vanilla, strawberry or chocolate– think malted milkshakes). Maca is a superfood and adaptogen. It is reported to help balance hormones, energy, mood and increase your sexiness. It technically increases your sex drive, but that means sexiness because you are always sexier if you feel sexy, yes? Yes. 

Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca

Notes:

You can buy maca powder at health food stores or online. If you can't find it simply remove it from the recipe, it's still lovely without it. You can always substitute out one thing for another in this recipe, it is very versatile. Hazelnuts for the almonds, sunflower seeds for the pepitas, dried raisins or cherries for the currants; these are all good options. 

Baking the oats first without the nuts and seeds is important so that we don't over bake them which is easy to do. This recipe takes less than thirty minutes to make and yields you a ton of granola, 8.5 cups to be exact. This amount is great for a family or if you eat a ridiculous amount of granola like moi, but you can always half the recipe if you're a more reasonable person. 

I made strawberry cashew milk this week and have been pouring it onto this granola and it's sooooooo good guys. I will be posting the milk next week because you need it in your life and I need more of it in mine.

Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca

MACA ALMOND GRANOLA 

the magic

inspiration:           healthy snack food

the feels:               crunchy, nutty, chewy, sweet, salty

eat with:                milk of choice! I like it with strawberry cashew                               milk (recipe coming soon!), smoothie bowls, yogurt,                              fresh berries, bananas, carob nibs, chocolate                                      chips, apples, pears, cottage cheese, honey, maple                                syrup, ice cream, frozen yogurt.

might like if you're into:     after school (or work) snacks, malted                                                 milkshakes, The Old Man And The                                                   Sea, bulk food stores, camping,                                                         quick breakfasts.

the science

makes 8.5 cups granola (half this recipe if this family portion of granola is too much) || time: 30 minutes

ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats (gluten free)
  • 2 cups raw almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup raw pepitas
  • 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 3 tablespoons maca powder (I used white)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • fresh berries to top with (optional)

method:

  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine the oats, salt, maca powder, cinnamon and cardamom. Stir until combined. 
  2. In another bowl combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Whisk well until thickened homogeneously, it will become an thin paste-like consistency. Set aside two tablespoons of the maple-coconut mixture. Add the rest to the bowl of oats and mix together until evenly combined. Pour out on to baking sheet and spread evenly. Place into oven and bake for about 12 minutes, stirring half way through until light golden in colour.
  3. While oats are baking add chopped almonds, pepitas and coconut to the bowl you just used for the oats. Add the remaining maple-coconut oil mixture and combine evenly. Add to golden baked oats and mix together. Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. Let cool. The granola will become crispy once fully cooled. Add dried currants and mix to combine. Store in airtight containers and keep for up to one month in cool dry place. You can also freeze granola in an airtight container if you like, but dried fruits can become hard so consider removing them from the recipe. 

BLUEBERRY LEMON MINT SODA

Blueberry Lemon Mint Soda || Refreshing summer mocktail recipe made with blueberries, lemon juice, honey, sparkling water + fresh mint. No refined sugars and tastes amazing as a gin or vodka cocktail. || creamandhoney.ca

In support of summer weather I bring you this cooling drink so you can settle into the deep heat. Let if flow over you; welcome it because it won't stay forever and you'll be craving it soon. Sip cold drinks, point fans at your barely clothed body and avoid turning on your oven. This is how I live in hot summer months. 

Pros of Hot Weather

  • No need for a sauna, you live in one
  • A multitude of cold drinks all day long
  • Swimming feels exceptional and necessary
  • Being lazy and not feeling bad about it 
  • Patio drinks
  • Rose wine (or frose)
  • Hair on head grows faster

Cons of Hot Weather

  • Hair on body grows faster
  • Bugs everywhere
  • Hot garbage smell (in the city)
  • Hot manure smell (in the country)
  • Under boob sweat
  • Back sweat pooling in butt crack
  • Chub rub– the struggle is real my fellow thick thigh ladies (and men).
  • It's so hot your drink sweats and slips out of your hand and spills all over your new summer dress. But at least you're cooled off so maybe it's a pro?

I've been obsessed with blueberries lately (see my blueberry tarragon gravlax). They are a classic Canadian summer food and I feel the need to devour them in pies, smoothies, jams, muffins or all on their own. They awaken memories of wandering through forests, swimming in lakes and the sound of cicadas on hot days. 

Blueberry Lemon Mint Soda || Refreshing summer mocktail recipe made with blueberries, lemon juice, honey, sparkling water + fresh mint. No refined sugars and tastes amazing as a gin or vodka cocktail. || creamandhoney.ca
yellow water lily + my bff Alex

yellow water lily + my bff Alex

I just returned from a camping trip with two of my favourite people and we had the most amazing time. We canoed down a river filled with lilies and lily pads, saw blue herons up close, bought doughnut and watermelon floaties and swam in the waves of Lake Huron, made delicious camp food, played cards, sipped on these wine-ciders (half cider + half pinot noir = the perfect cooler), listened to baby wolves howling at night and relaxed into our naturey surroundings. It reminded me how peaceful and calming my mind can be and how connected I feel in the outdoors. It reminded me I live in an outrageously beautiful country with a rich history of people who lived off this land and respected it to the highest degree. It reminded me of the beauty all over the world and how much I still want to see and experience. As much as I tend to dislike winters in Canada (which feel never ending), the summers are so gorgeous that it might make up for it. No Canadian has ever uttered the words “Winters go by so fast!". If they do they're lying and are probably trying to get you to visit when it's cold and dark and all they'll want to do is cuddle and eat bread. Don't. Do. It.

But do come in the summer. It is breathtaking. 

white water lily

white water lily

Lake Huron at Pinery Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada

Lake Huron at Pinery Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada

Blueberry Lemon Mint Soda || Refreshing summer mocktail recipe made with blueberries, lemon juice, honey, sparkling water + fresh mint. No refined sugars and tastes amazing as a gin or vodka cocktail. || creamandhoney.ca
Blueberry Lemon Mint Soda || Refreshing summer mocktail recipe made with blueberries, lemon juice, honey, sparkling water + fresh mint. No refined sugars and tastes amazing as a gin or vodka cocktail. || creamandhoney.ca
Blueberry Lemon Mint Soda || Refreshing summer mocktail recipe made with blueberries, lemon juice, honey, sparkling water + fresh mint. No refined sugars and tastes amazing as a gin or vodka cocktail. || creamandhoney.ca

Let's talk simple syrup for a hot minute. I want to show you how to make your own easily and with more exciting things than white sugar. This recipe calls for a honey simple syrup. Don't worry, it takes no time and you'll have a new skill to impress people with. 

Standard simple syrup recipes are a 1:1 ratio of sugar/sweetener to water. If you prefer a thinner less sweet syrup, add a bit more water than sugar. If you prefer a thicker sweeter syrup, add more sugar than water. “Rich syrup" is a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water. Usually simple syrup is made by adding water and sugar/sweetener of choice to a small pot and heating to just before a boil until fully dissolved. But there is no need to turn on the stove on a hot day. Below I have included the lazy person's way which is how I usually make drink syrups of all kinds. 

Make simple syrups out of any of the following for subtle but different flavours:

  • Demerara or turbinado syrup– for a deeper more caramel-like flavour. Good for tropical drinks/ rum drinks.
  • Honey syrup– you can use any type of honey you like. Good for iced black/green tea, drinks with jasmine, gin, lemon, or bourbon. 
  • Agave syrup– the lighter in colour the agave is, the more it will taste like classic simple syrup. The darker in colour the more rich the flavour will be, closer to honey. Good for margaritas (lighter agave), tequila or mezcal cocktails, drinks with lime or watermelon.
  • Coconut sugar or brown sugar syrup– for a deeper, more molasses-like flavour. Good for winter cocktails, old fashioneds, bourbon based cocktails. 
  • Maple syrup– use real maple syrup always. Good for old fashioneds, bourbon based cocktails, ciders, mulled wine, dark or light rum, any warm winter flavours like allspice, cinnamon or clove. 

One Minute Honey Simple Syrup Recipe

  • Boil water in your kettle. Add equal parts of honey and boiled water to a container with a tight sealable lid. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds or until completely dissolved. Keep in fridge for up to one month. Make as much or as little as you like. 
Blueberry Lemon Mint Soda || Refreshing summer mocktail recipe made with blueberries, lemon juice, honey, sparkling water + fresh mint. No refined sugars and tastes amazing as a gin or vodka cocktail. || creamandhoney.ca

BLUEBERRY LEMON MINT SODA

the magic

inspiration:                         hot summer days in Canada

the feels:                             sweet, tart, fresh, effervescent

eat with:                              barbecued fish, blueberry tarragon                                                    gravlax, a splash of gin, watermelon                                                  feta salad

might like if you're into:      Foraging, fruit galettes, pine forests,                                                canoeing, The Great Lakes, the sound of                                            cicadas, daddy long legs, wading in                                                  rivers

 

the science

ingredients:

                                                                                                                                                                                       blueberry preserves

  • 1 cup blueberries (frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 4 - 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 lemon zested

blueberry lemon soda (one serving)

  • 1.5 ounces (3 tablespoons) blueberry preserves
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce honey simple syrup (see above for easy one minute recipe)
  • 4 mint leaves
  • sparkling water
  • mint sprig or lemon wheel for garnish

method:

                                                                                                                                                                                          blueberry preserves 

  1. Add blueberries, sugar, lemon zest and 4 tablespoons of water to small pot. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer blueberries for 10 to 15 minutes. Add 1 to 2 more tablespoons of water if thick. The final consistency should be more like blueberry syrup, not thick like jam. Let cool, pour into mason jar  and seal. Keep in fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for up to two months. 

blueberry lemon soda

  1. In a cocktail shaker (or mason jar), add blueberry preserves, lemon juice, honey simple syrup, and mint leaves. Fill shaker or jar 3/4 full with ice, seal and shake for 10 seconds. Fill short rocks glass with ice, open cocktail shaker and strain (with cocktail strainer or hand held strainer) over rocks glass. Top with sparkling water, stir gently and garnish with mint sprig or sliced lemon wheel. If using a bigger/taller glass or making two, double the ratios in the recipe. 

 

STUFF + THINGS

olive fougasse (top left), potato cheddar bread, everything bagels from Fairmount Bagel, white chocolate brioche “mushrooms", chocolate l'ecolier, butter croissants, and and almond frangipane croissant. 

olive fougasse (top left), potato cheddar bread, everything bagels from Fairmount Bagel, white chocolate brioche mushrooms", chocolate l'ecolier, butter croissants, and and almond frangipane croissant. 

V I S I T  || I took a trip this week to beautiful and vibrant Montreal where I stuffed my face with  plates of food and glasses of wine. The bread and pastries (above) are from Guillaume bakery across from Parc Lahaie where you can sit fountain-side and savour your coffee and treat. You must must must try the brioche champignon (“mushroom") with hidden chunks of white chocolate ready to surprise and delight you. My new favourite restaurant is Larry's where I ended up for dinner twice because we were smitten with all their small plates of vegetables, seafood, meats, ciders and martinis. The place is small, the lights are low and the vibe is sexy. Also a great restaurant for a solo meal with many spots at the bar. I am very determined to recreate a carrot and muhammara dish I had there that I would order for my last meal on earth. Carrots! Boring old carrots. Nah uh, not anymore. Carrots are no longer the mushy limp-penis of a vegetable your granny used to roll onto your plate. They're seductive and shameless now. Click here for more places to love in Montreal. 

S L E E P  || I napped daily (important for any vacation) while in Montreal. This article on napping explains how the length of a nap is important for your particular needs that day. I love a good power nap followed by a green tea. #refreshed

D A Y D R E A M  || Can we all just go to Portugal and live a lovely European life for a minute? Olaiya from Milly's Kitchen hosts travel retreats I've been pining over for awhile now. This one to Portugal looks amazing! I love Olaiya and I love this post; she speaks about the transformative power of travel and how we can become preoccupied by work and “real life". Travelling reminds us how diverse and and strange and fascinating this world is. Let's do it more. And then again after that.

R E A D  || This is really great interview with Aziz Ansari. He's chilling in Europe right now enjoying the simple pleasures of life, has completely removed himself from social media and is just going with the flow. We would definitely get along. Yo Aziz, if you read this call me!

E N E R G I Z E  || Being sensitive to other peoples' energy is a blessing and a curse. Sometimes it's hard to cultivate your own energy and not take on the energy of others. This list on How To Stop Absorbing People's Energy has many good practices and reminders for us vibe sensitive humans.

R E L A X  || Have we talked about ASMR? Well it's high time we do. Wikipedia says, “Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an experience characterised by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia". About 5 years ago I found youtube videos proving more people than myself were experiencing this sensation. I never knew how to put it into words but a head-gasm would be closest. My “triggers" (as ASMR people say) are whispering, speaking softly, the sound of writing, drawing, or typing, and doctor appointments. It may seem fetishy at first because there are many soft speaking ladies running their fingernails along things or pretending to be your nurse, but I swear it's not sexual. Well at least not for me. The world fades away and waves of tingly soft energy flow through my head and spine. It helps people with anxiety, depression, insomnia and with general relaxation. The videos can lead to the deepest and weirdest youtube rabbit hole so here are some of my favourite AMSR artists and videos to get you started.

Maria aka Gentle Whispering ASMR is the queen and I want to be her bff irl. Visit the ASMR Doctor to Test Your Senses. Go for a Suit Fitting Session. Take out books with your local Librarian.

WhispersUnicorn is amazing and recently did this gynecology exam which initially I was like, Whoa! This is NOT going to be relaxing. But it is and I fell into a deep slumber while getting my vulva inspected. 

I love Angelica because besides the soothing voice, she is eccentric and every video she's playing a character. She does ASMR videos from different times in history and she's imitated Sigmund Freud, Frida Kahlo and even Hitler (which I didn't want to get relaxed by but still did and now I feel bad about it).

I'm not usually into males doing AMSR because I don't find them as soothing but ASMR Power Of Sound always relaxes me and he'll draw weird portraits of you and measure your face for a mask. Just what I always wanted. 

May your naps be peaceful my friends.

xx