MACA ALMOND GRANOLA

Maca Almond Granola || This healthy plant based granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, vegan, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Adaptogens like maca help balance hormones and gives a malted caramel flavour. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy plant based granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, vegan, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Adaptogens like maca help balance hormones and gives a malted caramel flavour. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy plant based granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, vegan, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Adaptogens like maca help balance hormones and gives a malted caramel flavour. || 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 plant based granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, vegan, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Adaptogens like maca help balance hormones and gives a malted caramel flavour. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy plant based granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, vegan, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Adaptogens like maca help balance hormones and gives a malted caramel flavour. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy plant based granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, vegan, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Adaptogens like maca help balance hormones and gives a malted caramel flavour. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy plant based granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, vegan, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Adaptogens like maca help balance hormones and gives a malted caramel flavour. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy plant based granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, vegan, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Adaptogens like maca help balance hormones and gives a malted caramel flavour. || 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, raisins or dried 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 plant based granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, vegan, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Adaptogens like maca help balance hormones and gives a malted caramel flavour. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy plant based granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, vegan, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Adaptogens like maca help balance hormones and gives a malted caramel flavour. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy plant based granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, vegan, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Adaptogens like maca help balance hormones and gives a malted caramel flavour. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy plant based granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, vegan, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Adaptogens like maca help balance hormones and gives a malted caramel flavour. || 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. 

POPCORN THREE WAYS (VEGAN)

Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

Yes, three. Is that too many? There is no such thing as too many popcorn flavours in my opinion. 

To know me is to know my indecisiveness, particularly with food. I want it all. To know me is to also know my love of popcorn. Where I can have it all. One standard plus two unusual yet addicting savoury and sweet types.

 Let's take a walk down memory lane to some of my most transformative popcorn memories. (Sounds riveting, yes? Or you can skip to the bottom for the recipes because DAMN. You need this in your life.)

Let's start at the beginning. Popcorn is comfort. Popcorn is versatile. Popcorn is light and airy but awakens an aggressive need for more. As a kid it was movie theatres and kettle corn on special occasions. As I got older it represented sleepovers, sharing secrets, giggling for hours about nothing and Girl Talk– a truth or dare board game with zit stickers as penalties, because that's considered the worst thing that can happen to a girl. It had fortune cards" which held the possibility of 5 kids and a deadbeat husband before the age of 22. Ummm I think I'll pass, thanks. Basically your future always sucked because it focused exclusively around being with a man and that is supposed to be enough for every female human. It wasn't the best model of a woman's future for prepubescent brains trying to figure out how to operate in the world. The other day I was reminded how much things have changed since the 90s when I brought up Dream Phone (another popular 90s board game) with a friend. 

Me:     OMG! Remember Dream Phone!? I loved that game!"                                                                                 Her:    No."  Because she's 21, so she wasn't even a fetus while I was finding out my dream guy likes to                                 eat pizza and rides a skateboard (definitely my type btw).                                                                               Me:      It was this fun 90s game you would play with girlfriends and gay best friend who didn't know                 he was gay yet but would just play for fun". You call boys on a giant pink Zack Morris                               phone–"                                                                                                                                                                 Her:     Who's Zack Morris?"                                                                                                                                             Me:      OMG whaaaat?! Zack Morris!! Mark Paul Gosselaar!?! Saved By The Bell!?! K well anyways,                     he had a massive cell phone– not the point. So you call people and they tell you hints about                     the guy who likes you. Then you guess who it is to win. It's basically Clue but with boys and                   a phone the size of a shoe....... You know, the more I talk about it, the less cool it seems. Girls                   obsessing over the same guy and calling people to find out every detail about his life..."            

We both agreed that Dream Phone would not be released today which is good because although that big pink phone is pretty rad, it's an emotionally unhealthy game for females. We've moved on to better, more mind expanding games. Like Candy Crush. 

Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca
Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca
Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

As an adult I've been known to eat popcorn for dinner on occasion. Usually followed by a big bowl of ice cream (for balance of course). But my idea of what good popcorn is, changed the day I was wandering an eccentric hippie market and sampled popcorn tossed in olive oil, salt and nutritional yeast. WHOA. This hippie dust is amazing!" I thought. My mind was blown. It was nutty, cheese-like and satiating. Bonus: nutritional yeast is good for you! And although the name sounds like it would leave you with a pasty mouth of bad breath, it's delicious! From that moment on, my popcorn game was elevated by ten folds.

Coconut Oil + Nutritional Yeast Popcorn || Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

1. Classic (coconut oil + nutritional yeast)

Mexican Spiced Lime Popcorn || Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

2. Mexican Spiced Lime

Ras El Hanout + Salted Maple Popcorn || Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

3. Ras El Hanout + Salted Maple

My next popcorn tale is shrouded in international mystery and hazes of tequila. I was living in Mexico for awhile during college. One evening my handsome Mexican neighbours made popcorn for a movie night. They tossed it in a simple magic of lime, salt and Valentina hot sauce. It was amazing and I was smitten. When I returned home, I ate my popcorn as such for a long time. It brought me back to my time in Mexico– the amazing people, foods I'd eaten and things I'd seen. This highly flavoured popcorn is savoury, spicy and a hint of sweetness. Es perfecto.

Spices || Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca
Lime Eyes || Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca
Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

Do you like my lime eyes guys? They are very in right now btw. 

The third type I created comes from my curiosity of North African spices– ras el hanout and salted maple. I ate this popcorn for 5 days straight while recipe testing and still wanted more. With a sweet and savoury curry-esque flavour, it's slightly strange but addictive. I learned from a chef that ras el hanout means head of the shop" and is sold at spice markets as their best blend. A house blend where the recipe is secret and can include upwards of 40 different spices. And secret recipes always taste better, right?

Other secret spice blends include: 

Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

POPCORN THREE WAYS

the magic

inspiration:             movie nights +pillow fights(if that were a real                                      thing females did, but it's not.)

the feels:                 light, salty, sweet + savoury

eat with:                 peach iced tea, dark chocolate, infused                                             sparkling water (mint/lime), coca cola, ginger                                   hibiscus switchel, wine, aranciata, limonata.

might like if you're into:        double features, drive-in theatres,                                                    Truth or Dare, Never Have I Ever,                                                    Settlers of Catan, sharing secrets.  

the science

each yields 2 - 4 servings || time: 10 - 15 minutes

ingredients:                                                                                  

classic (coconut oil + nutritional yeast)

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil (can sub olive oil/butter), divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 

mexican spiced lime

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil, divided
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested
  • 1 tablespoon agave 
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion flakes 
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

ras el hanout + salted maple

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon ras el hanout
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

method:

  1. In large pot, heat 1 tbsp oil and a couple popcorn kernels over medium - high heat. When the first few kernels pop, add the remaining 1/2 cup of kernels and toss in oil until fully coated. Put lid on pot and shake well every 5 - 10 seconds so that popcorn does not burn. Remove popcorn from stove when kernels are only popping one every few seconds or not at all. Pour popcorn into large bowl. 
  2. In small saucepan, add remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and all ingredients (spices, salt, sweeteners, lime juice), except the nutritional yeast and lime zest if making recipe one or two. Mix until melted and well combined. 
  3. Pour half the melted mixture over popcorn and toss well. Add second half of mixture and toss  until popcorn is evenly coated. Add nutritional yeast (and lime zest for mexican recipe) and toss one final time. 

Mexican popcorn recipe adapted from Belle Vie.

SWEET + SAVOURY FRENCH TOAST: PROSCIUTTO, APPLE + BLUE CHEESE

French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey

Making food mountains on top of bread is one of my favourite things. Usually it's on toast, but occasionally it's on the more sinful and naughtier cousin, french toast. Challah bread is a staple for making french toast in my opinion. Challah (or any bread for that matter) with a smear of sweet butter is one of my favourite things to eat in the whole world. My last meal on Earth would definitely include fresh baked bread with butter. And chocolate. And cheese. And watermelon. And ice cream. It would be an eclectic smorgasbord of foods that make absolutely no sense together. Amen.

French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey
French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey

I've been thinking a lot about perfection lately. Initially I felt I couldn't write anything for this post. All I had was, This sounded good in my head so I made it and I was right. It was good. The end." How eloquent.

The words weren't flowing but I felt conflicted about publishing such a short post because it didn't match with my previous entries. The feeling reminded me of when I began this blog. I refused to publish a single thing until it was perfect", (so I published nothing for months). I quickly realized it was impossible to create something perfect because it could always be improved. Perfection is an illusion. Just designing the blog drove me mad–I changed the layout, the colours, the font, blah blah blah, over and over and over. Then one day I said FUCK IT! I started from scratch and made it as basic as possible which felt easier and freer to let my blog evolve into whatever it would become. I still have no idea where it's headed or what my voice is and I'm still developing a style.  I just know what I like and that it fuels a passion deep inside me.

So I decided to give myself a break. A break in life.

I want to be easier on myself and be okay with producing whatever it is that tumbles outs of my soul, through my camera lens and into this vast abyss of the internet to all you beautiful people. 

To say I can overthink things is an understatement. And to be honest, I'm tired of it–it's draining. Letting things flow without expectations and judgement is such a better feeling and allows for more possibilities and more importantly, fun! Let's all decide to be nicer to ourselves, guys. Because that sounds like a better life, doesn't it? More calm moments, more openness, more playfulness, and more love.

So now I have written a post that is a far cry from what I expected. I may have future posts that are scanty in words or photos. Maybe I don't have to have something to say about everything, that I can let it be what it is. We all have different versions of ourselves–my talkative self is as real as my silent self. They are both good, and neither are perfect. 

French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey

And challah clouds make life better. Period. 

French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey
French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey
French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey
French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey

I went to a butcher to get prosciutto. I think there was some kind of miscommunication during the whole process because I ended up leaving with $20 worth of prosciutto but felt too awkward to ask them if I could give some back. So now I'm eating prosciutto with all my meals and making meat art like the above photo. I named it, Señor Prosciutto In His Meat Poncho.

French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey
French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey

This is Alex. She volunteered to come over and be my hand model and food tester. Alex gave it two thumbs up and she loves food so you should trust her.

French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey
French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey
French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey
French Toast Pile Up: Prosciutto, Apple + Blue Cheese || Cream + Honey

You don't need to flood your plate with syrup like we did, but a sea of maple is a beautiful thing. 


SWEET + SAVOURY FRENCH TOAST

t h e   m a g i c

i n s p i r a t  i o n :             brunch cravings

f e e l s :                                 sweet, savoury, sour, crunchy, soft, ALL OF THE THINGS!

e a t   w i t h :                       coffee, tea, grapefruit mimosas, ceasars (or bloody marys),                                                                                       sparkling water,  green salad.

m i g h t   l i k e   i f   y o u ' r e   i n t o :         playing with your food, waldorf salad, antipasti, slow                                                                                                  mornings, not waiting in line for brunch         

t h e   s c i e n c e

makes 2 servings

i n g r e d i e n t s :

  • 4 big slices of challah bread, sliced 3/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup table cream (or milk)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, for frying
  • 4 sliced of prosciutto
  • 2 medium granny smith apples, julienned or sliced
  • 4-6 tbsp blue cheese
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped or crushed
  • maple syrup, for serving

m e t h o d :

  1. In a medium bowl add the cream or milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  2. Whisk eggs and add to cream mixture. Soak challah bread slices on both sides for a couple minutes.  
  3. Heat a large heavy skillet and add butter. When hot, add two pieces of challah. Cook on each side until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes). Place on plate and put in oven to keep warm while you cook the next slices. 
  4. Top each with a slice of prosciutto, a handful of apple, 1 tbsp of crumbled blue cheese and toasted walnuts. Finish with a good drizzle of maple syrup.