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Healthy Granola, Date and Pecans

If you’ve never tried to make your own granola before I highly recommend that you try out this recipe. Homemade granola is healthier for you, cheaper, and much more delicious. Try different combinations or nuts, seeds and dried fruit. I happened to have a surplus of dates and pecans and I find they make a delicious combo. Almonds and cranberries are another favourite of mine.


  • 4 cups gluten free oats
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 + 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4-1/2 cup chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional but suggested, adds great flavour)
  • 1/8 tsp cloves (optional but also suggested)


  1. In a large bowl mix the oats, pecans, coconut, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.
  2. In a small saucepan, whisk the oil and honey together over low-medium heat. Add the salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
  3. Pour the mixture over the oat, nut and seed mixture. Stir to completely coat everything with the oil honey mixture.
  4. Place approximately half the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes (depending on how hot your over runs). Remove baking sheet and stir mixture. Place back in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and stir again. Repeat this process until the granola is golden, approximately 20-25 minutes.
  6. Cool mixture. Stir in the dates and chia seeds.

Masala Chai with Green Tea

Chai tea mix






  • 10 mL cardamom pods (24 -26 pods)
  • 3- 3 inch cinnamon sticks
  • 2-3 star anise
  • 2 tsp cloves
  • 1 ½ tsp red peppercorns
  • ¾ cup green tea

1. Preheat oven to 350°
2. On a cutting board and using a sharp knife, cut the cardamom pods in half. Place on a baking sheet along with the peppercorns, star anise, cloves and cinnamon. Toast in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the spices are fragrant. Remove and cool.
3. Crush spices lightly with a rolling pin or in a mortar and pestle. You may have to crumble the cinnamon stick with your hands or chop roughly on a cutting board.
4. In a bowl, toss the spices, and tea together until blended. Spoon into your container of choice such as a mason jar or fill single use tea loose leaf tea bags.
Chai spices





Brewing Instructions- To make 1 cup:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk (I like almond milk)
  • 1 tablespoon of chai Mix placed into a tea bag
  • Sugar or honey to taste (1 tsp-1 tbsp)

Bring the water and milk to a boil over medium heat and add the spices. Reduce temperature to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Mix in the sweetener, and turn off the heat. Strain spices using a fine mesh over your cup.  Enjoy!