Granola with CBD Honey by Joline Rivera of Kitchen Toke

From Joline: “If you have your health, you can manage most anything. Making my own granola with Kitchen Toke Hemp Honey means I can get all the comfort I need and also calm my stress and anxiety about the current times we’re living in. I’m feeding my endocannabinoid system with all the CBD packed in our honey, which also means helping with any inflammation or sleep issues.”

Lear more about Kitchen Toke Honey here.

Recipe by Joline Rivera
Portrait by Bradley Murray
Food Photography by Sean McGill

How are you dealing with these strange times?
I try to take one day at a time, but it’s been tough. Besides the pandemic, running a start-up, the marches, looting, and shootings in our city, and the frustration I feel over our current White House, I have some personal things happening. My grandmother is in hospice, Chicago was hit by the derecho and a tornado, we lost electricity for three days, and some friends are sick with Covid. I mean, sometimes I think, “What’s next?” And then I think, “Don’t answer that.” I’m making sure I eat healthily, get a good run in once in a while, and, if all else goes out the window, the one thing I never mess with is my sleep. I make absolutely sure I take some of our Kitchen Toke Hemp Honey before I go to bed. It doesn’t make me sleepy, but it calms my thinking, helps me turn off my worries, relaxes my body so the stress of the day melts away, and I sleep deeper and longer. I don’t wake up in the middle of the night anymore, and that’s a big deal for me.

How important has cooking been for you?
Cooking and baking have been the one thing we can count on, so it’s been really nice. My boyfriend and I are finding ways to stretch our food, make healthy recipes, hit the farmers market, make some jams and granola, and freeze the summer fruit for my daily smoothies. I love to bake when I have a lot on my mind too. And it always feels good to give the things I bake to my friends. It makes me happy to make them smile.

Any tips for the rest of us?
When you consider that the pandemic is far from over and the flu season will arrive as it always does, being healthy is our only currency. I think we’ve all been a witness that nothing matters as much as our health. No one really wants to visit a doctor or hospital, so I’m talking to people about looking at cannabis as food, and food as medicine. This, in part, means building and keeping your immune system strong. If you have your health, you have everything. That’s what Kitchen Toke is all about.

What is the one good thing you can say about all this?
I think we have all seen first hand how important our essential workers are, and I hope people really think twice about their health and how important it is. I think we push ourselves too much, and then all of the sudden we’re sick and we’ll do anything to feel better. I hope people will look harder at functional foods, like our Kitchen Toke Honey, and consider turning to food as medicine instead of the doctor. The pandemic has shown a spotlight on our unhealthy lifestyles. We have to take control of our own health. If we don’t, no one else will.

Makes about 8 Cups

You will need:
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts(or pecans)
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1⁄3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup Kitchen Toke Hemp Honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir oats, almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds together.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together canola oil, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add to dry ingredients; mix well.
  4. Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, and stir. Return to oven and continue baking until golden, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool completely before storing.
  6. Store in an airtight jar or resealable plastic bag.