Grain Free Granola

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Homemade granola!
It's the new love in my life.
I like it with almond milk and a sprinkle of organic coconut flakes.
It's so easy.
 photo 0a00007jpg_zpsf89fe2e0.jpgBest thing about it.
You control what's in it.
And it's great for adding crunch to all kinds of snacks and desserts.
You can basically make it with any combination of nuts & dried fruit & coconut.
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Grain Free Granola

1 1/2 cups raw almonds
1 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tablespoon chia seed
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons walnut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Line 11 x 16 baking sheet with parchment paper.
In food processor, combine almonds, walnuts, coconut flakes, chia seed and ground flaxseed.
Pulse several times until roughly chopped.
In a small bowl, combine walnut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon and sea salt.
Transfer ground nut mix into medium size bowl.
Add pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Give nut mix a stir.
Pour maple syrup mix over nuts.
Toss until nut mix is well coated.
Spread the mixture on a baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Give it a stir.
Watch carefully as you don't want the granola to burn.
Bake for 10 more minutes until golden.
Let granola cool on baking pan.
Store in airtight container.
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The walnut oil really kicks up the flavor.
Extra-light virgin olive oil or coconut oil may also be used.
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 photo 0a00006jpg_zps39326a56.jpg Sprinkle this crunchy granola over yogurt for a healthy, on-the-go breakfast.
Sprinkle over peaches or berries and you've got yourself a COBBLER!
No! For real!
Pretend it's a COBBLER!  photo 0a000012jpg_zps633107c3.jpg However you use grain-free granola you're going to enjoy having it on hand.
It's important to know what's in the food we're consuming.
Thank you for all the emails asking "Where I've been."
And if I haven't answered your email. I'm sorry. I really am sorry.
Honestly. I found myself just needing a bit of time.
Time to settle in. 
Time to rest my mind after a stress-filled year of remodeling. 
Time off the computer and social media in general.
Hopefully I'm back to blogging on a regular basis now.

Thanks for your patience.
Thank you for the love and support.
Thank you for seeing me through this time of just needing to rest and re-coop.
Are amaZing!!!!

So happy it's summer!

Lots of healthy recipes to share made with locally grown produce.
For the first time ever I'm going to be participating in a CSA program.
I've always! Always wanted to do this!
CSA stands for Community Supporting Agriculture! So excited about this project!
Thanks for contacting Blooming on Bainbridge Audra!
Thank you for following Blooming on Bainbridge on Instagram and for recognizing my passion and love for preparing healthy foods with organically grown fruits and vegetables.

Wait a minute.
It is reallllllllllly summer. Right?
Sometimes it's hard to tell up here in the Northwest. ;)

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Sugar-Free SOUR Lime Pops

 Sugar-Free SOUR Lime Pops :: Blooming on Bainbridge
Hello there!
I've missed you!
If I give 10 good reasons why I've been too busy to blog will you forgive me for not blogging in over a month?
I hope so.

Here goes:
I've been training hard at Strength Lab growing strong and gettin' my sparkle back.

Melony (my sister) and the kids came to visit from Alabama for Spring Break! We went skiing
at Crystal for several days, hung out on Bainbridge Island and "did Seattle" big time!

Salisbury Woodworking here on Bainbridge Island has been busy in the house installing the stair balusters we designed together. Salisbury is the real deal!

Aurora Florialis has been busy seeding the yard with new grass & doing a bit of landscaping to get us ready for spending the summer outdoors. I'll share pictures soon!

Let's see. What else?
Speaking of the yard. We've been busy in the yard. You know. Yard work. ;)

Oh! I've been busy sewing, getting ready to open Bags by Bloom! Soon! Promise!

Did I mention I've been training hard?

I've basically cut all gluten from my diet. Transitioning to a gluten-free lifestyle is time consuming. More on going gluten-free later.

Whenever it's sunny the furballs and I are out walking & hiking & enjoying the SUN!

Last but certainly not least; I've been enjoying our new home. Opening the Dutch doors when it's sunny. Prepping healthy food in the new kitchen. Soaking in bubbles and epsom salt in the soaker tub. Basking in the sun & listening to the eagles chirping in the adirondack chairs by the fire pit. Lounging on the 10 foot daybed/window seat in the kitchen. Just enjoying this gorgeous place we now call home.

That's what I've been doing.
What have you been up to?
I miss you.
I really do.
I miss this blog.
So let's talk about POPSICLES.
How much do you love POPSICLES!!!
Sweet, SOUR, salty lime popsicles.
And I do mean sour.
Better get ready to PUCKER-Up!
Cause these babies are SOUR!
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Sugar-Free SOUR Lime Pops
Makes 10 Popsicles
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup Stevia
4 strips of lime zest
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (8 - 10 limes)
Lime slices 
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
popsicle molds & sticks
Sugar-Free SOUR Lime Pops :: Blooming on Bainbridge Begin by doing your thing with the limes.  photo 0a05jpg_zpsc19b2836.jpg Combine the water, stevia, lime zest and lime juice in a medium saucepan.
If you like salt on limes like I do, add the salt.  photo 0a06jpg_zps6ca487b2.jpg  photo 0a010jpg_zps4bc44447.jpg Cook over medium heat stirring until mixture comes to a boil and stevia has dissolved. Remove from heat. Remove lime zest. Let cool to room temperature. Divide mixture among molds.  Sugar-Free SOUR Lime Pops :: Blooming on Bainbridge Drop a lime slice in each mold.
Pop in freezer and freeze 4 - 5 hours until solid.
You're going to love how SOUR these are! Sugar-Free SOUR Lime Pops :: Blooming on Bainbridge Don't miss a post subscribe via Rss Reader