Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Blooming on Bainbridge
Several weeks ago, Greg and I packed up all our workout gear and headed somewhere we've always wanted to go. We flew over the Grand Canyon and landed in Tucson where we were greeted with 100 degree temps and a ride to Canyon Ranch.
Everything about our stay at Canyon Ranch was off the charts amazing!
Days were spent training hard in challenging classes like indoor cycle, TRX, H20 power, deep water plunge,  kettlebell express, abs express, muscle max, above & below the belt, and sunrise yoga.
There were hikes in the Sonoran Desert , morning walks at 5:30 a.m. and rock wall climbing.
Nights were spent in the spa!
Four nights in a row I indulged in the Herbal Detox Wrap! The last night we were there was the Desert Ritual. Nothing like walking back to your room every night in a spa robe and cozying up in bed after a long day of working your body. There was even a sleep machine by the bed and also a pillow menu to assure a blissful night's sleep.
One thing at Canyon Ranch that far exceeded our expectations was the healthy, whole food served at every meal. Snacks like frozen chocolate bananas, protein smoothies, frozen yogurt, trail bars and freshly baked cookies were available for on-the-go grabbing all day.
Almost every night we snuggled up in bed with homemade vanilla ice cream and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies!
Now I know why health conscious guest return time and time again to The Ranch.
There's no place in the world like it.
Canyon Ranch is magic! Pure, blissful MAGIC!
One of my favorite places ever!
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So let's talk about these cookies!
We all know there are gluten-free cookies and then there are GOOD gluten-free cookies!
These are better than just good!
These are the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookies I've ever tasted!
I made a few modifications and they turned out scrumptious!
Just like at Canyon Ranch!
 Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Blooming on Bainbridge
Here's the low down.
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 36 cookies
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 extra large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sorghum flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup arrowroot flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces dark 60% cacao chocolate baking chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine oil and brown sugar.
Beat with electric mixer on high speed.
Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Blooming on Bainbridge
Turn mixer to low and add eggs and vanilla.
In a medium sized bowl combine flours.
Stir in salt, baking soda and chocolate chips.
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Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
Combine on low speed.
 Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Blooming on Bainbridge  Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Blooming on Bainbridge Drop rounded heaping teaspoonfuls onto baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart.  Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Blooming on Bainbridge Tap each cookie down with wet fingers and smooth the dough for smooth, pretty cookies.
Add an extra chocolate baking chip on top of each cookie.
You know.
For extra dark chocolate goodness!
 Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Blooming on Bainbridge
Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes until golden brown.
Don't over bake.
Cool on baking sheet until cookies are set.
Transfer to cooling rack. Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Blooming on Bainbridge
And there you have it!
The BEST gluten-free chocolate chip cookie ever!
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If you have friends who bake gluten-free you must share this recipe!
These are so good!
Every time I bite into one it takes me back.
Back to Canyon Ranch.
Back to that blissful bed.
Snuggled up with my man, in my Canyon Ranch robe, eating homemade, healthy vanilla ice cream
and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies after a long day of training and a dreamy night in the spa.
Gotta love it!
Happy week my friends!
Feels so good to be blogging again!
Catch you up later! xoxoxox
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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!
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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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