The other day I made this delicious Gluten Free/Grain Free Chocolate Granola.

I loved it.

It had a simple favor and was not too sweet.

I would totally make it again, but my people wanted something a touch sweeter.

And raw cocoa powder tends to keep Shane awake at night, so he wanted a less caffeinated version.

Here is what I came up with!

Maple Nut Crunch

1 cup almonds

1 cup walnuts

2 cups pecans

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup maple sryup

5 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 cup shredded coconut

Soak the nuts in a bowl of water overnight. In the morning, drain and rinse them.

Pulse nuts in a food processor until they are in small pieces.

In a small saucepan, melt butter and then mix in maple syrup, vanilla, and a pinch of salt.

Pour butter mixture over nuts. Add in chia seeds and coconut. Mix well.

Spread on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for at least 4 hours at 200 degrees. Toss a few times and then remove when it is nice and crunchy!

This version disappeared much more quickly. I will definitely be making this again soon.

It is great served over yogurt with fruit, or just in a bowl with milk like cereal.

What’s New?!

May 19, 2012 in breakfast , family , Paleo     1 comment

A quick camera dump to show you some of what has been going on around here!

We had a great Mother’s Day!

We began the killing season!

We celebrated Avery’s 9th Birthday!

We spent hours watching pool and deck construction!

We moved some dirt around.

We loved on our month old baby girl.

And we ate some strange but delicious meals!

Paleo Waffles and Sweet Potato Fries!

Paleo Waffles

3 cups Almond Meal

4 eggs

1 cup canned coconut milk

1/2 cup shredded coconut

2 tablespoons arrowroot powder

2 tablespoons raw honey

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Mix in a bowl and pour into waffle iron. Top with butter and syrup!

Introducing…

May 3, 2012 in family     20 comments

Little Miss Sonny James

7.13 lbs of sweetness!

Photographed by my dear friend, Amy Smith, who took time out of her very busy life to fly here from Orlando!

I am oh so grateful to have sweet photographer friends like Amy, who always come to the rescue when there is a photo emergency you can’t handle on your own!

And I do have to mention that this baby is the best baby ever! And no, I am not a mommy goggles, my baby is better than your baby, type of mom. This baby is seriously easy….so far. Knock on wood. Please don’t let me have just jinxed myself.

She was totally tuckered out after a day of modeling!

And here is an old pic of the original Sonny, my grandpa, who spoiled us all beyond measure!!