Packing + Quinoa & Seed Granola {Wheat Free/Gluten Free}

July 10, 2012

Summer. Is. Here.

It is HOT. Really hot. Finally we have summer here in Vancouver, and not the one day on, one day off sunshine we have had for all of June and most of July. Everyday I wake up at 6 am when Adam leaves for work, for about a second, and the sun is in full force outside my window. I dread the Fall, when you wake up at 7 am and it is pitch black out. And when you get home from school/work at 4 pm, and it’s also pitch black out. Enjoy it now! No complaining about how hot it is, because it will be over sooner than you think.

I wasn’t too worried about having a sunny summer, because I am leaving for Europe in TWO WEEKS! To say that I am excited is an understatement. I will be leaving on a jet plane, headed for Amsterdam. From there, I go to London for a few days, then to Paris, Italy, Germany, Amsterdam again on a tour, and then to Italy again for two weeks myself with my Nonna. I’ve started to pack, all my ‘travel-size’ items, and get some outfits ready. I have also had to begin packing to move. I leave on the 22, and Adam and I have to be out of our place on the 28. I’ve been slowly packing boxes the last few weeks, and Adam has been moving them to storage for us where they will stay until November. It will feel like an early christmas, as I won’t have seen any of our stuff for four months! We’re moving in with Adam’s parents for the three months, and Adam will be there while I am in Europe for the month. Our house is *usually* pretty clean, I get a little antsy when things are messy, but right now anything goes. There are moving boxes everywhere, stuff piled on stuff, suitcases for my trip etc. It’s killing me not to clean, but what’s the point? Haha.

This is what our house looked like, on a good day πŸ˜‰ These photos were for the online listing.

{My super-tiny kitchen. Usually there are lots of dishes/bowls/baking items staked on each other and falling off the counters. The oven is also full with baking dishes/cookie sheets. New house? Giant island, tons of cupboards, lots of storage. No more dishes in the oven}

{I actually really liked our living room. The high vaulted ceilings were a plus. What you can’t see is the big bay window at the front of the living room, with floor to ceiling windows. Lots of sun, and south facing, with a great view and trees. No more walking around naked in the new house.. lol. There will be neighbours on either side of us!}

{Our view, in the wintertime}


{Summertime view – gorgeous!}

{no pesky neighbours across from us.. not for long!}

{Bathroom was also small, and no drawers (though the new one has no drawers either.. bummer, but we also have three full bathrooms. I’m not sure if thats a good thing or not..more cleaning.. You can see the bathroom makeover here too}

{We had a cozy little kitchen/dining table and a bar. The table had two leaves as well. I liked the cut out in the kitchen too, it was nice when Adam was doing the dishes to be able to talk to him still πŸ˜‰ }

{Note the map of Italy – of course- and my DIY chevron print…which i think is out of fashion now? lol }

{Our cozy little bedroom, actually its quite big. Bigger than our new one I think, but we will have four bedrooms, instead of one haha. I’m gonna miss it!}

{There are definitely lots of memories we will take with us! Adam’s first place, and our first place together (after I moved in and too over πŸ˜‰ but I’m looking forward to our new house!}


I actually made this quinoa for the long weekend we went to the States, and it was SO GOOD. It’s even better in the fridge. Like the original post, I need ‘clumps’ and ‘clusters’ in my granola. I like it to be crunchy, and it needs to be loaded. I saw this on my friends site a while ago, and knew I had to make it asap. It did not last long, that’s for sure. I had it on it’s own, in yogurt for breakfast, as a snack. It’s totally customizable and I just threw in a little bit of everything.

I didn’t add any oats, as I didn’t have any GF/WF oats, but if you don’t have a wheat allergy you can definitely add them. I also added honey instead of maple syrup, but you can make these Vegan and leave the honey out and use the maple.

This stores wonderfully in the fridge, and I love a crunchy granola, and it’s great cold as well.

Quinoa Granola
Adapted from Hungry, Hungry Hippie, from the cookbook Quinoa 365Β 


  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 2 T poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped ( I pulsed mine in a food processor )
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
2. Β Line a cookie/baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Chop/pulse Almonds
4. Combine all the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
5. I melted my coconut oil in the microwave, and added the honey. Stir slightly and drizzle over dry ingredients.
6. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Spread evenly onto prepared baking sheet, and bake in over for about an hour.
7. Once baked, let it cool completely. Break it apart, this can be done by lifting the parchment slightly. I stored mine in a container in the fridge, and it also helped the ‘clusters’ form once you break it apart again with a knife or fork after refrigerated.

This granola is delicious. It will definitely be gone before you know it, and totally worth making again.

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  • Reply elise July 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    glad you like it – clusters are the best πŸ™‚

    • Reply Alicia July 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Definitely, elise! They were so good, the entire cookie sheet was gone within a week.

  • Reply Danielle July 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    We have the exact same dining room chairs, and couch as you!

    Your apartment is so cute! What colour is your bedroom? I LOVE IT!

    • Reply Alicia July 13, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      haha too funny!!! The bedroom is Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal – in their Aura paint!

  • Reply Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 14, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Love your Audrey pic! Swoon…

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