The word decadent isn’t often paired with the phrase “dietary restriction,” however, France native Celine Olivas brings both to the baking table with lovely desserts from Awesome Blossom Bakery.
Celine’s home-based bakery specializes in keto-baked goods, meaning everything she bakes is gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and low carb. She also has dairy-free and vegan options available as well. Celine bakes cookies, donuts, brownies, and other delectable delights that are not just healthy, but beautiful as well.
Some may be curious about Celine’s choice in baking keto products. For her, the inspiration for this decision was close to home. A stay-at-home mother of two boys, Celine’s professional background was originally in Software Development, but in her own words, “I’ve always loved baking and I’m glad I decided to follow my passion!”
Celine’s shift toward baking started due to the dietary restrictions of her eight-year-old son who is gluten-intolerant. After discovering her son’s dietary restrictions years ago, Celine and her family decided to transition to a gluten-free diet together. Through research, she and her family discovered the ketogenic diet and the benefits of cutting down on carbs and sugar in their everyday lives. With the change in their diet, the baking naturally followed.
According to Celine, “One of the challenging parts of transitioning to keto was that we could not find any baked goods to satisfy our cravings. That is what led me to start experimenting with keto baking, and eventually came up with delicious recipes. At that point, I was loving baking keto goods so much that it made sense to start my home bakery!”
Not only was the new diet beneficial to her son, but it was the first step in Celine starting her small business.
As a home-based baker, Celine found that the financial strain of starting her business was minimal due to not having to invest in a storefront location. However, she struggled to find local business partners when looking to get her desserts into coffee shops and local stores. Ever resilient in her pursuit, Celine offers sample boxes to store owners and potential customers who may be hesitant to try desserts based on a keto diet.
Celine also makes custom cakes and cupcakes for those who have a special occasion and cannot find baked goods for their dietary needs, as well as for those who simply want to try something healthy and new.
Additionally, she encourages those who may be reluctant to start their own home-based business to take the leap.
“I can only speak of my experience with starting a home-based business,” she says. “If you’re in this same situation and have a very low financial risk, I really want to encourage you to take the plunge and go for it! It can be a small side job at first, but can really evolve in something much bigger and extremely rewarding.”
During the pandemic, Celine has also taken the proper precautions to protect herself, her family, and her customers.
“Regarding health and safety, this has always been a priority for me, and I take all necessary measures to ensure my orders are baked in the cleanest environment possible. I also offer a very convenient and safe order pickup; I will bring your order out to you, with a mask on, so you don’t even need to get out of your car,” she explains.
Celine is also very transparent about her products and what goes into creating them.
“I know firsthand how hard it can be eating out with food allergies, and I want my customers to feel safe and comfortable about what they eat. You can find nutrition facts and ingredients list for each item on the website, and they will also be on a label on your bakery box.”
If you are ready to make a dietary change or are curious about trying Celine’s keto confections, follow her on Facebook and Instagram, @awesomeblossombakery. Subscribe to her newsletter for information about new products, monthly sampler boxes, and giveaways.
- - -
For more information, visit Awesome Blossom Bakery’s website.