Product Review: Organic Pretzels

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Super Simple Guacamole

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INGREDIENTS:
-1 medium avocado (nice and ripe!)
-1/4 tsp garlic granules, to taste
-1/8 tsp sea salt, to taste
-Juice of 1/2 lime (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Mash avocado in a bowl with a fork. Add garlic and salt (and lime juice, if using). Mix well and enjoy!

Serves 1-2 people as a dip (or more if just using as a condiment). This makes a great snack served with raw bell pepper slices …or chips, of course, if that’s more your thing! It’s super tasty on burgers or grilled chicken sandwiches, too!

Stir in some salsa for a quick “chunky” guacamole! (Costco carries a really tasty organic Kirkland brand with no “mystery” ingredients on the label!)

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“CHOCOLATE CHIP” CHEWY GRANOLA BARS (gluten/dairy-free)

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These bars are chewy and delicious, but not too sweet. They can easily be made gluten-free and/or dairy-free to suit your needs.

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups Old Fashioned Oats (we use a gluten-free variety)
1/3 cup coconut oil (or butter)
1 cup raw honey
4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups almonds, chopped (we throw them in food processor)
1/2 cup cocoa nibs (optional), available at health food stores

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place oats on an ungreased 11″ x 17″ baking sheet and toast in oven for 10 minutes, stirring every 3-4 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt honey and oil or butter together in a medium saucepan over medium heat, being careful not to burn it. Remove pan from heat; and add vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Stir until dissolved.

Add toasted oats to the saucepan mixture and toss to coat. Add chopped almonds and stir. Add cocoa nibs (optional) and stir to combine.

Line a smaller baking sheet (10″ x 15″ works best) with parchment paper. (Tip: Sprinkle the sheet with a few drops of water, first, to help keep the paper in place.)

Transfer batter to this cookie sheet and gently spread to all edges. Once entire sheet is covered, press batter firmly into pan – I use a Ziplock sandwich bag on my hand for this step, but a sheet of parchment or wax paper should work well, too.

Bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. The bars are done when they just begin to turn brown at the edges. Don’t wait too long or they may burn! Bars will be moist and crumbly when removed from oven, but they come together as they cool! It may take a few attempts for you to figure out the best amount of time in your own oven.

Let cool completely (about 90 minutes on a cooling rack; longer if you don’t have a cooling rack). Cut into 24 bars and remove from pan. Enjoy!

We like our bars a little firmer and sweeter, so we store them in the fridge. They also freeze well for later use…and can be eaten frozen, as well!

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Great store-bought (gluten-free) snack… flavored flax crackers!

I was craving a crunchy snack the other day and was SO excited to discover these flax crackers at a local health store in my town. Click pics to enlarge.

They are made by the Foods Alive company, and they come in quite a few different flavors. Many of the flavors contain very simple ingredients, so I can actually eat them! Yay!! The Mexican Harvest flavor is really good; and I really enjoyed the Onion/Garlic variety as well (I tasted a sample, but they were out of stock so I don’t have them featured here…hopefully next time!)

Be sure you check the ingredients list because I’m not sure that every flavor is as “additive-free” as the samples I’ve pictured below; and enjoy!!! If you belong to the Azure Standard Food Co-op, they also carry these crackers; or you can always order them online, too!

Flax crackers are really simple to make in a dehydrator, so I think I’m going to give it a try with some homemade taco seasoning – I’ll post the recipe if they turn out good! But for now, it’s really nice to have the option to just walk into a store and pop them in my mouth! Here are the ingredients from the varieties I purchased…