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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Nairn's Gluten Free Oatmeal Grahams

As gluten free becomes more mainstream, people are seeking options that are not only nutritious, but delicious as well. Nairn’s creates gluten free products that are oat-based, which means they are high in fiber, essential vitamins, minerals and beta-glucans. Oats have been shown to be a quality source of energy as well as promote healthy digestion and lower cholesterol, making them the next big superfood.

Nairn’s treats are bursting with natural flavor and are free of artificial colors. Full of wholegrain Scottish oat goodness, this alternative to gluten will leave you wanting more. That's right, they are a product of Scotland!

Flavors available include:

* Oatmeal Grahams
* Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies
* Stem Ginger Oat Cookies
* Oatmeal Raisin Oat Cookies
* Whole Grain Oat Crackers
Recently I received a box of the Nairn's Gluten Free Oatmeal Grahams to try out for all of you. I admit, I don't have any issues with gluten but my husband does. With that said, since we cook and eat together...I've been trying hard to switch some of our food items over to gluten free options. These cookies come 4-packs to a box so they make a great on-the-go snack. Plus, they are certified gluten free.

First of all...if you are looking for a chewy & moist cookie or snack...this is NOT for you. They are not brick hard but they are crunchy and firm. Hence...I like dunking them in my coffee or hot cocoa because I have a sensitive jaw. My hubby has no chewing problems and loves how crunchy they are! Each serving consists of 2 cookies with that serving consisting of 90 calories with 35 calories of fat. So, I like dunking them and he likes just snacking on them!

Overall, they have a nice taste to them...you can definitely taste the graham flavor and the oatmeal adds a nice texture to the cookie. Finally...these snacks are totally suitable for Vegans too!

Disclosure: Shelly H. received a complimentary package of cookies from Nairn's. No monetary compensation was received. Regardless of receiving a complimentary sample...all opinions, thoughts and words are 100% her own.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Viki’s Granola Berry Parfait Recipe

Get ready to fill a stylish glass to the brim with your choice of yogurt, granola, nuts, fruit, chocolate, ice cream or any number of your favorite ingredients – November 25th is National Parfait Day! Treat yourself to a simple, classic and delicious take on this tasty layered dish with the Viki’s Granola Berry Parfait recipe. Viki’s Granola is nutritious, delicious granola made with 100% all natural ingredients, is Gluten Free with minimal added sugar, and baked with love!

The Original Viki’s flavor is a blend of gluten-free oats, organic honey, almonds, pecans and unsweetened coconut. It is simply, the best tasting, good for you granola. Layered with raspberries and the yogurt of your choice, this Berry Parfait is sure to please your entire family’s taste buds.

Viki’s Granola Berry Parfait Recipe

6 ounces Yogurt (yogurt of choice)
¼ cup raspberries
½ cup Viki’s Original Granola

Place 2 ounces of yogurt into a tall glass or mason jar. Pour a 1/3 of granola evenly on top of the yogurt. Place 2 ounces of yogurt on top of the granola. Add raspberries. Add remaining 2 ounces yogurt and granola on top.

My Thoughts: I received a few complimentary samples of Viki's Granola to try out for all of you. It's been cold here in the northeast so I've been enjoying several bowls of hot oatmeal for breakfast throughout the week. To liven up my boring and plain oatmeal...I've been adding some of Viki's Granola into it.

One of the things I love about Viki's Granola is it's flavor. Hand's down...the flavor! If something doesn't taste good...you're not going to eat it no matter how good it may be for you. Well, this is some of the best granola I've ever had! You can snack on it direct from the package or mix it into your favorite yogurt, ice cream, cereal, oatmeal, etc.

Viki’s Granola is made with 100% all natural ingredients, Gluten Free, minimal added sugar, and baked with love! Unlike other granolas on the market that have harder textures and clusters, Viki’s Granola boasts a fresh, soft, chewy texture with ingredients you can pronounce and no artificial aftertaste. You can find it in 5 different flavors: Original Honey, Blueberry Almond and Maple Cranberry, Banana Walnut and Apple Cinnamon.

We tried the Original Honey, Blueberry almond and the Maple Cranberry. My favorite was the Blueberry Almond while my husband preferred the Maple Cranberry and my mom was all over the Original Honey. There wasn't a bad flavor in the bunch and seriously, we loved them all.

Viki's Granola is sold at retailers nationwide and online at www.VikisFoods.com.

Disclosure: Shelly received complimentary samples of the product featured in this post. No monetary compensation was received. Regardless, Shelly's thoughts and opinions are 100% her own, unbiased opinion and ideas on the product being featured. Your thoughts may differ.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Pistachio Chewy Bite Bread Pudding Recipe

The cool weather is here and soon our houses will be full of friends, family, and holiday cheer. Heather Bell and Jenny Engel of Spork Foods have created a delicious Pistachio Chewy Bite Bread Pudding that will be sure to please even your pickiest house guest. So whip up some holiday cheer this season and fill your house with the sweet scent of a new twist to an old favorite. This recipe will make 6-8 hearty servings.

Pistachio Chewy Bite Bread Pudding Recipe

2 cups un-sweetened almond milk
1/3 cup organic dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon
1?4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated buttery spread
6 slices whole wheat or organic white bread
4-5 Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites, roughly chopped
1?4 cup pistachio kernels, finely chopped or pulsed until fine

Pre-heat oven to 350°.

Add almond milk to a bowl. Add sugar, flax seeds, arrowroot powder, flour, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and sea salt. Whisk until slightly frothy. Set aside.

Spread each slice of bread with a small amount of buttery spread and slice each piece into 6 small triangles. Place in a greased 8 x 8 baking dish, crowded together. Pour liquid mixture over bread and gently press with a fork to help bread absorb liquid.

Gently fold in chopped Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites. Top dish with pistachios.

Bake about 38-40 minutes, or until pudding is set and top is lightly browned.

(C) Spork Foods, 2015 - Reprinted with Permission.