Trader Joe's Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds
to former Guest Hunter, Jen Gilmore for the introduction. We met up earlier this week after she had made a trip to Trader Joe’s and picked up their Dark Chocolate Almonds. They have sea salt and turbinado sugar; the perfect combination of salty and sweet – totally delicious. Luckily for us, they’re made out of dark chocolate, California-grown dry roasted almonds, raw sugar, and course sea salt, so they’re sort of healthy indulgence.. right?
to the Brooklyn based company, Rescue Chocolate, you can now have your cake (well chocolate) and eat it too. Every month, the company picks a different animal rescue group from around the country and donates 100% of the net profits to that organization. This month is the New Hampshire SPCA, where my family got our first loveable dog, Pepper, when I was 6. But the list goes on, click here to check out who else they’ve helped since opening their doors in January of 2010. The concept’s incredible and it gets even better when you learn all products are vegan. With flavors like Pick Me! Pepper, Peanut Butter Pit Bull and Foster-iffic Peppermint, it’s hard to order just one. So read more about Rescue Chocolate, the NHSPCA and order some chocolate! It’s the right thing to do.
Photos: Rescue Chocolate (facebook)
and delicious. A recipe for granola bars from Fitness Mag that doesn’t seem too complicated. It uses such good ingredients – walnuts, dark chocolate and flaxseeds. These guys are totally customizable by adding a little more of this or a little less of that. A great snack, made in under an hour and not processed. Homemade, so they don’t come individually packaged – which means they’re good for the environment too.. really there’s no excuse for not trying them, right?!
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1/2 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 16-ounce package mixed dried-fruit bits
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup dark-chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray. Set pan aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, both flours, ground flaxseeds, Grape-Nuts, and ginger. Add egg, applesauce, honey, brown sugar, and oil; mix well. Stir in fruit bits, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and chocolate chips.
3. Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool completely on a wire rack. Use edges of foil to lift cooked granola from pan, and cut into bars.
Photo: Fitness Magazine