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2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest (giveaway ends 7/26/16)

 

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Do you consider yourself a sandwich person? Do you crave a good old PJ&J? Does the idea of a grilled cheese sandwich make your mouth water? Or are you a fan of the classic BLT?

Personally I love the classic ham and Swiss on rye, with lettuce, onions, mayo and just a little bit of mustard. Mmm… yummy!

I’m also a big fan of scrambled egg sandwiches (scrambled eggs sandwiched in between two pieces of toast).

Our favorite sandwiches are made out of ingredients that we love, but let’s face it, the key to any great sandwich is the bread. You need the perfect bread to build your favorite sandwich.

Are you familiar with Arnold® Breads? The brand also goes by the names Brownberry and Oroweat in different parts of the country. Where I live (New York) we know it as Arnold® Bread. For the sake of this post I will refer to the brand as that, but please note the different brand names.

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Arnold® Bread makes a line of premium bread products that include such varieties as 17 Grains & Seeds, Flax & Sesame Seeds, Nuts & Seeds, Oatnut, Double Fiber and Sourdough, to name a few (not all varieties are carried in all stores).

Here is some additional information about Arnold® Bread products.

All of Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads and Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls contain/are:

  • 2 to 5 grams of fiber per slice or thin
  • Zero grams of Trans Fat
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • A cholesterol free food

The Arnold® bread varieties contain/are:

  • Made with 100% whole grains
  • Good source of fiber
  • 80 calories per serving
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Heart healthy*
  • Zero grams of Trans Fat

Health authorities recommend munching on 25-38 grams of fiber[1] and 48 grams of whole grains per day[2], much of which may come from whole grain products like Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads or Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls varieties.

If you’re not sure of how  many grams of whole grains you are getting, look for the Whole Grain Stamp found on all of Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads and Arnold®  Sandwich Thins® Rolls.

* Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and as low as possible in trans fat, may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

[1]http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6796

[2] http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grain-stamp 

Arnold® Bread is hosting a contest that readers might be interested in. They want to hear about what healthful ingredients their fans use to make the perfect sandwich with their delicious, made with whole grain bread, so Arnold® Bread is hosting the“2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest.

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To enter, fans can submit their sandwich recipes to AmericasBetterSandwich.com for a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000!!! Talk about a lot of “dough,” LOL!

Winners in each of the five categories with the highest overall scores will receive $5,000 – so you have more than one chance to win. The five categories are:

“Open-Faced Artistry” (sandwiches are works of art for the world to see, and these snacks and meals should announce their nutritious ingredients—like bright beets or tasty tuna— sans second slice);

“Breakfast in Bread” (these sandwiches, featuring nutrient rich breakfast favorites like eggs and yogurt, invoke images of cozy mornings in bed or boisterous brunches with friends);

“Creative Classics” (nutritious spins on sandwich creations that have stood the test of time, such as grandma’s club sandwich, BLT or other old-time favorites);

“Fueling Good” (these sandwiches should incorporate ingredients that help boost your energy such as healthful fats, protein, fiber and iron)

“State Favorites” (whether it’s a well-known sandwich in the state you reside, or a must-have local dish that can transition into a sandwich, celebrate your state pride by re-creating these state favorites with better-for-you ingredients)

In addition, Arnold® Bread  will donate one (1) loaf of bread to Feeding America for each entry and or vote submitted, with a minimum of 75,000 and up to 100,000 loaves donated. That is AWESOME!!! I am thrilled to hear that the brand is giving back to the community as part of this fun contest.

Entries will be accepted up until August 21, 2016. Online consumer voting will take place from September 26, – October 23, 2016. The winners will be announced on National Sandwich Day (November 3, 2016).

I used some Arnold® Bread recently to make an amazing sandwich. My original intent was to use Arnold® Bread sandwich thins, but they ended up being too small for what I wanted to do. I had to swap out the Arnold® Bread Sandwich Thins for Arnold® Bread Country White Bread (it was the only other bread we had on hand – any Arnold® Bread would work with this recipe).

This is NOT my recipe. I have seen something similar to it on the Internet (I honestly don’t know where I saw it). This is my version of the sandwich (the recipe I saw used different cheese, fresh bacon and used the bacon grease to brown the bread in).

I don’t have a name for this recipe, but here are the ingredients and how I put it together.

Sandwich Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • Arnold® Bread of your choice (one that has normal sized slices is best)
  • A few slices of Cheddar Cheese, Munster Cheese OR your favorite cheeses
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Pickles (long sliced ones work best)
  • Mayonnaise

Directions:

  1. Spread the mayonnaise on one side of a slice of bread and lay it in a frying pan.
  2. Add a slice or two of one type of cheese on top of the bread.
  3. Add a slice or two of pickle on top of the cheese.
  4. Next, add another slice or two of a different cheese (if you prefer). Top that with a slice or two of bacon.
  5. Finish it off with another slice or two of cheese (if you want).
  6. Finally, top the sandwich with another slice of bread that has mayonnaise spread on the outside of the slice.
  7. Cook a few minutes on medium heat the flip over for another few minutes. It will be done when the bread is crispy and golden brown and the cheeses have melted.

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I know this is not the healthiest sandwich, but it was something I was wanting to try for a long time now. It turned out amazing too!

You could substitute things like turkey bacon (or no bacon), low fat cheeses, low fat mayonnaise, butter instead of mayo, less cheese and so forth. You could also use turkey slices instead of bacon. If you think about it there are a lot of ways you can make this sandwich a bit better for you.

I do eat healthy sandwiches – this was just something I really wanted to try.

A great healthy option is Arnold® Bread (such as whole wheat) with a little peanut butter and slices of Granny Smith apples. Mmm! You should try it. It’s really good!

Overall I am glad that I finally made this sandwich. I plan on making it again but I’ll mix up the ingredients a bit (I’d omit the bacon and maybe use a slice of ham).

This sandwich was so yummy!

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What do you think about this sandwich? Is it something you would like to try? What Arnold® Bread would you use to make it with? How would you make it differently?

For more information about Arnold® Bread, visit ArnoldBread.com. There you can learn about all of their products, check out some delicious recipes, nutrition tips, promotions and more. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom right of their home page.

Don’t forget! Enter the AmericasBetterSandwich.com recipe contest for your chance of winning the grand prize of $25,000 or one of the category prizes of $5,000. Remember, entering and voting will also result in donations to Feeding America.

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To help you to create your perfect sandwich, Arnold® Bread would like to give a lucky reader the following prize package; 

  • Six coupons, each valid for $5.00 off the purchase of any Arnold®  Whole Grain Sliced Bread of choice
  • Six coupons, each valid for $4.00 off the purchase of any Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls of choice
  • $25 Visa gift card to use towards ingredients for their favorite sandwiches

Thank you Arnold® Bread!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 26, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about YOUR perfect sandwich. What kind of bread would you use? What would be the fillings in your sandwich? What condiments would you use?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.

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Kimberly

*A gift card, coupons and information were provided by Arnold® Bread. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Happy National Egg Day!

 

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Did you know that today, June 3, 2016, is National Egg Day?

Are you a fan of eggs? If so, what is your favorite way to enjoy them?

My family uses a lot of eggs during the week, for meals as well as in recipes.

One of my family’s favorite dinners is pepper and eggs on a hard  roll. I simply cut up some green peppers, sautee them in a pan until they are just about to get soft, then mix in some eggs (pre-mixed with a little milk or water). I move the egg and pepper mixture around until its fully cooked (scrambled eggs). We spoon some of the mixture on hard rolls (or hamburger rolls) and enjoy.

Mmm… I’m craving that right now!

In honor of National Egg Day I made one of my all time favorite egg dishes. My mom used to make it for me when I was younger. She referred to it as an “egg in a basket.” I’m sure it goes by other names too.

Ingredients

Here is my recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Egg
  • Slice of bread
  • Butter

Directions:

  1. Butter both sides of the bread.
  2. Using a small glass (like a juice glass) make a hole in the center of the bread and remove the piece you cut out.
  3. Place the bread in a non-stick pan like the 10″ Calphalon Classic Nonstick Fry Pan that I used.
  4. Crack ope the egg and carefully pour it into the hole in the middle of the bread.
  5. Cook for a few minutes on medium heat until you see the egg white start to turn white.
  6. Using a spatula carefully flip the bread/egg over and then cook it for a minute or two longer (you want the inside to still be liquid).
  7. Remove from the pan and place on a plate and enjoy! If done correctly the inside of the egg will still be liquid (like a soft boiled egg). You can use the bread to soak up the liquid as you eat it.
  8. As a bonus you can also cook the circle you cut out from the bread for an added treat.

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Egg 3

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This is SO GOOD! I make this often for me and my family. It’s so easy to make too.

Another great egg dish is a breakfast sandwich. You just need a small pan (Calphalon’s 8″ Nonstick Fry Pan is a great choice), an egg, cheese and a toasted English Muffin. Simply fry an egg (crack it open in the pan, cook a few minutes until the egg whites turn white, flip it for another minute or two – you want the middle to be liquid). Put it on a toasted English Muffin, top it with cheese and enjoy. Of course you can add other toppings too (bacon, ham, mushrooms…).

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Calphalon was kind enough to send me new fry pans to whip up my egg recipes with. I received a 10″ and 8″ pan. The smaller pan is ideal for making a single fried egg. It’s the perfect size for it. It’s also ideal for an individual omelet or scrambled eggs for one.

The 10″ pan is a bit more generous in size. You could easily fit a few fried egg in it, or two “Eggs in a Basket.” You could also use it to make an omelet or scrambled eggs for two people. It can also be used for another breakfast favorite of ours – pancakes!

I love the way these pans look. They have really nice handles. I also appreciate the tall sides.

The best part is that these pans are non-stick. For me, having non-stick pans are a must. I don’t want to have to add butter or oil to my recipes just to make them not stick to the pan. I’m also not a fan of non-stick sprays (I try to limit the amount of spray products in my home due to our asthmatic cat and because it’s harmful to the environment).

I have other non-stick pans which are not 100% non-stick. So far I have not had an issue with the Calphalon pans and sticking. So far they are the best non-stick pans I own.

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Clean up is a breeze.

I also appreciate that these pans are lightweight. I suffer from Carpal Tunnel and sometimes my right wrist hurts (I’m right handed). These pans are light enough that I shouldn’t have a problem using them when my Carpal kicks in.

If you are interested in learning more about these specific pans visit Calphalon Classic 2-piece fry pan set on the Calphalon website. You can also go to Calphalon.com to learn about other products they offer.

The pans retail for $39.99.

You can also find the Calphalon brand on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What is YOUR favorite egg recipe? Did you have a egg today in honor of National Egg Day?

Are you familiar with Calphalon products? If so, what is your overall opinion about them? I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received a free pan set to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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5 Ways to Get Fancy with Avocados at Your Next Dinner Party

 

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Are you a fan of avocados? Up until recently I really didn’t care much for them. After making homemade guacamole I have been learning to like the unusual green fruit (it really is a fruit, not a vegetable).

You can find the super easy to make guacamole recipe that I made for Cinco de Mayo here – Spice Up Cinco de Mayo with freshly made guacamole.

My kids like avocados. They like to smear mashed avocado on their toast or crackers.

Avocados are great year round, but the prime Peruvian Avocado season is June through September (Avocados from Peru are often considered the world’s standard), which is the time of year that people often host backyard barbecude and dinner parties for family and friends.

Did you know you can “dress up” an avocado to make them look really fancy?

Avocados from Peru are a great way to add flavor and flair without adding cost or hours of prep. So no need to break into the chardonnay just yet, because here are a few tips on how to add a dash of fancy to your next dinner party without breaking the bank:

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Marbling Madness: When an avocado is mashed into a slab and frozen, it adds a whole new level of classiness to any dish. The bright yellows and greens of an avocado look brilliant as a backdrop to tasty grilled fish, plus your creativity will shine through by cutting the marbled block into geometric shapes! Careful, though–Avocados have high fat content, so they won’t stay frozen for long.

Avocado Ribbons: Anybody can cut an avocado into slices, but have you ever tried shaving an avocado? All you need is a y-shaped peeler and a steady hand to create beautiful ribbons and curls of avocado—perfect for adorning salads, pasta, and pizzas. You could even make a deconstructed guacamole if you want to go the modernist route. http://bit.ly/1X5yAH2

Grilled Deliciousness:Who doesn’t love seared grill marks on their meals? Scoop out the avocado flesh and throw it on the grill for a few minutes. This unique take on barbeque will spice up the average burger plus give the avocado an extra boost of flavor.

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Living Centerpiece:Using a special avocado sprouter (yay Pinterest!), take advantage of every aspect of the avocado by submerging the pit in water. In just a few short weeks, you’ll have a beautiful blossoming centerpiece that will last until it outgrows your table and be the center of attention! http://www.yankodesign.com/2013/08/14/simple-home-horticulture/.

Avocado Daiquiri: You can drink your avocados too! Try this recipe for avocado daiquiris–it’s quick, easy, and the addition of chilled creamy avocado will make a great impression. If that doesn’t work, you can always break out the Pisco!

What is YOUR favorite way to enjoy an avocado?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.

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Summer time cocktails

 

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Memorial Weekend is THIS coming weekend. What are your holiday plans?

My birthday is this weekend, as is my daughter’s. We’ll be heading upstate to my father’s house to have a combined birthday party (pizza! cake!). Aside from that, we have nothing else planned.

Memorial Weekend is party time for many people across the country. It’s a great time to celebrate the unofficial start of the summer season with backyard barbecues, bonfires on the beach or sitting around a campfire.

If you are looking for some cocktails to try out this weekend, here are a few you might enjoy.

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Freshley French

1 ½ oz. CAMUS VSOP Elegance cognac
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
lemon slice for garnish

Add a lemon slices into a chilled glass and set aside.  Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into garnished glass and serve.

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Summer Breeze

1 ½ oz. DANZKA Cranraz Vodka
1 ½ oz. pineapple juice
3 oz. cranberry juice
pineapple slice for garnish

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into a highball glass and garnish with pineapple slice and serve. 

Barefoot in the Garden HR

Barefoot in the Garden

1 ½ oz. SIA Scotch Whisky
1 ½ oz. elderflower liquer
¾ oz. lemon juice
splash of club soda
Mint sprig for garnish

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add in Sia Scotch Whisky, elderflower liquer and lemon juice.  Shake and strain into a tin.  Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

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Botanicals on the Beach

1 ½ oz. UNGAVA Gin
2 oz. coconut water
½ oz. soda
½ oz. simple syrup

In a shaker with ice add in all liquid ingredients except soda.  Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top with soda.

Mint Mahem HR

Mint Mayhem

1 oz. LUCID Absinthe
1 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. lemon-lime soda
4-6 mint leaves
3 lime wheels

In a glass, muddle mint leaves and a lemon wheel.  Add ice, Lucid Absinthe, pineapple juice and top with lemon-lime soda.  Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.

What is your favorite cocktail?

What are YOUR plans for the Memorial Day Weekend?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Spice up Cinco de Mayo with freshly made guacamole

 

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Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, The date commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Here in the United States, most people don’t celebrate that monumentous victory. They rather eat and enjoy Mexican cuisine. I suppose that is OK. I certainly don’t mind tacos from time to time. Maybe I’ll make Spaghetti Tacos for dinner tomorrow night.

You can find my recipe here – After a long day of childhood you need…  (please note that the giveaway on the post is over).

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Essentially most people see Cinco de Mayo as the opportunity to eat, drink and be merry.

A staple for any Cinco de Mayo celebration is guacamole.

I have never made guacamole on my own. I have only enjoyed it at restaurants or pre-made from the grocery store. I honestly assumed it was too much work to make it on my own. WOW! Was I sure wrong.

The Litehouse foods brand sent me a guacamole kit to make my own guacamole dip for my family.

Kit

The kit included all the essentials…

  • Cutting board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Avocado slicer
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Lighthouse Guacamole Herbs & Spice Blend
  • Avocadoes
  • Salt
  • Limes
  • Fork
  • Chips

Check out just how simple this recipe is.

Guacamole Recipe

I was able to whip up freshly made guacamole in minutes. I can’t believe how easy it was.

Be prepared to drool…

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It was so good that I almost ate the entire bowl of guacamole myself.

I have used several Lighthouse herbs and spices over the years. What I love most about them is that they are incredibly fresh tasting. They taste like they were freshly ground from your garden. They do not taste bland or stale like other herbs and spices found on store shelves.

Litehouse has such a nice variety too including (of course) the Guacamole seasoning, Red Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Dill and Italian, to name a few.

Lighthouse herbs and spices are available at many retail locations across the country.

If you would like learn more about Lithouse herbs and spices, as well as their dips, dressings and more, visit LitehouseFoods.com. Be sure to check out the brand on social media too. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Have you ever tried Litehouse products? If so, which one/ones? What did you think about them?

Do you like guacamole? What do you think about this easy recipe?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Introducing Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder

 

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I love peanuts and peanut butter. I eat it several times a week. I enjoy it as a sandwich, on toast, on crackers and my personal favorite, with tart Granny Smith apples. What I like to do is spread peanut butter on a burrito wrap, top it with some chopped up Granny Smith apple, then roll it up and enjoy. It’s one of my “go-to” grab-and-go breakfasts.

I also love to get a bag of roasted peanuts whenever we go to the country fair. I also add peanuts on top of ice cream or just enjoy “as is.”

Oh yes! I forgot to mention that chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven. I love chocolate and peanut butter combined.

I’ve tried many peanut butters over the years – crunchy, creamy, flavored – but I have never had Peanut Powder before. It’s like peanut butter, but in a powdered version.

Santa Cruz Organic offers consumers two different Peanut Powder. One is regular and the other is will milled chia seeds.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder

Why choose Peanut Powder? Because it gives you the same great roasted peanut flavor but with fewer calories and less fat.

I compared Santa Cruz Peanut Powder with a popular name brand peanut butter and this is what I found.

Brand name creamy peanut butter – 3 tablespoons is 285 calories.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder – 3 tablespoons is 70 calories.

Brand name creamy peanut butter – 3 tablespoons equals 24 grams of fat.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder – 3 tablespoons equals 2 grams of fat (3 grams for the powder with the chia seeds)

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Wow! That is a huge difference. Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder also has less carbs than the brand name creamy peanut butter. When it came to protein, the brand name creamy peanut butter had more than the Peanut Powder.

So how does one enjoy Peanut Powder? It’s simple, simply add it to your favorite recipes, smoothies or desserts. You could mix a spoonful in your oatmeal for a peanut butter flavored oatmeal. You could also sprinkle a little bit on top of your ice cream.

The Peanut Powder tastes exactly like peanuts because it IS real peanuts, it’s just chopped up so fine that it’s a powder. *Santa Cruz Organic’s Peanut Powder is made with ONLY organic peanuts. That’s it. There is no added ingredients, flavors or colors.

*All Santa Cruz Organic products are Certified USDA Organic Non-GMO Project® Verified

Granola

Santa Cruz Organic has a recipe on their site that utilizes their Peanut Powder. It’s for an Apple Peanut Granola. It not only provides a nourishing breakfast but it also doubles as an easy and portable snack. Best of all, there are no “mystery ingredients” because you’ll know everything that went into making it. It’s a quick and easy recipe and you can adapt it to suit your family’s tastes.  

You can find the recipe on their site. I omitted the salt and added in walnuts and raisins (in addition to the pecans).

This recipe is made with applesauce and maple syrup, both of which were surprise ingredients to me. Santa Cruz Organic also makes applesauce. The brand sent me both Peanut Powders to try out (with and without Chia seeds) as well a a jar of organic applesauce.

Granola Recipe

My kids love it and I plan on making more. They mostly used this as a snack, but my daughter did add it to her yogurt and I think it would make a delicious ice cream topping too.

You can find more recipes like this on the Santa Cruz Organic website.

I think Peanut Powder is a unique idea. I love that you can still the same great peanut butter-like taste, but with much less fat and calories. I like the idea of challenging myself to find yummy ways to incorporate it into recipes too.

If you would like to learn more about Santa Cruz Organic, their Peanut Powder and/or Applesauce, visit SantaCruzOrganic.com. You can also find the brand on social media. The links are found on the top of their website.

Have you ever tried Peanut Powder? Are you a fan of the Santa Cruz Organic brand? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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