This week I will be sharing recipes that highlight products from the company Nutiva. They recently sent me a box full of some of their most popular products to review and also to choose what to giveaway to one of you! I have been purchasing their protein powders for a while now, as the Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder is a great option for someone who wants the protein, but no dairy (whey) or chemicals/sugar included. These are organic and I love to include them in a shake with almond milk and banana. The first time I tried the powder it seemed grainy, but that isn’t a texture that bothers me. I’ve also tried blending the shakes longer than I normally would and this removes most of that texture. My favorite for shakes is vanilla flavored. But I digress.
If you’ve ever looked on Pinterest or you are someone (or know someone) who eats ‘healthy’, chances are you already know a thing or two about coconut oil. Coconut Oil has so many uses, and not just in your food. But instead of being [most likely] redundant, visit this great post by one of my favorite blogs, WellnessMamma.com: 101 Uses for Coconut Oil.
The other highlighted ingredient is Coconut Manna, which is really just pureed coconut, commonly referred to as coconut butter. Frankly, I could eat this stuff right out of the jar, it’s delicious! But there are lots of ways you can incorporate it into your recipes. Check out some great ideas of how to use coconut manna (aka coconut butter) from TheCoconutMama.com: 25 Ways to Use Coconut Butter. She also includes information on how to make your own.
The Giveway: 2 Nutiva 16 oz Hemp Protein Powders (regular & vanilla)!
Although this was the most requested item in a poll of Facebook followers, this is also my 2 favorite products from Nutiva, so I’m very excited to have the opportunity to give them away to one of you! I use these powders in baking (see Protein Packed Breakfast Wafers for an example), and also in protein shakes made with some sort of combination of almond milk, fruit, honey, and nut butters. It’s more like dessert than a protein shake!
To participate with the chance to win, via multiple entries, please use the widget below. You may need to sign in, but it is quick and easy to do. If you have any questions about the products or how to create multiple entries (for more chances to win!), please leave a comment or email me (aubreecherie (at) gmail (dot) com).
Chocolate Covered Almonds w/Nutiva Coconut Manna & Oil
I got the idea for this recipe from CoconutMama.com, although she did coconut covered raisins as a substitute for yogurt covered raisins. The effect was very different and this didn’t really turn out how I thought it might – I think it’s because in her recipe, the mixture soaked into the raisins. So mine would probably be better defined as a ‘bark’. But I personally think a bark is mostly the candy, with nuts included. This is more like nuts, but with chocolate included ;)
In a double boiler, or in my case I use a glass bowl on top of a small saucepan, add all the ingredients except the almonds. Mix well and continue to stir occasionally until the mixture starts to boil. It is a faint boil, but you will begin to see small frothy bubbles on top. Add in the almonds and mix well. Remove from heat.
In a glass 9×13 pan lined with parchment paper, pour the almonds out. Place the pan in the freezer for a minimum of 20 minutes then chop the solid piece into little bits. I poured all those back into a glass dish and keep them in the fridge. With the summer weather, do not leave them out! Coconut oil will turn to liquid if it’s over 73 degrees F… So keep them cool until you are ready to snack!
Enjoy! They are not super sweet, but they are delicious!
**Disclaimer** I was sent a box of goodies from Nutiva to trial in my recipes, but I was the one that sought them out. All information given on the Nutiva products is my own personal viewpoint and I do my best to be as transparent as possible. If I don’t like something, I will tell you! Other Nutiva product recipes in this series are Snickerdoodle Protein Bites and Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Hemp Seeds.
Also, this blog post does include affiliate links for Amazon.com. This means that if you click to a product description and choose to purchase it, I get a small cut for referring you to that product on Amazon. So thanks! :)
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