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Dried fruit, nuts and seeds
Vol. 12 No. 10

For Oat Cuisine's extraordinary Oil-Free Granola, above: "We use the dried fruit, formerly known as prunes. Pureed, they give it a very chunky texture, unusual for a granola without oil. We still have the ingredients that make granola good, like walnuts and almonds, just in a little lighter quantity. The dried fruit still known as raisins are in there too.”

Lark Ellen Farm is distinctive because its grain-free Granola Bites are made from nuts and seeds which have been sprouted: Cacao Cherry, above. Their Trail Mix contains non-dairy chocolate, nuts and other goodies. The Savory Nut & Seed Mix is a delicious topping for veggies, soups, and salads.

Pecans, macadamia nuts, blueberries, cranberries, and raisins are all part of Oats So Good granola, above, from AtheenOats.

Becca's Petites Bouchées are versatile mouthfuls of flavor. A snack on their own, a topping for ice cream or yogurt, and a dramatic snack disguised as dessert: Chocolate Noir Snack, above.

Baklava is a rich dessert made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts, sweetened and held together with honey. Sounds simple – until you taste this one, above, made by Desserts on Us.

Irresistible! Caramel Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, above, with B.toffee. Covers all the really important food groups too...

Glykį Sweets makes two versions of the Greek pastry called Amygdalotį: traditional Amygdalotį Cookies (Greek almond cookies), and Amygdalotį Balls (above, a wheat-free twist on this traditional Athenian treat).

The little morsels, above, are so delicious and so easy to make, because they use Charmed Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from The Frosting Queens: Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles.

Nuts show up in all kinds of products--including Jittery John's' Brazil Nut Milk Cold-Brewed Coffee, above.

ChocoVivo makes chocolate from bean-to-bar using the ancient stone ground process. For a rich chocolate brownie without the heaviness of butter or gluten: ChocoVivo Paleo Cacao Bites.

The yummy morsel, above, is Black Currant Lemon, one of the flavors of Urban Foods' Superfood Bites, made with oats, flax, quinoa, chia, seeds, and fruit.

Jazz up oatmeal cookies with this recipe from C. J. Olson Cherries, the cherry specialists: Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries, above.

Holly Baking has won awards for their unique Cookie Brittles. Try Hazelnut Chocolate Chip, above.

Maisie Jane's Almonds are so versatile. The really shine in the version of the classic butter cookie, above: Almond Butter Cookies.

The superb quality of Sonoma Syrup Co. Extracts is key to these Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies, above.

D'Vine Crush Fruit and Nut Bites with wine flavor profiles are made to mirror the notes of a particular wine varietal: Corkscrew Cherry Pinot, Toasted Barrel Chardonnay, Noble Rot Rapture Port, and Bountiful Bubble Citrus Cuvee.

The San Francisco Cheesequake Almond Cheesecake, above: classically almond, very nutty. On SFC's housemade graham cracker crust.

AVAIL Bars are made with FDA-compliant organic cricket flour, the nuttiness enhanced by premium ingredients, such as dried bananas and dates, chia, ginger, and honey. A high protein, high fiber, low sugar, organic, non-GMO snack. Banana-Ginger, above.

Rounds, stars, hearts, Christmas trees: different crackerbread shapes for different occasions, and always the same great flavor that pairs with cheese, nuts, and dried fruit, as in Fabulous Fig & Brie Lahvosh Bites, above.

Wild Planet's wild-caught Pink Shrimp combine with vegetables and herbs in a rice paper wrap. Topped with a peanut sauce, it makes a low-calorie, eye-appealing, appetizer or main dish: Wild Shrimp Spring Rolls, above.

Pistachios provide the finishing touch (and crunch) to the complex flavors of Citrus Bulgur Salad with California Dried Plums, above, made with organic dried plums from Taylor Brothers Farms.

Spicy Sesame Noodles with Chopped Peanuts and Thai Basil, above, is made with La Tourangelle Artisan Oils Peanut Oil and Toasted Sesame Oil, and topped off with roasted peanuts and strips of Thai basil.

Bacon makes it a little bit decadent; dried figs, broccoli, and walnuts make it delicious. Broccoli Salad with Figs, above, is made with Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice Figs from Valley Fig Growers.

This recipe from Engage Organics will become your go-to dish for potlucks. Everyone will want to eat it, because it's healthy, tasty, and looks so appetizing: Barley with Spinach and Walnuts, above.

A glass of wine, a few P*DE*Q Brazilian cheesebreads, and Thou, with a little embellishment of sliced cheese, almonds, and pesto, above.

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