GranolaChic™ Perfect Snow-Cone Syrup (with fresh fruit)

 Who doesn’t like snow-cones? We have them almost every day; yes even in the cold, as our naughty treat (but there’s nothing naughty about this treat). It’s also a RAW food.

GranolaChic’s Perfect Snow-Cone Syrup  (with fresh fruit)

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1/2 bag Frozen Organic Fruit (Strawberry, Blueberry, or other)

1/4 Cup – 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup or alternate sweeteners like organic brown rice syrup, Agave Nectar, Simple Syrup from organic sugar, etc (The sweetener needs to be sweet and make it to taste…..each batch will be a little different depending on the ripeness of the fruit you are using)

ICE and your snow-cone machine

This will serve Two with enough for seconds. For a family of Four an entire bag of frozen fruit will usually leave enough for left-overs.  

The recipe I created with fresh/frozen fruit has been a HUGE hit with even children that do not like organic or healthy food. They didn’t even know the snow-cones were not traditional and they asked for seconds!!!

For two children take ½ bag of frozen fruit like organic strawberries or organic blueberries and allow them to thaw for a few hours in the fridge and then blend them until perfect and smooth. Then add your favorite sweetener (to taste because each batch will vary depending on the ripeness of the fruit) you may use simple syrup, organic rice syrup, maple syrup, Agave Nectar, and blend. Add this as Perfect snow-cone syrup. Maple syrup works the best and it tastes the most like the real snow-cone syrups…only….your kids are getting REAL fruit.You can also use fresh fruit in the same measurement as the frozen fruit, blend, add sweetener, and serve.

TIPS: If you are in a big hurry or you simply do not want to prep or wash the blender ….take Cascadian Farms Organic Fruit Juice in Concentrate and allow it to thaw in the fridge for a few hours. When the juice has thawed completely, prepare your snow-cones and use the Un-Diluted  juice as your snow-cone syrup. No FUSS, No MESS, No CLEAN-UP. They have really yummy flavors grape, raspberry, etc.

Other ideas: This is great over ice cream, mascarpone cheese, Chèvre with this syrup as a generous topping for faux cheesecake, serve over brownies as a drizzle, angel food cake, strawberry shortcake…OH YES, serve with cake, the ideas are endless. Add fresh fruit as a garnish on the plate, bowl, or platter and serve.

More ideas: If you take the fruit and you do not allow it to thaw and you blend it by adding the sweetener along with the fruit into the blender it creates a wonderful granita quality treat.

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 5:17 am  Comments (2)  
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Cascadian Farm Organic Raspberry Juice (Recommendation)

We have purchased the Cascadian Farm Organic Raspberry Juice in frozen concentrate and it went over with EXCELLENT reviews by children. Moms and Dads liked it too.

 We say fresh is best but for those moments when you need something FAST and EASY and you want to also be HEALTHY we love to give recommendations on products we have tested ourselves and we feel confident you will love. Hopefully, it will save you money and time by helping you choose products that have a great flavor and have been pre-tested by children, instead of wasting money on products that taste like cardboard and have wasted your time and money.

Tips: This makes wonderful Popsicles.

Another idea is to take the juice in concentrate form and put it in the fridge for a few hours. Allow it to thaw completely. Then use the concentrated juice (not diluted) as a YUMMY snow cone syrup. Try Grape, Raspberry, or any of the flavors for really yummy snow-cone syrup. Your children will never want a sugar based snow-cone AGAIN. And, you’ll be their HERO. How can you get better than that?

The syrup can be made fresh for snow-cones too and I will hopefully post recipes soon on how to make the syrup from organic frozen fruit and Agave or Maple syrup which we make on a daily basis at GranolaChic.

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 7:27 pm  Comments (1)  
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Organic Juice (Recommendation) R.W. Knudsen organic apple

R.W. Knudsen Organic Unsweetened Apple juice is SOOOOOO delicious and it would be hard to beat the flavor!! It is naturally sweet.

We have tried the 365 brand at Whole Foods and the kids REJECTED the juice. We even did a blind taste test with children to see if they could tell the difference and THEY COULD EVERY TIME. We at GranolaChic could tell too and we usually really endorse the 365 brand. It just cannot touch the R.W. Knudsen juice.

Value: We purchase the 1 gallon glass jugs and we use the jugs again later for other juices or for water. The smaller quantities cost more if you compare the price in gallon containers. The rate is around 7.99-8.99 per gallon. You can get sales on the non-organic but recall how important organic is especially for fruits like apples, strawberries, blueberries, & grapes. Little ones have such a hard time with pesticides because of the size of their bodies and the amount of toxins in non-organic fruits. It’s worth the few extra dollars to prevent illness if you can at all afford to do so.

Tips:I heard the argument once that larger companies with commercial crops that have taken on organics have organic food but the food gets over-sprayed with some chemicals. If this is a concern, try to buy local organic produce because the crops are small and you know they don’t have the commercial crop close to have concerns with over-spray. Also, purchase from companies that are small and they don’t share crops with commercial growers.

Last: We endorse making fresh organic juice at home (because fresh is the best). We make everything from carrot, orange, apple, to mixed juices. I will try to post some of those recipes soon. If you have any requests email and let me know.

Have a GranolaChic® day and try A Little bit of Green in Everything!

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 7:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Pomegranate Glaze

Pomegranate Glaze

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 1 large pomegranate

1/4 cup maple syrup or Agave nectar (to taste…. you may need more or less depending on the sweetness of the fruit, as each fruit can be more or less ripe)

This will top one batch of brownies so double the recipe if you have a large cake or want to have enough for seconds. It is a modest amount and should give 1/2 cup of glaze. 

Take the pomegranate and wash it thoroughly, cut into quarters, submerge into ice-cold water, remove all seeds, remove all peel and pith (discard peel and pith unless using it for another project), take the seeds and process them in a blender or food processor, strain any remaining seeds out for a smooth texture (if you enjoy the seeds leave them in, the texture will be much like that of a dish prepared with blackberry or raspberry if you leave the seeds in the dish), add agave nectar or maple syrup, to taste, blend one final time. Place over medium heat and warm while allowing the glaze to reduce until the glaze coats the back of the spoon with which you are using to stir. Remove from heat and either serve warm over ice cream, brownies, warm toasty nut bread or something like our coconut cranberry bread with pomegranate glaze, you may also allow to cool and then put into a squeeze bottle for use later and top pancakes, waffles, or anything your heart desires.

This is extremely simple and very good. It can be prepared RAW and it will not be as thick but it has a wonderful flavor either way.

RAW: Simply take the pomegranate and wash it thoroughly, cut into quarters, submerge in ice-cold water, remove all seeds, remove all peel and pith (discard unless using for another project), take the seeds and process them in a blender or food processor, strain any remaining seeds out for a smooth texture (if you like the seeds leave them in….it will be much like that of blackberry or raspberry seeds if you leave them), add agave or maple syrup to taste and blend one final time. Drizzle over chocolate cake, banana bread or walnut raisin bread, brownies, ice cream etc. Tips: We love to make simple faux cheesecake.

We take goat chevre (you may use mascarpone cheese or cream cheese) and place it in a cocktail glass add pomegranate glaze or blueberry puree over the top of the chunks of cheese and the kids think it is dreamy. You make it in five minutes, it’s just a fast/fun dessert.

Blueberry puree is made the same way. Simply take a bag of frozen organic blueberries and blend them until smooth, add maple syrup or agave nectar to taste (it should be very sweet) this is amazing over homemade snow-cones, ice cream, faux cheesecake, real cheesecake, you name it, it’s great. We enjoy this best cold and not heated. By using the blueberries frozen it is much like a blueberry slushy or if thick enough a granita. Way too sweet for us to eat alone but as a topping it is very delicious.

Overnight Oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal   (no cooking required)

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1 cup organic oats (no quick cooking oats,  the real thing)

1 cup Milk (enough to cover the oats completely)

1-2 Tablespoons Agave nectar or maple syrup (to taste)

1 tsp – 1 Tablespoon of Goat butter (optional) melt and pour over top if you are making warm oats

This is so easy and I have made this for years for little ones. I just decided to make it one day, I didn’t want to cook it because I didn’t want to lose the nutrients, and it went over really great. I hope your family will enjoy this for years to come.

Take organic oatmeal (again, no quick oats), place it in a bowl, cover with raw goat’s milk (or milk of your choice… nut milks etc), add agave nectar or maple syrup, cover and put it in the fridge for the next morning. You may heat it or serve it as a cold cereal. We enjoy it cold. If you need or like a little more milk just add that right before you serve the oats. If for any reason you have added too much milk, just pour the additional milk off of the top before you serve the cereal.

By not heating the cereal or cooking the oats you retain the RAW as well as the nutrients in the milk as well as the oats.

Tips: If you want green oatmeal just add a teaspoon of your favorite greens into the oats and mix really good right before you serve.

Butter: Certainly optional and it is only good if you are serving it warm. For the dairy free version use nut milk and omit the butter completely. The kids love this cereal cold and request it a lot! You cannot get easier than this and you can feel confident that they are getting all of the nutrients in this raw cereal too.

Quick version: You may prepare this and place it in the fridge and it will be ready in a few hours. It will take several hours for the oats to soak up the milk and give it that (the kids call it soggy) texture (adults will call it cooked texture) if you serve it too soon it will be too chewy. Just for the record a dad told me that he has never liked oatmeal but he really likes my version because it is moist and still a little chewy and the cooked version to him; according to his childhood memories, is soggy and gummy. I didn’t want the kids “soggy” description to make you feel it is a soggy cereal because it is not. It really makes the perfect texture. I do prefer the overnight version because it has the perfect consistency, but I have had the request first thing in the morning when it was not on our menu for the day so I improvised and promised it for an afternoon snack.

Kid Friendly Kombucha (We use Mango Tango by Odwalla)

Kid Friendly Kombucha

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Let’s talk Kombucha. This recipe is not for KT (Kombucha Tea) and it is not for Odwalla; nor is that our intent. It is for the yummy blend the two make together and the recipe GranolaChic created using Odwalla and KT together for a fast, easy, and healthy treat.  The kids beg for this and they are not getting a lot of Kombucha but they only need a small amount (if you believe in allowing them to drink it in the first place). I suggest researching and seeing what you believe about Kombucha and if you feel this is for you and you feel comfortable and safe growing Kombucha I hope that you enjoy using my idea.

1-2 oz Kombucha Tea

8 oz Mango Tango by Odwalla (feel free to substitute with another brand this is just a GranolaChic favorite)!

That’s it. Just add a small amount of Kombucha Tea to the Mango Tando stir it in the glass and serve.  It tastes almost exactly like orange juice because the KT cuts the sweet notes in the Mango Tango and you have the earthy not quite sour taste of KT. This allows the health benefits but allows the palate to develop and acquire a taste for KT without the aversion. If it is good for you but it does not taste good then it does not matter how good it is for you because it will never help you if you cannot get your children to eat it in the first place. It’s all about the love not the fight. OK, so it’s fun to have a food fight but it’s not fun to fight about food…now think about that one.

Variations: This is the original GranolaChic Mighty Mango Kombucha. Feel free to use other fruits with which you may blend KT from light to strong measurements. Puree of mango is wonderful to add to perfectly brewed KT. Pour KT into a glass add your mango puree (1/4 of a puree of mango added to 8 oz of homemade KT) it’s a taste preference so see what you like. Mix and enjoy. Mix with a wooden chopstick they make great stir sticks. This recipe is straight ahead and strong not sweet. The Mango Tango for kids has the sweet flavor as they add apple juice, orange juice, coconut and other blends to make a delightful drink. GranolaChic’s Mighty Mango, is better for you if you drink without sweetener but if you just have to add sweetener we have added maple syrup or agave nectar (100% organic and pure) to the KT and Mango nothing more and nothing less….but Mighty GOOD hence the name. You can also use this as a marinade for fish or use it for a delicious salad dressing.

Published in: on October 25, 2007 at 9:36 am  Comments (4)  
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Mighty Mango Kombucha Tea

Mighty Mango Kombucha Tea

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¼ – 1  Mango (puree)

8oz Fresh Kombucha Tea

Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup to taste (optional only for newbies) or (if you choose to marinade fish or use as salad dressing)

This is the original GranolaChic Mighty Mango Kombucha. Feel free to use other fruits with which you may blend KT from light to strong measurements. Puree of mango is wonderful to add to perfectly brewed KT. Pour KT into a glass add your mango puree (1/4 – 1 mango added to 8 oz of homemade KT) It is a taste preference, so see what you like. Mix and enjoy.  This recipe is straight ahead and strong not sweet. Mighty Mango, is better for you if you drink without sweetener but if you just have to add sweetener we have added maple syrup or agave nectar (100% organic and pure) to the KT and Mango nothing more and nothing less….but Mighty GOOD hence the name. You can also use this as a marinade for fish or use it for a delicious salad dressing.

Don’t forget you can get frozen mango at the grocery store to make this even more convenient.  You can also get fresh and you can peel, slice, and puree your own if you choose. I do like mine fresh but I keep frozen mango on hand whether I froze it myself or whether I purchased it from a supplier.

What is kombucha….that is a blog that deserves a page of it’s own. Soon to blog….

GranolaChic does have Kombucha mothers and babies available.

Published in: on October 25, 2007 at 9:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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Coffee Milk (alternate name …Brown Milk)

Coffee Milk (alternate name …Brown Milk)

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8 oz Goat Milk, rice milk, almond milk (milk of your choice) I prefer RAW Goat if it is legal in your state or Meyersberg from the cold milk isle.

1 tsp -2 Tablespoons Blackstrap Molasses….Start with the smallest amount and work your way up to the larger measurement

Pour milk, stir in molasses, stir until blended and enjoy it’s that simple.  

OK, so there’s not a drop of coffee in this drink but they feel like they are so grown up with a name like this…we are just being silly. For those non-coffee drinkers the name BROWN MILK works great. I don’t call it CHOCOLATE MILK because I have a recipe for that too and it uses raw chocolate powder (so that name is taken). This may seem oh so silly to you, but if you begin serving your little ones GranolaChic milks your children will let you know exactly which one they want and why.  I created this not only for nutrition but because someone we know was a big Starbucks fan and the kids wanted to join in and enjoy a coffee creation too. They knew this had no coffee but they also knew it was especially wonderful and just for them. Things like this make all the difference in life.

 

This is something I drink for additional iron, calcium, and nutrients. The children beg for this drink. I am not big on “sneaking or hiding” ingredients in food my style is more being silly, funny, and fun. We just make eating FUN and because it is a child’s nature to play, to be silly, & to have fun, they have no trouble cooperating…..they are just amazed to see that grownups know how to be silly…..that’s what makes it fun, that’s what makes them laugh. Again, it’s the memories. They will always recall coffee milk, perhaps they will crave it into adulthood, and even better yet perhaps they will share coffee milk (brown milk) with their children.

See my link to Raw Goat Dairy in AZ and in TX. The people with whom I deal not only go through the safety measures required by the state but they go above those measures because they care about people and they know that children are getting this product. They take serious the fact that most children drinking this product are doing so because of autism, allergies, or other health issues and they want to have good conscience that their product is going to help not hinder a child’s health. So, look for the link. I will post that soon. I will also tell you why the farms above are so amazing in a later blog.

Published in: on October 25, 2007 at 8:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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Arrowhead Mills Organic Brown Rice Flour Gluten-Free

From baked breads to cookies &  casseroles this flour is a great item to have on hand.

Published in: on October 23, 2007 at 5:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

NATUREPOPS by College Farm (Naughty Naughty…. not really)

These yummy suckers are USDA organic and offer 18 lollipops in assorted flavors. Citrus, wild berry, cherry, and tropical treat using fruit and vegetable colors.

Always a crowd pleasing treat for children or adults.

Published in: on October 23, 2007 at 5:45 pm  Leave a Comment