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Archive for August 17, 2009

PRODUCT: Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters


Granola and nuts = crunchy sweetness.
Photo by Emily Chang | THE NIBBLE.

Nature Valley has ported granola into a very crunchy line of Granola Nut Clusters: bite size, 100% snacks that are an alternative to candy and other sweet treats. While they are made of nutritious nuts and honey, whole grain oats, canola oil and other better-for-you ingredients, there’s also a lot of sugar—catering to the American palate that’s been trained to want more sweetness than other flavors. The sweet, crunchy nuggets certainly more than please.

The strongest nut flavor (and least sugariness) came from Nut Lovers, a combination of cashews, peanuts and pecans. Roasted Almond and Roasted Peanut tied for second, with Roasted Cashew trailing in third, the mild cashew flavor overwhelmed by the sugar.

Granola Nut Clusters can also be used to garnish a dish of ice cream.


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TIP OF THE DAY: Easy Fruit Ice Cream


No ice cream machine is needed here, just very ripe fruit and a quart of vanilla ice cream (No Sugar Added ice cream works fine, too). Lightly purée (don’t liquefy) 3 cups of peaches, berries, stone fruit or bananas. Scoop the ice cream into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat it with the paddle attachment for 2 minutes, until soft. Add the fruit purée and blend for 1 minute. Transfer the mixture back into the original ice cream container (plus another container for the excess), and return the ice cream to the freezer for 2 hours or more. It will taste just like long-churn, homemade ice cream!

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