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July 13, 2012

I Heart Vegetables: Spreading the LOVE

The below is taken directly from the blog I HEART VEGETABLES

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A few weeks ago, at work, we had a little “ice breaker” activity in one of our big team meetings. We had to create our favorite brand out of play-doh. (Whatever that means.) I immediately decided on Love Grown Foods since they’re just awesome.

I was explaining to my co-workers why Love Grown was such a cool company, and everyone was intrigued! I ended up winning a Starbucks gift card out of the whole ordeal. Not bad, right? But that’s not all! I posted the picture to the Love Grown Facebook page, and they told me they would send me coupons for some free granola!

And then, they far exceeded expectations. They sent me two HUGE boxes of samples. There was seriously probably 100 mini bags of granola, plus big bags of each flavor, a t-shirt, a notebook, stickers, and tons of coupons! I was like a granola fairy, running around work, passing out bags of granola.

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As if I didn’t already LOVE them, I just couldn’t stop smiling

I’ve been eating this granola non-stop for the past couple of days. I have a bag in my desk drawer, and I’m pretty sure I eat a handful of it every 7 minutes.

Obviously, there are plenty of normal things you can do with granola. But I wanted to glam it up a bit… so I decided to play around with it. And add chocolate, because you really can’t go wrong when you add chocolate.

Prepare yourself for some addictive snacking.

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chocolate granola bark

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup granola (I used Love Grown Cocoa Goodness Granola)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt (do NOT leave this out!)

Melt the chocolate chips on a sheet of wax paper in the microwave until soft. When they’re soft, spread it around with a fork, so it makes a thin, but consistent, layer. Crunch your granola up, if it’s really clustered. Then sprinkle across the chocolate. Top with coconut and salt. Gently press the toppings into the chocolate, (so they stick) and pop it in the fridge for 30 min. Crack into bite size pieces and spend the rest of the evening trying not to consume the whole plate.

I’ll warn you… this is addicting. And it might be my new favorite way to eat granola.

how do you eat granola?