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Below is taken directly from the blog Lilveggiepatch:
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Made With Love: Fluffy Granola Pancakes with Ginger-Spiked Citrus Curd

A few weeks ago, I received a box of love from Love Grown Foods, an Aspen, Colorado based company founded by husband and wife duo Alex and Maddy.

With Alex’s business background and Maddy’s health, wellness and fitness enthusiasm, they worked together to create a line of fabulous granolas. Each flavor (Cocoa Goodness, Apple Walnut Delight, Sweet Cranberry Pecan, Raisin Almond Crunch and Simply Oats) boasts a short ingredient list and is made with agave in place of sugar, for a subtly-sweet taste.

I couldn’t pick a favorite flavor. Each bag comes with a variety of different tastes and textures; the Raisin Almond, for example, goes a step above the traditional raisin cereals I grew up with (my mom used to eat Total Raisin Bran every morning!) by adding toasted almonds and big flakes of coconut.

Granola is a great topping for one of my favorite make-ahead breakfasts, Overnight Oats. (Below, I followed this recipe, using Pineapple Chobani in place of Passion Fruit.)

For a simple afternoon snack, I’ve been making small bowls of granola with fruit and milk.

Just as Love Grown Foods does with their granola, I wanted to create a special recipe that was familiar but unique, indulgent and satisfying without sacrificing health or quality.

FLUFFY GRANOLA PANCAKES WITH GINGER-SPIKED CITRUS CURD

These pancakes are the perfect texture. Fluffy but chewy, with bites of granola mixed in. They also flip perfectly… no ‘cake was sacrificed to the Pancake Gods! I love to top my pancakes with Greek yogurt and lemon curd, and then dip them in a small ramekin of warmed maple syrup. The below recipe for Ginger-Spiked Orange Curd with Lime is a new twist on one of my very favorites.

Granola Pancakes

Makes 8 pancakes (serves 2-4, appetite-depending!)

Ingredients

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/2 C plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk of choice
1/2 cup granola

*I used Love Grown Granola‘s Sweet Cranberry Pecan

Combine all dry ingredients, except granola, together in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk wet together. Gently stir wet into dry and fold in granola. 1/4 cup at a time, ladle batter into a skillet preheated over medium-high coated with cooking spray. When pancake starts to bubble, flip, and continue cooking until golden and easily lifted with a spatula.

GINGER-SPIKED ORANGE CURD WITH LIME

Inspired by Joy the Baker, Melissa Clark and Stonewall Kitchen

Makes 3/4 cup

Ingredients

1 lime
1t lime zest
1/2 navel orange
1 T orange zest
1/3 cup sugar
1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
1/2 stick butter
1 T vanilla extract
3 whole cloves
2 T cornstarch
1/8 t salt
2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and grated

In a small bowl, combine lime zest, orange zest, and sugar and set aside.

In a medium-sized saucepan, whisk together whole egg, egg yolks, butter, cloves, vanilla, cornstarch and salt together over medium-low heat. Continue stirring as you add in sugar-zest mixture until it is all dissolved. Add ginger and stir constantly until mixture is thick and uniform in texture.

Remove from heat, carefully take out cloves, and transfer into a small glass jar (I’ve found the Better Than Bouillon containers are the perfect size). Keep refrigerated; your curd will keep 2-3 weeks.

The below is taken directly from LOVE Blogger CLEAN EATING CHELSEY’s BLOG!

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“I am feeling incredibly unfocused this week – at least in the blog sense. Everything else in my life is going along just swimmingly. I suppose I blame it on the insanely nice weather and not wanting to have my behind planted in my kitchen chair writing while I could be out enjoying the beautiful weather.

To go along with my unfocused mindset, yesterday I was thinking about something that happened to me in college that I thought you would all get a kick out of. I have always been quite the worry wart. Whenever I get something in my head, I can’t stop thinking about it and focus on it until I get an answer (Type A much?). In the spring of my junior year of college, I started to get horrible leg cramps in my right calf. I had just started on some medication earlier that year with one of the side effects being blood clots in the leg (shall we play “name that medication”?). I also have a fairly large vascular birth mark on my right leg, so I was absolutely convinced that this condition was making my chances of getting a blood clot in my calf ten folded.

I worried and worried… and worried some more for a few days until I finally decided I was going to go to an emergency room nearby. There was one down the street from our college, so I ended up heading in there, being checked in, waiting for about three hours, and having an ultrasound of my leg done. After this test happened, I was wheeled back into my little room and waited for the ER doctor to come back for another hour. When she finally came back, I was shaking in my boots about what she was going to say.

The results?

A muscular cramp.

I’m an idiot was the moral of the story.

I had just started running a lot more recently and probably didn’t stretch enough. I got sent home with a packet of exercises to do to stretch out my legs and probably gave the ER a good laugh for a few days. Guess who wasn’t laughing when the bill came because I didn’t go to a hospital that was in my network? That would have been me.

Thankfully I called my insurance company and got the charges waived or else my parents would have done nothing less than made me scrub the floors each and every day that summer to pay for what had happened.

Aaaaaand now you can all laugh at me too.

But instead of laughing, how about I just bribe you with some granola instead?

I received my latest shipment of Love Grown on Friday – and, after crying tears of joy, I dug into two of the flavors within five minutes. Can you pick out which bags are almost gone?

Along with my granola shipment, I also received an adorable (orange!) journal that I can’t wait to make my Type A To Do lists in.

I want to spread some of the LOVE to you today. It was incredibly hard to choose which one of my children to give away, but I had to go with the favorite – you know, so it would behave the best and make you the happiest. Although I have to admit, it was quite difficult to make this decision!

…”

Follow Chelsey and her fabulous blog for future opportunities to WIN FREE LOVE!

The below was taken directly from the blog The Spicy RD:
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FABULOUS FOODIE FINDS FROM EXPO WEST 2012

“..Not a totally new foodie find for me, but one I’ve been searching for in my local stores since a ski trip to Keystone Colorado over a year ago. Seriously tasty {Cranberry Pecan is my favorite} and not overly sweet like many granolas, I’ve been on the hunt ever since. Made with certified gluten-free oats and a variety of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and dark chocolate, I was happy to discover Love Grown Foods is coming to a Whole Foods near me {in La Jolla} soon! Click here to learn more or to find a store near you to purchase the LOVE!…”

Read the entire post and discover more GLUTEN FREE or VEGAN finds on her blog!

Expo West – Rock & Roll

What a whirlwind! We are back from a long and EPIC week in Anaheim, CA where we attended our SECOND Expo West! Some of you may remember our adventure SPREADING the LOVE at Expo West last year…in case you don’t, check out this SWEET video summarizing it:


Spreading the LOVE to Expo West, 2011

This year was JUST as EPIC and a total blast! We have some new faces on the LOVE Team, and these LOVE BOMBS were amazing at SPREADING the LOVE!

Last year our booth was pretty sweet…and this year we took it to an entire new level of LOVE! We hung pictures of some of the classrooms we have visited along with some of the worksheets and we also hung some of the LOVE note we received from students after our visits!!

The LOVE notes are my FAVORITE…they truly WARM MY HEART! So precious! This one I LOVE:

On the top it says, “We love you Maddy and Alex.” Then on the bottom in yellow it says, “We love you for making something that is healthy and good. We love you.” I just MELT every time I read it! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Alex and I drove Sweet Pea the LOVE Prius out to CA so that our team could zip her around LA! Each day she was packed FULL of LOVE!

It is hard to believe a year has gone by since last expo but SUPER exciting things are happening! To say the least, we are SPREADING the LOVE! Cali was a blast, but it is great to be home!

Spread LOVE,
Maddy

Last week I spent 2 days SPREADING THE LOVE at the National Green Schools Conference in Denver! This EPIC event brings in students, teachers, administrators, school nutrition specialists, and green businesses together from around the nation! The event is full of informational and inspirational speakers and an exhibit of various business geared around working with schools to make them greener and healthier. As you know, schools are our PASSION and kids motivate us to put healthier (yet delicious) foods on the shelves! We were delighted to sponsor this awesome event!

The kids were AWESOME and LOVED the LOVE!

One of the speakers at the event was Seth Goldman, the co-founder and CEO of Honest Tea. His presentation was not only inspirational, but totally fascinating. It was a highlight for me at the conference!

Plus–added bonus, after his presentation I was able to go up and talk with him more! What an amazing entrepreneur…and so down to earth!

The LOVE was of course served all 3 mornings for breakfast…because there is no better way to start your day than with LOVE!

Plus, you could pair it with STONYFIELD (total YUM) which is a MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!

During the conference we met some incredible people who are rolling up their sleeves and taking action on making the necessary changes occur in our schools. I left feeling more motivated and driven to continue on this path than ever before!

What a wonderful event! We are so thrilled to have been a part of it and to have spread LOADS of LOVE!

Have a LOVE-filled day!

Spread LOVE,
Maddy