Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Growing Pains

This month brought many changes to the Element Bars shipping options first, with APO/FPO and then with Canadian shipments. Adding features to websites can sometimes be a harrowing task as seemingly every new addition breaks an existing component. We do our best to make sure everything works when we add something to the website, but on occasion, something slips by us. Shortly after adding the ability to ship to Canada, we realized that we had effectively "broke" the site.

It was pretty bad. Not "dogs and cats, living together" bad but "lost your only pair of glasses" bad.

Thanks to a few internet Good Samaritans, we were quickly alerted to the problems and we're fairly certain that they have been fixed. That being said, bug reports are appreciated greatly and welcomed!

We're proud to offer Element Bars to our new customers in our armed forces and in Canada and are grateful for our customer's patience through our growing pains!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Element Bars - Healthy Recipes

This special blog post is by Amie Valpone, Author of The Healthy Apple,

Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is a Manhattan based Culinary Nutritionist with a passion for cooking, baking, and healthy living in the Big Apple of NYC, she strives to find the right balance for her clients using whole, natural, unprocessed foods.

Below are 12 recipes using Element Bars as ingredients, followed by 4 of my very own favorite Element Bars creations! Enjoy.

Element Bars Recipes

Element Bars Oatmeal Pancake
* 1/3 cup oats
* 2 eggs
* 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 1/2 tsp almond extract
* 1 Element Bar, crumbled into granola consistency
* 1/2 a mashed, ripened banana
* Cinnamon to taste

* Mix together oats and two eggs with baking powder, almond extract and cinnamon in a bowl. Add mashed banana to the batter. Mix well.
* Add Element Bars pieces and continue to mix.
* Preheat a skillet on the stovetop sprayed with non-stick spray. Pour batter into skillet over Medium heat, forming into a pancake shape with a spoon.
* Cook for 3 minutes or until slightly brown; flip the pancake with a spatula and cook for another 3 minutes.
* When pancake is completely cooked and has started to brown, remove from skillet and serve.
* Top with fresh fruit and drizzle with honey, syrup or warm nut butter.

Element Nut Butter Muffins
* 1 Element Bar, crumbled into granola consistency
* 2 eggs
* 1 tsp. vanilla extract
* ¼ cup natural crunchy peanut butter
* 1 cup whole wheat flour
* ¾ cup flour
* 1 tbsp. baking powder
* 1 tbsp. melted butter
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1/3 cup brown sugar

* Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
* Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
* Mix all wet ingredients together; beat on medium speed with a mixer.
* Add dry ingredients (including Element Bars pieces). Mix well.
* Pour into muffin tins.
* Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Element Popcorn Snack Bars
* 1/2 cup honey
* 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
* 1 Element Bar, crumbled into granola consistency
* 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
* ½ tsp. sea salt
* 3 cups air-popped popcorn

* Line an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with foil. Spray foil lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
* Heat honey in a large saucepan until boiling. Stir in peanut butter until well blended.
* Remove pan from heat and stir in Element Bars pieces, peanuts, sea salt and popcorn until coated.
* Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Refrigerate until cool; cut into bars to serve.

Element Chicken Salad Sandwiches
* Whole wheat bread slices
* 1 Element Bar, crumbled into granola consistency
* 1/2 cup seedless red grapes, cut into halves
* 1/4 cup chopped red apple
* 1 Tbsp. agave nectar or honey
* 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
* 2 cups chicken salad for sandwiches
* For chicken salad
* Plain Greek yogurt
* Chicken, cut into chunks
* Celery, diced
* Sea Salt and Pepper, to taste

* Make chicken salad with yogurt, chicken, celery and salt/pepper. Set aside.
* Mix all remaining ingredients; combine with chicken salad and mix well. Refrigerate until needed.
* Spread chicken salad mixture over slices of whole wheat bread.

Element Bars Zucchini Bread
* 1 cup water
* 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
* 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 Element Bar, crumbled into granola consistency
* 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
* 4 teaspoons brown sugar
* 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

* In bread machine pan, place all ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer.
* Select basic bread setting.
* Bake according to bread machine directions.
* Be sure to check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed.

Element Bars Banana Bread
* 1 Element Bar, crumbled into granola consistency
* 1 cup sugar
* 3 ripe bananas
* 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
* 2 tbsp. melted butter
* 2 eggs
* 1 tbsp. vanilla
* 2 cups flour
* 1 tbsp. baking soda
* Dash of cinnamon

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees
* Spray bread pan with non-stick cooking spray
* Combine all wet ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Mix together with a mixer on medium speed; slowly add in Element Bars pieces.
* Add dry ingredients. Mix well.
* Pour into bread pan and bake for 35 minutes.

Element Coleslaw
* ½ head green cabbage
* ½ head purple cabbage
* ½ Element Bar, crumbled into granola consistency
* 2 tbsp. honey
* 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
* 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
* Dash of each dried herb/spice (chili powder, sage, cilantro)
* Sea salt and pepper, to taste

* Mix all above together in a medium sized bowl
* Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Coconut Cream Cheese Dip
* 8 oz. cream cheese
* ½ cup unsweetened flake coconut
* 2 tbsp. honey
* 1 tsp. vanilla extract
* 1 Element Bar, crumbled to granola consistency

* Mix together cream cheese, honey, vanilla and coconut; mix well. Add Element Bars pieces and continue to mix until pieces are completely coated.
* Form a ball with the cream cheese and place on a plate.
* Serve with graham cracker sticks, cookie sticks or apples.

Element Apple Crisp

For Apples:
* 6 apples, cut into pieces
* 1 tsp. honey
* 1 tsp. flour
* Dash of cinnamon

For Topping:
* 1 Element Bar, broken into granola consistency
* ½ cup oats
* ½ cup oat bran
* 2 tbsp. water
* ¼ cup brown sugar
* Dash of vanilla

* Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
* Mix together apple pieces, cinnamon, honey and flour. Place apples onto a baking sheet and begin baking.
* Mix topping ingredients together in a separate bowl. Mix well.
* After apples have cooked for 20 minutes, pour over apples and continue to bake for another 20 minutes.

Turkey Cranberry Salad
* 1 Element Bar, broken into granola consistency
* 1 cup Greek plain yogurt
* ¼ cup dried cranberries
* ¼ cup walnuts
* 2 large turkey breasts (cut into chunks)
* ½ cup red onion, chopped
* 2 stalks celery, chopped
* Drizzle of honey or agave nectar

* Mix together above ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Mix well.
* Place salad atop a bed of greens or on inside a pita, wrap or sandwich.

Element Smoothie
* 1 banana
* ½ cup silken tofu
* ½ cup yogurt
* 1 Element Bar, crumbled to granola consistency
* 1 tbsp. honey

* Slice banana and freeze until firm.
* Blend tofu, yogurt, Element Bars crumbles and honey in a blender until smooth.
* With the motor running, add the banana slices through the hole in the lid and continue to process until smooth.

Honey Apple Salad
* ¼ cup pineapple salsa
* 2 cups apples, sliced and diced
* 2 cups jicama, sliced and diced
* ¼ cup dried cherries
* ¼ cup slivered almonds
* ½ Element Bar, crumbled into granola-like pieces
* ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
* 1 tbsp. honey
* 2 tbsp. of fresh cilantro
* Sprinkle of cinnamon
* Sprinkle of chili powder

* Chop jicama and apples and place into a medium sized bowl.
* Mix chili powder, Element Bars pieces, salsa, honey, cinnamon and cilantro with yogurt in a large sized bowl. Add chopped apples, jicama, dried cherries and slivered almonds. Mix well.
* Chill in refrigerator before serving.

The Healthy Apple’s 4 Element Bars Creations
* Chewy
* Cranberries
* Soynuts
* Brown Rice Syrup
* Omega 3

* Oaty
* Cherries
* Pumpkin Seeds
* Chocolate Chips
* Immunity

* Crispy
* Blueberries
* Peanuts
* Honey
* Fiber

* Datey
* Apricots
* Almonds
* Flaxseeds
* Soy Protein