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Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

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My absolute favorite cookie to get at Earth Fare is the Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie.  I love the sweetness and texture of these cookies.  It’s a little crumbly, dense, chewy, and super filling.  I decided to take a photo of the ingredients listed and see if I could create a copy cat version at home.

Look Ma! No eggs!

Although I do love eggs, these cookies don’t require them.  I used agave nectar instead of maple syrup and I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips.  I think a more appropriate name for them would be whole grain chocolate chip cookies.

Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup almond meal/flour  (you can find it at Trader joe’s or ground some almonds in your food processor)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut – I used sweetened shredded coconut. (To toast – spread evenly on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 min or until light brown.)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1.  Combine the dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup almond meal/flour  (you can find it at Trader joe’s or ground some almonds in your food processor)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut – I used sweetened shredded coconut. (To toast – spread evenly on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 min or until light brown.)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix until all ingredients are well dispersed.

2.  Add:

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Mix until the dry ingredients are all wet.

3.  Fold in the chips.

* The mixture will not be sticky like regular dough and you will not be able to mold the cookies by hand.

4.  Take a 1/3 of a cup measuring cup and fill it with the mixture; pressing and packing the mixture into the cup.  Lightly tap the mixture onto a lined baking sheet.

5.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  *The cookies will not rise or spread.

Makes 10 cookies.

I’m really proud with the way these cookies turned out and they taste very similar to Earth Fare’s version.  I thought these cookies seemed pretty healthy, but don’t be fooled.

1 cookie =

  • 354 calories
  • 16 grams of fat
  • 8 grams of protein
  • 17 grams of sugar

I suppose it’s still better than a regular cookie made with butter and white flour.  And using agave is better than white sugar since it has a low glycemic index.  You could use unsweetened coconut and use 1/4 cup of chocolate chips chopped to make them a little healthier.  Although really, the point of this was not to make healthy cookie, but a delicious sweet treat.  Mission accomplished.

Miso Soup

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I always thought miso soup was a Japanese soup that is made from a blend of spices. Well, the Dr. Oz Show proved me wrong! It is actually a paste that is produced by fermented soybeans. This was a shocking and exciting revelation to me. I began scouring the internet to figure out where I could buy it and what the benefits were.

  • Miso paste may decrease cholesterol and prevent cancer.
  • It contains living enzymes that aid in healthy digestion, but it is important to never boil the paste, as it will kill the beneficial living enzymes.
  • Contains significant amounts of zinc, manganese, and copper.

I found it at Earth Fare in the refrigerated section.

Miso paste can be made from rice, barley, and chickpeas also. The paste can range in color from light to dark. The lighter the color, the more mellow it will taste while the dark paste will have a more intense flavor.

To make miso soup, boil some water with your choice of vegetables and tofu. Some choices could include:

  • mushrooms
  • carrots
  • wakame
  • scallions
  • cabbage

Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.

Add 2 teaspoons of miso paste to your bowl and stir until dissolved.

The New Earth Fare on the Block: Part 2

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Have you been to the new Earth Fare in Huntersville, NC yet?  If not, read the first part of my post:  The New Earth Fare on the Block.

In this post, I will introduce you to my favorite sections of Earth Fare.  Let’s get started with cheese and wine!

Cheese and Wine

cheese please!

Earth Fare offers a huge selection of yummy cheeses.  The thing I like about their cheese department,is that they have helpful signs to guide you with your selection.

This sign lets you know what country the cheese comes from and what kind of milk is used.  The kinds of milk in the sign describe the taste and texture to expect.

There are also signs that help you with pairing your cheeses.

The stinky cheeses illustration is my favorite!

You can find similar signs on select wines around the store suggesting what food would be best served with that wine, and what kind of flavor to expect.

Bulk Bin Heaven

I think my absolute favorite thing about Earth Fare are the bulk bins.  There is something very liberating about stuffing your food in the thin plastic baggies, without all the extra cardboard box packaging.

They offer cereals, nuts, flours, grains, beans, dried fruit, and even CANDY in the bulk bins.  Besides the candy, I like to get quinoa and red lentils the most.

Health and Beauty

Yes, Earth Fare even has a health and beauty department where you can find chemical free and organic products such as, makeup, nail polish, aromatherapy, toothpaste, hair care, and soap.

Isn’t this soap display beautiful?  Makes me want to buy some, and it smells so nice walking by.  I guess that is the point though 🙂

Eat-In

If you don’t need to shop for beauty products or food, that’s okay, just go to eat there!  The food is delicious.

They have a cold bar and a display case full of prepared food.  There are  multiple hot soups in ready-to-go containers to choose from.  There is even a bakery full of desserts, cookies, and muffins!

The nice thing about this, is that they actually have an ample amount of seating, so you can stay in the store and eat.

My Goodies

I didn’t need to do a ton of shopping that day, but I did pick up a few random things.  Here’s my loot:

  •  A free Tulsi tea sample.
  • Badger Headache Soother (Peppermint and Lavender balm)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Chobani Greek Yogurt in my favorite flavor – Black Cherry and a new flavor – Lemon.  The Lemon sounds refreshing doesn’t it?
  • Okra Chips – these are good, but interesting.  They’re dry, but as soon as you start eating them, they have that slim effect again.  Do you know what I’m talking about okra lovers?
  • Alba Shave Cream – contains no artificial colors, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, or sodium methyl sulfate.
  • Veggie Chips – squash, carrots, sweet potato, green beans.  These are addicting!

  • And of course, I wasn’t leaving without dessert – A slice of the flour-less Chocolate Cake!

As you’ve seen, there are many, many, many, wonderful reasons to visit Earth Fare!

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What item(s) are you most excited about getting from Earth Fare!?

The New Earth Fare on the Block

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The new Earth Fare in Huntersville, NC opened just four days ago.  I am so thrilled about this, because the other Earth Fare in Southpark was a 30 minute drive for me.  Now, I can get to the one in Huntersville in half that time!

I had a chance to visit the new store for the first time today.  I think everyone else in Huntersville had the same idea.  It was packed.  Apparently, I’m not the only one in town who is excited about this.

Fresh flowers and produce greeted me upon my arrival.

Earth Fare provides color coded labels so that you can easily determine what is conventional, organic, and local produce. Orange labels indicate organic, while green labels indicate local. Local, as described by Earth Fare means:

Flying high, is a sign that lets you know how many items that are currently organic, conventional, or local.

An important part of Earth Fare’s mission is to provide food without anything artificial.  In addition, they provide meat that doesn’t have added growth hormones or antibiotics.

The items that are labeled house prepared are made fresh daily in the store.  It all looks so good!  I could see myself getting one of these items after a long and tired day at work.  Really, all you would have to do is pop it in the oven, or on the grill and there wouldn’t be a big mess to clean up afterwards.

They also have a great seafood selection, all with labels that indicate whether it’s natural, wild, or other.

I had a sample of the smoked trout and it was so delicious!  I am definitely going to get some when I go back.  There were plenty of samples around the store.

Veggie Chip and Smoked Trout

Earth Fare includes items for those of you on a gluten-free diets, and wee little ones too.

Earth Fare has tons options for gluten-free diets.  You can easily recognize gluten-free products by their wooden shelf.  All other shelves will be the standard metal.

Moms will be happy to know that Earth Fare carries natural and organic products for their kids.

Stay tuned for my favorite sections of the store.  Oh yes, there’s still more.  Get excited!!