Category: Food and Dining

Tropical Traditions | Coconut Flour {review & giveaway}

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Tropical Traditions is one of my favorite places to check out for all sorts of wonderful organic products!

I’ve been working on expanding my know how on cooking and baking meals for my family that are healthy. So I’ve had my eye on Tropical Traditions coconut flour for sometime.

I was able to review their great coconut flour and love that this flour is gluten free and very low in carbohydrates! It’s also a great source or fiber and protein too! If you look up recipes using coconut flour online you’ll find some really tasty sounding ones like the Gluten Free Coconut Waffle Mix recipe I came across as well as the coconut brownie recipe which my family and friends have fallen in love with!

These Coconut Flour brownies were such a hit with my family and friends that they are permanently going to be added to my recipe binder as future desserts to bake. I’m going to share the recipe here too so others can try it out! The best thing I can compare them to would be a sweet savoring almond joy bar as the texture isn’t quite what you’d expect in a brownie.

Coconut Flour Brownies


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush both sides and bottom of 11×7 pan with coconut oil.

Whip butter, sugar, and cream cheese with electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, scrape bowl after each addition. Add coco powder, and heavy cream; beat well. Add eggs one at a time and whip until the mixture looks like a smooth, creamy, fluffy chocolate pudding Add flour and vanilla to the chocolate mixture and whip on medium speed and then turn up to high speed and beat until mixture becomes stiff and color becomes a little paler.

Pour chocolate mixture into prepared pan and sprinkle chopped nuts on top and pat nuts gently into batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. When done, place pan on wire rack and cool completely. Enjoy!!

TIPS: These brownies taste best a day later so if you’re making them for company dessert, bake them the day before and when cool, cover the top of the pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate.

If you want to get a little fancy, melt 2oz of bittersweet chocolate and cool. Meanwhile, get a little zip lock bag and pour the cooled chocolate inside and snip a little hole in one corner and give the bag a little squeeze while drizzling over the brownies. Have fun!!

VARATIONS: Coconut Flour Cocoa Banana Brownies: Make brownies as recipe follows but add 3 large mashed bananas to chocolate mixture and mix together before baking.

Chocolate Muffins: Make as directed but place batter in muffin cups and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


I encourage you to check out the Tropical Traditions website. Not only do they sell their own organic coconut flour, but they also carry coconut oils, palm shortening (no trans fats), organic flours, sweeteners and nut butters. You can also find more coconut flour recipes at their recipe site, FreeCoconutRecipes.com.

If you purchase Tropical Traditions coconut flour or any other product from their site, then be sure to use my customer number at checkout. This will get you a FREE book with your order, titled: “Virgin Coconut Oil: How it Has Changed People’s Lives and How it can Change Yours.” At checkout, underneath, “How Did You Hear About Us?”, pull the drop down box to “Referred by a Friend”. Then a box will appear to type in the User ID of the friend (me) who referred you. This number is 5542476. A $25 book, free with your purchase!

Win it!

How would you like to win a  delicious bag  Organic Coconut Flour ( 2.2 lbs) ?

To Enter: Visit Tropical Traditions and let me know another product that interest you!

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Giveaway running till 11/04/10 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. USA & Canada only.

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine  own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway or review other than the sample above mentioned.

Costco Sunny Day Snacks Spark {review and giveaway}

Costco is one of my favorite stores to shop for bulk items of all kinds especially with a growing family! That’s right my family is growing from three to four and we are all pretty excited about it.

A few of the snacks we like to purchase from Costco include animal crackers, popcorn, nuts, dried fruit mix, and as of recently thanks to My Blog Spark and General Mills, Fruit Roll-Ups and Nature Valley’s Chewy Trail mix!

Now available at Club Stores, Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars and Simply Fruit Roll-Ups deliver great value and are perfect to have on hand for last minute day trips and even an afternoon in the backyard.

Not only nutritious, but convenient too, the club sized snacks are individually wrapped and ideal for throwing in your purse or travel bag, just in case your little one’s tummy starts to rumble.

Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars are a delightful, 100% natural, combination of tastes and textures you’ll love. Now, you can get 25% more of the whole almonds, peanuts, raisins and cranberries in every bar! With no artificial flavors or colors and only 140 calories, Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars also contain 8g of whole grain per serving.

Simply Fruit Roll-Ups are a better-for-you treat that kids love! Simply Fruit Roll-Ups are an excellent source of Vitamin C and are available in a convenient variety pack of Strawberry and Wildberry flavors. Every delicious roll is made with 90% real fruit and fruit juice and packs a full serving of fruit. Even more exciting? They’re gluten-free and contain only 50 calories per roll.

Overall Thoughts…

I will be looking to Costco again to purchase these great snacks. As a mom of a toddler and with a another baby on the way, I appreciate the convenience of how easy it is to throw these individually wrapped healthy snacks into my purse or diaper bag for a trip out! Great snacks at affordable prices that my whole family loves, I can state we have a winner!

Check out your local Club Store today for stock up packages of these delicious snacks and more!

Win it!

Thanks to My Blog Spark and General Mills, I have a “Costco Sunny Day Snacks” prize pack for one of my readers! It includes:

  • Stock-up sized package of Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars (48 ct.)
  • Stock-up sized package of Simply Fruit Roll-Ups (42 ct.), and a
  • $25 gift card that you can use at Costco.

To Enter: Tell me what kind of healthy snack you’ll stock up on the next time you’re at Costco or what your family’s favorite healthy snack is.

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1. Add me to your blogroll or add my button.
2. Blog it, link back to this post. (2 extra)
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5. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available)
6. Email a friend about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

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Giveaway running till 06/12/10 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. USA only please and no P.O Boxes.

Disclaimer: General Mills provided me with the free product, information, and gift cards through MyBlogSpark.

The Playful Chef {review}

Playful Chef is a company created to encourage healthy fun in the kitchen.  They offer several variations of cooking kits made specifically for children ages three and up.

The kit I was sent to review  included 13 kid-sized FDA grade tools, 8 plastic cookie cutters, 1 recipe booklet, 1 RED polyester tool belt apron.  We love this kit, the recipes are extremely kid friendly and the tools are all the right size! My daughter and I can’t wait to use the cookie cutters to bake up some great sugar cookies in the months ahead!

I love there are places like Playful Chef offering parents a place to look to in making cooking and learning in the kitchen fun for kids. What a truly hands on experience to value for a lifetime for parents and their kids!

Playful Chefs also offers wonderful playful cookbooks, place mats, a French cooking set complete with chef’s hat, and much, much more. Visit www.playfulinc.com to find out more!

Disclaimer: I was sent a  product to review from Playful Chef through Chic Exces. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

Farm Rich | Cheese Sticks {review}

Farm Rich products have been setting the standard for delicious, easy-to-prepare food the whole family loves. Farm Rich foods taste like nothing else because they’re made like nothing else – with 100% real ingredients like real cheese, high-quality meats and fresh vegetables. Our snacks, appetizers, and breakfast foods are quick-frozen and carefully packaged so busy families can prepare great tasting food within minutes.

I was given the opportunity to review a delicious pack of Farm Rich Cheese Sticks. First I appreciate the convenience, availability, and the affordable price of Farm Rich appetizers! I usually like to make my own for get together or special family movie nights but some days, that just doesn’t happen being things don’t always go as plan! Having Farm Rich products in my freezer for a back up is a must!

Farm Rich Cheese Sticks are as tasty as they are healthy! They are made with 100% real mozzarella cheese, a good source of calcium and protein, and 0 grams trans fat for those watching their waist line.  We cooked ours in as little as two minutes in our deep fryer and were very satisfied with the way they tasted! We actually can’t to try some of the other appetizers offered by Farm Rich soon!

You can discover which products are available in your area by using the Farm Rich product locator tool. Also be sure to check out the Farm Rich coupons page.

**Disclaimer: I was given a coupon for any Farm Rich product to review for my 100% honest opinion. This review has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.**