Recipe: Banana Almond Granola Clusters

Recipe Banana Almond Granola Clusters

Store-bought granola can oftentimes be loaded with extra sugar. But these healthy granola clusters stay sweet with the help of a little honey, banana and almond butter. Organic bananas complement the seeds and nuts in this recipe to create a snack packed with necessary vitamins and nutrients. This snack is a crowd-pleaser for entertaining or a great on-the-go breakfast item for all ages.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 a cup walnuts
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 a cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 a cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup flaxseeds
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash the peeled bananas with a fork and add the honey and almond butter.
  4. Stir ingredients together until the mixture resembles a sticky paste.
  5. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and mix everything together.
  6. Spread the mixture over a baking sheet lined with wax paper and place into the oven.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes until the clusters start to brown and become firm, stirring the mixture halfway through the baking time to break it into clusters.
  8. Cool to room temperature before enjoying. Store in an air-tight container.
  9. Enjoy!

Recipe and Photo source: Deliciously Ella

GROW Partners with Produce for Kids

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GROW has partnered with Produce for Kids in its Power Your Lunchbox campaign. This digital marketing program aims to inspire more health-conscious lifestyles. This year, the Power Your Lunchbox campaign coincides with the 10th anniversary celebrations of GROW Month, happening in September.

The Power Your Lunchbox campaign, scheduled for August 3 through September 18, encourages families and individuals to take a pledge to pack healthier lunches during the back-to-school season, utilizing GROW bananas and other participating healthy brands. For each pledge taken, Organics Unlimited and other sponsor brands will make a donation to Feeding America® children’s programs that focus on health and wellness across the country.

Retailers, media and other trade organizations can support the Power Your Lunchbox program by joining GROW and Produce for Kids in a Twitter party at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday, August 12.  You can find the party on Twitter by following for #poweryourlunchbox hashtag.

Other back-to-school messaging and healthy eating tips will be available from GROW throughout the Power Your Lunchbox campaign.

You can get involved in sharing the message of GROW during the Power Your Lunchbox campaign and GROW Month using #GROWTURNS10 on TwitterFacebook or Instagram.

For more information on how you can help support please visit our GROW website. You may also follow GROW on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

To learn more about our organic bananas and how you can supply them in your store, please visit OrganicsUnlimited.com.

You may also follow Organics Unlimited on Facebook and Twitter for more news.

Recipe: Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bread

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July 28 is National Milk Chocolate Day, according to NationalDayCalendar.com. This sounds like a holiday our taste buds are happy to support! Organic bananas are the perfect accompaniment to milk chocolate, and this twist on a banana bread adds a touch of sweetness with milk chocolate chips. The addition of the oats in this recipe allows you to eat it for breakfast without guilt, or serve it for a snack or dessert. Continue reading

Summer Trends in Organic Banana Sales and Merchandising

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Bananas are a hot commodity. Measured by value or by volume, bananas are the major fresh fruit imported to the United States. In organics categories, bananas are the largest organic import to the U.S. as well, boasting a $214.5 million import value in 2013.

With the summer harvest season in full swing, bananas have quite a few fresh friends in fruit departments lately. How do grocery stores and retailers continue to sell bananas when there are so many fresh fruits in season?

Thankfully, the banana is an American household staple. The Packer indicates that 84% of consumers purchased bananas at least once in the past year. Other statistics point out that more than 96% of U.S. households buy bananas at least once a month. Regardless of the season, bananas are a tried-and-true purchase for most Americans.

This means that retailers shouldn’t approach fresh produce as competition, but as additional sales opportunities. As one of the best-selling commodities in the produce department, bananas are often one of the reason consumers visit the produce department. Therefore, many merchandisers place their banana displays at the back of the store or department, allowing customers to walk through the displays of fresh fruits such as watermelons, stone fruits and berries in order to reach their staple: bananas.

Organics Unlimited expects minimal fluctuations in purchases as the seasons change, based on consistent consumer demand.

We’d love to hear your feedback. Share your thoughts and suggestions on merchandising and displaying organic bananas during the summer months by commenting below.

Follow Organics Unlimited on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on the latest recipes, retail marketing tips and organic banana facts. Use #GROWTURNS10 on your social media posts to celebrate September GROW Month.

Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Cake

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In the warmest days of the year, nobody wants to turn on the oven to make a dessert. Instead, opt for this no-bake banana ice cream cake for a sweet summer treat. It also happens to be vegan, dairy-free, low-calorie and very tasty. With just a few minutes in the kitchen, you can create a beautiful, guilt-free, refreshing dessert for you, your friends and your family. Continue reading

Conventional vs Organic vs Genetically Modified

Pick your fruit right – Conventional vs Organic vs Genetically modified!

As you walk into the supermarket, you see a mind-boggling variety of fruits and vegetables. But have you ever wondered whether the attractive looking fruits which promise you that extra pulp and sweetness might not be your ideal health choice. Now there is a way to choose smartly and differentiate between conventionally grown, organically grown and genetically modified fruits by reading their labels carefully. Continue reading

Celebrating GROW Students Maria Dolores and Heraclio

Maria Dolores CroppedGROW by Organics Unlimited was created 10 years ago as a way to involve consumers in raising funds to assist the communities where Organics Unlimited bananas are grown. With the financial support of GROW banana purchases, Project Amigo, a non-profit partner in Mexico, is able to provide residents of the Colima, Mexico region with literacy, vision, dental and hearing clinics and also helps establish children’s educational programs, scholarships and boarding homes. Continue reading