Fruity Nutty Bars

On Friday (tomorrow) I have a product review and giveaway to tell you about from an excellent company.

Swanson Health Products sells a wonderful range of high-quality, competitively priced & mostly organic products.

From vitamins to shampoo to organic flour to oils and nut butters. They have it.

Caroline of Sweet Caroline introduced me to Swanson Health Products through her bell pepper & onion crostini with pesto post.

Linda of Spice Girl Fla posted a wonderful recipe for date-walnut bread using Swanson Health Products.

I really, really like this company! Many organic products are hard to find in my area. Sure, I could drive to Whole Foods or Sprouts (both of which are in another city) and probably find these items, but something about shopping in my pajamas really appeals to me. It might be the sloth (not the animal)

This is a cute sloth, not to be confused with me being lazy in my pajamas.

but it’s most likely that I just really hate wasting gas driving all over town. Maybe it’s a little of both.

I received 4 items to try and review. These 4 items were sent to me free of charge.

The first item I am going to tell you about is Organic Unsulphured Coconut Shreds. I use a lot of coconut. Since I make granola (cereal), coconut macaroons and fruity nut bars, just to name a few things, I’ve had the chance to try many brands and types of coconut.

I’m a little bit in love with coconut water, but that’s for another post. 😉

This coconut product is wonderful. I really like that it is organic, the price was very reasonable. It is flavorful and easy to work with.

I made fruity nutty granola-ey bars with it.

Hello tasty goodness...

Here is what you need to make these tasty goodies.

Using a food processor, chop up the chocolate chips and almonds. Chop them into a fine mixture.

Place them into a mixing bowl and add the coconut and wheat germ to the mixture.

Use the food processor to chop up the apricots and dates, then add them to the mixture.

Mix really well.

Add the marmalade. Mix well.

Line a baking dish with wax paper, add the mixture to the baking dish and press the mixture down as flat as you can get it.

Allow to chill overnight, or for at least 2 hours.

Cut into bars, store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. These bars are sweet, like candy, and very tasty.

I also used a muffin pan with wax paper to make the cute little disk sized bars.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the review of the remaining items and information on the giveaway I will be hosting.

A big, huge thanks to Swanson Health Products and @SwansonBlogBen for the opportunity to try these amazing products and host a giveaway.

To check out the recipe contest that Swanson is hosting, click here.



  1. How yummy and even better you got to try these things for free! Looking forward to the next review 🙂

    • They are tasty. 🙂 a little stick, but tasty.

  2. Sloths=cuuuuute. But moldy. Yup, sloths get moldy. I’m a fan of pajama shopping too, but sometimes that means going-out-in-public-while-in-pajamas shopping. Beauty queen, I am not.

    • Allie!

      I have pajamas that look like clothing. Heh! I wear them to the store all the time.
      My kids call pajamas my “uniform”. Hey, I like to be comfortable. You’ll rarely catch me in anything like spanks…cuz if it’s not comfy I’m not happy.

      I’m not a fan of mold, but sloths are cute.

      • Pajamas that look like clothes? I’m all in! I’m surprised my roomies haven’t started calling my pajamas my uniform too–I do get poked at for putting on pajama bottoms immediately after walking in the house–after work, after the gym, doesn’t matter what time of day 😀

      • Pajama bottoms are brilliant.

  3. Looks good.

  4. Thanks for the shout out! Aren’t the company’s products great? I’ve yet to use the macadamia nut oil I ordered. I think I was just intrigued by the product, but didn’t think about what I would make with it. Still deciding on that! You chose a great product to review–these bars look great. Can’t wait to see what you review next!

    • You’re welcome! Yes, they are great.

  5. Can’t wait to see the rest of the review!

  6. how fantastic! I love coconut and also use it in my granola. Dave is not so keen on it but I sneak it in where I can 🙂

  7. Looking forward to the review….love granola!

    • Making your own granola is a lot of fun! I bet your boys would enjoy helping Mom make some!


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