Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Nut 'n Bean - Mandarin Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter - May 20, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Nut 'n Bean
Mandarin Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) (estimate) / 8 oz. (227 g.) in 1 jar
Calories: 190 calories (estimate) for 2 Tablespoon serving
Cost: $8.00 (estimate) for 1 jar
Purchased from: Nut 'n Bean table, at Palo Alto Farmer's Market, Palo Alto, CA

This Mandarin Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter from Nut 'n Bean (Hayward, CA) proved to be a very versatile spread (and another great Farmer's Market find).

Flavored with mandarin orange infused olive oil, one could drizzle this chocolate "butter" over a fruit salad -- an orange and avocado salad with roasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds in this case.

I also used this chocolate seed butter as a dunk for three Natural Decadence (gluten-free) citrus shortbread squares, and as an accompaniment for a Flax4Life carrot raisin muffin (also gluten free).

This Nut 'n Bean butter (made with dairy-free, semi-sweet chocolate) fared well with salad and sweets, and it would be worth trying with other dessert items (in a crepe, over ice cream, on a croissant or toast, etc.).

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Fruit Salad Theme Week.

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