Thursday, March 1, 2012

REVIEW: Vibrant Flavors Pretzels & Oregon Dukkah

I was recently give the opportunity to review a range of all natural pretzels and regon Dukkah and am excited to share the experience with you.  Vibrant Flavors is an Oregon based company creating new standards in the way of nutritional snacking.  Their mix of non-greasy, flavor packed pretzels and hearty Oregon Dukkah offer a variety of flavors to suit every snacking taste. 

Creator, Donna Dockins, comprised her amazing Pretzels and Oregon Dukkah from all natural, locally sourced ingredients.  It’s not hard to see that quality is top priority from the ingredients, and everything down to the packaging which is produced locally, made from recycled and biodegradable materials, shows care.

There are six flavors of Vibrant Flavors Pretzels chose from Sweet Onion, Italian Herb, Barbeque, Roasted Garlic, Maple Bacon and Beertzel.  Not only are they super crisp, and perfectly toasted but, they are completely fat free which makes them a no brainer for guilt free snacking.  The flavors are deliciously intense and taste just like you're eating the ingredients fresh and as promised they weren’t at all greasy to the touch!  I can definitely see myself snacking on these during work, while out running errands or even just while hanging out at home.

Oregon Dukkah is unlike anything I have ever tried in the way of dips.  Derived from Egypt this combination of nuts and spices is known as a robust dry dip which can also be used in cooking, savory and sweet.  Oregon Dukkah can be enjoyed in so many ways in fact, I am still thinking of ways to incorporate these flavors into everyday recipes.  Keep it traditional and “Do the Dukkah” by dipping bits of bread into extra virgin olive oil and then into the Dukkah for a flavor explosion.  This incredible blend of spices also tastes great mixed into Greek yogurt or sour cream for a tangy dip that works perfectly with Vibrant Flavors pretzels or as the center of a veggie tray, and the sweet flavors makes the perfect dry dips for fruit or toppers for parfaits.

You can order Vibrant Flavor Pretzels & Oregon Dukkah by visiting www.VibrantFlavors.com.  The pretzels range in price from $5.99 each for a 2 ounce pouch to $30.59 for a pack of five pouches and the Oregon Dukkah from $7.29 for a two pack to $28.69 for a case of twelve.

Of course I couldn't complete this review without cooking up something tasty so, here is the recipe for a cast iron baked apple crisp I made using the Coconut Oregon Dukkah.

Dukkah Apple Crisp

Ingredients

One packet Coconut Oregon Dukkah
Six granny smith apples
1 tbsp black strap molasses
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup oats
1/4 cup flour
4 tbsp butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Peel and quarter the granny smith apples.  I prefer mine to have a little bite left over after baking which simply quartering the apples allows but, if you prefer them softer by all means slice them into eigths.  In a bowl, toss the apples with half of the Oregon Dukkah, cinnamon, molasses and vanilla to evenly coat.  Set aside while making the topping.  In a separate bowl, rub the flour and butter together until it resemembles pea sized crumbs just as you would if making a short crust pastry.  Next, add the oats, pecans and the rest of the Oregon Dukkah tossing to evenly mix.  In a cast iron skillet; pour in the apples then evenly distribute the topping to cover, place in the oven and bake until bubby and golden, about 15 minutes.  Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

1 comment:

  1. Dukkah is so delicious, but I've never used it for anything other than dipping it in bread and oil. Thanks for the inspiration!

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