Tag: Raisins

In the Kitchen: Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies (GF)

These gluten-free cookies, featuring Bella Viva Orchards Almond Flour, Organic Thompson Seedless Raisins, Walnut Pieces, Organic Flaxseed Meal and our Orange or Clover Honey, are among our year-round favorites. We’re sure that once you make a batch, you’ll be whipping out your cookie sheets before long for a healthier repeat performance! Please be sure to read our notes below about the virtues of Almond Flour and Honey! Yields: about 1 ½ dozen cookies Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 12 minutesTotal Time: 27 minutes Ingredients: ¼ cup Bella Viva Orchards Orange or Clover Honey1 large egg (room temperature)2 tablespoons melted coconut oil2 teaspoons pure vanilla

In the Kitchen: Apple Hand Pies

You’ll find sweet, warm comfort in each bite of these fried Apple hand pies, featuring Bella Viva Orchards’ Dried Tart Apple Rings or Organic Dried Tart Apple Rings. We think the Apple skins add interest to these pies, but feel free to experiment with our other varieties. It’s your kitchen, after all. You’ll come out an all-star winner with your family and friends when you assemble a batch of these tasty treats! Yields: 4 hand pies Prep time: 50 minutesCook time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 1 hour Ingredients: 2 cups Bella Viva Orchards Organic Dried Tart Apple Rings½ cup Bella Viva Orchards Raisins, any variety

A Penchant for Prunes: Fall Beauties Are Ready!

We can’t help but boast a bit: Our Prunes are spectacular. We grow, harvest and dry them ourselves right here at Bella Viva Orchards. Now, if your grandmother made you eat Prunes as a kid, maybe it’s time to rethink them. They are worthy, for sure! You can incorporate Prunes into your diet any time of the day, from fruity and sweet breakfasts to lunchbox companions to savory dinner entrees. And yes, they make a prime midday snack that’s filled with good nutrition and help keep you full ‘til dinnertime. Besides being great for intestinal health – thanks for making that clear, Grandmother –

Blueberries: A Good Case of Summertime Blues!

Mother Nature was on her game when she created California Blueberries! Grown in nearby fields and dried in Bella Viva Orchards drying yards, these fruits screaming summertime are ready to enjoy now! Sweet, a little tangy and dark sapphire-colored, these little guys are dietary superheroes! They’re a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants, which means they are beneficial to cardiovascular health, digestive health, immune function and some studies suggest antioxidants may even help prevent certain cancers (2). Now how can something so powerful to your health be so sweet and easy to enjoy? Take ‘em at face value and eat some right out

Raisin’ the Roof: Nature’s Little Gems Are Ready

Whether you’re a baker, a hiker or a biker, Bella Viva Orchards Raisins are a great addition to your diet. They’re plump and sweet and ready to use in your favorite springtime meals and snacks. All of our Raisins are perfect for baked treats and much more! Check out our wide variety of Raisins, including natural and organic! We bet you’ll want to try ‘em all! Raisins are GMO-free and fat-free and are a source of dietary fiber, iron and calcium. This means they can help boost the digestive system, promote healthy bones and increase iron levels(1). Because of their nutritious virtues, they’re a

In the Kitchen: Carrot, Raisin and Pecan Cupcakes

These easy cupcakes featuring Bella Viva Orchards’ Almond Flour, Pecans and Raisins are packed with flavor and are sure to be a hit any time of the year. For Easter, try decorating them with our pastel-hued Jordan Almonds and purchased sugared Easter decorations. The frosting can simply be applied with a spatula if desired. Somebunny’s gonna love these! Yields: 18 cupcakes Prep Time: 30 minutes for cupcakes, 15 minutes for frosting Cook Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes Cupcake Ingredients: ½ cup Bella Viva Orchards Almond Flour ¾ cup all-purpose flour ½ + 1/8 teaspoon baking soda

Fruits, Nuts and Chocolates: Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day means it’s time for fruity, nutty and chocolatey sweets and we’re your go-to place for just the right gifts. Our beautiful Gift Crates, Trays and Baskets will win the heart of your special valentine, including our California Traditional Crate with Chocolates, our Fruits & Chocolate Cherries gift basket, our Fruits & Chocolates Mix or our Organic Gift Crates and Trays! Or go cute and sweet with our Cupid’s Delight, a 4-ounce package of our Chocolate Covered Cherries in a heart-shaped box with a glittery vintage greeting card. Mix and match with our Chocolate Covered Bing Cherries, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Chocolate Covered Cranberries,

In the Kitchen: Apricot Walnut Scones

This easy and tasty scone recipe featuring Bella Viva Orchards’ Dried Apricots, Walnut Pieces and Golden Thompson Raisins comes to us from Marcy Goldman, a Bella Viva fan from Montreal, Canada. Enjoy these make-again scones for breakfast, on your coffee break or gift them to friends and neighbors. Thanks, Marcy! Yields: 8 to 10 scones Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 16-18 minutes Total Time: 31-33 minutes Ingredients: 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour ½ cup sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into ½-inch cubes 1 1/3 cup whipping cream 1 cup diced Bella Viva Orchards

Fire up the Oven: Your Holiday Baking Essentials Are Here!

When you think of holiday baking, we’ll bet you think about nuts and dried fruits. That’s great, ‘cause we have your holiday baking essentials right here! While there are too many to mention, we’re highlighting just a few of our faves here! Holiday recipes calling for flour get healthier when you use our Almond Flour, which is tasty and has all the benefits of Almonds including being gluten-free, higher in protein and lower in sugar than wheat flour. Substitute it or combine it with wheat flour for extra goodness. Also, perfect for fruitcakes and more, our Natural Dried Muscat Raisins are plump and have

A Brief History of Dried Fruit

Where It All Began: If you’re like a lot of people, you enjoy snacking on dried fruit. Have you ever stopped to think about how the idea of drying came about? Drying fruit has been around for centuries and is the process of extracting most of the original water content from the fruit. When fresh food was tougher to come by, having dried fruit on hand stood in place of fresh fruit in our diets. The main idea of drying fruit was to help preserve it; dried fruit lasts a lot longer than fresh fruit and is a lot easier to keep on hand.