Disclosure: I was provided Viva Labs products to review, and no other compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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If you’re going to add Flaxseeds to your diet, you’ll want to make sure that they are certified organic and non-GMO.  The best reasons to add Flaxseeds to your diet are to provide the following health benefits:

  • Flaxseeds can help to protect your heart.  Flaxseeds contain phenols, that have clinically been shown to boost your heart’s health and promote good cholesterol levels.
  • Flaxseeds can help to improve your digestive health.

I was offered a bag of Viva Labs Ground Flaxseeds to review.  Their crops are grown in Canada and are certified organic and non-GMO.  Their crops are not heated at all.  This is to preserve the omega-3.

In order to review the product, I decided to use the Flaxseed in a couple of recipes and see how it tastes.  Here are the recipes that I used.

ingredients

West Coast Trail Cookies from Allrecipes.com

You can use the recipe online, but I changed it quite a lot.  Here is my version.

1 1/2 Cup organic flour

1/3 Cup Viva Labs Ground Flaxseeds

1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoons salt

1 Cup, softened Soy-free Earth Balance

1/2 Cup brown sugar

1 Cup organic Coconut Palm sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 Cups oats

1 Cup chocolate chips

3/4 Cup shredded coconut

1/2 Cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 2 cookie sheets.  You’ll want to start each batch on a cool pan.

Whisk together flour, flax seed, soda, and salt in a bowl.

Beat together Earth Balance, brown sugar, palm sugar in a bowl and then stir in eggs and vanilla.  Now, add flour mixture to that until just combined.

Fold oats, chocolate chips, coconut and nuts into dough just until evenly combined.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.  Bake about 8-10 min.  Transfer onto a wire rack to cool.

These are absolutely delicious!!!!

Another wonderful recipe:

Oatmeal Bars Mr Food.com

Here’s my version:

3/4 Cup Earth Balance Soy-free

1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup

1 teaspoon Baking soda

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

2 Cup Oats

1 Cup Organic flour

1 Cup organic Coconut Palm Sugar

1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Use Earth Balance to coat a 13x 9 inch baking dish.

Melt 3/4 C Earth Balance and syrup over low heat or in microwave.

In a large bowl, stir together the Earth Balance mixture, baking soda and vanilla. Mix well.

Add oats, flour, sugar, and chocolate chips.  Mix well.  Press all into the 13 x 9 pan.

Bake 12-18 minutes.  Cool.  Then, cut into bars.

Oh, so yummy!!!!

I look forward to adding Viva Labs Ground Flaxseed to many more recipes, such as breads and other baked goods.  The Flaxseeds were provided to me at no cost.  I was not compensated for my opinion, and my opinion in this review is 100% my own.  I highly recommend Viva Labs Ground Flaxseed, based on my enjoyment of eating it.

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