The ancient grain Chia that most of us remember from the Chia Pets is one of my favorite ingredients. Chia has virtually no taste and has fiber, protein and omega 3! This grain is now being used in 5 grain crackers that can be found at Costco among other outlets! I personally have used Chia in banana bread and it helps keep the bread very moist!
Chia can also be used instead of eggs in many formulas since it has protein and a gel structure when you add liquid to it.
Another new ingredient is Baobab which is a fruit that comes from Africa! This product has more antioxidant value(ORAC) than Acai, pomegranate or any other fruit. You will be able to buy this from Jamba Juice shortly in their take home version. Baobab has a slight lemony lime flavor that can be overpowered by most other flavors.
Yet another favorite is Navy bean flour that has protein and fiber and blends great with chocolate! We have gluten free cookie pieces that taste great and can provide texture and crunch to any nutritional bar or cluster! The navy bean flavor is masked best by Caramel and Chocolate.
All of these new ingredients are available to purchase and I welcome any other suggestions that can contribute to our healthy snacks! - Cocoa Joni