September 2018 Health Hotline® Magazine Issue 16

Welcome to Natural Grocers’ innovative good4u Health Hotline Magazine. Each month Natural Grocers produces a 32 to 40-page full-color magazine designed to educate our customers about all things that are good4u, good for the environment and good for the economy. Our editorial panel of health and nutrition experts bring you original content that you won’t find anywhere else and that is tailored to your wants, needs and interest. Enjoy!


  • For the Love of Organics: Avocados
  • PCOS: A Misunderstanding Condition Affecting Millions of Women
  • Hope For A Thirsty World
  • Chocolate Powerhouse Pudding
  • Raw Apple Crumble

Deals Valid from 08/31/18 - 9/22/18


Chocolate Powerhouse Pudding Recipe


A healthy dessert? You got it! This incredibly quick and easy chocolate pudding truly is a powerhouse of nutrients and healthy fats, and so decadent. Go ahead and indulge… without the guilt!

1 medium ripe banana
1 medium ripe avocado
1⁄4 cup cup Natural Grocers coconut oil
1⁄4 cup Natural Grocers bulk cocoa powder
1 tablespoon Natural Grocers raw honey
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract, optional
  pinch, salt
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Alternatively, in a medium mixing bowl, mash the banana (and avocado if using) with a fork until it’s smooth, with minimal lumps. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined and a smooth, pudding-like texture develops.

    Source: Lani Jacobs-Banner
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Raw Apple Crumble


This light and refreshing dessert is the perfect way to showcase crisp, fresh, fall apples. Reminiscent of its baked counterpart, it’s the perfect dish for the last remaining warm days of the season.  

Recipe from Healing the Vegan Way, courtesy of Chef Mark Reinfeld from Vegan Fusion and The Doctor and the Chef (

Apple Layer
4 cups unpeeled, cored, halved and thinly sliced apples, (about 3 apples)
1 cup Natural Grocers Organic Raisins
1⁄2 cup Natural Grocers Organic Medjool Dates, pitted
1⁄2 cup water
3⁄4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice or apple juice
1⁄4 teaspoon orange zest
1⁄4 teaspoon Natural Grocers Ground Cinnamon
1 pinch of Natural Grocers Ground Nutmeg
1 pinch of Natural Grocers Ground Allspice
1 pinch sea salt
1 1⁄4 cups Natural Grocers Walnut Pieces
1⁄4 cup Natural Grocers Organic Medjool Dates, pitted
2 tablespoons Natural Grocers Fine Shredded Coconut
1 pinch of Natural Grocers Ground Cinnamon
1 pinch of Natural Grocers Ground Cardamom

1. Prepare the apple layer: Place the apples and raisins in a bowl. Place the dates, water, juice, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and sea salt in a blender and blend until creamy. Add to the apple mixture and mix well. Transfer to an 8 x 8-inch baking dish.

2. Prepare the crumble: Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse to chop until the walnuts are finely ground. Do not over process. Sprinkle on top of the apple layer.


Variations: Replace the apples with pears, peaches, or pineapple. Replace the walnuts with hazelnuts, pistachio nuts, or sunflower seeds. Replace the dates with dried figs or apricots.

Tips for What to Do With Excess ingredients: Besides just being eaten as is, leftover orange can be added to oatmeal, salads or juiced and added to salad dressing or smoothies. Dates can be chopped and added to oatmeal, salads or trail mix. They are also delicious stuffed with almond butter or coconut butter for a quick, energy dense snack.

Source: Mark Reinfeld

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