Develop recipes for people who live with allergies. Keep the kitchen free from gluten, peanuts, soy, dairy, and eggs.
Avoid refined sugars.
No GMOs. Bake with sustainable, ingredients, and those more easily grown without the use of chemicals.
Avoid almonds for the sake of the honey bees. Did you know that almonds are grown only in California? More than half the honey bees in the U.S. are trucked to California for the almond pollination in Jan/Feb, which can be hard on the bees.
We use oats that are certified gluten-free.
The organic dates are purely delicious, nutritious, moist, sweet dates - grown in California - purchased fresh from the growers. They have not been coated with sugar or flour, so are free from allergens.
Pecans are grown across the southern states of the U.S. and in Mexico. For the cookies and granola, we purchase pecans directly from Green Valley Pecan Company in southern Arizona. They're the best! For the pecan butter, the nuts undergo quite a process, including soaking overnight, dehydrating all day, toasting, and finally blending and blending into a butter.
The organic maple syrup is from Maple Valley Co-op. The co-op’s farmers are small to mid-sized U.S. families. Maple Valley Co-op is committed to sustaining family farms and paying farmers a fair price for their products.
The honey in your Maple Pecan NeedaCookies is raw wildflower honey from Spokane’s caring, local, licensed beekeepers. Honey is the only reason some of our products are not Vegan.
Unsulfured molasses is made by boiling and concentrating sugar cane juice, to create the sweet, flavorful syrup. Unlike cane sugar, molasses is rich in vitamins and minerals.
Ginger is a major player in the Triple Ginger cookie, where it is used in three forms: candied ginger from Fiji, organic ginger powder, and pure ginger extract. Ginger is known to aid digestion, and studies have shown it to have numerous health benefits.
The Fijian candied ginger is brought to us by The Ginger People. It is Kosher Certified, and non-GMO compliant. Although the candied ginger is not certified organic (an expensive certification for Fiji’s farmers) it is grown sustainably. The farmers practice traditional, small-scale farming methods. They use some mechanical equipment such as tractors, but most farms are tended by hand. Weeds are controlled by hand-pulling rather than pesticides; and they use organic soil amendments instead of chemical fertilizers, to improve soil ventilation and fertility. Farmers rotate crops like taro, cassava or other vegetables to balance the soil’s nutrition.
Oils add richness, and help stave off hunger pangs. In addition to the oils that occur naturally in the pecans, coconut, and seeds, the NeedaCookie and granola recipes include grapeseed oil – a byproduct of the winemaking industry. The paleo cookies use avocado oil, which is high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
The Triple Ginger NeedaCookie is spiced with heaps of Ceylon cinnamon, also known as “true” cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is considered the "good" cinnamon, because it is low in coumarin. It is quite expensive, though, so most cinnamon products in the U.S. use Cassia cinnamon instead.
Organic cacao nibs and cocoa liquor impart the intense chocolate flavor bursts you taste in the Coconut Pecan, Paleo Cacao Pecan, and Paleo Chocolate NeedaCookies. They are pure forms of cacao, which contain the antioxidants and minerals in cacao, without the added sugars and oils used to make mainstream chocolate candy and chips. Click for more info on cacao and chocolate.
Other organic ingredients include sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and unsweetened coconut.