Blog

 
 

Shanti-Bar-Logo1
Blog


Recipe: Sweet n’ Smoky Homemade BBQ Sauce

Need a smokin’ BBQ sauce for when you break out the grill this weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Ditch the bottled stuff for our delicious, homemade sauce. With one-item ingredients and easy-to-use spices, our winning recipe is sure to get you ready for game-time.

sauce

Yields: 2 cups

Ingredients

1.5 tbs coconut oil, ghee, or rendered wild-caught pork fat
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
2 cups of pureed organic tomatoes (no salt added)
2 tbs organic coconut nectar
1/3 cup organic apple cider vinegar
1 tsp hot smoked paprika
1 tbs onion powder
½ tbs garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp of chipotle flakes
¼ tsp red chili flakes
1 tsp Liquid Aminos (a healthy alternative to Soy and Tamari sauce – no table salt or preservatives are added)
½ tsp natural liquid smoke

Preparation

Heat the oil, ghee or fat in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook until soft and translucent for about 5 minutes, stirring slowly as to not burn them. Reduce the heat to low.

Add the tomatoes, vinegar and the rest of the ingredients to the saucepan. Stir gently. Allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes. Taste after simmering. Feel free to add any additional spices.

Recipe by Chef Lauren Feingold

Authenticity and Transparency

At SHANTI BAR, it is our life’s work to build a company that, at its core, inspire people to live strong, healthy and honest lives. Authenticity and transparency are a part of our core principles. We are committed to developing great tasting products that offer superior food choices to make it easy for our customers to achieve personal goals in physical pursuits and healthy living.

HOPE SOLOIt’s our mission to bring health through our bars to as many people as possible. This summer, to help us achieve our goal, we partnered with world soccer champion @HopeSolo. Widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in soccer history, Hope has introduced women’s soccer to a worldwide audience further popularizing the world’s most popular sport. Yes, she has the list of championships and medals that will solidify her as one of the most decorated female soccer players of all time (two-time Olympic gold medalist, World Cup champion, first goalkeeper ever – male or female – to record 100 career shutouts), but it’s what she’s accomplished for the sport of soccer and female athletes that we at SHANTI love.

Hope is a transcendent athlete – her ultra-competitiveness, passion, perseverance, grit and yes, imperfections have not only helped soccer but started important discussions of positive body image (we need to see more images of healthy women and girls in the media – we need to see them kicking, throwing, sprinting…), healthy eating and exercising for function rather than for beauty and form, female leadership, and the most important topic of discourse in sports today, the gender pay gap.

Hope is a survivor – the all-too-human athlete. Nothing comes easy and every achievement is an uphill battle. Her struggles remind us of our struggles, and her successes inspire us to imagine what we could be at our best. If her career can be measured by special moments, lessons learned and a connection with people, then she would stack up against with anyone’s in the business. #RAWPOWER #ShantiforHope #DareToBeExtraordinary

Recipe: Homemade Hummus with Tahini

This Thursday marks the official start of football season and we all know, football season is snack season. Score a touchdown on game day with this simple crowd-pleasing (and healthy) hummus recipe! Filled with good-for-you fats, this silky smooth dip is sure to be a hit. We suggest substituting pita chips with fresh peppers and radishes for a healthier alternative.

hummus

Hummus

Ingredients

1 pound dry garbanzo beans (not canned)
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preparation

Wash garbanzo beans until water is transparent. Soak them in clear water overnight.

Rinse garbanzo beans and put in stockpot. Add baking soda. Cover beans with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 45 minutes to an hour until the beans become soft.

Strain and rinse. Put beans into a food processor and grind well. Leave to chill.

Tahini

Ingredients

1/2 cup of toasted sesame seeds
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar juice of 3 lemons
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon of grated turmeric
1/4 teaspoon toasted and ground cumin seeds
1/8 teaspoon ground corriander
4-6 tablespoons of ice cold water
Zest of 3 lemons
1/4 teaspoon of celtic sea salt

Preparation

Place toasted sesame seeds into food processor. Add all ingredients – except for water – and continue to blend. Then add water in increments. You will see the tahini sauce become more fluffy and voluminous.

With the machine running, add the garbanzos 1/4 cup at a time. Garnish with smoked paprika, drizzled olive oil, and olives.

Recipe by Chef Ashanty Williams

SHANTI Bars at Whole Foods!

To say 2016 has been an incredible year for SHANTI is an understatement. Not only have we built incredible brand loyalty, discovered a devoted group of customers and partnered with a World Champion, we have grown the business and expanded our retail footprint.

Today our incredible year and tremendous growth continues as we’re excited to announce that SHANTI Bars will now be sold in Whole Foods stores across South Florida! That’s right, all of your favorite SHANTI Bar flavors will be available in 16 stores across Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties as well as in stores in Naples, FL.

lauren-ashanty

We’re extremely excited about this partnership because like us, Whole Foods is a brand committed to the highest quality of ingredients and healthy living. This expansion into arguably the world’s most popular and famous natural grocer allows us to get SHANTI Bars into the hands of more health-conscious consumers like you who are seeking authentic, clean foods.

To add to the excitement, we’re introducing all new packaging as we launch into Whole Foods. The goal of this redesign was to sharpen our branding and emphasize our raw and bold character. We further sculpted the power and sophistication of the packaging, provided more info about the product and brand and made sure we added our World Champion brand partner, Hope Solo, on the box. We want our consumers to be proud to have this product in their home, in their bags, at work, at school, at practice. Shanti Bars is truly a lifestyle product.

You can begin to pick up your supply of SHANTI Bars at Whole Foods across South Florida and Naples starting today.

Thank you to all of our customers and fans as well as everyone who has supported us as we work to bring our raw, high-protein, nutrient-dense superfoods to the world.

-Lauren and Ashanty

Recipe: Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Pancakes

Prep an amazing #brunch this weekend all you need to take it up a level is Chef Lauren’s Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Pancakes (get this, 10 grams of protein per waffle!)

waffle and cornish henServing Size

7 waffles

Ingredients

1 cup mashed sweet potato
2/3 cup gluten-free mix (oats, potato starch, rice flour)
1 tablespoon coconut flour
2 tablespoon shredded coconut
1 egg
4 egg whites
2 scoops grass-fed whey protein
1/2 cup low fat goat’s milk
1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon of spice mix (coriander, cinnamon, clove, ginger)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preparation

Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients, not including egg whites.

Beat egg whites until peaks form, then fold into wet ingredients. Mix wet and dry ingredients. Heat waffle iron to proper working temperature and brush very lightly with butter. Pour in a suitable amount of batter and cook until waffle is nice and golden. Repeat with remaining batter.

Serving Recommendations

Chicken & Waffles! Serve with Cornish Hen, and top with maple syrup and Tabasco®. Serve with a side of salad.

Recipe by Lauren Feingold