Stop Buying New Batteries

While batteries aren't in our wheelhouse, sustainability is important to all of us at Farmer Direct Co-op.  This includes sustainable power.

Green energy

The X-1, developed right here in Saskatchewan, can double, triple, or even quadruple the life of batteries, alternators, starters, and electrical systems.  It cleans plates of sulfates, which choke the flow electrical charge, making the battery unusable.  The X-1 uses 50-75% less electricity due to its more efficient construction and ability to charge batteries at a faster rate.

This advanced charger can charge batteries that fail to accept a charge from a conventional charger (80-90% success rate).  Good for the environment.  Good for you wallet.  It's a win-win!

The X-1 comes with a 10 year warranty.  For more information, contact designer & builder Ken Compton at 639-571-2432.

Mixed Berry and Oatmeal Smoothie

Fruit smoothies are a delicious snack.  Adding oatmeal to smoothies makes them even more creamy, plus they have a little more "stay" power!

One of the other benefits of a oat-based smoothie is the added nutrient boost.  The addition of oatmeal in this recipe from Rebecca, who writes Nourish Nutrition Blog, makes it higher in fiber.  Fiber adds more bulk and helps with digestion.  

With that in mind, think about making something like this for a quick, hearty snack or even breakfast.  We all love oats in the morning... why not drink them?  You can also bag up the ingredients ahead of time so that all you need to do is dump them in the blender on a hectic morning!

Berry Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

Berry Oatmeal Smoothie

  • 2/3 C yogurt of choice or individual container
  • 1 banana
  • 1 C frozen berries
  • Handful spinach
  • 1 tsp peanut butter flour
  • 1-2 T Farmers Direct Co-op rolled oats
  • 1/2 C milk or enough to get desired consistency

Click here for the full instructions, and to check out Rebecca's other recipes!

Homemade Vegan Oat Crackers

These crackers are made with a few simple ingredients.  Best of all, you can customize your own flavors!

Homemade Vegan Oat Crackers

Whether you're looking for a fun add to a cheeseboard or a dipper for hummus, making your own crackers at home is a great way to play with flavors.  Dixya, who blogs at Food, Pleasure, & Health, created three oat-based flavors for Farmer Direct: sesame-flax, spinach-cumin, and pumpkin-almond.  All three are packed with wholesome ingredients, and are sure to please the pickiest eater.

If you have children, DIY crackers are a good way to get them excited about creating healthy foods in the kitchen.  Try using a cookie cutter to get different shapes and sizes!

Homemade Vegan Oat Crackers

Homemade Vegan Oat Crackers

For the Base Cracker:

  • 1 C rolled oats, pulsed into flour
  • 1/4 - 1/2 C all purpose flour (need more for dusting, rolling later)
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1/4 - 1/2 C water
  • 1/8 tsp salt

For Sesame-Flax Cracker:

  • 2 T flax seed
  • 2 T black sesame seed

For Spinach-Cumin Cracker:

  • do not add water
  • ¼ C spinach puree (drain as much liquid as possible)
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds

For Pumpkin-Almond Cracker:

  • do not add water
  • ¼ C pumpkin puree
  • 2 T chopped almonds
  • 1 T honey (maple syrup for vegan)
  • ⅛ tsp pumpkin pie spice

Click here to read the full recipe and to check out Dixya's other healthy recipes!

Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola

Making your own granola isn't as difficult as it sounds.  This recipe is a healthier, more cost-effective alternative to store bought granola.

Chocolate Almond Granola

If you're like most people, you think of granola as a healthy snack (I know I'm guilty!).  However, granolas found on store shelves often contain unnecessary added sugars and fats.  By making your own at home, you control the ingredients!

That's why we love this Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola recipe from Sonali, who blogs at The Foodie Physician.  Inspired by a favorite candy bar, her recipe is a cleaner interpretation of a favorite treat.  It's filled with nutritious ingredients like our organic oats, almonds, coconut flakes, and pumpkin seeds, then lightly sweetened with maple syrup.

Chocolate Almond Granola

Chocolate Almond Granola

  • 2 C rolled oats
  • ½ C shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • ½ C sliced almonds
  • ¼ C pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 ½ T coconut oil, melted
  • 3 T cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 2 T almond butter
  • ¼ C maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ C cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips

Get the full instructions on Sonali's blog, and be sure to check out her other delicious creations!

Easy Tomato-Basil Cottage Cheese Crepe Recipe

This Tomato-Basil Cottage Cheese Crepe is made with just three healthy ingredients - cottage cheese, egg whites, and oatmeal!

Easy Tomato-Basil Cottage Cheese Crepes are a perfect, healthier breakfast.

Laura from Sprint 2 the Table was inspired to make these after a trip to Paris.  She made these healthier crepes with ingredients you can feel good about eating every day!

The savory crepes are packed with fiber and protein, which will help you feel satisfied longer.  Who wants to have a growling tummy before lunch?  These easy Tomato-Basil Cottage Cheese Crepes are a satisfying, healthy breakfast!

Tomato-Basil Cottage Cheese Crepes

Here's the ingredient list, but check out Laura's full post for the full recipe!

For the Crepes:

  • ½ Cup (110g) low-fat cottage cheese
  • ¼ Cup (20g) oats
  • 90g egg whites (~2 egg whites)

For the Tomatoes:

  • 10-15 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 T onion, diced
  • 2 large basil leaves

Click here to read the full recipe, and to check out Laura's other healthy recipes!

No-Bake Nutella Banana Granola Bars

These vegan-friendly No-Bake Nutella Banana Granola are made with just a few simple ingredients!

Made with our oats and sweetened with maple syrup, dates, and banana, these easy bars are the perfect on the go-snack for a busy day!  

I'm sure we don't need to tell you that the chocolate and banana flavor combo is crave-worthy.  We also love that this tasty recipe from Athletic Avocado comes together in less than 10 minutes!

No-Bake Nutella Banana Granola Bars

  • 2 C Farmers Direct Oats
  • 1 C pitted dates (soaked for 10 minutes or until soft)
  • 1/3 C chocolate-hazelnut spread
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • Banana chips
  • Chocolate chunks

Check out the Athletic Avocado website for the full instructions!

Berry Cobbler Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats are a healthy, make-ahead breakfast, packed with nutrients to keep you and your family satisfied and alert all morning.  This berry-filled recipe will make you think you're eating cobbler for breakfast!

Mornings aren't always the easiest.  We're running around trying to gather breakfasts, lunch boxes, clothing, papers... it's a tornado!  Having breakfast prepared in advance can be a lifesaver.

The ingredients in this recipe from Heather @ The Soulful Spoon provide nutrients like protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, and calcium, to name a few.  Best of all, it tastes like dessert!  This description from Heather sold us: 

"The small bits of walnuts end up really soft and tender and remind me of a cake-like crumb that’s unique to cobbler dishes. Married with the silky smooth, creamy quick oats these oats are made with, the end result is a little like eating cake and breakfast all in one."

Berry Cobbler Overnight Oats

  • ½ C organic quick oats
  • 1 T ground chia seeds
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • Dash (1/8 tsp.) Stevia extract
  • ¼ tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 2 T plain walnut pieces
  • 1 C unsweetened non-dairy vanilla milk
  • ½ C frozen mixed berries

Visit Heather's blog for the full instructions AND a giveaway opportunity!  Plus, check out her other healthy, delicious recipes.

Lentil Soup with Sausage and Greens

A big pot of soup is great to make at the beginning of the week.  It's easy and comforting, plus this recipe for Lentil Soup with Sausage and Greens makes enough to enjoy throughout a busy week! 

Having a hearty, nutritious meal on hand is key to surviving busy weeks!  That's why we love this recipe from Sonali, who blogs at The Foodie Physician.  

Her Lentil Soup with Sausage and Greens is packed with nutrients from our lentils, chicken sausage, and vegetables.  Better yet, it’s easy to make and inexpensive.  It goes a long way in reducing food waste, as you can use whatever veggies you have on hand!

Lentil Soup with Sausage and Greens

  • 1 ½ T olive oil, divided
  • 1 package (12 ounces) cooked chicken sausage, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 T chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 8 ounces (1 C + 2 T) Farmer Direct Co-op French green lentils, rinsed
  • 4 C reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken stock
  • 4 C roughly chopped Swiss chard, kale, spinach or other leafy green
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • Optional: grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for topping

Get the full instructions on Sonali's blog, and be sure to check out her other delicious creations!

Carnitas & Street Corn Stuffed Zucchini with Ole Frijoles Pinto Bean Sauce

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching, but you don't have to wait to enjoy a festive meal.  Turn any dinner into a fiesta with this quick carnita recipe, featuring a spicy pinto bean sauce!

Carnitas & Street Corn Stuffed Zucchini with Ole Frijoles Pinto Bean Sauce

Doesn't this dish from Jennifer @ The Fit Fork look amazing?  It seems fancy, but this recipe can be ready in just 30 minutes with a little prep .  That's exactly what we look for in a weeknight meal!

To make the Ole Frijoles Sauce, Jennifer used our pinto beans, pureed with tomatoes and spices for a zesty topping.  You can use this bean sauce in a million ways – in a rice bowl, as a dip for your tortilla chips, or try it as a sauce on a southwest-themed pizza!

Here are some quick pinto nutrition facts for you.  Pintos are:

  • Virtually fat-free
  • Fiber-rich
  • A good source of protein
  • filled with iron, copper, magnese, potassium and folate
Ole Frijoles Pinto Bean Sauce

Here's the ingredient list, but check out Jennifer's full post for the full instructions!

Carnitas & Street Corn Stuffed Zucchini with Ole Frijoles Pinto Bean Sauce

For Stuffed Zucchini:

  • 12 oz precooked carnitas (shredded pork roast)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 ears corn, kernels sheared (about 1 ¼ C)
  • 1/2 C finely chopped red onion
  • 4 8-inch long zucchini
  • 1 T Tajin seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 oz crumbled queso fresco cheese

For Ole Frijoles Pinto Bean Sauce

  • 3 C cooked pinto beans
  • 1/2 C cooking liquid from beans or water
  • 1 10-oz can diced tomatoes with greed chiles
  • 1 T vegetable stock base
  • 2 T chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp assorted chopped vegetables (onions, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, asparagus, etc.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Click here to read the full recipe and to find more creative, healthy recipes on Jennifer's blog, The Fit Fork!

Oatmeal & Hemp Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies

This Oatmeal & Hemp Seed Cookie recipe is the perfect combo of two of our favorite cookies - oatmeal and chocolate chip.  

Oatmeal & Hemp Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies

We love cookies, especially when they're packed with so many great ingredients.  Laura from Sprint 2 the Table packed these full of Farmer Direct oats and hemp seeds, plus dark chocolate, almond butter, and coconut.  

Did you know hemp seeds are something of a super food?  They contain all nine essential amino acids, as well as magnesium, zinc, iron, and calcium.  They’re also a vegan source of protein and two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3), which can help fight depression, promote cardiovascular health, and are anti-inflammatory agents.

Oatmeal & Hemp Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's the ingredient list, but check out Laura's full post for the full recipe!

  • 1/2 C ground oats (oat flour)*
  • 1/4 C rolled oats*
  • 1/3 C unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 C hulled hempseed*
  • 1/4 C dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 C almond butter
  • 3 T honey
  • 1/4 C almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla 

*Note: Look for Farmer Direct hemp seed and oats in the bulk bins at Whole Foods. It's more cost effective, plus it cuts down on packaging waste.

Click here to read the full recipe and to check out Laura's other healthy recipes!