General Mills has filed an application for a U.S. patent for its no-bake granola method that reduces costs, energy and production time by eliminating the baking and drying process while still producing the toasted flavor and appearance associated with granola. The process mixes the ingredients, like oats, maize, rice, barley, sorghum, quinoa and flaxseed, at 200 degrees F, which ensures the sweetener remains in liquid form. The no-bake method can be used for granola bars, other grain-based snacks and clusters in ready-to-eat cereal.
When Boston bakery owner Joanne Chang hosts summer dinner parties she opts for simple, no-bake options such as homemade sorbets or fruit folded into whipped cream and topped with crumbled cookies.
"You don't want to feel weighted down," she said. "Something that's really rich and sweet is best for the fall and winter. Highlight the fruits of the season. The best thing about summer is the multitude of fruit you have -- berries, stone fruits, they're all great either as main ingredients or additions."
A daily supplement of 1,600 international units of vitamin D increased plasma levels among healthy, term, breast-fed babies after three months, reaching some pediatric groups' higher target level, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that reduced doses of the supplements elevated plasma concentrations to the Institute of Medicine's lower target levels.
Prompted by the launch of Wrigley's caffeinated Alert Energy Gum, the FDA announced on Monday that it will investigate the safety of adding caffeine to foods and its impact on children and teens' health. The increasing number of foods with added caffeine is "beyond anything FDA envisioned," FDA's Michael Taylor said.
With more consumers seeking meat-free protein sources, food-makers are turning to pea protein, which has a neutral flavor and does not prompt allergic reactions as soy can. Recent launches with pea protein include So Delicious Almond Plus Beverage from So Delicious Dairy Free and the Larabar Alt bar from General Mills.