Don’t forget the CLIF drawing! Get your comments in

Reminder: If you’d like to enter the drawing for free CLIF bars, the deadline is end of day Saturday, March 15. The CLIF folks are publicizing their new Sierra Trail Mix bars by offering gift packs to three lucky winners. To enter,

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Don’t forget to add a comment on the blog for a chance to win free CLIF bars!

just leave a comment on the original blogpost at to be entered in the drawing for a free pack of CLIF energy bars! Three winners will be chosen. Good luck!

A winner, and another giveaway!

I’m happy to announce that Barbara Croonquist of Riverside won the free copy of Murrieta author Linda Amendt’s “Gluten-Free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond” (Taunton Press, 2013), which I wrote about in September 2013.

Now I’ve got another giveaway for you, this one from CLIF Bars.  (Photo courtesy CLIF Bars)


Not to be left out of the chocolate frenzy for Valentine’s Day, the company’s  newest bar, Sierra Trail Mix, is the first CLIF Bar flavor to be made with sustainably grown cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. (Yes, it carries the frog seal on the package.) I’m not saying it’s equivalent to a morsel from See’s or Jer’s — but on the other hand, it’s a lot easier to bring along on a romantic stroll than a two-pound box. ;<)

Each 2.4-ounce energy bar also contains peanuts, organic rolled oats and raisins, among other goodies, and weighs in at 250 calories, 70 from fat. Suggested price is $1.39 per bar.

The CLIF Bar folks are offering three giveaways to readers who post a comment on this entry. Add your comment below by March 15, and I’ll choose three at random for a free gift pack of CLIF Bars!

(c) copyright Laura Groch 2014

This post was corrected on Feb. 17, 2014 from its original writing.

Clif Bars fall for autumn flavors


Everyone gets nostalgic this time of year for fall flavors like pumpkin and gingerbread. The folks who make the CLIF Bar aren’t immune from those autumnal cravings, reflected by their seasonal Iced Gingerbread and Spiced Pumpkin Pie energy bars, plus the new Pecan Pie bar. Like all CLIF Bars, Pecan Pie (260 calories, 70 from fat), Iced Gingerbread (250 calories, 50 from fat) and Spiced Pumpkin Pie (240 calories, 40 from fat) are made with 70 percent organic ingredients. They’re a good source of protein and fiber and  have 23 vitamins and minerals. Suggested price for each 2.4-ounce bar is $1.39, and CLIF Bar will donate 1 percent of seasonal net sales to Protect Our Winters, a not-for-profit organization fighting against climate change. Clif Bar & Company only sources ingredients that are non-GMO.