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Another Serving of Vegan Reviews

Posted Jul 22 2012 4:52pm
I've been pretty busy this spring and summer taking college classes, so I'm sorry about the delay on these. I hope you enjoy this brief survey of some of the products I've enjoyed during the past several months. 

First up are Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks . These chips are made from unique combinations--including beans and ancient grains. They were really good! Even some of the unexpected flavors, like Simply Beyond Black Bean , impressed me.  They are crunchy, salty, and have a wonderful full-bodied flavor with just a hint of toasted nuttiness. Next time you are in the chip aisle at your natural foods store, give them a try. They also come in Simply Sunny Multi-Grain , Simply Sweeet Potato , Simply So Sweet Chili , Simply Unbeatable Blues , and No Salt Baked Blues

Chocolate Fantasy - This company makes mixes using the all natural, sugar free sweetener stevia. So far I have tried the drink mix and it is pretty tasty. You can use the drink mix to make instant hot cocoa (and I did many times). I also used it in other recipes. For example, try mixing 1 T. with vegan yogurt and 1 T. of cocoa powder. Stir well and garnish with a dollop of raspberry preserves. Ta da! Instant tangy vegan chocolate-raspberry mousse/pudding! I haven't tried the cake mixes yet, but I want to put my hand at veganizing them.
  Cloud 9 Raw Chocolate - This is one of the items I received this spring around the time my computer crashed. I lost the review I had worked on, and also my list of products I needed to review. I tried to remember as best as I could, but if you sent me something and I have yet to review it, please don't hesitate to send me an email. Thanks! Anyway, back to the chocolate. This was pretty good; it's dark and fudgy and the combinations of flavors were fun to try. As the name implies, they are also raw! Nature's Path Organic -These organic cereals were really delightful to sample. I got to try the Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon (very good!), Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise (almost better without milk. Love the sweetness and crunch and all the different grains), Sweet & Salty Peanut Choco Chewy Granola bars (I really liked these. You can definitely detect the peanuts, which is nice, and they are fun and chewy to eat. The other flavors also sound good [I didn't check if they are all vegan, but I know at least the one I tried was]), and the Vanilla Almond Flax Plus Granola (I like that it's not too sweet). I would definitely buy some of these products in the future. I like that many of them are also a good source of Omega-3s. 

Angel Food is a New Zealand company that makes vegan meringue and marshmallow mixes. I haven't tried the marshmallow mix, but I did try the meringue. I had rather mixed results, but it's a really fun concept. One of these days I really need to make those marshmallows; for some reason the process keeps intimidating me. 

Woah Veg - This company makes vegan gift baskets full of delicious food items. I sampled the Vegan Get Together Gift Basket and can honestly say that I enjoyed each and every item in it. It was so fun to get this in the mail, and it would make a great gift for any occasion--even for non-vegans (my family shared some of the items with me and they all loved them). 

So Delicious - If you haven't heard of So Delicious, then you are missing out. They make a wide assortment of vegan frozen treats--from coconut milk beverages to almond milk Greek yogurts. I tried two of the almond milk ice creams and two of the coconut milk ice creams , and they were great! I especially loved he coconut milk varieties. They seriously give dairy a run for their money. I keep trying to find their Almond Milk Plus , but so far none of the stores I shop at seem to carry it. In any case, keep a look out for any of their great products next time you are in the frozen or refrigerated aisle at the grocery store. I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed. And what better time is there than summer to enjoy an ice cream cone or banana split?  

Snackle Mouth - These are an addicting like snack made of granola and nut clusters. If you are the kind of person who loves the clumps in granola, you will go crazy for these. I tried the three original vegan flavors--Almond Berry, Peanut Cranberry, and Almond Pecan Maple. Despite the fact that the packaging scares me, they were all terrific; the Almond Maple Pecan was my favorite. I loved these and definitely recommend checking them out. 

Healthy Surprise Box - This is really fun! If you buy a subscription every month you will receive a different box of assorted natural food items. I received a sample box that included Hail Merry Vanilla Maple Almonds (delicious), 5 oz. bag of Skinny Crisps Cinnamon Crisps (also really good), an Oskri Coconut Bar Cherry flavor, a Two Moms in the Raw Goji Berry Nut Bar , 2 single-serve pkg. of HomeFree Gluten-Free Vanilla Mini Cookies , 100% organic Bare Fruit Organic Dried Granny Smith Apple Chips (love these), Gone Nuts! Thai Lemon Curry nuts (perfect amount of spice, great flavor, hint of sweetness), and a package of hempseed. I think just about everything was gluten free (but I would still double check, if that's a concern) and I loved getting a chance to sample all of these products.   Alexia Foods - It's summer and what better to go with your veggie burger than some delicious fries! Alexia makes this easy with their many variations of potatoes and sides. The three varieties I tried were the Spicy Sweet Potato Julienne Fries , Sweet Potato Puffs , Organic Oven Crinkles . I enjoyed them all, even though French fries are something I rarely indulge in. I love that they offer many organic items. These are great for when you're in a pinch, or just want something fun and different to go with your meal. I love reviewing cookbooks, and Da Capo has an amazing collection of vegan titles. A few that I have had the honor of reviewing are: Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World (one of the few things that could possibly make this book any better is if it came with the cupcakes! I used some of the filling/frosting recipes to make my brother a chocolate mint cake for his birthday. Everyone loved it! This book is so much fun.), Veganomicon (one of the quintessential vegan cookbooks. With over 250 recipes, there is sure to be something to make any vegan happy. One things that struck me is just how creative the techniques and flavor-pairings were. All different kinds of cuisines, vegetables, grains, and beans are included--just proving that a vegan diet is anything but boring), and Vegan Brunch (lots of great breakfast and brunch recipes and the author's hilarious signature writing style--for an example of this see "A Letter to a Young Crepe Maker" on pp. 106-107. I made the Pumpkin Bran muffins for my non-vegan family and they loved them!). I definitely recommend checking these titles out…even if you aren't a vegan!  Thank you to all the companies that sent me products to review! Enjoy your summer, everyone. :)
Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this post were sent to me free of charge for the purpose of reviewing on this blog. I received no monetary compensation.
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