Come on, give peas a chance! Or fava beans for that matter. I recently found out about World Peas and they were incredibly kind to send me some of their brand new Fava Crisps to try out. These come in three flavors: Barbeque, Vinegar and Sea Salt, and Ranch to satisfy all your savory, salty and crunchy cravings. Find out what I thought of these different snacks in terms of flavor, texture and similar pre-vegan day snacks that they remind me of. Also, learn why these are a much better alternative to the standard snacks you’ll find in the store. It isn’t likely that you’ll eat an entire bag in one sitting, but if you do at least you’ll be getting tons of protein but less fat and calories than if you had devoured a bag of your typical potato chips.
First, I really wanted to try the Brighton Vinegar & Sea Salt Fava Crisps. These are inspired by “the chippies found in Southeast England”, and I can honestly tell you the salt and vinegar flavors are very pronounced. However, the overall taste is nicely balanced. These taste a lot like salt and vinegar seasoned roasted peanuts in terms of crunch, flavor and texture. Since these are made out of fava beans, they have 6g of protein per serving, 4.5g of fat and 13g of total carbs which are a heck of a lot better than potato chips. Plus, unlike regular chips, you aren’t as likely to get through a whole bag of these and still be hungry.
The Santa Barbara Ranch Fava Crisps were my absolute favorite! When I was younger, I used to love those Flavor-Blasted Goldfish snacks and honestly I shudder at the thought of what was even IN those! And you know what? These crisps taste practically identical to those, yet these have much fewer ingredients and are much more nutritionally sound. Unlike Goldfish crackers, these happen to be gluten-free, vegan and non-gmo. If you can tell from the photo, these crisps are coated with a mixture that includes corn starch, so they are a little more cracker-like as opposed to being nut-like which was how the Ranch crisps were. The flavor of these was inspired by cool, tangy ranch dip and I do get a hint of that savory flavor in the crisps. I wouldn’t say it’s an exact take on Ranch dressing, in my opinion…it’s even better!
If the Ranch Crisps taste like Goldfish crackers, then the Texas Barbecue Fava Crisps taste like Fritos! More specifically, the Honey Barbecue Flavor Twist Fritos that are definitely not vegan or gluten-free. Not to mention, the flavored Fritos have ingredients like MSG, artificial colors and flavors, and way too many other ingredients to keep track of. The BBQ flavor in these crisps isn’t quite like a bbq flavor you would expect in potato chips, but I don’t typically like barbecue chips anyway so I really enjoyed these!
So which of the Fava Crisps are you wanting to try first? World Peas also makes…you guessed it, a ton of flavored peas (Wasabi anyone?) so there’s a flavor for basically everyone to love. If you’re looking for a healthier snack than traditional potato chips or non-vegan crackers then these are an excellent choice. I have a feeling these will even fool your omnivore friends in a blind taste-test. Check out Abe’s Market (where these are now on sale) or the World Peas Online Store to pick up your own World Peas snacks to try for yourself!