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Vegan Cuts Snack Box

IMG_9905 Guess who finally got to try out the Vegan Cuts Snack Box? Lucky for me, Vegan Cuts gave me the opportunity to try and review their snack box from May 2015. If you don’t know about this special box, then you’re in for a fun treat. Every month, a selection of 7-10 vegan products are curated typically by someone pretty well-known in the vegan community. Each box subscription is $19.95 a month (with free shipping to the US) to get the chance to try products that likely won’t be in a lot of stores near you. This particular box was curated by Heather and Jenny from Spork Foods and I just couldn’t wait to see everything that was inside! Find out what I thought about this box as well as my recommendations for why you should get your own subscription.  Continue reading

IMG_0682One of the first snacks I went for…of course was the Beanitos Chipotle BBQ chips. These are bean chips with a tortilla chip-texture, so they are extra crunchy. I loved the flavorful chipotle bbq flavor that had this smokiness to it. I thought about pairing these chips with salsa, but honestly they were just perfect on their own. As far as chips go, these also had a pretty good amount in one serving-size bag which is a plus!

IMG_0553Being a lover of NuGo bars and their new Fiber d’Lish variety, I was glad to see a flavor I hadn’t tried yet in this snack box. The Orange Cranberry was the perfect balance of tart and sweet, and it had the chewy consistency of a muffin. This was so good that it was satisfying as a dessert, and the added fiber made it a lot more filling.

IMG_9942Speaking of filling…I got the chance to try these Zesty Italian Meatless Meatballs from Nate’s with some zoodles (zucchini noodles), marinara and this new-to-me vegan parmesan from Go Veggie! I was amazed at how much this smelled and tasted like parmesan made with dairy! Seriously, I don’t even think cheese-loving omnivores or vegetarians would know the difference.

IMG_0122I love popcorn, and I love this Spicy Chipotle & Lime popcorn from Oogie’s. This wasn’t super spicy but it definitely had a kick to it. I must say, I’m really loving all the fun flavors in this snack box. There was even a sample pack of some crushed Chipotle Chile Pepper in the box, so I have a feeling I could use some of that and fresh lime juice to make my own seasoned popcorn.

IMG_0541I have never heard of Toyou bars, and being pretty bar-savy I’m surprised! Apricot and coconut are both some flavors I find really appealing, and this bar did not disappoint. It reminded me of a granola bar, but it was softer and more fruity. Unlike a lot of bars, this also wasn’t sickeningly sweet which I really appreciate.

IMG_1066I thoroughly enjoyed the Daily Green Boost in one of my morning green smoothies. This was made with some dates, bananas, vanilla hemp protein, spinach, and cinnamon. The green powder reminds me a little of matcha in terms of both smell and taste. It’s made out of barley grass and is a great boost to add a little something extra to virtually any smoothie or shake.

IMG_0166I was probably the most excited to try these Chocolate Sea Salt Quinoa Clusters. I actually saw them online a while ago, but they only came in bigger bags and I didn’t want to pay a lot to find out I didn’t like them. Thankfully these were delicious, and I will likely be purchasing a larger bag elsewhere. A great thing about Vegan Cuts is that the snacks are small enough that you don’t end up paying a lot for something that you don’t like. However, I think the boxes have been curated with a lot of people’s different preferences in mind. You have at least a few items that are healthy, gluten-free and portable so that you can enjoy them wherever you go.

IMG_9911The only items that I did not try were the Blood Orange organic energy drink and the MiracleTree moringa tea. Normally I stay away from energy drinks because I’m actually really sensitive to caffeine, so I will be giving that one to someone else to try out. As far as energy drinks go, this one looks much better than most of the standard drinks on the market. As for the tea, I’ll be saving it for (literally) a cold, rainy day. The strawberry, lemon, and mango flavors all sound super delicious!

Are you interested now in getting your own monthly snack box subscription with 100% vegan products? Be sure to visit Vegan Cuts and sign up today! They even have a Beauty Box with a wide variety of personal care products, that you can subscribe to in addition to the snack box. Not a fan of surprises and subscription boxes? Vegan Cuts also has an online store with lots of discounted vegan items, where you know exactly what you’re ordering. However, I recommend the snack box because I think trying new things is fun…and this service is an excellent way to do just that!

Fresh N’ Lean Meal Service

IMG_0011-1 copyWouldn’t it be nice if you could have fresh, healthy vegan meals delivered right to your front door? What if I told you that services like Fresh N’ Lean do just that? This company is dedicated to making vegan meals more accessible to everyone, whether they are Type 2 diabetics, athletes, hospital patients, people with allergies, or just anyone looking to improve their health. Their meals are full of nutritious ingredients, and they are not about restriction or promising unhealthy weight loss. Fresh N’ Lean prides themselves in providing real food made by real people, not something pumped out of a machine. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try 5 days worth of meals thanks toFresh N’ Lean, to review for you all. Find out what I thought of this service and see if it will fit in with helping you live healthier with a plant-based diet. Continue reading

IMG_0007-1Fresh N’ Lean has a menu that rotates, so you always get the opportunity to try a wide variety of meals. You have the option to order a meal plan, either 5 or 7 days, based on how many meals you would like. Fresh N’ Lean also offers à la carte dishes, as an alternative if you aren’t ready to commit to a meal plan just yet. This is a great way to try out the meals before subscribing to a delivery service, and you get to preview the dishes and get their nutritional facts/ingredients before placing your order. 

IMG_0033-1One of the first meals that I tried fromFresh N’ Lean was the Blueberry Cinnamon Oatmeal. This was filled with organic ingredients such as oats, maple syrup, walnuts, blueberries, raisins, almonds, dates, vanilla and cinnamon. This meal was extra filling, energizing and easy to digest. The best part? It tasted incredible (like something you would get at a restaurant), and there were no artificial ingredients or preservatives added. This means that you have to consume the foods by the “best by” date on the package, but that’s the whole point! These meals are so tasty and easy to prepare that there really is no good reason for why they would sit in your fridge and go bad.

IMG_0304-1 The next meal that I tried for dinner was the Fiesta Black Beans. These were made with black beans, cabbage, bell peppers and other veggies. Now, I have to say that the initial color wasn’t super appetizing because the black beans were mixed with the veggies. However, the aroma was wonderful, and so was the taste! The other people in my household were wondering what was cooking because it filled the kitchen with such a great smell. Fresh N’ Lean recommends adding your own spices to these dishes, although I thought they were plenty flavorful without them. I do like that they give that option because everyone’s tastes are different. These would’ve been great with some salsa, avocado or hot sauce too!

IMG_0089-1For breakfast the next day, I tried the Mixed Berry Chia Pudding. This one has organic chia seeds, maple syrup, blueberries, raspberries, almond milk and sea salt. The directions recommend heating this up, either by microwaving or other methods which is great for people who don’t have a microwave. However I think you could also eat this as a chilled pudding as either a breakfast or a dessert. It was great warmed up because the flavors of the berries infused the entire chia mixture, and it was just as filling as oatmeal. I want to start incorporating more chia puddings into my diet

IMG_0384-1The next meal I tried for dinner was the Smoky Kidney Beans with Dino Kale. Along with the Fiesta Black Beans, these had an incredible aroma. For a dish with such simple flavors, it was surprisingly tasty and really filling. As Fresh N’ Lean describes about their meals, they are not about being low-calorie or low-carb, but rather about being nutrient-rich. This one has a ton of protein and fiber while being low in fat and (more importantly) chemical/preservative free!

IMG_0346-1IMG_0357-1I really enjoyed the Hearty Granola, which actually packs 2 servings in one container. Normally I don’t go for granola because a lot of brand add extra unnecessary ingredients such as honey, oils or even extra flavorings. For this granola, you obviously don’t need to heat it up to prepare it. This is one of the few meals from Fresh N’ Lean that will have you add your own ingredients. They recommend non-dairy milk and some fruit to make it a full meal. For this serving, I used half the container of granola with some unsweetened flax milk and fresh berries. Talk about a quick breakfast!

IMG_0607-1We’ve been getting a lot of rain lately, despite it being spring/summer so these warm meals have been ultra-comforting (but still totally healthy). These Indian Spiced Lentils came in a surprisingly large serving size, in fact it was almost tricky to finish these off. However, this meal packs 20g of protein, 14g of fiber and only 5g of fat with very little sodium. That makes it healthy for not just our hearts, but for our entire bodies!

IMG_0726-1 The Italian Chard with Millet was definitely a new one for me. I’ve never actually had something with millet that I can remember. This reminded me a lot of rice or quinoa in terms of texture, and it really soaked up the flavors of the vegetables. Some of my favorite vegetables in here were eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini and kale. What I love about this type of meal is that it gets you trying new foods, without needing to buy them in the store or having to prepare them. With this service, you have healthy meals ready in seconds and you didn’t even have to drive to the store for them!

IMG_0759-1 Lastly, the French Lentil Tomato Penne. Normally I don’t think of having a meal with lentils AND pasta, but it ended up being super filling, protein-packed and chewy. The pasta is even gluten-free, though I honestly couldn’t tell from the taste. This meal was higher in calories than the others, but I really wasn’t paying attention to those because I knew these were super nutritious and good for me. In my opinion, it’s more about the quality of the ingredients than the quantity of calories. I noticed that this left me feeling full into the night, and I didn’t feel the need to snack at all after dinner. Because of this, I also slept soundly hours after having such a hearty but light meal. When we eat nourishing meals, we don’t have those strong urges to have unhealthy “midnight” snacks that often consist of junk food.

In summary, I have to say that I was really impressed with all the meals that Fresh N’ Lean provided to me to try out and review. This is a service I would highly recommend to anyone looking for super healthy and easy-to-prepare meals. So I know what you’re thinking now…where do I sign up or how can I learn more about Fresh ‘N Lean? First off, check out their weekly menu to find out what the special meals are. If you’re already wanting to order, just go to that page on their website and pick what meals you want. When you place an order for any meal plan on their site, you can get 15% off with the promo code: ANOTHER. You won’t want to miss out on this! Are you thinking of trying Fresh ‘N Lean out for yourself? What meals sound the most appealing to you and how would this service help you out?

World Peas Snacks

Looking for a healthier, savory and crunchy snack? Look no further than World Peas! Check out my latest review post of these excellent little snacks, that will ignite your inner appetite for travel and more! #vegan and #glutenfreeIf you’ve been following this blog for a while, then chances are you remember my review of World Peas Snacks and their Fava Crisps. Well, I lucked out with the opportunity to try some of their original World Peas. These peas are an all-natural snack, and they come in 7 different flavors from Ranch to Barbecue to Wasabi. Each has an excellent, crunchy taste and a ton of flavor for such small little pieces. Who needs potato chips when you can have a much more nutritious snack that will still satisfy your savory cravings? Read on to see what I think of a few of their snacks and where you can pick some up for yourself! Continue reading

Looking for a healthier, savory and crunchy snack? Look no further than World Peas! Check out my latest review post of these excellent little snacks, that will ignite your inner appetite for travel and more! #vegan and #glutenfreeFirst, I went for the Sicilian Tomato & Garlic flavor. Wow, were these super flavorful! As World Peas states, this variety includes a rich, slow-roasted tomato — or pomodoro — and garlic flavors of our TomGarlic Peas bring Sicily’s sea breezes and sun-drenched, volcanic soils to mind. I couldn’t have said it better myself! This flavor reminds me a little of pizza, but in a much crunchier form. Of all the peas, this is a great variety to try and share with others…or maybe you won’t want to because they’re so good!

Looking for a healthier, savory and crunchy snack? Look no further than World Peas! Check out my latest review post of these excellent little snacks, that will ignite your inner appetite for travel and more! #vegan and #glutenfreeNext, the Wasabi Peas. I’ve tried wasabi-flavored dried peas in the past but they were always way too much for me to handle. Luckily, these still have a kick from the wasabi but it is in a much more “manageable” way. If you chew these right away, instead of letting them dissolve in your mouth it also makes the spicy flavor much less powerful. Apparently this is the flavor that inspired World Peas to make the other types!

Looking for a healthier, savory and crunchy snack? Look no further than World Peas! Check out my latest review post of these excellent little snacks, that will ignite your inner appetite for travel and more! #vegan and #glutenfree
I was also really eager to try the Bombay Curry-flavored snacks. These have a warm, lightly spicy curry taste that is unlike many other typical snacks you find. As World Peas suggests on the website, these would be great with some hot or iced tea to calm down the spices a bit. I think if you made a soup with curry, these would be a great topper for that as well.

Looking for a healthier, savory and crunchy snack? Look no further than World Peas! Check out my latest review post of these excellent little snacks, that will ignite your inner appetite for travel and more! #vegan and #glutenfreeHearing about the other flavors from World Peas makes me want to try them all! They have Ranch, Barbeque, Garlic and Sichuan which all sound spectacular. Something I love about World Peas is the sense of adventure that their products give. From the bright packaging, to the stories about what inspired the flavors and the brilliant taste I feel transported to another place. What other kinds of snacks can offer you this wonderful sense of travel?

Looking for a healthier, savory and crunchy snack? Look no further than World Peas! Check out my latest review post of these excellent little snacks, that will ignite your inner appetite for travel and more! #vegan and #glutenfreeAre you ready to try these peas for yourself? Be sure to check out the store locator on their website to find out where to get some in stores nearby. Don’t want to go to the store? Luckily World Peas also sells these on their online store. Either way, you can pick up and try anything from their peas to their newer fava crisps. Both are a snack that I think you will love! Have you ever tried anything from World Peas Snacks? What did you think? Or if you’re looking to try some…which varieties sound the most appealing to you?

Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Protein Shake

A rich, protein-packed and energizing Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Shake to start your day! Vegan and Gluten-freeCoffee and chocolate…am I right? What is it about that sweet and rich combo that makes everything better? When you combine those flavors with hazelnut, there’s just no going back. I was inspired by my favorite flavor combos to make this secretly-healthy Hazelnut Mocha Shake, which is boosted with some Hemp protein. Manitoba Harvest recently released their line of hemp protein called Hemp Pro 70. The chocolate and vanilla flavors have both been some of my favorites lately and guess what…Manitoba Harvest agreed to collaborate on a giveaway with me for a bag of their chocolate protein! Scroll down for details on how you can enter to win, and get the recipe for this delicious protein shake! Continue reading

A rich, protein-packed and energizing Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Shake to start your day! Vegan and Gluten-freeA rich, protein-packed and energizing Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Shake to start your day! Vegan and Gluten-freeHemp Pro 70 is super clean, allergen-friendly, and really tasty. Not only does it have a great deal of plant protein, it also have the benefits of those healthy omega fatty acids that keep you feeling full, especially after a tough workout. The chocolate flavor is my personal favorite, which is why I’m really excited to get to give a bag away to one lucky winner! I also added some Fit Matrix, which aids in workout recovery and immunity, plus some Dark Hazelnut Spread from Golo Foods for flavor and added protein.

A rich, protein-packed and energizing Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Shake to start your day! Vegan and Gluten-freeThe coffee part of this shake is totally optional, but it does give it that blended espresso and/or frappuccino quality. You could also use decaf coffee or a coffee alternative (such as herbal coffee or something similar) if you’re avoiding caffeine. Personally, I like using cold brew like Chameleon Cold Brew or the coffee concentrate from Trader Joe’s. I find that combining coffee with frozen fruit, protein and healthy fats makes it easier to digest and you don’t feel super jittery afterwards.

And now for the giveaway that you’ve been waiting for…see below and be sure to follow all the instructions. This giveaway is open to residents in the United States and Canada and it will run from Tuesday May 19th until Sunday May 24th at 11:59PM MST.

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A rich, protein-packed and energizing Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Shake to start your day! Vegan and Gluten-free
After you enter the giveaway, don’t forget to try this recipe for yourself! Modify if however you prefer, as many of the ingredients are optional. Don’t have dark hazelnut spread? Just throw in a serving of hazelnuts and some cacao/cocoa powder. The options are really endless, but be sure to leave me a comment if you give this recipe a try!

Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Protein Shake
A rich, protein-packed and energizing coffee smoothie to start your day!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coffee concentrate+3/4 cup water (or 1 cup chilled coffee)
  2. 1 frozen banana
  3. 2 Tbs HempPro 70 Chocolate
  4. 1 tsp FitMatrix
  5. 1/4 tsp maca powder
  6. 2 Tbs GoLo Foods Dark Hazelnut Spread
  7. sweetener to taste
  8. handful of ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor and mix until a smooth consistency forms. Mix in additional sweetener or ice if desired.
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Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies (GF)

Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies - Gluten-Free & VeganBrownies are amazing…am I right? Whether you’re a cake brownie or fudgy brownie lover, there’s a sweet treat for everyone! I’ve made my fair share of brownies in the past, but I’ve hardly ever ventured into the gluten-free territory. Using some products from Madecasse and TigerNuts gave me the chance to experiment with a vegan and gluten-free fudgy brownie recipe! Even further, I was able to make these completely nut-free as well. Now, regardless of if you’re vegan, or if you can’t consume gluten, dairy, eggs and/or nuts you can still enjoy these fabulous and ultra-fudgy brownies! Continue reading

Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies - Gluten-Free & VeganOne of the things that makes a big difference when it comes to chocolate desserts is quality. I am so thankful to Madecasse for sending some samples of their chocolate bars (full review coming soon!) and dark chocolate baking discs. These 70% cocoa discs are excellent for melting, because they have a super smooth consistency and the shape helps prevent burning in my experience. I even had some of their pure vanilla extract to keep the quality as high as possible.

Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies - Gluten-Free & VeganAnother product I was recently sent to try out in some baked goods was this Gluten-Free TigerNut flour from Organic Gemini. I also got the chance to try out and review their horchata beverages and more right here recently on my blog! Unlike almond or peanut flour, this happens to be completely nut-free as well which makes this recipe friendly for virtually anyone. I loved the fact that the flour kept these brownies soft, without making them crumbly. The flavor of the TigerNut flour was fairly neutral, which is why I can’t wait to try it in some more baked goods!

Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies - Gluten-Free & VeganAnother awesome part of being vegan is that your recipes are already free of dairy, eggs, and meat, which are some of the common allergens. Something else that people often associate with veganism is cutting out gluten. Though I am not sensitive to gluten, I know a lot of people who are. Being the type of person who likes to share my food with friends and family, it’s important to me to be flexible and have some allergen-friendly recipes at the ready. I found that these were super easy to make, and my dad (who isn’t vegan or allergic to gluten) didn’t even know the difference. In fact, I still don’t think he knows that these were made with TigerNut flour.

Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies - Gluten-Free & VeganNow, I’d love to hear from you…have you experimented with vegan and gluten-free baking? What are some of your go-to recipes? If you get a chance to make these, I’d love to know how they turned out or if you used any modifications. Get back into baking this weekend!

Ultra-Rich Gluten-Free, Fudgy Brownies
Serves 9
An incredibly rich, fudgy brownie that also happens to be nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Madecasse 70% Baking Discs (or dark chocolate chips)
  2. 3 Tbs applesauce
  3. 3 Tbs coconut oil
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 3/4 cup vegan sugar
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 2 egg replacers (I use Ener-G)
  8. 3/4 cup + 2 Tbs TigerNut/Gluten-Free Flour
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF, and prepare an 8x8 baking dish with foil or by lightly greasing. Using a double-boiler pan over water at medium/low heat, begin melting the chocolate. Once it starts melting, add in the coconut oil and salt, stirring quickly. Once the mixture becomes incorporated, add in the applesauce quickly and remove from the heat.
  2. 2. Stir in the vanilla, and sugar. Prepare vegan eggs according to instructions and add to the mixture, half at a time. Add the gluten-free flour in parts, until a brownie batter forms.
  3. 3. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, making sure that the brownies are cooked all the way through. Allow the brownies to cool before removing from the pan, cutting and serving.
Adapted from Allrecipes
Adapted from Allrecipes
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Coconut & Nutella Shake

A dairy-free, vegan Nutella shake with a hint of coconut and lots of plant protein @anotherhungryvegan.comNutella is one of those spreads that vegans and non-vegans dream about. There’s something about that nutty, sweet and chocolatey flavor that makes whatever you put it on spectacular. However, as you probably know already…Nutella is neither vegan nor healthy. BUT I stumbled upon this alternative at Expo West that tastes exactly like the infamous treat. Read on to find out what it is and how to make this delicious shake with Coconut and Vegan Nutella plus some protein for good measure. Continue reading

A dairy-free, vegan Nutella shake with a hint of coconut and lots of plant protein @anotherhungryvegan.comA dairy-free, vegan Nutella shake with a hint of coconut and lots of plant protein @anotherhungryvegan.comGoLo Foods makes this incredible Dark Hazelnut Spread and not only is it vegan, but it’s also gluten-free, paleo and sugar free so anyone can enjoy it! In this shake I also used my favorite chocolate coconut milk lately from Rebel Kitchen, which is making its way to the United States! If for whatever reason you don’t have chocolate non-dairy milk on hand, you can also use your favorite milk alternative and add some cacao powder. If you’re going for a completely sugar-free recipe here, that’s totally do-able. All you need is an unsweetened non-dairy milk, because the protein and cacao powder will be naturally lower in sugar. Oh, and don’t forget the GoLo Dark Hazelnut Spread because that’s the star of the shake!

A dairy-free, vegan Nutella shake with a hint of coconut and lots of plant protein @anotherhungryvegan.comAlso in this shake, I used one of my go-to proteins, the Chocolate Power from Growing Naturals. This protein is awesome because it boosts 24g of plant-based protein per scoop and it gives the drink a milkshake-like consistency. To give it a true milkshake flavor, I also added some maca and mesquite powder from Sunfood. The powders have become a staple for me, because they turn any smoothie into a sweet dessert (especially if you’re using cacao in there too). As an added benefit, the products from Sunfood help with regulating hormones, balancing energy, and providing nutrients like fiber, iron, potassium and other vitamins.

A dairy-free, vegan Nutella shake with a hint of coconut and lots of plant protein @anotherhungryvegan.comSo, if this shake sounds amazing to you (which is should), get yourself some Dark Hazelnut Spread from GoLo foods. It only takes a little in this recipe to add a lot of flavor, and besides…who doesn’t want to have vegan (and diet-friendly) Nutella in their cupboards?

A big thanks to GoLo Foods, Growing Naturals, Rebel Kitchen and Sunfood for these samples that I was provided over time (and have been stockpiling for special recipes like this). Let me know if you get to try this shake or these products on their own and what you think!

Coconut & Nutella Shake
Serves 1
A dairy-free, vegan nutella shake with a hint of coconut and lots of plant protein.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 container Rebel Kitchen Chocolate Coconut Mylk
  2. 1 heaping Tbs GoLo Foods Dark Hazelnut Spread
  3. 1 scoop Growing Naturals Chocolate Power rice protein
  4. 1 tsp Sunfood mesquite powder
  5. 1/2 tsp maca powder
  6. 1 frozen banana
  7. a few handfuls of ice
  8. coconut chips for topping
Instructions
  1. Place the coconut milk and vegan hazelnut spread in a high-speed blender and turn on. Slowly add the chocolate protein, mesquite and maca. Add in the banana and ice last, and continue mixing until well-incorporated. Top with coconut chips or shredded coconut and enjoy!
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TigerNut Horchata, Granola and More

IMG_5085Ever heard of TigerNuts? First off, despite the name they’re actually completely nut-free. Organic Gemini has a line of products made with TigerNuts that are also gluten-free, non-gmo, organic, paleo and vegan. What’s great about these little root vegetables is that they have a ton of fiber, fiber and potassium along with some other vitamins and nutrients. Organic Gemini sells their Original Raw TigerNut snack, that unlike products from other TigerNut brands on the market are not treated with chemicals in the peeling process. Read on to see how many products Organic Gemini offers using these remarkable little superfoods! Continue reading

IMG_5061One of the products I was really excited to try since I was at Expo West was the TigerNut Horchata. I’m amazed at how many flavors they offer, from Strawberry and Banana to Coffee and Chai. These drinks as well as the Unsweetened and Original are great on their own, or they make a delicious addition to smoothies! My favorites, personally are the Banana, Coffee and Strawberry (either on their own or otherwise). There are literally endless ways that you can enjoy these to replace nut-based or dairy milks, you can even use them in your morning coffee or have them with a bowl of cereal or baked goods.

IMG_5107The Raw Snack is lightly sweet with a taste that reminds me of nuts. I like the fact that per serving these actually have a lot less fat but they have a good amount of fiber and vitamins that most nuts don’t have. Because these are starch-based, I find that they also keep me feeling full a lot longer. Plus I love the fact that you can feed these to anyone, without worrying that they might have a nut allergy. I can’t wait to post a gluten-free recipe using the TigerNut flour!

IMG_5150The TigerNut Granola is incredible! I can’t believe that it’s raw and made by dehydrating in order to preserve the nutrients. It comes in two flavors: Banana Cacao and Apple Cinnamon. Both have an excellent sweet, flavor but they are a lot more filling and crunchy than standard granola. In terms of texture, they remind me of a sweet cracker that becomes softened if you pour some of the Horchata over it, which happens to be a delicious breakfast!

IMG_7819My favorite of the granolas personally is the Apple Cinnamon, which honestly tastes like a sweet graham cracker with its crunchy texture. I love to use the granola to top my smoothies, or as a quick snack when I’m taking a break from working. For the photo above, I was all out of my TigerNut Horchata so I used coconut milk as a non-dairy and nut-free alternative. I had the granola with the non-dairy milk and some freshly cut apples cold, but you could probably also warm up the milk and apples and have it that way as well…I bet it would taste even more like apple pie if you did that and added some cinnamon!

Anyway, a big thank you to Organic Gemini for providing me with these samples of so many of their different products. Stay tuned for a gluten-free recipe coming to this blog soon featuring their TigerNut flour! If you happen to be on the East side of the country, check out their online store locator for places nearby that you can purchase their products. Otherwise, you can purchase them online and join the TigerNut Club for free shipping. Which products of these are you just dying to try first? Let me know in the comments below! 

Chocolate, Caramel and PB Squares (GF)

Chocolate, Caramel and PB Rice Krispy Squares - Vegan and Gluten-free! @anotherhungryvegan.comDo you know what happens when I have samples from Madecasse, Cocomels and Chicago Vegan Foods on hand? I bake with them of course! I recently discovered the Veganic Brown Rice Crisps Cereal which have been a great breakfast when I’m wanting something more than a smoothie (and don’t even get me started on their Cacao Crisps). With vegan marshmallows, peanut butter, caramels, rice crisps and baking chocolate on band…I went a little crazy. I came up with these 3-layer vegan and gluten-free treats that are vegan and omnivore-approved. Seriously, my mom took most of these with her to work and they were gone in no time. Make these for your next potluck, get-together, or Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale which is happening on May 2nd this year. Read on for this incredibly delicious recipe! Continue reading

Chocolate, Caramel and PB Rice Krispy Squares - Vegan and Gluten-free! @anotherhungryvegan.comGrowing up, I used to love Rice Krispy treats. I found out through blogs like Fettle Vegan that it’s actually really easy to make a vegan version of them! I had some Dandies (aka vegan marshmallows) given to me from Expo West that were just begging to be used for this recipe. For the marshmallow portion the only other ingredients you need are some vegan butter, such as Earth Balance, and vegan crispy rice cereal.

Chocolate, Caramel and PB Rice Krispy Squares - Vegan and Gluten-free! @anotherhungryvegan.comJJ’s Sweets Cocomels was super generous to send me A TON of their vegan caramels! I don’t even know where to begin with these. I’ve had my dad try them, and normally he can’t stand coconut, but he kept asking me for more pieces! They come in four different flavors: Original, Sea Salt, Vanilla, and Espresso, and honestly I don’t have a favorite because they’re all so good! For the middle layer of these bars, I mixed some melted Cocomels with PB for a sweet and salty addition. The caramels melt like any non-vegan variety, and the flavors are super versatile.

Chocolate, Caramel and PB Rice Krispy Squares - Vegan and Gluten-free! @anotherhungryvegan.comNow, what kind of dessert is complete without chocolate? That’s where Madecasse comes in! I’ll be doing a review of their chocolates on this blog soon, but Madecasse was super sweet to send me a few of their best selling bars and some baking discs. Like the Cocomels, the baking discs melt down super quickly when you use a double broiler on the stove (the tricky part is just making sure to not let anything burn). They add a lovely rich, dark chocolate taste to tone down the sweetness of the other flavors in the bars. I can’t wait to experiment with more of these baking discs in the future!

Chocolate, Caramel and PB Rice Krispy Squares - Vegan and Gluten-free! @anotherhungryvegan.comThank you to JJ’s Sweets Cocomels, Chicago Vegan Foods, Madecasse and One Degree Organics for making these sweet treats possible. Let me know in the comments below if you get a chance to make this recipe! Or, what are your favorite ways to enjoy caramel, marshmallows, peanut butter and/or dark chocolate!

Chocolate, Caramel and PB Rice Krispy Squares
A decadent sweet and salty treat that has all the best flavors in one bar!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbs Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  2. 1/2 bag Dandies Vegan Marshmallows
  3. 3 cups Brown Rice Cereal
  4. Splash non-dairy milk
  5. 1 Tbs water
  6. 1 package Vanilla Cocomels (or 11 Vegan Caramels)
  7. 1/2 cup salted, smooth peanut butter
  8. 6 oz dark chocolate (I used Madecasse's 70% baking discs)
Instructions
  1. Heat a saucepan on medium and add the vegan butter until it melts. Add in the vegan marshmallows, and continue stirring until they liquify being careful not to burn. Add in a splash of non-dairy milk if needed. Once the mixture is smooth, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the brown rice cereal until well-mixed. Place in a square, 8x8 pan and flatten to form a bottom layer. Put in the fridge to let the marshmallow and rice cereal layer cool.
  2. Meanwhile begin making the caramel and peanut butter sauce. Placing the water in a saucepan over medium low heat, slowly add the unwrapped Cocomels and continue mixing until the caramels melt. Once melted, add in the peanut butter and stir rapidly. Add a little non-dairy milk if necessary. After the mixture has combined, pour over the rice/marshmallow layer in the chilled pan and smooth across the top. Place the dish back in the fridge to allow the second layer to cool.
  3. For the chocolate, simply boil a pot of water over the stove. Using a double broiler pan, place the chocolate in the top and stir constantly until the chocolate melts. Be very careful not to let the chocolate scorch or burn. Once melted, pour the mixture over the PB caramel layer.
  4. Place the square baking dish back in the fridge for a few hours before cutting into it and serving the bars. Cut into 9 squares, or make 18 smaller rectangles since these bars are rather rich, and enjoy!
Adapted from KeyIngredient.com
Adapted from KeyIngredient.com
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