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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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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So Delicious Cashew Ice Cream

IMG_4445So Delicious recently debuted their new line of vegan ice cream made with cashew milk, and I was blown away when I tried it at Expo West. In the past, I honestly haven’t been a regular buyer of their coconut-based ice cream because they are just a little too strong in coconut flavor for me. However, I loved their unsweetened cashew milks when I first tried them so it was inevitable that I would love these. Ice cream was one of my favorite treats before going vegan, and I tend to be really picky with a lot of the vegan varieties on the market. Read on to see what I thought of the different flavors of their cashew-based dairy-free pints! Continue reading

IMG_4418IMG_4460One of the first flavors I went for was the Salted Caramel Cluster. The flavor is described as a sweet and salty delight featuring chocolate covered cashews and a ribbon of salted caramel. I found that this one had a definitely salty taste from the caramel balanced with the sweetness of the ice cream base. I think the cashew milk worked really well in this instance, and I loved the dark chocolate covered cashew pieces. I think the chocolatey pieces added a nice crunch and a diversion from the caramel flavor that would be a little overpowering otherwise. Overall, I would definitely try this one again!

IMG_4618Next I went for the Dark Chocolate Truffle, a fair trade cocoa decadence folded with fudge and premium shaved chocolate. I expected a little bit more of a rich, fudgy taste but the chocolate flavor was nice overall. It wasn’t quite as decadent as I was expecting from the name alone, and I don’t know if this one was quite as good as some of the other flavors. However, I am happy that So Delicious chose a fair trade cocoa in the ingredients!

IMG_5542 I was excited to try the Cappuccino flavor because I’m always looking for new coffee-flavored desserts. This one unfortunately was a little too sweet for me, and didn’t have enough of a coffee flavor for me. I also thought that it had a different aftertaste, likely from the cashew milk, that I couldn’t get past. On its own, I’m not a big fan of the Cappuccino. However, I think it would be really good mixed with some hot fudge and coconut whipped cream, or used in a milkshake or frappuccino recipe.

IMG_3486As you might’ve seen on this blog already, I used the Creamy Cashew ice cream in a delicious Big Wheel Recipe. This one is described as a gourmet delight with a touch of fair-trade vanilla and a pinch of sea salt. I found that this particular flavor was an excellent addition to salted chocolate chip cookies for the ultimate salty and sweet pairing. I have a feeling this one would make a great staple to have in your freezer to top your baked goods with. I think everyone loves some homemade treats topped with a generous scoop of ice cream!

IMG_6053Ok, I saved the best for last. The Snickerdoodle is something else! In fact, this was one of the few flavors I actually tried twice (and if you know me that’s a rarity). This one is a cinnamon delight loaded with chunks of gluten-free snickerdoodle cookie dough! If that doesn’t sound good, then I have no idea what does! Snickerdoodles have always been a favorite flavor cookie of mine, and at first I was a little skeptical that So Delicious would be able to mimic that flavor. This far exceeded my expectations, with little chunks of the cookie dough mixed right into the ice cream! Plus it’s gluten-free, so everyone can have a bite of this heavenly dessert!

A big thanks to So Delicious for sending me these samples so I could give all the new products a try! This review included my honest, first impressions of the products and overall I’m pretty impressed. Don’t forget to check out their store locator to see if So Delicious carries products at your local grocery store (hopefully it’s the cashew ice cream!).

Bitchin’ Sauce and Bars

Review of Bitchin' Sauce and Bars @anotherhungryvegan.comSince I was only able to go to Expo West for two out of the three days, there were inevitably some companies that I missed out on. One of them was Bitchin’ Sauce, which I had heard about online long before Expo began. Thankfully, I was able to contact the company and they were super awesome to send me some samples of their sauces and bars. This is a review of their products as well as some meal ideas if you’re not sure what to do with their sauces. Hint: they go well with just about everything! Continue reading

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I ended up trying the Original bars first (they also have a Strawberry flavor) as a quick on-the-go breakfast with lots of water. The bars remind me of larabars, but these are a lot more filling and pleasant to eat. They have a smooth yet chewy consistency and are made with Organic Dates, Organic Coconut, Almonds, Pecans, Organic Pepitas, Organic Flax Meal, Sea Salt.

Some of the sauces I was the most excited about trying initially were their Cilantro Lime, Original, and Bombay. What I love about their products is how clean the ingredients are, along with being non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan. For instance, the Original Bitchin’ Sauce contains Water, Almonds, Grapeseed Oil, Lemon Juice, Nutritional Yeast, Bragg Liquid Aminos, Garlic, Spices, Sea Salt. That’s it! Because of these ingredients, you can either heat the sauce, use it as a dressing, or dip raw veggies into it. One tub goes quite a long way! 

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One of my favorite meals to make at home are burrito bowls. For these all you need is a base of lettuce, plus a protein, rice and lots of veggies. The Cilantro Lime sauce was just perfect for this occasion, adding a wonderful creamy addition to flavor the vegetables and tortilla I had with the meal. I used Sweet Earth’s Chipotle Style Seitan, and I’ve found that their products are a quick, easy and delicious option to pair with the sauces. I threw the sauce on at the end, but you could also marinate your veggies or cook your rice in it. Either of those ways is sure to pack a ton of flavor in the final meal.

Review of Bitchin' Sauce and Bars @anotherhungryvegan.comSpeaking of Sweet Earth, I’m also in love with their Curry Recipe Seitan. Just as I expected, it went perfectly with the Bombay Bitchin’ Sauce. This easy meal was cauliflower “rice”, underneath some spinach, chickpeas and seitan cooked in the sauce. This was nicely warming and comforting with the curry, spices and garlic flavors. Not to mention filling!

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Who wants some Bitchin’ tacos? These were just screaming for some spiced Chipotle flavor. I assembled these tacos with some Sweet Earth BBQ Savory Grounds, veggies, avocado and a coleslaw marinated in the Chipotle sauce. The slaw made all the difference in my opinion, giving a smoky flavor to some veggies that would otherwise be pretty bland. You could also make these and top the tacos with the sauce at the end, but I found that it made an excellent marinade for the veggies.

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I discovered Gardein’s new Fishless Fillet at Expo and I was blown away! I decided to make a fish n’ chips style meal with homemade oven-baked fries. Since tartar sauce isn’t vegan (and I didn’t have a vegan alternative on hand), I decided to pair these delightful fillets with the Original Bitchin’ Sauce. Since the sauce has a savory flavor with a hint of lemon juice, I figured that it would  make a great substitution for tartar sauce…and you know what, it was even better! I could see this flavor also making a great dip for some carrots, cucumbers or celery as an easy snack or appetizer option at your next get-together. No one would know that it’s dairy-free!

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Last, but not least I’ve been craving a BLT. We had some great Veganic bread from One Degree Organics, some Sweet Earth Benevolent vegan Bacon and the Heat sauce that I saved for last. Instead of using mayo, I just spread the Heat Sauce on the toasted bread and it was delicious! Next time I would probably add a little avocado to cool down the spiciness, but luckily it wasn’t too spicy for me.

A big thanks to Bitchin’ Sauce and Sweet Earth for the products featured in this review! Now, after hearing my thoughts are you more excited to try Bitchin’ Sauce for yourself? Check out their store locator to find out where you can pick up your own sauce. Let me know what flavor you’re the most excited to try and what kind of food you would enjoy it with!

Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryveganIf you know me, then it’s no mystery to hear that I love both chocolate and ice cream equally. But honestly, who doesn’t? And why should you have to choose? Growing up my family and I would vacation to the lake, and after a long day in the sun it became a tradition to go to the local grocery mart to pick up a Big Wheel. If you don’t know what that is, well essentially it’s a cookie ice cream sandwich. Big Wheel’s were delicious, full of processed ingredients and definitely not vegan. Since the weather’s been so nice, I decided on these homemade big wheels that ended up being a big hit in our house. Keep reading on to see how you can make this easy recipe for yourself! Continue reading

A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryveganMy latest review of Salazon got me thinking of some delicious ways to incorporate their Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt bars. This bar has the wonderful richness of a dark chocolate bar with some hidden sprinkles of sea salt mixed in. I rarely have chocolate chips on hand, because I much prefer mixing in actual chunks of dark chocolate into baked goods. Plus the cookies come out looking a lot fancier in my opinion and you don’t have to worry about seeking out vegan chocolate chips in the first place.

A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryvegan A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryvegan One of the secrets to these cookies is making them large enough for sandwiches, at least if you want to make them like traditional Big Wheels. However, if you want you can have these cookies plain or à la mode with your favorite vanilla or chocolate ice cream then go for it!

A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryveganThe reason you want to make your cookies a certain sizes is because of this “Life Hack”. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to spoon out your dough to make six larger cookies as opposed to one dozen of the normal size. After your cookies have cooked completely (don’t leave them “half-baked” or too soft), let them cool and then it’s time to assemble! Simply take your vegan ice cream (I recommend coconut or cashew-based) and let it thaw for just a few minutes. Remove the lid and using a serrated knife, cut about half an inch off of the pint from the top. Simply peel off the packaging and smush (lightly) between two cookies.

A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryveganBy using a pint of ice cream itself for the filling, rather than scooping out the ice cream, you’re left with a perfect flat filling  that presents itself quite nicely. I challenge you to experiment with different ice cream flavors, such as vanilla, coconut, chocolate, or even berry. The recipe I used for this batch will be posted below, but seriously…don’t be afraid to get creative!

A homemade, vegan Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich that's perfect for any occasion! Find the recipe at @anotherhungryveganThe recipe makes about 3 sandwiches, just so you know. I like to store these by wrapping each assembled sandwich and placing in an airtight container in the freezer. Or, you can just eat them right after putting the sandwiches together. I’ll admit, it’s hard to go through the whole day knowing these are in your freezer and saving them for dessert. Regardless of when you choose to make (and eat) these, they are super easy to prepare and much tastier than any Big Wheel I have ever had!

Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
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A homemade Big Wheel ice cream sandwich that's vegan, preservative-free and still completely delicious!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup whole wheat flour (I used a little extra for high-altitude baking)
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. pinch salt
  4. 1/2 cup unbleached, vegan sugar
  5. 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/4 cup water
  8. 1/2 bar dark chocolate, finely chopped
  9. 1 pint of your favorite vegan ice cream
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 350º and mixing the sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt and water. Mix until a doughy consistency forms. Fold in the chopped dark chocolate until well-combined.
  2. Place the rounded dough onto a greased or lined cookie sheet, forming 6 uniform larger pieces of dough. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cookies are fully cooked and slightly browned. Be careful not to overcook.
  3. Allow the cookies to cool completely. Let the ice cream thaw slightly before assembling the cookies. Remove the top lid of the ice cream pint, then using a serrated knife slice about 1/2 an inch off the top to make the sandwich filling. To assemble, sandwich the ice cream (removing the carton around the section) between the two cookies and smush lightly.
  4. To store, wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap and an airtight container or store in a plastic bag. Allow to thaw slightly if serving them straight from the freezer. Split with someone, or enjoy all for yourself!
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Salazon Chocolate Co

Review of Salazon Chocolate Co @anotherhungryvegan.comI’m one of those people who gets really excited about chocolate. More specifically, high-quality fair trade, and organic dark chocolate. I discovered Salazon at Expo and really enjoyed hearing about their company and sampling some of the dark chocolates with sea salt. Salazon Chocolate Co was super generous to send some samples for me to try and review for you. I even have a recipe coming in the next week using one of their bars that you definitely won’t want to miss out on! Continue reading

Review of Salazon Chocolate Co @anotherhungryvegan.comSalazon was inspired by visiting organic cacao farms in the Dominican Republic to create chocolate out of 100% organic, single-origin Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade-Certified beans. Furthermore, they are one of the first salted chocolate brands on the market, using hand-sprinkled natural solar-evaporated sea salt for each bar. I don’t know if you’ve had salted dark chocolate before, but it’s quite an experience! The salty flavor combined with the rich, dark chocolate has such a unique flavor that’s just meant to be savored. A bonus with these bars is that it only takes a little piece to satisfy your salty and sweet cravings all at the same time!

Review of Salazon Chocolate Co @anotherhungryvegan.comMy first choice was the Sea Salt and Sugar Bar. I found this to have a super smooth texture with a great balance of sweet and salty notes. This has a richness but it’s not super bitter like some really dark chocolate bars that I’ve tried from other brands.  I think the turbinado sugar really helps to sweeten things up, and Salazon says that this is a great alternative if you’re used to sweet milk chocolate. The company even partnered with with the Pacific Crest Trail Association so that a portion of their proceeds go to protecting, preserving and promoting the trail. Right off the bat, we’re off to a good start with these chocolate bars!

Review of Salazon Chocolate Co @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Sea Salt and Coconut Bar has just a hint of coconut, and it was nice and smooth like the first bar. Perhaps a little less sweet, but if you savor the bar instead of biting into it, the coconut flakes come through with an added texture. The coconut even has a nice, toasted flavor that makes you feel like you’re eating one of those non-vegan candy bars. The twist is that this bar is sourced with organic, sustainable ingredients and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. That makes it taste even better!

Review of Salazon Chocolate Co @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Sea Salt and Almonds bar is one of my mom’s favorites. It’s not as chunky as I was expecting, similar to the original organic bar with bits of roasted almonds from California. I love how the salty pieces melt in your mouth along with the dark chocolate. When you savor the bar, the almond bits come right through as the chocolate melts. It reminds me of a chocolate almond butter cup, but a little heavier on the dark chocolate.

Review of Salazon Chocolate Co @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Sea Salt and Coffee Bar was one I was really looking forward to, and it didn’t disappoint! I found that it had a rich and robust coffee coating, but the inside of the bar was super smooth and much sweeter. Definitely one of my favorites for the variety of flavor, and who doesn’t love pairing organic/fair-trade coffee with high-quality dark chocolate?

Review of Salazon Chocolate Co @anotherhungryvegan.com
I could tell an immediate difference when it came to the Sea Salt and Cayenne Bar. Luckily, it wasn’t too spicy (at least for me), and the cayenne is so well dissolved that it doesn’t mask the delicious taste of the chocolate. Even if you aren’t a big fan of spice, I found that the flavor was calmed down with the dark chocolate. Salazon says that it’s a long-time tradition to pair cacao with cayenne, and now I can see why!

Review of Salazon Chocolate Co @anotherhungryvegan.comSalazon’s Sea Salt and Pepper Bar was a pleasant surprise. I could definitely taste the salt, but the notes of pepper were a little less pronounced, which I thought was a great part of the overall flavor. This bar seemed a little more savory compared to the others. Don’t be afraid to try it, it’s actually quite good. In fact, I’m surprised that more people don’t pair salt and pepper with dark chocolate.

Review of Salazon Chocolate Co @anotherhungryvegan.comLastly, the Natural Sea Salt Bar, which is the bar that Salazon started with! They say you can never go wrong with the original, and in this case it couldn’t be more true. This is the bar I decided to experiment with in some recipes, so stay tuned for the sweet dessert I’ll be posting in the next few days. While you’re waiting for the recipe, check out the Salazon Shop and get a few bars for yourself! Just a disclaimer, all their bars are vegan except for the Dark Chocolate Bar with Caramel. But I can promise that their vegan varieties are all winners in my book!

Manna Organics Giveaway

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As my first post-Expo giveaway, I’m super excited to introduce one of the companies I discovered at the Natural Products Expo West. Manna Organics makes a line of fantastic sprouted breads that are yeast-free and made with just a few ingredients. I was lucky enough to try their really tasty nut butters (the Dark Chocolate Pecan is out of this world), and after Expo ended Manna sent over a few loaves of their breads and kale chips. I’m really excited that they agreed to doing a giveaway so you can try their products too! Read on to find out the details on the prize and enter below! Continue reading

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The first bread that I selected was the Sprouted Banana Walnut Hemp. Because of its more dense, cake-like texture I decided to use it to make French toast. These were prepared with The Vegg French toast mix, cooked on a skillet and topped with freshly sliced bananas, walnuts and maple syrup. This particular bread is also really good with some of your favorite nut butter, coconut butter or vegan margarine. 

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I was also really impressed with the Cafe Mocha kale chips that Manna Organics makes. They actually make 5 flavors of kale chips, including savory options like Pizza Margherita and Curry Bliss-which are all vegan, organic and gluten-free. I went for the sweeter flavor, which had a chocolatey taste with a note of espresso. With the crunchiness of the kale, I felt like I was eating a krispy mocha-flavored cookie!

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Next is the Multigrain, which is yeast-free and made with a myriad of grains and seeds including millet, barley, brown rice, rye, oats and cornmeal. This one, is of course made with wheat kernels so it isn’t gluten-free. However, Manna does offer a line of gluten-free and vegan breads in a few different flavors as well. What I like about these breads is that unlike your standard sandwich/sliced bread, these are incredibly filling and chewy. Depending on what kinds of toppings you like, this one is a great option for pairings like hummus, vegan butter or jam.

Manna Organics Giveaway @anotherhungryvegan.comLast but not least, the Sprouted Cinnamon Date bread. I think I saved the best for last, as this one reminds me of my favorite cinnamon-raisin bagels I used to have growing up. I loved having this bread lightly toasted and served with some organic peanut butter on top. I found that this bread is really filling if you have a slice or two with some kind of spread. To put it into perspective, one 3/5 inch slice is about 150 calories, with 5g of fiber, 6g of natural sweetener from the dates, and 8g of protein. You can’t find bread quite like this anywhere else!

Now, to enter the giveaway be sure to follow the Rafflecopter giveaway prompts below (open to residents of the Continental United States only). The winner gets 3 loaves and 1 bag of kale chips of their choosing. This giveaway runs until Friday at 12:00am MST, so don’t forget to enter before it’s too late!
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