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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.

So, 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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Chocolate Cocozia & Espresso Shake

An alternative to that Mocha Coconut Frappuccino you used to love. Plus it's vegan, gluten-free and delicious! @anotherhungryvegan.comExpo was a lot of fun and all, but I was missing smoothies almost the whole time. I ended up with a few bags of samples to take home (luckily I was able to check a separate suitcase), and I wanted to make something special with some of the items. Cocozia also happened to send me some samples of their Chocolate Coconut Water, and although I’ve been featuring some recipes using it on my Instagram, I couldn’t wait to share this particular recipe! This shake tastes like a delicious frappuccino, but it’s even better. Yes, Starbucks might have coconut milk, but I doubt that they have chocolate coconut water on hand!  Continue reading

Review of Cocozia @anotherhungryvegan.comI’ve done a few recipes on this blog using Cocozia Coconut Water in the past. Their coconut water is organic, vegan, gluten-free and now comes in a few flavors. I love how pure it tastes, and it’s a great addition to my smoothies and shakes as an alternative to non-dairy milks. It has a ton of potassium and electrolytes to keep you feeling hydrated all day long. Fun fact: when I was in high school, I started an exercise routine but that didn’t mean I was eating the healthiest of foods. After a long and tough workout, I would drive over to Starbucks to get a Mocha Frappuccino Light (this was before my vegan days) thinking that it was actually a healthy option. Let’s just say…I’m really glad I crave these much healthier protein shakes instead!

An alternative to that Mocha Coconut Frappuccino you used to love. Plus it's vegan, gluten-free and delicious! @anotherhungryvegan.comAn alternative to that Mocha Coconut Frappuccino you used to love. Plus it's vegan, gluten-free and delicious! @anotherhungryvegan.comThis shake is a fantastic post-workout morning or afternoon treat because it’s dairy-free and made with a lot less sugar or fat than most frappuccinos. Keep reading on for the recipe, and if you want to purchase some Cocozia for yourself you can do that right here. I also used some samples from my Expo West bag including one of these Hemp Pro 70 sample packs from Manitoba Harvest. I’ve also been obsessed with these Italian Espresso Coconut Chips from Made in Nature. They have a smoked, espresso tastes and add a nice crunch to any recipe!

An alternative to that Mocha Coconut Frappuccino you used to love. Plus it's vegan, gluten-free and delicious! @anotherhungryvegan.comIf this protein shake doesn’t have a good combo of ingredients, then I don”t know what does! You won’t find anything artificial in here, which is just the way I like my smoothies. Let me know what kinds of recipes you would use Cocozia’s chocolate or original coconut water for. Would you go for a smoothie or some decadent banana ice cream? I can say I’ve tried both of those and I highly recommend Cocozia if it’s new to you!

Chocolate Cocozia & Espresso Shake
Serves 1
An alternative to that Mocha Coconut Frappuccino you used to love. Packed with electrolytes, potassium and some protein too!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup chocolate CocoZia
  2. 1 pack Manitoba Harvest Chocolate Hemp Protein
  3. 1 Tbs Shredded coconut
  4. 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  5. 1/4 tsp maca powder
  6. 1 frozen banana
  7. ice
  8. Italian Espresso Coconut Chips, or other toasted coconut chips
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender except the coconut chips, and mix until well-combined. Once you get a smooth consistency (add ice or sweetener if needed), pour into a glass and top with the coconut chips. Sip through a straw or eat with a spoon and enjoy!
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Righteously Raw Chocolate

Righteously Raw Chocolate @anotherhungryvegan.comValentine’s Day is just around the corner…and you know what that means! Good food, candy, baked goods and of course chocolate! Now, rather than buying your special someone a box of cheap chocolates I have a proposition in mind. Why not give them some super-high quality, vegan superfood chocolates made with organic, raw ingredients? Sure they won’t be as cheap as the store-bought options, but whoever you give them as a gift to will be able to tell the difference right away! I am so thankful to Righteously Raw for reaching out and sending me such a wide variety of their chocolates to try out! Find out what I thought about their bars and other products, and which ones I highly recommend for you to try for yourself. Plus, keep reading to find out how you can get 15% OFF your next order! Continue reading

Righteously Raw Chocolate @anotherhungryvegan.comIf one thing goes great with cacao, it’s maca! So, if you didn’t guess it already, the Maca Bar is a wonderful treat and eating it is quite the experience. This bar is made of cacao butter, dates, raisins, agave, vanilla, pink salt, and maca, mesquite and cacao powder. This has a rich, smoky almost malty flavor due to the maca and mesquite. If you liked Kit Kat bars, these are actually really similar in how you eat them. You break off a long piece, and each piece of the bar has this goey and decadent filling inside. If you’re curious about the benefits of maca I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but it’s really helpful with improving endurance, energy, and keeping hormones in check. This Maca bar was the first of all of the chocolates that I tried, but I could already tell that the others were going to be excellent. 

Righteously Raw Chocolate @anotherhungryvegan.comGoji and Cacao are not ingredients I have together often, and I’m really not sure why! Both happen to be excellent superfoods with unique flavors. As soon as I broke into this bar, a gooey goji, fig and raisin filling emerged. This bar also contains organic mesquite pod powder, but it doesn’t have as much of a smoky flavor as the other bar since this one doesn’t have any maca powder. Although as a dark chocolate bar, this one is perfectly rich, yet chewy due to the filling in the middle. If you or someone you know loves fruit and chocolate together, then I think this is a great first bar to try out!

Righteously Raw Chocolate @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Caramel Bar, with Lucuma and Cacao was definitely one of my favorites of all three that I tried. This one is also made with all-organic ingredients: dates, lucuma fruit powder, vanilla, pink salt, cacao butter and powder and agave. This bar was just as rich as the others, but it had an extra sweetness from the lucuma. In case you’re wondering, the lucuma is rich in beta-carotene and iron and is a natural sweetener. I actually tried some of the filling on its own and wow, it truly does taste like a milky caramel. It was a great addition to this bar because along with being good for you, it really balances out the rich, deep flavor of the cacao. The filling inside was creamy and decadent, just like you would find in any traditional caramel-chocolate bar only way better. If you like sweet flavors over the more smoky flavors, I think this is the bar for you! 

Righteously Raw Chocolate @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Maca Bite Size bar is actually quite generous in size, despite the name. It’s the perfect square of chocolate for after dinner or lunch, or for when you get a sudden chocolate craving. I love the flavor of the maca that adds a malty and smoky essence. Plus this bar isn’t as sweet as the others so if you are more of a savory person, you might end up liking this bar the most!

Righteously Raw Chocolate @anotherhungryvegan.comThe 83% Pure Dark Cacao bite-sized bar is just what I had hoped it would be. A rich, chocolately treat packed into a small square of chocolate. The darker the cacao, the better in terms of not just flavor but also health-wise. I can tell this is made with really high quality dark chocolate, and because of that I really only need one square at a time.

Righteously Raw Chocolate @anotherhungryvegan.comSpeaking of “the way chocolate ought to be”, may I introduce to you this beautiful coconut and cacao macaroon. I was honestly expecting more of a macaroon cookie in the shape of a ball, but I was pleasantly surprised with this fancy chocolate truffle! It’s actually a coconut macaroon dipped in chocolate, and what’s better than that? This bar gets its sweetness from agave, vanilla and coconut palm nectar which give it a buttery, cookie-dough like taste that’s just incredible!

Righteously Raw Chocolate @anotherhungryvegan.comThe last three bite-sized bars are from top to bottom, Rose, Mint and Spice. The Rose bar is a beautiful pink color because of the raspberries and beet in the ingredients. It about half a sweet, lightly fruity taste and half a rich cacao/chocolate flavor. I have to say it again, this bar is a super pretty hue that you don’t find in most chocolate bars!

The Mint bar was one that both my mom and I really enjoyed. She tends to go for mint and chocolate combos first (which I can’t blame her for), and I think this bar is a great reason why. The mint comes from essential peppermint oil with no refined sugar. This bar is refreshing from the mint but still nicely rich and not too sweet from the organic cacao, vanilla and just a little agave.

Righteously Raw Chocolate @anotherhungryvegan.comLastly, the Spice bar which not-surprisingly, has a definite kick to it. The chocolate itself is very rich, and probably a little less sweet as the other bite-sized bars. The spices? Cinnamon, cayenne, and aji panca powder (which I found out is a type of pepper). Sometimes, it’s nice to have some spice in your life but if you are super sensitive, then you might want to pass on it. However, don’t forget that spicy foods have a lot of health benefits and not to mention, sinus-clearing abilities!

So, now that you know more about Righteously Raw, I’m sure you’re getting a hankering for some high-grade, raw chocolates. No worries, you can shop on their online store to purchase some treats of your own. In fact, Righteously Raw gave me a code so you can save 15% off your order (which is the perfect excuse to buy more chocolate)! Just don’t forget to use the code AHV15 before your purchase is complete. If you’re wanting to purchase a Valentine’s present for your special someone, be sure to pick up at least a bar or two for yourself!

Cashew, Cocozia & Persimmon Smoothie

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When it comes to coconut water, it’s really difficult for me to find a product that fits all of my needs. For one, I try to select only the organic varieties that don’t have any added ingredients like preservatives or sugars. On the other hand, I try to buy coconut water when it’s on sale because it can be a little pricey at a lot of natural grocery stores. If you’re like me with wanting to have all of these needs met, then you’re in luck! Cocozia sent me a box of their 100% organic and vegan coconut water to try in a few recipes. You can buy a whole case of this stuff on sale right now on Amazon.com. I decided to make this both a review and a recipe post, so it’s really a double whammy! Keep reading on for an uber healthy, coconut water recipe that is sure to kick your average smoothie up a notch. I’ll also be posting another holiday-inspired one soon, that you surely won’t want to miss out on either!
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One thing I love about Cocozia’s original/unflavored coconut water (besides the taste) is the fact that it comes in a smaller container than many varieties I pick up at the store. Though the store-bought products may seem like a good value, they also recommend on the package to consume within 2 days of opening. Even though I do make a lot of smoothies, I don’t always use coconut water 3 or 4 days in a row so I’m a little wary of using the coconut water if it’s been sitting in my fridge for too long. There are a few reasons why I actually prefer the smaller containers that Cocozia comes in (either 11 or 16oz options are available). Other than keeping it super fresh because one container is 1-2 servings, this coconut water is also a great option to take with you. The 16oz carton even comes with a resealable cap if you don’t feel like drinking it all at once.

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For the first recipe, I wanted to go with something vibrant and nourishing. This Coconut Cashew Persimmon Smoothie is surprisingly warming and full of comfort, even for being a cool smoothie. It also is a great source of electrolytes, potassium, vitamin c, healthy fats, and fiber! The trick is letting your persimmon fully ripen before cutting it up and freezing it, trust me it makes a world of difference.

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So, what are you waiting for? Fall is coming to an end soon and you definitely don’t want to miss out on this. Next time you’re at the store, I recommend to buy a few persimmons and have them in the freezer. You just might get a craving for this smoothie down the road.

Coconut Cashew Persimmon Smoothie
Serves 1
A smoothie than combines the comforts of summer and fall into one delicious treat. This is potassium-packed and contains healthy fats and fiber to keep you full!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup CocoZia coconut water
  2. 1/4 cup raw cashews
  3. 1-2 pinches of pumpkin pie spice
  4. 1 frozen persimmon
  5. 1 fresh/frozen banana (if fresh, add extra ice)
  6. coconut sugar to taste, or alternative sweetener
  7. ice
Instructions
  1. Place the ingredients into a blender until a smooth consistency is reached. Add additional sweetener or ice if needed. Serve immediately for the optimal, fresh taste and nutrition benefits.
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Apricot, Coconut & Cashew Bars

IMG_4479Sometimes in the summer, it gets too hot to turn on the oven and bake something. This is one of those recipes that’s perfect for these kinds of occasions, since it’s a no-bake (but still delicious) treat. These bars are also gluten and soy free, healthy, and they only use a few ingredients that you likely have in your kitchen already. They contain healthy fats and good protein sources, and will last in your fridge for a while (or maybe not, they might be too good to resist). These also got the approval of non-vegans and vegans alike, so what are you waiting for? Try making them for yourself, and I would definitely give it a try with dried fruits other than apricots if you are feeling adventurous!
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Apricot, Coconut & Cashew Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup dried Turkish apricots
  2. ½ cup raw cashews (soaked and drained)
  3. ¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  4. ⅓ cup rolled gluten-free oats
  5. 4 dates, pitted
  6. 1 TBS melted coconut oil
  7. 2 TBS hemp seeds
  8. pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. 1. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
  2. 2. Blend the drained cashews in food processor or high-power blender until you get a cashew-meal type of consistency. Set aside.
  3. 3. Place the dried apricots and dates in a food processor or blender and blend until you get a paste. Add all other ingredients to the apricot/date mixture and process until well combined.
  4. 4. Add the blended cashews to the mixture and blend until combined.
  5. 5. Firmly press the final mixture into the baking pan, using your hands or a spatula to create a flat, even top.
  6. 6. Place the pan in the freezer for one hour, then remove and cut into whatever size bars you desire. I find that squares work great for sharing with larger groups of people.
  7. 7. Place in an airtight container and store for up to one month in the fridge.
Adapted from Nutritionist in the Kitch
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