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Madecasse Chocolate Bars

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there. I’m in love with chocolate and I’m not afraid to admit it! I don’t know if you knew this, but Madecasse makes a line of high quality chocolate bars (most of which are vegan), plus a line of other products like vanilla extract and chocolate discs that I have featured in recipes on this blog. One of the reasons why Madecasse’s chocolates are so tasty is because they are made with heirloom cocoa, known as some of the world’s last genetically pure cocoa. I am so thankful to Madecasse for sending some samples of their products to try out, that I went and purchased a few of their other items. What can I say? I just wanted to give a lot of new chocolate bars a try! Continue reading

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.One of the first flavors that got my attention was the Salted Almond. This bar is made with 63% pure Madagascar cocoa and the full list of ingredients is cocoa beans, almonds, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, sea salt. The bars have a really fancy appearance, with the crushed almonds showing up right on the back outer size. Sea salt, sugar and chocolate make excellent companions in a dessert and this chocolate bar is just further proof of that!

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.Something that really stood out to me about Madecasse was their story. The founders of the company were Peace Corps volunteers in Madagascar, where they became inspired to start making chocolate there. By making the chocolate in Madagascar, they have been able to provide income to its residents while empowering local cocoa farmers. Through sustainable cocoa farming, the ecosystems of the land have been preserved-and this isn’t something that is common along many famous chocolate companies. You can learn a little more about their awesome story right here.

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.Speaking of sea salt…here we have the Sea Salt & Nibs bar. This one is also made with 63% dark chocolate with cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin and sea salt. This is Madecasse’s most popular bar, and I can tell why! Its taste is pretty similar to the Salted Almond bar, until you get to the cacao nibs which add an excellent crunch and a new depth of rich chocolatey flavor. If you aren’t sure which bar to get first…I would highly recommend this one!

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.Another super tasty bar…the Toasted Coconut. This one has a slightly darker chocolate taste thanks to the 70% cocoa content. However, the tastes are well-balanced between the rich cocoa and the sweet toasted coconut. Even with the coconut flakes on the outside, the inside of this bar is still nice and smooth. Though I love to share my chocolate, this is one of those bars that I would probably keep all to myself!

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.The Cinnamon & Chili Pepper was a surprising treat! It has just the right amount of “kick” to it, and the little pieces made it a lot more manageable in terms of spiciness. I’m not sure if Madecasse still sells this bar because it’s not on their website, but I was able to find it from another seller. If you can get your hands on this bar, it’s definitely worth a try!

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.I managed to get my hands on Madecasse’s seasonal bars-including their Winter Spice and Peppermint. Unfortunately these bars melted in the summer heat, so they didn’t photograph that well, but I can assure you that they would’ve looked just as gorgeous as the other bars. I found the Winter Spice a little similar to the Cinnamon & Chili Pepper bar, with a warming cinnamon and chocolate combo. The Peppermint bar, however was the clear winner in my opinion between the two. It didn’t feel out of place for me at all to enjoy the peppermint bar in the middle of the summer because chocolate and mint are delicious all-year-round.

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.Last, but not least…the bar of all bars. 80% Coco is for all those true dark chocolate lovers out there, who like nothing but the best. A warning when it comes to all of these bars…savor them and make them last! These are not the kinds of chocolates that you eat all at once. The flavors are all so rich that even the smallest of bites is enough to satisfy your chocolate cravings. 

Now, are you curious where to get some of these incredible bars for yourself? Check out Madecasse’s website to purchase some of their products. Or…keep your eyes out at your favorite local natural foods market and see if you can find these in the chocolate aisle. The beautiful packaging isn’t easy to miss, and you’ll be glad you don’t have to wait the shipping time. Have you tried Madecasse before? Which flavors are your favorite? Or, which are you just dying to try ASAP?

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?

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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!

NibMor Dark Chocolate

Nibmor Chocolate Review on Anotherhungryvegan.comHappy New Year! Since the holidays have officially come to an end, I’m thinking of ways to ease into the New Year and incorporate my favorite treats in a less-indulgent way. Cookies, pies, candy, and cakes are fun, but they aren’t always the best way to kick off your New Year’s Resolutions. I personally love a good piece of high-quality dark chocolate as a guilt-free dessert, which is where this review comes in. Nibmor was so generous to send me a few of their best-selling chocolate bars. I was so excited to try them that I ended up purchasing a few of their other bars to make this a complete review! Continue reading

Nibmor Chocolate Review on Anotherhungryvegan.comThe company prides themselves on being a “premium snack brand catering to the health-minded female consumer who doesn’t want to sacrifice pleasure.” We all have chocolate cravings from time to time, and it’s wonderful to know that there are truly healthy options like this, where you are satisfied with even just a couple of small bites. Already interested in buying some of these for yourself? You can do that right here or save the link for later. Keep reading to discover what I thought of Nibmor’s chocolates and which I think you should give a try as well!

Nibmor Chocolate Review on Anotherhungryvegan.comGuess which flavor I went for first? If you said the Original, then you know me all too well! This is made with 72% cacao that is organic and ethically traded, along with all-organic cane sugar, cacao butter and vanilla. One of the benefits of cacao (beyond the taste) are that it contains Tryptophan, which produces serotonin and makes you feel happy. This chocolate has a rich, cacao taste without any bitterness and I can honestly say that it helped to brighten my mood. I find it just sweet enough, because the beauty of chocolate in my opinion is that it doesn’t need to have a ton of sugar to mask its true flavor. Although if you do like a little extra sweetness in your life, this chocolate kicks any cookie up a notch. Check out my recent recipe for White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies featuring some of this delightful dark chocolate.

Nibmor Chocolate Review on Anotherhungryvegan.comNext, the 6 Spice dark chocolate. I remember trying Nibmor’s 6 Spice drinking chocolate and it reminded me of Mexican hot chocolate, so I couldn’t wait to try it in bar-form. This dark chocolate even had a spiced smell, and I actually really love the kick factor it delivers. I enjoy spicy foods from time to time, and I could really taste the cayenne, cinnamon, and even the fennel in here. 

Nibmor Chocolate Review on Anotherhungryvegan.comSea salt is all the rage now, especially when combined with dark chocolate. There’s something about the sweetness and saltiness that really go well together. This bar is also made with 80% cacao, so it’s extremely dark chocolate with just a hint of sea salt. If you are someone who likes decadent, savory flavors then this might be the bar for you! As an added bonus, Nibmor’s chocolate is rich in flavanols that help with blood flow and cardiovascular health. You can enjoy a little extra saltiness without the risk of it raising your blood pressure like many salty snacks you might find elsewhere.

Nibmor Chocolate Review on Anotherhungryvegan.comFun fact: I never used to like chocolates with almonds in them, or really desserts with nuts in general. Oh, how things change over time. This Dark Chocolate bar with almonds has a nice crunchiness combined with the fantastic 72% cacao. Though this bar is not nut-free, luckily it is completely free of gluten, dairy, and animal products of any kind. That goes for all the bars in the Nibmor collection, just FYI. Nibmor also uses cacao that contains methylxanthines, including caffeine and theobromine, that can help you to focus better during the day. Instead of reaching for an afternoon cup of coffee, a square or two of this dark chocolate that also contains almonds just might have you covered!

Nibmor Chocolate Review on Anotherhungryvegan.comDid someone say crunch? If you remember eating those Nestle Crunch bars (I know I do), then you are in for a pleasant surprise with this Crispy Dark Chocolate bar. I even had my non-vegan dad try it, who happens to love the typical candy bars, and he said this was super tasty. I can admit that I had a bite (ok, a couple) and I really loved the crispy taste of the brown rice and the texture that it added within the bar. Something that I appreciate about Nibmor is their commitment to healthy, and ethically responsible products. Yes, this bar is going to be more expensive than the bars at the supermarket checkout, but it is made with such high-quality ingredients and no animals were harmed in the process. Something about that makes the chocolate taste even better.

Nibmor Chocolate Review on Anotherhungryvegan.comThe Mint dark chocolate bar has such a strong scent of mint that I wasn’t sure what to expect. Boy, was I in for a treat! This tastes exactly like a peppermint patty, except without any creme filling (not that it needs it anyway). My mom enjoys mint chocolate, so I handed this bar over to her after I tasted some. She says she enjoys having a square after dinner because it’s an excellent little treat that also acts as a breath freshener after a meal. I think this bar has the perfect harmony of dark chocolate and mint, and because it uses real, organic mint there isn’t any weird aftertaste after you eat some.

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I saved the extreme, 80% cacao dark chocolate bar for last. This bar has an extreme aroma of the darkest, purest cacao that I have probably had so far. I think the Extreme bar may be for the true-chocolate lover you know, and I think they would be eternally grateful if you gave this one to them. Or if you happen to be a fan of cacao and cacao nibs, which are conveniently embedded inside each piece of chocolate, then give this one a try! I also happened to use some of this chocolate in an ultra-decadent blizzard treat. I know you’re dying to know the recipe, and luckily for you, I posted it right here!

Now that you’ve read my review, are you convinced to give Nibmor a try for yourself? Which bar are you wanting to try the most? Let me know in the comments below!

Dark Chocolate, PB & Banana Blizzard

Dark Chocolate, PB & Banana Blizzard on Anotherhungryvegan.comWho remembers Dairy Queen? Come on, don’t lie…if you’re in the U.S. they’re practically everywhere (or places like them). You know those ice cream treats they serve that are full of cholesterol, sugar, chemical additives and animal ingredients? Well, truthfully I used to love those (way back when) before I knew what was even in them. Luckily now, I go for much healthier options that I can make right in the comforts of my own home. Are you all out of vegan ice cream in your freezer? No worries at all since you can throw this together instead! Continue reading

Dark Chocolate, PB & Banana Blizzard on Anotherhungryvegan.comThe beauty of this recipe is that it’s actually very healthy when compared to most store-bought ice creams (vegan or not). It uses frozen bananas as the creamy base with organic dark chocolate, cacao, dates and peanut butter added for extra flavor and creaminess. This is a great recipe to try with kids and adults alike, because they can choose what ingredients they want to have swirled into their blizzard. Don’t like peanut butter? You can try almond butter or other nut-butters instead. Try experimenting with topping ideas to come up with a truly unique blizzard creation that you can make right in your own home!

Dark Chocolate, PB & Banana Blizzard on Anotherhungryvegan.comSomething that really makes this recipe stand out is the 80% cacao dark chocolate from Nibmor. If you haven’t seen it already, head on back over to my Nibmor Review to see what I thought of their other bars. Yes, you can always use any old dark chocolate bar (as long as it’s vegan) but it won’t be quite the same. Do yourself a favor and get a few Nibmor treats to try for yourself. We all need some chocolate every now and then, so go for the good stuff!

Dark Chocolate, PB & Banana Blizzard
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An ultra-sweet, blended ice cream treat for the chocolate, peanut butter and banana lover.
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 frozen bananas, sliced into coins
  2. 1 cup vanilla non-dairy milk
  3. 1 heaping Tbs peanut butter
  4. 1-2 Tbs cacao powder
  5. A few squares of Nibmor 80% dark chocolate, or alternative bar
  6. 2 pitted and pre-soaked dates, or more to taste
  7. small handful of ice
  8. chocolate, bananas, and peanut butter for mix-ins
Instructions
  1. 1. Place the non-dairy milk, dates, peanut butter, cacao powder and frozen bananas into a blender. Break up a few pieces of dark chocolate and slowly add them while the blender is still mixing.
  2. 2. Add ice until you get a desired consistency, or extra liquid if needed. Taste for sweetness and add an extra date or sweetener if needed.
  3. 3. Once you get a thick, brownie batter-like consistency, fold in some chopped pieces of dark chocolate, bananas, and a swirl of peanut butter. Do not blend these but rather mix them, like you would find in a swirled mixture of ice cream.
  4. 4. Pour into a glass or two and enjoy immediately as a thick smoothie, or chill in the freezer for 5 minutes or more so that the treat turns into a "blizzard" with all the add-ins swirled inside.
Notes
  1. Other fun add-ins include vegan candy pieces, nuts, dried or fresh fruit, chocolate syrup and anything else you can dream up!
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White & Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This is one of those fun types of cookies that I see all the time online or pre-packaged in stores. Unfortunately they are rarely ever vegan, which is a huge bummer. However, one thing that I have learned about being vegan is that if you can’t find a vegan version, you can always make one yourself. These cookies taste way better than any store-bought cookie that I have ever tried, and they have way fewer ingredients as an added bonus! Continue reading

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As mentioned on my other white chocolate chip cookie post, a word of caution is to make sure that the white chocolate chips you are using are vegan, because many typical grocery store brands are not. The ones that I use are by Lieber’s, and you can buy them easily online. Luckily, Chocolate-Covered Katie has a recipe where you can make your own vegan white chocolate chips here as an alternative to buying them.

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Besides the vegan white chocolate chips, something that really makes these cookies magical is the dark chocolate chunks inside. For that task, I didn’t just go with any standard chocolate bar, I went with Nibmor’s Original dark chocolate bar with 72% cacao. If you are curious about Nibmor, I will have a review of their bars up on this blog coming very soon (so be sure to stick around). But for now, you can use your favorite vegan dark chocolate bar as a substitute, making sure to chop it beforehand for the optimal white to dark chocolate ratio.

White & Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons golden flax meal
  2. 3 Tablespoons water
  3. 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  4. ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  5. ¾ teaspoon salt
  6. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  7. ¾ cups + 2 Tablespoons room temperature vegan butter
  8. 1 ½ cups sugar
  9. 2 teaspoons molasses
  10. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  11. 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/2 cup vegan white chocolate chip cookies
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. In a small bowl whisk together the flax meal and the water. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes so the mixture thickens. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease.
  2. 2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon until well incorporated. Set aside.
  3. 3. In another medium mixing bowl cream the vegan butter and sugar until well mixed. Beat in the flax meal mixture, followed by the molasses and vanilla extract.
  4. 4. Add the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. The dough will be fairly thick. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. 5. Form the dough into 1 ½ inch balls. Place them on the cookie sheet, spacing each about 2 to 3 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets halfway through baking. These cookies will not brown as they bake so it's important to pay attention to the baking time otherwise they will come out too hard.
Notes
  1. I used chopped pieces of a vegan dark chocolate bar instead of chocolate chips, and vegan white chocolate chips I had on hand. Be sure to read the ingredients of the chocolate chips, since many contain dairy products. If you can't find vegan white chocolate chips, this recipe comes out just fine with all semi-sweet/dark chocolate chips.
  2. Cookies will store in an air tight container at room temperature for about one week or in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to six months.
Adapted from Veganbaking.net
Adapted from Veganbaking.net
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Endangered Species – Creme Filled Dark Chocolate

IMG_9881These Creme Filled Dark Chocolates are a new product from Endangered Species. They are basically the standard 72% dark chocolates that the company makes, but with a new twist. As usual, 10% of the net profits are donated to an endangered animal, which is something that I really like about this company. Each flavor is filled with a different creme with hints of flavors such as blueberry, lime, coconut, and raspberry. Since I am such a fan of chocolate I really enjoyed trying each of these and picking up the subtle differences between them!
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IMG_9897First off, the Coconut Creme Filled bar was calling my name. There’s just something about chocolate and coconut that tastes incredible. Now, this wasn’t over-the-top coconut by any means. It was more like a coconut-milk taste in terms of the level of coconut flavor. The creme filling isn’t super thick either, but it does add a nice surprise as you are chewing on each square of the chocolate. This is one I would probably recommend above them all.

IMG_0016The Almond Butter Creme Filled bar was a lot like the coconut. Not super heavy on the almond butter, but more like a flavor that you would get from a bar filled with almonds except without the crunch. This bar was actually quite good as well, and it had just a little saltiness to match the sweetness and decadence of the dark chocolate.

IMG_0074This Lavender Mint Creme Filled bar was something I hesitated to try at first. The mint sounded great, but I was worried that the lavender would make it taste like flowers or soap. Luckily, that was not the case with this. The mint wasn’t as strong as it is in the other mint bars made by Endangered Species, but sometimes it’s nice to have a change. The Lavender was just right, with only a hint of it to not mask the great flavor of the dark chocolate.

IMG_0253The Raspberry Orange Creme Filled bar was actually quite pleasant. I don’t know if I would purchase it again because even orange and dark chocolate squares are not something I would consume regularly. I did taste the orange in here, but the raspberry flavor seemed to be missing. It might’ve been that I was confusing the berry with the tartness of the orange, but still I think this could’ve had a little more differentiation between the flavors.

IMG_0184The Blueberry Vanilla Creme Filled bar has a very natural-tasting blueberry hint to it. Like the Raspberry Orange bar, this isn’t overwhelmingly berry-tasting. I think the vanilla could’ve been brought out a little more, though the bar was still plenty sweet. With these bars, I think it would’ve been easier to really taste the filling if there was more of it.

IMG_0453This Sea Salt & Lime Creme Filled bar was honestly my least favorite. I found it to be oddly saltier than I expected, and the lime flavor seemed to be out of place. In my opinion, I don’t really think that lime and chocolate are a good pair, especially dark chocolate. Even from the sound of this flavor I didn’t think I would be too keen about it. At least overall these bars were decent, though for the price and availability I don’t think I will purchase them again anytime in the near future.

Alter Eco – Dark Chocolate

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I would definitely consider myself to be a chocolate lover addict. I mean really, who doesn’t love some good quality dark chocolate every now and then? The typically companies that make candy bars (that are neither vegan, organic, ethically sourced, nor good for you) that line the standard grocery store aisles give chocolate a bad name, and it’s really unfortunate. Of course, even vegan chocolate brands are not all created equal, but Alter Eco is one of the good guys! The majority of flavors that they make are vegan, and they are clearly labeled on the back of the package. All flavors are organic, fairly traded, and truly decadent in taste. If you’re going to treat yourself to some chocolate, this is the kind of stuff you SHOULD be having.
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This Dark Quinoa bar is literally a healthier vegan CRUNCH bar. The twist? Quinoa instead of rice! This bar is a must-try and it will easily satisfy your crunchy and sweet-tooth needs!

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I don’t know why, but chocolate and mint is one of my favorite combos. You get a nice richness from the dark chocolate, and then the light refreshing taste of the mint. A match made in heaven really, and this bar was no exception.

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Speaking of crunchy, this dark chocolate almond bar will also be a great choice if you aren’t as adventuresome to try the Quinoa dark chocolate bar.

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85% Cocoa, and wow they weren’t kidding. If you are a “the darker the better” chocolate kind of person, then this Dark Blackout chocolate is the bar for you!

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Chocolate and orange is a flavor that doesn’t go around in most chocolate bars, but it really should! This had a tanginess and light flavor from the orange that complimented the dark chocolate. There is actually candied orange peel in here too, which was a nice addition to the orange oil to give it a new texture.

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The Dark Cacao bar was a nice surprise. Cacao can be a little bitter, but this bar was not at all. Cacao nibs have a few health benefits that you don’t get from cocoa alone, so if you are more health-conscious then this is a great bar for you.

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This bar took me a little longer to find in stores, but it was well worth it! There was just a hint of sea salt, so don’t be hesitant to try this one in fear that it is “too salty”. I found that the salt helped to bring out the sweetness of the bar, as sea salt does in most desserts. If you are looking to try this bar and others, you can check the store locator or order chocolate from the company’s website but do keep in mind that the warmer months aren’t a great time to order things in the mail that can easily melt.