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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!

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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PSB&J Shake

A sweet, allergy-friendly shake that tastes just like a PB&J sandwich in smoothie form! @anotherhungryvegan.com I know you’ve heard of a PB&J, so you’re probably thinking “ok, what does the S stand for?” Well, this happens to be a nut-free sunbutter and jelly shake with probiotics (hence the P). Not too long ago, Sunbiotics sent me some of their probiotic snacks, chocolate and powder to try out and I knew I just had to share a recipe with you all. This shake is also made with Dastony’s Sunflower Seed Butter as an alternative to non-dairy milk. Thanks to protein powder, it is also energy-rich and sure to help keep you or your family feeling full. It tastes just like a kid-friendly PB&J sandwich, but without the gluten or nuts!  Continue reading

A sweet, allergy-friendly shake that tastes just like a PB&J sandwich in smoothie form! @anotherhungryvegan.com
I don’t know if you’ve ever thrown sunflower seed butter into a smoothie, but it’s quite an experience! You can always use peanut butter or almond butter, but I wanted to come up with a nut-free shake so that people with allergies can still enjoy it. In fact, you can get really creative with the ingredients and use any nut or seed butter that you like. I’m tempted to try this in the future with some hemp seeds or macadamia nuts in place of the sunflower seed butter.

A sweet, allergy-friendly shake that tastes just like a PB&J sandwich in smoothie form! @anotherhungryvegan.comAs mentioned before, these are the stars of this smoothie. Thankfully Windy City Organics gave me the opportunity to try a few of the products from their different brands which I’ve been really pleased with. The Sunbiotics Vanilla powder is great because you literally only have to add 1/3 a teaspoon to get the benefit of the probiotics. How easy is that? I’ve also been enjoying the fantastic products from Growing Naturals including this Vanilla Blast Brown Rice protein. I love using these ingredients together in a smoothie like this because they are made with raw ingredients, yet they happen to be very allergy-friendly but packed with good nutrients (not to mention protein). Smoothies are a great way to incorporate these kinds of foods into your diet! 

A sweet, allergy-friendly shake that tastes just like a PB&J sandwich in smoothie form! @anotherhungryvegan.comThis shake was made with fresh strawberries, however if you use frozen ones it’ll be a lot thicker. Personally I like to work with what I have, and this was still perfectly fine in terms of taste, and it’s much easier to drink without a straw. To me, it’s really important not to add too much ice to the smoothie because it really waters down the taste. Adding frozen fruit (especially bananas) can really help to solve that issue. Anyway, I hope you liked this recipe and take a look at my review of the other products made by Sunbiotics while you’re at it!

PSB&J Shake
Serves 1
A sweet, allergy-friendly shake that tastes just like a PB&J sandwich in smoothie form!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cold, filtered water
  2. 1 Tbs Dastony sunflower seed butter
  3. 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  4. 1 frozen banana
  5. pinch Sunbiotics Vanilla probiotic powder
  6. 1/2 tsp maca powder
  7. 1/2 scoop Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Protein Powder
  8. small handful of ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth and creamy.
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Vanilla Matcha Pumpkin Seed Shake

Vanilla Matcha Pumpkin Seed Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comThis is the last of my Dastony review posts (for this week anyway)! Since it’s Friday, what better way to power through your day than with some matcha and pumpkin seeds? Interestingly enough, I did some searching online and I found out that pumpkin seeds have some benefits that I didn’t even know about! Did you know that they are the only seed that is alkaline-forming in the body? Or that they contain the minerals phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper? Of course these seeds are also a great source of heart-healthy fats and protein. All the better reason to eat them. With this vanilla and matcha smoothie recipe, it’s easier than ever to get in your dose of pumpkin seeds! Continue reading

Vanilla Matcha Pumpkin Seed Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
I love the fact that Dastony makes a sprouted and all-organic pumpkin seed butter. I literally have never been able to find another one in any of the stores I shop at (and certainly not one made with organic ingredients)! Can you guess what’s in this jar? Just organic, raw and sprouted pumpkin seeds! No sugar or salt added and definitely no preservatives. Like the other nut and seed butters, no refrigeration is required and you don’t have to keep stirring the seed butter to avoid clumping. It has a rich, almost cheesy flavor that I know would make an excellent pesto or other sauce. I went for the smoothie option (typical, I know), but I will definitely be experimenting with some other recipes!

Vanilla Matcha Pumpkin Seed Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comSimilar to my other recipes, this one also features Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast protein. It adds a smooth and sweet taste, and you would never know that it adds 24g of protein per scoop! I also included a teaspoon of Kiss Me Organics Matcha Powder which helps give you a boost along with a little maca powder thrown in the mix. A huge thanks to Windy City Organics for sending these awesome jars of nut-free seed butters for me to try! As mentioned before, if you’re interested in purchasing Dastony, you can do so on the Dastony website. Which nut or seed butter are you wanting to try first? What kind of recipe are you thinking of using it in?

Vanilla Matcha Pumpkin Seed Shake
Serves 1
A sweet green shake to give you a healthy pick-me-up!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cold, filtered water
  2. 1 heaping tbs pumpkinseed nut butter
  3. 1/2-1 tsp maca powder
  4. 1 tsp matcha powder
  5. 1 scoop Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Protein
  6. 1 frozen banana
  7. 1-2 tsp coconut sugar/other sweetener
  8. ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until you get a smooth, creamy consistency. Add additional sweetener or ice if needed.
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Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake

Dastony Review & a Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
I really like tahini, and I mean REALLY. There’s just something about the rich, slightly bitter taste that I love combining with sweet flavors like fruit and Bee Free Honee. As promised, this is another review/recipe post using stone-ground raw and organic nut butters from Dastony. Expect of course, this one is nut-free since it’s made with raw sesame seeds. I basically took one of my favorite smoothie combos of all time (pears and almond butter) and turned it into an allergen-friendly, mostly-organic protein shake. Continue reading

Dastony Review & a Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
First, I had to give you a preview of the Sesame Tahini itself. Wow, is this stuff good! Unlike most tahini you’ll find in the store this is actually made with raw sesame seeds. It’s also lower in sodium than your standard tahini yet it has a richness and a flavor that makes it really versatile. There’s something about this tahini that makes it so you can eat even the tiniest amount and be satisfied. Plus, the jars are portioned in a way that you don’t end up having all this extra stuff lying around to just eat with a spoon. I’ve been wanting to use some of this particular tahini from Dastony in hummus, but I decided that a smoothie would be more fun! 

Dastony Review & a Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
The best part of this smoothie? The Bee Free Honee and tahini create an amazing balance of savory and sweet. It’s a great one to serve to kids and adults alike, plus you don’t have to worry about any nut allergies! I also added some Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast protein for an extra boost. In total, this smoothie has about 30G of protein. Can you believe it? As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, the Growing Naturals Giveaway is still going on, so be sure to enter if you haven’t already!

Dastony Review & a Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
As always I recommend everyone to try this with the ingredients that they have on hand. However, using this high-quality Sesame Tahini and organic brown rice protein will have a slightly different taste. The only thing you might not have on hand is the honee, but no worries! You can easily sub in agave, coconut sugar or dates to help sweeten things up. If you’re interested in purchasing Dastony, you can do so on the Dastony website. Which nut or seed butter are you wanting to try first?

Pear, Sesame and Vanilla Shake
Serves 1
A shake that's sure to satisfy your salty and sweet cravings all at once. Plus with extra protein to keep you full for longer!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cold, filtered water
  2. 1 heaping Tbs Dastony Sesame Butter
  3. 1 frozen, pre-sliced pear
  4. 1/2 tsp maca powder
  5. 1/2 scoop Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Protein
  6. 1 Tbs Bee-Free Honee (or agave, maple syrup, etc)
  7. ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until you get a super smooth and creamy consistency. Add extra sweetener or ice if needed. Top with sesame seeds and enjoy!
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Dastony Review + an Espresso Fig Shake

Dastony Review + an Espresso Fig Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comI’m a little bit of a nut butter addict. Minus the “little bit”. However, for me quality is still super important. In my house, we make it a rule to not buy any nut butters with hydrogenated oils or added sugars (no JIF or Skippy allowed in our cupboards). So, you can imagine my excitement when Windy City Organics sent me a variety of organic and raw, stone-ground nut and seed butters made by Dastony. I could tell right away that these were made with high-quality ingredients, and they come in the cutest glass jars that you can reuse later on! I was inspired by these particular seed butters to make a few recipes that I’ll be sharing throughout the week. You’ll definitely want to make these recipes and give Dastony a try for yourself! Continue reading

Dastony Review + an Espresso Fig Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
First off, I started with my favorite kind of nut-free butter. Sunflower seed butter is a great alternative to peanut/almond butter because you get that creamy, nutty flavor without the risk of allergens. Guess what’s in here? Organic Raw Sprouted Sunflower Seeds. That’s it! No salt, sugar, or preservatives added. Plus it’s no-stir seed butter that you don’t have to store in the fridge after opening. I find that this sunflower seed butter is great on toast with a banana or other fruit, or let’s face it…right out of the jar. Because there’s no salt or sugar added, it only takes a little bit to satisfy you. I decided to throw some into a smoothie to make my own nut-free milk and I almost couldn’t believe how delicious it turned out!

Dastony Review + an Espresso Fig Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comThis smoothie also features some of my favorite, organic Mocha coffee made by Chameleon Cold Brew. In fact, almost all the ingredients in here are organic, which is always a plus in my book. In addition to the seed butter and coffee, I also added a frozen fig from Trader Joe’s, and some protein powder from Growing Naturals. The vanilla-flavored protein really adds a sweetness and a thickness that makes this drink taste more like a milkshake than a smoothie. Plus it’s still healthy. Who doesn’t want that?? Don’t forget, you still have a little time to enter my latest Growing Naturals Giveaway so you can make this shake with some of their fabulous plant-based protein!

Dastony Review + an Espresso Fig Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comWith the protein and sunflower seed butter, this shake boosts almost 30g of plant protein! It’s a great treat to have after your morning workout or if you’re looking for a protein-rich yet energizing shake to have upon waking. As usual, feel free to sub in the ingredients you have on hand. However, this shake is truly incredible when you go for the good stuff!

Dastony Review + an Espresso Fig Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comNow, I want to know from you…what is your favorite nut-free butter? How do you like to enjoy it? In smoothies, with fruit, in your oatmeal? I want to know! Don’t forget to check out all the nut and seed butters that you can buy straight from the Dastony Website. When it comes to nut and seed butters, don’t settle for anything less than the best! Stay tuned for the next few days, where I’ll be posting more recipes featuring Dastony’s fantastic products!

Espresso Fig Shake
Serves 1
A protein-rich, nut-free coffee shake that you'll want to have every morning!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Chameleon Cold Brew Mocha (or alternative coffee concentrate)
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1 heaping Tbs Dastony Sunflower Seed Butter
  4. 1 frozen fig
  5. 1 frozen banana
  6. 1 1/2 Tbs Coconut Sugar (or dates, maple syrup, etc)
  7. 1/2 tsp Maca Powder
  8. 1 scoop Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Protein
  9. Ice
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. Add additional ice if you are wanting a frostier shake. Serve topped with espresso powder and coconut sugar if you'd like.
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Growing Naturals Rice Drink & Giveaway

Growing Naturals Rice Drink Giveaway @anotherhungryvegan.com
From my Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest page and this blog, it’s pretty evident that I love smoothies and protein shakes. Why, you may ask? Because they are quick to make, flavorful and a great way to pack in more protein, fiber, hydration and different nutrients. Whether it is in the morning, afternoon or evening a blended drink always sounds appealing to me. Recently, Growing Naturals reached out to me to try and review their various plant-based proteins and rice drinks. Keep reading on to find out what I thought of their Rice Drinks and get 50% OFF your order so you can try them for yourself. Plus, find out how you can enter to win a selection of your choice of rice and pea protein powders, rice milk powder, a shaker bottle and signature tote bag! Continue reading

Growing Naturals Rice Drink Giveaway @anotherhungryvegan.com
In the past, I have tried rice milks and they really didn’t appeal to me all that much. Many typical rice drinks have very little protein (if any), lots of sugar, are super watery in consistency and don’t last that long in the fridge. Luckily, these Rice Drinks from Growing Naturals don’t have any of those issues. They are made with 8-9g of whole grain and sprouted brown rice protein, are low in sugar and fat, and they can be stored in your cupboards and taken on the go.

Growing Naturals Rice Drink Giveaway @anotherhungryvegan.com
The Velvety Chocolate organic Rice Drink powder was the first one I went for because…well it’s chocolate. I mixed this up in a shaker bottle with about 10oz of cold, filtered water and poured it into a glass. I remember this craze that went on a couple years ago where people were claiming that chocolate milk was the perfect post-workout drink. However, I believe that this chocolate-flavored rice drink is way better for you, is easier to digest, and no animals were harmed in the process to get the milk. When the powder is mixed with cold water, it really does taste like a milky chocolate drink. However, you can also use it in smoothies, shakes, and even hot cocoa to add a little extra protein into your favorite drinks.

Growing Naturals Rice Drink Giveaway @anotherhungryvegan.com
The Creamy Vanilla also makes a smooth vanilla-flavored drink that you can drink on its own or add to your favorite smoothies. For one of my latest recipes featuring some February product favorites including this Rice Drink powder, you can click here.

Growing Naturals Rice Drink Giveaway @anotherhungryvegan.com
I’ve also heard you can use this Rice Drink protein in baking, such as in recipes that call for non-dairy milk. Unfortunately I took the easy way out and bought some pre-made dough from Hampton Creek. But, I found that the Silky Smooth Original is a great milk alternative to drink with your favorite desserts. The Rice Drink packs some clean protein so you don’t over-do it on the sweets that you might have with it. 

Growing Naturals Rice Drink Giveaway @anotherhungryvegan.com
The Rice Drink powders also can be added to your morning oats or cereal. Just use a scoop and 8-12oz of water and you’ve got a protein boosted breakfast when you don’t feel like making a smoothie. These overnight oats kept me full for a long time, and the powder added a creamy texture but I still couldn’t even tell there was added protein in there.

So, how can you win the prize of your choice of rice and pea protein powders, rice milk powder, a shaker bottle and signature tote bag? Just follow the prompts for Rafflecopter below to enter. The contest closes next Friday (Feb 13th) so you have a full week to enter and/or share it with your friends!
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Growing Naturals Rice Drink Giveaway @anotherhungryvegan.comDon’t want to wait to find out if you’re the winner? Growing Naturals provided me with a 50% OFF coupon to purchase and try their Rice Drink powder! All you have to do is log in or sign up for their free Growing Groupies rewards and use the code “AHV50” at checkout when you order online. There are other benefits to joining too including special promos, health tips, recipes and so much more. Even if you aren’t the winner of the contest, this is still a great deal so take full advantage of it while you can!

Chocolate Love Potion Shake

Chocolate Love Potion Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comLove is in the air. You know, if you believe in that sort of thing around Valentine’s Day. Truth is, I really just use February as an excuse to eat more chocolate and heart-shaped foods. However, that doesn’t mean that healthy options can’t be made along the way! I came up with this Chocolate Love Potion Shake using a few of my February Favorites, which include products from Coracao Confections, Righteously Raw, and Growing Naturals. These products all combine to form a truly incredible combo, but you can easily make substitutions if you don’t have them all. Luckily, I will be announcing a giveaway with one of these companies tomorrow that you’ll definitely want to take full advantage of. Plus, another giveaway will be coming to this blog for some more products featured in this recipe in the next week. Stay tuned for those, and keep reading for this spellbinding shake recipe! Continue reading

Chocolate Love Potion Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
I found myself with a few extra bite-sized pieces of raw chocolate after my very recent review of Righteously Raw (you can still get 15% off by the way with the code “AHV15″ at checkout on their site. I added a square of their Rose chocolate, which is flavored with things like raspberries, maqui powder, cacao and rose hips. It has a fruity and chocolatey flavor that’s nicely sweet all on its own. As usual, I totally understand that you might not have these exact ingredients on hand but you can easily use a piece of your favorite dark chocolate bar. Just try to use one that is organic and of higher quality, though it will make just a bit of difference in the smoothie overall when you blend it everything up. I figure if you’re gonna have chocolate, you and I deserve only the best!

Chocolate Love Potion Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comSomething that really makes this smoothie over-the-top is this Cora Quick “Love Potion” Hot Cocoa mix.  I still have yet to use it in an actual cup of hot cocoa, but I have a strong feeling it will be just as good! This mix is flavored with cacao powder, maca, cardamom, rose oil, vanilla and pink salt. Just as a hint, I will be doing a giveaway with this stuff (and some other products soon) plus a review of a ton of the treats made by Coracao Confections. However, if you just can’t wait you can always pick yourself up a container of Love Potion Hot Cocoa Mix right now!

Chocolate Love Potion Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
Last but not least, the ingredient that adds plenty of sweetness, protein, and a great dairy-free and low-fat base for this smoothie…the Creamy Vanilla Rice Drink made by Growing Naturals. I’ll have a review (and pst…a giveaway too) up on the blog tomorrow where you can win your choice of plant-based protein and other products from this company. You can always add your favorite plant-based protein (preferably vanilla), however I think the Rice Drink adds a smooth consistency that isn’t too thick as many proteins might be. Stay tuned for that post, but in the meantime if you don’t have any Rice Drink powder try and sub about half a scoop of protein and some non-dairy milk for the same amount of liquid. Or you can forgo the protein and add something like hemp seeds or nuts to get that creamy flavor and protein power.

Chocolate Love Potion Shake
Serves 1
A creamy, decadent yet healthy shake that just might put you under a love spell.
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Ingredients
  1. 8-12 oz cold, filtered water
  2. 1 Scoop Growing Naturals Creamy Vanilla Rice Drink
  3. 3 Tbs Coracao Confections Love Potion Mix
  4. 1 frozen, sliced banana
  5. 1 Tbs raw almond butter
  6. 1 piece Righteously Raw Rose Dark Chocolate
  7. Ice, as needed
  8. Optional: cacao nibs for garnish
Instructions
  1. 1. Begin by placing the water and Rice Drink powder into a blender and mix. Or alternatively, use non-dairy milk in place of the water plus 1/2 scoop of your favorite vanilla-flavored plant protein.
  2. 2. Next add the almond butter and continue blending until you get a creamy consistency. Add in the dark chocolate, love potion mix (or 3 Tbs cacao powder+1/2 tsp maca) and the banana and continue to mix.
  3. 3. Test for consistency and add a little ice for a frostier shake. Garnish with cacao nibs, cacao powder, fruit, or a non-dairy whipped cream if you'd like!
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