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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE BITESRecently, I teamed up with Amazing Grass to come up with a recipe featuring their Chocolate Peanut Butter flavored Protein Superfood. Even though the weather is finally starting to cool down, I still wanted to create an easy no-bake recipe that likely uses ingredients that you already have on-hand. An added challenge was making something that was gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free, vegan and obviously tasty! This post was sponsored by Amazing Grass, but all opinions on the product are completely my own. I have a lot of great things to say about it!

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I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this new product from Amazing Grass, since it’s not only a protein powder but is also packed with superfoods and other nutrients. The flavor is exactly as it sounds, but neither the chocolate nor the peanut butter is too overpowering. This product does have a little stevia in it, but I found it to be a lot more subtle than other protein powders I’ve tried in the past. When I’m not making no-bake recipes like this, my go-to way to enjoy Amazing Grass is to throw it in a blender with a little non-dairy milk, frozen bananas and ice. The nutrition facts are impressive per serving and you can’t go wrong with this flavor, especially!

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These individual-sized cheesecake bites are a cinch to make and use only a few ingredients. They are gluten-free, vegan, soy-free and even have some hidden fruits and veggies in them! Your friends will be amazed when they find out how simple, yet delicious this recipe is!

Ingredients – Crust:
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup peanuts
1 Tbs maple syrup

Ingredients – Filling:
1/2 avocado
1 serving Amazing Grass Protein Superfood, Chocolate Peanut Butter
1 small banana
1/4 cup peanuts
2-4 Tbs almond milk

Directions:
1. Place the oats and peanuts in a high speed blender and mix until you get a flour-like consistency. Add in the maple syrup and continue blending until the mixture sticks together.
2. Using a cupcake pan, place the crust mixture into 4 wells of a cupcake pan making sure to press into the bottom of the pan. Place in the freezer while preparing the filling.
3. Put all ingredients for the filling into a blender, and blend until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. Start with less almond milk and add more if needed. Pour this mixture into the cupcake pan on top of the crust.
4. Freeze the cupcake pan with the filling and crust for 1-2 hours so it can set. Remove from the freezer and use a butter knife or something similar to remove the bites from the pan if needed. Allow to thaw for 5-10 minutes before eating and enjoy!

*Note: these are best when enjoyed straight from the freezer. Thawing and re-freezing is not recommended.

Do you have any favorite ways to enjoy protein powder? Have you used Amazing Grass before in the past? Let me know in the comments below!

Amrita Bars

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comYou wouldn’t believe the amount of things I’ve been up to lately. With just having recently moved, starting a new job and doing other work in my spare time, the days just don’t seem long enough. At times like these, I’m really grateful to have easy “grab and go” foods like fruit, nuts and seeds, and energy bars. Of course, that’s where Amrita comes in! Amrita makes a lot of unique-flavored nutrition bars, that not only taste great…they are also made with really high-quality ingredients. As their name would suggest, they are made out of dried fruits, seeds and other gluten, dairy and soy-free nutritious foods. Are you curious about these bars and what flavors you would like the most? Read on to find out!
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Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comThe first bar I tried happened to be the Apricot Strawberry. When I first opened the package, the smell actually reminded me of a PB&J sandwich (despite being completely free of peanuts and gluten). I think I was picking up the sunflower seeds and tahini, which often give off a rich and nutty flavor. Once I tasted the bar I could taste the apricots as well as the strawberries and dates mixed in. I couldn’t taste the chia flour or brown rice and they didn’t seem to affect the texture at all. Overall, I would say this was a great bar to start out with!

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comI’m not sure what paradise would taste like, but it must be something like this Pineapple Chia bar. First off, with it being summer I find that these bars all have really appropriate flavors. Along with pineapple, this treat also contains cranberries, sunflower and sesame seeds, chia seeds, coconut and brown rice protein. It’s great that a little bar like this also has the benefit of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, along with 4g of fiber and 7g of protein!

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comOne of my favorite bars, not surprisingly, was the Apple Cinnamon. This seriously tasted like apple pie in bar form. What I love about Amrita bars is that you get so much fresh flavor, and all without added sweeteners other than the ones in dried fruit. I find that these bars are similar in texture to Larabars, but the combination of seeds, brown rice protein and dried fruit makes them a lot more filling. These definitely are more of a snack than a meal replacement, but they are really satisfying in-between meals!

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comAnother fun, tropical flavor is the Mango Coconut. When it comes to dried fruit, mango and coconut are some of my favorites for their ultra-sweet flavors. Because this bar is also balanced with a mix of seeds, you don’t get as much of a sugar rush as plain fruit can often deliver for some people. This bar would be also be delicious if you blended it into a smoothie (seriously), or if you cut it up and placed it on top of a smoothie with banana, mango and coconut.

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I was worried that the Cranberry Raisin bar might be a little sour, but I think it was another winner! The texture reminds me a little of an oatmeal raisin cookie and I’m not complaining! I notice that many of the bars are made with similar ingredients, but with the addition of the special dried fruits they really take on a unique taste. Plus, they don’t make a mess when you eat them and are very portable and for a snack that also happens to be raw.

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comLast but not least…the Chocolate Maca bar. Where oh where do I begin with this one? Cacao and maca are an incredible combination,  and this bar proves that. These superfoods are great for giving you energy as well as helping with hormonal issues. Another fantastic thing about this chocolatey bar is that it doesn’t melt in the heat, unlike many energy/protein bars made with chocolate. Though the flavor sounds more like a sweet dessert, this actually makes a great morning or mid-morning snack. Instead of reaching for coffee or energy drinks, I would recommend picking up one of these instead.

So, did hearing about all the different bars entice you? I hope so! If you’re curious where you can pick up some super tasty and nutritious Amrita bars for yourself, visit their store locator. You can also add some to your cart when you shop on their online store, either way I hope you can enjoy the bars for yourself. If you’ve tried these bars before, let me know which are your favorite or which flavors you want to try next!

Go Raw Super Cookies

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Raw vegan food is something I’ve dabbled in a few times before, beginning back to my visit to 42º RAW in Copenhagen, Denmark (which I’ve actually reviewed here if you’re interested). Something that specifically catches my eye about raw food is the ability to use simple ingredients and sometimes-unusual combinations of flavors. One of my favorite raw dishes is and has always been the desserts. I love dessert in general, but raw desserts have a wonderful, natural taste to them and they don’t give you a sugar high after enjoying them. Sometimes you want a flavorful, healthier dessert with a nice crunch/chewiness to it. That’s where Go Raw’s line of Super Cookies come in. They make these raw treats in 6 different flavors, using simple components such as sesame seeds, coconut, dates, and spices. I really enjoyed this company’s energy bars so I couldn’t wait to see how their other raw products compared. Go Raw sent me their raw cookies to try each flavor and here are my thoughts on them. Continue reading

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I figured it was a good idea to begin with trying the Original Super Cookies. These are literally made with only 3 ingredients, but they have the perfect balance of each. I found that these Original cookies had a sweet, coconutty taste and I really loved the crunchiness of the sesame seeds. Go Raw recommends that you eat their cookies with a glass of water on the side to better digest the seeds and keep you fuller longer. Their energy bars also make the same recommendation due to the flax seeds, so I made sure to drink water alongside these too.

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Next, I tried the Lemon Super Cookies, which have the same ingredients as the Original, but with added organic lemon oil. I felt that these reminded me of a crispy lemon cookie with a less sweet, but not sour, natural lemon essence. I love the fact that these use not only all-organic ingredients, but also a smart pairing of them. These would’ve probably been bitter if they had lemon zest or juice instead of the oil.

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These Ginger Snaps ended up being one of my favorites of all the Super Cookies. They had a crispy texture and ginger powder that reminded me immediately of gingerbread cookies around the holidays. These are also gluten, soy, and nut-free in addition to being raw. Who needs a super processed store-bought cookie when you have this healthy, raw, clean version that tastes just as good if not better?

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The Chocolate Super Cookies were a little different than I anticipated. They are not quite reminiscent of chocolate chip cookies, but they have a rich cacao flavor that goes perfectly with the coconut and dates. In fact, one of my favorite smoothies is made with coconut water, dates, bananas and cacao powder so these crispy morsels reminded me of that in a cookie form.

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Carrot Cake doesn’t happen to be my first dessert of choice, but these cookies were exceptionally delicious. They feature all the flavors I like in carrot cake such as coconut, carrot, dates, and spices such as nutmeg. These would be good for literally any time of the year, and any time of the day too!

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Speaking of spices, the Masala Chai Super Cookies with a surprising addition of orange peel to really bring the spices out. Though I liked these less than the ginger snaps or carrot cake cookies, I found that they were still a delightful treat. These remind me of a spicy and sweet chai which would also make them an excellent treat during the holidays. Overall, I was actually very impressed with Go Raw’s line of Super Cookies and I can’t wait to try their other products in the future! Have you tried these cookies before? Leave a comment and tell me what you thought!

Navitas Naturals & More Macaroons!

HickmanS_-1Have any of you heard of Navitas Naturals? Well, if not you really ought to check them out! Navitas makes a long line of natural powders, seeds, snacks and more. They specialize in using organic, superfood ingredients that are not only good for us but they taste great too. I was so lucky to have been sent a few items from Navitas Naturals, including their Green Coffee Powder, Acai Powder, and Maqui Powder. I couldn’t wait to try them in a few recipes! Now, I won’t be using the Green Coffee powder in any of these recipes specifically but I’ve tried a few from the Navitas website and they were spectacular. My favorite so far is the Banana Bread Smoothie that tastes exactly like a freshly baked slice! Continue reading on for my super easy, no-bake superfood macaroon recipes. Continue reading

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The first recipe I (almost literally) threw together was of these Cacao & Acai Macaroons. They are gluten-free, soy free, raw, and made with organic ingredients. The only part of this recipe that takes a while is letting them chill in the fridge before serving and eating. These reminded me of a chocolate-covered berry, and they have a sweet yet rich taste. Acai itself has a flavor that just pairs so well with cacao, and even in powder form it has a super fresh taste and aroma. What are the benefits of acai and cacao? Combined, they offer antioxidants, omega fats, magnesium, iron, protein, and fiber. Who knew that a dessert could offer so much to us nutritionally? Though these macaroons are on the smaller size (compared to your average dessert) they are decadent enough that you will only need one or two to satisfy any chocolate craving.

Cacao & Acai Macaroons
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Ingredients
  1. 2 dates, pitted and soaked
  2. 1 heaping Tbs cacao powder
  3. 1 heaping Tbs coconut oil
  4. 1-2 Tbs acai powder
  5. 1/2-1 Tbs lucuma powder/alternative sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine the drained dates, coconut oil, and powders or other sweetener in a blender until well-mixed. Add additional sweetener or other ingredients if necessary.
Notes
  1. The cacao, acai, and lucuma powder I use are by Navitas Naturals. They make awesome organic superfoods that are really easy to throw into smoothies and other recipes.
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I also had an idea to come up with a berry and almond-flavored dessert using the Maqui Powder and some raw almond butter. Maqui Powder is known for its beautiful purple color as well as its benefits of added vitamin C, potassium, iron, and calcium. It’s also great when thrown into a smoothie or other type of berry-flavored dessert. These macaroons have a good amount of sweetness with a nutty flavor that both compliment each other very nicely. These would be great as a dessert or a mid-day snack when you’re looking for a pick-me up with a little protein and healthy fats from the almond butter.

Almond & Maqui Berry Macaroons
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tsp Maqui powder (I use Navitas Naturals)
  2. 2 dates, pitted and soaked
  3. 2 Tbs raw almond butter (preferably unsalted with no added oil)
  4. Pinch of salt (Pink Himilayan Salt is my favorite to use)
Instructions
  1. Place the drained dates, maqui powder, almond butter and salt in a blender or food processor and mix until well-combined. Once you get a sticky consistency, taste the mixture and add more sweetener if necessary. If the maqui berry flavor is too subtle, add in 1/2-1 tsp more and taste it again.
  2. Once your mixture is ready, roll it into a ball. If you'd like, you can dip the mixture in some crushed almonds (although I forwent this step). Stick the macaroons on a plate and refrigerate before serving. You can also store these in the fridge in an airtight container for at least a few days.
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Ka’Chava Tribal Superfood Protein Smoothies

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I recently discovered Ka’Chava, a Tribal Superfood mix that is packed with plant-based nutrients and 24g of protein per serving. Not only is Ka’Chava vegan, it is also gluten and soy free, preservative free, and contains no artificial ingredients. The mixes come in two flavors-vanilla and chocolate-and I was sent a sample packet of each flavor to try. The instructions recommend to mix Ka’Chava with 12oz of water, but I decided to take mine up a notch and use it in a protein smoothie. Starting with the chocolate, I blended a few ingredients I already had on hand to make this protein packed and filling dessert-like smoothie. Continue reading

Ka'Chava Chocolate Superfood Protein Smoothie
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 6 oz almond milk
  2. 6 oz purified water
  3. 1 frozen banana
  4. 1 packet (or 2 scoops) of Chocolate Ka'Chava
  5. handful of ice
Instructions
  1. Place the following ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth and creamy.
Notes
  1. You can also throw in a splash of chocolate non-dairy milk for an extra hit of chocolate flavor.
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Now, for the vanilla which I actually liked just as much (if not better) as the chocolate. You really can’t go wrong with vanilla protein powders and superfood mixes because it’s so versatile. I went for more of a vanilla-milkshake approach, but you could easily add some other fruit such as berries if you’d like.

Ka'Chava Vanilla Superfood Protein Smoothie
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 12 oz filtered water
  2. 1-2 TBS Hemp Seeds
  3. 1 packet (or 2 scoops) Vanilla Ka'Chava
  4. 1 frozen banana
  5. handful of ice
Instructions
  1. Place the water and hemp seeds into a blender and mix until a "milk" forms. Add the Vanilla Ka'Chava and frozen banana and continue mixing. Add ice as needed and mix until you get a creamy and smooth consistency.
Notes
  1. You can also use your own non-dairy milk such as almond, hemp, etc. This was just what I did to make my own hemp milk right in the blender.
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Two Moms in the Raw – Truffles

IMG_6730Two Moms in the Raw is a company I have reviewed in the past, and their products were so good that I was anxious to try something new. I found out that they make truffles, and as listed on their site they are a super combination of handmade almond butter, cacao and agave. Not only did they have a traditional Almond Butter Cacao flavor, but they recently came out with two new flavors! One thing that I love about this company is the variety of healthy, gluten free, raw, and organic items that they have. From nut bars, to crackers, to truffles and more! Here’s what I thought about these different-flavored truffles. Continue reading

IMG_5948I started with the Almond Butter Cacao Truffles, which have actually been around for quite a while. The only ingredients in here are almonds, cacao, agave, and salt. They have a nice nutty and cocoa flavor, but they are not incredibly sweet (but not too bitter either). These would be a good dessert option or even a mid-day snack. They don’t seem to melt either which makes them nice and portable.

IMG_6738I am a big lover of matcha powder, especially in desserts, so naturally I couldn’t wait to try this flavor after seeing it online. It’s a fairly new flavor to their truffle line, so I really didn’t know what to expect. The ingredients in these ones are almonds, agave, cacao, matcha green tea powder, vanilla bean powder and salt. I found these to be decent, however they tasted pretty similar to the Almond Butter Cacao Truffles. I really wonder what these would taste like if they had more matcha and vanilla powder and less (or no) cacao powder.

IMG_7490The Cayenne Cacao Truffle flavor sounded a little unusual to me, but these turned out to be really nice! The ingredients for these are almonds, cacao, agave, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, vanilla bean powder, and sea salt. Oddly enough I didn’t really taste the cayenne, but I did taste the cinnamon. The combination of flavors oddly enough reminded me of a cookie with cinnamon. The cacao flavor wasn’t overpowering and these had just enough sweetness in my opinion, I think it would’ve been interesting if there was a little more cayenne though.

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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Daiya – Cream Cheese Style Spreads

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Daiya, the renowned vegan cheese company, came out with these cream cheese style spreads not too long ago. Other than Tofutti and GoVeggie! there are not too many vegan cream cheese makers out there, so I was really eager to try the daya one. Actually, daiya came out with not one cream cheese spreads, but three! Of course I picked up the plain flavor first, but eventually I was able to hunt down and try them all!

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IMG_4321On a bagel, the plain cream cheese was just fine. Not super memorable or exactly like typical cream cheese, but the flavors were nice and the consistency was a lot alike the actual thing. I think this would be a good cream cheese to use in a recipe such as baking or as part of a frosting, since on its own it’s not completely outstanding but it does the job.

IMG_3304The Strawberry cream cheese was actually quite nice. Especially on some whole grain toast with fresh strawberries, this had a nice sweet yet tart flavor that helped redeem these particular daiya products for me. I enjoyed the strawberry flavor in other ways as well, such as dipping crackers or fruit in it.

IMG_7988The Chive & Onion flavor is much better than the plain! This has a nice oniony taste that is great on a bagel, with crackers, or as part of a sandwich. This is definitely an onion-packed cream cheese though, so if you don’t like onion then this isn’t the one for you. Also, there’s no saying what kind of breath you will have after eating some of this, so heed with caution!

IMG_8273With the chive & onion flavor cream cheese, I made a cucumber and cucumber sandwich. Just perfect as a nice lunch, or as part of some tea finger sandwiches. This cream cheese is a great savory option when you aren’t quite feeling like having the strawberry or plain variety.