Friday, 19 August 2016

Alpro Coconut Soya Yogurt

I have written this delightful review for Adam, my newest reader who loves nuts in all shapes and forms, even more so than the honey badger! I eagerly await your views and response. 

I had a few apprehensions about this yogurt because I thought that it was going to be like a coconut milk yogurt, thankfully this was a perfect combination of soy and coconut so it was still light and fresh without being too rich or thick.
The coconut flavour was beautifully subtle so it didn't overpower you or taste soapy as things sometimes can. There was a lovely sweetness to it which made it perfect when paired with fruit or muesli or perhaps with some coconut shavings and dark chocolate sprinkles to make it an indulgent dessert experience. I can imagine that this would be rather delicious if used in making overnight oats or something like that. 
Basically I loved this yogurt and I am so incredibly impressed with this tasty offering from the fabulous people at Alpro. I bet even a great Commodore would approve!



Rating - 9/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 54 per 100g
Buy Again- Definitely!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Nak'd Carrot Cake Bar

Carrot cake used to be one of my favourite cakes, it was sweet, nutty, fluffy, with a lovely flavour of carrot which cannot be beaten. But unfortunately, I have struggled to find any vegan friendly carrot cake near me so I have been left without. That was, until now! 

The incredibly talented people who work for Nak'd have once again outdone themselves with their healthy, vegan interpretation of a British classic. But does the flavour live up to my expectations? 
I can assure you my friends, it most certainly does. The flavour is fabulous, it is rich and nutty, with a delicious sweetness from the dates. The texture is stodgy and chewy and squidgy, just as you would expect from a Nak'd Bar! The carrot flavour is lovely and subtle with it bringing a slight earthy sweetness to it whilst not being too overpowering (something which is often a major downfall for carrot cake!) 

Overall I rather loved this bar, the light spices in it reminded me of the Christmas Pud bar which lets be honest, certainly isn't a bad thing! So enjoy this healthy alternative to an otherwise less than healthy cake! 



Rating - 9/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 148
Buy Again - Already have a small stash!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Sarelle Hazelnut Dark Chocolate Wafer Bar - The Vegan Kind

I eat chocolate every night, and I think that is a healthy part of my diet. We shouldn't demonise food of any kind because it is all beneficial and doing you good as it provides calories. It is simply key to eat everything in moderation, an excess of anything can be dangerous. Rant over now sorry and on to the actual review!

I recently saw these in the shops and was instantly intrigued because I have never seen a bar like this that is actually vegan! It is a wafer like bar coated in dark chocolate, filled with a dark chocolate crunchy nutty mousse ganache thing. Okay, I know that my description isn't great but I promise you that it is utterly magical in every way shape and form. I am still in utter disbelief that it is vegan because it just tastes like a dark chocolate Ferrero Roche! It is a deliciously tasty treat to finish the day off with and I certainly recommend it to everyone who likes chocolate regardless of being vegan or not!



Rating - 9/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 179
Buy Again - Already have many times!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Marks & Spencer's Free From Chocolate

It's brilliant how supermarkets are expanding their own brand free from ranges, especially in regards to their chocolate selection! But I've always thought that Marks and Spencer's have been a little lacking in this department with only a few gluten free baked goods, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw one of the lovely people I follow on Twitter post these two interesting looking bars! Both are free from dairy as they are dark chocolate and contain little pieces of sugar crunchies (okay I'm not entirely sure what sugar crunchies are but let's go with it).

Mint
The chocolate itself is absolutely delicious, a rich dark chocolate with a smooth and creamy melt. But the issue I had was with the little mint pieces in it. I personally found them to be far too minty to me and it was like eating an intense mint, it wasn't sweet it was just very strong and it detracted from how lovely the bar itself was. It was strange that I didn't enjoy this more when I am such a massive fan of mint usually! It was still nice but I wouldn't say it is my favourite bar.

Orange
I put off eating this for ages because I was so unimpressed by the mint version,but eventually I managed to bring myself round to trying this and goodness me am I glad that I did because it was utterly divine! The chocolate itself was once again divine, but this time the crunchy pieces of orange were crisp and sweet. The bar was an absolute delight to eat and I can't wait until I have it again!




Rating - 7.5/10
Vegan - Yes

Monday, 1 August 2016

Nak'd Peanut Delight Bar

I really couldn't contain my excitement when I heard about Nak'd releasing several new flavours to their bar range, and this is the one I was undoubtedly looking forward to the most! I am a sucker for anything peanut flavoured, mainly because it manages to be the most perfect food to have both sweet and salty! This bar had a lovely nutty flavour with massive pieces of peanut in it which added a perfect crunch and texture to the bar. 
The flavour worked very well in bar form and managed to taste completely different to its Trek equivalent, which I thought to be a rather impressive feat! There was the tiniest hint of salt which worked nicely to further offset the sweetness of the overall bar.



This is a simply fantastic bar from Nak'd and I cannot wait to try the rest of the new flavours!

Rating - 9/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 149
Buy Again - Definitely!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Heinz Beans

Beans are an essential part of any vegan diet, they are filled with loads of good stuff like fibre, half a can is one of your five a day, and the are virtually fat free so they are perfect to have on your plate or in your bowl! They are filling, healthy, and super cheap, what more can you want out of something?

The beans are of a high quality and taste delicious when paired with the sweet tomato sauce that has a distinctly Heinz taste to it if you get me? Some people may find them a bit sweet but personally I love them, they are currently my go to lunch. 

I would recommend them on crumpets instead of toast because that is a combination which cannot be beaten, and if you want to go wild add a bit of grated cheese on top to let it melt (you can use vegan cheese aswell so you can make this into a whole vegan meal!) I have a friend who does this an I can't help but be a little envious despite having a deep hatred of cheese.



Rating - 9.75/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 328 per tin
Buy Again - Always at least two tins in my cupboard!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Nestle Coco Shreddies (Vegan)

I am a massive fan of cereal, I have it basically every day with my vegan yogurt and bagel (I'm a greedy girl, what can I say?). But I was recently shocked to discover that many cereals which I had simply assumed were vegan are in fact not because they have the addition of lanolin in order to fortify them with vitamin d. 
So I did start scouring the Internet in search of easy to get hold of vegan friendly cereal and shockingly Cocoa Shreddies popped up on the list and were actually verified by Nestle as being vegan so who am I to argue?

I like to convince myself that I am being healthy when I eat Shreddies because of their whole grain goodness etc but in reality they are deliciously sweet with a good crunch and a nice hit of cocoa. I really do find these filling aswell, especially with only a 40g serving (normally I find cereal suggested serving sizes to be absolutely dire because surely not even a child would be suitably sustained on what is often no more than a handful of cereal?) anyway, I would probably say that that Cocoa Shreddies are probably my favourite thing to have with breakfast at the moment!



Rating - 8/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 149 per 40g
Buy Again - Yes!

Monday, 4 July 2016

Warburtons Crumpets

Crumpets are one of my favourite breakfast to have of a morning, and it has to be Warburtons. I've tried other brands but it is never quite as good, no others can compare to the delicious fluffy yumminess that is found in a fresh, hot, Warburtons crumpet.

The flavour is lovely and reminds me of being younger when I would have these for my breakfast slathered in peanut butter so much that the bottom would fall through! Unfortunately I don't think that was quite the healthiest breakfast I've ever had but it was by far the nicest! 
Anyway, now a days I tend to have them with a bit of Marmite or Vegemite or I may be a bit of a boring thing and just have them plain (I like things like that). Apparently the best way to have them though is slathered in butter -or a vegan friendly alternative. 



Basically I love to have crumpets in the morning and they are a staple breakfast item in my household!

Rating - 9/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 98 per crumpet
Buy Again - Part of the usual shop

Monday, 27 June 2016

Vego Chocolate Bar (The Vegan Kind)

As I have mentioned before, my mum recently bought me a nice little stash of vegan goodies for me to try, and this is probably the one that I am most looking forward to because I have heard such great things about it!
The bar is pretty massive weighing in at 65g, and it certainly isn't for the faint of heart, but I'm far from this so it was devoured by me happily in one sitting. 

You honestly would never guess that this bar is vegan from the taste or appearance alone because it tastes exactly what Nutella would taste like in the form of a bar. So basically it is the most incredible thing ever to be created. The bar itself is split into sections which you can break off with relative ease but they would probably be a little uneven if your intention was to equally share this with someone (why anyone would want to share such a delicious bar with anyone is beyond me). The chocolate is such a high quality, it's so rich with the hazelnut flavour which works perfectly with the creamy melt of the bar which just makes this feel all the more luxurious. The creamy smooth texture is broken up with whole hazelnuts which add a great crunch to the bar and ensure that every mouthful is a delight.

As you will have worked out by now I rather enjoyed this bar and loved every bite. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys hazelnuts, and I would especially recommend this to any lover of Nutella!



Rating - 9.75/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 384 per bar
Buy Again? - Yes!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Tesco Free From Chocolate Dessert

Goodness me I have been eating and reviewing a ridiculous amount of yogurts haven't I? I'm trying to space them out a little bit and keep the variety going so tell me if there is anything you would like me to review or would recommend please!

Onto the review, okay, maybe this isn't quite a yogurt, it's more of a yogurt dessert type of thing, but whatever you want to call it, it remains delicious! The chocolate soya pot was fantastically thick which worked perfectly with the silky smooth texture. The richness of the dessert was perfectly balanced with a creamy sweetness from the soya, this ensured that the pot didn't become sickly, instead it remained light and tasty! You really wouldn't believe that they are vegan or under 110 calories! I've had luxury chocolate cream puddings at over 300 calories which haven't been nearly as lovely as these were so overall I am very impressed indeed!



Rating - 9/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 109
Buy Again - Yes!

Friday, 10 June 2016

Vegan Quorn Fillets

I would honestly be lost without Quorn products and that was really the only thing that I was eating which wasn't completely vegan, but since Quorn released these new vegan fillets, I am officially an unwavering and dedicated vegan without exception! 

The fillets themselves are bigger than the regular ones and flatter but I prefer them like this because it feels like you are just getting a good serving size and you only need one rather than two. They taste delicious, the texture is a little bit denser than the original ones but I quite liked it and thought it worked rather well, it probably would be better in a sauce and less dry but I'm not really the biggest fan of sauces. 
Overall I prefer the vegan fillets, the flavour is different but in a good way, perfect to have as a meat substitute in something like a roast dinner. 




Rating - 9/10
Calories - 65
Vegan - Yes
Buy Again - My new regular!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Swedish Glacé Dairy Free Strawberry Ice Cream Sticks

The variety of vegan products out there are the moment is pretty decent at the moment, and finally the ice cream market has followed suit! These little ice cream bars from Swedish Glacé are simply incredible and you really can't tell that they are free from dairy and vegan. 
They are quite small but I think that this size is perfect because they are rather sweet and rich. They are strawberry ice creams coated in a lovely layer of chocolate, the thickness of the chocolate was adequate and was perfectly proportioned with the ice cream. Obviously I followed the unspoken rules and nibbled the chocolate off first and then enjoyed the deliciously creamy and sweet strawberry ice cream that lay underneath. Honestly these were pretty magical and I'm now craving one as a result of writing this so I think that is a testament to how delicious these are!



My mum tried one and agreed that they were incredible and didn't actually realise they were vegan until I told her afterwards! So I really believe that this is a treat for the whole family, especially if you do have a child with an allergy to milk and don't want them to feel left out or different to everyone else!

Rating - 9.5/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 117
Buy Again - Definitely!

Friday, 20 May 2016

Tesco Vegan Strawberry Fromage Frais

I've had a fair few bad experiences with vegan yogurts, sometimes they are horribly watery, they leave this almost acrid after taste, and sometimes they are just plain rubbish! But recently I was informed that I had a serious issue with my bones and that I needed to consume more calcium to rectify sed problem, so yogurts it is!

I'm not going to lie here, it was the unbelievably cute packaging which drew me into buying these yogurts, that and the fact it was strawberry flavour. The yogurt is actually a fromage frais so this means it is a little thicker than regular yogurt. The serving size was quite adequate and left me feeling fully satisfied.
The flavour is lovely, it is perfectly natural and fruity with enough sweetness to balance the creaminess, you probably couldn't tell that these were dairy free if you were just given a little pot of it with no description.



I can't wait to try the rest of this range from Tesco because these were simply fabulous!

Rating - 8.5/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 73 per pot
Buy Again - Already Have!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

OmBar Mylk Buttons

It's a strange yet very true, that chocolate tastes even better in button form. I don't know what it is, maybe it's the bit of whimsy it adds to the whole experience or maybe that it makes it all last a little bit longer? I don't know if I'm totally honest but I'm not going to contest it!
Here is a little bit of information about the lovely people at OmBar;

''Our chocolate is not only sourced from the best of the Ecuadorian cocoa farms, it is also raw. We like to keep it that way, our methods ensure that we preserve as much of natures original goodness as possible - hence why we have six times more flavanols than comparable chocolate brands. We treat our chocolate like a health food - because it is - and therefore we only use the healthiest ingredients such as unrefined coconut sugar, real fruit and live cultures.''

The buttons come in a lovely little bag and I can't help but admire the packaging, it is such good quality and really does set the tone for the whole brand. The serving size is brilliant and because of the incredibly high quality and richness of the chocolate you feel instantly satisfied.
The chocolate itself is amazing. It is so creamy with lovely flavours of coconut bursting through, yet simultaneously feeling subtle enough for you to fully enjoy the cocoa tones. I've never had a chocolate like this and honestly, after trying this bag I went out the next day and bought several more. It is worth the higher price tag.




Basically I loved this bag of buttons and cannot wait to try the rest of the brand!

Rating - 9.75/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 149
Buy Again - Already have.... Several times!

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Go Ahead Chocolate Orange Cookie Bites

I always get really excited when I see a mainstream product which turns out to be accidentally vegan, especially when they are chocolate flavoured! I honestly can't remember who tipped me off to these fabulous little biscuits but whoever it was I am eternally grateful to because they are absolutely delicious!
They come in little individual bags which contain several mini chocolate orange flavoured cookies. They are crunchy and crumbly and more of a biscuit than a cookie in my opinion, I'm not too bothered by semantics in this situation because they still taste great either way. 

The serving size is rather generous, especially for under 100 calories, so I really can't complain about these if I'm honest, just that I am dreading when they go back up to full price!



Rating - 8.75/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 98
Buy Again - Yes!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Koko Dairy Free Coconut and Lemon Yogurt

Apparently I don't eat anywhere near enough calcium to be healthy, so I thought that I should start trying a wider variety of vegan yogurts instead of the basic ones, so when I saw these coconut milk ones I couldn't resist picking up a pack! Especially ones with such a unique flavour of coconut and lemon. 
The yogurt itself was so deliciously creamy with tiny pieces of desiccated coconut in it which worked perfectly to add texture, the coconut flavour shone through very nicely and complimented the subtle lemon. Personally I wouldn't have minded a bit of a stronger lemony taste but in all fairness I did still thoroughly enjoy this yogurt!
I can't get over just how creamy it was and surprisingly filling, this is not just a yogurt for vegans, it is for everyone who enjoys good flavours because it tasted like a luxury yogurt.



Rating - 8.75/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 141 per pot
Buy Again? - Yes!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

New York Bagel Co Soft Knot Cinnamon Raisin Pretzels

I would like to start this review off with a bit of rather interesting information regarding cinnamon and its impressive health benefits. The lovely people at Nutri Inspector. (http://www.nutriinspector.com/) has written a fantastic and comprehensive article concerning the health benefits of cinnamon. It includes details such as the complete history, benefits, nutrition, side effects and different types of cinnamon. I strongly urge you to give this a read! 



I'm going to be honest, I haven't ever had a proper pretzel before this week, only the crunchy little bite size ones, never the proper American style one, mainly because they haven't really been available in the UK before. So when I spotted these in Asda I couldn't help but pick up a pack, especially in my favourite combination of cinnamon and raisin. 
They have an absolutely amazing texture, thick and chewy and doughy, they feel indulgent and are surprisingly filling. I felt satisfied for hours after having one as a snack. The flavour was perfectly balanced, there was just enough sweetness in the dough to work with the warming cinnamon spicy and soft gooey raisins. I absolutely loved these, they were perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee, or even as an afternoon snack to keep you going until your next meal!
They were best when toasted for about twenty seconds just so they are warmed through and the dough is soft and chewy.,



Rating - 9.25/10
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 147
Buy Again? - YES!!!