Today’s post is all about playing catch-up! I was given the opportunity to try a few different products in my absence and wanted to make sure you all knew about them. Also, i wanted to highlight a couple sweet treats in Toronto all you Torontonians need to try before the summer officially leaves.
Firstly, the wonderful people at Whole Foods gave me the opportunity to try a few sweet treats! This Fox’s All-Natural Fair-Trade Chocolate Sauce uses fair-trade sugar and cocoa powder to make a nice alternative to Nestles. It is delicious on top of coconut ice cream and makes it extra special. And for even more chocolate: Harrison’s Original Sweet Shoppe fair-trade certified and nut free chocolate chips! These help up really well in baked goods and pancakes (see below). They didn’t melt as much as other chocolate chips I noticed, but I actually quite like that they held their own more! The Kit’s Organic Bar is a new product from the people of Clif’s bar. It’s ingredients are similar to Larabars but have more texture so this was a nice change! They are gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free!
Oh wait, there’s more chocolate? Yes! I’ve shared before how much I love Alter Eco’s chocolate so I was stoked when they asked me to try their new Deep Dark Sea Salt bar. 70% chocolate with sea salt throughout the bar not just sprinkled on top. Perfection. Bonus that the ingredients are 100% fair-trade and 99.5% organic!
TastyMakes is a new, exciting company on the scene run by a certified health and nutrition coach and raw chef. They deliver health raw snack straight to your door in the form or crackers, granola and barbites. I got to try the Vanilla Nut Granola which was amazingly crunchy- is not always the case with raw granolas.
The Fig & Onion Crackers. The granola was amazingly crunchy, which is not always the case with raw granolas and the fig and onion crackers were so packed with flavour, they didn’t need any dips or toppings. They offer snack packages or you can build your own!
Isa Does It. This cookbook really needs no introduction or recommendation from me, but I’m going to throw it out there anyway. Isa is a Vegan Queen and her recipes don’t disappoint. Try the Nachos and the Pizza Bowl. Ok??
How To Be Vegan by Elizabeth Castoria. I appreciated this book more now than I can possibly explain in this little blurb so maybe I will try in another post. It might surprise you- Gabby, you’ve run a vegan blog for years, and YOU need advice on how to be vegan? Yes, BUT that’s not why it was amazing. In this book, Elizabeth gives easy, practical and NON-JUDGEMENTAL tips on how to go completely vegan or simply incorporate more vegan living into your daily life. Lately my life has been operating under the principle that we all need to do the best we can. Elizabeth recognizes that full-out vegan is not for everyone but that if everyone simply bought more cruelty-free products or ate more plant-based meals, animals and humans would be in a much better place. She has great tips for eating, travel, decor and even dating! I loved how it was small too so if you need inspiration on the go, it fits easily into a bag. I seriously recommend this book guys. Go buy it.
And finally, before the weather gets even colder, all of you who live in Toronto need to go get those frozen treats stat:
Vegan, gluten-free ice cream sandwich from Bang Bang Ice Cream. The cookie is packed with oatmeal, coconut and chocolate chips and the ice cream is a rich chocolate. This picture is only of the half-sandwich. Let’s all just try and imagine how epic a full one would be.
Vegan soft-serve from Bunner’s! I know vegan ice creams are pretty easy to come by these days, but soft serve? That’s a little trickier. Bunner’s offers vanilla, chocolate or the option to swirl them together. They also have a huge selection of vegan, gluten-free baked goods. I love their date squares but have never managed to resist them long enough to snap a pic! I got this at their Kensington location, i am not sure if it is available at their Dundas store.
Ok that was a long post but it gets us all caught up as ready to plunge into fall! Hope you all have a wonderful week!
I was provided with some of the above products free of charge but was in no way obligated to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.