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Stuff I’m Loving – Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Snack Edition

In today’s post, I thought I’d take a break from home cooking and share my latest favourite store-bought snacks. Like most families, we don’t always have the time to create all our food from scratch, so I like to keep a stash of ready-made snacks and treats in the pantry. They come in really handy when we’re heading out for the day or travelling, as well as for serving at impromptu coffee mornings and play dates.

All the goodies I’m featuring have recently been launched, so I’m very excited to be sharing them with you today! In my opinion, they are easily as good (if not better!) than my home-made snacks.  They’re all filled with whole food ingredients, contain no junk, and taste totally scrummy. Oh and they also happen to be both gluten free and dairy free!

9bar Breakfast
I was really excited when I heard that a new range of 9bars were coming out this month, and especially that they were going to be vegan and gluten free! These new bars are designed to be a ‘breakfast on the go’ so perfect for those days when we need to dash out early, or when we’re travelling. I’ve found they also make a great refuelling snack for hikes and bike rides, and after-school snack (Lil’ L and his friends enjoy sharing a bar). They’re packed with nutrition – sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and hemp seeds, nuts, oats, puffed brown rice and soya ‘crispies’ (which give them a lovely crunchy, crispy texture). They come in a range of flavours – Cashew & Cocoa, Apricot & Strawberry, Almond & Raspberry and Peanut & Raisin. They’re all totally scrummy but, if I were pushed to pick a favourite, I would have to say the Cashew & Cocoa. I’m a sucker for anything chocolatey 😉

9Bar Breakfast

Nairn’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Biscuit Breaks
I would never have guessed that these choc chips biscuits are gluten-free. They taste just like regular oaty biscuits, well nicer actually… M is the ‘biscuit connoisseur’ of the family and he said he would choose to buy these choc chip biscuits over regular ones! Nairn’s oats are carefully farmed to ensure there’s no cross-contamination with gluten grains, and all their products are made in a gluten free bakery. These yummy biscuits (‘cookies’ to our overseas friends) make a great accompaniment to hot drinks, or as a ‘snack on the go’ (they come in pouches of four, so handy for popping in your bag). I have a number of friends that are coeliac or gluten-intolerant, so I’m going to keep a stash of these biscuits in the pantry ready for coffee mornings. They don’t contain dairy either, so perfect for vegans and the dairy intolerant (that’s me!)

Nairns Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Biscuit Breaks 400

Landgarten Organic Dark Chocolate Soya Snack
The Vegan Kind April Subscription Box arrived the day before our trip to Lanzarote and when I spotted the chocolate-covered roasted soya beans, I knew they’d make the perfect snack for the journey. As soon as I found my seat on the plane, I ripped open the packet and started tucking in. The packet is a pretty substantial size, but I was so absorbed in my holiday read (Chris Hadfield’s An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth) that, before I knew it, I’d scoffed the lot! I’m a bit of a fan of the Landgarten goodies. I featured their chocolate-covered pumpkin seeds in my January ‘Stuff I’m Loving’ post. I think I love the soya nuts even more!

Landgarten Dark Chocolate Soya Snack

Pudology Puddings
I very rarely buy shop-bought desserts as they tend to contain dairy, however as soon as I heard about the new range of Pudology indulgent desserts that are both dairy and gluten-free, I couldn’t wait to try them! They come in a range of flavours and, so far, we’ve tried three – Chocolate (chocolate ganache with Madagascan vanilla), Chocolate Orange (chocolate & orange ganache with Brazilian orange oil) and Banoffee (layers of biscuit, toffee, banana & chocolate). Oh my word they are good! Lil’ L described them as a “luxurious treat” which sums them up perfectly. These desserts make a wonderful weekend treat. They’re also perfect for treating your dairy or gluten intolerant loved ones

Pudology Puds

Rebel Kitchen Choco Mylk
This is another goodie that Lil’ L and I were thrilled to find in the The Vegan Kind April Subscription Box. We love chocolate milk, but find that the shop-bought brands tend to contain dairy or are too sugary for us. The Rebel Kitchen Choco Mylk is 100% spot on! It has a beautiful, rich chocolatey flavour and is definitely sweet enough to suit children’s palates. However, unlike other chocolate milks, this one is full of goodness and contains no nasties. It’s made with just four ingredients – water, coconut milk (11%), date nectar and cacao (2%). And what cool packaging too! I can’t wait to try out the other Rebel Kitchen mylks (they even have an adult range!)

Rebel Kitchen Choco Mylk copy

Have you discovered any tasty dairy- & gluten-free snacks lately? If so, please do share details below. I’m always on the look out for new products to try! 😀

 

N.B. This review contains samples that I was sent to try but, as always, all opinions expressed are my own. In my reviews, I only feature products that are ‘hits’ with my family and that I think would appeal to my readers ♥

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Stuff I’m Loving Spring 2014

This feature is usually dedicated to new-to-me products but, this time round, I thought I’d throw in one of my old favourites too. We can’t neglect the oldies can we? Let’s kick off with the new…

1.   Meridian Natural Nut Butters
Ever since we first tried these nut butters, the family has been hooked on them. They contain no added sugar or oil yet, in our opinion, they taste far superior to those with added ingredients. Our pantry is stocked with four Meridian butters – peanut, almond, cashew and hazelnut. They all have different tastes and textures, and are delicious in their own way! I’ve been buying 1kg tubs of the peanut butter and need to start doing the same for the almond butter, as we get through it so quick! We spread it on toast and use it for stir fry sauces, dips and dressings. Lil’ L will even eat apple slices less begrudgingly if he can dip them in almond butter 😉

Meridian Nut Butters

2.   Perry Court Farm Apple Crisps
I first came into contact with Perry Court Farm  and their scrummy fruit crisps through The Vegan Kind Subscription Box. There are two apple varieties to choose from – ‘Sweet’ Cox Orange Pippin or ‘Tangy’ Bramley. They’re air dried to retain all the goodness and flavour of the fruit, and the only ingredient they contain is apples! They make a wonderful, healthy snack and a great treat for  lunchboxes.

Perry Court Farm Apple Crisps

3.   Sweet Freedom Choc Shot
I was over the moon to find Choc Shot in February’s The Vegan Kind Box as I’d been wanting to try it for ages! It contains all natural ingredients, is free from cane sugar, has a low glycaemic load (GL) and is suitable for vegans and diabetics. It’s great for drizzling on pancakes, waffles, ice cream and for making milkshakes and hot chocolate. Sadly I reached the end of my bottle today after making Lil’ L and his friend a hot chocolate. Not a single drop was wasted though as I thoroughly scraped out the bottle with a latte spoon. Some of it may have accidentally found its way straight into my mouth 😉 Will definitely be adding Choc Shot to future grocery shops.

Choc Shot

4.  Olives et al Egyptian Spiced Dukkah
Dukkah is one of my all-time favourite spice mixes, and I’m really enjoying the Olives et Al Egyptian Spiced Dukkah.  It’s warming and aromatic yet mild, so perfect for those that can’t handle too much heat (like me!)  Lately I’ve been adding it into flat breads and hummus, as well as making lots of batches of Dukkah spiced roasted chick peas. I haven’t actually tried eating it the traditional way yet, which is to dip bread in oil then into a plate of Dukkah. I’m very much looking forward to trying it though!

Olives et al Spiced Dukkah

5.   Marigold Engevita Nutritional Yeast Flakes with B12
And finally, here’s an old favourite. I didn’t realise how hooked I was on nutritional yeast (aka ‘nooch’) until we run out earlier this week and, shock horror, the local health food store was out of stock too! I felt totally lost without it! If you haven’t come across it before, nooch is a nutritionally-rich savoury condiment made of deactivated yeast. It has a cheesy, nutty flavour which makes it a great vegetarian/vegan substitute for parmesan. We love ‘cashew’ parmesan which we make by grinding ¼ cup cashews with 3 TBSP nutritional yeast. I also use nooch for making pestos, tofu ricotta, scrambled tofu and many more dishes. Rather than be caught out again, I’ve bulk ordered from Amazon and it’s already arrived. As of tonight, Italian is back on the menu! 😀

Engevita Nutritional Yeast Flakes 300

So those are five products I’m currently loving. How about you? Have you tried any new products lately that you’d recommend?

 

 

I’ve previously received some sample products but, as always, all views expressed are my own. This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon. If you click on it and purchase something, I will receive a small commission which will be used to further develop Bit of the Good Stuff.
Thank you in advance!

 

 

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New Stuff I’m Loving – January 2014

I love trying out new foodie products and, when it comes to anything remotely ‘treat-like’, the boys are more than happy to join in the testing 😉

These past couple of months, we’ve tried lots of ‘new-to-us’ snacks and treats largely thanks to The Vegan Kind (TVK) monthly subscription box. It’s always a delight to see the postman when he knocks on the door with the latest TVK box!

Here’s some of the new stuff we’ve been loving this month

1. Beond Organic Acai Berry Bar
This 100% organic raw fruit and nut bar came in our latest TVK box. It’s packed with flavour and has the most amazing berry smell that hits you as the wrapper’s torn open. It’s made by a small ethical company called Pulsin, based in Gloucestershire. They sell a whole range of snack and protein bars, including the beautifully named ‘Bliss Bar‘ which I definitely need to try 😉

Beond Acai Berry Bar

UPDATE 5/2/14: Pulsin have kindly sent me an online discount code for my readers which gives a whopping 25% discount off all their products. Enter HEALTHY2014 at the checkout. The code is valid until the end of February 2014 and is restricted to one use per customer. Pulsin bars are also available to purchase in independent health food shops, Wholefoods Market, Planet Organic, The NutriCentre, Revital, and Holland and Barrett.

2. Perry Court Farm Air Dried Pear Crisps
Lil’ L isn’t normally a fan of pears, but he absolutely loved these crisps (another treat from our TVK box!) I was amazed to find that they’re made from 100% pear! Despite having no oil or sugar, they’re super sweet and crunchy. The crisps are hand picked from Perry Court Farm in Kent. They would make a great lunchbox treat. They even count as one of your five a day!

Perry Court Farm Pear Crisps 2

3. Landgarten Organic Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Snack
The latest TVK box proved to be a huge hit with the family, as we loved these chocolate-coated pumpkin seeds too! Lil’ L has been really enthusiastic about them, and loves to add a few to his lunchbox as a treat. I love nutrient-rich treats and these are packed with magnesium, iron, zinc and phosphorus. Landgarten snacks are available from independent health food stores and online, from their own website and Amazon.

Landgarten Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seeds

4. Montezuma’s Christmas Spiced Mandarin Drinking Chocolate
This is one of the best drinking chocolates I’ve ever tasted! It’s made of shards of chocolate (as opposed to powder) and flavoured with vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and mandarin oil. For me, this chocolate has the perfect level of sweetness. It does contain sugar, but it’s not sickly at all. Lil’ L loves it too, and he’s been enjoying a cup every day on his return from school. Sipping one of these is a great way to wind down after a busy day! I’m not sure how long this flavour will be available as it’s seasonal. It’s currently in stock at Amazon, so I’m going to snap some up quick as we’ve nearly run out!

Montezumas Spiced Mandarin drinking chocolate5. Twinings Ginger Green Tea
M and I first tried this tea at my mum’s, and we’ve been hooked on it ever since! I’m not usually a fan of green tea, but this one is packed with warming, spicy ginger. I literally feel myself warming up from the inside out as I sip this drink! Twinings teas are widely available in supermarkets, but this flavour seems quite hard to come by (I’ll have to find out why!) It’s available at Sainsbury’s, and I occasionally find it in my local Waitrose in Bath. It’s also available online.

Twinings Green Tea with Ginger

Have you tried any new food or drinks lately?  I’d love to hear your recommendations!

 

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