Rawnola.

animal free eating Today was the first time Ive ever made rawnola, I have seen it everywhere but didn’t know how to make it. After a few minuets of web surfing I came across Loni Jane’s recipe,  when i went to make it I didn’t have all the ingredients so i adapted it to what I had.

Add everything into a food processor, blend until a soft dough forms and everything is mixed. Dont pulse it for to long or else it wont be soft and chewy.

 

Perfect with nice-cream, on top of smoothie bowls, or just by itself.

Harvest Box.

‘Guilt-free Snacking’

While I was on holidays I did work experience with a family friend, that helped me set up this blog. We were going over everything and tweaking it so that it was fully functional, and she told me to try and get some products so that I could review them. That’s how I came across the Harvest Box, I didn’t know much about them but I read the story of how it came together and I loved it, so here it is:

In 2010, three Aussie best mates decided they were a bit over chips and chocolate and realised that, if they wanted healthier snack options, other folks probably did too. So they set up the harvest box and started devising healthy mixes of dried fruit, seeds, crackers and treats to send all over Australia in natty cardboard boxes. Snackers around the country were overjoyed to have nutritious nibbles delivered to their homes and desks every week – yay! They have experimented with more than 100 healthy combinations and now we’re bringing the very best of them to you through the post and in-store, with our range of snack packs, health bombs, chia bars, and Flavours of the world!

I got a notification from my local post office saying that I had a parcel to pick up, I had no idea what it was. I picked it up after I got home from school, when I was opening the box I had a bit of trouble trying to get into it, when it was open I realised it was from Harvest Box. I received six products from them (Berry Bazooka Health Bombs, Roasted Pistachios, A mix of nuts, Gogo Goji Health Bombs, Go Bananas Trail Mix and Banana Smoothie Health Bombs), these products are 40-45g sizes which are perfect for snacking or lunchboxes.

All the products are made in Australia from local and imported ingredient, gluten free and packed in a recyclable brown paper package designed to keep your products fresh.

I took these to school and I loved them.  I thought about writing an overall review on the products, but I thought that I couldn’t really judge the products like that because they were all different.

Berry Bazooka Health Bombs: To be honest, these weren’t my favourite. They smelt amazing in the packet but they had a rather interesting taste. They were also different to what I expected them to be, I thought that they might be like protein balls but they are like little bite size ‘bombs’. As I was biting into them, they were crunchy (puffed rice and quinoa) which I didn’t expect.  I did like the coconut around the outside of the bomb, I thought that was really nice.

Roasted Pistachios: I took these to school in my lunchbox; they were the perfect size; the packet wasn’t too big or too small that I couldn’t eat it in time. They were fresh, crunchy and lightly salted which I love, but when I first saw that I thought ‘oh maybe I will only eat a few, I don’t want to eat too much salt’ but the amount of salt was perfect. The only problem I had was having to de-shell every nut, it was abit annoying and time-consuming, but I’m just lazy…

We love Nuts Mix: I loved these, they were just what I was after. I had these when I got home from school, they are the perfect snack. All the nuts are lightly salted, which I prefer with some nuts (Peanuts, Cashews ect.) This mix contained cashews, Brazil nuts, almonds and peanuts, I was actually surprised that I liked this as I don’t like Brazil nuts.

animal free eating

Go Bananas Trail Mix: This was the first product that I tried. I loved it although there were too many goji berries for my liking, all the other ingredients went well together. I was surprised at how fresh everything was, the seeds were still crunchy not soggy as if they were in the packet for a long time.  I was actually really excited to try this product, and I was not let down; it tastes as good as it looks on the packet.

If you are interested in buying and of these products head to your local Coles, Kmart or Online. I was surprised at how well priced these products were, for a box with similar products that I got its $7.95 a week, but if you get them regularly they price reduces.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try your products, I hope you liked my review.

Vegan Made Delights.

Vegan Made Delights is a small company based in Helensvale, QLD, who specialise in vegan chocolate and macaroons. All their products are made with locally sourced and imported ingredients, natural, diary free, gluten free, GM free, palm oil free and made with love.

I recently contacted the company to see if they could send me some products to review and trial.  I got a lovely reply from them basically saying that they love my blog and would be happy to send me some products. I got another email from them within the next few days saying that they had send some products in the post and it would be here within a few days.

The parcel arrived today in the mail (it took about 3 days to get here), which contained a letter from the company, their business card and a block of their chocolate cookies and cream chocolate. Everything was packaged with an Eco-friendly paper.

To be honest I wasn’t sure if I would like this chocolate because I’ve tried a lot of other vegan chocolates and they weren’t that great, but this is by far the best one I’ve had. It wasn’t oily or too sweet like most of the other ones I’ve tried. Usually after eating a square or two of vegan chocolate they make me feel sick, but this one didn’t.  The flavour of this chocolate was actually perfect for me, it was bitter but not overpowering, melted in my mouth and its somewhat better for you (I like to think that, so I can have more)

__5862986The chocolate its self is a little more expensive than a normal block from the supermarket, but I believe it is defiantly worth paying extra if you know the product will be good quality.  For a block of chocolate prices start at around $11-$13, with some of your favourite flavours: White Chocolate Cacao Nibs, White Chocolate Rice Puffs, White Chocolate Coconut, Turkish Delight, Peanut Brittle and Chocolate Cookies and Cream.

If you are interested in buying some of this chocolate head over to their website, or your local Go Via. Products are also available at some Vegan Pantry stores and The Cruelty Free Shop.