Review: Nature’s Path Cereals and Cereal Bars

I recently received lots of gluten free goodies from the lovely people at Nature’s Path. I had tried their Pumpkin Seed, Almond, and Raisin Granola before and their Mesa Sunrise cereal and loved them so was very excited to try some of their other products. Included in the box was Granola, Maple Sunrise, O’s, and 2 types of granola bars. Here’s what I thought:

IMG_20170616_204025_649Nice and Nobbly Granola Bar – Dark Choc Chip

These bars have a soft and chewy texture and are made up of oat flakes, rice crispy-like puffs, and chocolate chips. The bars had a nice, sweet, but not too sweet, taste and a good amount of chocolate. I thought they were yummy and made a nice mid-morning snack with some fruit.

 

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The trail mix bars were more interesting in flavour and texture than the choc chip ones. They were packed full of oat, quinoa, and amaranth flakes, dried cranberries, almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds. They were mostly soft and chewy in texture but with a nice crunch from the nuts and seeds. I thought they were much tastier than the choc chip ones and had a lovely hint of cinnamon. Both bars were good but the trail mix ones were my favourite.

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Blueberry, Raspberry, and Strawberry Granola

The granola is made up of crunchy clusters of oats, dried berries, and little yoghurty chunks. I had it with yoghurt and fruit or with milk and thought it was delicious! It’s very sweet so I would have it as more of a treat breakfast rather than an everyday cereal but I will definitely buy it again as it is so yummy.

 

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This cereal really surprised me as I was expecting it to be quite sweet because of the name. However it had a very natural, earthy, maple flavour which gave it a more grown-up taste than expected and was a pleasant surprise. The cereal is very very crunchy and it’s like having 3 cereals in one as it is made up of balls, flakes, and rice crispy-style puffs. The different shapes and textures made it really interesting and enjoyable and I would definitely have this cereal again. It’s also dairy free and vegan.

O’s

I really enjoyed the O’s; they had a natural, wholegrain flavour and subtle sweetness. The cereal is tasty on it’s own, with milk, or with fruit and yoghurt. They’re pleasingly crunchy and go just the right amount of soggy in milk. The cereal is vegan and it’s also really low in sugar so I would eat this regularly as a healthy breakfast.

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I liked all of the Free From products that Nature’s Path kindly sent to me but my absolute favourites were the Granola and the Trail Mix granola bars. Both of the cereals I would buy and eat again and I recommend them for adults and children alike as they make a tasty, healthy, gluten free start to the day.

Thanks to Nature’s Path for sending me these samples. All opinions in this post are my own and honest.

Review: Perfect World Caramel Pecan Ice Cream

IMG_20170625_2004452_rewindLast year I tried Perfect World’s Belgian Chocolate Brownie ice cream and really did not enjoy it. Because of this experience I had no interest in trying the other flavours, until now. I saw that the Caramel Pecan flavour was on offer in Tesco and I decided enough time had passed for me to try Perfect World Ice Cream again. And I am so glad I did!

The ice cream has a rich, caramel flavour, filled with chopped nuts, and was sweet with no artificial taste from the sweeteners. The texture was soft and creamy although a little grainy. But for a gluten free, dairy free, sugar free ice cream that’s absolutely delicious, I can put up with a slightly grainy texture!

I can highly recommend the Caramel Pecan flavour and I urge you all to get to Tesco and stock up will it’s still on offer.

 

Review: Tesco’s new desserts

Tesco have recently launched some exciting new Free From products including Strawberry Gateau and Blackcurrant Cheesecake. I was very excited to try them and thought I would share with you what I thought of them.

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These cheesecakes are vegan and free from gluten, wheat, milk, and egg. The price is reasonable for 2 decent sized cheesecakes. The blackcurrant topping is quite loose and will travel if not stored flat. I thought the blackcurrant was overly sweet as I was expecting a slight tartness to contrast against the sweet cheesecake. The cheesecake and biscuit layers similarly just tasted very sweet and as a result there is not a much difference between the flavours of the layers.  The biscuit layer was disappointingly soft; the texture was practically identical to the cheesecake layer. Although pleasant tasting, unless you’re not a fan of very sweet things, the flavours and textures are not quite right so you certainly wouldn’t be fooled that it is a real cheesecake. It’s no surprise the flavour is so sweet when you realise there are 19.5g of sugar per cheesecake! I didn’t mind the cheesecake but probably wouldn’t buy again and if you’re a cheesecake snob then I advise you to stay away.

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Strawberry Gateau

The new strawberry gateau can be found in the freezer section and is gluten and wheat free. It’s fairly pricey considering it’s only small. The box says it serves 5 but we only managed to squeeze 4 slices out of it. The gateau is comprised of layers of light and fluffy vanilla sponge and cream, topped with strawberries and a strawberry coulis. We really enjoyed it, if you like strawberries and cream you’ll love this.

 

 

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Toffee and Vanilla Ice Cream Cones

I’m a big fan of the Strawberry and Vanilla Ice Cream Cones so I have wanted to try these for ages and I finally found them in a Tesco Extra store. The cones are even crunchier than I remember the strawberry cones being and the ice cream has the same smooth and creamy texture. Weirdly, only two in the box had the advertised ‘toffee pieces’. However, these toffee pieces tasted exactly the same and had the same texture of the caramel sauce running through the ice cream so I wasn’t missing out on much. Despite the slightly disappointing toffee pieces, I really enjoyed these ice creams and will certainly be buying again over the summer.

 

Veganuary: What I eat in a day

Vegan January is coming to a close and I’ve really enjoyed the experience. We went from a vegetarian diet to vegan so it wasn’t a huge adjustment in terms of meals. We just stopped using eggs, cheese, and Quorn products and increased our use of beans, pulses and tofu. The slightly more challenging aspect of Veganuary was finding gluten free bread, snacks and treats that didn’t have egg in. The only bread I managed to find that was suitable were BFree pitta breads; fortunately I don’t eat a lot of bread so I’ve been fine going without it for a month but I am looking forward to being able to have toast again at the weekend! Eating out can also be a challenge but we managed to find vegan and gluten free options at Las Iguanas, Zizzi, and KindaKafe in Norwich.

So here’s what I’ve been eating in a typical day during Veganuary.

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Review: Sweet Freedom Choc Shot

I heard about Choc Shot early last year when I was looking for sugar free treat ideas but I was put off by the price. Fortunately, we received free bottles of Choc Shot in our goody bags at the Allergy and Free From Show in London so I was finally able to try it.
Choc Shot is basically a vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free chocolate syrup which can be drizzled over things, like normal chocolate sauce, or used to make sugar free hot chocolate. Straight out of the bottle it is a thick sauce, however it loosens up and becomes very thin when warm. We had the spiced orange flavour which has a rich, dark chocolate taste with a slightly artificial hint of orange.

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Review: Gluten Free Mince Pies

Christmas is just around the corner and the supermarkets have really stepped up their Free From Christmas treats this year. With lots of gluten free mince pies to choose from, I have taken it upon myself to try them all. A purely selfless act (of course) to help you decide which mince pies to buy this Christmas. I normally make my own mince pies on Christmas Eve but shop-bought pies are really convenient if your in the festive mood early. First up in the taste test was Asda…..

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Review: Naturbit UK Pasta and Tortilla Mix

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I discovered Naturbit UK’s gluten free products at the Allergy and Free From Show London in July. All their products are free from wheat, dairy, egg, soy, corn, potato and rice, are rich in fibres and protein, and low in carbohydrates. You can buy their pastas, flours, and cookies from their website and they also have a recipe section where Marta posts videos of her recipes. I bought 2 bags of their chickpea pasta and a bag of tortilla flour at the Free From Show.

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Chickpea Linguini with Quorn Chicken, mushrooms and pesto

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Review: Secret Sausages

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Finally! Delicious vegetarian sausages that Mike and I can both enjoy. It’s been a real struggle to find vegetarian substitutes that are not pumped full of wheat so we were overjoyed to stumble across the Secret Sausages stall at the Allergy and Free From Show 2016. Secret Sausages come in lots of different flavours, all are gluten free, vegetarian and some are vegan. We chose 4 flavours to take home and try and here’s what we thought.

The sausages are easy to cook from frozen in the oven, grill, or on the hob. They have a slightly chewy casing but it holds the sausage together really well unlike some other vegetarian sausages we’ve tried. The ‘meat’ inside has a lovely texture; it’s soft and meaty unlike Linda McCartney or Quorn sausages which can be dry and chewy.

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Chilli & Coriander sausages with polenta mash

The Chilli & Coriander sausages were our favourite. They’re vegan and they have a really good flavour with a nice kick of chilli.

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Lincolnshire sausages with buckwheat

The Lincolnshire sausages are also vegan. They’re herby with small chunks of carrot, peas, and onion.

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Toad in the Hole using Garlic & Rosemary sausages

The Garlic & Rosemary sausages where subtly herby; I would have preferred a stronger taste of garlic and rosemary but the sausages would suit most people’s tastes. They were perfect for a traditional, gluten free Toad in the Hole.

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Cheese & Spring Onion sausages with buckwheat

The Cheese & Spring Onion were our second favourite. They had a mild cheddar taste that went well with the fragrant spring onion.

So if you haven’t tried Secret Sausages yet then check out their website to find a stockist near you or order them online.