Meridian Cocoa and Hazelnut Butter

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Meridian Cocoa & Hazelnut Butter (170g) is the best dairy free chocolate spread I’ve ever tried and the fact it has hazelnuts makes it taste even more like Nutella, which, if we are being honest, is what most of us are aiming for. I’ve tried other chocolate spreads that were very dark and bitter or the taste of fruit sweetener was very obvious and rather odd.

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As you can see the texture is quite thick (once you give it a good stir when you first pop open the lid). I slap a thick layer between two pieces of sliced bread and that’s it. You don’t really need anything else with it, although sliced banana is a nice addition.

This does not contain any…

  • Palm oil
  • GMO ingredients
  • Artificial colouring
  • Artificial flavouring
  • Artificial preservative
  • Refined sugar
  • Trans fats
  • Rapeseed oil (which does not encourage biodiversity)

I don’t want an expensive Free From easter egg this year, instead I’ll be having this for breakfast or lunch and maybe supper.

Chrissie

Sweet Freedom, Choc Pot Chocolate Spread review

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Don’t compare this chocolate spread to Nutella, this tastes a lot different, in a good way. It really reminds me of the lovely chocolate on the top of traditional chocolate eclairs.

It’s completely dairy free and spreads really easily, even when it’s been in a very cold fridge. It’s perfect for spreading on white bread, adding to sweet pastries or eating with a spoon – 14 cals per teaspoon to be precise. ^_^

 

Foodie Review – Veggie, Gluten free and Dairy free Items



grano Vita, Nut Luncheon 

This is probably as weird as you are thinking it is. It has a mushy texture and tastes like un-roasted cashews. I tried to cook it under a halogen hob but it sort of dried up and died. I tried to fry it in a pre-heated pan but it absorbed all of the oil and fell apart. I tried eating it cold on a butty but the texture reminded me too much of posh cat food for me to make it past the second bite. Major fail.

natures energy meridian Korma Cooking Sauce

This is a very tasty sauce, with a flavour reminiscent of korma and a medium-thick consistency but it does not taste creamy enough to pass for a dairy korma. I added ground almonds to create a sauce which tasted a cross between a korma and a pasander, which worked really well.

Natures energy meridian tikka masala Cooking Sauce 

I have to confess I’ve never had tikka masala before (I’ve always thought it would be better with chicken, rather than tofu or veg) but I can tell you that this one is a creamy tomato based sauce with coconut cream. It remindes me of Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup if it were a little spicy and not quite as sweet. I just had the second half of the jar with rice and pea as I didn’t have anything else in the cupboards and it was such a nice light tea for summer.

Natures energy meridian green pesto (What is it these days with no capital letters in names?)

I’m the Goldilocks of pesto, I either find it too oily or too dry, too salty or not salty enough. I have found the perfect one (by Sacla) but this one is also acceptable. It’s packed with nuts (and therefore protein) and really fills a hole if you are hungry. I found I had to add a little oil and salt to it for it to be just right.

grano Vita Pepperoni 

Obviously this does not have the fat of a pepperoni and as a result it is much more dense and heavy.  This does taste exactly like a sausage though, which is sort of creepy and cool. I would definitely buy this again for when I need something more than just a snack.

Ten Acre, How Chicken Soup Saved The Day

Taste exactly like roast chicken crisps! I didn’t realise how much I’d missed them until I tried these. Teamed with a can of cola, these are the perfect quick and simple hangover cure.

Which one’s would you like to try?

Chrissie

 

Sacla Italia Free-from Sauces

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I thought I’d share these with you as I’ve never made a sauce from scratch in my life but I can knock up a pretty decent dish, with these gluten and dairy free sauces. I usually add pine nuts to the pesto when using on pasta or I just add a little pesto on my pizza or on ‘cheese’ and crackers. The risotto I have just the way it is, as it’s amazing. To the tomato sauce, I add some black olives and halved cherry tomatoes and have it with pasta or gnocchi.

Chrissie

Dairy Free, Veggie Goodies!

As I’m vegetarian with a food intolerance to dairy and I use cruelty free household products I thought it a good idea to sign up for The Vegan Kind lifestyle box. Here is the dairy free yumminess it contained.

 

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Terra Vegane, Easy Cheezy

This is amazing! The texture and the taste is so similar to cheese sauce and it was really simple to use. I added rice milk rather than soy milk, as suggested on the packet as I think it tastes more like milk.

Hoots

I’m gutted to tell you that I’ve lost these. I have no clue where they could be! I love crunchy, savoury foods so I looked forward to trying them all week but they are no where to be seen. Humph.

Clearspring, Organic Sea Veg Crispies

You don’t get very many paper thin sheets of this seaweed here but it is tasty and crispy. I wish they were a little thicker and there were more of it. A good source of iodine but a bit pointless as a satisfying snack.

Melting Pot, Handmade Madagascan Vanilla Fudge

As a kid on holiday my parents would always buy fudge so I’ve fudged my self around the UK coast essentially…Yeah that does sound wrong, ha! Anyway, this is the creamiest, most delicious fudge I’ve ever tried, which is quite a feat considering it’s dairy free!

Sarelle

Yes, this sounds more like a birth control pill than a chocolate bar but it’s absolutely delicious. Think of this as the dark chocolate version of a Bueno or a Forrero Rocher.

Oatly, Oat Drink in Chocolate

It got to a point were I stopped buying chocolate milk shakes because the chocolate flavour had such a bitter taste but this is lovely and sweet. It’s another wonderful example of “I can’t believe it’s not dairy” which all brands can achieve if they bother to try.

Garbanzo (chick peas), Cajun Kick

I completely understand why gram flour is made with chickpeas now. These are so dry and floury that when you start chewing them they absorb all of the moisture in your mouth. Not at all pleasant. I also think Graze have a better idea by mixing crunchy ingredients together like peas, corn and nuts and complimentary flavours (such as chilli and lime) to create snacks which are more interesting in flavour and texture.

Chrissie

 

 

 

Slabs Crisps & Bruschetta (dairy and/or gluten free) review

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I’ve found the crisp equivalent of a Yorkie chocolate bar – giant, chunky Slabs crisps. Each crisp is huge and absolutely full of flavour, literally awesome.

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I don’t think I’ve ever tasted crisps with more flavour than these Sweet Red Chilli one’s, wow!

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Full house, dairy and wheat free! Shame it’s only the sea salt flavour though.

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Here is something to always watch out for, just because the flavouring of something sounds dairy free, such as ‘Salt & Malt Vinegar’ it’s really important to read the ingredients. As you can see these contain lactose, a sugar derived from milk.

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Bread suitable for vegans? Fantastic! When I saw that these were individually cooked round breads I thought the crusts were going to be really hard but they were so light and really easy to eat, with or without a topping of mayo etc. I had to leave these alone after eating 3, 4, ok 6, because of my gluten intolerance but I highly recommend these to any veggie or vegan.

Chrissie