Easter, that respected and meaningful time for stuffing yourself full of choccy. However, if you – or the person you are buying for – are intolerant to dairy or figure you are too cool (old) for an easter egg, you might like these dairy-free chocolate treats instead.
Dartmoor Chilli Farm – Chilli Dark Chocolate
Dartmoor Chilli Farm is family owned farm using green energy and no pesticides or herbicides. They have an inventive selection of chilli chocolate bars with piquancy thermometers on the label so you can see exactly what you are letting yourself in for. From the mildest chilli lime or orange dark chocolate bars, to the hottest Carolina Reaper chilli chocolate As you can probably tell from the mostly empty packet, this basic Dark Chilli Chocolate is my favourite.
Bouja Bouja – Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles
Dairy free, gluten free and organic, these truffles are little squares of heaven. To be honest, I wasn’t sure about the dusting of bitter powdered choccy on the outside at first but one bight revealed a sweet, nutty ganache centre. I also adore the sophisticated packaging which makes them a lovely gift for someone.
nakd – Posh Bits – Cocoa Sea Salt
These sweet, squishy treats are the type of things you would bring round to a loved ones or a friends to share. They are a good introduction for anyone who’s still not sold on the salted-chocolate thing or doesn’t have much of a crazy sweet-tooth as the flavours are well balanced.
❤ Chrissie ❤
I call myself a vegetarian but I’m also dairy free for around 85% of the time as well. I have an intolerance to dairy anyway so if there is a dairy free option (meaning there is an actual substitution) then I’ll be happy to give that a go.
I went for a pepperoni pizza, Zad Burger (double patty, cheese, avocado, pineapple), curly fries and a gluten free cashew brownie.
After waiting for over an hour and a half my order arrived so by then I was feeling very hungry. The Zad’s burger patties were more like pâté because the texture was so soft, I found it hard to distinguish between the cheese, the avo and the burger! I get that the more you cook meat substitutes – the more they shrink, but I would rather have had two small pattie’s with some bite to them, than two large smushy things. Still, the combo of flavours was wonderful.
Curly fries, crispy and awesome as always.
Vegan pizza is a tricky thing to pull off. I’ve eaten a very half-arsed one without any vegan cheese that just had a few tomatoes and olives and a gigantic pile of dry leaves on top. I’ve had an amazing one with lots of little bits of vegan mozzarella (better than the dairy kind). Zad’s pizza was totally covered in vegan melty cheese (Vio life I’m told, which I usually like) which was a little too sweet for an entire pizza and overwhelmed the taste of the other ingredients. I did like the tomato sauce (also very sweet though) and the pepperoni was very tasty. After seasoning generously with salt and pepper I was more satisfied with the whole thing.
I was so pleased that Zad’s had a gluten free option with the cashew brownie but the dark chocolate flavour was just too strong for me – although the Bloke appreciated it. We were both looking forward to little chunks of cashew but they’d been chopped incredibly fine and had a very dry texture, rather than being a creamy addition.
I’m going to try the Pig Save pizza for a more smokey, savoury flavour and either a hot dog or fillet burger. I think I’ll go for a cupcake if they have one.
Zad’s 354 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 8AZ, Tel: 860 0060
❤ Chrissie ❤
I have tried so many products lately that claim to have a ‘sea salt’ or ‘salted caramel’ flavour which had a disappointing lack of saltines. Fabulous Free From Factory, Dairy Free Sea-salted Chocovered Fudge Bites are the deliciously sweet and salty exception. I would never know that the chocolate is also dairy free without reading the label, it’s so good. I also appreciate the inclusion of the Vegetarian Society mark on the packet which always makes buying sweet nibbles easier for us veggies. I planned on getting a better photo…but then I’d eaten them all!
❤ Chrissie ❤
This is the White Chocolate & Macadamia flavour combination which works really well (they also have several other flavours). This has the most unique texture I’ve ever experienced in a cookie. You know when a cookie is hot out of the oven and it’s really gooey and soft? Well this is very similar even though it’s in a packet. Since eating this one I’ve actually been craving another repeatedly, for that texture! I do have to add, this has a really distinct scent of fruit and almonds, which doesn’t remotely relate to the actual flavour. Manage to get past that and your sorted!
- 16g of protein per cookie
- Dairy free
- Egg free
- Non GMO
- Sustainable palm oil
❤ Chrissie ❤
Sharwoods Thai Crackers
No crustaceans were harmed in the making of these but they do taste traditionally Thai. Incredibly light but crunchy they are perfect as a starter with an evening meal or with your butties for lunch.
Mazadar Chickpea Dahl
Me and the Bloke love a traditional curry and considering this comes out of a tin it’s great quality. The chickpeas haven’t turned to mush and are still slightly al dente and the spices are perfect. We tend to share a tin with rice as it’s surprisingly filling.
Free From Chocolate Chip Brownies (Coop)
The best free-from brownies I’ve tried. Not at all dry, generous amount of chips, nicely sweet and softer in the middle but not sickly.
nakd Peanut Delight
Finally a nakd bar with some texture! I wish these had even more peanuts tbh but these bars are very tasty and full of protein.
nakd Cashew Cookie
Not as impressed with these. If I was blind tasting them I wouldn’t notice it was cashew. A meh kind of idea poorly executed.
nakd Ginger Bread
This depends on how you like your ginger bread I guess. If it’s soft, sticky and averagely gingery then you will like these.
Kikkoman Tamari (Soy Sauce)
I don’t why it’s difficult to find tamari in the UK, especially with so many people going gluten free these days so I was delighted to see it in Morrisons.
Does fruit count? Ha! No seriously though, when I fancy something sweet or refreshing it’s so handy to have a selection of fruit, especially if it’s in the middle of the house so I can just pick some up as I’m walking past.
Have you tried any new dairy or gluten free things lately?
❤ Chrissie ❤
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. ^_^
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 ❤