Product Review: Rawsome Vegan Baking

51Zv9AHiXCLI’m very excited to be writing about Rawsome Vegan Baking, the recently released cookbook written by Emily, the blogger behind my favorite vegan website This Rawsome Vegan Life.  When I emailed Emily asking if I could review her book, I kind of felt like I was reaching out to a celebrity, so when she replied with an enthusiastic ‘yes’, I couldn’t have been happier!

I also couldn’t be happier with Emily’s book – the recipes are truly one of a kind and absolutely delicious! I have made two so far, and unfortunately the book is not with  me right now, so I can’t remember their names. Also, both times I made a recipe, they were eaten up before I remembered to take a picture of them. But, I will do my best to describe them!

The first was a cake made entirely of fresh fruit and raw cream. Layers of blueberries, strawberries, mango and kiwi were all held together by a delicious mixture of bananas and coconut. My boyfriend and I made the cake for his sister’s high school graduation, and his family constantly raved about it. It was such a beautiful cake, as once you cut away a piece, a rainbow of colorful fruits were exposed. It was a fast and easy recipe to make, and a lot of fun to. We didn’t have a springform pan, so I precariously stacked the layers with no support.  It wasn’t as beautiful as the picture in Emily’s book, but it tasted as amazing as it looked!

I also made a coconut bark, which was so good I made it a second time (also forgetting a picture, oops..). BUT, I can promise you that it was just as quick an easy to make as Emily describes in the book, needing only coconut oil, shredded coconut, and liquid sweetener. My sister really enjoyed it, as did my boyfriend’s mom. It was a nice snack to have when craving something sweet, but also pretty healthy! The second time I made it, the shredded coconut had gotten too warm from being processed for so long, so the coconut oil melted and separated out. I decided to pour it on top of the mix, and when it cooled it created a crunchy top to the rich, chewy bottom. So good!

There are many new desserts you can’t get on her blog, and any number of desserts for a variety of occasions. The book itself is very affordable, especially if you get it on Amazon. Also, the recipes themselves range in the number of ingredients they need, so many, like the coconut bark with only 3 ingredients, can be made quite cheaply. If you have even a mildly stocked vegan pantry, there are a number of recipes you’ll have the ingredients already to make. If you are impressed with Emily’s work on her website, then I know you will love her book!  Thank you Emily, and congrats on publishing such a great recipe collection 🙂

Product Review: Windy City Organics

Today I’m back with another product review, this time of Windy City Organics, the company responsible for great organic brands like Rawmio and Sunbiotics. They sent me products from both of these lines, and I’m excited to share them with you! Sunbiotics Probiotic Powder and Chocolate Bar 

probiotic-powder-sbWith an ingredients list you will recognize every part of, Sunbiotics probiotic powder get you the good bacteria your stomach needs, but often does not get. Superfood ingredients like yacon and mesquite make this supplement even more powerful, and the vanilla flavor makes taking it all the more enjoyable.  I mixed the recommended dosage in my water bottle at night, shook well, and drank before bed.  There are other ways to take this, like adding it to a smoothie, which I would recommend over drinking it straight. While for me it was fine, I can see where others might think it is a bit chalky. However, when adding it to my smoothie, the taste was completely disguised! I read about somebody who put it in their pancakes in the morning. No matter how you take it, you’ll be getting the benefits of 18 billion CFUs of 4 bacteria strains, researched to balance the bacterial flora of your digestive system. You can buy this Sunbiotics powder on Vitacost for $28, which is pretty comparable in price to most other natural, organic probiotics. You also get 45 servings, so it will last you half a month longer than most month long brands. They also sell their probiotics in tablet version.Enter custom name herea_052014_1680 I also tried Sunbiotics Probiotic Chocolate bar, which is definitely a new way of getting any kind of supplement that I’ve never tried before.  It was as delicious as it sounds, and definitely an option for people who’d rather avoid pills and powders to get in their supplements. The chocolate bar is 100% raw and vegan, meaning you don’t have to feel guilty about taking chocolate as medicine! Sounds like a great deal to me. I thought that considering the taste of it as a chocolate bar, probiotic status aside, it tasted similar to the Rawmio chocolate I also tried.  So with Sunbiotics chocolate, you get the great taste of Rawmio, with added probiotic bebenfits.

 

Rawmio Sour Cherry and Almond Bark

chocolate7Rawmio is my first experience with raw chocolate, and now that I’ve tried it, other chocolates just aren’t the same.  The sour cherry mixed with the bitterness of the dark chocolate was a perfect combination, and the almonds added another dimension of crunchiness. It was so beautiful looking that I didn’t want to eat it! But of course that feeling didn’t last for very long.  You can find rawmio barks on Vitacost for $6.29, and they’re definitely worth indulging in every now and then. With ingredients you can feel good about putting in your body, and taste to match, it’s definitely a splurge well spent.  I kept mine in the fridge so that it was extra crunchy, and satisfied a chocolate and crunch craving all in one!