Companies just keep innovating when it comes to vegan products. Whether you're a committed vegan or thinking about making the transition, Delicious Living's Senior Food Editor Jenna Blumenfeld has the scoop on 8 of the latest and greatest vegan food products hitting store shelves.
The nosh: A beautifully packaged snack bar designed to be enjoyed before bedtime to “tickle the neurotransmitters associated with relaxation, dreams and memory,” according to this Telluride, Colorado-based brand. Eat Dream Be recommends eating the 160-calorie bar an hour before bed.
What’s cool: Don’t believe food can influence your dreams? No problem. This bar, made with almond meal, organic unsweetened apple juice, gluten-free rolled oats, organic honey (OK, not technically vegan), dehydrated apples, soy lecithin, organic coconut oil, chamomile powder and more, is wholesome and delicious.
I love the holistic marketing angle, which highlights the connection between functional foods and waking and dreaming life. A neat and unique addition to any ho-hum nutrition bar section.
The nosh: Customers can streamline their cookie-baking routine with these Non-GMO Project Verified mixes, made with a vegan blend of unbleached wheat flour, organic cane sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, sea salt, baking powder and Beyond Egg’s algae-based egg replacer (that also contains whole sorghum flour, oat fiber, oat bran and xanthan gum).
For the peanut butter variety, just add peanut butter and water and bake to a soft-in-the-middle, crispy-on-the-edge cookie.
What’s cool: Vegan cookies that are a cinch to make? We’ll take it. Plus, each peanut butter cookie delivers a reasonable 50 calories.
The nosh: What do you get when you combine organic almond milk with Orgain’s blend of brown rice protein and pea protein? A vegan- and dairy-free beverage packed with 10 grams protein per cup (all for just 60 calories).
What’s cool: I’m not a huge fan of protein powders—even the really clean blends. So I love products that make getting protein even easier. Plus, Orgain sources almonds from growers dedicated to following sustainable, bee-friendly practices.
The nosh: I’m a diehard fan of organicgirl’s pre-washed greens already, so when I received samples of the brand’s newest blends, I went a little salad crazy.
The Sweet Pea blend contains tender, curly sweet pea shoots with baby greens—it’s reminiscent of a CSA box in April; Pepper Greens delivers a spicy hit of bitterness with arugula, mustard greens and spinach.
What’s cool: Triple washed and ready to eat, organicgirl makes eating salad a cinch. Also check out the brand’s new organic salad dressings, which range in flavor from White Cheddar to Kale Parmesan. Also cool: The brand uses 100 percent recycled plastic clamshells made from PET bottles. Kudos to reusing plastic.
The nosh: From a new brand comes one beautiful, single-ingredient product: USDA Organic granulated coconut flower nectar (a.k.a coconut sugar). Finely ground to better suit delicate baked goods, this nutty, robust, low-glycemic sugar alternative will be a boon to those with a sweet tooth.
What’s cool: Founder Carmel Hagen is passionate about sustainable and Fair Trade sourcing, getting folks off of refined sugar and coaxing as much flavor out of coconut sugar as possible. Bonus: The super-chic packaging will stand out on store shelves, too.
The nosh: New from trusted vegan brand Follow Your Heart comes an egg-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free and dairy-free egg replacement that can be whipped into scrambles, omelets or incorporated into baked goods.
What’s cool: Because it's made with kind of a clean blend of whole algal flour and protein, cellulose, gellan gum and carrageenan, I expect egg-deprived vegans will go crazy for this replacement. What cute packaging, too!
The nosh: Is it still granola if it contains no grains? The folks at Wildway believe so. Kick your grain habit with this filling breakfast staple, made with dates, walnuts, sunflower seeds, unsweetened apples, almonds, cinnamon and sea salt.
What’s cool: Ideal for those who follow a paleo or low-glycemic diet, this chewy, soft concoction is perfect when paired with coconut milk-yogurt, or for eating straight from the bag after burpees.
The nosh: Gluten-free cookies made with dried cane syrup, chocolate chips, a flour blend of teff, millet and quinoa, cocoa powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds and more. Each five-cookie serving delivers 130 calories (they’re mini!).
What’s cool: We love how Zemas incorporates ancient grains into pantry staples. The product also features a suite of certification labels including Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Vegan, Top 8 Allergen Free, Pareve 767 and Non-GMO Project Verified. Hitting shelves in March.
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