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Raw Review: Lulu’s Chocolate Bars

Lulu’s Chocolate:

Initial thoughts: Sexy packaging. So far I’ve eaten all except for the Raw Love and the Maca Green bars. I tried the Aztec Crunch bar first because crunch bars are one of my favorite candy bars, and I enjoy cacao nibs. I have to say I didn’t care for it. The chocolate had a slightly weird aftertaste and the clusters of cacao nibs tasted off too.

Next, I had the Coco Cin bar. This was my favorite out of the bunch, and it was awesome. The cinnamon was strong and the coconut was subtle. They complimented each other really well.

The Chocolate Maca Chunk and Maca Love were next, and I didn’t like them.  I’m guessing it’s the maca. They both had a green aftertaste that did not fit well with the chocolate.

I’ve been holding out on the last two because I’m a little afraid I won’t like them. I don’t want to have negative expectations, but if the first two maca bars were anything like the Maca Green bar that I have left I don’t think I’m going to like it at all. Hopefully, if the Raw Love is just plain chocolate (which it appears to be) I’ll like that one.

I got 6 raw chocolate bars for $13. I feel like it was a good deal, or would’ve been if I actually liked them. I love raw chocolate, and I make it all the time, but these flavors just didn’t jive together.

Aztec Crunch:

Coconut Cin:

Raw Review: Kaia Foods

I recently saw Daily Gourmet had a special of raw foods from Kaia Foods. I had signed up for Daily Gourmet emails but I had never used it before, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out. Now, first of all I looked at the deal and I wasn’t really interested in the package they were offering, mostly because it included 8 fruit leathers and I never cared for fruit leather. I did like their website though and I was considering just ordering stuff that I was actually interested in.

In the end, the free shipping and discounted prices made me go with the Daily Gourmet deal. I’m spoiled with Amazon’s Prime shipping and I was nervous about how long this was going to take to ship. About 3 weeks after I placed the order I got an email apologizing for the delay and I received a $5 credit. It took another couple of days before I got the package.

The Goods:

 

Fruit leathers– I think I should’ve gone with my gut instinct on this one because I don’t love them. So far I’ve tried the vanilla pear and the lime ginger. The flavor is good in both of them, but I’m not a fan of the texture. The 3rd one I ate was burnt, and I haven’t eaten any more since.

 

Kale chips– I was expecting dehydrated kale doused in seasoning. I was completely wrong, but I’m not disappointed. They were more like round crackers, embedded with sunflower seeds. So far, I’ve tried the bbq, chili lime, and salt & vinegar. They all kind of taste the same with a different aftertaste. I don’t really taste the lime in the chili lime, they taste like the others with just a little bit of heat. I was a little disappointed in the amount of chips in the packages. The bbq only had 4 round “chips”, the other ones had about 6 (including broken pieces). They also include a packet of silica gel to preserve freshness. The gel packet in the bbq bag had gotten stuck on the back of the first chip I picked up, and even though I saw it, I could see accidentally biting into it. 

Granola– In the package was the cocoa bliss granola. The flavor is very reminiscent of chocolate graham crackers, but some pieces have a funny aftertaste. I think it might be the pieces with more buckwheat. If broken into smaller pieces I think this would make a good cereal with almond milk.

Overall:

For the discounted price (and the fact that I got a $5 credit) I feel like I got an okay deal. I was excited to try everything, but after I did, I wasn’t really excited to finish it. The prices on the website are reasonable and by no means were the products bad. Just not outstanding. The fact that it took almost a month to get my package definitely doesn’t sit well with me, but they did apologize and tried to compensate. I’m guessing it was a shipping delay from Kaia Foods, most likely because I went through Daily Gourmet.

Overall, I hope the company does well and is able to grow and offer more products. I’m not sure I would buy from them again right now, but they have a lot of potential.

Coconut Chai Tea Cookies

Modified from VegNews’ Vegan Coconut Drop Cookies.

What You Need:

1-1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1+ tbsp Masala Chai tea*
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2  large Medjoole dates
1/8 cup sugar
1/4 cup light agave syrup
1/4 cup non-dairy margarine, melted

Icing:

1/8 cup almond milk
1/6 cup non-dairy margarine
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners sugar
1/8 tsp salt

*you could also mix your own masala spices. I chose to use an excellent Masala Chai from Samovar Tea Lounge. Also, I find about a little more than 1 tbsp to be the perfect amount of spice for these, but adjust to taste.

 

What You Do:

1. Using a coffee grinder, grind the malasa chai into a fine mix. Take out any big chunks that won’t grind.

2. In a large, dry skillet over medium heat, add coconut and stir constantly until flakes are light golden brown. Immediately place in a large bowl. Allow to cool slightly.

3. When the coconut is still warm, mix in the ground chai. Once the coconut has cooled completely, whisk in flour, baking powder, and salt.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

5. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, agave syrup, dates, and margarine. Stir well, then add wet mixture into the dry mixture. Roll out little balls of dough and flatten on parchment. The cookies will pretty much keep the exact shape you make them.

6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until barely browned around the edges and no longer shiny on top. Let cookies rest on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

7. Mix all the icing ingredients together. Ice the cookies when they are completely cool and let set for a few minutes.