2018 Holiday Gift Guide ūüéĀ

‘Tis the season for animal-friendly gift giving! This year, I created a vegan and cruelty-free Holiday Gift Guide for In Defense of Animals!

Click this link to enter to win all of the items in our guide! Happy Holidays! ūüéĀ

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Vegan hair shampoo conditioner Vegan perfumeVegan bagsVegan body scrub butter Vegan art pig Vegan moisturizer face washVegan cookies Vegan mugVegan subscription box

The Plant Based Egg – A Gluten-Free and Vegan Egg Replacer!

If you love cookies, cakes, and all things baked, you must try The Plant Based Egg from Freely Vegan! This egg replacer eliminates eggs from your recipes and can also be used to create your own gluten-free flour blends!

About Freely Vegan:

“We’re a vegan, gluten free, top 8 allergen free company who believes in delicious, cruelty free food for everyone. We currently offer one amazing product, The Plant Based Egg!”

I’m far from an expert in the kitchen although I do enjoy trying out new vegan products! When I cook or bake, I just call it “making a mess” because that’s pretty much what it is, but when I was sent these samples of The Plant Based Egg from Deborah (the creator of Vegan Kitchen Magick and this AWESOME Chili Recipe), I was super psyched to try it out!

The package includes a little chart that tells you how much of the egg replacer and plant based milk to use to replace the eggs in your recipe. Very useful! As you can see from the ingredient list, this product only contains a few fully vegan and gluten-free ingredients.

I have actually tried baking gluten-free muffins in the past, but they turned out way too chewy and that’s where my adventures in gluten-free baking ended. So, with a newly found sense of confidence, I decided to make some chocolate chip cookies! I followed this Freely Vegan recipe using almond milk and added some chopped almonds and a pinch of cinnamon.

DRUM ROLLLLLLLL, PLEASE!

They turned out SO good! These chocolate chip cookies were exactly what I was hoping for! They were the perfect density and chewiness (nothing like the horrific muffins I tried in the past) and got slightly crispy on the edges, which is just how I like them! No one would ever guess that they were both vegan and gluten-free! Mission accomplished!

The Bottom Line

I love independent companies that create innovative vegan products. It is so important to support these companies to ensure that the future is vegan! The Plant Based Egg will save you time in the kitchen and will allow vegans and/or gluten-free individuals to easily create delicious baked goods!

The Freely Vegan website has TONS of¬†¬†recipes that I can’t wait to try out! Their brownies and pancakes are next on my list!

There’s no reason to miss out on brownies, cookies, pancakes and other fantastic snacks and other goodies. Just give The Plant Based Egg a try!

RAWMIO Organic Gourmet Chocolate Review – Vegans/Chocolate Lovers/Health Enthusiasts Rejoice!

Company:Rawmio Organic Gourmet Chocolate

“At RAWMIO, we embody the ultimate fusion of antioxidant-rich superfood nutrition and complete dark chocolate decadence. We originally set out to create the world’s best chocolate hazelnut spread that was raw, healthy and certified organic. We succeeded, and the product gained such a devoted following that we were about to establish our very own manufacturing facility. It was the beginning of it all.

Rawmio now includes a full range of 6 different chocolate dessert spreads, 9 nutrient-rich chocolate barks, glaze-free chocolate-covered sprouted nuts and fruits, chocolate bars, chocolate hearts, and heavenly raw chocolate truffle cakes. These decadent-yet-healthful treats are handcrafted in small batches with simple ingredients and are rich in both flavor and nutrient density. Our signature low temperature stone grinding process ensures that heat sensitive nutrients such as antioxidant flavonols, as well as the vast array of mood-boosting compounds found in cacao, remain intact for your maximum nourishment.”

Products:

Rawmio Mint Essentials Bar

Rawmio Organic Stone Ground Gourmet Puffed Cereal Crunch Bark

Rawmio Organic Stone Ground Gourmet Active Superfood Bark

Rawmio Chocolate Covered Sweet Cherries

Reviews:

Chocolate Lovers REJOICE! There’s now a way to satisfy your chocolate cravings with snacks that are delicious AND healthy!

Rawmio Organic Gourmet Chocolates are raw, vegan, fair trade, and certified organic! They offer a wide range of products that will make any Chocoholic happy… especially this girl! I was thrilled to try out some of their products and can’t wait to share them with you! Let’s go!

First up, is the Mint Rawmio Essentials Bar with 70% Cacao. This bar starts with single-origin cacao sourced directly from Peru, coconut sugar, and raw cacao butter, then mix with the perfect amount of peppermint essence. Some mint chocolates leave you wishing for more minty flavor and others make you feel like you just brushed your teeth. The chocolate to mint ratio of this bar is spot-on! You get a nice, refreshing burst of mint that pairs perfectly with the deep, rich dark chocolate flavor. This bar reminds me of a healthy, high quality version of Andes Mints that I used to eat back in the day!

The¬†¬†Rawmio Organic Stone Ground Gourmet Puffed Cereal Crunch Bark¬†also takes me back to my childhood! This decadent chocolate bark features Peruvian chocolate with 70% cacao and puffed quinoa. I absolute LOVE the crunch and texture of the puffed quinoa… and when paired with the smooth, rich dark chocolate, it really can’t be beat! This little bar is the healthy, grown-up cousin of the Crunch bar!

Rawmio Organic Stone Ground Gourmet Active Superfood Bark contains 4 ancient medicinal mushrooms, sprouted red clover, Peruvian maca root, and stone ground raw chocolate, topped with chia seeds and mulberry pieces. Yes, it most certainly sounds healthy… but how did it taste? I REALLY don’t like mushrooms, so I was skeptical.¬† I am happy to report that this bar was absolutely delicious! You’d never guess it contained mushrooms or was even a healthy snack! The chia seeds added a little crunch and the mulberry added a chewy element to the smooth texture of the dark chocolate. I really like this!

Last, but not at all the least, I tried the Rawmio Chocolate Covered Sweet Cherries.¬†Sweet, chewy cherries covered in a layer of thick dark chocolate… seriously, what’s not to love? Honestly, I could (and would) eat these all day!

The Bottom Line

Rawmio Organic Gourmet Chocolate offers¬†mouthwatering, high quality chocolates that junk food junkies and health enthusiasts alike will love! No detail is forgotten in these little snacks… the packaging is fantastic and the designs on the chocolate bars are so fun and adorable! I love that the chocolate is fair trade, certified organic, and of course, VEGAN! This says a lot of about the company… they care about your health, animals, people, and the planet. Now that’s a company that I want to support and stand behind! !

Thank you, Rawmio, for sending me these wonderful chocolates to review!

The All Around Vegan Box – A must have for all vegan foodies and activists!

Before we get started, yes that is Bubbles in the feature image!!!

Company: All Around Vegan

Product: March 2018 All Around Vegan Box ¬†(order now to get this month’s box!)

Review:

I love this subscription box.

End of review.

Just joking… but seriously, I love this subscription box for so many reasons! If you missed my previous review of the All Around Vegan Box, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Unlike other vegan subscription boxes that make you choose between bath and body, beauty or food products, the All Around Vegan Box comes with¬†Lifestyle products, Nutritional products, Bath & Body products, and Activism Products. It is perfect for vegans that love trying new foods and new ways to learn and grow as activists. This box is also perfect for those that are transitioning into a vegan lifestyle… I mean, what’s better than getting a box full of vegan stuff at your door every month?!

So, what’s in the March box?

First, we have some delicious Carrot Oat Mini Cookies from Partake Foods.

They’re vegan, gluten-free, nut free, and soy free… I know what you’re thinking… “Yeah, they’re probably “flavor-free”, too.” Well, buddy, you’re wrong! These crunchy little cookies are packed with flavor! Cinnamon, carrot and oat make this cookie taste like a crispy little carrot cake, and I’m here for it!

Next, we have every vegan’s soulmate. NOOCH! That’s right, this month’s box includes Frontier Co-op’s Nutritional Yeast Flakes!

If you’ve never had nutritional yeast, drop what you’re doing, leave work early, drop the kids off at the babysitter, do what you gotta do and go get some. Better yet, just order this box! Anyway, I put nooch on veggies, pizza, popcorn, potatoes, salad, pasta, rice, you name it! It has a wonderful cheezy flavor and makes everything taste oh-so-good! I love that this little jar is perfect for taking with me. Hey, you never know when you’re gonna need a little nooch. You think I’m joking. I’m not. This stuff is awesome.

Next up, are the gimMe Organic¬†Toasted Sesame and Sea Salt Premium Roasted Seaweed snacks. I’ve had these before and they’re definitely a unique and healthy snack! The sea weed is thin and crispy and packs a punch of salty flavor. They’re gluten-free, non-GMO, and certified organic. If you’re looking to spice up your snack game, you’ll like these!

Up next, is the Mint Valley Seed Co. Mustard Microgreens Growing Kit! How freakin’ cute! I was planning on growing some herbs in my kitchen for quite some time, but you know… life. This kit comes with all you need to grow little mustard greens in your home, and they’re¬†ready to eat within a week!

Next up, is Happy Pits Sweet Orange All Natural Deodorant!

If you’re familiar with natural deodorants, you know that they either don’t work or they work pretty well but can really irritate your skin. This deo is aluminum and chemical free, and contains coconut oil, shea butter, arrowroot powder, baking soda, and organic tea tree oil. Arrowroot and baking soda keep you dry, while coconut oil and shea butter moisturize and give you “happy pits.” Now, if they could only make “Happy Hair” because my curls are looking pretty rough lately!

Last, this box included:The Modern Savage written by James McWilliams. The author “pushes back against the questionable moral standards of a largely omnivorous” while revealing “the scope of the cruelty that takes place even on the smallest and – supposedly – most humane animal farms.” “McWilliams advocates for the only truly moral, sustainable choice – a diet without meat, dairy, or other animal products.” Well, this sounds like the perfect book for activists and those that are interested in learning! *I’ll add an update once I’ve read it all!

The Bottom Line

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the All Around Vegan Box is my favorite subscription box! You get delicious foods, lifestyle products, bath and body products, and activism products… What more could you want?!

I don’t know of any other box that will help your pits smell great, give you reading material to add some more wrinkles on that big old vegan brain of yours, let you grow your own mustard greens, and gives you delicious snacks and nooch!

As you can probably tell, I highly recommend this box! Head on over to their website to check out their different subscription options!

Banza Chickpea Pasta – The Perfect, Healthy Alternative for Pasta Fiends!

Company: Banza Chickpea Pasta

“Chickpeas make delicious pasta. That‚Äôs why we used them to create Banza¬ģ. We took a household favorite and made it even better, turning the pasta you love into the pasta that loves you back!”

Product: Banza Ziti Made From Chickpeas  Р$25.00 USD for a case of six, 8 ounce boxes

Review: Who doesn’t like a great pasta dish? I know I do, but don’t eat it as often as I’d like because I’m trying to get “healthier.”

Well, needless to say, I was thrilled to try out this chickpea pasta from Banza! It only has 4 ingredients: Chickpeas, Tapioca, Pea Protein, and Xanthum Gum. This badass pasta is gluten-free, non-GMO, and of course, Vegan! Each 3.5 ounce serving contains 25 grams of protein (whoa!!!!), 13 grams of Fiber, and 43 grams of carbs! Did I mention it was gluten-free?

Ok, so you may have tried brown rice pasta or some other pasta varieties that just don’t cook nicely. They get mushy, stick together, or take on a not-so-appetizing gummy texture. I’m happy to report that this Ziti was simple to cook and it took just 8 minutes to get to the perfect, slightly more than al dente texture.

Trust me when that one serving will fill you up… even for the biggest pasta fiends! All of that protein, fiber, and carbs really make one satisfying meal! I’d love to make some into a pasta salad and take it with me for lunch or after the gym for some long-lasting energy.

I decided to make a Chiken Alfredo… something I haven’t had in a decade. I was worried that my cashew-based sauce was too thick (is there such a thing?) and it would cause the pasta to break apart. NOPE! The ziti and my crazy rich Alfredo sauce paired up perfectly!

The Bottom Line

Banza Chickpea Pasta is some pretty amazing stuff! I can’t get over how easy it was to cook! It tastes just like regular pasta, only it is jam packed with protein and fiber. This is perfect for people that love to carbo-load while watching Black Mirror (me!) or for fitness enthusiasts that want a satisfying, clean meal. I can’t recommend this pasta enough!

Thank you, Banza, for sending me your pasta to review!