Review of The Protein Ball Co New Vegan Flavours

Ok so I am a creature of habit when it comes to my mid-morning snack. I tend to have Nature Valley cereal bars. I like their flavours and find them to be filling. I have tried various other snacks bars but nothing seems to beat my favourite cereal bars. In fact I often sneak them into the bar at the gym to enjoy with a nice cup of tea. So when I visited The Free From Festival in London last year I came across The Protein Ball Company and tried their vegan protein snacks. I was suitably impressed and now enjoy them with a cup of tea at the gym. So when they contacted me and asked if I would like to try their new vegan flavours I of course said yes.

I like the simple design to the packaging, with its cream background and the large log in the centre of a coloured circle to suit the flavour of the snack inside. The top and bottom of the packet is also in the same colour of the circle. To the back of the packaging they are labelled as being gluten free, vegan, and having no soy or dairy. Onto the ingredients list for the raspberry brownies cashews are highlighted as an allergen. There is a warning that the product is made in a factory that handles peanuts, nuts, milk and egg. For the peanut butter and jam peanuts are highlighted as an allergen. There is a warning that the product is made in a factory that handles peanuts, nuts, milk and egg.




On opening the raspberry brownie I was greeted by a slightly sharp berry aroma intermingled with dates. This strengthened slightly on my famous close up sniff test and weakened on smelling an individual ball. The balls were of a good size and were slightly shiny in appearance with intermittent red flecks from the raspberry and the nuts. On touching the ball they were smooth yet firm with slight hard bumps from the nuts. On biting into a ball I liked the texture, it was initially firmer than similar snacks that I have tried followed by a soft slightly gooey texture. As for the flavour it tasted predominantly of dates and cashews with a slight tartness from the raspberry which if I am honest I am not sure I could distinguish as being raspberry. I was a little disappointed as I was expected to taste something similar to a chocolate brownie dessert with a strong raspberry flavour and this just wasn’t the case. I felt that the flavours were put together with good intention but that it just really didn’t work. So would I recommend the raspberry brownie flavour? I am afraid not, I liked the texture but the flavour just let the down. Instead I may try making these no bake chocolate balls as an alternative instead

On opening the peanut butter and jam I was greeted with a peanut butter aroma intermingled with a delightful summer berries. This strengthened slightly on my famous close up sniff test and weakened on smelling an individual ball. The balls were of a good size and were slightly shiny in appearance with intermittent small red flecks and nuts. On touching the ball they were smooth yet firm with a few slight bumps from the nuts. On biting into a ball I liked the texture it was initially firm followed by a soft slightly gooey texture which had a pleasant intermittent crunch from the peanuts. As for the flavour it tasted very similar to peanut butter intermingled with a hint of sweetness from the dates and a slight tartness from the raspberries. Once I had finished a ball I got a slight salty aftertaste which was very similar to what I have experienced when I have eaten chocolate that has contained Himalayan salt. I have to admit by pretty surprised by these balls. I loved the combination of both aroma and textures. The flavour was different to what I had anticipated. I loved everything about the flavour it was like I was eating a peanut butter and jam sandwich with a little piece of salted chocolate for dessert. So would I recommend the peanut butter and jam balls? Definitely I loved everything about these little balls but it was the unexpected combination of flavours that sold me. I shall be putting a request in with my gym to stock this flavour.


Disclaimer: I received theses protein balls in return for an honest review. All of the opinions are honest and my own.
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Review of Smoky Bacon Popchips Ridges

I quickly popped into Waitrose to grab a few essentials. Somehow I found myself drawn to their crisps aisle. Most flavoured crisps are not an option for a dairy free diet. I saw a new band of snacks called Popchips ridges that caught my attention. I noticed that were labelled as gluten free and some were also vegan. I saw a bacon flavour and decided to give them a try.

I liked the simple black packaging with hints of purple. The picture of bacon to the left and popchip ridges made me want to dive straight in. Onto the ingredients list there are no allergens highlighted on the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning. They are labelled as being gluten free and suitable for a vegan diet.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a an aroma that I associate with barbecue crisps not the aroma of bacon that I was expecting. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. What did strike me was that the bottom of the packaging had a powdery residual, a little off-putting if I’m honest. The popchips ridges themselves were of a good size and had a good scattering of flavouring on them. However, they looked like mini rice cakes. On picking the up the popchips ridges they left a slight powdery residual on my fingers. Not very nice. On biting into the popchips ridges a nice light crunch was noted, just like eating a rice cake. As for the flavour well if I am honest was a little disappointing it wasn’t bacon more like barbecue.

So would I recommend this snack if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, or a vegan diet? No, I wouldn’t. Their flavour and powdery residual just let them down. Sorry popchip ridges but I have tried much nicer snacks that are an alternative to crisps they just were not for me.

Review of Eat Real Sea Salted Hummus Chips

Now I am a creature of habit and I tend to have Pom Bear crisps with my sandwiches for lunch. That said I am always looking for new dairy free crisps try as an alternative. I recently discovered Eat Real quinoa chips and really enjoyed them and may have had several packets since. For some reason I forgot to try their other chips. So whilst in Morrisons this week I picked up their sea salt hummus chips to try.
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I liked the simple white packaging with the splashes of purple. The pictures of the chips looked really appealing and I just wanted me dive in. Being in the free from aisle they are gluten free and labelled as suitable for vegans and therefore suitable for dairy free me. No allergens are highlighted on the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the packet I was greeted by a fairly neutral aroma that I associate with a good quality packet of plain crisps. This aroma did not change on my famous close up sniff test. The chips or shells as I like to call them were of a good size and didn’t have an obvious scattering of the sea salt flavourings on them. On biting into the chips was a nice clean crunch was noted. The sea salt flavouring was spot on as it was very subtle and understated. After trying a few chips there was no greasy residual left on my fingers, just perfect.
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So would I recommend these hummus chips, yes I would. I liked the shell design of this savoury snack and enjoyed their crunchy texture. The very subtle understated flavouring has to be the best I have tried in a long time in a crisp style snack. These have to be the nicest in the Eat Real range that I have tried and shall I will be buying this as my savoury treat on a regular basis. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or vegan diet give these hummus chips a try. So thank you Eat Real for producing another savoury treat I can have.

Review of Newburn Bakehouse Gluten Free Crumpets

It can be very difficult to find a dairy free food to have as a light snack. A snack that I do enjoy as an occasional treat is crumpets. They are a quick and easy warm snack that can have a nice topping to add that little extra to tide you over until dinner. Sadly most crumpets contain milk and are therefore not suitable for dairy free me. So when I popped into a local supermarket I headed straight to the free from section to see if there were any I could try. Sure enough I found crumpets by Newburn Bakehouse which are made by Warburtons. They were both gluten free and milk free. So I decided to give them a try for lunch and save the rest later for a snack.
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I liked the simple clear packaging to the top allowing you to see the crumpets inside. I also liked the bright orange colour scheme with the blue section clearly highlighting that they are gluten free. Onto the ingredients list egg is highlighted as an allergen and there is no may contain warning. They are also suitable for a vegetarian diet.
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On opening the packet I wasn’t really greeted by an aroma and this didn’t change on my close up sniff test. If I’m honest it’s hard to describe the aroma of a crumpet. What I was surprised by was the size of the crumpets. They were monsters much bigger than other crumpets that I have previously tried. I would only need one of these for my lunch. Onto the texture of these crumpets they looked slightly stodgy on the top and crunchy and slightly blackened to the bottom. On touching the crumpet they were springy to touch from the top and firm and slightly hard to touch underneath.
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I placed my crumpet in the toaster and toasted it for 2 minutes. The texture of the crumpet hadn’t really changed on touching compared to it untoasted. The aroma hadn’t changed either. I choose to have a little jam on mine as a naughty treat. On biting into the crumpet I initially experienced two different textures. Initially it was light and slightly springy followed by a slight crunch from underneath. On further bites the crumpet was slightly gooey and stodgy in texture. It reminded me of rice that is a little over cooked and goes a little gooey. This wasn’t s negative for me as I quiet like this. On checking the inside of the crumpet the texture was actually quiet similar to this. Onto the flavour it tasted just like a regular crumpet. So that’s a big thumbs up to Newburn Bakehouse.
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So would I recommend these crumpets? Yes I would. The larger size is a big bonus as it meant I only needed to eat one. The combinations of the two textures worked really well together. The fact that they taste like a regular crumpet is a big plus. So if you follow a dairy free and or gluten free diet why not give these crumpets a try. So thank you Newburn Bakehouse for making a crumpet that I can enjoy.

Review of KIND Snacks Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond Bar

Now those of you that follow my blog know that I must have my mid morning snack. Nature Valley cereal bars are still my favourite and I took a couple of packets with me on my recent trip to America. I had hoped to find some new cereal bars to try whilst I was out there. I popped into Whole Foods whilst we were in San Francisco and discovered a new selection of KIND snacks. All were gluten free but I only found two that were dairy free. One of which was their dark chocolate mocha almond. So of course I had to give this a try.
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I personally like the clear packaging design of KIND Snacks with the stripes to the side. The packaging entices you to want to eat the snack. Onto the ingredients it is clearly labelled as being dairy free and gluten free at the front of the packaging. No allergens are highlighted in the ingredients list. Underneath by allergy information it states that it contains almonds and soy. It also highlights that it is produced in a factory that produces peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds.
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On opening the packet I was surprised as the bar looked quiet sticky. What struck me was the aroma of the mocha. Now I don’t like coffee but it wasn’t to strong and I found it quiet inviting. This aroma remained the same and did not intensify on my close up sniff test. On biting into the bar I was struck by its different textures. It was sticky a bit like toffee in texture followed by the hard crunch noted from the almonds. I didn’t really notice the different texture from the small rice puffs intermingled in the bar. As for the flavour of this bar I really enjoyed it and much preferred it to the other Kind snack bars that I have tried. As I mentioned earlier I am not a coffee fan but the slight bitter flavour from the mocha worked perfectly with the chocolate. I was pleasantly surprised. If I am honest I would not have normally have tried this bar if it wasn’t for the fact that there was little other choice. I am glad that I did.
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So would I recommend this flavour of KIND Snack bars if you follow a dairy free and or gluten free diet? Yes I would. I liked everything about this snack bar from its aroma through to its flavour and texture. So thank you Kind for producing a nice snack. Please bring it to the UK.

Review of beond organic apple cinnamon bar

Now I’m a girl who likes her mid morning snack. I have tried a few alternatives to my old favourite Nature Valley bars but I still seem to have these by default. So I am making a real effort to try alternative snack bars. So when I stumbled across beond snack bars and discovered that they did an apple and cinnamon flavour I decided to give it a try.
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I was drawn to the deep brown packaging and the small green apple to the front of the packaging. On the edge of the packaging and in white writing the snack bar is clearly labelled as being raw, vegan, dairy free, gluten free and paleo. On the ingredients list the only allergen highlighted is cashews. There is no may contain warning.
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On opening the packet I was expecting something similar to the recent snack bars that I have tried ie: like the Nakd, or Rude Health snack bars. It was indeed similar. It was dark with small chunks of apple within the bar. There was a subtle sweet aroma from the dates with hint of cinnamon intermingled within this. I would personally describe as something similar to that of an apple cereal bar with a bit of date thrown in for luck. It’s texture was slightly sticky to the outside and a little gooey to touch. On biting into the bar I got a combination textures which worked really well together. It was soft and slightly gooey intermingled with a slightly crunchy tough element from the apples. As for the flavour the apple element was spot on not too strong or overpowering. The intermittent hit of cinnamon broke this up nicely. The dates and fruit juices added a slightly sweet element intermingled with this. I loved every element of this snack bar from the flavours through to the textures. All worked perfectly together.
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So would I recommend this snack, yes I would. It made a refreshing change to have a bar that differs in consistency to those that are like Nakd bars. I enjoyed everything about this bar especially the chunks of apple. So if you are dairy free like me, follow a gluten free, soya free, paleo or vegan diet give these a try. They make a nice filling sweet treat and have made my mid morning snack list. So thanks beond for producing a nice snack bar that I can enjoy.

Review of Eat Real Tomato & Basil Hummus Chips

Now I am a creature of habit and I tend to have Pom-Bear crisps with my sandwiches for lunch. That said I am always looking for new savoury treats to try as an alternative. I recently discovered Eat Real quinoa chips and really enjoyed them and may have had several packets since. For some reason I forgot to try their other chips. So whilst in Tesco’s this week I picked up their tomato and basil hummus chips to try.
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I liked the simple grey packaging with the splashes of purple. The pictures of the chips looked really appealing and I just wanted me dive in. Being in the free from aisle they are gluten free and labelled as suitable for vegans and therefore suitable for dairy free me. No allergens were highlighted on the ingredients list.
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On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant aroma of tomato. The chips or shells as I like to call them were of a good size. They had a good scattering of flavouring on them. On biting into the chips there was a nice crunch noted. The tomato flavouring was spot on but I struggled to taste the basil element which I found a tad disappointing. After trying a few chips there was no greasy residual left on my fingers, just a little of the flavouring which was slightly powdery in texture.
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So would I recommend these hummus chips, yes I would. I liked the shell design of this savoury snack and enjoyed their crunchy texture. The tomato flavour was nice but seemed a little artificial to me. As for the basil element this seemed to bypass my taste buds, so this was a tad disappointing. That said I still enjoyed the flavour. I personally preferred the garlic and herb quinoa chips. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or vegan diet give these hummus chips a try. So thank you Eat Real for producing another savoury treat I can have.