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Blueberry Muffin and Carrot Cake Larabars

Larabars are one of the original “simple ingredient and vegan” food bars. We can’t really call these a protein bar, although Larabar does make those now.

These are solid food bars. The main ingredient tends heavily to be dates.

You know dates.. the somewhat sticky and moisture-less fruit with a seed in it. Larabars and raw/vegan pie crusts are generally the only way that I’ll eat dates. On their own, they are not my style. In desserts and natural smoothies, I can get down with them all day.

Larabars also have some kind of nuts in them as well. Usually cashews or almonds. Sometimes walnuts if we’re lucky!

Today, let’s talk about two different and tasty? flavors of Larabar!

First, the Carrot Cake.

There are real carrots in these and it’s in a good way. Carrots, being already naturally sweet, add depth to the dates that are also used.

the texture of these bars are soft, too. Softer than usual maybe. It’s all in a good way though.

The Blueberry Muffin was a little more interesting, texture wise. The almonds used added a crunch to the bars.

This blueberry bar was also more.. dry? than the carrot cake. It’s not that it was crumbly, but there was a lack of moisture.

And, that’s what makes the difference as far as which one I am likely to re-purchase again.

Because flavor-wise, they are both delicious. I enjoyed both and I’d eat either one again.

But if I had to choose, I’d go with the carrot cake flavor.

I mean, I really like carrot cake. And the texture is more like what actual carrot cake is, moist and dessert level sweetness.

The blueberry muffin bars were tasty but as far as my understanding goes, I don’t recall there being chunks of almonds in a baked muffin.

Anyway, as a side note I’d like to give a shout out to my all time favorite Larabar flavor – Pineapple Upside Down Cake! Yummm, too back they’re not sold or available anywhere near me.

Anyway, thanks for reading!

Sweet Thai Chili Flavored Almonds Review

Nuts seem to be the go-to for a healthy, filling, and protein rich snack.

Sure, almonds have a flavor on their own but additional seasonings make them more satisfying to the taste.

I’ve never been a super big almond fan. But, Blue Diamond has been impressing me with the new flavored almonds they are rolling out. I tried and reviewed two flavors here (blueberry and wasabi & soy sauce). The day after that review went live, I came across this new flavor:

Now, here is a disclaimer: out of the 5 major flavor profiles, sweet and spicy is my favorite flavor combination! So, I was excited to try these.

Opening the package, they smelled as expected – a little spicy.

I was a little disappointed at the lack of seasoning on these babies:

Sure they look pretty but it’s super fine crystals.

The taste is also super fine.

Don’t get me wrong, they are a little sweet and a little spicy.

My main complaint here is that the flavor doesn’t linger.

If only the seasoning coated the almond, like it does on the Blueberry ones, these would be perfection!

As it stands, they’re just okay.

But, as a snack, they do have an addictive quality. I kept eating the almonds until they were all gone!

Conclusion: They are good! Would I repurchase? Probably, if there weren’t any other flavors available πŸ™‚

Blue Diamond Flavored Almonds Review (2 flavors)

My concerns of the environmental sins of almond plants get pushed aside when there are new flavors to try!Nuts, like almonds, make it very easy to snack on the go. I was intrigued when I saw these new flavors: Blueberry and Wasabi & Soy Sauce.So, I’ll review these bite size flavor bombs in the order that I consumed them.First, the Blueberry Almonds were found at 7-Eleven.They’re like shimmery purple gems! So cute! But, how did they taste? Well….When I opened the package, the smell of sweet blueberry perfume-y-ness filled my nose. That’s no exaggeration; it was really pleasant.The taste of these things were just as pleasing!These Blueberry flavored almonds are really, really good!The Blueberry coating is where it’s at. Although visual aesthetics are not a reliable indication of flavor.. in this case, it is accurate.These would be a nice alternative to candy as well.Please forgive me, I don’t have a picture of the ingredients!Anyway, next we’ll cover the savory part of this review: Blue Diamond BOLD Wasabi & Soy Sauce Flavored Almonds.
It’s easy to see the flavor profile they’re going for here. But how does it add up?Well, my first impression – I was a bit skeptical because the flavored coating was about 50% less than the Blueberry Almonds.And then I tasted them!They’re good!A little spicy, a little salty.Honestly, they could have been a little more boldly flavored. A little more spicy.Or, a lot more spicy.Wasabi heat doesn’t really linger and for that fact alone I believe that these could have been more heavily seasoned.Anyway, I ate these fast. As in, in one sitting, these were inhaled into my face. It was a very tasty moment that I won’t soon forget.Blue Diamond Flavored Almonds has been a great experience to my taste buds. Thanks Blue Diamond.I’d purchase both of these snacks again, no doubt.

Review: Vegan Starbucks Coffee Drink with Almond Milk

Man, I was excited when I saw this in a local convenience store.

There was NO WAY I could pass an Almond Milk Starbucks drink without giving it a try!

I love coffee!

& I used to love these Starbucks drinks! My sister would buy them for me and I enjoyed every drop.

As I became more health conscious, dairy milk disappeared from my diet.

And these pre-made drinks disappeared too.

Until now!

Cost: $2.99

Taste: Sweet and creamy. They taste just like the dairy ones. I wish there were more flavors to choose from.

Would I re-purchase? Hmmm let me see how much energy I gain and I’ll get back to you πŸ˜‰

*Update: Yesss, Caffeine! ⚑️

On the health side, there are weird ingredients that the cleanest eaters may be wary of… Like cellulose gel.

However for me, I don’t really mind at this time πŸ™‚

Will you try one?

Brand New Italian Inspired Foodstuffs

Some interesting food items can be found on the sale rack! It’s not always for discontinued items, but sometimes for new/introductory foods as well. Case in point:

The FiorFiore brand is new to Food Lion and so they had super low prices to encourage people to try it. Worked for me!

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the products in this line!

The Breadsticks

Crunchy and bread flavored.

The Crispbread

Good. Crunchy. Filling. No olive flavor.

The Croutons

Bigger than expected. The olive oil used in these gives some great flavor. Great with the pepper spread.

Pepper Spread

Tasty af! Tomatoes is the number one ingredient and it shows.

Spray Balsamic Vinegar

What a great idea. Perfect flavor; sweet and tangy.

Shortbread Cookies

Good shortbread based cookie. Generously coated with chocolate.

Almond Cookies

Eating these moist cookies is an experience. They’re really almondy… not just in flavor but in texture too. They’re also individually wrapped, which is a huge bonus.

Out of all of these things, I’m most likely to re-purchase the Spray-on Balsamic Vinegar.

Here’s a video review I made after trying all of these things!

https://youtu.be/8ml0vMGvKEM

Update: The prices did indeed increase! Check it out: