I’ve always been a big fan of Excalibur dehydrators because I’ve had mine for years. I even feature them in my Easy Raw Vegan Dehydrating book. But, times change and new products are introduced to the market. Imagine my excitement when TriBest Life wanted me to check out their new Sedona dehydrator. I’m always up for trying new kitchen appliances. Excitement aside, I remember being a tad skeptical at first. I thought to myself, “Yeah, um… the Sedona dehydrator might be as good as Excalibur, but surely not better, right?” After all, most people own Excalibur and it’s been a force to be reckoned with for a long time. However, as I read over the Sedona dehydrator’s marketing materials, I was impressed, excited, and eager to try this new beauty! Turns out… rightly so.
I frequently get asked to review products on my blog and I’m happy to do so. It gives me the opportunity to share my thoughts on new products – good or bad.
Well, the makers of Rawtella contacted me about reviewing their product, Rawtella. It arrived Wednesday and I thought, “Oh ok, I’ll have some tonight and add it to my food journal I’m planning on posting later in the week.” (By the way, did you see that on the top of my blog I now have a tab for “food journal” – I get asked many times for samples of what I eat so now you have one place to access many of my food journals. I haven’t updated it to include everything, but I’m working on it.)
Anyway. I sampled the Rawtella and OMG – yum! I knew I had to do more than talk about it in my food journal. This delicious treat deserved its own post. Rawtella is a jar of a chocolate spread made from 3 ingredients: Organic raw, soaked, and dehydrated hazelnuts, organic raw cacao nibs, and raw coconut sugar. It’s mostly organic and will be all organic soon. They’re waiting for the coconut sugar to go through the final steps of becoming certified organic.
Rawtella is 100% Raw – yeehaw! Friends, when raw is this good, it’s impossible not to be happy and satisfied eating raw vegan. Rawtella can be enjoyed by itself on a spoon, used on ice cream, in smoothies and nut milks, spread on fruit or crepes, and more.
I had a gigantic spoonful of it – it was creamy, dreamy, decadent, sweet, rich, satisfying, luscious, and I wanted to eat the whole damn jar. Now, you might be wondering if this chocolate stuff is like the popular Nutella that is on the market. Honestly, I don’t know because I’ve never tried that.
I enthusiastically give this product two thumbs up. I will be stocking up on it. Try it and come back to let me know if you agree! Available at Rawtella.com.
Let me add…. this is a GREAT gift. It’s perfect for your postal carrier, your hair dresser, your BFF, your mom, your skeptical-steak-chomping-pill-popping-dad (oh wait, that’s my dad). You know anyone who could use a little chocolate love in his or her life? Give them a jar of Rawtella. It’s perfect!
UPDATE! Ooh – Yippee! The generous folks at Rawtella are offering a 25% off coupon code “if you like the rawtella fan page!” They said, once you “like it” it will reveal the coupon code. Score!!!
Eureka! I’m in heaven. I was at Whole Foods today buying some Raw granola from Go Raw. As I stood in the “raw foods aisle” I found myself in a sudden frenzy for some organic raw vegan chocolate. I noticed a new (at least new to me) chocolate bar company, Earth Source Organics. They have these Righteously Raw Cacao Bars: Righteously Raw Goji Cacao Bar and Righteously Raw Caramel Cacao Bar. I picked up the caramel since that was the most unique (there aren’t many “caramel” things in the raw food universe). I carefully read the label. Hhmmm I see the words, “90% Cacao Bar” and “Righteously Raw” and “USDA Organic” on the front, and so I’m getting excited. My spirit is grinning. I flip the bar over to ensure it’s “raw-ness” and I read the ingredients:
100% Raw Ingredients: Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Cacao Powder, Organic Bahri Dates, Organic Lucuma Fruit, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Vanilla Bean, Himalayan Pink Salt
Loooove those ingredients. I adore the fact that there are dates in it and that the agave nectar ingredient isn’t featured as one of the first few ingredients. By that time, I was almost tap dancing in the aisle. I tore into it. I tried a bite. I was impressed at its richness and the fact that it’s truffle like. But it was about 10 seconds when it really hit me. I had to have more. I ate the whole bar. I decided to buy the Goji Cacao Bar as well. They have a Maca flavor, and I admit I’m intrigued because I’m so impressed with the Caramel, but y’all know I am not a fan of the maca flavor in general (plus I’m choosing to stay away from maca while I’m pregnant). Later though, I plan on trying it.
Only now as I write this review do I see that there are 3 servings per bar (oops! lol). I am a tad regretful at having eaten the whole thing. But, it was so damn good! Oh! Wait! That means I also had 3 grams of protein. See how I rationalize? Now, I’m actually sitting here contemplating opening another one. No! Kristen! One is enough. Monkey will be doing backflips all day if I do. OK! I’ve gotten past the urge to have another. After all, they are 6 bucks a piece. BUT! When it comes to quality organic raw ingredients… sticker shock never lasts for long because it’s worth it. I’M WORTH IT! My health is worth it. The Caramel Cacao Bar is probably my favorite chocolate bar on the market. I love the texture of the slight crunch as it breaks open to reveal a rich softness inside. I love the flavor. I love how I felt my inner child smile when I ate each bite.
All our chocolate bars are certified to be Organic, Kosher, Vegan, and Gluten Free. They are made entirely from raw, high frequency foods and retain their raw state throughout the entire process from raw ingredients to finished product. No refined sugars are used and everything is processed in a nut free facility.
OK OK – I had to try the Goji bar so I could review it right now, which meant tasting it, in spite of my having eaten the whole Caramel Cacao Bar earlier. I twisted my own arm! The Goji Cacao Bar is awesome, too. My kind of chocolate: rich, raw, awesomely-firm-and-love-how-it-breaks-upon-biting-it texture on the outside, and super fun chewy consistency on the inside. What a TREAT!!!!!
I’m a huge raving fan of these organic raw vegan chocolate bars. Score for Earth Source Organics. You officially have a loyal fan!
UPDATE: I realize that it can seem harsh to pay $6 a bar (especially when you want to have a few a week). BUT! Here’s the thing. There are many people (myself included years ago) who don’t bat an eye at spending $5 on a specialty coffee drink (daily! ehem… sometimes 2-3 times a day!). Spending a buck more and getting something MUCH more nutritious, all organic, all raw, and all made with love is fine by me.
I’m having an affair with a Vita-Mix 5200. Am I ashamed? Well, it’s hard to be when you experience this awesome piece of machinery. For many years, I’ve had both a Blendtec and a Professional Series Vita-Mix blender, and I’ve always told people that both are great, but if I had to pick one, I would have gone for the Blendtec. The primary reasons for me being that it fits neatly on my counter (under the cupboard – due to its overall height being shorter than the Vita-Mix) and because it’s easier to scrape food out from the bottom due to its two-pronged blade vs. the 4-pronged Vita-Mix blade. I’ve had both side by side all these years and I always just went to use the Blendtec. I figured that meant it was my blender of choice, not realizing that I was probably partial to the machine since I had it first and was very comfortable with it.
Well, all that has changed now. I recently got my hot little hands on the new Vita-Mix 5200 and immediately fell in love. First of all, the container is BPA-free (Hello! BPA-FREE!) with improved sound dampening so it’s not crazy loud. Secondly, obviously the blender is powerful, reliable, and awesome. Thirdly, the warranty kicks butt! Vita-Mix offers a 7-year warranty on both the container and base (under normal household use), while Blendtec offers a measly 3-year warranty on the base and only 1 year on the container (this is important for me which I’ll detail in a moment). There are other improvements in the Vita-Mix which make it easier to use such as the new lid (now it’s super easy to take on and off). Finally, the Vita-Mix has excellent customer service, which is important to me and always weighs heavily in the equation of whether I buy a product. I still feel like the food (most notably Raw cheeses and dips) are a little easier to get out of the Blendtec container, but not so much that I would now choose the Blendtec over Vitamix.
I wrote that the warranty was important earlier, as well as customer service. Regarding my Blendtec, I’ve recently not had the best experience. My Blendtec started blending at an unbelievably loud pitch. So loud you must plug your ears or it pieces them with pain. When I attempted contact with Blendtec about this – three times! – I received no response. After researching their website about the warranty, I read that my container was only under a 1 year warranty (testing the Blendtec’s sound with and without the container leads me to believe that it’s the container causing the new nasty noise). On top of that, my mom’s Blendtec (much newer than mine, but still over a year old) is doing the same thing!
My Blendtec (container noise problem) and new Vita-Mix 5200 experience both occurred within the last couple of months, and I wanted to share it with you, since for so long I’ve been saying, “They’re both great, but I’m a Blendtec gal.” Not so much anymore.
Move over Blendtec, it’s time for something greater! Vita-Mix 5200, you’ve won my heart.
UPDATE: I have updated my thoughts on the two blenders here.