Snacks n Stuff

This week's round up of what I've been buying and making is quite heavily snack based! This little haul was from Aldi. The big bags both contain mini bags of lime and sea salt tortilla chips and rice sticks and cost a £1 each. The Trek bars were 75p which is cheaper than the RRP. I love these protein Trek bar with their crunchie soya crispies. The Pulsin bars were amazing raw chocolate brownies and were not so cheap at £2.29 a box for 3 small bars but they were a really delicious treat and I will definitely buy them again.


Here's a close up of the Snapea rice sticks. I am in love with this snack and can recommend the salt + vinegar and chilli + lemon flavours too. They are low cal and have 4g of protein per bag too so pretty much my ideal snack! On the walk back to our house from Aldi we go through some woods and I'm afraid we didn't even make it home before breaking into this little stash and having an impromptu picnic on a bench in the woods!

Last week we also had a trip over to the nearby town of Ashton to use some cinema vouchers we had got for Christmas. We stopped in at ASM which is an Indian vegetarian supermarket to stock up on cashews, fresh ginger and turmeric and were delighted to also spot these vegan friendly Cheese and Onion crisps that were on offer at £1 for two big bags.


Whenever we go to ASM I always pick up a box of my favourite chai tea which is this Rooibos one which I'm enjoying as my train drink in the mornings. I love chai as it always reminds me of being at festivals.


Pay day for me is the 25th of the month so I always like to get some pay day treats from the fabulous V Revolution which is in the next street to work. These two products are new to me and I'm excited to try them. I've been hearing great things about this barista style Oatly and I am really hoping that these Soja Schnitzel are going to be like soy curls. I've only ever had soy curls once when I got some in a vegan food swap parcel from Jojo from Vegan in Brighton and I fell in love with them.


Very excitingly V Revolution had both evaporated coconut milk and also condensed milk. I got the evaporated milk to try first and am still thinking about what to make with it. I would be tempted to just spread the condensed milk on bread to bring back memories of my dad making us condensed milk butties when we were kids! I featured some of this coconut jerky on the blog a few weeks ago and there were complaints from Matt because I ate it all at work and he didn't get to try it so I picked up a different flavour and managed to get it home unopened this time.


I finally got round to making the other energy ball recipe from Yoga Kitchen that I'd bookmarked. These balls contained dates, raw cacao and tahini and were rolled in sesame seeds. For something so simple they were surprisingly delicious and my new favourite thing is to chuck one into the blender when making a smoothie.


My sister has a rhubarb patch in her garden and as she's the only person in her house who likes it there was some going spare.


I made rhubarb compote from Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights which was very quick and easy and involved cooking the rhubarb in orange juice and Sweet Freedom for a few minutes and then serving it with natural yoghurt pimped up with some more Sweet Freedom and some orange flower water and some chopped pistachios.


We also tried it with my current favourite yoghurt which is this orange redbush one by Provamel. I think they do yoghurt really well and have been impressed by all the ones I've tried so far.


I had more Provamel joy this week when I found cartons of their organic almond and rice milks at 2 for £1 in Heron Foods. Hope you've all had a good week filled with tasty snacks and bargains and if you have any great soya curl recipes please share in the comments!

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  1. My favorite soy curl recipe is Erin's Mongolian soy curls: http://olivesfordinner.com/2016/03/mongolian-soy-curls.html this was a game changer for me!!

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    1. Thank you so much for that link. I've just had a look and that looks like a fantastic recipe. I will have to tone down the chilli a bit but I will definitely give it a go.

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  2. Great snack finds! I love Trek bars, and finding cheap ones is never easy. Exciting coconut-based purchases too. I got some (non-coconut) condensed milk two years ago and used it to make millionaire's shortbread - it was very good!

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    1. Ooh yes, Millionaires shortbread is a good idea. I've only made it once and it was quite time consuming but lovely. I could imagine how using condensed milk would speed up making the caramel layer. Thank you.

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  3. That yoghurt flavour sounds amazing! I wish we could get decent yoghurts here!

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    1. It's funny as I've never liked dairy yoghurt but I'm really getting into all these new soya and coconut ones that are appearing!

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  4. I recently tried the yoshoi snapea snacks in lightly salted - they were so delicious!!

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  5. We are having to ration them out, they are soooo good!

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  6. I love snapea crisps! I am ashamed at how many times I've eaten a whole bag in one day! I think I've counted them as dinner before, in some of my darker periods! Ha! I have never heard of evaporated coconut milk, and I didn't know vegan condensed milk existed!
    I love simmering soy curls with BBQ sauce, and making a sandwich with the soy curls and a vinegar based coleslaw!
    I forget which channel, but someone I watch on YouTube raves about that Oatly!

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    1. I will definitely try the soy curls like that. I followed a sandwich recipe in the Vegan Diner book when I had them before and it was great. The peas are so addictive aren't they. We try to get the multipacks with 5 little bags in them if we can because otherwise it is so easy to eat the big bag in one go! I'm impressed with the Oatly, it makes a really nice frothy coffee, I hope some coffee shops start carrying it.

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  7. I love those Yushoi snacks too - the smoked salt ones last about one minute in my house. I never realised the Cofresh cheese and onion are vegan - I always bypassed them for that reason, now i'll be all over them. Your blog always tells me something useful!

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    1. Smoked salt, I didn't even know about those ones. Thank you, I'll be on the look out!

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