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Raspberry-Flavoured Cultured Almond Milk by Amande

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I saw this product awhile back and was extremely curious about it. I had tried cultured coconut milk in the past, but my problem with it was the coconut aftertaste that took over. The vanilla flavour with the coconut did not mix too well, and was way too strong. Since I loved yogurt back when I ate dairy, I was looking for something that would really replace it, without some kind of aftertaste.

Well, I think I found it. Amande (French for almond) is a company that produces cultured almond milk. If you take a look at their website, they have a few flavours. I loved raspberry yogurt so I saw raspberry-flavoured cultured almond milk and decided to give it a try. The great thing with Amande is that it’s (obviously) vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no GMO, fruit juice sweetened and has 6 live active cultures (Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. rhamnosus, L. casei, Streptococcus thermophilus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum).

My verdict? Absolutely delicious! Since it is sweetened with fruit juice, it wasn’t overly sweet, which I really enjoyed. It had a little bit of a nutty taste, which is to be expected since it IS cultured almond milk, after all – however, it was not overpowering like the cultured coconut milk I had. I am very curious to try the other flavours listed on their website, such as blueberry, peach, and plain.

I will be buying it again for sure!

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Ecoideas Coco Natura Coconut Spread

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Last night, I was browsing around at my local organic grocery store, and came across this coconut spread. I had seen it before, but was turned off by its high price – $8.49, but let’s face it, it’s an “exotic” product.

Now, if you’re like me, when you think coconut, you see the white inside. Not brown, unless you’re talking about the outside. Don’t let that fool you into thinking it wouldn’t be good. Oh hell no.¬†You’d be missing out on an amazing¬†alternative to peanut butter. Or heck, even Nutella.

The product has a mollassy smell and texture. The taste? Rich, but not too sweet. It is made from three ingredients only: coconut milk, coconut sweetener (from coconut sap) and coconut “meat” (I assume that’s pulp? I am not sure). Gluten free, and vegan obviously. It is delicious on fresh bread, and I would be curious to try it on bananas, to replace Nutella. It sort of has a chocolatey taste without the chocolate. It’s really weird and hard to explain. It would probably be great with cake.

So, is it worth the price? Considering I barely buy any dessert or sweet treats anymore since I went vegan, you bet it is!