Happy Friday friends! Back home and back to work today. It was hard to return to the cooler weather here in the Northeast after spending several days in 70-80 degree temperatures. We spent the past five days getting to know the area better as well as continuing to furnish the new place with kitchen gadgets and pictures for all of the empty wall space. Things are really coming together quite nicely, I could not be more excited.
The only thing that gets me more excited than vacation is sharing new food finds with my readers.
Yes, November may have just begun but I’ve found so many fun new food finds that I could not wait to share them with you this week in my “November Finds! ” Why wait- right?
So, let’s get started!
Pure Genius Bars
Pure Genius is a company based in Brooklyn, NY. The founder Nancy Kalish, is also a fellow Integrative Institute for Nutrition grad! She made it her mission to create the most incredible tasting healthy treats ever. Mission accomplished. Pure Genius brownies are vegan, nut free, dairy free, gluten free and packed with 3 grams of protein and and 3 grams of fiber. Can you guess what the secret ingredient is? It’s beans! Trust me when I say there is no beany taste!
Chocolate Chunk Blondie
The Chocolate Chunk Blondie was my favorite. Look at the amount of chunks in this bar! The Blondie tastes just like a giant chocolate chip cookie. This was the perfect post workout treat! I enjoyed this straight out of the package since I could not wait. Next time, I will warm it up a bit first!
Pure Genius only uses Enjoy Life Foods chocolate for the chunks in their bars- another huge win in my book! This bar is 2.5 ounces and comes in at 185 calories.
Ingredients: Garbanzo beans (chick peas), maple syrup, vegan and gluten-free chocolate, sunflower oil, gluten-free oats, pure flavor extracts, oregano, flax seed, sea salt, gluten-free baking powder.
This flavor is my top pick for my November Finds!
Deep Chocolate Brownie
The Deep Chocolate Brownies are so rich and fudgey! These brownies are big (2.5 ounces each) and come in at just 190 calories each. The chocolate brownie would be amazing with a scoop of cashew or coconut milk ice cream on top!
Ingredients: Black beans, maple syrup, vegan and gluten-free chocolate, grapeseed oil, gluten-free oats, cocoa powder, natural flavor, sea salt, gluten-free baking powder .
I highly recommend trying both flavors. These would also make a great snack for the kiddos lunch box!
You might be familiar with Peanut Butter & Co’s gluten-free dairy-free line of peanut butter. However, you’re probably not familiar with their brand new line of powdered peanut butter – Mighty Nut. Mighty Nut is a powdered peanut butter that has less fat than peanut butter and high protein.
Each batch of Mighty Nut is created from quality USA-grown peanuts. The peanuts are roasted, then pressed, to remove most of the fat. What remains is protein, fiber and delicious peanut buttery taste.
They are gluten-free and dairy-free, as well as certified vegan. These powdered peanut butters are available in four flavors – original, chocolate, flax & chia, and vanilla. Mighty Nut was awesome enough to send me the Flax and Chia flavor to try!
Here are some fun ideas on how to use your peanut powder: Add it to your protein shake, use it in baking, make a spread or dip by adding water or almond milk. One of my favorite ways to use Mighty Nut was in pancakes. I added 2 tablespoons of the powder right into my pancake batter. Since there is no such thing as too much Peanut Butter, I made a thinned out spread for some icing,. No pancake stack is complete without more peanut butter on top.
I’m excited to try some of the other flavors; especially the Vanilla. Check out Mighty Nut on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Mighty Nut can be purchased online or at your favorite large chain grocery store (Giant, Kroger, Stop & Shop and also Amazon)
For my fellow coffee junkies, run do not walk to your nearest Home Goods. On a recent business trip, I came across some fun limited edition holiday flavors. I picked up Kringle Krunch, Peppermint Bark and Sweetie Pie. Grande Kaffe Kringle Krunch and Peppermint Bark are made exclusively for TJ Maxx and Home Goods! Both smell incredible straight from the bag. The description for the Kringle Krunch coffee hooked me in! How does fresh roasted pecans and gooey praline mix poured over a batch of sinful white chocolate fudge sound to you! I also picked up Sweetie Pie which is Pumpkin flavored coffee. The Dunkin’ Donuts Vanilla Cupcake was a random find at Giant Eagle. Coffees make a perfect holiday gift!
Please meet my latest nut butter obsession from Wild Friends. Pumpkin Spice and Sugar Cookie. Hooray for Home Goods and TJ Maxx. I scored both jars about a day apart and both were hidden behind bags of coffee. Both are seasonal editions so I highly recommend finding them very soon! The ladies behind Wild Friends were college roommates who decided on a whim one day instead of venturing out into the rain to buy more Peanut Butter, they would make their own.That day, Wild Friends was born. Their nut butters are NON-GMO, organic, kosher, dairy(non-protein version) and palm fruit oil free. They also have peanut free versions of their nut butter available in almond and sunflower.
The Sugar Cookie is out of this world! This tastes just like your favorite holiday cookie! To me, it actually tasted a bit like a snickerdoodle cookie. I love Snickerdoodle anything so it was right up my alley! Spread this on toast, pancakes, add to your greek yogurt, ice cream or straight out of the jar! This flavor is my top pick for this week’s November Finds!
The Pumpkin Spice is just as delicious. The Pumpkin Spice is liquid gold. It has just the right amount of pumpkin spice. The texture is super creamy just the way a nut butter should be!
Both are only around for a limited time! There is also a Gingerbread Peanut Butter that I am still on the hunt for! Purchase your Wild Friends online and also visit them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
What are some of your new favorite food finds? Have you used powdered peanut butter before in baking? Please share- I would love to hear from you!