2017 has been an awesome year for me on the blogging front. I learned so much yet still have so much to improve. There’s always something technical to figure out or something more I could be doing better, but one thing I know is that I really love showing up here every week with fun and creative stuff to write about. Thanks for coming back to read what I have to say, and thank you for the words of encouragement both online and in person. With that being said, I thought it would be fun to recap 2017 with some of my Favorite Food Finds.
In no particular order, here we go!
Run by husband and wife team Alex and Thomas Pericak, COnutButter comes in 3 delicious flavors; Pure Sea Salt Almond Butter, Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter and Salted Honey Peanut. With coconut oil as the base, none of their nut butters contain more than 6 ingredients. Their nut butters are the perfect consistency for baking or just enjoying by the spoonful!
This one’s not a surprise since I feel like 50% of my Instagram feed is Know Foods Chocolate Chip Waffles. My obsession with this company started in April after trying their donuts, bread and muffins. Since then, their product line has grown exponentially to include pasta, cookies, marshmallows and now their own chocolate chips! The waffles, cookies, wraps and donuts will continue to be a staple in my pantry into the new year.
Using only real food ingredients, My Favorite Indulgence granolas are vegan, signficantly lower in sugar, salt and carbs, preservative-free and just downright delicious. This crunchy goodness is so yummy on yogurt, as a topping for pancakes or waffles or straight from the bag. My favorites are the Chocolate Mocha and Pumpkin Spiced! Indulge in a healthy way and add this granola to your healthy eating mix for 2018!
If you are searching for a way to satisfy your craving for ice cream, I definitely recommend trying one of Enlightened’s 22 ice cream flavors. I’m certainly no connoisseur of ice cream, but this is one brand I continue to come back to time and time again. I’m still working on my local grocery store(come on Publix) to add more of their flavors!
When I’m short on time and need to rely on the convenience of a baking mix, Simple Mills is my go to. All of their mix’s are paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free and low carb. I not only love the simplicity of the ingredient list but also enjoy being able to put a healthy dessert on the table in less than 25 minutes. I’ve recently added their pancake/waffle mix along with the pizza crust mix to my must haves for the pantry.
Created by mother of two Lindsay Binnie, Binnie’s Coconut Butters come in 6 delicious flavors; Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt(still obsessed with this one!), Very Vanilla, Simply Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, Coffee Macaroon and Maple. All of their coconut butters are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan, organic and non-GMO. With a clean ingredient list, I feel good about recommending Binnie’s Coconut Butters! Whichever flavor you choose, you simply cannot go wrong.
Abby’s Better Nut Butter was started by self described foodie Abby Kircher. For her, it all started with some nuts and a food processor. Offered in 5 different flavors: Date Pecan, Coconut Cashew, Strawberry Cashew, Honey Almond and Coffee Almond, none of her nut butters contain more than 5 ingredients or any artificial sweeteners. I still need to try her Coconut Cashew flavor that I see so many people raving about on Instagram. Definitely on my list to try for 2018!
Blind Spot Nutbutters is an artisan nut butter maker based in York, PA. I’ve always had a warm spot in my heart for this company since they were local to me. I absolutely loved this year’s holiday cookie theme. Keep an eye out for the Valentine’s Day flavors to be released next week; Chocolate Heartbreak and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie. Is your mouth watering yet? Well, it should be!
If you’re looking for a healthy dark chocolate, you simply cannot go wrong with FlavaNaturals. Each of their bars contain 5 times the flavanol super nutrients of a typical chocolate bar. Available in 6 unique flavors; Crystallized Ginger + Saigon Cinnamon, Blueberry + Matcha, Espresso Ground Coffee, Pure Cocoa Nibs, and Roasted Almond Himalayan Pink Salt; my favorite is the Blueberry + Matcha. Since they are relatively small in size(1.3 ounces), they can be enjoyed just about anywhere and perfect as a healthy snack or dessert option.
Bakeovers are essentially “makeovers” of the traditional baked good(cookies) to make them healthier, tastier and free of the most common allergens. Molly’s Bakeovers are free from GMO, egg, dairy, peanut, soy and gluten. They come in these cute resealable packages that keep them fresh for days. Brownie Crisp is my favorite with Chocolate Chip not too far behind! I recently had an opportunity to try the Apple Pie flavor and they are too die for. Molly also launched her new website which I highly recommend checking out!
A few honorable mentions include Legendary Foods, Spoonably Sweet, Choc Zero and True Made Foods(I have talked about all four companies on Instagram but not formally reviewed yet on the blog), SmartCake and Georgia Grinders.