The Happy Pear Releases Brand New Oven Bakes

I’ve loved The Happy Pear since the first moment I saw their smiling faces on the cover of their fantastic cook book. I’m fairly certain they’re the most positive guys in the country, not to mention the healthiest!

Their business prowess seems to know no bounds as well, as they’ve just released a new branch of their brand – oven bakes! I have to say, they look DELISH!

The Happy Pear oven bakes
Source: The Happy Pear Twitter page

The new bakes come in three flavours; Shepherdless Pie, Tomato and Sweet Potato Bake and Veggie Lasagne. Apparently each bake provides 2 to 4 of your five a day and they’re ALL less than 450 calories!

The bakes are available in SuperValu and Centra stores nationwide, as well as the official Happy Pear food stores of course.

The Happy Pear oven bakes
Source: The Happy Pear Twitter page

NOTE! The Veggie Lasagne and Sweet Potato Bake are NOT vegan, they’re vegetarian as they contain cheese, so make sure to be aware when you’re checking these out! This is unfortunate, but at least the Shepherds Pie (my FAVOURITE meal) is vegan friendly.

The Happy Pear are currently running a competition on their Twitter page where you can win six packets of your favourite flavour! Make sure to enter πŸ™‚

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Taste Testing Eat Real’s New Organic Range

I’ve been a big Eat Real fan ever since I first tried their Chilli & Lemon flavour Lentil Chips. I’d never seen crisps made out of lentils before – or anything other than potatoes, really – and once I tried them I was absolutely hooked. After that, I kept an eye out for the brand and spotted other lentil flavours and their hummus crisps as well. All delicious!

A representative of Eat Real recently got in touch with me and sent on information about the new organic range Eat Real just launched. I requested a few samples to try them myself and I was delighted to receive six sample packets; two each of Veggie Straws, Hummus and Lentil crisps. I thought this was really generous seeing as they’re 100g each!

The first one I tried was the veggie straws and I polished off the packet myself during a Netflix binge. Seeing as they’re low in sugar, salt and saturated fat, I’ll let myself off the hook there! All of the crisps were ‘Sea Salt’ flavour, and although they were all super yummy, I think the veggie straws or the lentil ones are my favourite. Probably the lentil ones at a toss up!

Eat Real Organic

The range is gluten free and vegan (a combination that’s quite hard to find even these days!) and made of organic hummus, lentils and vegetables! They contain significantly less fat than traditional crisps (hummus crisps 40% less, lentil and veggie crisps 30%) and are certified by the Soil Association.

It’s hard to believe that the Eat Real brand was only launched 3 years ago! I suppose it’s because I first tried their products when I went vegan and I feel like I’ve been vegan much longer than a year and a bit! What this new range represents is that healthy food with good-for-you ingredients is becoming more readily available. And that’s a great thing!

Veggie Straws

Does anyone remember those salt and vinegar stick crisps? They came in a red packet? I can’t remember the name of them but I used to love that they came in stick form! Not sure why, it’s just a shape, but it heightened my eating experience for some reason!

Eat Real Organic

These Veggie Straws are exactly as they sound – they’re green, orange and yellow so they remind you of eating something healthier – and they’re hollow inside like straws! They’re just the right amount of salted – not so much that it rubs off onto your fingers – but just enough to satisfy that savoury craving.

Rating: 4/5

Lentil CrispsΒ 

On first inspection, these crisps look like a holier version than the popular crisps, Snax. And by holier filled with some bubbly holes – they’re not Catholic crisps! Some of them are curlier than others but they’re just as yummy.

Eat Real Organic

I like imperfectly shaped crisps anyway, and that goes for most foods too, as it gives the impression that they’re not all spat out of some machine into cookie cutter shapes on a conveyor belt. Yack! These are very light on the tummy and super yummy – my favourites!

Rating: 5/5

Hummus CrispsΒ 

These were the last ones that I tried (even though I’d be the first person jumping on the hummus bowl if I was at a party!) These are shaped like slightly curved discs and they’re very thin. If anybody tried to steal them on you I bet you could do some damage with the edges alone!

Eat Real Organic

Again, these are really nice but I think they’re even nicer because they’re the lowest in calorie of the lot – 466 calories for the whole bag! Not bad for a binging night, eh?

Rating:Β 3.5/5

If you’re a crisp fiend like I am, definitely give them a go, particularly because they’re certified organic, better for you than regular crisps and they’re tasty to boot.

Each bag is about Β£2.19 which is around €2.50 and they’re available from most health stores.

Vegan Nutty Chocolate Granola Recipe

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I often find myself skipping it because I “don’t have time” to make something nice. Usually I’ll just make a quick cup of tea with the bag still in and run off to work while chomping on a banana. Not exactly a hearty meal!

vegan granola recipe

Since I went vegan I’ve loved the Foods of Athenry products, especially the Nutty Crunch Granola cereal they offer. Unfortunately, delicious as it is, it’s quite expensive for the amount of product you get. Yesterday I decided to try my hand at some granola of my own and, if I do say so myself, it’s pretty delicious!

Ingredients:Β 

Half a cup of maple syrup/ date syrup

3 cups of jumbo oats

Half a cup of pumpkin seeds

1 cup of walnuts

A third of a cup of sesame seeds

Two heaped tablespoons of cacao powder

Half a cup of cacao nibs (or more, depending on taste)

A third of a cup of sunflower seeds

4 heaped tablespoons of coconut oil (solid)

vegan granola

Method:Β 

Melt the coconut oil and while you’re melting it mix together the dry ingredients

Spoon the syrup and melted oil together and then pour the dry and wet ingredients together

Line a baking tray with baking paper

Put the granola mixture onto the tray and toast in the oven for 5 minutes at 200 degrees celsius

Remove from the oven and let cool before eating OR (for granola with extra bite) leave overnight with a towel over it

Enjoy!Β 

Seed and Bean Vegan Chocolate Taste Testing

I was recentlyΒ sent five flavours of vegan chocolate from Seed and Bean to try out;
the flavours I received were Cornish Sea Salt, Aromatic Fennel, Sicilian Hazelnut, Sweet Orange and Thyme as well as 80% Ecuador dark chocolate. As a huge chocolate lover, I was really excited to give them a go!

The company is a great one to support as they’re o100% organic and the foil they use in the wrapper is a NatureFlex film which is fully compostable! All of the Seed and Bean products are ethically sourced and the chocolates themselves are handmade in England.

seed and bean vegan chocolate

The delicious chocolate bars are created using cocoa from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and the Sao Tome Islands of West Africa.

I’ve just posted a video where I try out all the different flavours to my YouTube channel so check it out if you’re interested!

I had never seen the chocolate bars in stores before so if you want to find out where to buy them, check out the list of stockists here.

Sweet Apple Sauce Recipe

If you ever have a fewΒ soft apples lying around that are nearly past their sell by date, don’t throw them out; instead, make some delicious apple sauce!

It’s super easy to make, doesn’t take much time and you can keep it in a jar in the fridge for up to 3 days! It’s delicious mixed into porridgeΒ and (my personal favourite) drizzled over vanilla ice cream with some crushed biscuit. You’ll be amazed how much it tastes like apple pie!

applesauce recipe

Ingredients:Β 

  • Apples (I used 2 large ones and 1 medium)
  • 2 tbspn pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup of water
  • A dash of cinnamon

Method:Β 

Core and dice the apples

Place them in a pot with the water, the maple syrup and the cinnamon

Cook on a high heat, constantly stirring until the apples have a mushy, lumpy consistency

applesauce recipe

Take off the heat and let cool for a few minutes

Place in a blender and blitz for 30 seconds

Store in a glass jar in the fridge or use immediately

Enjoy!Β