Alisa Fleming ~ Part 1 of this five part series for Expo West 2011 brought new “milks,” “butters,” and even peanut butter cups. But have no fear, Part 2 offers a dozen more delights, and some that will surely surprise you …
Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss in Four New Flavors (http://www.coconutbliss.com/) – If you can’t get enough of the coconut-based ice cream craze, then I’ve got a very pleasant surprise for you. Luna & Larry have released for new vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, AND gluten-free flavors (yes, they are ALL gluten-free too!), Lunaberry Swirl, Chocolate Walnut Brownie, Ginger Cookie Caramel, and Mocha Maca Crunch. The word on the street is that the Chocolate Walnut Brownie Bliss is unreal.
Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips (new flavors) and Sweet Potato Chips (www.rhythmsuperfoods.com) – All of the products from this company are fairly new, considering they just launched in late 2010. But at Expo West they announced two new flavors of their flagship Kale Chip line, Mango Habanero and Texas BBQ, and an entire new line of Sweet Potato Chips. The Sweet Potato Chips come in two flavors, thus far, Sea Salt and Hickory BBQ. Rhythm products are organic, vegan, gluten-free, “raw” (dehydrated), and oil-free.
Feel Good Foods Gluten-Free Asian Dumplings (www.feel-good-foods.com) – This company just started up in January, so Expo West was their big release to the public. They make a line of Asian Dumplings (available in the freezer section) that are reportedly just like the ones you can get in good Chinese Restaurants. They come in Shrimp, Pork, Chicken, and Vegetable (each with a gluten-free dipping sauce!), and according to the company, this convenience food is hand-made, chef driven, and all natural.
Wayfare Foods We Can’t Say It’s Cream Cheese (www.wayfarefoods.com) – I’ve yet to try their sour cream alternative, but considering how awesome their cheddar spreads are, I’m guessing this one will be a winner. To the best of my knowledge, all of the Wayfare Foods products are vegan and soy-free, so yes, this may be a soy-free cream cheese alternative!
Wayfare Foods Pudding (www.wayfarefoods.com) – I couldn’t find out much about these goodies, except that this pudding was just released, it comes in vanilla, chocolate, and butterscotch, and it is reportedly quite tasty … with the butterscotch flavor getting the most raves.
Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free Mock Rye Bread (www.canyonbakehouse.com) – I actually hadn’t heard of this bread company, but apparently they aren’t brand new themselves. They produce a fairly popular line of breads, buns, and even focaccia that are gluten-free and dairy-free. Sorry, they do contain eggs. At Expo West they announced their new mock rye bread, which many reported “tastes like the real thing.”
Mrs. Mays Fruit & Nut Toppers (www.mrsmays.com) – Mrs. Mays announced their new Toppers and Rounds at Expo West, but they had to go and throw chocolate that contains milk in the Rounds. We’re a little bitter, but willing to forgive, since Mrs. Mays did offer the dairy-free community a consolation prize with the Toppers. The Toppers are all-natural fruit and nut clusters intended for sprinkling atop your dairy-free yogurt or ice cream. They are vegan and wheat-free, and come in Blueberry Almond, Cranberry Almond, Raspberry Almond, and Strawberry Almond varieties.
Amy’s Sonoma Veggie Burger (www.amys.com) – Thank goodness for Amy’s veggie burgers! The Sonoma burger (with a base of of organic quinoa, walnuts, mushrooms, veggies and spices) has arrived to be their fifth dairy-free option. It is also soy-free, gluten-free, and available in stores now! They officially began shipping this new product in January 2011.
Amy’s Sandwich Rounds (www.amys.com) – These didn’t get as much buzz as the other new Amy’s products, so it was hard to confirm the details. These may, or may not, be gluten-free, but sound almost like mini pizza crusts.
Amy’s Margherita Pizza with Daiya Cheeze (www.amys.com) – This was definitely the “hot” new product from Amy’s. Their traditional Margherita pizza has been around for some time, but at Expo West they unveiled their new Vegan Margherita Pizza with Daiya Cheeze. So now, in the dairyi-free category, they have the cheese-less (roasted vegetable) pizza, the GFCF pizza with soy cheese alternative, and this semi-traditional pizza with a soy-free cheese alternative. We love you Amy’s!
Pacific Foods Hearty Carton Soups in Thai Sweet Potato (www.pacificfoods.com) – Pacific Foods has actually launched six new soups in this category and all sound delicious, but alas, only the All Natural Thai Sweet Potato is dairy-free. However, I’m not complaining as it looks fabulously rich and creamy! It appears to be vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, too.
Whenever Bars by Pamela’s Products – (www.pamelasproducts.com) – These are much like a traditional chewy granola bar, but made with certified gluten-free oats! They are also dairy-free, and come in three flavors: Oat Raisin Walnut Spice, Oat Blueberry Lemon, and Oat Cranberry Almond.
Article by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org, blogger at Alisa Cooks, and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.