Alisa Fleming ~ Breakfast, condiments, and bars round out today’s dozen new products from Expo West 2011. But maybe, just maybe, I’ve snuck a new dairy-free and vegan frozen pizza in the bunch. Read on to find out …
HALO Bars (www.theprobar.com) – This is a new line of bars from the popular PROBAR company. However, unlike the virtuous sounding PROBAR names (think Whole Berry Blast and Superfood Slam), HALO Bars carry the tagline “The Sinfully Healthy Snack,” and come in enticing flavors like S’mores, Honey Graham, Nutty Marshmallow, and Rocky Road. The new HALO Bars are all dairy-free, certified organic, and, despite the marshmallow and honey themes, they are vegan too.
Bella Vegano Cheese Alternative (www.lisanattifoods.com) – I’m sure many of you, like me, have picked up the Lisanatti Almond Cheeze, RiceCheeze, or Soy-Station “Cheese” at the supermarket in excitement, only to discover it actually contains dairy. Well the company finally has something to offer us. They just released their new vegan Bella Vegano line of cheese alternatives. I couldn’t find any information on this product, so I have no idea if it is almond-based. We will just have to wait and see when it arrives on store shelves.
Genius Gluten-Free Bread via Glutino (www.geniusglutenfree.com and www.glutino.com) – Glutino has partnered with Genius Bread, Europe’s most popular gluten-free bread, to bring it to the U.S. According to their website, Genius Bread is baked in a dedicated gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free site. But to note, they do use egg whites. Their product line is basic; white bread and brown bread, but hey, why mess with perfection?
Purely Elizabeth Granola (www.purelyelizabeth.com) – Purely Elizabeth has been on the scene just a short time with their gluten-free baking mixes, but they are already upping the ante with a new line of granola. Made with “ancient grains” like quinoa and amaranth, the new granolas are vegan, gluten-free, free of refined sugars, and hand-crafted in small batches. They haven’t arrived in stores yet, but should be available soon. The flavors we heard about included original, cranberry-pecan, and pumpkin fig.
Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Frozen Waffles (www.foodforlife.com) – It seems there really wasn’t much representation at the show for this sprouted company. I mean, they had a giant booth with samples, but no one working in it. A few vegan bloggers with keen eyes spotted the waffles, which are obviously a new addition. They will come in flavors like Apple Pecan, Original, and Blueberry.
Blueberry Muffin Larabar (www.larabar.com) – I was first dazzled by Larabar when they released the Coconut Crème Pie flavor. So many flavors with such simple ingredients! But their creative team was nowhere near finished … since then they’ve added Carrot, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chip Brownie, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and now Blueberry Muffin. Like all Larabar flavors, this one is vegan, grain-free, and sugar-free.
Chocolate Coconut Chip Clif Bars (www.clifbar.com) – Not to be outdone by Larabar, Clif Bar has launched another new flavor, Chocolate Coconut Chip. As soon as I spot this one on sale, it will go in the basket for a taste-testing.
Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna Bar (www.lunabar.com) – It seems the recipe developers at Clif Bar & Co. have chocolate and coconut on the brain. After coming up with the new Clif Bar flavor, they released a similar version in their Luna Bar line, but this time thought, “why don’t we dip it in the chocolate?” Genius.
Nasoya Super Hummus (www.nasoya.com) – Nasoya has launched a new line of hummus that boasts “twice the protein and half the fat of the leading hummus brand?” How do they do it? With soy of course! They use soybeans and soymilk powder along with the hummus and tahini (and seasonings) to create a new hummus-style blend. Super Hummus was launched in two flavors, Original and Spinach. This product actually started shipping last year, so you can find it in stores now … if you haven’t already.
American Flatbread Frozen Vegan Pizza (www.americanflatbread.com) – Though it isn’t yet listed on their website or in their online store, the folks at the American Flatbread booth were proudly showing off their new vegan pizza, and informing people that it is already available in the Whole Foods around the Los Angeles area. Hopefully it will be expanding to nationwide distribution soon, so we can all give it a trial.
Crunchfuls Premium Superfood Cereals (www.pulfoods.com) – This company started up in mid-2010, but it just getting their distribution up to speed. And while you may be thinking acai and goji when you hear the word superfood, this cereal actually boasts a full serving of vegetables in every bowl. The secret ingredient is Pulseeds™, a combination of dry beans, split peas and lentils. Crunchfuls come in two flavors, Caramel and Chocolate, are vegan, and are made without gluten, corn, or any of the top eight allergens.
O'Doughs Gluten-Free Muffins (www.odoughs.com) – O'Doughs Bakery in Toronto has been popular with gluten-free Canadians for a few years, but they are now gaining a following in the U.S., too. Their pizza kits, breads, buns, and now muffins are all dairy-free (but they do use eggs). The muffins will be available in chocolate, blueberry, and carrot.
Sambazon Organic Protein Superfood Smoothies (www.sambazon.com) – But wait! It gets better. Sambazon has moved beyond juice. They have also introduced a new line of Vegan Whole Food Protein Drinks that are available in two flavors: Vanilla + Acai Berry and Chocolate + Acai Berry. They are described as a “tasty light meal or on-the-go snack,” and I’m sure dairy-free and vegan fitness buffs will welcome them as a workout recovery drink. Each bottle contains a good dose of Omega-3’s and 10 grams of plant-based (soy) protein.
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.