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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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A Review: Jocalate Bars (from Larabars)

I was purusing the health food isle at my local HEB (I live in San Antonio) and I came across the very same bar I had seen on Vegan Essentials just that afternoon! The two flavors I tried where Chocolate and Chocolate Coffee. Here is the info for them (I got it from Vegan Essentials’ site)

Ingredients: – Organic dates, organic almonds, organic walnuts, organic cocoa, organic cacao nibs, organic cashewsChocolate Coffee flavor – Organic dates, organic hazelnuts, organic walnuts, organic cocoa, organic cacao nibs, organic coffee

Chocolate Mint flavor – Organic dates, organic almonds, organic cocoa, organic cacao nibs, organic peppermint flavor, organic vanilla flavor

Orange Mint flavor – Organic dates, organic almonds, organic cocoa, organic cacao nibs, organic orange flavor

Nutritional information:
Serving size – 1 bar (48g)
Servings per package – 1
Calories per serving – 190 (180 for Mint flavor)
Total fat – 9g / 1g saturated for Chocolate and Orange flavors, 8g / 1g saturated for Mint flavor, 11g / 1g saturated for Coffee flavor
Sodium – 0mg
Total carbohydrate – 25g (5g fiber, 19g sugars), 26g (6g fiber, 19g sugars) for Mint only
Protein – 4g, 5g for Orange flavor only


Well, as some of the other reviews on Vegan Essentials said, this isn’t exactly a chocolate bar in the traditional sense. It’s more of a chocolate flavored food bar. Also, while it says “No added sugar” (which is usually a good thing) that leaved the bar slightly bitter and definitely not as sweet as you’d expect from a chocolate bar. However I did like them, especially the Coffee flavored, but just know that they aren’t exactly what you’d expect.


As far as I know, most or all of Larabars are vegetarian if not vegan. I have yet to try the others, but I have heard they are good …

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Vegan Treat: Hot Chocolate

I was browsing the internet for vegan hot chocolate and found out a bit. There are of course pre-made vegan hot chocolate packets (for example:, but why go through the trouble when you can make your own? I have found several recipes (believe it or not, not just heating chocolate soymilk in the microwave – although I suppose you could), but with the exception of a few “exotic” flavored ones they are basically a repetition of the following:

  • tablespoons chocolate powder (bakers chocolate, coco, chocolate protein powder … etc)
  • tablespoon vegan sugar (some sugars are processed using animal bone – turbinado (raw) sugar is ok for example … I am fairly certain most brown sugar is as well)
  • cup milk alternative such as soy,almond or rice milk (for extra flavor I recommend vanilla or even chocolate flavor … coconut milk is also an option)
  • Optional Flavor Enhancers: Vegan Marshmallows ( , 1 dash ground cinnamon , Vegan whipped cream ( , berry/fruit juice to taste, a dash of vanilla extract (assuming you aren’t using vanilla milk already).
  • That’s about all I could think of/find. If you have any other suggestions please comment!

    Instructions:Heat the liquid portion (“milk”, juice, vanilla – what ever you are using/not using) either in the microwave or on the stove till it’s slightly too hot to drink. Then mix in the rest of your ingredients, starting with the chocolate powder. Cool to your preference (I’m sure you could add ice if you want) then enjoy. Serves one.

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