I am often very fascinated by vegan recipes for cookies, cakes, and desserts. The main ingredients in many baked goods are flour, milk (liquids), eggs, and butter. They all play quite a role in forming the end product, that has the right consistency, a nice texture, and, of course, tastes great.
At the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, there were so many vegetarian and vegan sweets and snacks – from cookies to cupcakes to chocolate to snack bars. Here’s a highlight of some of the vendors that were at the festival.
COOKIES and CAKES
Mary’s Gone Crackers featured their wheat-free and gluten-free baked goods. They showcased their lines of cookies and pretzel sticks, and provide tons of samples! I really liked their N’Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, oatmeal cookies without the oats!
Liz Lovely Cookies shared their artisan, handcrafted organic cookies from their Vermont based vegan bakery. Their cookies are wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and made with organic, fair-trade ingredients. I sampled their gluten-free German dark chocolate cookie, that’s rich and soft, covered with covered with coconut, and their gluten-free Snickerdoodle soft baked cinnamon sugar cookie.
Goodie Girl Edibles had cutely packaged gluten-free quinoa chocolate chip cookies, chocolate treats, and popcorn snacks. Their popcorn snack “Popped-Culture” features crunchy clusters of popcorn, rolled in sweet and salty caramel. It was so good!
Foodswings, this Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based vegan food joint had these awesome looking chocolaty and peanut buttery cupcakes and skull shaped cakes.
Wild Flour baking co also had some decadent cupcakes and cookies.
Vegan marshmallows were definitely a big hit at the festival. Sweet & Sara showcased their collection of gourmet marshmallow treats and goodies, from their Long Island City facility. Their marshmallow treats are 100% handmade and comes in delicious flavors like rocky road, coconut, strawberry, vanilla, peanut butter and s’mores. Their rice crispy treats are super tasty as well. They offered generous amounts of samples and their table was constantly packed with patrons, poking away from their toothpicks. Sweet & Sara marshmallows are totally new to me, but I’m happy to learn that they can be found at Whole Foods Market!
Chicago Soydairy had their marshmallow Dandies. These tiny vanilla marshmallows were light and fluffy, and just as versatile as regular marshmallows.
In the world of chocolate, Organic Nectars had several flavors of raw chocolate to sample. Rescue Chocolate from Brooklyn, NY, offered their varieties of chocolate bars and rabbit shaped chocolates too. All net proceeds from their chocolate sales go to animal rescue groups!
The New York based Sol Vitality displayed their Aphrodisia Raw Chocolates, along with their other organic, gluten-free, vegan treats, like their tasty spelt cookies and their savory pumpkin crunch. The pumpkin crunch was really good. It’s a bit sweet and a bit salty, at the same time.
Pacari Chocolate showcased their line of premium organic chocolates from Ecuador. The dark chocolate covered espresso beans were fantastic.
GnosisChocolat displayed their superfood-infused chocolates. Their chocolate bars are handmade, kosher, diabetic friendly, and packed with high nutrition goodness. There’s so many to chose from. I tried the SuperChoc which had goji berries, raspberries, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, acai berry, lavender flower, and a handful of other superfoods and herbs.
SNACKS AND PROTEIN BARS
One of my favorite peanut butters! Peanut Butter & Co was there giving samples of their extensive peanut butter mixtures. They are all so good, but I still think I like the simple Old Fashioned Crunchy one best.
I was introduced to The Simply Bar. Their protein bars are kosher, vegan, milk and gluten-free, and low glycemic. The bars offer the most protein, 16g, with the least amount of calories and fat, compared to other protein bars.
I sampled some of the gourmet plantain chips from Grab ‘Em Snacks. I’m a big fan of plantains, in general! The chips were pretty good. I liked the cinnamon sugar one most. I always enjoy dried fruits. I like adding them to my breakfast cereal or oatmeal, or simply munch on them when I need a midday snack. Peeled Snacks provided samples of their dried fruit mixes. I picked up a bag of their Farmer’s Market Trio, which has organic raisins, apples, and cherries, and a bag of Paradise Found, containing organic mango, pineapple, and banana. Tasty mixes!
Purely Elizabeth had their all-natural gluten-free granola, made with glutenfree oats, amaranth, quinoa, raw virgin coconut oil, chia seeds, and divine goodness. The pumpkin fig granola was definitely yummy. Snack on Splitz was an interesting snack. This crunchy snack is made from organic yellow split peas, along with salt, garlic, and a special blend of Indian spices. It’s lightly fried in canola oil. Each 2 oz bag has 140 calories and 9g of protein.
Nutiva displayed their delicious organic line of hemp products, including hemp protein, hemp oil, shelled hempseed, and hempseed and flaxseed bars. They also had organic coconut products like extra virgin coconut oil and coconut butter. They provided samples of their hemp protein powder mixed with almond milk. It was pretty good. I tasted a little bit of their Coconut Manna, coconut butter made from pure, dried coconut flesh. It was so rich and creamy. They recommend it for smoothies, sauces, dressings, and desserts.
Sheffa had their healthy and delicious snack mixes and salad sprinkles. There’s a spicy mix, a savory mix, a sweet mix, and salty one too.
And how can I forget to mention the ice cream! I’m always in the lookout for non-dairy alternatives for ice creams. I’ve only had soy milk based ice creams in the past. The Raw Ice Cream Companysold their vegan ice cream that is made with coconut and cashews, agave nectar, and free of refined sugar. Organic Nectar’s Cashewtopia sold their cashew based ice cream, sweetened with Organic Nectars’ own 100% raw, organic agave syrup. Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss featured their coconut milk based ice cream goodness, also sweetened with agave syrup. They all offer a nice variety of flavors too.
Wow, this is quite an extensive list, but it’ll come in handy the next time I’m craving for something sweet and tasty, or when I’m in the mood to construct a delightful dessert!