Sweet intensity from the UK’s only 100% Ethically Accredited Chocolate Company

seed & bean

Bite into a chunk of Seed & Bean chocolate and enjoy the sweet intensity that follows.

At least that’s what hits you with the Extra Dark Chocolate Mandarin & Ginger bar. I can’t speak for some of the other flavours, Rich Milk Tangerine, Extra Dark and Rich Milk Sicilian Hazelnut & Almond (yet).

However, I’m sure it’s bound to be as exotic and fulfilling as my Mandarin & Ginger experience.

The cute thing is these organic and fairtrade Seed & Bean bars now come in small bar sizes of 32g each.

And, if you believe small is beautiful, then you’ll love knowing that Seed & Bean also ‘grow’ their wrappers, making them from eucalyptus trees in Cumbria, so they are compostable and biodegradable.

In fact Seed & Bean are the UK’s only 100% Accredited Chocolate Company.

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Make your own chocolate bars with 3 simple ingredients

Chocanistas of the world unite! Making chocolate is easy!

All you need is 3 simple ingredients.

Cacao powder, cacao butter and some sweetness. It’s the quality of the ingredient that counts.

Take The  Raw Chocolate Company’s Virgin Cacao Butter for example. It’s basically oil from raw organic cacao beans. Extracted without heat to ensure it keeps its nutrition, quality and wonderful chocolatey aroma.

Simple Raw Chocolate Recipe:

homemade chocolate
Enjoy making your own chocolate

90g Organic Virgin Cacao Butter
60g Raw Organic Cacao Powder
60g Organic Coconut Palm Sugar

1. Place the Cacao Butter in a bowl over a pan of hot water on a low heat and melt gently.
2. Leaving the bowl over the pan, add the coconut palm sugar to the melted oil and stir. 3. Then stir in the cacao powder and mix well using a balloon whisk or hand blender.
4. Spoon or pour into ice cube trays, silicon moulds or even a plastic tub to make one big chocolate bar!
5. Place in the fridge and leave to set.

For a flavoured Raw Chocolate, try adding any of the following: a pinch of cayenne or chilli powder, a drop or two of (food grade) peppermint or orange oil, orange zest, vanilla powder, sea salt, maca powder, dried fruit, nuts, spices… your life will never be the same again!

Mmmmmmmm, Lovechock – happiness inside

Lovechock
Sheer pleasure needs no explanation…


Want happiness on the inside?

Rumour has it that it comes in the form of chocolate…

Specifically, Lovechoc-olate.

Tenderly cold grinding the best organic Equadorian cacao (rather than burning it) allows the chocolate to keep its  antioxidant flavanoids which, we are informed, are otherwise known as love-chemicals.

The chocolate is then sweetened with coconut blossom nectar and comes unadulterated with no dairy, soya or gluten.

As a result, the flavour, no matter what the variety, is intense. But for your pleasure Lovechock comes in 5 vegan flavours:

  • Pure/Nibs
  • Almond/Fig
  • Goji/Orange
  • Pineapple/Incaberry
  • Mulberry/Vanilla

These bites taste so good, you wouldn’t believe you were eating something so healthy

Nature's Store Rice Milk Covered Rice Cakes
incredibly good taste

Oh my goodness!

I just wolfed down a pack of the tastiest ricecakes ever!

Yes, I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but the good food revolution has hit the puffed up world of ricecakes with a vengeance.

Okay, the ricecakes were mini-bites and yes, they were covered with chocolate, but I’ve tasted chocolate rice cakes before and they weren’t half as enjoyable as these Rice Milk Chocolate Coated Mini Rice Cakes.

The real fulfilment came from the purity of the experience. The chocolate had been made with rice milk keeping it lactose free and adding a symbiosm to each delightful bite. Cocoa and air-bubbles, sweetness and rice – it was near heaven.

The makers, Nature’s Store, source the finest ingredients and add nothing artificial, in this case utilising organic rice from paddy fields in Italy.

I can only hope that their other products, obviously all gluten free:

… are equally as good.

(I’ll soon find out…)

Easy Superfood Chocolates – vegan or dairy free recipe for Easter

Our friend chef and nutritionist, Christine Bailey, has come up with this brilliant but simple chocolate superfood recipe for Easter. Take a look…

Superfood chocolates especially for Easter
Superfood chocolates especially for Easter

My children love making homemade chocolates and as they follow a  dairy free diet this is a perfect way to create something scrummy and healthy for Easter. I love to cram in lots of superfood powders too – these are a great way to energise and nourish your body.  You could also mix in some other flavourings too – such as mulberries, goji berries, crystallised ginger or chopped nuts.

For more of my great healthy treats why not get my new Ebook – Paleo and Gluten Free Treats available from my website shop www.advancenutrition.co.uk

Makes about 20 chocolate   

100g raw cacao butter
2tbsp coconut oil
4tbsp raw cacao powder
2tbsp lucuma powder
2tsp maca powder
2tbsp raw honey or sweet freedom
1tsp super greens powder

1. Melt the cacao butter and coconut butter very gently – you can do this in a pan or over a bowl of simmering water.  Stir it as is dissolves.
2. Whisk in the remaining ingredients until smooth.  Pour into chocolate moulds and place in the fridge to set.

(Recipe copyright Christine Bailey MSc, MBANT, CNHC Qualified Nutritionist and Chef)

Fairtrade Easter Gifts from Divine

It seems a lot of chocolate companies are adopting a Spring theme with their Easter Eggs.

Perhaps they realise how tired we are of the cold now?

Divine Easter Egg range
Ethical chocolate from Divine

So, Divine, the fairtrade chocolate company has introduced Bee Shaped Chocolates made with smooth milk chocolate and small pieces of honeycomb crunch.

Bees, of course, are vital to the planet’s eco-system – 70% of the food we eat grows because of them. And they’ve been in the news a lot lately because their numbers are dropping to dangerous levels. In addition to all their worthy chocolate work in Ghana, Divine are now also asking everyone to encourage bees back to Britain by planting wild flowers. They’ve teamed up with beehappyplants.co.uk to get you a money-off offer this Spring.

Beano Dubble Easter Eggs
With the chocolate egg hunt kit there’s something for everyone

Honeycomb bees isn’t the only Easter chocolate from Divine. Whether it’s dark or milk or white chocolate eggs, little or large, there literally is something for everyone, especially with their Beano Easter Egg Hunt Kit. All, naturally, made from the “best of the best” cocoa and free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives, and suitable for vegetarians.

The 2013 Free From Food Awards shortlist is out

Exciting news! This year’s shortlist for the Free From Food Awards is out.

Below is a list of the very best in free from foods. Everything listed here will be gluten, wheat or dairy (cow’s milk) free – and many are free of all three plus eggs, nuts and other major allergens.

But the fun doesn’t stop here. The final winners will be announced on 16th April. See the Free From Food Awards website for more info.

1. The Innovation Award – sponsored by Warburtons
CoYo Natural
Dell’Ugo Chickpea Fusilli
Esgir Crunchy Crumb
Eskal Ice Cream Party Tubs
Good Wine Online So Lo SO2 2009 Navitas
Hale & Hearty Agave Syrup – Maple Flavoured
It’s Only Natural Mango Orb
Lactofree Fresh Semi-Skimmed Dairy Drink
Lactofree Spreadable
La Zaragozana Ambar Green (apta para celiàcos) 0.0% (non-alcoholic)
Nutritious Delicious Truffles – Orange Chocolate
Tesco Free From Crème Caramel

2. Plant ‘milk’, spread & cheese – sponsored by Sainsbury’s
Coconut oil and Milks:
Koko Dairy Free Original+Calcium (formerly Kara Dairy Free)
Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Coconut Oil
Oatly Oat Drink
Provamel Rice-Coconut Drink
Vivesoy Cappuccino/Soy Milk
Desserts:
Bessant & Drury Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Lemon
Clearspring Sweet Grains Dessert Amazake
Provamel Orange & Redbush Yogurt Alternative
Pudology Banoffee Pud
Pudology Chocolate Pud
Zen Zen Mango

3. FreeFrom Breakfast Cereals – sponsored by GoodnessDirect
Doves Farm Cereal Flakes
Doves Farm Fibre Flakes
Esgir Corn Flakes Classic
Hale & Hearty Choco Jungle Cereal
Perkier Ginger and Raisin Porridge
Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Cornflakes

4. Breads and bread mixes – sponsored by Tesco
Annapanni Mum’s Mill Quick bread Mix/Bread Flour Mix
Fria Gluten Free Fiber/Fibre Loaf
Fria Gluten Free Vallmofralla Poppy Seed Roll
Knead Bakery Fresh Seeded Batch
Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Soft Brown Seeded Bread
The Foodamentalists Perfect Vegan Bread Mix
The Indian Coeliac Paratha
Waitrose LOVE Life GF Seeded Sliced Loaf
Warburtons Fruit Loaf
Warburtons Gluten Free Brown Bread Loaf
Warburtons Gluten Free White Bread
Warburtons 3 Gluten Free Brown Rolls
Biona Organic Rye Bread with Chia Flax
Yes You Can! Fresh Brown Bread
Yes You Can! Fresh White Bread
Yes You Can! Seeded Brown Bread Roll

5. Grocery ambient/store cupboard – pasta, sauces, pizza bases, flour stock etc – sponsored by Tesco
Pasta:
Cornito Sea Waves Pasta
Doves Farm Organic Maize & Rice Penne
Eat Water Slim Noodles
Farabella Cicatelli
Le Veneziane GF Tagliatelle
Orgran Buckwheat Pasta Spirals
Riso Gallo 3 Cereali Fusilli
Riso Gallo 3 Cereali Penne
Riso Gallo 3 Cereali Spaghetti
Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Elbows
Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fettucine
Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli
Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Lasagne
Other grocery ambient entries:
Amy’s Kitchen Chunky Tomato Soup
Delicious Sauces Mint Chilli Mild
Delicious Sauces Piri Piri Chilli Hot
Doves Farm Gluten & Wheat Free Plain White Flour
DS-gluten free Yorkshire Puddings
Hale & Hearty GF Breadcrumbs
Innovative Solutions GF Bread Flour
Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Tikka Sauce
Saladworx Hebridean Seaweed & Lemon Dressing & Marinade & Drizzle
Sanchi Instant Miso Soup
Sanchi Tamari Soy Sauce
Sweet Mandarin Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce
Tesco Free From Pizza Bases
Wellfoods GF Pizza Bases
Womersley Raspberry Vinegar
Sweet products:
Innovative Solutions GF Multipurpose Flour
Mortimer Chocolate Company White Couverture Powder
Orgran Buckwheat Pancake Mix
Orgran No Egg Natural Egg Replacer
Sukrin Gold

6. Freefrom foods manufactured for food service – sponsored by Livwell
Savoury:
Domino’s GF Pizza
DS-gluten free Pizza Base
Hotch Potch Eggs Savoury Scotch Eggs
Pizza Hut GF Pizza
Proceli Burger Baps
Red House Foods Georgia’s Choice GF Fish Cake
Sweet:
Almondy Tårta with DAIM
Christine’s Puddings Ready Baked Pastry Cases
Delice de France GF Blueberry Muffin
Delice de France GF Chocolate Chip Muffin
Glamourpuds Banoffee Sponge Pudding Pot
Glamourpuds Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot
Glamourpuds Raspberry Jam Sponge Pudding Pot
Sainsbury’s Café FreeFrom Cherry and Almond Slice
We Love Cake Apricot Macaroon Slice

7. Ready Meals – sponsored by Food Heaven
Pizzas, pies & pasties:
Freedom Deli Gourmet Fish Pie
Freedom Deli Ham & Cheese Panini
Freedom Deli Pepperoni & Cheese Panini
Freedom Deli Tuna Melt Panini
Mamma Cucina Vegetable Pizza
Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Margherita Pizza
Tesco Free From Cheese & Tomato Pizza
One pot meals – to include ‘world food’:
Afia’s Spicy Beef Samosa
Amy’s Kitchen Mexican Tortilla Bake
Amy’s Kitchen Mushroom Risotto Bowl
Dee’s Quinoa Pots with Thai Spiced Vegetables and little lentils
Dee’s Thai Butternut Squash and Lentil Meal
Lifestyle Catering Boeuf Bourguignon
Lifestyle Catering Catalan Pork
Tesco Free From Three Cheese Pasta Bake
Tideford Organics Organic Beetroot Soup with Crème Fraiche & Dill
Tideford Organics Spicy Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Potato
Meat meal centres (sausages, meat balls, burgers etc):
Pig & Co Hey Pesto!
Pig & Co Lucanian Roman Sausage
Pig & Co Sizzling Sugarbush
Red House Foods Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pork & Bramley Apple Sausages (Gluten Free)
The Black Farmer Premium Pork Sausages
The Good Little Company Sausages

8. Raw foods and superfoods – sponsored by Delamere Dairy
BoojaBooja Ecuadorian Dark Chocolate Truffles
Essence of Eden Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Coconut Oil
Orgran Multigrain Crispbread with Quinoa
Orgran Multigrain Pasta with Quinoa
Raw Ecstasy Activated Walnuts – Raw Chocolate
Raw Health Raw Almond Butter
Raw Health Raw Sauerkraut
The Raw Chocolate Company Raw Chocolate Covered Organic Mulberries

9.  Children’s food – sponsored by Asda
Bessant & Drury Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Chocolate
Bessant & Drury Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Strawberry
CoYo Cacao (Raw Chocolate) Coconut Yoghurt
Doves Farm Chocolate Stars Organic and Gluten Free
Eat Water Slim Pasta Spaghetti
Eskal Ice Cream Party Tubs
Glamourpuds Banoffee Sponge Pudding Pot
Glamourpuds Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot
Glamourpuds Raspberry Jam Sponge Pudding Pot
It’s Only Natural Moshi Monster Poppet Raspberry Ice Lolly
Nim’s Fruit Crisps Apple Crisps
Nim’s Fruit Crisps Pineapple Crisps
Orgran Itsy Bitsy Bears
Pulsin’ Beond Organic Açai Berry Bar
Red House Foods Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites
Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fantasia
Tesco Free From Chocolate Dessert Shakes

10. Savoury biscuits and snacks – sponsored by the Food & Drink Innovation Network
Afia’s Spicy Mix Vegetable Samosa
Conscious Foods Finger Millet Dippers
Cornito Crackers Pikant
Le Pain des Fleurs Organic Buckwheat Crispbread
Le Pain des Fleurs Organic Chestnut Crispbread
Le Pain des Fleurs Organic Quinoa Crispbread
Orgran Toasted Buckwheat Crispibread
Scrubby’s Vegetable Crisps with Character
The FreeFrom Bakehouse Jalapeño Pepper & Sweetcorn Muffins
The Indian Coeliac Vegetable Samosa

11. Scones, sweet tarts, Bakewells, sweet biscuits and cookies – sponsored by Yes! You Can
Against the Grain Almond Cookies
Against the Grain Chocolate Chip & Hazelnut Cookies
Angelic Gluten Free Reduced Fat Orange Chocolate Cookies
Christine’s Puddings Frangipane Tart
Doves Farm Stem Ginger Cookies
Lazy Day Foods Ginger Truffle Slice
Lazy Day Foods Belgian Chocolate Rocky Road
Lovemore Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lovemore O’Chocos
Peace of Cake Raspberry Abricotines
Perkier Popping Tiffin
Sweetcheeks Chilli Chocolate Snickerdoodles
The FreeFrom Bakehouse Chocolate Macaroons
Warburtons Fruity Tea Cakes

11. Cakes, cake mixes and cupcakes – sponsored by Mrs Crimbles
Cakes Divine Carrot Cupcakes
Heavenly Cakes Eton Mess
Melsie Jane Bakes Victoria Sandwich
Mummy’s Yummys Indulgent Chocolate Brownies
Silver Box Bakery Brownies
Sweetcheeks Pistachio & Lemon Zest Loaf
The Rebel Bakery GF Big Apple Pie
Waitrose LOVE Life GF Millionaire Blondies
Warburtons Blueberry & Cranberry Muffins
Warburtons Lemon and Poppyseed Muffins
We Love Cake Chocolate Pecan Brownies
Yes! You Can Lemon Muffin

12. Chocolate and snack bars – sponsored by Amy’s Kitchen
Beenies Hawaiian Splash
BoojaBooja Around Midnight Espresso Chocolate Truffles
Goody Good Stuff Strawberry Cream
Kinnerton Luxury Dark Chocolate
Natural Balance Nãkd Berry Delight
Natural Balance Nãkd Cocoa Orange
Nutritious Delicious Truffles – Orange Chocolate
Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Mint Crisps
Winning Ways Fine Foods Ltd Dairy Free Chocovered Raisins

13. Christmas foods – sponsored by Genon Laboratories
Celtic Chocolates Choices Advent Calendar
Hale & Hearty Luxury Mince Pies
Heavenly Cakes Chocolate Christmas Cake
Peace of Cake Christmas Cake
Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Iced Rich Fruit Slice
Tesco Free From Christmas Cake
The Foodamentalists Toasted Top Mince Pies
The Heavenly Cake Company Jamaican Rum Cake
The Nut Free Chocolatier Christmas Mulled Wine Chocolates

14. Gluten-free beer – sponsored by Orgran
Celia Premium Czech Lager
Daas Ambré
Daas Blond
Estrella Damm Daura
Green’s Export Lager Lite
Green’s IPA
Green’s Lager Dry Hopped
Hop Back Brewery Crop Circle
La Zaragozana Ambar Gluten Free
Oak & Barrel Schnitzer Bräu Organic German Hirse Premium GF Beer
Oak & Barrel Schnitzer Bräu Organic Lemon GF Beer
St Peter’s Brewery G-Free
Wold Top Brewery Scarborough Fair IPA

15. Products manufactured in a nut free environment – sponsored by RSSL
D&D Mixed Chocolate Fondants
Doves Farm Lemon Zest Cookies
Eskal FreeNut Butter
Orgran Kids Mini Outback Animals Chocolate Cookies 8 Fun Packs Multipack
Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli
The Nut Free Chocolatier After Dinner Orange Crisps
The Nut Free Chocolatier Mint Delight
Wellfoods GF Pizza Bases