Do you know much about raw food?
I confess I didn’t; I suppose, if anything, I’d assumed it was lots of salad… very healthy, very crunchy, but perhaps not very exciting.
However, I’ve just received a pack of crisps and brownies from Gourmet Raw, and they are delicious – and definitely gourmet! How wrong can you be?
The brownies come in various flavours – I loved the mint one best, closely followed by hazelnut, while my husband and son preferred the orange flavour. These are a little like eating chocolate truffles: rich, squodgy and very, very more-ish. Whichever the favourite, though, they’re all gone!
Some of them are carob brownies – not chocolate. I’ve always liked the taste of carob, but it can be a surprise if you’re expecting the taste of chocolate, so bear that in mind. Others are cacao (which goes into chocolate and cocoa). The range of flavours are: cacao cashew, cacao cocobanana, cacao mint, carob hazelnut, carob orange. Yum!
We were sent 3 flavours of crisps, too: spicy Thai, red pepper and beetroot. Given that these are raw foods (nothing cooked over 40.5C), you’ll be asking how these can possibly be crisps… and of course they’re not slices of potato cooked in high-temperature fat!
The red pepper ones, for example, are sprouted buckwheat, flaxseed, fresh red pepper, smoked paprika and lime compressed somehow into slim squares just right for dipping into your favourite dip (the red pepper ones + hummous get my vote).
I was less keen on the beetroot ones, but then I’ve never been a big fan of beetroot. However, since I’m a grown-up now, I did try them – and helped to finish the pack, too! I might even nerve up and try beetroot as a vegetable…
Gourmet Raw are based in Shepton Mallet, but you can buy their products from a range of stockists in the south of England – or from their online shop. And they’ve kindly provided a voucher code for you: if you quote GR004 when you buy from their online shop, you’ll get 10% off. I earn a small commission if you use this code too, so it’s good for both of us, and you get to try some excellent gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free treats.
Plus, they’re vegan. We had a gluten-free vegan friend visit us at the weekend, and I really wished I’d saved some for her – but we hadn’t been able to resist! Next time I’ll have to order some in specially for her…