Of course I wanted to try them and I was more than happy to review, who wouldn't want to, chocolate was involved! So earlier on this month a parcel arrived and I couldn't wait to try them.
The spreads are 100% natural and have no added sugar, oils, dairy, gluten, additives or GMO's, which makes them a healthier alternative to other sweet preserves on the market.
Both spreads use tahini (sesame) as an ingredient which provides depth to their flavour and balances out the sweetness of other ingredients used. The tahini used in the Chocolate Super Spread (yes, it lives up to its name) is combined with carob, agave nectar, cocoa powder and spices to give it an individual taste which is not too sweet and has a hint of bitterness, not unlike a piece of good quality dark chocolate. The tahini used in the Date and Sesame Luxury Spread is combined with dates, carob syrup, agave nectar and spices and has a rounded taste which was luxurious and therefore also lives up to its name. It reminded me of toffee, with the added benefit of not breaking your teeth!
My favourite of the two spreads was the date and sesame luxury spread but it was a close call, a very close call! I'll let you into a little secret; the jar is sitting next to me, well what's left, which is not a lot and I keep dipping into it for another quick sample, it really is hard to stop going back for another taste!
Suggested uses for the spreads include spreading on toast, crackers or pancakes and stirred into porridge or drizzled over ice-cream as a sweet topping. I wanted to go one stage further though, and try them out as an ingredient of a dish, could I cook with them and what could I make. I wasn't disappointed! The first dish I made didn't even need cooking, I was too eager to see what it was capable of and I made banana and chocolate ice cream and wow did it taste good! Even better it was actually good for you!
Using my favourite piece of kitchen equipment I was able to knock this wonderful dessert up in seconds.
Banana and Chocolate Ice Cream
Ingredients (Serves 2-3)
3 Tbsp Vanilla yoghurt, I used Alpro
1 Banana, frozen
3 Tsp Chocolate Super Spread
6 Ice cubes
Put the ingredients into your blender (make sure you can use ice in your blender) in the order listed and blend until a soft serve ice cream is made.
If it starts to melt just return to the freezer for 30 minutes before serving.
Serve with a drizzle of the Chocolate Super Spread over the top and a sprig of mint.
The next recipe I created had to use the Date and Sesame Luxury Spread before I ate it all just out of the jar! My first experiment was to mix it with warm almond milk and it actually made a pleasant drink, but I knew this spread could be pushed further.......
Quick & Easy Oat Bars (with chocolate and nuts)
Ingredients (makes 12 bars)
1 Tbsp Flax Seed
3 Tbsp Cold water
100g Date and Sesame Spread
125g Rolled oats
50g Mixed nuts
50g Dark Chocolate drops
Turn on your oven to a medium heat, around 180 - 190°C.
Next mix the flax seed with the water and put in the fridge for 10 minutes.
Line a baking tray or oven proof dish with grease proof baking paper so the oat bars are easy to remove.
Place the date and sesame seed spread into a large glass bowl and heat in the microwave for 20 seconds just to loosen the spread.
Slice the banana into the bowl with the date and sesame spread and mash.
In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients; oats, mixed nuts and chocolate drops.
Take the flax mixture out of the fridge and add to the bowl of wet ingredients; date and sesame spread and banana and give everything a good stir.
Transfer the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until everything is combined.
Spread the mixture into the baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbling. The cooking time will depend on the size of your baking tray and the depth of the oat bars.
Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes to cool down then tip upside down on to a board and peel off the baking paper from the bottom of the oat bars.
Wrap individually in baking paper and store in the fridge or freezer if you want to store for longer.
I'm so pleased I had the opportunity to try these two spreads and I'll definitely be buying more as they are so versatile. If you want to try them for yourself you can purchase them from a range of health food shops and more recently Suma! For a full list of stockists please visit their website.
Thank you Jonathan and Katie :o)