Easy Vegan: Sahale Snacks Review And Giveaway!

February 15th, 2010 - filed under: Furthermore » Reviews

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Easy Vegan‘ is all about practicality. Sure, in an ideal world we’d prepare each meal at home, from organic fresh-from-the-field produce. But what about when you’re held up at work and get home *starving*, with no motivation to cook? And what about when you’re visiting Uncle Bob, in nowhere-ville, and there’s nothing fresh to eat? Or what about when you’ve got that ‘fast/greasy/naughty food’ itch that just really needs to be scratched? What then?

For times like those it’s good to know what’s worth grabbing – and what’s better left on the shelf. Hence, the ‘Easy Vegan‘ guide.

I recently received a small but exciting box in the mail – free nuts! (insert joke here) The nice folks at Sahale Snacks sent me their two vegan varieties to sample and review (see my Integrity Policy here, under ‘Give Me Stuff’). The cool thing about Sahale Snacks is that their nuts have been picked up by Starbucks! So, setting aside any thoughts on the coffee monolith, it’s great to know that wherever there’s a Starbucks (which, let’s face it, is *everywhere*), there’s also reliable vegan eats! (please do note there are 2 varieties that aren’t vegan – the Roasted Almonds with Honey and Sea Salt and the Barbecue Almonds with Mild Chipotle and Ranch)

Sahale Snacks: Soledad Almonds with Apple, Flax Seeds, Date, Balsamic Vinegar and Red Pepper

On the bag: “Influenced by the heat of the Mediterranean sun, this delectable snacking experience features almonds, apples, and flax seeds, tickled with date, balsamic vinegar, and cayenne.”


Our Thoughts: The ingredients sure sound like overkill, but the flavor is totally balanced and nothing overwhelms . Sweetness from the apples leads into a well-rounded and complex flavor profile. The aftertaste is just the tiniest bit of heat – a nice little kick!

Upon tasting, Damian’s eyes got real wide. “What?”, I asked, “do you like it?”. His response: “It’s just so . . . interesting!”

I agree. And we both gave our thumbs up. Would eat again!

Sahale Snacks: Cashews with Pomegranate and Vanilla

On the bag: “We think we’ve found the perfect combination of sublime flavors: pomegranate, vanilla, and cashews. Our whole cashews are teamed with pomegranate and apple, and balanced with pure vanilla beans. Our light glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness.”


Our Thoughts: Okay, I gotta admit I was skeptical at first. It was the vanilla that threw me. But wow, guys, these sort of blew my mind! Very sweet but also complex, I was reminded of the Pralines & Cream ice cream that was my favorite as a child. Such amazing flavors!

The only problem I have with these is my potential to eat the whole bag. NOM.

So guys, now that you’ve read the reviews, here’s the fun part: Sahale Snacks is giving out a gift pack just like I got, to one lucky Bonzai reader. You’ll receive both flavors of vegan nuts and maybe a little something extra as well. All you have to do is leave a comment here! I’ll use the random number generator to choose a winner later this week. Good luck!

  • Julie

    Free nuts? I am all about free nuts!

  • Suchita

    yeah! They are the best!

  • L

    those look good

  • mindy

    these look just wonderful thanks for the giveaway

  • Carol

    Holy Toledo, what a yummy giveaway!!

  • Alis

    Thanks! I’m excited to try out the new recipe for dishwasher detergent.

  • Melissa

    Your an AMAZING lady……keep up the GREAT work. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Lisa H

    The nuts sound great.

  • Fallon

    These look great! I’ve been reading your blog for a year now, I love it :)

  • dawn

    The vanilla cashews look delicious. I would love to try them.

  • susan

    I love to snack on nuts they are great!

  • Amanda S.

    Yum!! They sound delicious!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    The contest is now closed. Thanks everyone for entering, and for all the sweet comments. You guys are the best!

    @ EroSan – Yup, that’s exactly right. All nuts are vegan in their natural state, but the flavors used to enhance them may not be! (in this case the honey in one, the ranch in the other) =)

    @ Kelly – I have not read The Omnivores Dilemma, but I have read and reviewed In Defense Of Food. I understand Pollan’s thesis as presented in The Omnivores Dilemma and don’t feel like I need to read it.

  • http://salekdarling.livejournal.com/ Salekdarling

    Wow, so many comments for those delicious looking nuts! *steals the cashews* Om nom nom!Good luck to everyone! ^_^

  • Darcy B

    Yes please, I would love to try their products—Ive been drooling over them for a while.

  • sj

    my co workers and i nom these at the store quite often! i love each of these!