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!

  • Sandi

    I love your blog!!!

  • http://livingsimplicity.blogspot.com Tammi


    How’s the weather there? I’m SO ready for spring.

  • Tenise Rae

    I love nuts! LOL

  • Kelaine

    All the comments I thought about leaving sound dirty.. :)

  • http://penelopes-prints.blogspot.com Penelope

    They both look delicious!

  • http://eef-ink.com eef

    Those sound really good! Next time I’m at Starbucks I’ll have to grab some.
    I really want to try the pomegranate vanilla ones!

  • http://flightsofthevalkyrie.blogspot.com/ Valerie

    oooooh! Those sound good. I recently discovered that there are nuts besides peanuts that taste good. I hated non-peanuts when I was a kid. My new favorite is pistachios, especially pistachio and dark chocolate ice cream mixed together. Yum!

  • Eileen

    WOW, thanks great giveaway.

  • Ashley

    I was checking these out last time I was at a starbucks. I noticed a great new selection of snacks made with natural ingredients. Go starbucks! Now if only the plain coffee was a little better.. (I’m hooked on Stumptown!)

  • http://theluckyladybug-giveaways.blogspot.com/ Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}

    They look and sound absolutely delicious :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  • http://www.notimeatall.com Amycat

    OMFG 3 of my favourite flavours are pomegranate, vanilla and cashew!! They sound freaking AMAZING!!!

  • http://www.ultimatemoneyblog.com/ Mrs. Money

    They sound yummy! I am always looking for good snacks. :)

  • Erin

    Those both sound very good, although I’ll admit I’m a little more curious to try the almond mix.

  • http://healthyeatingnaturally.wordpress.com Emily

    I really enjoy your blog, and I’d love to try Sahale Snacks! They look great!

  • Neko

    I’m also going to keep my eyes open for these next time I visit a S’bux, they sound delicious :D

  • http://daynadesastre.com dayna

    wooo! i’m nuts for nuts!

  • http://winglessfae.deviantart.com/ Cecily

    Hooray! We just started what we’re calling “operation vegan” around our house, so this is the perfect find for me, I’m often in the studio all day on campus and there’s nothing but bagels to buy most of the day! I can’t wait to buy some to stash in my backpack.
    Thanks Sayward!! ^_^

  • Deena

    Yum yum, those nuts are delicious!

  • Stephanie J.

    nuts! ooh lala.
    wonderful giveaway.
    and fabulous blog.

  • Erin

    Hmm. The names and descriptions of both those make me skeptical, but your reviews are so enthusiastic – now I’m intrigued!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashley517 Ashley S

    These sound delicious!

  • http://rawlikeit.blogspot.com Adam

    My wife is a big fan of flavored nuts. She’s in the process of going vegan and would love these new snacks.

  • Amy Liz

    I would love to try these!

  • Leandra

    Ooh I would sure love me some tasty nuts.

  • sara jane :D

    those both look mighty tasty. also, your blog rocks!

  • Erin

    YUM! I’m so happy to see vegan snacks. I’m a self-admitted snack-a-holic but it’s hard to find anything vegan!

  • Jenny K

    Both look delicious! Even I am not chosen, I might need to stop by a starbucks to check these out!

  • Julianne

    Wow, such interesting flavors. I never would have thought to combine balsamic vinegar and dates.

  • http://twitter.com/erosan EroSan

    yay! giveaways rock!

    Question tho… I was sort of puzzled about the “vegan nuts” thing… I mean, surely all nuts are vegan?

    Then I read about the flavors and went “oooohhh I understand now”. It is because of the honey and the milk in the ranch flavor that the other 2 flavors are not considered vegan, right?

  • Kate

    I’m game. Who doesn’t love nuts? (insert joke here)

  • jenni g

    thanks for the giveaway and for blogging regularly :) i enjoy reading

  • Court

    if only these were in vending machines already!!!

  • miss ellie

    i’m not vegan but on campus i am pretty much a vegetarian. i love this blog, i feel like lots of the suggestions you give on here can be applied to anyone regardless of their diet or lifestyle. <3

  • little deer

    That brand is soo good. Please count me in! :D

  • Kelly


    Random question: Have you read “The Omnivore’s Dilemma?”

  • steph

    I just found you through lj and I love you. Coincidentally, I also love nuts. NOM.

  • April

    Mmmmmmm! Vegan Nuts!!!!

  • Karen

    Thanks for the giveaway, these sound yummy!

  • CharityMay

    i agree with damien, they sound interesting!

  • Lili

    Oh! what a great giveaway

  • http://edayem.wordpress.com/ Erin

    Yes please, I would love a tasty treat to call my own!

  • Laura

    Free Nuts!!!Score!!

  • http://shelbyopolis.blogspot.com/ Shelby

    Those sound AMAZING! I might not be able to wait for the results of this to try them!

  • Lisa

    I love nuts! Yum Nuts are also delicious – the cajun flavor is delectable. Coconut is not bad either. They’re a bit less complex than these sound and I would love to see how they compare to these nuts :)

  • http://www.pandalechef.blogspot.com Amanda

    I always imagine making a homemade version with teriyaki or braggs, sesame seed, sea salt… mmmmm!

  • Ashley

    The Vanilla Pomegranate ones remind me of those cream filled cookies with that sugary jam stuff in the center… love them!

  • Minna

    Mmm-mm-mmm…., they look tasty. I’m just snacking on almonds, dates and dried figs, can’t.. get.. enough… =)

  • http://sdvegan.blogspot.com Allison

    Never knew you had so many readers!

  • http://starshipnarcissus.blogspot.com Lisa

    yay vegan junk food!

  • Meghan

    I’m excited that they are sold at Starbucks. I’d stick to local coffee places if I lived in the Portland area still, but around here it can be hard to find non-chain coffee vendors, and even harder to find ones with vegan mochas! (Speaking of which, the other day I tried going to a starbucks and they were OUT OF SOY MILK. That is absurd. You just don’t RUN OUT of soy milk)