Hey everyone! I’ll warn you right off the bat that today’s post has a ton of pics I couldn’t help myself, I was so excited to be contacted by Alter Eco Foods to sample some of their amazing products. I really love this company and what they stand for. They promote sustainability and responsibility through the sale of fair trade, organic, minimally processed foods. They maintain direct relationships with farmers and promote socially just and environmentally responsible practices. This company is absolutely amazing and provide high quality products that you can enjoy completely guilt free.
Thank you so much to Alter Eco for sending me so many amazing products to try! I was so excited to open my package, and even more excited to find such a nice variety of products to try!
I was lucky enough to receive three chocolate bars to try! There was a Dark Quinoa bar, Dark Blackout Bar and a Dark Coconut Toffee Bar. The Dark Coconut Toffee bar is not vegan so my mom inherited that one and she said it was absolutely delicious!
The Dark Blackout bar is an absolute dream for all dark chocolate lovers and purists. This chocolate is intense, pure 85% bittersweet dark chocolate. It tastes fruity and bold and is a perfect treat for anyone that loves high quality dark chocolate.
The Dark Quinoa bar was my favorite of the two because of the texture that the quinoa adds. The chocolate is also high quality dark chocolate that is rich, fruity and delicious and the toasted, nutty quinoa adds an amazing crunchy texture. Love this bar!
I was also lucky enough to try the Organic Royal Pearl Quinoa, the Thai Sticky Purple Rice (so excited about this one!) and Organic Mascobado Cane Sugar.
Another thing that I love about this product is that they tell you exactly where they get each and every product. As you can see, the quinoa came from Bolivia. Every single package contains the country of origin information.
I decided to try out the quinoa using a recipe featured in a Healthy Vegan Friday post that sounded AMAZING. I made up a batch of Ashley’s Cheesy Corn Quinoa and I am so glad I did. First, Alter Eco’s quinoa cooked up so quick and easy and it was incredibly fluffy with a slight crunch to it. It is definitely a high quality quinoa.
Ashley’s recipe was really amazing too. The fluffiness of the quinoa, sweetness of the corn and creaminess of the melted cheese came together as a really delicious satisfying and comforting meal. I’m so glad I got to use Alter Eco’s quinoa to try out this recipe.
Finally, the ingredient I was most excited about trying was the Thai Sticky Purple Rice and it certainly did not disappoint! It has the most gorgeous purple color and a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. It may sound weird but I loved the way it smelled when it was cooking. It was nutty and also almost smelled a little bit like popcorn. It may sound weird but it smelled amazing!
I decided to make a Thai Sticky Purple Rice breakfast pudding. It is slightly flavored with coconut to keep up with the Thai theme but I also added some almond for crunch. Isn’t it gorgeous? The color is so rich and lovely, and the pudding came out so creamy thanks to the stickiness of the rice and the addition of a special ingredient: coconut butter!
Coconut Sticky Rice Breakfast Pudding
3/4 cup Alter Eco Thai Sticky Purple Rice, cooked
1/2 cup So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp shredded coconut
1 tbsp sliced almonds
1 tsp coconut butter
cinnamon to taste
stevia or agave to taste
1. Combine cooked rice with coconut milk in a medium saucepan and heat to a simmer.
2. Once simmering, add the rest of your ingredients except coconut butter. Cook until most of the milk thickens and is mostly absorbed.
3. Add coconut butter at very end. Turn off heat and stir in coconut butter. As it melts your pudding will become rich and creamy.
4. Transfer to a bowl and top with more sliced almonds and shredded coconut. Enjoy!
I haven’t had a chance to try the sugar yet, but I will definitely let you know how it is. It is Vegan and said to have notes of caramel and vanilla. It sounds amazing and I can think of a million different ways to use it! I’ll definitely keep you posted on that!
Thank you so much again Alter Eco, not just for sending me amazing products to try, but also for doing the right thing and promoting sustainability, protecting and supporting farmers, and maintaining socially just and environmentally responsible practices. Please go support this company and all of the wonderful things they are doing to bring high quality foods to our homes will taking care of the farmer’s that produce them. You can’t ask for more than that!
I hope you all have a great day!