Last week The Living Nutz company generously sent me several of their raw treats to review and I have been happily snacking away ever since. I received a fun assortment of raw, flavored pistachios, almonds, and walnuts, and some raw chocolate covered raisins.
At Living Nutz, they don't bake or roast the nuts, which keeps all their enzymes intact. They germinate the nuts and then marinate them over five days and dehydrate them at low temperatures to maintain optimal nutrition and digestion.
One of the interesting thing that I noticed about Living Nutz is the fact that despite all the wonderful seasoning, each and every nut keeps its own unique, distinctive flavor that is complimented by the seasoning.
I almost jumped through the roof when I saw the Rawzins (100% Raw Living Chocolate Organic Raisins)! It has been over 6 years since I had chocolate covered raisins (since I became vegan). It is extremely hard to find vegan chocolate covered raisins since most are made with dairy (milk chocolate), or they are covered with confectioner's glaze when it comes to the dark chocolate varieties. You ask what is the problem with confectioner's glaze? It sounds so harmless and vegan friendly, doesn't it? Well, confectioner's glaze aka "beetle juice", is a resin produced by a beetle. The production of this resin is similar to the bee's production of honey. I am not that familiar with the whole confectioners' glaze production, but even though the beetles might not be harmed during this process, I think that it is plain gross (and sad if they do indeed harm them). Confectioner's glaze is on so many things, chocolate covered candies, nuts and fruit, and in cake decorating.
Luckily, Living Nutz Rawzins are 100% vegan. They are also completely raw, living foods. Organic raisins are coated and blended with a perfect mixture of raw cacao, raw agave, spices and himalayan sea salt. Rawzins are juicy, sweet, chocolatey, and lightly smokey raisins clusters. The himalayan sea salt highlights the chocolate flavor nicely.
Rawzins are AMAZING!!!! I am so addicted to these! These are already in my wishlist when I place an order with Living Nutz.
Chocolate Walnut Divine
These raw walnuts are better than a candy! Chocolate Walnut Divine has only a small handful of ingredients, but the flavor spectrum is so much wider than I would expect from reading the label. Could it be the mesquite powder?
I detected buttery, toffee-like, caramel, rum and lightly spiced chocolate flavors. Even the beautiful aroma is intoxicating! The combination of these is dangerous for my weight loss program since I cannot stop eating them...... I have never had anything like this! It almost reminded me one of my favorite non-vegan German candy called "Toffifee" ( which is a blend of caramel, nougat, chocolate and hazelnuts). I will be ordering them soon.
Zesty Almond Bliss
Beautiful almond taste with garlicky, salty flavor and a pleasant heat from cayenne pepper and black pepper. Overall very good, but not as impressive as the other flavors I tried from Living Nutz.
Galactic Garlic Onion Pistachios
OMG! The aroma of these pistachios is stunning! The flavor is out of this world! Salted onion and garlic flavor punch with a serious heat from cayenne pepper and lovely pistachio taste. These pistachios are addictive and I will be ordering them soon.
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