Chocolate Fudge Covered Superfood Squares, a GIVEAWAY, and TV Appearances

First off, congrats to Kendra Adachi who won the last giveaway for the two dips from Raw Foodz! Today I have an awesome recipe for raw fudge covered superfood squares along with a tasty new giveaway, and updates on cool things that have been happening. I'm writing this from Calgary where I've been for the past several days and will be here for the rest of the week for classes and tv appearances. Earlier this month I went to Vancouver to a health expo called CHFA West where Canadian and American companies come together to feature their latest, greatest products - from natural food products, to supplements, cleaning supplies, and beauty solutions. I tasted and walked away with more samples than I can count!

At the expo I tried some amazing raw vegan snacks and treats from a company called Basic Roots which is actually based out of Calgary, funny enough. I dove into the crunchy "cheese" crackers and smothered them with each of the different fermented cashew cheeses they had. I was immediately impressed. I had a great conversation with the owner, Paula and her son Noah, two very kind people who clearly have a passion for creating and sharing the most delicious and healthy food - much like me! - so we had an instant connection.

The good news is that I have a fabulous giveaway for Basic Roots products. They're all organic, raw, vegan, gluten free, and soy free!

Basic Roots carries a great line of raw vegan products - two kinds of crackers, three fermented cashew cheeses, granola, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, three flavors of "moon" cookies, fig bars, goji berry macaroons, and raspberry buttons. See ingredient lists and nutritional info for each product here.

Besides the fact that all the food is delicious, I like that everything is organic and all the nuts and soaked and dehydrated! It's rare to see a company do this because it takes a lot more time and money. But it makes for a healthier and tastier product. Also, they only use maple syrup, coconut nectar/sugar, dates, and raisins as sweetener. No agave.

If you're a savory snacker, they've got you covered. Their Big "Cheese" Crackers and Tuscan Sun Crackers are great with their 3 fermented cashew cheeses: Smokey Chipotle, Pink Peppercorn, and Herbs de Provence. The crackers are light and crunchy while the cheeses are slightly tangy, sooo creamy, and full of flavor.

If you need a snack on the run, look no further than their Raw Cheese and Cracker snack pack! How genius. I've never seen this before!! The cheese is a container that is built into the lid. It sure has come in handy for me while traveling this week.

For those with a sweet tooth, there are many options! Some items come in packs of six, some in three, and others in packs of two.

The Raspberry Buttons are soft and jammy surrounded by a nutty crust. They're so good!

The Goji Berry Macaroons are so soft and chocolatey with chewy pieces of goji berries throughout. The Moon cookies are great too. They're basically little chewy nutty cookies with creamy fillings. Spinach juice is used to colour the Pistachio Moon while beet powder is used for the Raspberry Moon. There are also Cacao Moons which are decadent and perfect for the chocolate lover.

If you like a tried and true chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookie, then this one is for you! Its got the perfect amount of sweetness for my liking, its soft but still chewy and I love the chocolate chunks in it best.

For your breakfast needs, the Apple Cinnamon Granola is fabulous! Its slightly sweet and suuuper crunchy which I like.

GIVEAWAY

2 Winners will each receive an awesome raw snack pack:

-2 bags of raw crackers (1 of each flavor)

-1 bag of granola

-1 pack chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookies

-1 pack goji chocolate macaroons

NOTE: There will be one winner here on the blog and the other winner on Instagram. (I'll have the instagram post up later today). Yes, you can enter both ways.

This contest is only open to residents of Canada.

To Enter:

  1. Leave a comment below answering this question: What is your favourite snack?! (Mine is avocado with a sprinkle of salt, eaten right out of the skin, or dark chocolate with nuts).
  2. For a BONUS entry: "like" Basic Roots on Facebook and then leave a NEW comment saying "liked BR" (if you lump it in with your first comment it doesn't get counted as a second entry because its a random draw so your chances increase when you have a second comment).
  3. Second BONUS entry: "like" Sweetly Raw on Facebook and leave a NEW comment here saying "liked SRD" (some people are leaving their comment right on facebook but you have to leave it here).

You have until Monday May 1 to enter the giveaway. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply within 24 hours in order to claim their prize.

Basic Roots will be at Veg Expo in Vancouver on May 28th so if you're going to the event, be sure to stop by and taste their snacks!

Now onto my recipe for the week! These chewy superfood squares are dipped into chocolate fudge and are SO yummy and satisfying yet they're packed with nutrition. Hurray! I hope you give them a try.

Raw Fudge Covered Superfood Squares

Superfood Squares

1 cup almonds or cashews

1/3 cup pistachios or pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup dried mulberries

2/3 cup pitted dates, chopped

2 tablespoons lucuma powder

1 1/2 tablespoons maca powder

2 teaspoons mesquite powder

1 teaspoon baobab powder (or do extra maca or omit)

1 tablespoon water

1/4 cup cacao nibs, optional

Grind the nuts (and seeds if using) to crumbs in a food processor. Add all other ingredients except for the water and cacao nibs. Process until the dates break down and the mixture forms a dough. Add the water and cacao nibs. Process briefly just to incorporate. It should hold together easily when pressed, otherwise add another 1/2-1 teaspoon water. Press into 3/4 of an 8x8" pan (or use the whole pan but I wanted them a bit thicker). Chill in the freezer for at least 4 hours and then slice into squares and place back in the freezer while making the chocolate.

Fudgey Chocolate Coating

1/2 cup melted cacao butter

1 cup + 3 tablespoons coconut sugar

1 cup cacao powder

1/3 cup warm water

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth and creamy in a high speed blender. Pour into a bowl set over a pot of hot water just to keep the mixture slightly warm and fluid. Dip each square into the chocolate and transfer it to a parchment paper lined tray. Place into the freezer for up to 20 minutes until it sets. Optional: Sprinkle with lucuma powder before eating.

This morning in Calgary I went on Breakfast Television and made my Raw Chocolate Banana Brownie Parfaits (recipe from my book, Sweetly Raw Desserts). The host ate a parfait after the segment and loved it! You can watch the segment HERE. (Boo hoo I couldn't figure out how to embed it).

And here I am on CTV Live on Friday where I made my Raw Mango Lime Tarts (also from my book).

Last night I taught a class at Wild and Raw and we had a full house! It was so much fun. I taught both sweet and savory and they really enjoyed it.

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119 Comments
  1. April 25, 2017 at 21:00
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    I am so so happy with the Raw foodz products! The Zen buttery spread on boiled brócoli and cauliflower is divine.. also melted on organic popped popcorn!!! Yum! Not sure if I am eligible for this give away but I will participate anyway! This recipe looks bomb too! Liked BR! Love their stuff!

    • sweet_raw
      April 25, 2017 at 22:56
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      That's so great Kendra, I'm so glad you're enjoying them! I love the idea of the spread on broccoli. Yes, you can keep entering the contests and theres always a chance to win again since its random. So best of luck! :D

  2. April 25, 2017 at 21:03
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    Favorite snack changes all the time, at the moment it is the tried and true cellery stick with a nut butter and dried fruit! I'm loving pumpkin seed butter and goji berries !

  3. Angela B
    April 25, 2017 at 21:15
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    Liked SRD on facebook.

  4. Angela B
    April 25, 2017 at 21:16
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    My favourite snack is a banana with peanut butter.

    • sweet_raw
      April 25, 2017 at 22:54
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      Mm a classic, one of my faves too!

  5. April 25, 2017 at 21:21
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    Favourite snack is cashew cookies and mango tea.

    • sweet_raw
      April 25, 2017 at 22:53
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      Yum that sounds like a great snack!!

  6. Morgan
    April 25, 2017 at 21:22
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    Likes SRD

  7. Isabelle Martin
    April 25, 2017 at 21:22
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    Hi Heather! One of the snacks I like very, very much is Raw Sour Kream & Onion Kale Chips. They are to DIE for!

    • sweet_raw
      April 25, 2017 at 22:54
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      Yum Isabelle, I love those too!

  8. Morgan
    April 25, 2017 at 21:23
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    Liked BR

  9. Heather
    April 25, 2017 at 21:51
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    Favorite snack... medjool dates stuffed with chocolate chips and nut butter.

  10. Heather
    April 25, 2017 at 21:52
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    LIked BR

  11. Heather
    April 25, 2017 at 21:53
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    LIked SRD

  12. April 25, 2017 at 21:58
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    I am with you on the nuts/dark chocolate combo - usually almonds!

  13. April 25, 2017 at 22:00
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    Liked BR...and so nice to see a giveaway for CANADIANS only lol

    • sweet_raw
      April 25, 2017 at 22:58
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      Haha true! There are some great Canadian natural food companies so I like to share my favourite products. The past several giveaways have been for Canadians only.

  14. Taylor Gillespie
    April 25, 2017 at 22:01
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    my favorite snack is toast with peanut butter and banana

  15. Taylor Gillespie
    April 25, 2017 at 22:01
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    Liked BR!

  16. Taylor Gillespie
    April 25, 2017 at 22:03
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    liked SRD!

  17. avivathierry
    April 25, 2017 at 22:12
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    My fave snack is something chocolate with nuts or seeds too, haha! What an awesome giveaway! I wanna win again..haha

    • sweet_raw
      April 25, 2017 at 22:59
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      Yeah its gotta be the best snack eva! Esp for traveling!

  18. avivathierry
    April 25, 2017 at 22:13
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    Liked BR!!

  19. avivathierry
    April 25, 2017 at 22:13
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    Liked SRD! !

  20. stacey bradford
    April 25, 2017 at 22:29
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    My favorite snack chocolate covered... well, anything really!

    • sweet_raw
      April 25, 2017 at 23:00
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      Hahaha I love that answer!!!

  21. April 25, 2017 at 22:42
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    Awesome prize pack!... My favourite snack is popcorn with a generous sprinkling of nutritional yeast.

    • sweet_raw
      April 25, 2017 at 23:00
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      Yumm, thats another good one!

  22. April 25, 2017 at 22:55
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    Nuts and dried fruit

  23. Rhiannon Grayson
    April 25, 2017 at 23:25
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    Liked SRD :)

  24. Rhiannon Grayson
    April 25, 2017 at 23:26
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    dates!

  25. Rhiannon Grayson
    April 25, 2017 at 23:31
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    liked BR!

  26. Dana
    April 26, 2017 at 00:25
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    Hi Heather, my favorite snack is sliced apples with cashew butter or a banana with peanut butter.

    • sweet_raw
      April 26, 2017 at 03:53
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      That's a delicious snack!!

  27. Dana
    April 26, 2017 at 00:29
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    Liked SRD

  28. Dana
    April 26, 2017 at 00:29
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    Liked BR

  29. Barb
    April 26, 2017 at 01:12
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    I have a question about your Fudgey Chocolate Coating. I've always read that water causes chocolate to seize, yet you add it to the coating. How does that work?

    • sweet_raw
      April 26, 2017 at 03:54
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      Hi Barb, yes - this is a fudge coating, not just basic dark chocolate. For regular chocolate you are right - NO water should be added. But for a fudgey consistency the water is imperative.

  30. Isabelle Martin
    April 26, 2017 at 03:36
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    Of course, "liked SRD". ;-)

  31. Kendra
    April 26, 2017 at 13:25
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    My favorite snack of the moment is homemade vegan crackers (with chia, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds) with smashed avocado spread and a sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt!

    • sweet_raw
      April 26, 2017 at 14:55
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      Yummm! That sounds so good!

  32. April 26, 2017 at 13:41
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    My favourite go-to snack is apple slices with almond or peanut butter - liked SRD and BR :)

  33. Nancy Donnelly
    April 26, 2017 at 14:24
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    I love dark chocolate with rasberries

  34. April 26, 2017 at 14:26
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    I totally forgot to say what my fave snack was! (Migraine brain) At the moment, my fave snack is berries, granola and coconut yogurt - all no sugar added!

    • sweet_raw
      April 26, 2017 at 14:56
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      Aw, hope those migraines clear up soon! Mm great snack!

  35. April
    April 26, 2017 at 16:46
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    My favorite snack is sliced apples with almond butter!

  36. Vanessa S.
    April 26, 2017 at 17:53
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    Any fruit is my favourite snack! Especially dried figs smothered with almond butter!

    • sweet_raw
      April 26, 2017 at 20:23
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      I like the dried fig idea!!

  37. Vanessa S.
    April 26, 2017 at 17:55
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    liked BR!

  38. Vanessa S.
    April 26, 2017 at 17:58
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    liked SRD!

  39. April 26, 2017 at 21:30
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    I loved watching your segment on the morning show! How exciting! When it comes to snacks, I could definitely use a lesson in eating raw. Haha. I'm a sucker for those Wasabi Soy almonds, and either Skinny Pop white cheddar popcorn, or Cape Cod white cheddar popcorn. These all look delicious, though.

    • sweet_raw
      April 27, 2017 at 15:42
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      Thank you so much Dana! Wasabi soy almonds sound delicious!! Ive never tried those.

  40. April 26, 2017 at 21:31
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    Liked BR!

  41. April 26, 2017 at 21:31
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    Liked SR!

  42. Mara Kovacevic
    April 27, 2017 at 01:42
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    Favorite snack is chai tea with nut milk and plantain chips - have it almost every day.

    • sweet_raw
      April 27, 2017 at 15:43
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      That sounds really good, I love plantain chips!

  43. April 27, 2017 at 12:05
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    My favorite snack is popcorn topped with freshly grated parmesan! Just thinking about it now makes me hungry

  44. Deb
    April 27, 2017 at 12:22
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    Favorite snack: nuts - any and all!

  45. Deb
    April 27, 2017 at 12:22
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    Liked SRD

  46. Sanja
    April 27, 2017 at 15:41
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    liked SRD

  47. Sanja
    April 27, 2017 at 15:41
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    Love dark chocolate cover nuts as a snack

  48. Sanja
    April 27, 2017 at 15:41
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    liked BR!

  49. Edmond
    April 27, 2017 at 17:25
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    Favorite snack is banana and peanut butter!

  50. Edmond
    April 27, 2017 at 17:27
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    Liked BR!

  51. Edmond
    April 27, 2017 at 17:27
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    Liked SRD

  52. Pamela Morrison
    April 27, 2017 at 23:13
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    Liked SRD. I love homemade nut yogurt with fresh berries, topped with homemade granolas. MIUM!

  53. Katherine
    April 28, 2017 at 01:37
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    My fav snack is almonds tossed with cocoa, cinnamon, and coconut oil.

  54. Linda
    April 28, 2017 at 14:12
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    My favourite snack is granola with yogurt. I admit, there are chocolate bits in there.

  55. Linda
    April 28, 2017 at 14:13
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    Liked BR

  56. Linda
    April 28, 2017 at 14:14
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    Liked SRD

  57. Jan Allan
    April 28, 2017 at 14:37
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    My favourite snack is popcorn with nut. yeast and a garlic herb powder.

  58. Jan Allan
    April 28, 2017 at 14:38
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    Liked SRD on FB

  59. Jan Allan
    April 28, 2017 at 14:38
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    Liked BR on FB

  60. Jane
    April 29, 2017 at 06:45
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    Like BR

  61. Jane
    April 29, 2017 at 06:46
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    Liked SR

  62. Jane
    April 29, 2017 at 06:47
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    Fave snack at the moment is a juicy, crisp eve apple

  63. Martha
    April 30, 2017 at 15:01
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    Favourite snack is apple pieces dipped in almond butter!

  64. Martha
    April 30, 2017 at 15:06
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    Liked BR.

  65. Martha
    April 30, 2017 at 15:07
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    Liked SRD.

  66. […] there are only 2 more days to enter my giveaway for raw vegan snacks from Basic Roots! Enter in THIS POST. And be sure to catch them at Veg Expo in Vancouver if you'll be attending later this […]

  67. April 30, 2017 at 19:20
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    liked SRD LOVE YOU♥️🤗🌷 Looking forward to receiving your amazing Creations at Planet Organic on the 10th😘😘😘😘

    • sweet_raw
      May 1, 2017 at 04:00
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      Thanks Dawn! I'm so glad that you're coming to the class :D

  68. Mariah
    April 30, 2017 at 22:08
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    My favorite snack has to be raw flax crackers. Specifically, the tomato basil kind! Yummmy

  69. Heather
    April 30, 2017 at 23:16
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    Favorite snack is watermelon WITH seeds.

  70. Sandra
    May 1, 2017 at 00:42
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    I love so many snacks.... current fav is giant seedy crackers (from my local farm market) with either peanut butter or sliced avocado on top. I might just go eat that right now. 😁

    • sweet_raw
      May 1, 2017 at 04:00
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      Yum, that sounds delicious!

  71. bouncingsonia
    May 1, 2017 at 05:27
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    Oh man, these look sooo good. I'm sure they can easily become a favorite! But if I had to pick onr, it would be medjool dates stuffed with almond butter. Or dark chocolate....or bananas. Or your peanut butter balls. Argh, too many to choose!

  72. Arlyn
    May 1, 2017 at 19:48
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    love avocado with lemon a jalapeno, and corn tortilla ..

  73. May 1, 2017 at 20:00
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    SRD and I love anything with chocolate nuts and salt touches of Caramel mmm even better!

  74. JoAnn McManus
    May 1, 2017 at 22:14
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    Favorite snack raw veggies - carrots, celery, broccoli, etc.

  75. JoAnn McManus
    May 1, 2017 at 22:17
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    Liked SRD

  76. JoAnn McManus
    May 1, 2017 at 22:19
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    Liked BR

  77. Scott jansen
    May 1, 2017 at 23:37
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    My favorite snack. Chocolate. Anything chocolate. Lol

  78. Kerri
    May 1, 2017 at 23:57
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    My favorite snack is hummus, on just about anything, : )

  79. Kerri
    May 2, 2017 at 00:05
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    Liked BR

  80. Kerri
    May 2, 2017 at 00:06
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    Liked SRD : )

  81. Sydney Gleeson
    May 2, 2017 at 00:26
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    Liked both. :) My favourite snack is apple slices and natural peanut butter; it's a classic for a reason! 🍎

  82. Micha
    May 2, 2017 at 02:36
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    My favourite snacks right now are apples with peanut butter and henp hearts, and when I'm feeling super indugent- grapes dipped in melted coconut oil mixed with cocoa powder and maple syrup :)

    • Micha
      May 2, 2017 at 02:37
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      Hemp**

  83. Lauren mockford
    May 2, 2017 at 03:11
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    My favourite snack is hummus with Mary's organic black pepper crackers

  84. Erin Jackson
    May 2, 2017 at 04:27
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    Frozen mango and peanut butter

    • sweet_raw
      May 2, 2017 at 17:54
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      Thats an interesting combo!! I'll have to try it!

  85. mollyparnis
    May 2, 2017 at 17:14
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    My favorite snack is raw cashews sprinkled with a little pink Himalayan salt.

  86. mollyparnis
    May 2, 2017 at 17:15
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    liked SRD

  87. mollyparnis
    May 2, 2017 at 17:16
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    liked BR

  88. Karen Beagles
    May 3, 2017 at 21:39
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    Both bonus points. My favorite super satisfying snack is chia pudding. I love to make this for breakfast and add mixed fresh berries and sprouted almonds! It's so easy to make and is creamyband delist!

  89. marissa
    May 7, 2017 at 13:45
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    Granola is my favourite!

  90. Arielle
    May 8, 2017 at 17:30
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    Liked RSD

  91. Arielle
    May 8, 2017 at 17:33
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    Fav. Snack is just dates, prunes and other dried fruit dipped in nut butter and rolled in oats or coconut etc. Or Fresh veggies and fruit.

  92. Arielle
    May 8, 2017 at 17:35
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    Liked BR

  93. Maha
    May 18, 2017 at 04:08
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    My favorite snack is a homemade snack mix. There has to be chocolate in the mix.

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