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Product Review and Recipe: Tyrrells English Chips

22 Jun

Tyrrell's English ChipsSometimes when I have a craving for salt the easiest and most satisfying thing (albeit not the healthiest) to eat is a bag of chips. There is something about their light, crispy texture that leaves me wanting more. Here’s an interesting fact if you didn’t already know: what we refer to as “chips,” the English refer to as “crisps.” Luckily for us, Tyrrells English Chips, based out of Leominster, Herefordshire in the UK, have kindly used the word “chips” on their U.S. packaging to prevent any confusion. Offering hand cooked potato chips and mixed vegetable chips, Tyrrells USA currently offers five flavors that are completely plant-based.

Tyrrells leaves the skins on their spuds which provides more fiber. The potatoes are then thick-cut and cooked in small batches, spun in their Big Spinny Thing™ to remove excess oil, and finally tossed with their special seasonings, none of which are artificial (source). The result is a crispy chip with a pleasant amount of flavor. This company has some spunk and I like it. A quick look at their website alone was enough to convince me!

Oddly enough I have not had the opportunity to try Tyrrells English Chips until now, even though they are sold in stores all over the United States. So, without further ado, here is my review of their five plant-based potato chip flavors:

Tyrrells Lightly Sea Salted Chips Lightly Sea Salted
These chips are exactly as described. With just a touch of salt, Tyrrells Lightly Sea Salted chips have less sodium than your typical bag of chips. In fact, 1 ounce of these chips provides 70mg sodium, whereas the same serving of another popular brand has a whopping 170mg! If you want to have your chips and eat them too, this would be the flavor to choose.

Tyrrells Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar Chips Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar
Tyrrells lovingly describes their Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar chips as having a “burly kick,” and boy, do they! With three kinds of vinegar seasoning these chips, they are sure to please any vinegar-lover and would go excellent alongside something sweet. I envision these chips being crumbled atop a fresh salad with sweet dressing.

Tyrrells Sweet Chili & Red Pepper Chips Sweet Chili & Red Pepper
I was expecting these chips to be too hot for my sensitive tongue, given that they contain cayenne pepper and jalapeño chili pepper, but was pleasantly surprised to find that they give off just a slight kick as an after-note. With just a touch of sweetness to accent the slight kick, I find this flavor to have a nice balance of sweet, salty and sassy.

Tyrrells Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Chips Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper
Black pepper is often the more dominant flavor in a chip, but these chips provide a nice balance of salt and pepper and are perhaps my favorite of the bunch. These Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper chips compliment any sandwich or soup, and even have the most protein out of the five flavors I’ve tried: 6.3g per serving to be exact!

Tyrrells Veg Chips Veg Chips
Rather than using traditional potatoes, Tyrrells uses beetroot, carrots and parsnips for this version of their chips. With only 5 ingredients total (including the aforementioned vegetables), these Veg Chips are slightly sweet with a bit more salt than the rest; 170mg per serving, to be exact. I prefer a little less sodium but that doesn’t mean these chips are any less tasty.

Potato chips are becoming increasingly popular in recipes and serve as an excellent stand-in for salt, breading and toppings. Fashioned after traditional shortbread but reminiscent of Russian tea cakes or Mexican wedding cookies, these light and airy Potato Chip Pillow Cookies utilize Tyrrells Lightly Sea Salted Chips and are sure to satisfy your sweet (and salty) tooth.

Potato Chip Pillow Cookies

Potato Chip Pillow Cookies
Yields approximately 14-16 (2-1/2 inch) cookies

1/2 (5.3-ounce) bag Tyrrells Lightly Sea Salted Chips
2-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/3 cups solid butter-flavored vegetable shortening
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Pour chips into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until thoroughly crumbled. Combine with flour and salt; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together shortening, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Add flour mixture and stir on low until combined.

Scoop mixture out onto a clean, flat, lightly floured work surface and roll out until 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 2-1/2 inch circles (or whatever size you prefer) and place cookies at least 1 inch apart on a baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until very light golden brown. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before consuming.

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NOTE: The products noted above were free samples provided by Tyrrells, which has no affiliation with Vegan Food Addict. The views and opinions expressed herein are solely that of Vegan Food Addict and do not necessarily reflect that of others.

Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Cookies

8 Oct

Oatmeal is a breakfast staple in many households throughout the country. Often enhanced with brown sugar and various other sweeteners, prepackaged oatmeal can contain a large amount of sugar, rendering it less healthy than intended. One such example is that of a popular fast food chain who’s oatmeal contains 32g sugar!

Inspired by a recipe I enjoyed on one of my many detoxes, these Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Cookies are an excellent way to start your day. Containing natural sugars provided by fruit, these cookies are also perfect as a pre-workout energizer.

Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Cookies

Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Cookies
Yields 8-10 cookies

3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup unsweetened peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 rounded teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350º F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Mix together bananas, peanut butter and applesauce until combined; set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add to banana mixture and stir to combine.

Place 1/4 cup fulls of batter approximately 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick, when inserted near the center of a cookie, comes out clean.

Prefer more sweetness? Add 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup as well as an additional tablespoon or two of flour (as needed) and proceed with the recipe as directed.

Green Tea Coconut Cookies

11 Mar

Matcha is a finely milled, high-quality green tea common in Japanese culture. Used not only to flavor various foods and beverages, this form of tea is also utilized as a dye because of its rich green color. It is produced by first growing tea plants under the cover of shade. These plants take longer to grow which causes their leaves to turn a darker shade of green. Once the desired point of maturity is reached, the leaves are stripped away and laid flat to dry. They are then de-stemmed, de-vained, and finally, stone ground to produce the powder known as matcha (source).

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are fashioned after the ever-popular Russian Tea Cakes, also known as Mexican Wedding Cookies, Butterballs or Snowball Cookies (source). With the addition of matcha and coconut, these green beauties boast an exciting flavor and various health benefits, and are an excellent St. Patrick’s Day treat.

Due to a high amount of Epigallocatechin gallate (an antioxidant), matcha helps protect against cancer and HIV, and is said to protect against bad breath and assist with weight loss. In addition, matcha is a good source of the amino acid L-theanine, which is said to provide an anti-stress and relaxing effect (source).

Green Tea Coconut Cookies

Green Tea Coconut Cookies
Yields 24 (1-1/2 inch) cookies

1/2 cup vegan buttery spread
1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil (not refined)
2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder
1/4 cup + 1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided
1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut (optional*)
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 400º F.

Cream together buttery spread, coconut oil, green tea powder and 1/4 cup powdered sugar until smooth. Add shredded coconut and flour and mix until combined. Mixture will be somewhat crumbly but should stick together.

Roll dough into 24 balls, approximately 1-1/2 inches in size. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or just until set.

Meanwhile, place 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a wide, shallow dish; set aside.

Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Roll each cookie in powdered sugar and set aside until completely cooled.

* If you prefer to use unsweetened shredded coconut, increase ¼ cup powdered sugar to 1/3 cup and proceed with recipe as directed.

Green Tea Coconut Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Drizzle

7 Oct

Well friends, it is officially Fall again. And what does that mean? Pumpkins!!! These lovely orange beauties are part of the squash family and are thought to have originated in North America. Approximately 1.5 billion pounds are produced in North America each year, and approximately 95% of those intended for processing are grown in Illinois (source).

The recipe below features, you guessed it, pumpkin. Complimented by sugar and spice, and everything nice, these moist, soft cookies are perfect for those upcoming Autumn-inspired festivities. This recipe provides nearly 30 cookies, excellent for sharing with multiple people.

While you’re waiting for these sweet treats to bake, check out some of the health benefits of pumpkin here and enjoy yourself a Pumpkin Spice Martini while you’re at it!

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Drizzle

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Drizzle
Yields approximately 28 cookies

Cookies:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch salt
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup vegan buttery spread
1 (8-ounce) container imitation cream cheese
¾ cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Drizzle:
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1½ teaspoons vegan buttery spread, softened
3-4 teaspoons regular unsweetened almond milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly grease two large cookie sheets and set aside.

For the cookies, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a small bowl; set aside.

In a larger bowl, beat sugar and buttery spread together until smooth. Mix in cream cheese, pumpkin and vanilla. Slowly stir in dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Place approximately 2 tablespoons dough, 1-2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cookie comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire cooling racks and allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile, for the icing, combine powdered sugar and cinnamon. Add buttery spread, milk and vanilla and beat until smooth. Using a fork, drizzle icing across tops of cooled cookies.

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