I tried the new vegan Ben & Jerry's flavors and they're amazing

When I was a kid, Ben & Jerry’s was life. If you put a pint of Phish Phood in the freezer on a Friday, it’d be scrapped out to the very edges of the container come Monday morning. I loved the smell of cookie dough wrapped in frozen dairy that would waft from their store fronts on hot, summer days. 


But then I went vegan. And I had to give up one of my most favorite things: GOOD ice cream. Yes, I’d tried the vegan versions — Tofutti, Almond Dream, So Bliss. But there was always something off. The ice cream would stay hard just a little bit too long. Or it would contain more ice crystals than frozen cream. I settled for what I thought would be my best options. 

So when Ben & Jerry’s came out to announce that they were taking the plunge into non-dairy ice cream, I jumped for joy. Finally my love for them could be re-kindled. It apparently took them 60 tries and years of R&D to find the perfect combo. In the end, the settled on almond milk for the base because it was "the most neutral" flavor. 

I spent a year courting Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy flavors. I watched from afar to see the reaction. It was positive and I wanted to be a part of it. I remember that it was a hot, hot day and I couldn’t resist the taste of a sweet treat. Maxim and I headed into a Ben & Jerry’s…and there it was…the NON-DAIRY SECTION. They were offering PB & Cookies. I got the kids size. 


The rest is history. 

I fell in love again with Ben & Jerry’s and always tried to have some in the freezer (just in case). 

BUT it’s 2017, and Ben & Jerry’s stepped it up AGAIN. On Wednesday they debuted THREE NEW vegan flavors: Cherry Garcia, Coconut Seven Layer Bar and Caramel Almond Brittle. I tasted them and they're INCREDIBLE. 


Cherry Garcia {for the nostalgic + fan favorites} 

This flavor is a classic and a staple in Ben & Jerry's shop. It was debuted in 1987 and has been a top seller ever since. Maxim couldn't believe that it was the vegan version! 

Coconut Seven Layer Bar {ugh yes} 

This might be my favorite of all the seven vegan flavors. It's filled with coconut and you'd swear it's made with coconut milk instead of almond milk. I love the taste of chocolate chunks and caramel mixed in. If you've ever had a multi-layer bar, you'll be in love. 

Caramel Almond Brittle {YAS} 

The best thing about this flavor is the combination of gooey caramel with crunchy, sweet almond brittle. It's also the new fan favorite among taste-testers of Ben & Jerry's. 


And what better time to celebrate than this weekend? It’s going to be 60s in the DMV + NYC, which means ice cream is always a good idea. No one’s ever regretted a spoonful of the sweet stuff. 

Interested in trying it out? Look for it anywhere that ice cream is sold

breakfast on-the-go: 10-minute chia seed pudding

Mornings are crazy hectic. Like crazy, crazy hectic. 

I work a 9-5, and I carpool downtown with Maxim. We're out the door by 7-7:30, and always forgetting to eat something. Let's be real, we're young + more focused on coffee + finding a clean pair of pants than making sure that we've had breakfast.

PSA: Breakfast is crazy important! Please eat breakfast!


By the time I'm at the office, I'm HANGRY...and we all know how well that goes over in the first meeting of the day. 

SO, I try to make easy (like so easy you can do it in your sleep) breakfasts to-go the night before so that I can just grab it on the way out the door. 

This, my chia seed pudding recipe, is my fave. And honestly, though, it doesn't even take 10-minutes. It takes maybe 5-minutes if you're a little bit slow pouring in the milk. BUT a little disclaimer first: I'm a s o u l  c o o k e r , which is why I oftentimes am more focused on reviewing other people's food or just posting photos. My measurements are not exact and I add stuff like I'm a witch concocting a potion. 

THAT BEING SAID, I googled ratios that I'll be including below, but PLEASE just experiment yourself. You never know what you'll discover! 

Not-even-10-minute chia seed pudding 


  • mason jar or other similar-ish container
  • handful of chia seeds (a 1/3 cup) 
  • healthy pour of non-dairy milk OR a couple tablespoons of non-dairy yogurt. 
    • (think 3:1 ratio of milk to chia) 
  • cinnamon 
  • mashed banana
  • coconut chips 
  • oats or hot cereal (my fave is from iheartkeenwah) 


  • Fill half a mason jar with milk/yogurt
  • Add chia seeds, some {healthy} shakes on cinnamon. Put top on jar and SHAKE. 
  • Open jar, add 2-3 tablespoons of hot cereal or oats. 
  • Add mashed banana, coconut chips. 
    • side note: my favorite thing about adding coconut chips is that they're soft(er)when you end up eating this and sweetens up the entire breakfast! 
  • Put top back on jar and SHAKE! 
  • Put in fridge overnight or for a few hours. 
  • ENJOY! 

Yes. It's literally that simple. You can experiment with different flavors, toppings, etc! 

My {other} fave chia pudding combinations: 

  • Vega protein powder + banana + oats 
  • Almond butter + cubed apple slices + cinnamon 
  • Frozen berries + shaved coconut {omg yas} 
  • Sliced pineapple + shaved cooconut + oats 
  • Frozen berries + cinnamon  

The possibilities are  E N D L E S S , you beautiful people! Give it a try and let me know below how it goes!