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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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 

Ingredients: 

  • 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) 

Directions: 

  • 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!