I made a batch of vegan cream cheese herb spirals this morning so I could work on the recipe and get it just right for the cookbook (Yes, I'm still working on it! No, I don't know when it will be ready. I'd like a fall release date but don't know if it's possible yet, so stay tuned!). I also tried a variation using roasted red pepper tapenade instead of cream cheese, which my husband oohhed and ahhed over (he won't touch vegan cream cheese).
On the side are a fruit salad (apple, orange, kiwi & blueberries), some lightly steamed and chilled broccoli, and half a Dark Chocolate Walnut Nectar Bar.
You can see shmoo's bottle of water on the side, but I think he could really use ten of them today. Gosh, I remember those last few days of school when the classroom was sweltering hot and I couldn't wait for it all to be over. Just 2 1/2 weeks left!
Verdict: I really love these new dried fruit and nut bars I've been seeing more and more of lately -- Larabars, Thinkorganic! Bars, and now these Nectar Bars. They're all made from just a few simple ingredients, mostly dried fruits and nuts, with no sweeteners or powders or vitamins added (sometimes that "vitaminy" taste in regular sports bars -- eew!). This chocolate bar was made from dates, walnuts, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. That's it! It tasted like a healthy, chewy brownie. Just the broccoli stems were left in the box (shmoo prefers the tops). 4 stars.