Recently I had the pleasure of trying out some products from a British start-up superfood company, Nutriseed. An online superfood store, Nutriseed stock all kinds of healthy foods and staples, including the basics such as oats and seeds as well as more niche products like cacao butter and superfood powders. I really liked what I was sent, so I’ll share what I tried and thought below (plus, if you read to the bottom you might find a 10% discount code…)
The Nutriseed team are a generous bunch: I was sent a big box of Superfood Porridge, Cacao Paste, Pumpkin Seeds, Goji Berries, Wheatgrass and Maca powder to try. This generosity reflects how great the service was all the time – if you have any questions the team are really quick to respond over email, and they go out of their way to make sure you’re happy with everything.
I’ll start with the Superfood Porridge, a blend of oats, chia, flax seeds, cranberries and gojis. You can prepare it just like normal porridge by cooking it in liquid (I found rice milk worked well with it), or it would taste equally great soaked in coconut yoghurt as a chilled Bircher muesli breakfast. The mix of ingredients filled the bowl with plenty of different textures, which was a nice change from plain oats, and also meant I stayed full for longer thanks to the higher protein content from the seeds. I topped my porridge with fresh berries and extra gojis and pumpkin seeds to complement the natural sweetness of the dried fruit already in there. Delicious!
As well as using Nutriseed’s gojis and pumpkin seeds as a porridge topping above, I also made the most of their contrasting textures to add some variety to a slab of raw chocolate bark – you can find my original recipe here. Gojis and cacao are a match made in heaven, and adding nutrient-rich toppings really amps up the health benefits of the raw chocolate. Try it and see how delicious it is for yourself!
Now for two ingredients that I’d never tried at home before: wheatgrass powder and cacao paste. Don’t ask me how I’ve never tried wheatgrass at home before, because I have no idea! In the past I have tasted it in the form of wheatgrass shots (and absolutely hated it), but let me assure you that this powder definitely didn’t remind me of that traumatic experience. I found that Nutriseed’s wheatgrass had quite a mild flavour, and used mine mainly in smoothies or banana ice cream with plenty of fruit to ensure it still tasted sweet. If anything, the flavour reminded me a little bit of green tea, which is why I swapped it for the matcha powder in my Matcha Mint Ice Cream recipe here and loved the results. It adds a lovely colour to recreate mint chocolate chip ice cream, without masking the fresh, minty flavour.
One smoothie that I made repeatedly with my wheatgrass was an apple and pear green blend – you can find the recipe below:
- 2 bananas
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- A handful of spinach or other mild-flavoured leaves
- 1 tablespoon wheatgrass powder
- Chilled water – use as much or as little as you desire to get your preferred consistency
Now for my favourite discovery, the cacao paste. I had no idea what this was before receiving it, but it’s become my firm favourite of the batch!
First off, what is cacao paste? It’s made by crushing raw cacao beans into a liquid, which solidifies at room temperature to give cacao paste (or basically dark chocolate that is 100% cacao and raw). Because it’s not heated, the paste retains all of its naturally-occurring nutrients and is made up of around 50% cacao butter, giving it an extremely smooth texture. This differs from cacao powder, which is cold-pressed and therefore has had a lot of the fat (cacao butter) removed. For this reason, if you’re making raw chocolate at home using cacao powder you’d need to add fat back in, such as coconut oil, and the resulting chocolate would need to be stored in the fridge to stay firm. However, if using cacao paste you can simply melt it, add sweetener, and store it at room temperature.
So far I’ve tried using my cacao paste in raw chocolate and blended into rich smoothies in place of powder. Another great idea is to chop it up into tiny chocolate chips and mix through banana ice cream, as I did in this photo of my Matcha Mint Ice Cream. The chips are like a really intense version of a normal chocolate chip without any of the refined sugar (and they’re quite hard to stop eating by the handful too).
Finally, onto the maca powder. I’ve used maca powder regularly for a year or more now, and whilst many people praise its health benefits (including increased energy and hormone regulation), I’m not a nutritionist and use it solely because I like the flavour. If you’ve never had it, it tastes a little malty and caramelly, so its sweetness is perfect for stirring into porridge, sprinkling it over cereals or blending in smoothies. This variety from Nutriseed tasted lovely and pure, and I enjoyed adding it into hot chocolate for a malty, sweet flavour. Try my recipe below:
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp maple/rice malt syrup (or more to taste)
- 1.5 cups oat milk (or other preferred milk)
- Heat the milk gently over a low heat in a pan until it begins to boil, then remove from the heat.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients until evenly combined, transfer to a warm mug and serve.
All in all, I really liked all six of the products I tried. The good thing is you can order them in varying sizes, so it’s a great way to try a little bit of something new whilst saving money on bulk orders of your favourites. What’s more, all of the packaging can be recycled (brown bags and boxes mean zero plastic for landfill). I’d definitely order from Nutriseed in the future.
If you’re thinking of placing an order too, use my code “NNomad10” for 10% discount off your basket on their website, nutriseed.uk
Note: I like to keep things perfectly open and honest on here with regards to how I collaborate with companies. Whilst Nutriseed were kind enough to send me these products for free to try, I’m not paid to promote their goods and receive no commission on purchases made with my discount code. I never write about products/brands that I don’t like or agree with, so all thoughts expressed in this review are therefore my honest opinion. I really loved this company, and I know you will too!