With a line of “raw, vegan, organic truffles that are basically sending the raw food community into Samadhi*,” I knew I had to try UliMana‘s vegan treats. (*Samadhi, a yogic word meaning pure bliss or enlightenment)
A few days ago I received such an exciting package from the folks at UliMana. UliMana is a practicing fair trade purchasing company that hand-makes a variety of 100% raw and organic vegan treats.
The quote placed on the front of the UliMana pamphlet, “Let they dessert be thy medicine,” pretty much sums up the philosophy of this Asheville, NC company. Creating a line of products focused on pure ingredients, such as organic Bali cocoa powder and various organic, raw nuts and fruits, there is simply no room for preservatives, chemicals, or “junk” in UliMana’s desserts.
The website even features a section that will send you to some of the research conducted on the various health benefits of many of the ingredients within their products. For instance, raw cocoa powder proves to be a great source of antioxidants, and according to NaturalNews, chocolate contains more magnesium, a mineral that assists in over 300 different enzyme driven reactions, than any other food. A study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that cocoa can also increase heart health by reducing blood pressure. In addition to fruit, agave is UliMana’s sweetener of choice. Agave rates low on the glycemic-index, meaning no sharp rise of fall of blood sugar, which can lead to weight gain.
UliMana has an assortment of delicious products. Their agave truffle line comes in 7 different flavors, consisting of dark cocoa, coconut, peppermint, goji cherry, Mayan, cocoa nib, and hemp. They also have two varieties of honey sweetened truffles— honey green and honey nut. The company also features lemon fig bars, chia moon drops, hemp brownies, chocolate date rolls, and several varieties of chocolate cocoa butter spreads.
I was fortunate enough to sample the following, which I’ve put in order from my least to most favorite:
Goji Cherry Truffles- A dense dark chocolate ball coated with bold red goji berries that provided a profuse goji flavor and a slight tartness to the chocolate. Good especially if you enjoy goji berries.
Hemp Brownie- A fudgy, dense, brownie with a subtle hemp crunchiness. These were rich with a deep dark chocolate flavor, but they left a slight chalky feeling in my mouth.
Dark Cocoa Truffle- Like the Goji truffle, a dense fudge-like ball with a bitter cocoa outside. I enjoyed the slight bitterness of the cocoa, but the truffles themselves were a tad on the dry side. However, these were just as intensely chocolaty as the traditional heavy cream-filled truffle.
Lemon Fig Pecan Bar- A chewy, medium-dense fig bar with a pungent lemon flavor and subtle hints of coconut. The lemon flavor was really refreshing in these bars, and I enjoyed the ground fig texture, which was surprisingly not too gluey or sugary. Pecans are always a favorite, and they paired particularly well with the lemon.
Chia Moon Drops- Sweet, buttery flavor with hints of vanilla and sea salt. A medium-bodied texture, and the least dense of the treats I sampled. The chia seeds provided a nice crunchiness, and the cashew-date combo. was perfect. Definitely my favorite of the bunch!
I also got to sample a walnut-apricot treat, glued together by chocolate. I love the combination of dehydrated fruit and nuts, and the chocolate made this fusion extra special.
Compared to the typical dessert, UliMana’s products are not just treats for your taste buds, but also your body. The handmade treats have remarkable flavor despite the exemption of many standard dessert ingredients. UliMana also donates 5% of their net profit to humanitarian organizations, so check them out!