Sweet Raspberry Ricotta Spread

Bagels just so happen to be my favorite way to ingest carbs. I really don’t discriminate against bagels (except for plain…because, well, they are plain). I love spreading them with peanut butter, laughing cow cheese wedges, guacamole. Making pizza bagels & sandwiches are other atypical ways I eat them. Thomas just so happens to be one of my favorite brands and their seasonal flavors always keep me on my toes. This summer, Thomas rolled out a Lemon Poppy Bagel! Yeah, I about died. Lemon Poppy is one of my favorite muffin flavors so I picked up a pack of these bagels faster than you can say 26.2! Alas, I ran into an issue – I couldn’t figure out what to spread on the bagel. To me, peanut butter seems too…odd. Then a light bulb went off –> lemon + ricotta = awesome! Raspberries? Oh yes please.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Part Skim Ricotta
  • 1/2 tsp of Truvia
  • 3-4 Raspberries

Steps

  1. add ingredients into a small bowl
  2. Stir & Enjoy!

I adore the texture of Ricotta – it is thick creamy and oh so smooth. This spread pretty much made for an awesome bagel breakfast morning :)

Raspberry & Lemon is an undeniable combination.

Alternative Bakery Company

I don’t think it is a secret that I have a sweet tooth. Ice cream & cookies just happen to be two of my favorites. I would rather have a huge waffle cone or a cookie the size of my face over a slice of cake. As long as you don’t give me a cupcake – we will get along just fine. Needless to say, when I spotted these massive cookies at my local health store, I kind of did a happy dance. Not only are these cookies vegan, but the ingredients are pretty darn wholesome for a commercial cookie. I am pleased to present Alternative Bakery Company. Seriously, these cookies are ridiculous.

Lemon Poppyseed

In terms of flavor – this cookie is spot on. Totally taste like a lemon poppy seed muffin (which just so happens to be my favorite flavor of muffin) The lemon flavor was more sweet – think lemon dessert, than an actual lemon you add to your water. It was not tangy or tart but refreshing. However, it wasn’t sickningly sweet. The poppy seeds were abundant in the whole cookie and left a few in my teeth. They really didn’t do much in terms of flavor. This cookie was “skinner” than the other ones I tried too. Overall, delicious flavor that is sweet without making you feel like you ingested a ton of sugar

Rating: 4 Coffee Beans

Snickerdoodle:

Hands down, snickerdoodles win in terms of my favorite cookie flavor. There is just something about the combination of the sweetness from the sugar and the spice from the cinnamon. This cookie does not disappoint. I loved how thick this cookie was – the middle was so dense. In terms of taste – it was spot on. Like the lemon poppy seed, it was sweet without being too sweet where you’ll feel sick. Instead there was more spice from the cinnamon but the sugar crystals on the top just enhanced that cinnamon flavor. I am sad to report that this cookie flavor is discontinuted. Alas, on their web page they have a new Cinnamon cookie so I would guess it is pretty similar.

Rating:4.5 Coffee Beans

Peanut Butter:

Normally I don’t gravitate towards peanut butter flavored goods. I would just rather have real peanut butter instead of peanut butter flavored ice cream or cookies. However, this was probably the best cookie I have had in a long time. Not to mention my favorite of the three that I tried, which surprised me. Not only was this cookie straight up peanut butter, it made perfect dough balls. Moist doesn’t even begin to describe how soft and chewy this cookie was. An added delight was the whole peanuts found throughout the cookie. Like the previous two cookies, it wasn’t overly sweet which I enjoyed. Instead it was more akin to a natural peanut butter in cookie form. Win win.

Rating: 5 Coffee Beans