[Sponsored Review] Vitarium Drink Mixes – Mocha & Strawberry + A Recipe

Vitarium Mocha & Strawberry

When the kind folks at Natvia contacted me and offered to send me samples of their latest product to try out and review, I jumped at the chance. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of their popular range of low calorie natural sweeteners, Natvia and Norbu (I’ve been using them in my baking), so I was very excited to discover what their latest product was and what it had to offer.

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In a nutshell, Vitarium is their newest line of flavoured drink mixes, all naturally sweetened with Natvia. They come in 5 genius flavours: kid’s banana, strawberry & chocolate, and adult’s chocolate & mocha. I was given their strawberry and mocha flavours to try (along with a generous amount of complimentary Natvia and Norbu).

Vitarium Mocha & Strawberry Nutrition

These mixes are gluten free, nut free, wheat free, egg free, yeast free, GMO free and contain no artificial nasties, including those associated with other sweeteners — no aspartame, no saccharin, no sucralose!

Vitarium Mocha & Strawberry

It is incredibly easy to use these drink mixes. Just add 4 teaspoons to a glass of milk, stir, and voilà! Instant flavoured milk, without all those pesky extra calories! The strawberry mix is divine, but I love the mocha one most. I use it to flavour and sweeten my favourite overnight oats (mmm, mocha and oats, awesome combination). It also goes well in chia seed pudding and healthy smoothies. Now, the powdered mixes come in little 200g canisters. The only downside to this is, because you’re using 4 teaspoons every serving, you’ll end up going through a single canister pretty quick.

Vitarium Mocha & Strawberry

So, these Natvia-sweetened Vitarium mixes seem to work a treat in drinks and such, but I was most excited to try them out in my baking (this is a baking blog, after all). I baked a Bundt cake on the weekend using the mocha mix (recipe below); the strawberry one went into the cream cheese glaze that went on top of said cake. I am happy to report that the cake turned out really well, if not a little sweet. Natvia, to me, is a little sweeter than regular sugar. Which is not a bad thing, you just need to cut down on the substitution.

Vitarium Mocha & Strawberry

The verdict? Vitarium is a fantastic way to have sweet, creamy, tantalisingly-flavoured milk drinks while maintaining a low calorie diet. They seem to work well in baked goods (though I have yet to test them extensively in this area), and I would really love to try their banana mix (I’m a sucker for banana-flavoured anything)! I also recommend Natvia as a general natural sweetener, especially for people looking to reduce their intake of processed sugars. Natvia is great for baking as a sugar substitute, and my previous recipes can attest to that: Skinny Lemon & Strawberry Cheesecake | Flourless Peanut Butter Chia Seed Buttons.

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Mocha Cinnamon Bundt Cake {sugar free}

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup Mocha Vitarium Drinking Chocolate
1 1/4 cup Natvia 100% Natural Sweetener
1 cup grapeseed oil (or canola oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 170ºC and generously grease a regular 12-cup Bundt pan with oil.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix well, set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the Mocha Vitarium Drinking Chocolate with the boiling water until the powder has completely dissolved.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the Natvia, oil and vanilla together in a large bowl on high speed. Gradually beat in the eggs until smooth.
  5. Alternating between the flour and mocha mixtures, gently incorporate each ingredient into the egg mixture in 3 or 4 increments until just combined.
  6. Transfer batter into prepared Bundt pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean.
  7. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a rack to cool completely.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Glaze {sugar free}

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Strawberry Vitarium Drink Mix
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (more/less for desired consistency)
250 grams cream cheese, room temperature
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preparation:

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the Strawberry Vitarium Drink Mix in the almond milk.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until soft and fluffy, then stir in the lemon juice.
  3. Add the strawberry mixture to the cream cheese mixture and stir until smooth. Adjust the consistency of the glaze by adding some almond milk, a little at a time. The glaze should be just runny enough for you to pour over the cake.

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