Free2b Sun Cups Dark Chocolate
Those allergic to nuts, soy and gluten can finally rejoice, thanks to these 60-percent dark-chocolate candies, filled with creamy, sweetened sunflower seed butter. What’s also cool: Free2b is committed to sourcing and using sustainable palm oil.
Finalist: Alter Eco Organic
Sea Salt Truffles
Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfood Cocoa Coconut Superflakes
Sprouted grains, fair-trade coconut, honey, oh my! We can’t get over the phenomenal ingredient list in this decadent-tasting organic cereal, which delivers 6 grams each of fiber and protein and 35 grams of whole grains per serving.
Finalist: Earnest Eats Detoxifying Hot Cereal Bliss Coconut Chocolate Date
Jackson’s Honest Organic Coconut Oil Yellow Corn Sea Salt Tortilla Chips
Fried in better-for-you organic coconut oil, these crunchy, salty tortilla chips contain just organic corn and sea salt and provide a prime stage for salsas, guacamole and all the nacho toppings. Or, like us, snack directly from the bag.
Finalist: Beanfields Black Bean with Sea Salt
Best Chocolate Bar
Alter Eco Dark Blackout Organic Chocolate
This fruity and ultradark chocolate bar is the real deal. At 85 percent cocoa content,
a square of this consciously sourced organic bar is enough to satisfy any craving. Made with just four ingredients: cacao beans, cocoa butter, raw cane sugar and vanilla beans.
Finalist: NibMor Dark Chocolate with Cacao Nibs
Best Cold-Pressed Beverage
Temple Turmeric Pure Mega
This gorgeous beverage delivers a whopping 13,000 mg of USDA Organic turmeric root, sourced from Hawaii and in support of a healthy inflammation response. Also inside: An Ayurvedic-inspired blend of wholesome ingredients, like mango, pineapple, honey, lemon juice, ginger, coconut milk, cinnamon and black pepper.
Finalist: WTRMLN WTR
Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise Chipotle Vegan Mayo
Who knew the answer to a really good eggless mayonnaise was in the humble chickpea? It turns out the viscous liquid created when chickpeas are cooked (called aquafaba) is the perfect plant-based ingredient to achieve the creamy texture and rich, eggy taste in Sir Kensington’s new vegan, chipotle-spiked mayonnaise.
Finalist: 4th & Heart Ghee Butter White Truffle Salt
Nutterly Hazelnut Cookie Snaps
The wizards at Nutterly somehow alchemize seemingly unimpressive ingredients like cane sugar, hazelnuts, egg whites and salt into a magical grain-free cookie that begs to be submerged into your afternoon tea or latte. One bite, and we were hooked.
Finalist: Back to Nature Quinoa Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies
Simple Mills Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Almond Flour Crackers
These tasty, paleo-friendly and gluten-free crackers feature excellent crunch and texture—rare in a product that doesn’t contain wheat. Made with roots, nuts and seeds, such as cassava, almonds, flaxseeds and sunflower seeds. Heavily spiced with organic oregano, basil and garlic.
Finalist: Mary’s Gone Crackers Super Seed Basil & Garlic
Daiya New York Cheezecake
We were skeptical about this vegan, soy-free and gluten-free “cheese” cake. Could this dairy-free alternative really provide a passable substitute to traditional cheesecake’s sweet and creamy filling? The answer is yes. All our tasters—vegans and dairy-lovers alike—were wowed.
Finalist: Julie’s Datery Hazelnut Chocolate Simply Stuffed Dates
Best Energy Beverage
Garden of Flavor Cold-Pressed Energy Wheatgrass with Guayusa Leaf
Wake up with this cold-pressed USDA Organic beverage, which contains 100 mg of caffeine from responsibly sourced guayusa, an Ecuadorian plant that grows in the Amazon. Also inside: probiotics for digestive support and chlorophyll-rich wheatgrass.
Finalist: Blue Bottle Coffee Cold Brew
Best Fizzy Drink
Bhakti Sparkling Tea
Lemon Ginger Black
Now you can sip Bhakti Chai’s signature, spicy, gingery blend with a side of bubbles. This new effervescent beverage contains a lip-smacking combo of carbonated, organic, fair-trade tea, ginger juice, cane sugar, lemon and spices. We love how this product also incorporates zero-calorie monk fruit, which lowers the sugar content to a rational 14 grams.
Finalist: Clearly Kombucha C Botanicals Strawberry Milk Thistle
Best Frozen Dessert
GoodPop Hibiscus Mint
Combat hot summer days with these refreshing ice pops, made with brewed, organic hibiscus and mint tea, fair-trade sugar and lime juice. Each 70-calorie bar delivers a burst of fruity, floral flavor.
Finalist: Jeni’s Lemon Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt
Best Frozen Vegetarian Meal
Sweet Earth Natural Foods Moroccan Tagine
It would take hours of work and culinary prowess to replicate this toothsome meal from scratch. Thankfully, you can make a flavorful concoction of chickpeas, bulgur wheat and sweet potatoes in minutes. Bonus: Each serving delivers 10 grams of plant-based protein.
Finalist: Amy’s Meals for Two Ravioli Cheese
One Degree Organic Foods Sprouted Oat Granola Quinoa Cacao
We’re huge fans of One Degree, not only because the company incorporates nutrient-dense additions like sprouted quinoa, oats and coconut palm sugar into this delicious granola, but also because eaters can learn where every single ingredient was grown on the One Degree website.
Finalist: Grandy Oats Real Granolas Organic Classic Granola
Best Kid's Product
Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Cookies Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin
Our ultrapicky kid testers had no idea these USDA Organic alphabet-shaped cookies contain healthful add-ins like oats, sweet potato, pea protein and even nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D.
Finalist: MySuperSnack Chocolate Chip Soft Granola Bites
Best Meal Helper
Simply Organic SteamGourmet Cajun Chicken
Perfect for making chicken en papillote (cooked in parchment paper), this handy meal helper contains two baking bags and a USDA Organic blend of robust spices, including paprika, chili pepper, cumin, cayenne and garlic. It's like a super-elegant shake and bake.
Finalist: Modern Table Meals Cheddar Broccoli Bean Pasta + Veggie Kit
Best Meat Replacement
Pacific Organic Seitan Italian Herb
Of all the meat alternatives out there, we think seitan wins in texture, “meaty” taste and cooking ease. Usually made from just vital wheat gluten (sorry, those with celiac disease, seitan isn’t for you) this USDA Organic option also has red beans, sprouted lentils and savory spices like garlic and cayenne.
Finalist: Upton’s Naturals Original Jackfruit
Best Nutrition Bar
Probar Bite Organic Energy Bar Superfruit + Greens
We can’t figure out how a bar containing wheatgrass, barley grass and alfalfa can be so yummy, but with 6 grams of protein, a reasonable 10 grams of sugar and 25 percent of your daily value of iron, we don’t really care. Also inside this soy-free, dairy-free and gluten-free bar: USDA Organic cashews, chia, acaí powder and sun flower seeds.
Finalist: GoMacro Macrobar Protein Pleasure Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Best Paleo-Friendly Snack
Followers of both paleo and vegan diets will gobble these roasted fair-trade cashews with abandon, thanks to their toasty, nearly-identical-to-bacon flavor. Smoked sea salt and natural smoke flavoring (captured from burning apple wood and alder wood) are key to this notable take-along snack.
Finalist: Epic Venison Sea Salt + Pepper
FlapJacked Protein Pancake and Baking Mix Banana Hazelnut
Your breakfast just got a whole lot fancier. Not only does this pancake mix create fluffy, banana-spiked flapjacks, but each serving also provides a whopping 20 grams of protein from a blend of whey and pea proteins.
Finalist: Pamela’s Gluten-Free Baking & Pancake Mix
Bgreen Food Organic Buckwheat Angel Hair Pasta
This pasta contains just one, high-quality ingredient: organic buckwheat flour, which, despite
its name, is actually 100-percent gluten free. Buckwheat isn’t wheat at all but is closely related to rhubarb. Bonus: This hearty pasta cooks al dente in just five minutes.
Finalist: Tolerant Organic Red Lentil Rotini
Once Upon A Farm Sun-Shiny Strawberry Patch
There’s a lot to love about these USDA Organic pouches: They’re filled with a nutritious blend of butternut squash, strawberries, coconut milk, dates and chia. They’re made using High Pressure Processing (HPP) technology, meaning they are fresh and refrigerated and the company lists where the ingredients come from on its website—down to the name of the farm.
Finalist: Shine Organics Calm
Best Shelf-Stable Juice
Telula Black Berry + Chia
This attractive bottle of USDA Organic juice contains just two high-quality ingredients: blackberry purée and chia seeds. It provides 4 grams of fiber per serving, making it a delicious morning alternative to OJ. You’ll love how this beverage is shelf-stable, too—keep it in your pantry until you’re ready to sip (just refrigerate
Finalist: Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice
Forager Probiotic Cashew Smoothie Banana Date
This filling USDA Organic smoothie packs in functional nutrition, including 2 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per bottle, and notably, added probiotics. Other ingredients include velvety cashew milk, banana, dates and chia for a thick texture.
Finalist: GoodBelly Probiotics Triple Berry Flavor Protein Shake
Don’t Go Nuts Nut Free Chocolate Roasted Soybean Spread
We were enamored with this decadent spread—which is entirely nut free. Made with organic soybeans (no GMOs here!), cocoa and evaporated cane juice, this vanilla-scented dip is just what your lunch box needs.
Finalist: MaraNatha Organic No Stir Peanut Butter Creamy
Best Sweet Sauce
Heavenly Organics 100%
Organic Raw Neem Honey
Harvested from wild hives using smoke-free methods, Heavenly Organics works with more than 600 family farmers living in conflict areas to ensure a reliable income. The honey is never heated and is lightly filtered to maintain enzymes.
Finalist: Date Lady Pure Date Syrup
Numi Organic Tea Turmeric Tea Three Roots
Three healthful roots—turmeric, licorice and ginger—combine for a golden, earthy-spiced and totally USDA Organic tea.
We love Numi for the brand’s commitment to sourcing fair-trade ingredients and for using innovative package materials that lessen environmental impact.
Finalist: Teatulia Energy Black
Best Vegan Ice Cream
Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss Chocolate Chip Cookie
Eat a spoonful of this dreamy, organic coconut milk frozen dessert, and you are sure to smile. Each spoonful is packed with hefty chunks of gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, made with sprouted brown rice and oat flours, hemp seeds, applesauce, coconut oil and fair-trade dark chocolate. We know ... impressive!
Finalist: NadaMoo! Lotta Mint Chip
Best Veggie Burger
Good Seed Curried Sweet Potato Hempseed Burgers
These grain-free vegetarian burgers feature
a ridiculously cool ingredient list of nutrient- dense foods, including hemp seeds, sweet potato, cauliflower, chia seeds and coconut. All spiced with an interesting, ginger-forward blend of curry spices.
Finalist: Dr. Praeger’s Bibimbap Veggie Burgers
Ume Plum Vinegar
This traditional Japanese vinegar is made from the juice of pickled, pressed umeboshi plums and imparts a complex salty-fruity-sour flavor into everything ranging from fish to kale salads. Ume vinegar can be hard to find in the United States, but Eden’s version is made simply and authentically with ume plums, shiso leaf and sea salt.
Finalist: NuCo Organic & Fair Trade Coconut Vinegar
Best Whole Food Snack
Brussel Bytes Chili Pumpkin Seed Crunch
It sounds weird to say that a vegetable as reviled as the brussels sprout is addictive, but when it’s coated with savory, flavor-packed ingredients like raw cashews, kale, tamari and coconut nectar, these “Brussel Bytes” become a covetable, raw snack. A USDA Organic certification amps their cool factor.
Finalist: Bare Baked Crunchy Cinnamon Banana Chips
Organic Valley Grassmilk Vanilla Whole Milk Yogurt
This full-fat, cream-on-top yogurt sources milk from cows that eat only grass (never grain). Organic, fair-trade vanilla and unrefined cane sugar impart an indulgent flavor that marries well with granola and fresh berries. Best. Breakfast. Ever.
Finalist: Maple Hill Creamery Drinkable Yogurt Maple