When Emily Krause got into the vegan yogurt game in 2013, she came armed—not with extensive culinary experience, but with a film degree and a prior career as a wedding photographer. Unorthodox, perhaps, but as Krause explains, “Making a great recipe is the same process as making great photographs.”
After a few years hawking her delicious dairy-free yogurt line at New Seasons, Krause switched her focus to vegan and paleo-friendly push-pops made with coconut milk and maple syrup. She uses local fruit and seasonal ingredients to create rich ice cream flavors like caramelized peach, cherry pie (with vegan whipped cream!), Heart-roasted coffee, and chocolate peppermint ganache with marshmallow topping. The treats are divinely delicious but sometimes tricky to find—check the Dreamboat website for the current lineup of farmers markets and pop ups.
Unlike her pal Krause, Margaux Muller started her culinary career with a French patisserie degree in Florida and stints in several of Portland’s top alt-diet kitchens, including Back to Eden, Tula, and Missionary Chocolates. In October, Muller left a steady bakery paycheck to open Best Friend, a hip juice cart on SE 11th and Division. Three months later, she founded Margalaxy, a line of gluten-free and vegan brownie bars packed with nutritious whole foods.
“It’s a business based on snacking,” Muller says. “We’re all so busy.” The superfood-loaded “moon bars” are indeed a delicious on-the-go treat, made with healthful raw ingredients like almonds, chia seeds, flax meal, dates, and cacao powder. Find them at local veg-friendly spots like Food Fight, Harlow, and People’s Co-op, or pick one up at Best Friend along with a Jetpack snack pack and coconut cream granola parfait. (Yay, snacks!)
Recent research reveals that half of Americans (and a whopping two-thirds of parents) consume non-dairy milk, but how many of us have tasted fresh homemade nut milk? Our guess is close to zero, but native Portlander Lizz Hampton wants to change that—with a few nut jokes along the way. ("It’s too funny to ignore,” she laughs.)
A graduate of the University of Oregon’s product design program, Hampton is the inventor of the Nut Buster, a cheeky but truly innovative product that allows consumers to make their own cold-pressed nut milk at home without traditional (and messy) milk cloths. The dishwasher-safe device won this year’s Design Museum pitch party and is currently in manufacturing negotiations. In the meantime, Hampton’s Goodnuss offers DIY nut milking kits—or “Milk It Yourself Nut Sacks,” in the company’s words. Pick one up for yourself online, and keep an eye out for the Nut Buster, which should be available for pre-order via Kickstarter in 2017.