I was recently luck enough to receive a sample of Purely Elizabeth‘s spanking-new gluten-free cookie line. A while back, I reviewed their muffin mix, which I loved and still use to this day — so I was excited to try the cookies!
So first, the facts:
The cookie mixes are available in three flavors: Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin, and Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chip. Each mix is gluten-free, vegan, and free of refined sugars. All you need for a delicious, healthy batch of cookies is some olive oil and unsweetened applesauce.
What I loved about the cookies:
First, whole grains. I’m SO tired of gluten-free products made from refined grains — meaning no health benefits, no fiber — just pure, unadulterated carbs. These cookies, though, were made from a mixture of organic millet, fava, and almond flours. Gluten-free AND healthy.
While we’re talking about fiber… each cookie has 2g of fiber, thanks to the whole grains and chia seeds.
No refined sugar. Another one of my gluten-free pet peeves — most products are filled with sugar. The Purely Elizabeth mixes use organic coconut palm sugar. I had never heard of this, but was pleased to learn that this sweetener has a low glycemic index and is one of the most sustainable sweeteners in the world. I was worried it would have an after-taste, like stevia and sometimes agave nectar, but was pleasantly surprised that it has caramel-y undertones.
YUM! I really enjoyed the cookies — the taste of was spot on. Just sweet enough and full of flavor. I brought a batch to work for my colleagues to sample. My favorite comment: “I have no idea what that is… but I really like it.” Another colleague, who is a bit of a health but, ran over to ask if the cookies had chia seeds in them. When I said yes, she squealed, I LOVE chia seeds! They were a hit.
The one small problem I had with the cookies were the texture. I liked that they were chewy. (If you like crisp cookies, this may not be the right product for you). But I did find them a bit too grain-y. It was almost like I was eating something a bit TOO “granola-y”.
That being said, I think all of the Purely Elizabeth products (cookies, muffins, pancakes) are the best gluten-free mixes on the market. They’re actually good for you — not junk food masquerading as healthy foods. Anyone who’s attempting to live gluten-free should definitely check them out — they’re delicious and save a lot of time.