If you tend to have a sweet tooth like me, you find yourself finishing off a packet of biscuits the day you buy them and bring them home. Hence, why I never buy cookies or the like ‘just incase friends come over’.
But I was sent some cookies to try recently and they’re definitely worthy of mentioning to you.
You see, the base recipe for any typical cookie or biscuit is sugar, fat and flour. The ones you get in stores nowadays have about 15 more ingredients than that, but that’s usually the base.
To make a good cookie, you need those three main components. The thing is, these components can be anything.
Sugar – cane sugar, corn syrup, glucose, fructose, dextrin, maple syrup, honey, agave, stevia, etc etc.
Fat – hydrogenated oil, milk fats, butter, margarine, vegetable oil, coconut oil, etc etc.
Flours – refined white wheat flour, rice flour, soy flour, almond meal, buckwheat flour etc, etc.
Not all of these ingredients are nutritionally equal. Some, have very little to offer aside from energy (calories). So when one desires a cookie, what should you look for?
– Nothing refined
– Nothing artificial
– No additives or preservatives
– Real, wholefood ingredients
And trust me, those kind of cookies are not easy to find!
So when Good Fuel Co sent me these to try, I was pretty excited.
What are they?
Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Raisin, Coconut Shortbread, Brownie, and Maple Pecan.
Why are they good?
They’re all natural. Paleo friendly. Gluten free. Dairy free. Grain free. No refined sugars. No preservatives.
What are they made of?
Each cookie varies slightly but the base of all of them is: raw unfiltered honey, almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil, vanilla extract, sea salt.
What are their other benefits?
They contain around 2-3g of fibre per cookie and around 6g of unrefined, satiating fats.
Usually paleo snacks are energy dense but compared to regular cookies their pretty on par! Each cookie has approx 100 calories. Sure beats those easy to inhale Special K bars without many real ingredients at all! Whilst calories overall still have some importance, it’s more important to ensure the quality of the calories you consume.
There are 2 cookies per pack, so even if you eat the ‘whole pack’ you won’t blow out your daily energy intake quota.
That’s where these cookies trump most other commercially baked biscuits. They’re not ginormous, they’re not a waste of calories as they are nutrient dense, and they’re conveniently packed as a pair.
But how do they taste?
They’re dense, chewy, and sweet (but not sickly sweet). If you love a cookie you can chew rather than crunch, then this is your style. You can taste the honey slightly, but more so just the sweetness, so they’ve used a light flavoured one. Great if honey isn’t your favourite sweetener, like me.
You get the texture of the desiccated coconut, and because they’re full of real ingredients, you feel satisfied.
My favourites were Maple Pecan and then Cinnamon and Raisin.
Nutrition – 6/10
Flavour – 7/10
Texture – 9/10
Overall – 7.5/10
Where can I buy them?
The only place I know where they’re available in Australia is www.goodfuel.co
Want to win a gift pack?
Jump on Instagram, follow myself (@thebodydietetics) and @goodfuelco and tag the cookie image above with a friend you’d love to share a pack with! Entries close midnight Tuesday, 5th May, 2015. Open to all Australia residents. Winners announced Wednesday 6th.