Categories: Cookies/Baked Goods

7 Sep 2011, Comments (2)

Irene’s Raspberry Puffs

Author: Healthnuttxo

Look at this goodie I picked up from Whole Foods! I wanted some sort of sweet treat to follow up my lunch- and this was it! I bust my booty at the gym every day, usually after breakfast, so I like to have some “reward” for my hard work as part of my post-gym session. I was hoping these would be as delicious as they looked- and the fact that they are all natural, and have “no refined sugar” as the package states, didn’t hurt either!! =)

So after the trauma Hurricane Irene has caused last week (bless any and all who faced hardships!), let’s bring some good back to the name “Irene” with these cookies. They were delicious!

The first bite I took was all of the outer part of the cookie, and none of the raspberry middle. It was thick, and very rich, and reminded me of a homemade pie crust. It had that flavor and texture that made me crave a drink of water.

The raspberry part was smooth and sweet, but not overly sweet. They had a fresh raspberry taste, and reminded me of a raspberry jelly or jam. As I stated before, these cookies were made without refined sugars, so that’s something (as a Diabetic) I especially appreciate. Sweetener is sweetener to me, but the less refined the sweetener, I notice the less of an impact on my blood sugar levels. So a less guilty sweet treat for me? Count me in!

Overall, a perfect post-lunch treat. A good sized cookie, at only 110 calories and 4 grams of sugar. They reminded me of mini raspberry pies, but with a thicker crust! I’m not really sure why they are called puffs- I was expecting an airy or “puffy” cookie, but this was actually quite dense. Oh well, still yummy! 4 stars

Question- what’s your favorite thing involving the name “Irene” ? Let’s get some positive things to bring a better light to the name Irene after the hurricane!

Little high in saturated fat, but it’s a treat! And hey, it’s made with delicious butter 😉

I think I should start off by saying I don’t like dark chocolate.  I will eat it, but I find it too bitter, hardly sweet, and just unenjoyable for my taste buds. My taste buds much prefer milk chocolate, and white chocolate (with my FAVORITE white chocolate review here!) Nutrition courses via an accredited online college for people who have decided they want to
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So, before eating this, in the back of my head I thought, aw man, DARK chocolate? Boo! But who am I to judge based on the name? Who knows what it will taste like? It could be cookie heaven.

And it was…

As you can probably see, it was a bit crumby, and broke apart very easily. Kind of like the other gluten free cookie by Fabe’s. It was dense, and a bit “piecy” as I chewed it, but wow was it DE  LIC  IOUS. And yes, delicious is three words now, you didn’t know that? ; )  (kidding). Literally, this cookie melted in my mouth as I ate it. It was very sweet, and tasted like a brownie. Or just like chocolate frosting. Actually, how about a brownie WITH chocolate frosting on it. SO GOOD!

Seriously, Fabe’s knows how to make cookies. Yes, there are some crumb issues going on, so I wouldn’t reccommend eating this while your wearing white or at a friend’s house who can’t stand crumbs anywhere. In fact, I advise you don’t eat this cookie at that friends house, or I predict he or she will be very angry at you. However, feel free to eat it on your way out the door because you can’t wait until you get home. It’s that good. It’s so good I made up an imaginary friend for you who doesn’t like crumbs. Your welcome.

ANYWAY, this one gets 4 1/2 stars. Again, the crumb/consistency of the cookie is a bit off, but the flavor is right on. And the nutritional facts will set you back 280 calories if you polish off the whole cookie (hey…don’t point your finger at me. I only ate 3/4 of the cookie this time! =) ). Regardless, I think you should try this if you have the chance to!

I got this cookie to try for free from the company.

Along with the delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookie I was sent for free from Fabe’s, they also sent me some others, including the Sweetened by Nature Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Cookie. According to the wrapper, this cookie is also  vegan, egg free, dairy free, all natural, and has no refined sugar.

I’m always a bit skeptical when something says it’s free of a lot of ingredients, as are some of my friends who I have heard comment to me in the past. Well, if it has no refined sugar, no eggs, no dairy, no gluten…what’s it made of? And HOW could it possibly taste good?

Well. I don’t know….doesn’t this look delicious?


Well – no worries here, Fabe’s has you covered. This particular cookie was actually quite delicious. The first thing I noticed is that it was VERY crumbly. It literally started to fall apart as I opened the wrapper, but I liked how it was a bigger cookie. However, there are 2 servings (read 1 serving if you’re me) in this cookie.

There were are a good amount of cranberries, which were chewy and sweet, and slightly tart. The cookie had a melt in your mouth consistency, and had a different texture than any cookie I ever had. It was almost like a crumb cake in texture. It was VERY sweet, but delicious, with a predominant orange zest flavor, and a  coconut flavor as well!

Overall, Fabe’s has proved that even without eggs, dairy, gluten or refined sugar, yummy cookies can be made. If I hadn’t eaten the whole cookie myself (ooooops….) I would bring it over to my skeptical friends to prove them wrong. This cookie gets 4 stars, because I wish it was a tad less crumbly. Also, this cookie has two servings, and it’s WAY too hard not to eat both. So delicious!

Cranberries- are you a fan? I would say I’m on the fence. If they are sweet and dried, I like them. But if they are too tart, I could definitely do without them!


Got some free cookies, courtesy of Fabe’s, and of COURSE I had to try the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies first =) Seeing as I love both peanut butter AND chocolate… well, I guess to be fair, there are a LOT of people who love peanut butter and chocolate… So, let’s just say I did the Fabe’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie for YOU guys first 😉

I dont know about you, but those gooey chocolate chips pretty much won me over  on the spot.


The flavor was pretty good. Chewy and soft, with a mild peanut butter flavor, and pieces of nuts scattered throughout. It was a very rich cookie, and sweet but certainly not overly sweet. In fact, the raging sweet tooth I have kind of wishes it was a bit sweeter. It kind of had the sweet and salty combination going on, especially when I bit into a chocolate chip. Which, by the way, receiving these cookies in the mail on a hot day was sort of like a gift. These tasted like they were fresh out of the oven. The chocolate chips were gooey, but definitely had a different taste than what I’m used to- being a milk chocolate chip. They kind of reminded me of the Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boom Non Dairy Rice Milk chocolate bar in terms of flavor. Had a chocolate-like taste, with a vanilla flavor as well.

The middle of the cookie had that “I-just-took-these-out-of-the-oven-ten-minutes-ago” appeal, and like it was at the point where you take out a cookie and your not quite sure if it’s done or not. Your afraid it could be raw, but you dont want to overcook it. Thats how these cookies were in consistency. I’m not saying they were raw, but they were like a few steps beyond it. In other words, just the way I like it 🙂

Overall, very good cookie. It is pretty calorie dense, and has 12 grams of fat and 19 grams of sugar, and it’s also VEGAN and has no refined sugar. In other words,  my kind of cookie. I’m not vegan, but I dont mind when products are, and I certainly like when products are sweetened with other things besides refined sugar. I think this cookie is worth a try.  4 stars

What’s your favorite vegan cookie or baked good?


Adding to the other crunchy Enjoy Life cookies I was sent, the Chocolate Chip and Sugar Crisp, I was also sent the Enjoy Life Crunchy Double Chocolate Cookies to try for free as well.

First off, I loved that there was a good amount of chocolate chips in these cookies, they really were double chocolate, and not something like “chocolate-cookie-with-a-sprinkle-of-chocolate-chips” thrown in.

They were crunchy, but not super crispy where crumbs got every where when I took a bite. I felt that they were softer than the other two varieties of cookies that I tried. They were chocolatey for sure, but not so super chocolately as something like devil’s food  cake would be. It reminded me kind of like a crunchy brownie in a way, as for what it would taste like.  There also was a little bit of a slightly salty/sweet combo going on as well.

Overall, I actually really liked these! Give me a jar of peanut butter  to smear on them alongside a glass of milk, and call me one happy camper. I liked that these had 2 cookies for a serving, were only 110 calories, and only 8 grams of sugar. Not too shabby! 4 stars

If you had to choose…. Double Chocolate Cookies? or Double Chocolate Brownies?

29 Jun 2011, Comments (2)

Enjoy Life Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Author: Healthnuttxo

Recently I reviewed the Enjoy Life Crunchy Sugar Crisp Cookies, which I thought were pretty good. Enjoy Life also sent me a box of the new Crunchy Chocolate Chip cookies to try for free as well.

These cookies, as stated from the front of the box, are dairy free, nut free and gluten free, as well as being made with natural ingredients. They looked pretty tasty from the cover, and who am I to ever turn down a chocolate chip cookie?

These cookies were certainly crunchy and sweet. I liked that there were a good amount of chocolate chips as well, which were smooth, but had an off taste. There was also a good amount of vanilla flavor in this that kind of threw me off, and a bit of a brown sugar flavor, which helped sweeten the cookie.

Overall, I think I liked the Sugar Crisp cookies better, these overall were just a bit awkward for me.  They are also a tad high in saturated fat ( 3.5 grams per serving), but on a positive note, 2 cookies are only 120 calories. These get 2 1/2 stars from me

Question- Do you like your chocolate chip cookies with a LOT of chocolate chips, or not that many? When it comes to homemade, I prefer not a lot of chocolate chips, but store bought cookies, the more the better! =)

21 Jun 2011, Comments (10)

EnjoyLife Crunchy Sugar Crisp Cookies

Author: Healthnuttxo

I was offered to try some of the new CRUNCHY cookies from EnjoyLife to try for free here on HealthNutt.

I received them in 4 flavors, and the first one I tried was the Sugar Crisp. These cookies are gluten free, dairy free and nut free as stated on front of the box. I took a look at the nutritional information, and was pleased. The serving size was two cookies,and  there was 7 grams of sugar. There was no fiber and 2.5 grams of saturated fat per two cookies, but they were also only 110 calories.

I pulled a cookie out of the tray. I liked that
they came in a tray so that the
cookies don’t get mushed and get crumbs
everywhere.

Very crunchy, with visible sugar granules. They had a toasted sugar cookie flavor, with almost a bit of a snickerdoodle or shortbread flavor as well. I enjoyed the fact that these cookies were sweet, but not overly sweet, and had a vanilla flavor as well. Something to point out would be that they had a teeny bit of an aftertaste that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but it wasn’t something that stopped me from liking the cookie.

They had the kind of consistency that sort of dissolved very fast as I chewed it- very airy and crispy. I’m tempted to dunk them in milk or smear some peanut butter on them for some extra enjoyment =)

Overall? 4 stars

What’s your favorite kind of cookie? Crunchy or Chewy?


18 Jun 2011, Comments (7)

Lotus Biscoff Cookies

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ever heard of Biscoff cookies?

If you haven’t, I highly recommend you try them.

Seriously.

A friend of mine said she thinks she had these before on a plane ride. Which makes sense, seeing this is on the label! (:

I bought a bunch of these online the other day, and I’m so happy I did. Not only are they crazy good, there something special and unique about them. As in, so unique I can’t stop eating them.

Seriously.

It’s a crunchy cookie, with delicious cinnamon flavor, and almost just the teeny, tiniest hint of ginger in the back ground. Except, I checked the ingredients, and it does not state ginger. I could swear I taste it, but seeing as I’m sure the label is more accurate than my palate, I guess I’ll have to accept the fact there is no ginger in it. HOWEVER, there is just a hint of spice that tastes like Ginger.

These actually remind me of cinnamon graham crackers. But better. On the cover it states it’s “Europe’s Favorite Cookie with Coffee”. I’m not located in Europe, nor do I drink a lot of coffee, but that’s not going to stop me from eating these. Or buying them (again).

What I really liked- the serving size. FOUR cookies! I love when serving sizes are more than 2, so this one scored extra points with me.

They are a tad high in saturated fat ( 3 grams per serving) and 12 grams of sugar per serving. And the ingredients are pretty good.

But I take into fact that these are cookies, meant to be treats. Even though I’m pretty sure I will be eating them every day until they are gone. (I can feel a deficit in my bank account as I type this…)

Overall? 4 1/2 stars. Delicious, and certainly worth a try!

So, since these are “Airline Cookies”, if you could eat these and travel ANYWHERE in the world, where would you go? I think Cancun has my vote 🙂

16 Jun 2011, Comments (10)

No Pudge! Fudge Brownie Mix Original

Author: Healthnuttxo

Brownies. Nothing quite like a brownie. And when the craving struck, I turned to no other than the No Pudge! Fudge Brownie Mix in the Original flavor.

The directions were easy peasy- add 2/3 cup of yogurt, mix, and bake! I added 2/3 cup of one of my favorite brands of yogurt, Stonyfield Farm.

Another thing I liked? That I didn’t have to use a hand mixer. Seriously. Mine is SO OLD I feel like it’s going to break every time I use it. I can see it now. Baking our yearly 3,000 (I’m exaggerating, of course) Christmas Cookies, and then POOF! out goes our electric mixer. Mixing by hand  for ALL of those cookies would be no fun at all.

Anyway- for these I got to use a spoon.
Not to say mixing was easy, cause it wasn’t. This batter got super thick and hard to mix.

And can we say powder all over my counter? (Ok, I’m exaggerating again. It didn’t
get ALL over. But it certainly made a dusty appearance
on my white countertops.)

Hmm. Should I add something? I kept mixing, and decided a few drops of water would help things mix easier.

Aside from the fact that this pic is super blurry
(I blame my poor photography skills 100% for that),
the water seemed to do the trick.

I then transferred the mix to a pan and put it in the oven. I then had a failed attempt at getting the batter off the bowl. It was so sticky! It would not come off! (good thing for dishwashers!)


So. FINALLY. How did these brownies taste? That’s all that matters right? I’m sure you heard enough of my complaining about how the batter was too sticky or hard to mix. Poor me. Good thing I have a batch of brownies to console my whiny self…

yeaaaaaaaaaaa.

The taste? DE LIC IOUS . So good. Super fudgy and VERY SWEET! Man, did these satisfy my sweet tooth! They were also really moist and very chocolatey, and VERY RICH.  It’s going to be hard not to eat all of these myself, which is why I can either be generous and

1.Share these with my friends
or
2. (the more likely option) freeze these and eat at a later date (which will more than likely be as soon as the fresh ones are consumed).

Overall? 4 1/2 stars. I wouldn’t exactly count these as health food in my opinion, given the 22 grams of sugar per serving just in the mix, but they are really delicious and worth a try! I do think they are a bit too sweet, but that just may be me!

Have you ever tried these brownies? How would you/did you eat them?


16 Mar 2011, Comments (4)

Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf Cookies

Author: Healthnuttxo

Maple is definitely one of my favorite flavors. I couldn’t imagine waffles or french toast without maple syrup, and I LOVE it with scrambled eggs. So when I saw these Maple Leaf Cookies at Trader Joe’s, I just had to buy them!

On the cover, it states that it has a “smooth and flavorful maple cream filling” along with having “no artificial colors or flavors” and “no preservatives”. It already sounded like my kind of cookie 😉

Here’s what one of the cookies looked like out of the box.

Mmmm. I love cookies with a thick filling!

I took a bite. Mmm. This was delicious. The cookie part was buttery and had that soft-crunchy texture. It reminded me kind of like a shortbread cookie. The cream was absolutely delicious as well. Very sweet, with a maple/vanilla flavor. Together it was just an awesome combination. This box of cookies will not last too long in my closet  ;]

Overall, another delicious find from Trader Joe’s. I would certainly buy these again. Perfect on it’s own, or I’m even tempted to try them with a smear of peanut butter or a glass of milk. A drawback would be the 2 grams of saturated fat per cookie and that it lacks fiber, but these really are delicious! 4 1/2 stars

1 cookie is 110 calories, 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of sugar, 0 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein.

What’s your favorite maple-flavored thing?

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