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Set your timers, whip out the pots and pans, and let’s bake some cookies!

But wait- We’re not going to use just any old cookie mix- how about one that’s organic, gluten free, and all natural? And not filled with icky preservatives, chemicals sugar and FAT?!
These sound like my kind of cookies 😉

Doodles Cookies makes all natural, gluten free & organic cookie mixes, that according to the website, “will only set you back 90 calories and 2 grams of fat”. Why is that? Because the company made it so you can use all natural applesauce instead of butter or margarine with their mixes, and still make tasty treats, but healthier!

Well, Doodles Cookies sent me a box of their gluten free chocolate chip cookie mix to bake. I was hopefull and excited, the ones on the box looked soooo yummy, and I was totally craving chocolate chip cookies. I went for a nice run that day, and I deserved a special treat! 🙂

I whipped open the box, and the first thing I noticed was there are TONS, and I mean TONS of chocolate chips, and they were BIG, too!. Ratio of chocolate chips to cookie mix was seriously 2:1 ! If you are a fan of chocolatey chocolate chip cookies- get these! It says you can either use margarine or applesauce, so I figured I would opt for the applesauce option. I don’t think I ever baked cookies with applesauce before, yes muffins, bread, cake, etc., but not cookies!

Anyway- after adding the applesauce, vanilla and egg, I noticed it was quite hard to mix, actually. It was VERY crumbly, and I had to resort to mixing my hand and kneading the dough. Perhaps it was crumbly because I used applesauce instead of butter? Who knows. I tasted some raw dough, and it was actually quite off tasting. Not that sweet, and gritty. The chocolate chips, however, were awesome. Melty and smooth, and milk chocolately goodness 🙂

see how crumbly it was?

I got 24 cookies out of the box, and cooked them for about 15 minutes each. They were crumbly and a little hard to get off the pan (again, probably because I used applesauce instead of butter). They were sweet and really good when you bit into a chocolate chip- reminded me of a Toll House cookie! The cookie part itself was okay, but when eaten with the chocolate chips, very tasty. They got very crunchy when cooled, not as soft as usual cookie mixes.

Time to eat!

Overall, not bad, I give it 3 1/2 stars.  I bet if I used butter, they would have come out better, and had a richer taste. I’d like to try making them again with butter instead of applesauce to see if it does make a difference. I gave one to my dad, who really liked them, but he said he’s a fan of crunchy, not soft,cookies. Other than that, what a great swap for other commercialized cookie mixes, that’s not only organic, but also gluten free! Each cookie is also only about 90 calories, which is a plus, although they do have about 2 grams of saturated fat each (for 21 cookies).

4 tsp dry (makes 21 servings per box), is 90 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 14 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

Organic Chocolate Chips, Organic Whole Grain Oat Flour, Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Brown Sugar, Organic Corn Starch, Organic Tapioca Starch, Baking Soda, Non-Aluminum Baking Powder, Xanthan Gum.

What’s better than a slice of steaming hot apple or cherry pie? Yea, I couldn’t think of anything either 😉 (except if it’s topped with some vanilla frozen yogurt- a la mode!!)

Organic Food Bar has several types of bars that are all organic, all healthy, and according to the website, “outrageously good”! The company sent me a few of their bars to try, like the Cherry Pie flavored Bar, and the Apple Pie Bar was purchased. What’s cool about these is a portion of the proceeds spent on the bars goes to support local schools- nice! These bars are preservative free, have no trans fats, are unprocessed, no artificial ingredients, are dairy free, and have no high fructose corn syrup or refined sugars.

Each bar is a typical breakfast or granola bar size, but these bars do not have the typical texture. In fact, they have a fruity/chewy texture, similar to a PURE bar.

Cherry Pie- This one says Oohmega! on the cover, as it provides 1000 mg Omega 3’s per bar. Woop! It was lightly sweetened, almost bland at first. The flavor comes through after you chew it for a bit, and then you taste a bit of cherry. It’s not bad, but it’s a bit off. There are little oat pieces dispersed throughout, and it also has a funky “flaxseed” taste to it. Also, when you hold the bar, you get an oily texture left on your fingers- but the first ingredient is cashew butter, so that’s probably why. What I did like was that there was a delicious cherry chunk in the bar, that added some instant sweetness. Sadly, it didn’t remind me of  homemade cherry pie, and I give it 2 1/2.

Apple Pie- this one says Oooatmeal!  on the cover. I’m not sure why, but this one was much better. It had little pieces of apples dispersed throughout, and the cinnamon was a nice compliment to the bar. It was much sweeter than the Cherry flavored one, and actually did sort of remind me of Apple Pie! I wonder what it would taste like heated up in the microwave… I would eat this one again- 4 stars.

Overall, not bad. I’d like to try some of their other bars Organic Food Bar has to offer and give them a shot. I do like that these are unprocessed, contain  healthy fats, and are sweetened with agave rather than refined sugar. A nice change to a sugar laden granola bar every now and then!

Cherry Pie- 1 bar is 135 calories, 7 grams of fat, 15 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.

Organic Cashew Butter, Organic Dates, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Bio Sprouts Flax, Organic Cherries, Organic Oats, Organic Brown Rice Protein

Apple Pie- 1 bar is 139 calories, 5.5 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.

Organic Cashew Butter, Organic Dates, Organic Premium Agave Nectar, Organic Oats, Organic Apples, Organic Raisins, Organic Cinnamon

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