We all know sugar, dairy, and grains are rough on a celiac’s system, even when they’re gluten free. However, I have to indulge once in a while so I can feel human, and that indulgence includes cookies! If you’re stronger than I am, and can adhere to a clean diet all the time, my hat goes off to you.
Occasionally I just have to allow myself a few fleeting moments where I can close my eyes and wax nostalgic about the vestiges of a former life where I could eat freely and without fear.
THRIVE TRIBE PALEO COOKIES
I discovered Thrive Tribe Paleo cookies because of this review. I grabbed the sweet cinnamon cookies off the shelf because the idea of a paleo friendly cookie sounded cool, although I’m not going to lie, it also sounded like it would be disappointing. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong!
These cookies were packaged in sets of 3 which was kind of cool. You can eat 3 and the rest stay sealed. It’s built-in freshness and portion control! There were 9 cookies total in the package, but they’re decent sized–I didn’t feel cheated.
I REALLY liked these cookies. They weren’t overly sweet. And I have a serious sweet tooth, so this is the opinion of someone who loves her sugar. I actually think they were the perfect amount of sweet, where the sugar doesn’t overpower the flavor.
The sweet cinnamon cookies were packed with flavor and seasonings—they had a very robust taste that was quite delicious. They almost tasted kind of seasonal in that they reminded me of Christmas.
They were a little dry and crumbly, but they were so delicious I didn’t care. In fact, you could probably crumble them up and make a delicious apple or pumpkin pie crust out of them.
These cookies were my favorite by far due not only to the delicious flavor (which would have been enough) but also due to the fact that I felt great after I ate them! I didn’t have a stomach ache, or lethargy, or brain fog, or anything.
These cookies are certified gluten free, grain free, dairy free, vegan approved, soy free, paleo friendly, free of refined sugar, non-GMO, preservative free, and made with prebiotic fiber!
The ingredients are amazingly clean: almond flour, coconut sugar, arrowroot flour, tapioca flour, filtered water, Rainforest Alliance Certified palm oil, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, baking soda, and sea salt.
They have 4 flavors, though I’ve only tried the one (and I’ll soon be remedying that): sweet cinnamon, chocolate brownie, cherry almond, and pecan shortbread.
KINNIKINNICK VANILLA WAFERS and K-TOOS
I thought the vanilla wafers were very enjoyable. In full disclousre, I love vanilla wafers, so my opinion could be a little biased.
These wafers were kind of bready in texture, meaning they were thicker and softer than I was anticipating, but it wasn’t a detractor–I ate the whole bag. They reminded my husband of fortune cookies. He topped them with Nutella and peanut butter though and ate a fair share. If you’re looking for a gluten free vanilla wafer, these are a perfect find!
If you’re not familiar with this company, I want to share their mission statement with you: “To provide Celiacs, people with Autism and other people with special dietary requirements with an uncontaminated, risk free source of food products.”
I think that’s marvelous. They also have a great corporate philosophy that incudes the following language:
“We provide high quality food products to people with special needs. For these people, the choices are limited, often unpalatable and sometimes not available at all. We recognize that for these people the simple act of buying and preparing basic food is difficult at best. The enjoyment of “exotic” foods, like a hamburger, a bagel, a pizza or a donut is sometimes just a fond remembrance. Some children have never tasted a donut until they try one of ours.”
I deeply appreciate companies like this, who understand the weight and impact of their presence in the food market.
The K-TOOS were surprisingly light and delicate. I expected something a little more dense (like Oreos are), but the different texture and consistency were pleasant since they kind of melt in your mouth.
You won’t be able to make these into double-stuffed (they’re too fragile to twist apart), but if you dunked these in milk or coffee, the cookies would soak it up like a sponge. Basically, if you’re looking for a gluten free Oreo, this will definitely scratch the itch.
Both the vanilla wafers and K-TOOS are certified gluten free, soy free, nut free, and dairy free. They are also free from GMOs, preservatives, artificial flavors, and artificial colors.
TATE’S BAKE SHOP COOKIES
Tate’s Bake Shop takes a different approach to cookies than most other companies. Gluten free baking poses a unique challenge specifically with regard to producing a moist, texture-friendly confection.
It can be difficult to overcome, particulary in a packaged product that can sit on the shelf for an extended period of time. Tate’s embraces this and knocks it out of the ballpark, creating a signature, thin, buttery, crispy cookie that is mouthwateringly delightful!
The ingredients in these cookies are very straightforward although probably not ideal if you have multiple food sensitivities. It’s also why they’re so heavenly (sugar, butter, sugar, flour, sugar, eggs…).
Tate’s doesn’t use any additives or preservatives and if you’re not going to eat them for a while (shelf life is 6 months) you can freeze them for later! Hmmm, ice cream sandwiches….yummmm. Their ingredients are also non-GMO.
These certified gluten free cookies are manufactured in a dedicated gluten free facility, which is fantastic. They can be found in most grocery stores (accessability is always appreciated), but take care in reading the label–Tate’s also manufactures gluten-full cookies and the packaging is similar.
There is a sticker across the front that tells you if it’s gluten free or not. And the gluten free cookies are in white packaging whereas the gluten-full cookies are usually in green packaging. Seems obvious enough, but I know a few people who’ve bought the wrong kind.
I tried all the flavors (in the name of research, of course!) and they’re all wonderful. The chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin are divine. The coconut crisp was not what I expected–it was WAY better. Surprisingly, I think it was my top pick (with chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin nipping at its heels).
I wasn’t a huge fan of the ginger zinger. I think it’s one of those unique taste experiences that’s polarizing–you’ll either love it or hate it. The cookie itself was delicious, but each cookie has a copious amount of sugared, chewy, ginger pieces in it which is what tipped me into the “meh” category for this particular flavor.
Your tastebuds will be thrilled with Thrive Tribe Paleo cookies and Tate’s Bake Shop cookies. The Kinnikinnick vanilla wafers and K-TOOS are great gluten free versions of classic cookies that will provide you the cookie familiarity you know and love.