Can delicious cookies actually be healthful? Soulfully Sweet Healthier Treats, a new, online baking company is making cookies that are organic, wheat-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, low in carbs and high in protein and fiber. That’s certainly healthier, but do they taste good. Absolutely yes!
When I first heard about Soulfully Sweet cookies, I was skeptical. I still had old taste nightmares from the dry, tasteless and so-called healthy cookies from health food stores of the 1970s and ‘80s. Surely, I thought, treats made with ingredients like navy bean flour and brown rice flour would taste like cardboard. But in fact, Soulfully Sweet cookies are deliciously moist and intensely flavorful. And they’re good for you.
As Deirdre, the founder of Soulfully Sweet Treats, explains on her website, her mother always cooked and baked with healthful ingredients and mom encouraged her daughter to experiment with recipes. When Deirdre was diagnosed with gluten intolerance, she used her experience with healthy eating to create gluten-free recipes that were even healthier and tastier. “When I tried the gluten free food products that were available in my local health food store, well, they were just horrendous,” she writes on her company website. “Part of the problem is that most of the gluten-free food products are made with a lot of starch. When you read the labels, you’ll see tapioca starch and white rice flour which are very high in carbs, and spike glucose which leads to weight gain and other health issues. I wanted to find a way to make the baked goods I desired but with more fiber, protein, and healthier ingredients.”
Deirdre experimented with different organic and whole grain flours until she came up with a high protein base for her cookies—navy bean flour, organic brown rice flour, and ground oatmeal. The result is each cookie contains healthful three grams of fiber and four grams of protein.
Soulfully Sweet cookies are made with plenty of healthful ingredients. In addition to oatmeal and gluten-free flours, the chocolate chip cookie, for instance, contains organic brown sugar, organic butter, sea salt, organic eggs, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocoa butter, aluminum free baking powder, cornstarch from non GMO corn, guar gum, baking soda, vanilla extract, and organic chocolate chips. The only soy the cookies contain is soy lecithin in the chocolate chips (and most soy-sensitive people aren’t sensitive to it).
Plenty of Tasty Flavors
Soulfully Sweet makes eight cookie flavors: chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip, oatmeal cherry chocolate chip, chocolate chip pecan, cranberry orange pistachio, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter and, (Oct-March) spice. They come in 10 ounce packages (seven to eight three-inch cookies) for $12.00 and are shipped on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Because these cookies contain no preservatives or artificial ingredients, they must be received within two to three days to ensure freshness (they ship via Priority Mail and Federal Express). They also encourage customers to freeze the cookies and bring them to room temperature just before eating.
We sampled four Soulfully Sweet cookies: chocolate chip, peanut butter, chocolate chocolate chip, and oatmeal cherry chocolate chip.
Chocolate Chip– These cookies are moist, crumbly and virtually stuffed with rich chocolate chips. One member of our testing panel said incredulously, “These are really good and they’re gluten-free. That’s amazing.”
Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chip– This moist, super chewy oatmeal cookie is studded with tart-sweet dried cherries that add a nice sweet/sour accent and a satisfying chewiness.
Peanut Butter– Our favorite of the Soulfully Sweet cookies, this cookie has an intense peanut butter flavor that comes from the dark roasted peanut butter they use. It also has a nice crunchy sugar top. One review commented, “Now this is a peanut butter cookie!”
Chocolate Chocolate Chip– This deeply chocolate cookie offers a satisfying chocolate hit.
Real Bottom Line: If you’re looking for deliciously healthy, organic, gluten-free, non-GMO treats that are low in carbs, yet high in protein and fiber and won’t send your blood sugar to the moon, you’ll love Soulfully Sweet cookies. One of our editors said, “Normally, when I eat cookies, I can’t stop. However, when I sampled these cookies, I ate the equivalent of one cookie (one-quarter of each flavor) and felt satisfied.”
Another editorial panelist who used to work as a commercial baker said, “I like these cookies. Even after a few days of shipping, these cookies are still moist. If you didn’t know these were gluten-free cookies, you’d just think they were great tasting cookies.”
Next up, Deirdre says she’s going to try making cupcakes, especially a chocolate cupcake with white icing she says is “the best gluten-free thing she’s ever made.” If that’s true, I’m first in line to try them. – Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor, Photos Anne Weaver, RFT Editor