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Gluten-free Brownie Thins: Chocolately, Crispy, Healthy

Brownie Thins plate (1280x853)Often times gluten-free cookies taste like cardboard. But Partners: A Tasteful Choice Company, a family-owned baking company dedicated to creating healthy baked goods, has come up with Gluten-Free Brownie Thins and they taste surprisingly good.

Finally, a gluten-free cookie that tastes good.

Finally, a gluten-free cookie that tastes good.

When I think of brownies, a soft chewy chocolatey baked good comes to mind. When I think of thins, it’s a snappy, crunchy, crispy baked item. Gluten-free Brownie Thins are both—they have the chocolatey goodness of brownies with the crispness and crunch of a thin. The two-inch squares aren’t sweet overly sweet and have a deep cocoa flavor with just a lilt of cinnamon. They’d make a perfect cookie to go along with a cup of tea of coffee.

Brownie Thins are gluten-free so they’re terrific for people who are sensitive to wheat gluten. They contain Dutch cocoa, chocolate flakes, butter, cane sugar, cassava flour, buttermilk, Kosher and sea salts, potato starch, Expeller pressed non-GMO canola oil, cinnamon and ancient grains such as amaranth, quinoa, millet, sorghum, and teff. The grains give the cookie thins a slightly gritty texture that I found quite satisfying.

The thin profiles makes Brownie Thins crispy.

The thin profile makes Brownie Thins crispy.

What they don’t contain is any preservatives or artificial flavors, colors or other additives, which I both unusual and refreshing in a commercially-produced cookie. And, unlike many so-called “health” cookies, Gluten-free Brownie Thins don’t taste like a health cookie or a gluten-free cookie. They just taste like a tasty, crispy, chocolately cookie.
The Partners Company also employs green sustainable practices. They get all their power from green, clean, renewable sources. Their product cartons are made from sustainable paperboard materials and they recycle nearly all their waste, including food waste which goes to a local chicken farmer. In addition, the company is a good neighbor, donating their products to local food banks, providing snacks for community festivals, creating gift baskets for school auctions or working with companies like Fare Start, a culinary training program for homeless people.

Perhaps best of all, you can enjoy five of these crisp little cookies for just 120 calories. At that rate, I may just brew myself up a cup of Joe and enjoy a few Gluten-free Brownie Thins. And with all these wholesome ingredients, few calories, and a company that’s a good steward for the planet and the community, I won’t even feel guilty. – Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor


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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.