Gluten Free Andean Dream Cocoa Orange Quinoa Cookies

Health Values: Gluten free, no trans fats, cholesterol free, milk free, corn free, egg free, soy free, nut free, peanut free

This was a sample I got at a gluten-free picnic, so the picture you see isn’t representative of the actual package you’d find in a store.

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I checked out the Andean Dream website for more information, and I discovered that they also make pastas and soups. Click on any of the cookie images and you’ll get the ingredient and nutrition statement. Their products are made with organic Royal  Quinoa, which is only grown in the Bolivian Andes and is ” rich in high quality proteins, vitamins and minerals, and all eight amino acids essential for nutrition”.

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When I first broke the cookie, it produced a lot of tiny crumbs, so I expected it to be dry. I was happily surprised – it wasn’t. It was wonderfully crispy and the flavor was a perfect balance of cocoa and orange. This is a real treat that stands well on its own and also goes perfectly with a cup of tea or a glass of almond milk.

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The website allows you to order their cookies directly from them and also has links to two other online sites where you can buy them, but it doesn’t mention any stores where they’re carried. I’ll be checking around in places like Whole Foods and Wegmans for them, because I definitely want to buy a package and try some of their other flavors.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. I just wanted to caution you about label claims that fools us all the time. These cookies are made with refined Quinoa flour… because as you can see from the nutritional info on the back..there is hardly any fiber in the cookie.
    Quinoa is healthy because it has a good fiber to carb ratio in its whole state.. 39g carbs to 5g fiber. Adding a “0” to the end of the fiber, and comparing it to Carbs is how you assess whether a food will spike your blood sugar.
    So less than 1 g fiber in these cookies, to 18 g carbs,.. is 10 to 18… an unhealthy choice.
    If they had left the quinoa intact, the product would have been awesome!
    Cheers!

    Reply

    • If the nutritional values are important to you, then yes, it’s really important to check the listings on the product. Most gluten free products actually have little to no nutritional value and are just as bad for you as regular pre-packaged products.

      Of course, I’m just reviewing for taste, not nutritional value. When I want to eat something healthy (read: not processed), I make it myself. Nothing in the stores can compare to homemade and unrefined.

      Thanks for bringing up that point!

      Reply

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