Sunday, March 06, 2011

Glow #gf cookies review: FANTASTIC!

These past few weeks have been a blur of work for my day job, travel, a nasty cold, and more travel. I have barely had enough time to think except when in survival mode. And you know what? I've discovered that #glutenfree cookies are essential to my survival -- specifically, Glow gluten-free cookies!  I've been setting them aside as a special treat over the past tough weeks, and they've helped me push through!  Glow cookies taste fantastic, and are not only gluten-free, but also rice-free, which is highly unusual in the gf world.  To add to their goodness, they are also dairy-free. Yay!  It is SUCH a joy to not only have cookies that are pre-made (so that I don't have to pull

out the Kitchenaid every time I need a munchie), but that they taste like "regular" cookies....I don't feel like I'm missing a thing!

These all-natural cookies are based on garbanzo bean and fava bean flour (also called garfava), and use palm oil, not butter as their shortening.  (I forgot to add that I've found most baked goods made with garfava taste "beany", these don't!)  This makes them flat and crisp, and make for a very satisfying crunchy texture that gf peeps don't often get to enjoy. There are four flavors: chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and gingersnaps.  I am both shocked and amazed to report that my favorite is actually the snickerdoodle, and not the chocolate chip!  A quick overview of each:

The snickerdoodle is just the right balance of cookie, sugar and cinnamon.  Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.
The chocolate chip tasted to me like a Chips Ahoy. It's the first time I was excited that something tasted like a commercial cookie.
Chocolate chocolate chip was rich.  Super chocolatey for a cookie.  Would be great with ice cream or your favorite ice cream substitute.
Gingersnap wasn't as gingery as I had hoped.  It was sorta like a snickerdoodle wannabe!  Still good though.

Note: Glow cookies are NOT egg-free, and they're made in a facility that processes nuts.  Also, the chocolate versions have soy lecithin.

I have not seen them in stores here in LA, so I needed to order them online at  As are most specialty foods, they are not as cheap as commercial products, they are $5.60 per package of 7.  Personally, I would not offer these at large parties, but save them for myself for special occasions.

Have you tried them?  Let me know what you think!

PS. I think the packaging is both ingenious and adorable.

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