14 March 2017

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 March 14, 2017
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Maxine's Heavenly Gluten-Free Cookies

I think that I am gaining a reputation for having a particular sweet tooth as I get numerous e-mail from companies wanting me to sample their sweet treats.  If I took them all-up on their offers I would probably be twice my current size.  I therefore remain pretty selective and look for products that standout from the sea of sameness that has become the gluten-free sweets aisle.

So, when someone from Maxine’s Heavenly reached out to me I was intrigued.  For starters, it was a brand I had never heard of.  That coupled with the fact that these are vegan, non-GMO, soy-free and sweetened only with coconut sugar was the hook that made me really want to give them a try.  I mean I am most definitely not what I would describe as a health nut by any stretch of the imagination but I love a good sweet and because these were gluten-free oat-based (which happens to be my favorite cookie base) I thought why not?

This was either going to be an utter disappointment skewing towards the healthy but tasteless end of the spectrum or they were going to rock my gluten-free world.  I am happy to say that it was the latter and the four bags I received barely lasted a week (though I did share with my other half – who is not celiac but raved about these cookies).

I sampled the Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Almond Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.  I mean three out of the four had the magic word in them – chocolate.  The Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin were absolutely delicious.  They were reminiscent of those I used to enjoy in my pre-celiac diagnosis days.  Subtly sweet peppered with plump raisins and a hint of spiciness from a kick of cinnamon.  The Chocolate Chocolate Chip was chocolate overload in a very good way.  A rich chocolate base that was chock-full of chocolate chips yet not overly sweet – the perfect balance of chocolate on chocolate.  The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip was another stand-out.  A wonderfully mild peanut butter base had that slightly salty kick that makes for the perfect peanut butter flavor – roasted peanuts added a lovely texture to each bite.  Last-up were the Almond Chocolate Chip which had a really unique flavor profile.  The addition of almonds gave these a rich woodsy undertone that paired perfectly with the oat cookie base.


 

You can learn more about Maxine’s Heavenly on their website where you can also find a store in your area that carries their products or order online.


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