It’s not often that I make anything from a box anymore. However, I found a cookie mix at my local health food store that I had to try. It’s a Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix made by Purely Elizabeth. This is what got me – it’s gluten-free, vegan and free of refined sugar. Oh, and the box is cute. I’m a sucker for good design.
The ingredients are: organic millet flour, organic coconut palm sugar, chocolate chips (evaporated cane juice, chocolate liquor, non-dairy cocoa butter), organic almond flour, garbanzo fava bean flour, organic chia seeds, baking soda, sea salt. Can’t go wrong with that.
The package says 24 servings, but I must have made my cookies too big cuz I came out with 20. Assuming you make 24 cookies, each one has 80 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Can’t really argue with that either.
But… how do they TASTE?!
Well, I guess you could say the jury’s out. Hubs and my friend, Amanda, both liked them. I wasn’t a huge fan. Didn’t hate ’em, but didn’t love ’em. BUT, I think it’s only because I have a highly sensitive sniffer. Whenever I bake anything with all-purpose gluten-free flour (which is made up of several different flours), I don’t like it. It has a weird smell and aftertaste. But Hubs says he can’t smell/taste it. I think I may have found the culprit – it’s the only flour that is in BOTH the all-purpose gf flour AND the cookie mix – garbanzo bean flour. Anyone else have an aversion to it besides me? I don’t know, maybe it’s something else. Who knows. Hubs says it’s all in my head. I have to say, though, the texture of the cookies was excellent – soft, chewy, moist.
Here’s the kicker. It isn’t cheap – about $9/box. If you already have the other ingredients (oil, applesauce, vanilla extract) in your pantry, it’s about 38¢/cookie (or in my case 45¢). It’s not so bad when you think of it that way. And, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. To me, quality ingredients are worth the extra cost.
All you need to add to the mix is 1/2 cup oil, 1/4 cup applesauce and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Mix these ingredients together, add the cookie mix, form into balls and bake at 350°F for 12-14 min. Super simple. Then again, that’s the beauty of a boxed mix. I used melted coconut oil and all-natural, unsweetened applesauce.
Purely Elizabeth also makes other products, which are all gluten-free, soy-free, vegan and free of refined sugar. Their website is an excellent resource for recipes with these same standards. You can also download three free e-books, all of which contain recipes.
If you have tried any of their other products, let me know if you liked them. I’m thinkin’ that their Pumpkin Fig Ancient Grain Granola Cereal is probably a winner.