“ Brand: Nana's Cookie Company / Type: Biscuits „
Regular readers of my reviews will know that one of my daughters has been a vegan since she turned 15, over 5 years ago now. She does most of her cooking from scratch, and being at university she certainly has her job cut out for her living in Edinburgh with her vegan boyfriend, and commuting to St Andrews everyday for lectures.
Every now and then I like to send a treat to them as I know it is always lovely to see the postie coming with something unexpected, and so recently I sent some Nana's Cookie Bites in a fudge flavour to them which they really enjoyed.
So having their approval I decided to buy some for myself and I chose the variety called Lemon Dreams. These are made in America by the company called Nana's which have absolutely nothing to do with those delightful Nanas who knit the Shreddies in the adverts!
Nana's make healthy cookies which have no refined sugars, dairy, transfats, cholesterol, eggs, casein, or wheat and are 100% vegan!
In the past I have bought their giant individually wrapped cookies which are heaven, but these new cookie bites are a new range of smaller biscuits in several flavours.
A bit on the pricy side at £2.99 for 5 these are at the luxury end of the market, but I recently took advantage of the "buy one get one half price" offer in Holland and Barrett, which meant they were affordable because at the full price I feel they are not an everyday treat.
The box is a lovely sunset orange and yellow colour and the ingredients are clearly listed.
"Brown and white rice flour, pear, apple and grape juice, rice dextrins, canola oil, tapioca flour,lemon,baking soda, natural flavouring, baking powder,xanthan gum,natural vanilla extract and sea salt."
Inside the box are 5 biscuits individually wrapped in cellophane making them easy to add to lunch boxes, or to pop into your bag for travelling.
These biscuits are 3" long by just over 2 inches wide and are a pale vanilla shade.
The first thing to point out is that these are more like a cake than a biscuit; they are soft and resemble those cake bars sold nowadays for snacks. One bite releases a pleasant lemon taste, but the cookie is cloying in the mouth and very dry. I have found this to be the case with many gluten free cakes and biscuits, and although I really love other products in the Nana's range I feel these are disappointing. I am not saying they aren't enjoyable, they are, but they are certainly going to need a good drink of tea to wash these down as their dryness is apparent from the first bite. I would say they are slightly floury-it might be the fat they are missing!
One cookie is 130 calories which is significant, but the important point to note here is that they a free from cholesterol, so if you enjoy a cake or a biscuit treat but don't want to load up with bad fats these are ideal.
I don't think the lemon flavour is particularly sharp or overly done, but for me I would like to have seen more in the way of a tang to these biscuits.
At their retail price of £2.99 I feel these are out of my price bracket to buy very often, and actually I wouldn't purchase them again unless they were on offer, as there are nicer gluten free and vegan cakes and biscuits available.
I do like many of the range Nana's make, and I also like the fact that their business literally started in a home kitchen with the first batches being sold from the car boot.
I just don't find these biscuits are worthy of their price tag as they disappoint on texture and slightly on flavour.