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I was recommended to try Nana's cookies by my daughter who is a vegan. I do love cakes and biscuits but try sometimes to be healthy in my choices so I decided to purchase one of these delicious individually wrapped cookies a few months ago when I was going on a road trip to Scotland. I thought they would be a substantial snack to keep me going on the long journey without being too fatty.
Initially I purchased mine from Holland and Barratt at a cost of £1.52. At the time I thought this price was a bit steep for one biscuit but thought it might be a healthy choice. I chose one called "chocolate chip" and one called "no gluten chocolate" as these were the only flavours they had. I have since discovered that they are available in many other flavours from other health food stores, but for the purposes of this review I'll concentrate on the chocolate ones as its most people's favourite.
So a bit of the background for you. Nana's cookies were the brainchild of a lady called Miriam Diamond who was a keen tennis player. Initially in her kitchen she created the recipe to keep her and her tennis ladies going through long matches. It was due to the delicious recipe and the fact that everyone loved them that Nana's cookies were born in 1992 in California. Miriam had previously run a whole foods co-op for 20 years so was already keen to incorporate healthy ingredients into the recipes. At first her budget was on a shoestring and she literally loaded up her car and took them out to shops selling door to door.
The company aims to make vegan, wheat free, egg free cookies with no refined sugars at all. These also have no cholesterol, no hydrogenated fats and no salt.
Crumbs- I can almost here you thinking they must be an expensive boring snack!
However, I can assure you if you buy one of these you are in for a treat.
First the chocolate chip version. It's a giant 4 inches across pancake of a cookie speckled heavily with chocolate chips and my first thought was this is not a cookie but a cake. The first bite-a soft and mouth-watering delicate textured cross between a cookie and a muffin with a very chocolaty aftertaste. To be honest to try and only eat a piece would be impossible as it is so delicious.100g in size its a giant!
Made from the main ingredients including oat flour, barley flour, cocoa, fruit juice, chocolate chips, and oats and 280 calories for the whole cookie.
The gluten free version has no chocolate chips but is a rich tasting chocolate. I tried this and enjoyed it but is quite cloying in the mouth and would need a lot of water with it. If you have an allergy to gluten this would be a great choice, but I wouldn't pick it again in favour of the chocolate chip version which is sensational.
The other flavours are double chocolate, ginger, peanut butter, cranberry and orange, and oatmeal and raisin, and you can get all of these from www.veganstore.co.uk. I have tried them all and each one is delicious. The oatmeal and raisin version is actually one I take to Travelodge's if I want a quick breakfast in the morning as it is suitable to have first thing if you are driving off somewhere.
I think I would buy these if I was going walking in the hills as for a really conveniently packaged snack they offer a healthy alternative with plenty of useful energy. For everyday I guess more caution is needed as although much healthier than a Mars bars they do sadly contain about the same number of calories. So probably not advised for a night in front of the telly.
Delicious moist snacks.