Product: Liz Lovely Gluten-Free and Vegan Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Cookies – $3.99+
Just when I thought I had tried every gluten-free, vegan Liz Lovely cookie out there, I find one that I missed. Or that is new. But whichever is the case, this cookie monster somehow needed to have this new variety in my life…and my belly.
I was out at our local natural food store. It’s the only place in the area where I have found Liz Lovely cookies. Which, is too bad, really, because these cookies are beyond awesome. I’ve tried every variety that I could find…and according to the Web site…I had tried them all.
That is up until a couple weeks ago, when I stopped in to see if they had an item I’ve been searching for…and lo and behold…this little cookie was staring up at me from its little basket. I wanted to buy it then and there, but I was on a budget. I had a Groupon for this food store and vowed to return the following week to shop there. And, naturally, that flavor cookie was gone.
But on Saturday afternoon, when my roommate and I stopped in for some gluten-free dinner rolls…it was back. And I grabbed it and made sure this time I didn’t leave without it.
What made this cookie so…intriguing to me? Well, it was the simple combination of two of my favorite things in life: peanut butter and dark chocolate.
Oh yeah…you read that right.
Liz Lovely’s Gluten-Free and Vegan Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Cookies turned out to be dessert that very night. I mean…come on…you know that wasn’t just going to sit around the apartment. Heck no. Peanut butter and chocolate never lasts long in this place anyway…put them together…and…yeah…gone in a blink of an eye.
First…the basics of these cookies. A serving size is…half of a cookie. Yes…you only get half. This works out great for my roommate and I because we just split one cookie in half and then eat the other one for dessert the following day. That half of a cookie will set you back 170 calories and 8 grams of fat. Yes…for a half of a cookie that seems a bit steep, but these cookies are rather large anyway in the grand scheme of things. So…just remember that this is a treat. And, like most desserts, you only need a taste. You might be tempted to eat the entire cookie…and I wouldn’t blame you or judge you. They are awesome.
Liz Lovely cookies are soft, chewy, and taste like they are fresh from the oven. No joke. I mean, minus the whole piping hot part. But…they still have that doughy taste and feel to them, which I absolutely LOVE in a cookie. The base of this cookie is a soft, gooey peanut butter cookie. The bottom of the cookie is coated in a nice layer of dark chocolate. And then the top of the cookie is drizzled with more dark chocolate. It’s captivating to the eye. It makes your mouth water. You eagerly take that first bite…and chewy heaven. The chocolate on the bottom of the cookie is adding not just sweetness…but texture. And the salty-sweet combination of the dark chocolate and the peanut butter is God’s gift to gluten-free cookies. For real. This cookie is, by far, one of the best gluten-free and vegan cookies I have ever eaten in my life. Perfectly balanced, perfectly made, and perfectly delicious.
According to the Web site, the peanut butter cookies were discontinued prior to the release of this cookie because the peanut butter and the gluten-free ingredients were not playing nicely together. With some recipe tweaking, and a little luck…this cookie is what emerged. And the gluten-free cookie world celebrates this creation. I know I’m not the only cookie monster out there applauding this. Or devouring it.
I’m kind of sad that they’re gone.
Making a note to add them to the grocery list again…soon!