Izzy Eats: The art of raising a gourmand, one bite at a time

Stirring tales of eating, cooking and foraging in my never-ending quest to provide, great-tasting (local and organic whenever possible) EATS for me and my boy(s).

Monday, April 23, 2007

Can Chocolate Chip Cookies Taste Good and Be Healthful? You Decide

Izzy and I made a great and unexpected cookie discovery today. We were trolling the aisles of Whole Foods at Union Square when we came upon a sampling station. A lovely young woman was handing out samples of what appeared to be chocolate chip cookies. I am always suspicious of baked goods that purport to be healthful but these actually looked tempting.

Now it is rare that we pass up a chance to sample something that looks fairly good, so even though I had no intention of buying them, we stopped and tried some. Izzy had the white chocolate cranberry version and I had the chocolate chip almond. They were chunkier and drier than your average cookie chocolate cookie yet they were indeed quite satisfying

It turns out, the woman handing out samples was Lauren,the actual baker and founder of City Girl Country Girl Cookies. Now I don't usually buy packaged cookies on a regular basis because I prefer to bake them myself but these cookies were unlike cookies that I make. What sets them apart from your average cookie is that they are made with oats and oat flour instead of wheat flour, maple syrup instead of sugar and canola oil rather than butter. I generally shy away from baked goods prepared without butter but these may have made me a believer. In fact, I liked them so much I bought a bag.

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