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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Review : Erin Baker's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk & Chocolate Chunk Breakfast Cookies (Vegan)

Erin Baker's generously provided me with some samples of their huge, 3 0z. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk and Chocolate Chunk Breakfast Cookies. These super yummy cookies contain no refined sugars or hydrogenated oils/trans fats and are vegan as well! Erin Baker's creates 11 flavors of Breakfast Cookies however, these two are the only vegan offerings.

From the Erin Baker's website:

"The Original Breakfast Cookie is something you can feel good about eating. Baked fresh with heart-healthy whole grains and sweetened with fruit puree, our cookies combine the flavors we all love with a heartiness that satisfies for hours. Packed with protein, antioxidants, fiber and complex carbohydrates, it is a healthy and delicious way to start your day. Every Breakfast Cookie is handcrafted in our own bakery using the finest ingredients available."

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk: I really enjoyed the unique flavor and texture of these cookies: they are very moist, chewy and almost sticky in texture. This is a unique quality that makes the cookie very "breakfasty" because it's somewhat reminiscent of oatmeal. The cookie contains prune puree which gives the cookie a unique sweetness and flavor that is much more complex in than cookies simply made with refined or cane sugars. Additionally, the cookie isn't overpoweringly sweet which makes it great for breakfast! The peanut butter flavor was very subtle and, to be honest, I had some trouble even detecting it at first. The peanuts do happen to give the cookie a nice protein boost (however, it is also higher in fat) with an additional 2 g of protein compared to the chocolate chunk flavor.

I enjoyed these cookies straight out of the bag, but also tried these toasted as the packaging boasts "toaster friendly". I actually loved cookie toasted. After toasting, the flavor of the peanut butter was much more apparent and the cookie dough was soft and slightly melt in your mouth, yet still retained some chewiness to the oats. The melted chocolate chips gave a nice warmth and sweetness to the cookie.

Chocolate Chunk: Texture and flavor-wise, these cookies were relatively similar to the peanut butter flavor. The main differences that I could detect were that chocolate chunk cookies had a more distinct cinnamon flavor than the peanut butter flavor and also seemed to be slightly less sticky. The chocolate chunk cookies had a nice aroma similar to that of a cinnamon oatmeal. I had this cookie both straight out of the package and toasted and again, I definitely preferred the cookie toasted. The toasted cookie was chewy and overall very filling and satisfying.

Both flavors are a great alternative to sweet cereals or oatmeals with globs of maple syrup or brown sugar. The cookies contain a good deal of fiber (20% DV per cookie) as well as iron (15% DV) though they also contain a fair amount of salt (8% of DV) compared to plain oatmeals. However, the cookies are large and satisfying so they are more than just a snack. I definitely recommend trying these heated up... they make a tasty and satisfying breakfast!

**I was sent a 4 breakfast cookies review purposes and allowed to post my thoughts at my discretion. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post & was not obligated to give a positive review of the product. All opinions expressed here are mine.**


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