Two of this Examiner’s favorite gluten-free product discoveries of last year were Fabe’s All Natural Bakery’s Homestyle Carrot Cake and Dutch Apple Pie. Not only were they delicious but I loved the nutritional profile of both – non-GMO and naturally sweetened using only unrefined fruit, vegetable and grain juices. Even non-gluten-free family members loved them.
In light of my positive experience with their other products, I had high hopes for Fabe’s’ Gluten-Free Cookies after receiving single-serve samples of three flavors in the mail recently: Dark Chocolate, Organic Macaroon and Cranberry Orange. I was not disappointed.
Many gluten-free cookies are hard, dry and crumbly (made worse by the arid climate here in Las Vegas, which can turn a moist cookie brittle in a matter of hours). These are anything but. They are soft and chewy and taste “real,” not laden with chemicals or artificial ingredients.
The Dark Chocolate variety is surprisingly dense. It really does have a “dark” cocoa taste, meaning it’s lightly sweet and the palm and beet juice sweeteners used don’t overpower the chocolate. It’s a surprisingly rich and sophisticated taste that’s ideal for adult palates.
The Organic Macaroon is exactly what you’d expect from the name – a very moist coconut-based cookie with few and simple ingredients and a nicely balanced sweetness. Try these with some coconut milk ice cream and sliced bananas, crushed pineapple or rum sauce; you’ll love them.
This Examiner is not a big fan of either oranges or cranberries, but the Cranberry Orange variety was actually one of my favorites. It’s one of those festive flavor combinations that would be ideal to serve during the holiday season, but tastes delicious any time of the year. Impressively, even the dried cranberries used are sweetened with apple juice, not cane sugar or corn syrup. The cookie did fall apart quite a bit due to breakage during shipping, but I suspect this would not have occurred if purchased in store. Regardless, it was moist as can be and a nice change of pace from standard cookie flavor options.
Like all of their products, Fabe’s Gluten-Free Cookies are non-GMO and contain no cane sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or preservatives. They’re wholesome enough to eat for breakfast and each very large cookie contains fewer than 300 calories. All three varieties are also available in mini versions.
All of Fabe’s gluten-free desserts are certified gluten free by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG). The company also makes non-gluten-free products, so be sure to look for the GIG logo on the package to ensure you’re buying the correct ones.
Fabe’s gluten-free baked goods are available in Las Vegas at Sunflower Farmers Market and Whole Foods Market; selection varies by store.