Thank you so much to GinnyBakes for sponsoring this opportunity.
As we’re looking to make healthier changes to our lives, one of the areas where I’m struggling the most is with snacks. Yes, I know that there are quite a few options out there and we’ve tried a few. We also try to offer fresh fruit and vegetables as often as possible and Sweet B is usually okay with this offering. With Kyle’s kids, it’s a bit of a different story. Even though they’re only with us on the weekends, I want to make sure that we’re still sticking to our healthy lifestyle changes. And that includes snacking and food. One way that we can do this, is with a little mindful indulgence with GinnyBakes.
The timing for this couldn’t have been more perfect as we’re waiting for our order of Girl Scout cookies to get here. This year, I was a little more practical and only ordered 9 boxes… they freeze well and I was thinking I could get a little innovative and well, who doesn’t like Girl Scout cookies? Anyway, I had the opportunity to sample cookies by GinnyBakes before our Girl Scout cookies got here and I’m so thankful for that!
I love cookies but I don’t keep them around the house because I know what will happen: one or two cookies will turn into five or six… and if I’m not being mindful, the whole box.
Now, while I’m certainly not implying that I would devour an entire box of cookies by GinnyBakes in one sitting; I can at least practice mindful indulgence with GinnyBakes cookies. But why, may you ask, would I do such a thing? Are these cookies really that good?
Yes. These cookies are amazing! And not only that, but GinnyBakes is certified gluten free, organic, and non GMO. For me, this is so important in my quest towards a healthier lifestyle. These cookies are also helping me correct a few misconceptions I had about gluten free products. I have tried a few in the past and that only affirmed my (prior) beliefs.
Gluten free meant taste free or that gluten free meant plain and boring.
I’ve looked into going gluten free for Sweet B’s sake but never went much further than looking into it. It’s a decision that I’m still making and I’ll update you all about that at a later time.
But, if all gluten free products were like GinnyBakes, then the decision would be an easy one.
That’s just a small selection of what we were sent. In total, we received:
* 7 boxes of cookies (Butter Crisp Love- Squeaker’s favorite, Chocolate Chip Love- T&J’s favorite, Chocolate Chip Macadamia Love, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bliss- Sweet B’s favorite, Coconut Oatmeal Bliss, Double Chocolate Happiness, Dreamy Vegan Delight)
* 1 box of GinnyMinis (going in with Sweet B for lunch)
* 1 box of Chocolate Chip Love bake mix
* 1 box of Lovely Brownie Bliss bake mix
Needless to say, when this box arrived I felt loved. And all of a sudden, my wait for the Girl Scout cookies was put on hold.
So, naturally, what any sane person would do is start sampling cookies. Right? I can’t be alone in this thought process. I picked three boxes at random to start with for my sampling.. Squeaker joined in too, Sweet B was still at school.
The first one that we tried was the Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bliss. And, I’ll admit, I’ve always been one that was a little miffed about Oatmeal Raisin cookies as a child. Always believing that those plump raisins were really chocolate chips only to be denied. As an adult, however, I love Oatmeal Raisin cookies. So to see the combination of oatmeal and chocolate chip- I was delighted. And we were hardly disappointed. This cookie was the perfect blend of crunch and the texture was heavenly. There’s a good reason that they’re called bliss.
The second one that we tried was Butter Crisp Love and one of the reasons I wanted to try this was because I was trying to curb a craving for shortbread cookies. I figured these would do the trick and boy did they ever! Your basic chocolate chip cookie, without the chocolate chips. And if you think you’d miss the chocolate chips? I highly doubt you would. These cookies are delightful all on their own.
The third one we tried was the Dreamy Vegan Delight and this was the one that I was the most skeptic about. It was one thing to try gluten free cookies, but vegan as well? Still, for the sake of a comprehensive and honest review, I broke the box open and took out a cookie. On the surface, these remind me of peanut butter cookies but the taste and texture not so much. That’s not to say that these weren’t tasty, because they are. Just not my favorite out of the sampling batch.
So, in fairness, once Sweet B was home from school we continued our taste testing. Butter Crisp love seemed like the best one to do. The only problem with this taste test? We almost ran out of cookies. So, after distracting Sweet B with a Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bliss cookie, I was able to get the Butter Crisp Love cookies into a safe spot.
All in all, I would have to say that this has been one of my favorite review opportunities and that we will happily buy GinnyBakes products in the future. Thank you for helping me debunk some of my thoughts on gluten free cookies. I look forward to trying that brownie mix in the near future!