Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Power Cookies!

A few weeks ago, a new smoothie place opened up near my house. My family had been awaiting the opening of Robek's Juice, so we all ran over the opening day. While none of the smoothies appear vegan (which is fine by me since I love Jamba Juice), I noticed that they sell a variety of Luna Bars as well as their "Power Cookies" and "Power Muffins" (which are named so because they have about 7-8 grams of both protein and fiber). Imagine my surprise when I just happened to notice this:

The cookies are vegan (and even labeled as so)!!!! I could not believe my eyes! I actually did my little "happy dance" right there in the store, even though my parents thought I was crazy. While the muffins contain eggs, the cookies are completely vegan, and actually pretty darn good for you as far as cookies go. The ingredients list is: unbleached wheat flour, raw sugar, non-hydrogenated soy margarine, dairy-free chocolate chips (for the chocolate chip flavor), wheat gluten, water, isolated soy protein, pure vanilla extract, baking soda, salt. Not too shabby!

But the real question is- how does it taste? I bought both the chocolate chip cookie as well as the oatmeal raisin to test this. Right out of the package the cookies are a bit bland and too chewy. However, after being microwaved for about 15 seconds, the cookies became soft, the flavor is much better, and the chocolate in the chocolate chip gooey becomes melty and perfect. With a tell glass of ice cold soymilk these cookies are a nice treat. I usually turn to Luna Bars or soy yogurt for a healthy dessert option, but now I've added these cookies to the rotation! Robek's also carries a peanut butter and lemon poppyseed flavor of their Power Cookies and I haven't gotten around to trying them yet, but you can bet I will soon!


VeggieGirl said...

I remember seeing those cookies when I was at the Robek's in my town!! Thanks for the review!

Anonymous said...

Awesome cookie find!

A fellow Chicagoan! How fun! Just found your blog and think it's great!

Which Robek's did you go to?

Anonymous said...

Yay! I love finding vegan food at random places =)

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I've never heard of Robek's, but I'm ALWAYS excited when I see vegan products in unlikely places... or even in likely places!

Hannah said...

Very cool! A Robek's just opened near where I work, so I'll have to check it out some time.

Vegan_Noodle said...

I am always excited when I find vegan baked goods when I least expect it! It's always nice to have more options!