Chocolate Chip Cookie Protein Shake & Gluten-Free Cookie Review
Posted Feb 05 2012 1:43pm
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Today is a treat type of day. It’s Sunday, the day that I’m most likely to bake some gluten-free cookies or make an elaborate dinner. However, today’s recipe and cookie review require almost no time in the kitchen. That’s right! You don’t have to bake your own gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. You can just pop into your local Trader Joe’s for a batch of their New Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies or you can blend up your own chocolate chip protein shake at home in your blender.
Chocolate Chip Protein Shake
Serves 1 girl (or guy) who’s craving a chocolate chip cookie, but needs to drink a protein shake
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (whey or brown rice)
1 heaping tablespoon oats (rolled or quick-cook)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon butter extract
1/2 – 1 frozen banana cut into chunks
3-4 ice cubes
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
pinch of sea salt
pinch of baking soda (optional, but it creates more of a cookie dough flavor)
1 tablespoon milk, semi or dark chocolate chips
Place all of the ingredients besides that chocolate chips in the blender and blend on high for one minute. Once the shake is well blended, add the chocolate chips and blend for about 15-20 seconds on medium speed. Enjoy your shake!
Product Review: Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
I have to start out this review by sharing that the cashier at Trader Joe’s informed me that these cookies are better than the regular flour chocolate chip cookies they sell. This made me happy to hear. I was also happy to read on the nutrition label that there are no weird ingredients: semi-sweet chocolate chips, rice flour, butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, baking soda, salt, xantham gum & water. Those are the exact ingredients that I use in my chocolate chip cookie recipe! Now I can have the convenience of a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie without having to go in the kitchen and bake up a batch myself.
Because these have regular sugar and chocolate chips, I consider these more of a special treat than an everyday type of snack. The calorie content is pretty low: 70 calories per cookie. Seeing that I eat at least a cookie’s worth of batter plus a few baked cookies when I bake them, the 70 calories for one cookie is a bargain compared to the amount of calories consumed when baking cookies.
The cookies taste amazing! They are crispy and have the perfect amount of sweetness, saltiness and crunch. I usually prefer soft and cake-like cookies, but these are right up there with the Nestle Tollhouse gluten-free version I bake at home. The only downside to these cookies is that they are addicting (is that a downside?) and you might be inclined to go back for seconds or thirds. One thing that I like about the packaging is that there are two plastic trays with seven cookies each sealed in plastic wrap. This means that if you open one bag, the other bag of cookies stays sealed and fresh.
I highly recommend these gluten-free cookies from Trader Joes to anyone – gluten-free or not.
Has anyone tried these cookies? What do you think?
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Have fun today whether you’re watching the Super Bowl or just hanging out!