The crispy minis are flavorful little two-bites with a delightful crunch that is surprisingly gluten-free. A great lunch box option for nut, egg, and dairy allergies, too.
“These are gluten-free?” My niece Kylie sounded surprised as she inquired from the back seat on a recent road trip. “Yes, they are even made with whole grains,” I replied. “Hmm, they’re really good.”
Not all cookies meet with Kylie’s approval, but the crispy minis line of HomeFree Cookies passed both her test and mine. They are bite-sized little gems that are sweet, but not too sweet, and bursting with flavor. Sold in three varieties, the vanilla is true to its namesake while the chocolate chip and double chocolate chip are generously dotted with tasty dairy-free chocolate. The minis are sold in boxes and in single-serve, lunchbox-friendly packages (about 6 to 7 cookies in each).
For food allergy concerns, HomeFree Cookies are made in a dedicated bakery that is free of dairy, peanuts, tree nuts and eggs. All of the crispy mini cookies are certified gluten-free, kosher pareve, and non-GMO verified.
But don’t confuse the minis with the full-size line of HomeFree Cookies. The larger versions are tender to the bite, rather than crispy, and are sold as singles or in boxes. They are also made in HomeFree’s dedicated facility, but only the Oatmeal variety is gluten-free. The Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Chocolate Chip larger cookies are made with a base of barley flour, which is not safe for those who must avoid gluten.
Availability: HomeFree Cookies are sold in natural food stores in the U.S. and Canada, but they can also be ordered online directly from their website. They are also available for food service.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, HomeFree Cookies are vegetarian, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, and tree nut-free; the crispy minis are also gluten-free. Select varieties are soy-free, including their reformulated double chocolate chip minis. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the HomeFree website at www.homefreetreats.com.
Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.