Though Lenny & Larry showcase phrases like “all natural”, “vegan”, and “non-GMO” on their packaging, and sell their product in supplement stores under the name of “The Complete Cookie”, don’t be tempted to believe it’s healthy. Yes, it does contain protein powder, little doses of calcium and fiber, and is probably lower in sugars than many desserts, but this is a jumbo-sized indulgence through and through.
Don’t get me wrong – I was over the moon to discover a White Chocolate Macadamia cookie (on sale no less!) that was dairy-free, let alone vegan. And I believe I already mentioned, but it’s worth saying again: these are JUMBO cookies! Just don’t go mistaking The Complete Cookie for low calorie health food.
As my friend Caroline eagerly bit into her second cookie sampling, she stated, “I mean, they’re not bakery fresh, but they’re really good!” I concurred, each soft and tender, yet thick and just a bit chewy bite was spot on for texture and sweetness. In fact, none of us even realized that it contained protein powder (a blend of wheat, soy, and pea proteins – 16 grams in a whole 2-serving cookie) until I glanced again at the ingredients and was reminded.
I picked up two flavors for our introduction to The Complete Cookie: Chocolate Chip and of course, White Chocolate Macadamia. The Chocolate Chip had a smattering of tasty semi-sweet chocolate chips – admittedly, we all wanted a few more. The White Chocolate Macadamia was dotted with super-sweet, creamy white chocolate chips – again, not enough of them in our opinion – and some chopped macadamias. While we are informally putting in our written request here for more chocolate goodness per bite, it’s hard to penalize The Complete Cookie, since the aforementioned cookie base is so dense and delicious on its own, even without the add-ins.
Certifications: The Complete Cookies are Certified Kosher Dairy (they are not made with dairy, but this indicates that dairy may be present in another product made on the line). They are labeled as non-GMO and vegan, but we did not note certifications for these.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, The Complete Cookies are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, vegan, and vegetarian, and most varieties are paleo. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Lenny & Larry’s website at www.lennylarry.com.