Nana’’s Gluten Free Cookie Bars

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Version:
Nana Banana, Chocolate Munch, Berry Vanilla
Price:
$4.75 per 6-ounce box (with 5 cookie bars)

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On March 28, 2007
Last modified:July 20, 2016

Summary:

The nostalgic flavors of these kid-friendly cookie bars reminded me of sugar cereals like Captain Crunch Berry and Cocoa Pebbles. Aside from the Chocolate Munch, they were a touch too sweet. And the textures did have some telltale gluten-free signs. Yet, the melt-in-your-mouth vibe and comforting taste made them hard not to love.

After trialing Nana’s Gluten Free Cookie Bars I was amazed, make that shocked, to find out that the sugary sweetness in these bars is purely from fruit juice. How in the world do they get all that super-sweet flavor from fruit juice alone? Yet, these sweets don’t contain a single speck of the granular white or brown stuff.

Nana's GF Cookie Bars

Nana doesn’t age discriminate, her treats are for everyone. However, these gluten free cookie bars couldn’t be more perfect for kids. You might be thinking that a no sugar bar may be a bit too wholesome for the little ones to enjoy. But the flavors are quite sweet, and I found them to be oddly familiar to my childhood days, as you will note in my individual reviews below.

As long as you don’t let on that these gluten free cookie bars may actually be healthy, trust me, they will never know. These unique cookies are individually wrapped in lunch box sized packaging, with whimsical writing for a little extra curb appeal. In terms of the taste, we trialed the flavors below.

Berry Vanilla Gluten Free Cookie Bars

I chose this bar for my first trial, as the flavor combination was intriguing. The scent from the cookie nearly burst out of the package as I ripped it open. It seemed strangely familiar. Not a second or two passed before Captain Crunch appeared in my head. Could it be? Yes, it is … Captain Crunch Berry cereal.

The flavor was very sweet, a bit too sweet for my current taste buds, but tasty nonetheless. All of the elements came together nicely, but let the berry essence take center stage. The texture was most certainly gluten-free, due to the notable brown rice flour.  But, after the first bite, as I settled into the finer and slightly drier feel to the flour, it evolved into more of a melt-in-your-mouth experience. Little brown rice crisps were also an added textural bonus.

Nana Banana Gluten Free Cookie Bars

Nana's Gluten Free Cookie Bars (Review) - dairy-free, vegan and fruit juice-sweetenedThe sweet aroma from perfectly ripe bananas wafted through the air as I opened my second cookie bar. The scent was matched by a sugary sweet banana taste, textured with a few brown rice crisps.

I would be hard pressed to classify this strictly as a cookie.  It was more of unique hybrid dessert, melding the flavor and texture of cookies and banana bread with a candy-like twist. Like the Berry Vanilla, I found the Nana Banana a touch too sweet, but as a cookie dough fiending child, I likely would have flipped for it.

Chocolate Munch Gluten Free Cookie Bars

Nana's Gluten Free Cookie Bars (Review) - dairy-free, vegan and fruit juice-sweetenedAnother blast from the past emerged as I tore into my final cookie bar. The scent was reminiscent of warm hot cocoa laden with marshmallows. Though it was the taste that truly took me back. As I bit in, it took me a minute. But once the visual of Cocoa Pebbles appeared, Fred Flintstone wouldn’t stop Yabba Dabba Dooing in my head.

Though in most other contexts I would always reach for vanilla over chocolate, this was my favorite flavor. Despite the Cocoa Pebbles vibe, it wasn’t overly sweet.  It also had a very mellow chocolate flavor that would be very suitable for young taste buds, which aren’t yet in tune with the pleasures of rich dark chocolate. The texture was slightly distinct from the others, more of a cross between an ordinary cookie and chocolate cake. Just a bit of the brown rice flour vibe remained, while Nana’s signature brown rice crisps enhanced the overall cookie experience. This could easily become a go to snack for my own lunchbox!

Nana's Gluten Free Cookie Bars (Review) - Dairy-free, vegan and fruit juice-sweetened

The Facts on Nana’s Gluten Free Cookie Bars

Certifications: Nana’s Gluten Free Cookie Bars are Certified Kosher Pareve and Certified Gluten-Free.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Nana’s Gluten Free Cookie Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. 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 Nana’s Cookie Company website at www.nanascookiecompany.com.

About Author

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.

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