Aug 04

Chunkie Dunkies Raw Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

It has been a long time coming and I feel kind of guilty that I haven’t yet done a post on one of my favorite healthy desserts, the Raw Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie from Chunkie Dunkies Bakery located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I first tried these cookies about two years ago when a friend told me how good they were. I found them at the Palm Beach Gardens Green Market and immediately fell in love with all the flavors. I especially(as you already figured out) liked the Chocolate chip. The other flavors are Carrot Cake, Oatmeal Rasin Walnut, and Chocolate Mint(my wife’s favorite). You can find these tasty morsels at a variety of Palm Beach County markets(check their website Chunkiedunkies.com) or order them online and have them shipped directly to your home(incidentally, I purchased mine at Field of Greens). Besides being raw vegan and gluten free, the cookies are also dairy free. As listed on the label, most of the ingredients are organic, except for the nuts, and vegan chocolate chips. It is hard to make a good tasting cookie but to make it without flour, and without baking it, is even harder. It is especially difficult when we compare it to the kind of chocolate chip cookie most of us grew up with. You need to taste this with an open mind as the texture is a bit different, not bad, but just not what you are accustomed to. The fact that this is raw food, loaded with nutrients, and tastes as good as it does is a remarkable feat. I mean, this isn’t just a snack, it is healthy food, and when you bite into one you can just tell that this is good for you. Yes, there is a sugary component in the agave and maple syrup, and I am sure she has experimented with other sweetners, but we all know that taste is the ultimate selling feature here. This is a cookie, not a salad.
The package suggests to eat them cold, and it is better to store them cold for a longer shelf life, but I like them a bit more to the room temperature side. You would expect on first bite to get a texture like raw cookie batter but not here. Instead there is a nutty texture and taste with the nuts ground up to just the right size. Quite a bit of the sweetness in this cookie comes from the chocolate chips which are inserted in just the right amount as to not overpower the other flavors. They are surprisingly good for dairy free chips as I don’t think most of us would know the difference. I enjoyed the taste and texture afforded by the combination the three different kind of nuts provide, as it is dead on good here. There is also a nice hint of coconut that you can subtlety pick up if you just let the flavors roll a bit in your mouth before swallowing. The cookie is very dense, so even though they are on the small side a few will nicely fill you up. The only nutritional information on the package(none on website)is the list of ingredients(when I met the owner at the green market I seem to recall she said the cookies were about 75 calories a piece): raw almonds, raw cashews, raw walnuts, sprouted buckwheat groats, coconut, maple syrup, agave, vegan chocolate chips, coconut oil, vanilla(vegetable glycerin, vanilla beans), and sea salt. I give this cookie 4.5 stars for “Is it good”, and 4.5 hearts for “Is it good for you”. That gives this dessert 9 total points making this a TheDessertDoctor.com Hall of Fame member! Enjoy!

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