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January 7, 2014

Andean Dream Cookies

by Anne Paddock

Can a cookie made without butter and eggs really taste good? What if that cookie was made with flour derived from quinoa rather than wheat? The answer is an unequivocably “YES” if made by Andean Dream, a Los Angeles-based company that specializes in products made with organic Royal Quinoa, a delicious and nutritious crop rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids.

Royal Quinoa is only grown in the Bolivian Andes at an altitude of 13,000 feet and is considered by many to be the finest quality quinoa in the world. When finely ground into a flour, Royal Quinoa can be used in baked goods, which is just what the Andean Dream company decided to do.DSC_0015

Andean Dream makes six types of quinoa cookies:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Coconut
  • Orange Essence
  • Coco-Orange
  • Raisin & Spice
  • Coffee

DRE-00102-6Made primarily with organic Royal Quinoa flour, tapioca flour, non-hydrogenated palm oil, raw sugar, sugar cane syrup, rice flour, organic quinoa, pop grains, baking soda, and natural vanilla, the cookies are then flavored with either dark chocolate chips (dairy and soy free), coconut, coffee, raisins (sulfite-free), cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and natural orange, vanilla, coconut, coffee, or chocolate extract. That’s it.

Andean Dream Quinoa Cookies are gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and made from non-GMO crops. There are no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, trans fats or cholesterol, and the cookies are made in a nut-free facility. But, best of all, the cookies taste delicious.

These cookies are not the crunchy-on-the-outside-gooey-in-the-middle type but instead a thoroughly crunchy, not overly sweet, yummy, and very satisfying cookie. Similar to a Chips Ahoy in texture but much, much better tasting and nutritious is how my daughter’s friend described these cookies. Each Andean Dream Quinoa Cookie contains 65-70 calories, 2.5-3 grams of fat, .5 grams of protein, 2-2.5 grams of sugar, and 60 mg of sodium.

Each 7 ounce box contains 12 individually wrapped cookies, making them convenient to pack for school lunches (or smacks). The cookies can be purchased at grocery stores and health food stores nationwide (especially the chocolate chip variety) or on-line directly from the company’s website:  www.andeandream.com, www.amazon.com, or www.vitacost.com for about $6 per box.

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