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Review :: Purely Elizabeth Certified Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar Free, Organic Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

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Anyone else notice that gluten-free seems to be the new black?  Ten years ago, no one was talking about gluten-free, but now it's gluten-free this and gluten-free that.  So what gives?  Is it just another evil food trend?  For me personally when I eat gluten-free foods my stomach doesn't have as many issues and I just feel better after eating.  I don't necessarily think I'm allergic to gluten, but digestion is easier and I'm not bloated after I eat.  I just feel better when I don't.  There are many people on the other hand that have severe reactions to gluten and avoid the stuff altogether.  Anyone looking for gluten-free foods knows it's no easy task, especially around the holidays when there are so many treats coming at us from every direction.

"When you eat better, you feel better. It's that simple, you are what you eat."  
-Purely Elizabeth

Holistic Nutritional Counselor, Elizabeth Stein (pictured left), decided to combine her love of baking and passion for health into Purely Elizabeth, her new line of baking mixes that have some pretty impressive ingredients lists!  Check out all the things they DON'T use:

~No GMOs.
~No Refined Sugar.
~No Dairy.
~No Gluten.
~No Artificial Flavors.
~No Artificial Colors.
~No Artificial Sweeteners.
~No Preservatives.

And their list of things they DO use is equally as impressive:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix Ingredients: Organic Millet Flour, Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, Chocolate Chips (Evaporated Cane Juice, Chocolate Liquor, Non-Dairy Cocoa Butter), Organic Almond Flour, Garbanzo Fava Bean Flour, Organic Chia Seeds, Baking Soda, Sea Salt. 

My batch of Purely Elizabeth Chocolate Chip cookies
I made a chewy batch and a crispy batch and I liked them both.  I like all the healthy grains mixed with dark chocolate morsels.  They remind me of an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.  Quite the delish combo!  My husband even thought they were pretty good for "healthy cookies".  Don't get me wrong, these aren't going to taste like they were just squeezed from a Toll House cookie log.  If you're expecting that you're in for a surprise, albeit disappointment.  But if you're looking for an healthy holiday treat for yourself or gift for someone (great stocking stuffer or hostess gift idea btw!), then these are a really great alternative to the standard processed and refined sugar holiday fare.  And you won't feel gross or bloated after consuming these, like you do when you consume refined white flour, processed, void-of-nutrition ingredients.  Just try not to eat the whole batch!  The bonus is that because these are vegan cookies (Certified Vegan by the way), you can totally eat the batter without having to worry about salmonella poisoning a la raw eggs.  These mixes are great because you don't have to buy full size packages of all the super-healthy ingredients which can add up.  All I had to do was add olive oil, applesauce and vanilla extract!  So easy!  And as I like to say (sing, really) often, these are quite "nutritious and delicious!"

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Disclosure: Purely Elizabeth sent us the product mentioned above for the purpose of an honest and candid review. We don't write about everything that we're sent, only those we feel are worth writing about.  We're honest and we're fair.  As an example, we also tried their pancake mix and we didn't like it, so we didn't write about it.  To read more about our review criteria, click here.

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