Every once in a while I have a craving for a tasty treat. I didn’t feel like making an entire batch of cookies, so I decided to see if they had anything at the co-op.
ABC (Alternative Baking Co.) starting producing gluten free products. I used to like their cookies (they are vegan), so I figured I’d give their gluten free cookie a try.
Oh good lord, don’t even waste your money.
I grabbed two varieties, Pumpkin Delight and Coconut Fantasy.
I took one bite of the Coconut Fantasy and spit it out. It was oddly bland AND had a weird aftertaste at the same time. I thought perhaps it had soy flour in it (which gives things a strange aftertaste), but it was a mix of bean flours and tapioca flour. Perhaps it was the Garbanzo bean flour?
I didn’t have a lot of faith in trying the Pumpkin Delight and it was just as disappointing as I had feared. It was slightly more flavorful (when I say slightly, it was very slight) and still had the awful aftertaste. It has the same flour blend as well.
The texture was awful for both cookies.
While I have no issue with their vegan cookies (they are pretty tasty), I think gluten free/vegan sets the bar pretty low. When baking gluten free, you have to account for the mouth feel (nothing is as good as the “real” thing). The use of eggs helps with the texture somewhat. Also choice of flour is important too. So far I’ve had the best results using almond or coconut flour.
Having worked in a bakery, I think I know a thing or two about baked goods. Having a mom that bakes amazing baked goods set the standards pretty high too. (Don’t get me started on the people who LIKE the pastries at Starbucks.)
I still haven’t found a good gluten free baked good, let alone a great one. Since my birthday is coming up, I think I may do a bit of experimentation. This recipe for Grain Free Carrot Cupcakes looks pretty yummy. I’ll let you know how it turns out.