caveman cookies box

Virtually everyone loves cookies. And even if you don’t love cookies, you probably can’t resist eating them, because it’s so easy to grab one – no utensils, no mess, no will power.

It wouldn’t be a great idea to eat cookies on a daily basis, but the holidays might be the time to indulge, allowing yourself a few delicious cookies. Earlier this year, Caveman Cookies caught my eye.

The Caveman Cookies are Paleo-friendly cookies with a short ingredients list, based on organic honey and maple syrup.

I make my homemade cookies as naturally as possible, and these are the only cookies I’ve seen that 1) come out of a box, and 2) use only natural, lightly-processed ingredients like I would bake with.

It makes sense because they’re made in a small kitchen called The Caveman Bakery. They are “passionate about creating healthful, all-natural, Paleolithic baked goods made with ingredients that you can actually pronounce, and which your great, great, great ancestors could have enjoyed with you!”

I wouldn’t say they’re full of health (isn’t that what healthful means?,) but they are a lesser evil for sure!

And they come in a whole line up of flavors:

  • Original (raisin, walnut)
  • Mayan (chocolate, chili, chia)
  • Alpine (hazelnut, carob)
  • Rainforest (Brazil nut, cherry)
  • Tropical (coconut, macadamia)
  • New World (pumpkin, maple, cranberry)

But right now I have the North Pole version, a Peppermint and Chocolate flavor which is available this winter season – November through January. (Sound familiar? They were featured as an edible stocking stuffer idea in my 2014 gift guide.)

Let’s look at them further…

caveman cookies ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients: organic honey, maple syrup, almond meal, unsulfured coconut, raw cacao powder, pure peppermint extract, cardamom

First, let me just say, finally a Paleo snack without agave nectar!

Both honey and maple syrup, though essentially pure sugar, have some redeeming qualities. They’re natural and go through minimal processing (the trees and bees do most of the work.) And they might provide some useful micronutrients.

That’s great, but mainly I’m glad these don’t contain processed crap like HFCS, or processed crap people don’t realize is processed crap (i.e. agave nectar.)

This is essentially the list of ingredients if you were to make your own homemade Paleo-friendly cookies.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 2 cookies
Calories 130
Fat 8g
Carbs 16g
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g

Unsurprisingly, these are mostly sugar and fat. But at least, the sugar is from honey and maple syrup, and the fat is from ground up almonds and coconut.

Remember – the point is not that you’re able to avoid sugar or fat here. It’s that you’re avoiding a lot of the other crap, like highly-processed ingredients, fillers, artificial colors, preservatives, etc..

If you choose to eat a box of the cookies, just be sure to eat a high-protein meal first, and don’t skip the veggies.

caveman cookies open box

The unboxing, and more importantly, eating them!

Well, prepare yourselves for disappointment if you didn’t take note of the serving size earlier. A serving size is 2 cookies, so a box only contains 4 servings.

And to get kicked when I was down, the cookies are tiny! They’re like ginger snap size. I was expecting big, hearty cookies.

Are the Caveman cookies even smaller than a GU gel packet?

caveman cookies compared to gel packet

They are dense and chewy, though, so that’s a plus. Well, it’s a plus because it takes a long time to eat one. It’s a minus if you only enjoy soft, fluffy cookies made with white flour.

Anyway, the texture is the first thing you notice. I’ve never had a cookie like this before!

It’s a weird texture of chia seeds and coconut flakes and stuff like that. A texture you wouldn’t expect in a cookie. Perhaps an energy bar, but not a cookie!

bite out of caveman cookie

Then you remember it’s a Paleo cookie, something more nutritious than a run of the mill chocolate chip cookie.

The first two little bites were odd, there’s no denying that. But then I got into weird food mode, and everything was good.

After getting used to the texture, I could pick up on a few flavors. Not surprisingly, the flavors of honey and maple syrup were prominent. Those flavors bounced back and forth for a while, then I could sense and taste coconut. And that was about it.

Onto my second cookie, the texture was no surprise, and I got past the coconut flavor. Then there was a familiar flavor, on the tip of my tongue (literally,) but it took a while before my “ah-ha” moment! Cacao powder.

Yes, cacao powder, the bland and bitter chocolate that a lot of people don’t realize is chocolate. It was an odd experience because the cookie was rather sweet from the syrups, yet still had a distinct, potent cacoa flavor. It didn’t blend together as nicely as I would have hoped.

Overall, I tasted more chocolate and coconut than chocolate and peppermint. If mint wasn’t mentioned on the box, I never would have guessed it was in there.

caveman cookies on tray

They’re good cookies but I’m not running back for more.

I might have to go for a run though, because just two cookies was enough to give me a sugar rush! 😀

Curious about the other flavors?

Check out Kendra Benson’s review. She’s a little more familiar with cooking, baking, and Paleo recipes than I am.

On the plus side, since they are individually wrapped cookies, you can spill them in the dirt and they’re still clean. Or you can use them like energy gels without them sticking to the inside of your jersey pocket.

A box of 8 cookies retails for $5.95. They’re available in Whole Foods Market and other select health food stores, as well as on Amazon.com.

If you consider the cost of these premium ingredients, the small kitchen they come from, and the amount of effort it would take to make a batch yourself, you can see why the price is on the high end.

(Have you ever tried gluten-free baking? It ain’t easy.)

individually wrapped caveman cookies

My final verdict is…

If I was doing something for myself, I’d cook my own sort-of-healthy treats, and indulge in the big, buttery, sugary, artificial cookies on special occasions.

But for a gift, these are neat. They make an especially great gift for anyone who might have allergies and can’t risk eating the cookies out on the table! (These are gluten, dairy, and egg free. How many cookies fit that description?!)

Official website: www.CavemanCookies.com

Product Review Details
Company: Caveman Bakery
Product: Caveman Cookies
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2014-12-15
Obtained Product: Free sample from company.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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4 Comments
  1. They should have gone with chocolate coconut. That would have been easier. It’s all there!

  2. @Stephen

    Haha you’re probably right. I think I got one bite of peppermint flavor out of all 6 cookies I ate!

  3. Forget gluten-free. Sweetening with honey instead of sugar is bad enough. Don’t get me started on almond meal, coconut flour, xanthan gum, …

  4. @Tiffy

    Yeah, sometimes I enjoy the flavor of honey and/or maple syrup. But other times, the flavor is unwelcome!

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