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Friday, February 10, 2012

A Nutritious Cookie That Is Actually Awesome

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

click to enlarge Almond Cup by Nina's Nutritious Cookies. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Almond Cup by Nina's Nutritious Cookies.
The "health" corner of the cookie market is dominated by offerings that make better paperweights than desserts. Your voracious Cook E. Monster has wasted unconscionable amounts of pocket change finding out this fact in a vain quest for guilt- (and gluten-) free sweets, but the research has finally yielded a gem.

Nina's Nutritious Cookies of Oakland might actually be costing itself some business with its moniker, at least as far as its Almond Cup is concerned. This tart-like cookie is made with ingredients such as stone-ground whole wheat flour, flax seeds, and almonds, which on paper sounds like a recipe for a dry mess but in practice is surprisingly luscious.

They're low in sugar but still sweet enough to feel like a treat, with a soft and almost macaroon-like texture (though there's no coconut inside). Hide the label before serving to the sugar fiends, and you will not be on the receiving end of dessert snobbery. We know we'd much rather get our Omega 3 in this way than fish oil.

Find Almond Cups at Nina's Rockridge shop (6601 Telegraph, Oakland) or in San Francisco at Rainbow Grocery.

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