The Empowered Cookie Is Good for You AND Future Conscious—But Here's How It Tastes
Just because you don't often hear "cookies" and "health food" in the same sentence doesn't mean they don't go together.
That's exactly what Natalia Barr had in mind when she founded The Empowered Cookie, a brand aiming to create cookies that are great for you while also tasting really, really good. The company reached out to see if I'd be willing to taste and share all six of their flavors, and I was more than happy to give them a shot.
The Empowered Cookie specializes in soft, delicious cookies that are packed with good stuff while leaving out the bad. They're paleo, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO and free of soy, peanuts dairy and refined sugar. They're also low-carb and don't include palm oil, and each 1.8 oz cookie contains 270 or fewer calories while containing five to seven grams of protein.
They achieve this by being almond flower cookies sweetened with coconut nectar, and they were designed to inspire all women never to settle for anything but the best. Six-packs are available on their website for $19.99, while a dozen cookies sells for $38.99.
The Empowered Cookie's Chocolate Walnut flavor seemed like a safe place to start, and from the moment I bit in, I was delighted with this cookie. It was pretty big with a soft, crumbly texture, and though the dough was dense, it wasn't unappealing. The ample walnut pieces had a texture that worked very well with the texture of the cookie, and it was packed with very tasty chocolate chips. Best of all, it was full of protein, so it made me feel nice and full. After eating this one, I decided it would be best to wait a while before trying the next.
After having such a good experience with the Chocolate Walnut cookie, I dove into the Raisin Walnut cookie next. It had the same tasty cookie with walnut pieces, but I found that this cookie wasn't as generous with the raisins as its predecessor had been with the chocolate chips. That was a shame, because I actually loved the sweet taste of each raisin I encountered. And again, this cookie satisfied my sweet tooth with the power of protein.
Lemon Lavender Poppy Seed
As a big lavender fan, I was very eager to try out the Lemon Lavender Poppy Seed cookie, and while I think it's probably an acquired taste, I was delighted with what I found. Though the lavender essential oil flavor mostly overpowered everything else, I relished in that fact. The poppy seeds throughout also gave this cookie a rougher, grittier texture than the others. I didn't love the mouthfeel, but I did enjoy the cookie.
The Chocolate Cherry cookie offered something more similar to what I started out with, but even better thanks to its ingredients of choice. The combination of the tart cherry and sweet chocolate made this my very favorite cookie of the bunch, and while it was just as filling as the others, I did wish I could have another few bites once it was finished.
Ultra-sweet molasses cookies are a staple in my home, so this was another flavor I was ultra curious to try. Of course, the cookies defied my expectations a bit, not tasting sugary at all. In fact, the strongest flavor was the ginger, which gave the cookie a slight heat, backed by the smooth smokiness of molasses. It was different from the others, which made it easy and satisfying to eat.
Double Chocolate Chunk
Despite sounding the most decadent of the bunch, the Double Chocolate Chunk cookie has the fewest calories a 200, as well as the least protein at five grams. I was excited, but wound up finding the chocolate flavoring of the dough a little underwhelming. Even still, every big, chocolatey chunk made it taste incredible.
The Empowered Cookie might not be to everyone's tastes, but if you're looking for a big, soft cookie with lots of protein, it might just be everything you're looking for. At about $3.33 per cookie, they're certainly not cheap, but they're worth it if you're seeking a healthy, satisfying alternative to the cookies you're used to. Plus, we're always on board for supporting women-led businesses. And did we mention they taste awesome?
Looking for something a little more traditional? Click HERE to check out what I thought of HighKey keto cookies.