Review: Nana’s Cookie Bars
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Feb 21 2011

Review: Nana’s Cookie Bars

Certified gluten-free products are big these days.  Having your products certified gluten-free by the GFCO means that the product has been inspected for gluten by an organization independent from the manufacturer and is safe for those who are on a gluten-free diet to consume.  When I saw some Nana’s Cookie Bars at Marshall’s the other day, I picked them up.  I have seen these in various places, but have never tried them.  I was curious as to how they tasted and was thrilled to see that they were “certified gluten-free”.  More about Nana’s:

It all began in 1992 when Miriam “Nana” Diamond was inspired to create a moist and chewy cookie that not only tasted delicious, but was baked with ingredients she enjoyed giving to her friends and family; a cookie sweetened with natural fruit juice, rather than refined sugars, that was packed with flavor.

After receiving rave reviews from friends and family she started her own cookie company, and after months of mixing, baking and tasting, she perfected four cookie flavors worthy of the Nana’s Cookie Company name. Miriam took her 20 years of natural foods experience, loaded up her car and began selling and delivering the delicious cookie to local stores. Almost two decades later, Nana’s Cookie Company’s delicious cookies, cookie bites and cookie bars can be found in hundreds of stores across the country. In addition to classic original flavors such as Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin and Peanut Butter, Nana’s bakes a line of Gluten Free cookies, which come in delectable flavors including Lemon, Fudge, Ginger and many more. Our Gluten Free cookies are free of ingredients that cause many food allergies, including corn, soy, dairy, eggs, casein and wheat.

Each fresh-baked cookie that gets wrapped up and distributed throughout the country still holds true to Miriam “Nana” Diamond’s original goal, when she was in her home baking cookies for her friends and family – that cookies can, and should, taste delicious through quality ingredients.

Nana’s has a nice selection of gluten-free products:

  • Cookie Bars Berry Vanilla
  • Cookie Bars Chocolate Munch
  • Chocolate Cookie
  • Chocolate Crunch Cookie
  • Ginger Cookie
  • Lemon Cookie
  • Fudge Cookie Bites
  • Ginger Spice Cookie Bites
  • Lemon Dreams Cookie Bites
  • Nana Bana Cookie Bars

The cookie bars that I found were the Berry Vanilla variety. I was excited to try these, not only because I love portable treats like this (each bar is individually wrapped), but I love to find products that are prefect for kids to enjoy.  I hate seeing kids feeling left out because all of their friends have “cool” treats that they can’t have.  These are perfect for the toddler or preschooler with Curious George on the front!

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These bars have a tender texture that’s perfect for young kids.  The vanilla & berry flavor are slight and not overpowering.  Nana’s boasts “Nana’s NO’s”, which include:

  • no refined sugars
  • no dairy
  • no trans-fat
  • no GMO’s
  • no cholesterol
  • no casein
  • no eggs
  • no wheat
  • no corn
  • no soy
  • no cane or beet products

The cookie bars have 130 calories, 4g fat, 1g fiber, 1g protein per bar and are sweetened with fruit juice.  I was able to purchase the bars at Marshall’s for $2.99 for 5 bars.  The price tag says the “suggested retail price” is $3.79.

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Nana’s Cookies can be found in many stores across the US and online.  Have you tried any of the cookies from Nana’s gluten-free line?

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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  • Meredith

    I have tried the berry vanilla, banana, chocolate, and ginger. I didn’t like any but the Ginger. Actually, I am addicted to them. They are quite expensive for one cookie though. They are so good!

    • http://glutenfreeislife.com/ Kimberly Bouldin

      I will have to seek out the Ginger and see how we like them. I am headed to Whole Foods today, so maybe I’ll have some luck there!

      Kim