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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Good Cookies

Review of The Good Cookies Gluten Free Bakery

I am always giddy when I discover a new find that I want to share with all of you.  Today, I am happy to tell you about The Good Cookies and Beyond, a gluten free bakery in Torrance that also features several vegan items.  They are all natural and organic.  After tasting their goods, I am super grateful to my friend who told me about them earlier this month.

Owners Amber and Lisa strive to provide their customers with gourmet baked goods that are "extraordinary delicious."  I can attest that they do just that.  Their original cookie recipe was developed over 15 years ago when Lisa's mom was diagnosed with celiac disease.  They are also strong believers in keeping our environment healthy so all of their packaging is recyclable and biodegradable.

Up front, I want to disclose that I am fairly critical of gluten free goodies.  I find that they are often dense and rarely moist.  I was super curious to taste the offerings from The Good Cookies and Beyond, because I was a bit skeptical.  

I sampled several bars and cookies.  The Almond Bars were one of my favorites - super moist and chewy with bits of dried fruit.  This bakery is going to be dangerous for my waist line!  The cookies were the best gluten free ones I have every tasted.  Again, they were incredibly moist and flavorful. I tried the Sunbutter Cookies and Joy Almond Cookies.  I am a huge fan of both.  The Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin is another winner, as are both cupcakes I tried - Carrot and Chocolate.  I am not a huge Carrot Cake fan, but actually really enjoyed the cupcake.

I am excited and encouraged to see an all gluten free bakery right in my backyard.  Since cutting out gluten from my diet earlier this month, it has been difficult to find baked goods that are vegan and gluten free.  I often have to bake them myself, and sometimes it is difficult to make the time.  I find it inspiring to see Amber and Lisa taking on such a worthwhile initiative - more proof that good food really is good food!  Taste and health can coexist with delicious results.  A big thumbs up to The Good Cookies and Beyond

You can order online or visit them in person at 2081 Torrance Boulevard in Torrance.  They also serve daily lunch items, including lasagna, quiche, and salads.  Be sure to check them out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.