This week, I was sent samples from Greyston Bakery. Greyston has been producing gourmet gluten-free treats for a year now and they wanted to share their cookies with me. They offer gluten-free chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin cookies, and "Award Winning" banana bread. I opted for the chocolate chip cookies since both the gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies and the banana bread are made with gluten-free oats and you all know I don't eat oats of any kind.
We opened the cookies in my office and everyone really liked them a lot. They tasted sugary to me, but I really liked that and the chocolate chips which were abundant in these cookies. They had a nice crunch to them and they were really quite good. Even the gluten-eaters in my group enjoyed the gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and they tend to have strong opinions on my gluten-free goodies. The cookies came wrapped with a pretty red ribbon (see picture) and I think these would be a great gift this holiday season.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients:
Chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin (an emulsifier), vanilla, and salt), brown rice flour, butter, sugar, brown sugar, whole eggs, water, pure vanilla extract, baking powder (sodium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn startch, calcium sulfate, calcium phosphate), baking soda, salt, xantham gum.
*Contains: Milk, Egg, and Soy
I asked the company about cross-contamination with their other products and here was their response:
Greyston Bakery has dedicated a section of the bakery to manufacture ONLY gluten free baked goods. We have a Quality Assurance Manager who monitors and tests the room and our products regularly. There are strict procedures followed upon entering the room, i.e. Cleaning Station, Separate Lab Coats, Sticky Mats, etc. Our Gluten Free Room also has its own dry storage and freezers as well as Mixers, Ovens, Pans, Cleaning Sinks, etc.
We have been manufacturing Gluten Free baked goods for a year now and we are also in the process of receiving the Official Gluten Free Certification.
Good to know and I thanked them for being so thorough with their response.
100% of the profits are contributed to the community development works of the Greyston Foundation to fund affordable housing, childcare, health care and community garden. This makes their cookies a unique gift for this holiday season. If you would like to order any of their gluten-free products, click here!
To participate in this giveaway, I would like to follow the social mission of Greyston Bakery by knowing how you are giving back to the community this holiday season. Are you volunteering at a soup kitchen, donating clothing, or something else? Please include in your comment the following:
1. how you are giving back this holiday season
2. which gluten-free product you would like to try from Greyston Bakery
3. your email address
The giveaway will be open for one week. The winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, November 26.
Good luck and happy holidays!