Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies Review: As Good As Homemade Vegan Cookies??!

Company: Maxine’s Heavenly

“At Maxine’s Heavenly, we created cookies with simple, pure ingredients, because we believe that food should provide nourishment to your mind and body.
We believe food (including dessert) should be nutrient-rich fuel for your body.
We believe that food could be cooked and baked, not manufactured.
And we believe that we all need to rethink how we treat…our bodies, our food, our lives. We wrote this manifesto to share our beliefs, be transparent about our thoughts, and to underscore the values that we live and bake by.”

Reviews:

When you hear about vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and soy free cookies, the words “delicious” or “flavorful” may not come to mind. That’s why I am so happy to have gotten to review Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies! These cookies surely break the mold of what “healthy” snacks taste like. Each flavor is sweetened with coconut sugar and made with gluten-free oats, so they’re as satisfying as they are mouthwatering! As always, if you want to get a quick run down of the products, skip to The Bottom Line at the end of this post.

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If you’re a chocoholic, the Chocolate Chocolate Chip variety is for you! When you bite into these cookies, you experience chewy oats and a mouthful of chocolatey flavor. The rich and smooth semi-sweet chocolate chips amp up the flavor, making this a truly tasty yet guilt-free treat when you need a chocolate fix!

The Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite! This variety tastes like a cross between a classic almond and chocolate chip cookie. The sweet almond flavor paired with rich chocolate chips, can’t get any better in my opinion. I mean, these bad boys are as close to perfect as you can get!

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The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is a close second for me! Crunchy roasted peanuts, chewy oats, and rich chocolate chips make these the perfect dessert when you want something “bad” but don’t want to undo the 80-minute hot yoga session you sweat through earlier.

My boyfriend’s favorite of the bunch is the Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin. For some reason, oatmeal cookies are always my last choice. I always gravitate towards chocolate, but I’m proven wrong almost every time! These cookies taste like a freshly made bowl of cinnamon raisin oatmeal and they’re absolutely outstanding! The sweetness of the raisins cut through the pleasant bitterness of the cinnamon. I even warmed it up a little bit, and I’m telling you, these are amazing!

The Bottom Line

Maxine’s Heavenly creates desserts that are full of flavor with natural, good for you ingredients. They’re so good that you will forget that they’re actually healthy! They call them a dessert, but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t eat 1 or 2 of these cookies for breakfast!

The hearty oats make them filling and great for any time that you need a sweet pick me up! Each cookie is between 120-140 calories with 2 grams of protein, so they really do give you some energy to power through that mid-week board meeting, parent-teacher conference, or powerlifting competition you scheduled (what were you thinking?!).

Thank you, Maxine’s Heavenly, for sending me these cookies to review! These are fantastic cookies that taste like they were baked at home by Grandma! Visit their site to learn more about this awesome company and their products! When you make an order you will get the brand-new packaging pictured below!!!

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RAWNAISSANCE Desserts Review 

Company:  Rawnaissance Desserts – Raw Organic Desserts

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Their products are 100% Organic, Corn Free, Cruelty Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Raw, Soy Free,  Sugar Free, and VEGAN!

Product: 

Assorted Chocolates, Truffles, Bonbons, and Pralines

Review:


I could barely contain my excitement as I stared down at this lovely box of chocolates! Look how gorgeous and unique each piece is!



Look at these beauties! My favorite was peanut butter and jelly flavored! A raw peanut topped a peanut butter mousse treat which was covered in smooth, rich dark chocolate. That would be good enough but then you get a extra sweet kick of candied grape jelly! Absolute perfection!

Honorable mentions include: a Mint Chocolate truffle that was sweet and refreshing (think of a high quality York Peppermint Patty), a tropical treat with coconut covered pineapple mousse with an almond inside, and a beautifully decorated heart with wings that had a sweet raspberry purée with chocolate mousse! The pralines were sweet and full of fresh, crunchy nuts. The solid chocolates melt away in your mouth like a dream and the nougat-filled candies are spot on!

The Bottom Line

This assortment of chocolates truly had something for everyone! From lavender infused to pistachio, white chocolate, nougat, coconut cream and coffee beans! The design of each chocolate was unique and carefully crafted which made each piece a beautiful and delicious work of art! The ingredients are of the highest quality, and they arrived at my doorstep in perfect condition (hard to do when it’s 85 degrees out!). Honestly, there are so many flavors, you really need to just order them and try them out for yourself! I highly recommend it!

Thank you, Rawnaissance Desserts, for sending me this chocolates to review!

 

The Skinny Dip

Location:

985 Providence Road (Providence Square Shopping Center)

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464

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Atmosphere:  I’ve eaten at this build-your-own- massive-froyo-sundae place two times.  Both times, they had 1 vegan option available, and one time I was out of luck because there wasn’t a vegan option for that day (check their website or Facebook to make sure).

  

My first adventure I got “German Chocolate Cake”, which was awesome because my Dad loved it and we would have it on his Bday. I added toasted coconut and Oreos from the toppings bar. The flavor was pretty spot on! Super sweet and creamy, with nutty flavor thanks to the coconut. And… Oreos are kind of like avocados to me, they make everything better.  It would have been fine on its own, but don’t expect me to walk away from Oreos. Not gonna happen. 

  
On my second adventure, I got the “Cake Batter” flavor with of course, more Oreos.  Just like the last time, this froyo was super sweet and creamy.  It had a strong vanilla flavor, just like actual cake batter. Good Job, Skinny Dip! 

Just so you know, this place does not charge by size. They charge by weight. So both of these were between $6 – $7 a pop. Not cheap, but either is vegan ice cream in general. 

Dig It or Ditch It?

Dig it!! The vegan flavors I have tried have been great. I like the fact that you can check the day’s flavors online, so you know when you will find a vegan option. The toppings bar was awesome and include fresh fruit, granola, and of course, crushed Oreos. Give this place a try, but don’t go too too crazy, remember they charge by weight! Let me know how you like it! 

Carytown Cupcakes

Location:

3111 W Cary St.

Richmond, VA 23221

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Atmosphere: This place is as cutesy as can be. Pink walls and cupcake decorations, this place looks like the inside of a dollhouse.  As soon as you walk in, you’re faced with a large display case of rows upon rows of beautiful, drool-inducing cupcakes including vegan and gluten-free options.  They offered fresh brewed coffee, and had almond milk boxes for sale.

Food: I ordered the Vanilla Bean cupcake and the Cookies n Cream cupcake. I cannot put into words how delicious these little miracles were.  The frosting was light and sweet beyond belief, just the way a cupcake should be. They were so moist, but not greasy in any way. I’ve had vegan cupcakes that have been super heavy and dense, but that wasn’t the case at all. In fact, they were so light and perfectly baked, I put away two of these with no problem whatsoever.   I was dancing in my chair as I ate these. They put Whole Foods to absolute shame. They were even more delicious paired up with some chocolate almond milk and coffee.


 

Dig it or Ditch it? DIG IT!  As I slowly drove away from this place, I was tempted to turn around and order a few dozen to scarf down on the drive home. I felt like I had just met my cupcake soulmate and I was being ripped away after only a few moments together.  Don’t worry, I will return, my love!