Caveman Cookies: Paleolithic Food For Modern-Day Cravings

We’d all benefit from reducing the amount of processed food in our diets, including more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; you’ve heard it before. But the Paleo Diet takes it a step further, essentially calling for a diet of stuff that cavemen would have eaten: lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, roots, and nuts — no grains, carbs, sugars, or processed oils. The theory is that by getting back to a more “natural” diet, we’ll lose weight and dodge many of the medical conditions associated with the standard American diet. Not easy, especially when you’re staring modern-day cravings for cookies, candies, and desserts in the face. That’s where Caveman Cookies comes in: The New York City-based company is baking sweet treats, “just like your great, great, great, great, great..grandmother used to make,” that are gluten- and grain-free, don’t contain processed sugars, and forgo dairy and preservatives for simple, protein-rich ingredients.

They sent a few to our office to try out; for a cookie with no flour, sugar, butter, or chocolate, they’re stunningly good. (And I really don’t like to lie when it comes to food recommendations; that’s really bad karma, even if someone DID give me something to try for free.) Of course, they’re not like the cookies we’re used to; they’re made of honey, nuts, dried fruit, and spices — and that’s it. They come in three flavors: Original, Tropical, and Alpine. Here’s a snapshot of the label for the Original cookies:

Ingredients: HONEY, ALMOND MEAL, WALNUTS, RAISINS, GINGER, NUTMEG AND CINNAMON.

And just to put it into perspective, here’s the ingredient list for Chips Ahoy Snack N’ Seal Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Ingredients: UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, DEXTROSE, SOY LECITHIN), SUGAR, SOYBEAN OIL AND/OR PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR AMMONIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, WHEY (FROM MILK), NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CARAMEL COLOR. CONTAINS: WHEAT, SOY, MILK.

Whether you’re following a Paleolithic Diet or not, it’s pretty clear which cookie you should feel better about eating. (And the nutrition facts aren’t bad, either: At just 65 calories per cookie, they contain 3.5 grams of fat and 6.5 grams of sugar each, with about 1.5 grams of protein.)

You can buy the cookies at select grocery stores around the country or purchase them online.

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    • Lisa M

      These look really interesting… since I have Crohn’s and recently went low-gluten, I’m definitely interested in trying them out.

      Question, though: do they contain nut pieces? I am fine with nut butters and flour, but actual whole pieces of nuts don’t work so well.

    • Briana Rognlin

      Hi Lisa,

      Glad you’re interested in trying them! The texture is pretty smooth; no big chunks of nut. I think they’re all ground up, but you may want to just double-check with the company in case there’s any inconsistency. In my experience, the tropical have the most distinguishable bits of ingredients in them, mostly because of the coconut. I’d go with the original; I don’t think you’ll have a problem with them at all.

      Let us know how you like them, if you decide to try!

      Briana