Today I am reviewing the Naked Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. It’s a gluten-free protein treat that has less than 200 calories, only 1 gram of sugar, 6 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of net carbs per cookie. They are baked fresh in the United States. As they are individually wrapped, this is a great portion sized on-the-go snack to just throw in your bag.
Let’s get straight to the verdict!
There are 12 cookies per box, so I shared them with family and friends to get their feedback. Personally, I know that I enjoy eating healthier snacks. As I follow a macros eating plan, I’m always keen to try out high protein options. But I also wanted to know whether people who usually opt for more “typical” cookies would enjoy this high protein, low sugar option.
Here is what my taste testers said about the Naked Oatmeal Raisin Cookie:
- Carrot cake texture
- Hints of coconut
- Can taste and feel the raisins and oatmeal in every bite
One friend who keeps gluten-free was especially pleased with the taste and texture of the Naked Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, saying:
“Usually gluten-free sweet treats taste like cardboard! This cookie has a delicious taste and texture.”
It can be hard to create a pleasing texture when using gluten-free alternatives, as you don’t get the bounce and stretch from the gluten in wheat flour. However, this cookie passes the test!
So what’s inside the Naked Oatmeal Raisin Cookie?
These Naked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies use defatted almond flour rather than wheat – this simply means almond flour with the fat partially removed. Using almond flour is what contributes to the lovely moist, dense texture which the taste testers found so pleasing. Another advantage of almond flour is that it has a high magnesium content which is excellent for blood sugar control, lowering blood pressure and preventing insulin resistance.
When it comes to nutrition, the best option is to get what we need from real food. When using supplements and pre-made snacks, I want to stay as close to nature and consume things with minimal ingredients. Here’s the full ingredients list for Naked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies:
- Naked protein blend (whey protein concentrate, defatted almond flour)
- Sustainable palm kernel oil
- Blanched almond butter
- Soluble corn fiber
- Rolled oats
- Tapioca starch
- Vegetable glycerin
- Monk fruit juice concentrate
- Natural flavor
- Sunflower lecithin
- Sea salt
- Baking powder
And there are more nutritional highlights of this cookie:
- Protein from grass-fed whey
- 0g trans fats
- No artificial sweeteners or flavors
- No sugar alcohols
- No high fructose corn syrup
- Soy and GMO free
Easy on digestion
These Naked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies contain protein powder made from whey, i.e. dairy. This is also true of many of the protein powders available on the market. A lot of people – even if they usually tolerate dairy products well – experience digestive discomfort when consuming whey protein powders, so this was something I was conscious of when reviewing this cookie.
I’m happy to say that these Naked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies digest easily. Thanks to the fiber content, I even think my digestion was better!
Is high-protein just a gimmick?
Since stopping my strict vegan diet, I have been paying a lot more attention to protein. I make a conscious effort to eat more of it, and I find this improves my feelings of overall health. To this end, I tend to use protein powders a few times per week, and in general I am conscious to increase my protein intake wherever possible.
It might seem like high-protein foods are just a gimmick for people who have a gym-centric lifestyle, but in reality everyone benefits from getting more protein in their diet in these ways:
- Having fuel for energy, growth and repair
- Feeling satisfied after meals
- Stable blood sugar levels (compared to carbs)
- Maintains bone density
What I look for in a protein-packed sweet treat
Although I’m no longer vegan, I still want to eat a large proportion of plant-based foods. I love that These Naked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies give me a way to enjoy a sweet treat and still reach my daily protein goals. They are sweet enough and satisfying for a sweet treat.
When to eat these cookies:
These Naked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are perfect when you:
- have to eat breakfast on the run
- need an afternoon snack with a big glass of water, coffee or tea
- want to share with a friend or family member – ½ a cookie with a piece of fruit would be a nice snack
Naked Nutrition Protein Powder
If you want to make your own protein cookies, here is a No-Bake Walnut Cinnamon Protein Cookies recipe.
This post is sponsored by Naked Nutrition