As we've pointed out before, baked goods like cookies and brownies, thanks to the flour used to make these products, are often a problem for those who eat gluten-free. This is unfortunate because when you sign on to the gluten-free diet, your appetites and cravings don't really change. If you like cookies and brownies, you like cookies and brownies, and your body's inability to properly digest these foods doesn't alter this fact for the most part. But where some see a problem others see a business opportunity, and hence the explosion of bakeries over the last few years that offer gluten-free treats. One such business is Goodbody Baked Goods of Boulder, which offers several gluten-free baked goods (and one vegan baked good), including four different kinds of gluten-free cookies and one gluten-free brownie. (Technically, they are gluten-free cookie and brownie bites, but you get the point.) After a lengthy search at a Whole Foods Market that seemingly involved about half the store's staff, we got our hands on a bag of Goodbody's cookies. The lengthy search was worth it.
As we’ve pointed out before, baked goods like cookies and brownies, thanks to the flour used to make these products, are often a problem for those who eat gluten-free. This is unfortunate because when you sign on to the gluten-free diet, your appetites and cravings don’t really change. If you like cookies and brownies, you like cookies and brownies, and your body’s inability to properly digest these foods doesn’t alter this fact for the most part. But where some see a problem others see a business opportunity, and hence the explosion of bakeries over the last few years that offer gluten-free treats. One such business is Goodbody Baked Goods of Boulder, which offers several gluten-free baked goods (and one vegan baked good), including four different kinds of gluten-free cookies and one gluten-free brownie. (Technically, they are gluten-free cookie and brownie bites, but you get the point.) After a lengthy search at a Whole Foods Market that seemingly involved about half the store’s staff, we got our hands on a bag of Goodbody’s cookies. The lengthy search was worth it.
First, some general remarks about Goodbody Baked Goods are in order. The company was founded by Susan Wang, a former personal trainer with a penchant for healthy eating and living. Following a bike accident caused by a drunk driver that cost Wang her left leg, she became even more dedicated to living a healthy, full life. Among other things, this led her to experiment in the kitchen, where she devised recipes for treats that were at once nutritious and delicious (pardon the obnoxious rhyme). At first, her baked goods were only for the enjoyment of her family, but friends and strangers eventually got a taste. The treats were a hit, and with the encouragement of those who tried them, Wang founded Goodbody, the products of which are now sold in a dozen locations along the Front Range, including four in Boulder. (For a list of locations in Boulder and the surrounding area, please see below.)
Given Wang’s commitment to health, it’s not surprising that Goodbody exclusively makes products that are decidedly nutritious. The ingredients used in Goodbody goods are all natural and offer several health benefits. Normally people feel guilty after indulging in cookies and brownies, but when you eat Goodbody treats, you can give yourself a pat on the back. The foundational ingredients of the treats are almonds and coconut, both of which are excellent for your body, all other things being equal. Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber and are a superb source of energy. Goodbody products are therefore well-suited for those who like to exercise, as they can be had both before and after you work out. Coconut is similarly beneficial, as it promotes heart and digestive health, as well as boosts the immune system. Coconut is also a low-carb, low-glycemic sugar, which means that is may be more suitable for people concerned about their blood sugar. Finally, Goodbody Baked Goods can be had by people with a range of different food allergies. In addition to being gluten-free, they are also dairy-free and grain-free, and they are made without preservatives. (One of the products – the Lemon Blueberry Walnut bites – is made without eggs, making it vegan too.)
From all we could gather reading about Goodbody, they offer cookie and brownie bites that are actually good for you. As a consequence, and quite naturally, we really wanted to get our hands on some. Pursuant to this end, we looked up where to find Goodbody Baked Goods on the company’s website. They are available at two of the Whole Foods Markets in Boulder – the one on Baseline and the one on Pearl – and they can also be found at Alfalfa’s Market and Lucky’s market. Out of convenience and habit, we went to the Whole Foods on Pearl, but perhaps this was a mistake, as it took at least 15 to 20 minutes for the staff to find the product, and during this lengthy journey around the store every employee I interrogated insisted that they hadn’t heard of Goodbody. As we were leaving the store with an apologizing employee in tow, we walked through one of the frozen-food aisles. As if by Providence, Goodbody products happened to be in this aisle. The employee then said he actually had tried this product, and further said that he thought the Chocolate Brownie bites were delicious. There weren’t any Chocolate Brownie bites left – evidently people are buying them – so we decided to go with the Mint Chocolate Chip bites, which we were given as a free “sample,” presumably because of the considerable wait and our heroic patience. (Alright, maybe not because of the latter, but the former had to be a factor.)
Goodbody products are frozen for the sake of preserving their freshness. (They are preservative-free, after all.) If left out on the counter, they quickly thaw (although you could actually eat them frozen if you want to), and then once you’ve had your fill, you can (and should) refrigerate them. The small bite-size squares are packaged in resealable bags that hold five ounces worth of cookies. Five ounces may not sound like a lot, but for whatever reason the bag lasted for a long time. We’d have a few with coffee mid-afternoon or after dinner, and we were able to do this for about a week. They tasted fresh till the very end.
The bites themselves have a soft, moist, and somewhat chewy texture, much like the texture of a freshly baked cookie. Mint is the dominate flavor, but the taste of chocolate is also detectable, making each bite a mint chocolatey swirl of flavor that reaches its peak as the small cookie squares dissolve in your mouth. Because the cookie bites are made with dark chocolate and are, as mentioned, coconut sweetened (as opposed to refined-sugar sweetened), they are of moderate sweetness, which means they don’t have that overwhelming, artificial sugary taste that plagues so many baked goods, gluten-free or otherwise. (It also means Goodbody’s treats are, as implied above, far better for you than many of the more popular baked products that are so often loaded with refined sugar.)
Goodbody Baked Good are definitely worth a try. They are tasty, healthy, and available around town (provided you can find them in the store of your choice). They cost a little more than your average cookie, but you can get a lot of mileage out of a bag, and in any case an investment in your health now may pay off in the future, as we’ve all been told a million times before.
If you live in the Boulder area, but not in Boulder itself, you can also find Goodbody Baked Goods at the following locations in the surrounding area:
Wave Cafe, White Wave Foods
12002 Airport Way
Broomfield, CO 80021
10900 W. 120th Ave.
Broomfield, CO 80021
Whole Foods Market in Superior
303 Marshall Road
Superior, CO 80027
7980 Niwot Road
Niwot, CO 80503
For a complete list of locations, and to learn more about Goodbody, check out here website here:
Note: Duty compels us to add that although Goodbody explicitly advertises itself as gluten-free, the packaging advises that the product is “baked in a facility that also produces wheat, peanuts, soy, and dairy.” This is a common enough warning, and no gluten is used to make Goodbody products, but despite the best efforts of the producer, it is possible for small amounts of gluten to make it into the cookies or brownies. For a lot of people with a gluten intolerance, a trace amount of gluten (if present at all) is not a problem, but if your body can’t tolerate even the slightest amount of gluten, be advised of this warning on the package.