Cavemen Cookies Review

all images courtesy of Cavemen Cookies (unless noted otherwise)

Disclaimer: I originally received a free package of Cavemen Cookies via both a giveaway and as a contribution to my support group. I later purchased two packages. All opinions expressed within this post are my own.

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Gina (Moneywise Moms)! Thanks to all who entered, but don’t be dismayed if you are not Gina. ;-) Cavemen Cookies is offering a 10% discount to all gfe readers through July 21. Just enter the code “gfe” when ordering!

“Avoid food products containing ingredients that are a) unfamiliar b) unpronounceable, c) more than five in number, or d) that include high fructose corn syrup.” That’s one of the rules that Michael Pollan shared in his outstanding book, In Defense of Food. In Defense of Food completely changed how I looked at food. Some of the guidance validated my own feelings about what I should and was already eating using my gfe approach, but much of the content on what is allowed in our food and what constitutes a food product today was an eye opener. And, as you probably know, Pollan shares this advice and similar data again in his latest book, Food Rules.

This direction sounds simple enough, but when you actually attempt to put this wisdom into practice, you’ll find out what you are really dealing with when it comes to processed foods. Or perhaps the mystery will remain as you see ingredients that are indeed unfamiliar and unpronounceable. Other than eating whole foods, like meat, seafood, fruit, and veggies (foods you can wash as my good friend, Melissa, always reminds us), finding food products that meet Pollan’s guidance can be challenging. But, today, I’m sharing a naturally gluten-free product that has five “basic” ingredients (in some cases less), all of which you can pronounce and recognize. And, even better, the product tastes great! 

First, here’s a little background info. A few months back I won a giveaway of a package of Cavemen Cookies over at April’s blog, Gluten-Free Food Rocks. (April leads a support group in Pennsylvania. Her main page is here.) Now, you might be wondering why on earth I even entered such a giveaway since I’ve often explained that eating gfe means naturally gluten-free foods, real/whole food, and few gluten-free specialty items. Here’s why. When April did her giveaway post I checked out the info on Cavemen Cookies. The cookies are called Caveman Cookies because they contain ingredients that, in theory, would have been available to a caveman. That makes them paleo diet friendly, which also means they are grain free and gluten free. I checked out Cavemen Cookies’ site and read the ingredients; I was very pleased. The Original flavor contains honey, almond flour, walnuts, raisins, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. (Yes, that’s more than five ingredients, but they are all real and healthy ones, and I kind lump spices and seasonings together as one, when they are real food.) The Tropical flavor contains honey, almond flour, coconut, macadamia nuts, and ginger. Real food ingredients with no additives of any kind—I loved that! I entered the giveaway and selected the Tropical flavor as my prize when I won. I sampled one, and then another, as soon as they arrived. Total yum! Delightful textures and flavors. The remaining cookies ended up with us on a road trip and were much appreciated.

Here are a few more facts:

Cavemen Cookies are…

  • Made with nuts, honey and berries!
  • Gluten-Free & Grain-Free
  • Dairy-Free  
  • High in protein
  • Just 65-75 calories per cookie (depending
    on the variety)
  • Produced in small batches
  • Consistent with the principles of the Paleolithic Diet (aka the “Caveman Diet”).  Check out our FAQs page for more info! 
  • Satisfying due to the protein, dietary fiber, and good fats that they contain!

Once Stephanie Lester of Cavemen Cookies found out that I lead a support group, she generously sent two large bags of their Original and Tropical cookies for my group’s gluten-free tea event in May. I set the package to the side under my sideboard. Then that very evening, Mr. GFE and Son were looking for something sweet. In fact, Son was throwing open cupboards, looking in the freezer, etc. For once, I had nothing made, so they both pleaded with me to open the package of cookies. I succumbed, knowing I’d have to immediately place an order to get more cookies for our tea event. We each consumed two or three cookies. Both flavors were enjoyed, but tropical was by far our favorite. I suspect the original flavor will probably appeal to those with less of a sweet tooth.

I placed an order the next day and in just two days I was set for the tea again. At the tea event, everyone really liked the cookies with their few, wholesome ingredients and appealing taste, but again the tropical flavor won out. Since then Cavemen Cookies has added a new flavor to their lineup, Alpine. The Alpine cookies contain honey, hazelnut flour, almond flour, and toasted ground carob. That’s four ingredients that we all know, and most of us love. I can’t wait to try this flavor!

Admittedly, these cookies are not inexpensive. A large bag containing 12 cookies costs $9.95. (FYI–The cookies are about 3 inches in diameter.) Cavemen Cookies also offers a small bag  (6 cookies) at $5.45 and a jumbo bag (24 cookies) at $17.95. And, you’ll pay for shipping and handling if there’s no supplier near you. Currently, the only vendors are in New York City (check their site for locations), but Stephanie Lester said that a lot of interest was shown by different stores/vendors at the recent Fancy Food show, so you may see Cavemen Cookies showing up at your favorite grocer or specialty store soon. Even if you have to order them and pay shipping, I still think they’re worth it. I’ve paid as much or more for gluten-free specialty products in the past that did not even come close to meeting Pollan’s food rules and, frankly, did not even taste particularly good. Cavemen Cookies contain high quality ingredients and are a great gluten-free choice when one needs a cookie fix. And, unlike the overworked cavemen, you don’t have to grind your own almond meal, shred your own coconut, dry your own grapes, build your own “oven,” etc. Because I make most of our treats, I admit that I won’t buy these cookies often, but I will definitely buy them again. And, if they end up being carried at a store nearby, I’m sure I will not be able to resist buying them on a regular basis.

The giveaway part: Cavemen Cookies is graciously offering up a free large bag of their cookies (your choice of flavor) to one of my readers. The ways to enter the giveaway are the same as usual, plus I added one on following Cavemen Cookies on Twitter. Of course, only one comment is required to enter, but there are several options for those who want multiple entries! Oh, and the giveaway will be open through Monday, July 5, at midnight, Eastern (update: extended through full holiday period).

See specifics below, but note that all entries will be tracked by the individual comments, so you must enter a separate comment to get an additional entry; e.g., “I tweeted!” and another comment, “I posted on Facebook. Here’s the link: …” If you leave one comment showing you did all these things, unfortunately it will only be counted as one entry, so please remember to note each by separate entries.

1. Leave a comment below.
2. “Like” my Facebook page and leave a comment.
3. Subscribe to my feed either via RSS or e-mail, and leave a comment.
4. Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment.
5. Become a friend on Facebook and leave a comment.
6. Tweet about the giveaway sharing the link and leave a comment saying that you did.
7. Post a message on your Facebook page about the giveaway and leave a comment saying that you did.
8. Post about the giveaway on your blog and leave a comment saying that you did, with your link.
9. Follow Cavemen Cookies on Twitter and leave a comment.

Best of luck to all!

Shirley
Not just gf, but gfe!

Shirley
Not just gf, but gfe!

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Comments

114 Responses to “Cavemen Cookies Review”

  1. Tanya on June 30th, 2010 12:52 pm

    Caveman Cookies sound great! I would love to try the Tropical! Mmmmmmmm

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2010 10:20 pm

      Tanya–Ah, a girl after my own heart! The tropical flavor was wonderful. :-)

      Good luck!

      Shirley

  2. Magess on June 30th, 2010 12:53 pm

    Well they certainly look tasty! Since I’m closed to New York, maybe some vendors in my area will carry them.

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2010 10:21 pm

      Hi Magess–Thanks for the entries! I hope you find a vendor nearby who carries these cookies. :-) In the mean time, best of luck in the giveaway!

      Shirley

  3. Magess on June 30th, 2010 12:54 pm

    I’ve followed Caveman Cookies on Twitter.

  4. Grace on June 30th, 2010 1:00 pm

    I’m following Caveman Cookies on Twitter.

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2010 10:25 pm

      Hi Grace–I don’t thnk you’ve commented here before at gfe … welcome! :-) Yes, I think they’d be a great occasional indulgence for one on the paleo diet. Thanks so much for the kind words on my write-up.

      Thanks so much for your entries … good luck!

      Shirley

  5. Grace on June 30th, 2010 1:01 pm

    I hadn’t heard of these cookies yet. They sound like a good cheat for the paleo diet. Great review.

  6. Grace on June 30th, 2010 1:02 pm

    I already subscribe to your RSS feed.

  7. Alta on June 30th, 2010 2:52 pm

    These sound great!

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2010 10:28 pm

      Hi Alta–Yep. they’re great. So healthy for packaged cookies. :-) Thanks so much for all the entries–good luck!

      Shirley

  8. Alta on June 30th, 2010 2:53 pm

    I subscribe!

  9. Alta on June 30th, 2010 2:53 pm

    I follow you on Twitter!

  10. Alta on June 30th, 2010 2:53 pm

    I am a friend on Facebook!

  11. Alta on June 30th, 2010 2:54 pm

    I tweeted!

  12. Amo on June 30th, 2010 3:02 pm

    I would love to win these cookies! Since I have celiac disease, I am always looking for new tasty treats!

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2010 10:35 pm

      Hi Amo–Nice to see you again! :-) This is indeed a tasty treat and very heathy, too … win-win!

      Good luck!
      Shirley

  13. Amo on June 30th, 2010 3:02 pm

    I subscribe by email!

  14. Amo on June 30th, 2010 3:03 pm

    I “like”d your Facebook page!

  15. Amo on June 30th, 2010 3:04 pm

    I added you as a friend on Facebook and will leave a comment as soon as I am accepted!

  16. Angela on June 30th, 2010 3:59 pm

    Comment comment comment! Totally want to win these :)

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2010 10:40 pm

      Hi Angela–Looks like you are new to gfe–welcome! And, thanks for your entries—good luck! :-)

      Shirley

  17. Angela on June 30th, 2010 4:22 pm

    Oh man I’m thinking I Love this company! We’ve been moving away from processed foods, and I was just reading about the paleo lifestyle and it struck a cord. I would LOVE to try this!!!

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2010 10:43 pm

      Hi Angela–Sounds like the timing is good for you to be introduced to Cavemen Cookies. :-) I think you’ll be really pleased with these cookies. I just love how they are made!

      Good luck to you! ;-)

      Shirley

  18. Angela on June 30th, 2010 4:23 pm

    I’m subscribed to your RSS feed!

  19. Angela on June 30th, 2010 4:23 pm

    “Liked” you on Facebook. :)

  20. Angela on June 30th, 2010 4:24 pm

    I follow you on my Google Reader

  21. Teresa on June 30th, 2010 4:25 pm

    These cookies sound awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2010 10:47 pm

      Hi Teresa–Welcome to gfe, and thanks so much for entering the giveaway! I really appreciate your gfe “connections,” too. ;-)

      Good luck!

      Shirley

  22. Teresa on June 30th, 2010 4:26 pm

    I’m a fan of your facebook page!:) I clicked like quite awhile back!

  23. Teresa on June 30th, 2010 4:28 pm

    I already subscribe to your RSS feed via email. :)

  24. Celiacs in the House on June 30th, 2010 5:40 pm

    I’m following them on Twitter. I haven’t seen these yet and I’d love to try them.
    Wendy

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2010 10:48 pm

      Hi Wendy–Thanks so much for entering the giveaway! I think you’ll really like these. I can’t wait to try the Alpine version myself. ;-)

      Best of luck, dear!

      Shirley

  25. Annette on June 30th, 2010 7:30 pm

    mmmmmm……yum…

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2010 10:52 pm

      Hi Annette–Yes, YUM. :-) Thanks for entering the giveaway … good luck to you, dear. :-)

      Shirley

  26. Linda on June 30th, 2010 9:47 pm

    They sound great. I’d love to try them.

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2010 10:55 pm

      Hi Linda–They are great cookies! I still can’t believe how few ingredients they include, and they keep for 6 months.

      Thanks so much for entering the giveaway and liking gfe on Facebook! :-) Best of luck,

      Shirley

  27. Linda on June 30th, 2010 9:48 pm

    I liked you on Facebook. I don’t know how I missed that before.

  28. Katrina (gluten free gidget) on June 30th, 2010 10:55 pm

    My curiosity is definitely piqued!

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2010 10:57 pm

      Hi Katrina–I think you’ll approve of these once you sample them! :-) Good luck!

      Shirley

  29. Tia on July 1st, 2010 12:58 am

    Hi Shirley,

    Well, these comments are going to sound remarkably similar to the ones I left on Amy’s site at SS&GF.

    I already ‘like’ your facebook page, of course.

    Tia :P

    • Shirley on July 1st, 2010 6:15 am

      Hey Tia–Well, dear, you worked hard with all those entries; you deserved to get some rest! ;-) Hope you had sweet dreams. Thanks so much for entering the giveaway and always being such a positive force! :-)

      And, of course, good luck to you!

      Shirley

  30. Tia on July 1st, 2010 12:58 am

    I already subscribe to your blog via rss, of course.

    Tia :P

  31. Tia on July 1st, 2010 12:59 am

    I already follow you on twitter, of course.

    Tia :P

  32. Tia on July 1st, 2010 12:59 am

    I asked to be your friend on facebook.

    Tia :P

  33. Tia on July 1st, 2010 1:00 am

    I followed caveman cookies on twitter.

    Tia :P

  34. Tia on July 1st, 2010 1:06 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway.

    Tia :P

  35. Tia on July 1st, 2010 1:07 am

    I posted on facebook about the giveaway.

    Tia :P

    Now, I am going to bed. Good night.

  36. Sharon on July 1st, 2010 3:46 am

    They look delicious!

    • Shirley on July 1st, 2010 6:19 am

      Hi Sharon–Good to see you again. :-) Yes, delish for sure! Thanks so much for your entries/connections … best of luck! ;-)

      Shirley

  37. Sharon on July 1st, 2010 3:48 am

    I’m friends with you on facebook

  38. Sharon on July 1st, 2010 3:49 am

    I liked your fan page on facebook

  39. Sue on July 1st, 2010 8:52 am

    I read via RSS. On your recommendation, I’d love to try the tropical!

    • Shirley on July 2nd, 2010 6:22 pm

      Hi Sue–Great to see you again! Thanks for your entry … I don’t think you can go wrong with the tropical. You can even pretend you’re on a sunny island looking at turquoise water while eating them. ;-)

      Good luck!

      Shirley

  40. Elizabeth on July 1st, 2010 9:30 am

    I follow you on Twitter @Ebee333. The cookies look great!

    • Shirley on July 2nd, 2010 6:26 pm

      Hi Elizabeth–Nice to see you again! Thanks for entering the giveaway—good luck! :-)

      Shirley

  41. Leslie on July 1st, 2010 11:13 am

    Love to try the original Cave Men cookies. I don’t eat any grains or dairy.

    • Shirley on July 2nd, 2010 6:30 pm

      Hi Leslie–Welcome to gfe! These cookies would be a perfect choice for you—best of luck! :-)

      Shirley

  42. Lisa on July 1st, 2010 12:07 pm

    What a sweet giveaway!

    • Shirley on July 2nd, 2010 6:34 pm

      Hi Lisa–Looks like you’re new to gfe—welcome! Yes, sweet. ;-)

      Thanks so much for entering the giveaway. Good luck to you. :-)

      Shirley

  43. Joy Vincent on July 1st, 2010 12:13 pm

    These sound like a great alternative.

    • Shirley on July 2nd, 2010 6:36 pm

      Hi Joy–Welcome to gfe, and thanks for entering the giveaway! :-)

      Best of luck …
      Shirley

  44. Karen on July 1st, 2010 12:36 pm

    Always love cookies!!!

  45. Kathleen on July 1st, 2010 1:40 pm

    Would love to try these!!!

    • Shirley on July 2nd, 2010 6:37 pm

      Kathleen–Nice to see you again! :-) Best of luck to you. ;-)

      Shirley

  46. joan on July 1st, 2010 1:49 pm

    Wow, these sound truly exciting. I immediately looked on the website to see if I could buy them where I live, but alas! they are not in the Pacific Northwest. I have abandoned all gluten free mixes and premade items because they are too high in simple carbohydrates for me to tolerate, but these cookies sound like just the ticket. Hope I can try them!

    • Shirley on July 2nd, 2010 6:42 pm

      Hi Joan–So nice to see you again, dear! These Cavemen Cookies are really phenomenal in their simple, high quality ingredients and great taste and texture. And, like you said, they offer benefits not available in most gluten-free processed cookies. You can order them online, of course, but you might not have to ;-) … best of luck in the giveaway!

      Shirley

  47. Hallie @ Daily Bites on July 1st, 2010 2:33 pm

    I’m hungry for cookies!

    • Shirley on July 2nd, 2010 6:44 pm

      Hallie–I understand … sorry about that! ;-) But, thanks for all your entries and best of luck in the giveaway!

      Shirley

  48. Hallie @ Daily Bites on July 1st, 2010 2:34 pm

    I “like” gfe on Facebook.

  49. Hallie @ Daily Bites on July 1st, 2010 2:34 pm

    We’re friends on Facebook. :)

  50. Audrey on July 1st, 2010 5:15 pm

    I follow the paleo diet, so these cookies would fit my meal plan!

    • Shirley on July 2nd, 2010 6:54 pm

      Hey Audrey–Nice to see you here at gfe again! These cookies would be great for you on your diet. Good luck!

      BTW, did you see the golden flax bread recipe I shared recently? That fits the paleo diet, too. :-)

      Shirley

  51. Audrey on July 1st, 2010 5:21 pm

    Added your feed to my google page.

  52. Audrey on July 1st, 2010 5:40 pm

    Following you on twitter!

  53. Joseline on July 2nd, 2010 11:28 am

    I’ve never had gluten free cookies and would live to try them!

    • Shirley on July 2nd, 2010 6:58 pm

      Hi Joseline–Welcome to gfe! The best gluten-free cookies IMO are the ones that are made with naturally gluten-free ingredients because they taste like you would expect. That’s one of the reasons these cookies are so good. :-)

      Best of luck to you in the giveaway! ;-)

      Shirley

  54. Gina on July 2nd, 2010 2:07 pm

    Would love to try these!

    • Shirley on July 2nd, 2010 7:00 pm

      Hi Gina–Looks like you are new to gfe—welcome! Best of luck to you in the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  55. DeannaS on July 4th, 2010 10:33 am

    Oooo, I would love to try these.

    • Shirley on July 5th, 2010 3:35 pm

      Hi Deanna–Thanks so much for entering the giveaway … best of luck! :-)

      Shirley

  56. Kim on July 5th, 2010 7:44 am

    I follow you on twitter

    • Shirley on July 5th, 2010 3:40 pm

      Hey Kim–Thanks for all the entries! Hope you had a great 4th and good luck in the giveaway. :-)

      Shirley

  57. Kim on July 5th, 2010 7:45 am

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  58. Kim on July 5th, 2010 7:45 am

    I am a friend on FB.

  59. Kim on July 5th, 2010 7:46 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway

  60. Kim on July 5th, 2010 7:47 am

    I posted on my GFIL FB Page.

  61. Kim on July 5th, 2010 7:48 am

    I am following Caveman on twitter. :)

  62. Kim on July 5th, 2010 7:58 am

    Yum, I’d love to try the Tropical cookies. Thanks for the review!

  63. Jennifer on July 5th, 2010 10:22 am

    I would love to try some of these delicious cookies!

    • Shirley on July 5th, 2010 3:45 pm

      Hi Jennifer–Looks like you are new here … welcome to gfe! :-) Thanks for all the connections/entries … good luck to you. ;-)

      Shirley

  64. Jennifer on July 5th, 2010 10:22 am

    I ‘liked’ gfe on Facebook.

  65. Jennifer on July 5th, 2010 10:24 am

    I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed.

  66. Jean Layton on July 5th, 2010 12:25 pm

    These sound amazing. Love the simple ingredients and low added sugars.
    Hoping I win, so I can share with my Healthy Gluten Free Kids support group.
    I reshared this on Facebook, followed on twitter and you and I are already connected all the other ways.
    Can’t wait to see you at IFBC!

    • Shirley on July 5th, 2010 4:16 pm

      Hey Jean– :-) I think you’d be really pleased with these cookies, both for you and your support group! Thanks so much for spreading the word and being connected to gfe already. ;-)

      It’s great that we’ll get to meet up again at IFBC! It’s been almost a year … a lot to catch up on. ;-) Our group of gluten-free bloggers attending IFBC is growing! :-)

      Shirley

  67. Carolyn on July 5th, 2010 12:30 pm

    OK Shirley, now you have my attention with the tropical Caveman Cookies. Anything tropical has to be great, right?

    • Shirley on July 5th, 2010 4:20 pm

      Hi Carolyn– :-) Yes, tropical is great! We finally looked at the photo CD that you sent from our Little Cayman trip last night–some amazing shots … thanks to you, Mark, and anyone else who contributed to the effort! The only thing that could have made watching them any better would have been to have one of Frankie’s or Ewnan’s drinks in hand while I did! ;-)

      Best of luck in the giveaway!

      Shirley

  68. cheryl on July 5th, 2010 5:30 pm

    subscribed by rss. thanks for the mention of these…they sound yummy. the only cookies I’ve had for years are the ones I make, and it’s nice to have a break.

    • Shirley on July 5th, 2010 9:49 pm

      Hi cheryl–Thanks for the subscription! Looks like this is your first time commenting here on gfe, too–welcome. :-) I’m sure you’d like these cookies for the taste and the break. ;-)

      Shirley

  69. Alison on July 5th, 2010 6:10 pm

    Hi Shirley,

    I’m commenting here too so I can be entered in the drawing! And now I’m off to explore your blog! From what I’ve read so far, I know you will become one of my regular sites with recipes for my family.

    Thanks for all you do!
    Alison

    • Shirley on July 5th, 2010 9:52 pm

      Hi Alison–Welcome to gfe and many thanks for the kind words! :-) Please let me know if there’s anything in particular you are looking for—recipes or info—so I can help out if needed.

      Good luck in the giveaway! ;-)

      Shirley

  70. Emily on July 5th, 2010 6:58 pm

    Hi Miss Shirley!!
    Seeing as I have the same rules as you- it is RARE that I ever buy a GF treat from the store. This would be a really fun treat to try- something I could actually eat!! So glad you shared these cookies with us, now I have something to recommend to new GF-ers!

    • Shirley on July 5th, 2010 9:55 pm

      Hello there, Emily!–So great to see you as always. :-) I am so happy that I am giving away a product that you can eat! That is quite a recommendation knowing your restrictions. Cavemen Cookies are something special for sure. Good luck, dear! ;-)

      Shirley

  71. Louise-Annette Burgess on July 5th, 2010 7:45 pm

    These cookies sound delish! =)

    • Shirley on July 5th, 2010 9:56 pm

      Hi Louise–Thanks so much for all the entries and welcome to gfe! Yes, yummy … good luck! :-)

      Shirley

  72. Louise-Annette Burgess on July 5th, 2010 7:49 pm

    I became a liker and commented on facebook!

  73. Louise-Annette Burgess on July 5th, 2010 7:53 pm

    And now following cavemencookies on twitter! =)

  74. Andrea on July 5th, 2010 11:24 pm

    Cookies that are high in protein? This sounds like something I NEED to try.

    • Shirley on July 5th, 2010 11:39 pm

      Hi Andrea–Looks like you are new to gfe–welcome! These are great cookies on so many levels. :-)

      Best of luck in the giveaway!

      Shirley

  75. Rob on April 17th, 2011 2:32 pm

    These look great, can’t wait to try them!

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