I recently ordered a variety pack from Lenny & Larry’s, a company from Los Angeles, originally by way of El Segundo, California. When I first started this site, I reviewed a smaller version of their product, which you can read here. The variety pack that I received in the mail include all the larger flavors of their protein cookies. There also protein brownies in the variety pack that I will also review after the cookies. The review in this post is the Lenny & Larry’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Complete Cookie.
I have tried some of these cookies since my first review, and I liked them a lot, but did not review them. One thing that I will mention at the beginning, is all of these upcoming reviews of Lenny & Larry’s cookies are the 4 oz versions, so the nutrition facts will be double of that of the original review, which is the smaller 2 oz cookie. So keep that in mind.
List Of Ingredients
Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Folic Acid), Protein Blend (Vital Wheat Gluten, Pea Protein, Rice Protein), Peanut Butter (Dry Roasted Peanuts), Palm Margarine (Palm Oil, Palm Fractions, Water, Salt, Emulsifiers [Sunflower Lecithin, Distilled Monoglycerides], Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Mixed Tocopherols [Antioxidant], Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene [Color], Invert Sugar, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened Chocolate, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Dextrose, Natural Vanilla), Cane Sugar, Vegetable Glycerine, Chicory Root Fiber, Oligofructose, Peanuts, Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Flavors, Baking Soda, Salt, Cultured Dextrose, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum.
As you can see, this cookie is not clean, but has some good ingredients. What I like about this cookie is all the things that it is not. There are no genetically engineered ingredients (GMO), no dairy ingredients added, no egg, no soy, and it is vegan.
I have seen reviews of these protein cookies, and as far as I can tell, there are two trains of thought. One is the bodybuilder or fitness professionals opinion that these cookies are filled with sugar and fat and not very healthy.
Another, is the opinion of the regular everyday person who wants a great tasting snack that has protein and provides some basic nutrition that is better than eating a bunch of Oreos or Chips Ahoy cookies. No knock on Oreos and Chips Ahoy, I eat them on occasion as well. But I am in the opinion of the regular everyday person, in that these cookies do provide protein and sound nutrition in moderation.
Important Nutrition Facts
Serving Size – 1/2 Cookie, Calories 220, Total Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 300mg, Total Carbohydrate 29g, Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 12g, Sugar Alcohols 0g, Protein 8g.
It is important to note that the serving size is 1/2 a cookie, so there are two servings per cookie. You must double the nutrition content that is listed here. In that sense, there is quite a bit of sugar, fat and carbs in each whole cookie, but as in everything else, moderation is key.
I don’t know anyone who would eat one half of a cookie and save the other half for another time, including me, so I get that this is a pretty high calorie, high fat option. Just don’t eat more than one at a time.
My Honest Review
When I first opened the packaging, I noticed how big and thick the cookie is and there was a light peanut butter smell. I would suggest a beverage when eating this cookie, I am drinking a bottle of water.
The cookie is very soft and chewy, and although there is a peanut butter and chocolate flavor, it is not overly strong or sweet. The texture is very much like a soft baked cookie that you would get at your local grocery store.
The chocolate chips taste mild and the cookie as a whole is very fresh. There are little pieces of peanuts throughout the cookie, but there is very little crunch, if any.
There is no noticeable aftertaste, and there is very minimal protein taste. The cookie is very filling and satisfying. I can completely see me eating one of these cookies as a pre or post workout way to get some needed protein in my diet to help build muscle.
It sounds crazy, considering it is a cookie, but it could be used as a meal replacement if you are in a hurry and can’t cook or go out to eat. It can also be eaten as a snack, but don’t eat more than one at a time, as the calorie and carbohydrate content is high.
If you like the taste of peanut butter and chocolate, and want to get some protein and fiber in your diet, I would suggest you try the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie from Lenny & Larry’s. I enjoyed eating it and will do so again.