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Paleo’s sweet tooth: Caveman Cookies

Paleo is a dietary philosophy about one level deeper than what I practice. While I consume real food, paleo followers eat only what our evolutionary ancestors (cavemen) did. Generally, that means no refined sugar, rice, grains, or beans.

Paleo is closely related to keto in that a major consequence of the diet is a reduction in carbohydrate intake. A key difference is that keto focuses on numbers, like exact counts of carbs and protein and fat. Paleo asks a simple question: Would my great, great, great, great, grandmother’s father have eaten this?

If you’ve never heard of paleo, you might be tempted to brush it off as a fad. But if you’re curious, you may be wondering how paleo satisfies those of us with a sweet tooth. And you’re in luck, because the rest of this article covers exactly that.

Using the last of an gift card, I recently ordered Caveman Cookies. The back of the package states, “There is absolutely no flour or refined sugar in Caveman Cookies becuase they are only made with ingredients cavemen had access to (think: nuts & berries!)”.

Ingredients in Caveman Cookies (Original Style)

Honey, almond meal, walnuts, raisins, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon.

Whoa. Can a cookie get any more natural than that? I had to give them a taste.

Photo of caveman cookies

The cookies themselves are individually wrapped and quite small. That’s okay, though, because these are meant to be snacks — not meals. The texture is very chewy, reminding me of an oatmeal cookie. Spices (ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon) are noticeable, but not overwhelming.

I’m a fan. Though I still love all-natural cookies with flour, refined sugar, and chocolate, Caveman Cookies are a much better fit for my food philosophy. The only downside is price — a bag of 12 Caveman Cookie snacks costs $10. Maybe I can make replicas at home.

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