As I’ve mentioned in previous product posts, pasta and baked goods are usually the first foods to go when you stop eating gluten. The good news is that gluten free is a lot more mainstream nowadays so you can find suitable replacements for almost everything.
So what’s the problem?
In my experience, a lot of gf-foods taste funny, have a weird texture and/or contain extra ingredients and calories that you really don’t want to eat. If you’re like me, you might put up with it just because you get to have some version of a food that you’re missing.
I’m always on the lookout for something better. Recently, I found some amazing products by Andean Dream. This company makes delicious cookies, pastas and soups. Even more important, these foods are all healthy.
Andean Dream Ingredients
Andean Dream uses organic, Royal Quinoa to create foods with high-protein and a balanced set of essential amino acids. From their website:
Grown only in the Bolivian Andes, at an altitude of 13,000 feet, Royal Quinoa, which is the particular variety used in Andean Dream products, is the finest quality quinoa in the world. Royal Quinoa has larger seeds which contain more protein and amino acids than other varieties.
Additionally, all of their products are:
- milk free
- corn free
- egg free
- soy free
- nut free
- peanut free
Andean Dream Cookies
Cookie flavors come in orange essence, chocolate chip, cocoa-orange, raisins & spice, coconut and coffee.
I tried the chocolate chip, coconut and coffee below (click for larger image).
All of these cookies are small, snack size and they come individually wrapped. For size comparison, they’re like Mother’s cookies except a bit thicker.
The rich flavors of each cookie all blended well with the quinoa. The pleasant, nutty taste of quinoa seemed to come through best in the coconut flavor.
It was refreshing to find that the cookies weren’t loaded down with a heavy, sugar taste. You can tell Andean Dream uses quality ingredients in each product. They don’t need to depend on sugars or sweeteners to make the cookies taste good.
These cookies definitely hold their shape really well. I tested each one by dunking it in a glass of milk. Every cookie stayed crunchy and delicious with each bite.
Below is the nutrition information for the coconut cookies (click for larger image).
Andean Dream Pasta
Andean Dream pastas include quinoa spaghetti, quinoa fusilli, quinoa macaroni and quinoa shells.
I tried the macaroni and spaghetti. Each pasta finished boiling in less than 15 minutes.
After I boiled and drained the macaroni, I added it to a simmering pot filled with tomatoes, broth, beef and potatoes.
My quinoa spaghetti was mixed with tomato sauce, sausage, onions and tomatoes.
Both pastas were fantastic! They stayed firm and did not get mushy at all.
The taste and texture was exactly like a traditional, flour pasta. Actually, now that I think about it, the taste of the quinoa pasta was much better because it doesn’t have any sort of aftertaste. I would never have known these noodles were gluten free.
For your reference, here’s the nutrition information for the macaroni (click for larger image):
And here’s the nutritional data for the spaghetti (click for larger image):
I love knowing that Andean Dream sources their Royal Quinoa from indigenous farming family groups in Bolivia at fair trade prices. As a result, these families experience positive economic changes.
You can find more information about this on the “History” page, or read about it on the back of any Andean Dream package (click for larger image):
Where to Buy
As of this writing, you can find Andean Dream products at various online retailers, such as The Gluten-Free Mall, or at Whole Foods.
You can also purchase directly from their site on the “Purchase Products” page here:
Disclosure: Andean Dream provided me with samples of the products mentioned in this post. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and are not influenced by any form of compensation.