For most people when they choose to go vegan they struggle with giving up cheese, their favorite sandwich with bacon and ranch or something similar. I’ve been a Strength and Conditioning Coach and weightlifter my entire life and one of my biggest struggles was giving up whey protein. I know that sounds ridiculous, but whey protein is the foundation of 90% of all supplements. So, when it came to grabbing a bar or a shake after a lift, no whey meant limited options to post-workout nutrition.
Enter Lenny & Larry’s. Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookie is one of the best vegan protein sources that I’ve come across to date. Are they the best tasting cookie you’ll ever eat? Absolutely not. Not even close. BUT, in terms of a protein “bar” with 16 grams of protein, their taste stacks up against any protein bar on the market.
Which leads us to the ULTIMATE Lenny & Larry’s Cookie Review. Lenny & Larry has 14 different flavors of cookie. Are they all good? Are any of them good? Which one is the best? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I’ve tried them all and I’ve ranked them worst to first. You’re welcome.
14. Birthday Cake
Somebody has to be last when you’re picking teams for dodgeball and somebody has to be last when you’re doing a cookie review. Sorry, Birthday Cake, no one wants you on their team. It’s one of only a few flavors that I will actively avoid when picking a cookie post-workout. If it tastes like Birthday Cake, it’s 3 day old bland flavorless cake. If you another option, any other option, go with that one.
13. Peanut Butter
Unlike the Birthday Cake, the Peanut Butter cookie is not bad, it’s just one note and that one note is peanut butter. This lends the peanut butter cookie to come off as really dry. You absolutely need something to help wash this down. If you’re a huge peanut butter fan, you’ll probably have this one up higher, but there is another, much better peanut butter version of cookie on this list.
12. Apple Pie
This one is weird, because this cookie tastes like Apple Pie. Actually, it tastes very similar to McDonald’s apple pie, just less sweet. So, what’s the problem – why is it ranked this low? It has a good flavor and it tastes like Apple Pie. It’s just not that great. Maybe if you heated it up a bit and threw some ice cream on top it’d be better. Somebody try that and get back to me. In the meantime, I’d steer clear of the Apple Pie, there are better options.
11. Chocolate Chip
What?!? Am I telling you that the most popular flavor cookie in America didn’t crack the top ten? Yes I am. Look, there is nothing wrong with the Chocolate Chip. It’s good. However, there are a lot of chocolate flavored cookies left on this list. In my opinion, the more flavors you have going on, the less you notice that you’re eating a “protein cookie” that has that “protein flavor” to it. The Chocolate Chip leaves enough void in flavor to make it hard to get away from the fact that it’s a protein cookie. There’s nothing wrong with that, there’s just better cookies to choose from.
10. Lemon Poppy Seed
Just cracking the top ten is the Lemon Poppy Seed. This is a solid cookie that has a good lemony flavor without beating you over the head with it. In fact, this flavor might have the most subtle overall flavor of any of the cookies.
9. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Ok, you got me. I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter when it comes to Lenny & Larry’s. To be clear, I do enjoy peanut butter. I literally had two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches this morning. Wait, that’s the answer. Lenny and/or Larry – if you’re reading this you need a peanut butter and jelly flavor. Putting chocolate with the peanut butter does very little in cutting the richness of the peanut butter. In the end, it’s still just too much.
8. Oatmeal Raisin
The Oatmeal Raisin cookie arguably tastes the most like the actual cookie it’s trying to replicate. The problem is, the cookie it’s replicating is an Oatmeal Raisin cookie. I mean, we’re talking about oatmeal and raisins. Sorry, but you’re never going to win a cookie contest with oatmeal and raisins.