Created by a Yorktown Heights native, these scrumptious snacks are made with healthy ingredients like tiger nut flour, green tea, and monk fruit.
The conventional wisdom when it comes to desserts has always been: “It’s either good or good for you.” Load something up with butter and sugar, and our slightly fancier monkey brains are just evolutionarily trained to think, “This calorie dense! Eat now, store for later!” Your obsession with chocolate isn’t a lack of self-control, it’s science! Survival of the fittest!
Yet every now and then someone has to come along and ruin our rationalizations by creating something that’s not only tasty but actively healthy. Someone like Yorktown Heights native Nicholas Naclerio.
Naclerio is the Founder and CEO of Mmmly, a new brand of “functional cookies” based right here in Westchester County, and frankly he’s just making other cookies look bad. After getting a formal culinary background from Johnson & Wales University, Naclerio worked as a pastry chef in several Michelin-rated restaurants, including Hakkasan at the Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami. Dissatisfied with mass market cookies loaded with preservatives, unpronounceable chemical formulae, and other (admittedly delicious but) unhealthy ingredients, he set out to create something better.
“A few years ago, I decided cookies needed a serious upgrade in terms of health offerings, without losing the best part of a cookie: its taste!” he says. “I was tired of all these companies feeding people food that didn’t actually have any purpose for their health. I believe we need to expect more from the food companies that produce for us.”
At launch, Mmmly cookies come in four flavor varieties: banana chocolate chip, blueberry shortbread, dark chocolate chip, and sweet almond (our dark horse favorite). Each cookie is only about 100 calories and contains just 3-4 grams of sugar (from apple juice, if you can believe it), 4-5 net carbs, and 4-6 grams of plant fiber. They’re also gluten-, grain-, and wheat-free, dairy-free, soy/gum-free, non-GMO, keto- and paleo-friendly, made with prebiotic fiber, and sans cane sugars or sugar alcohols.
Oh yes, and they’re also soft, chewy, delicious, and still sweet to the tongue. Put down your pitchfork, it’s not some dark sorcery. The magic, Naclerio says, comes from meticulously tested and sourced ingredients.
“I lost a lot of sleep and my social life for a really long time,” Naclerio jokes. But all that lost sleep was worth it, in the end. Mmmly cookies manage to keep a rich and full flavor that many gluten-free products simply end up lacking, thanks to tiger nut powder.
“Tiger nut (a root vegetable) has actually been around for a while and is traditionally used in a Spanish-style drink called horchata,” Naclerio says. “Other big companies in a Whole Foods near you are already using it. It’s subtle in taste (similar to almond flour), but has the most amazing nutritional profile: healthy fats, fiber, naturally low in carbs, and filled with potassium. The best part is that it blends well in baked goods.”
Another semi-exotic ingredient you may be a little more familiar with is monk fruit. Rather than adding fructose or glucose as a sweetening agent, monk fruit causes the human tongue to sense a “sweetness” from natural antioxidants called mogrosides. It’s not actual sugar, but it goes a long way so all the nature flavor in Mmmly comes with zero added calories and zero carbs and doesn’t even raise blood sugar. The little bit of actual sugar in a cookie comes from apple juice. Organic apple juice. The only preservative? Green tea.
Right now, Mmmly cookies are only available online, but are expecting to hit local Hudson Valley grocers and fitness locations in the near future. Die-hard fans can even set up a discounted delivery subscription, so they never have to go without. Not sure it’s for you? In addition to running discounts for first-time buyers, Mmmly cookies come with a money-back guarantee.