Siete Cookies Review (+ Are They Healthy?)

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On a recent trip to Costco, I sampled some cookies from Siete Foods, and yep, they were delicious and my kids enjoyed them too.

But are they worth the price? How healthy are they?

Keep reading to get the scoop in this review by a dietitian!

title reads: Siete Cookies Review (+ Are They Healthy). There is a picture of the mexican shortbread cookies from Siete Foods.

Disclaimer: This review includes information and the authors own personal opinions. It is not personalized dietary advice. Talk to your doctor about any health or dietary concerns or changes. See our disclaimers for more details.

First of all, what is Siete Foods?

Siete Foods is a brand that that recreates traditional Mexican American favorites(1). They are probably most well known for having several grain free products, including their grain free:

  • tortillas
  • tortilla chips
  • churro chips
  • cookies

Instead of grains, they use other flours that come from foods like cassava, coconut, almonds, and more.

While they have several vegan products, not all products from Siete Foods are vegan.

I think it’s pretty cool that this company is bringing the flavors of their heritage in a unique way.

Alright, now that you know a bit about the brand, let’s talk about the cookies!

Siete Cookies Review

As a ethical vegan myself, I was excited to see that all of the current cookies are vegan friendly!

The current flavors (as assed by the sietefoods.com website 5/6/24) are:

  • Fresas Con Crema
  • Hint of Mexican Vanilla Chocolate Chip
  • Mexican Wedding
  • Mexican Shortbread

I tried the Mexican Shortbread, and though they were really yummy!

As seen in the picture below, these cookies are small and have a nice ‘snap’ when broken.

hand holding a mexican shortbread siete cookie so you can see the detail.

In my opinion, this cookie is most comparable to a snickerdoodle, one of my favorite cookie flavors!

When you open the bag, you are immediately overpowered with a sweet cinnamon flavor, that is just as real as the first bite.

I also love that it’s not overly sweet.

Ok, so while I did enjoy the flavor, I was a bit floored by the price.

I got my bag at Costco for $9.89 USD( 16 ounce bag), or about 62 cents per ounce. Even at this price, it’s still likely to be more expensive than other small vegan cookies.

For perspective, here’s a comparison of other ‘mini’ vegan cookies at Meijer (FYI- prices change. Check the price of your own product):

But maybe you’re thinking: ok, so what if they are more expensive – aren’t they healthier?

That’s a great question!

Are Siete Cookies Healthy?

Like most other cookies, Siete cookies can be thought of as treats – not a ‘health food!’

While these cookies may slightly or a chunk lower in added sugar than several other brands…

They still contain what some might consider a ‘moderate amount’ of added sugar per serving.

It’s important to note that the sugar from a whole fruit is different than added sugars.

Added sugars provide little nutrition density and can be highly concentrated in calories. Case in point: it’s good to keep added sugars in check so you don’t displace other healthy and nutrient rich foods.

Finally the saturated fat content is quite high. This most likely comes from the coconut oil in Siete cookies.

Compared to other non tropical vegetable oils, research suggests coconut oil raises LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol more. High levels of LDL have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (2), so we should be mindful of to keep saturated fat – such as from coconut oil, low.

graphic showing the nutrition facts and ingredients on the back of siete Mexican shortbread cookies

Now, if you are wondering how theses cookies compare to other similar ones…

I got you! It just so happens that I will often compare products as well!

So I rounded select nutrition facts up for a couple other popular vegan cookies.

Check out the comparison in the graph here (please note, product formulations may change):

CaloriesSaturated FatSodiumFiber Added Sugars
Siete Mexican Shortbread Cookies (30 grams) (see picture above) 150 5 grams 120 milligrams1 gram6 grams
Oreo Minis (28 grams): 1301.5 grams110 milligrams<1 gram11 grams
Chocolate Flavor Teddy Grahams (30 grams)1402 grams125 milligrams1 gram7 grams

As per the example above, the Siete cookies are more than double the saturated fat of the other brands.

The other Siete cookies had anywhere from 4 – 5 grams of saturated fat per serving(3).

While they had the least grams of added sugar, they weren’t far behind the Teddy Grahams listed above.

In short, you might find that these cookies have more saturated fat, and possibly less added sugars than other brands, but again, you can make comparisons by looking at the nutrition facts.

As for me, I’ll continue to view any of these cookies as treats that I’m not overconsuming frequently/ displacing other healthier foods.

As for flavor preferences, I’ve enjoyed any of these in limited amounts, and appreciate that we have vegan options!

Final Thoughts

I think it’s awesome that Siete Foods has several vegan products and recreates foods with Mexican American flavor. Some folks will be pleased to see that there are many grain free options as well.

While I thought the Mexican Shortbread cookies were delicious, in my opinion, they were overly expensive when it comes to a vegan treat.

I’d also prefer less saturated fat in their cookie products. But for me, this is just an occasional treat.

Do you like Siete cookies? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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