There comes a certain time in a person's life when the sweet treats no longer melt off the body. Instead, the carbs and sugars cling to stomachs, hips, and places you never suspected could get chunkier.
Sound familiar? If so, you're certainly not alone. But the good news is that eating healthfully doesn't necessarily mean ditching all the moreish baked goods. Bougie Bakes is on a mission to overhaul traditional baking and make it healthier while still being tasty. The company's pastries, slices, and cakes are sugar-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
What's left to impart flavor, you might wonder despairingly. We understand the suspicion, no one wants to eat a healthy cake if it tastes like cardboard and broken dreams! With that in mind, we decided to find out how team Bougie Bakes stacks up.
Read on for our full Bougie review.
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How Bougie Bakes Works
Bougie Bakes creates healthy versions of your baking favorites. Although predominantly an online store, Bougie Bakes' products can also be found in selected Erewhon markets in California. If you do live in the Golden State, you can find out if Bougie Bakes supplies an Erewhon in your town here.
For those outside California, you can still get your hot little hands on some Bougie. Order through the company's website and Bougie will ship your order to you anywhere in the US. As an added bonus, there's free shipping on orders $45 or more.
What's On the Menu?
The Bougie Bakes online store is organized according to the style of treat you're ordering. Choose from:
Currently, there's also a Pumpkin collection with fall-inspired versions such as pumpkin pecan blondie bites and pumpkin pecan keto mini muffins, like all other products on the Bougie site, these are 100 percent sugar-free.
When you order a product, the brownie bites, for instance, you can choose to gift wrap it for $4 extra.
In addition, for many products, you can choose the size of your box.
Those brownie bites come in packs of 12, but if you're ordering cookies, you can choose between 6, 12, or 20.
If you'd like to receive a regular shipment of sugar-free bakes from Bougie, you can choose to subscribe and save on the regular price (you can cancel after 2nd delivery).
If you can't decide between a cookie type, or you want a mix of sweet treats, there's also a few Bougie Bakes bundles to choose from:
Note that seasonal products, like the Pumpkin collection we mentioned earlier, are not included in Bougie Bakes' package bundles.
The Taste Test
We'll start off by saying that you should all rush out and grab some of the double chocolate cookies and the brownie bites, these are both excellent.
Dense and comforting yet not cloying, the brownie bites' texture is very similar to a traditional brownie. They aren't too sweet either, which is a bonus if you're watching your waistline and don't want to fall victim to your sugar habits again.
If you're anything like us, a mere teaspoon of sugar while dieting will remind you why you love it so much and send you running to the cookie jar.
Of course, these brownie bites are 100 percent sugar-free, so if you do overindulge, you don't have to feel guilty.
We also enjoyed the flavor of the vegan mini muffins, both the banana walnut and the java chip. Given the choice again, we'd go banana walnut each time as the banana keeps the muffins moist and subtly moreish sweet. When Bougie Bakes said mini muffins, it didn't lie. These nuggets of goodness are more like tiny muffins, if you have a larger appetite, one will not fill you up. We think two mini muffins as an afternoon snack would be perfect though.
It seems Bougie customers agree about the brownies, regularly rated five-stars in online reviews and on Amazon, these are among the most popular bakes from Bougie.
Ordering Online from Bougie Bakes
Placing a Bougie order couldn't be simpler, head to the Bougie Bakes website, find your preferred treats, choose your quantity, add to cart, buy, and wait for your sugar-free delivery to arrive.
There's free shipping on orders over $45 too, which is a helpful bonus.
In terms of making your payment, the default option is PayPal, which might not suit all customers.
Other payment options include Shop Pay, G Pay, and Amazon Pay. If you prefer to use a credit card, try buying your bakes from Bougie's Amazon store instead.
Team Bougie Bakes is very responsive to messages, so it's easy to get in touch if you have any questions about your order of sugar-free bakes.
Bougie Bakes Costs
These baked goods cost $15 to $85 per box. You can subscribe to a recurring order and save 15% off your orders. There is also free shipping for orders over $45.
For ideal taste and freshness, you should eat your Bougie Bakes within fourteen days of delivery. Albeit not needed, refrigeration can help lengthen the freshness of the treats.
Ryan Quinn is a co-founder of Bougie Bakes.
Yes, you can freeze Bougie Bakes. They are not made with preservatives, so you may want to refrigerate your bakes so they last longer. If you don’t plan to eat your treats within two weeks, freeze them to eat them later.
No, you do not have to refrigerate Bougie Bakes. However, the company does not use any preservatives, so refrigeration can extend the shelf life of your treats for longer than two weeks.
All Bougie Bakes are organic, sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free. In addition to scones, cookies, and brownies, the company also makes vegan mini muffins.
Yes, all Bougie Bakes are dairy-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free, making them keto friendly.
Pros & Cons
- The brownies and blondies are excellent
- Great option for treat lovers who love baking but need to cut down their intake
- Free shipping on orders over $45
- Option to subscribe and save, cancel after 2nd package if you want
- All bakes are 100 percent sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free
- Plenty of keto-friendly bakes on offer
- Easy to navigate website
- Good customer service
- Gift wrapping available
- The mini muffins really are very mini
Food for Thought
Bougie Bakes create delicious baked treats that keep the joy of baking yet ditch the extra sugars and carbs. These guilt-free treats are great as a one-off gift (to yourself or someone else) or subscribe to a regular delivery and save on your baked goods order. This isn't the cheapest option in the world — in fact, it's Bougie by name and a little bougie by nature — but we all deserve a treat sometimes, right?