Dear Dr. Laura,

Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly!  Was not expecting that!
The link you included has been VERY helpful--I think I'll be able to find the right sugar now.  There is so much information out there; I'm glad you have pointed me in the right direction.

I just got your book a couple of days ago and have spent some time going over it.  I'm starting out small by switching my family from regular sugar to this new cane sugar and by making small changes to the ingredients I have onhand in my pantry.  I have flagged at least 15 recipes in your book and want to have everything I need before I dive in!

Just so you know, this is the best cookbook I have come across for myself.  My doctor said I may have a wheat intolerance so I'm trying to avoid wheat.  However, most cookbooks are either gluten-free or low-fat.  I need neither of these (low-fat recipes include too many artificial ingredients).  Your book is bringing me back to the basics; similar to my mother's home-cooking only healthier (if that's possible!).  I work in a bookstore and have had my manager order in several copies which I will be putting my Staff Pick sticker on.  In the sea of cookbooks out there, this is one I will be highly recommending.  In between our "Vegan" and "Diets & Weight Loss" sections, there should be a "Healthy Eating" section.  This is where I'd put your book.

Again, thank you so much for getting back to me!  I'd love to let you know how I get along with the recipes.

All the best,


I bought Dr. Laura's Wholesome Junk Food cookbook about a month ago, and so far (partially due to a cross-country road trip) have made (only) four things--but all four have been fantastic!

I started with the coconut haystacks, which were easy and delicious. Then I made the strawberry ice cream with some tasty organic berries that weren't quite as pretty as some of the others--and which normally my kids would have refused to eat. There were some great savings right there!

Today I made a two-fer--the vanilla ice cream, which actually came out a bit more banana-y than I intended, but which my husband LOVES, and the chocolate sauce, which both my husband and Mom-in-law declared was far superior to the high-priced "Ahhh-laska" chocolate sauce I have been buying in the past.

My mother-in-law is so impressed, she wants a copy of your book too. We'll be getting her one when she heads back home to California. Less for her to pack that way. :)

Anyway, I just wanted to say, THANK YOU. Are there any plans for a follow-up book in the works? We hope?

Thanks so much!

Karina C.

Dear Dr Laura,

We live way out in the Boonies! Beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Our dear son Daniel lives in Asheville N.C. (our nearest city.) They have Harris Teeter’s over there and Daniel brought out some fabulous Choc chip and Oatmeal raisin cookies of yours. I should love to receive a free case so I might introduce all my friends out here to your truly amazingly delicious AND healthy treats.

I cannot demean them by calling them “Junkfood”! Please give information re future mail-ordering, also freezing instructions.

Thank you for making such a wonderful product for the likes of us health nuts / “cookie monsters”!!

I am an Exercise Physiologist and Weight-Loss Consultant. Still teach 2 classes a week, Yoga, Pilates, strength balance and stretching. I was the first Exercise teacher in our area and have developed these classes for 30 years. I shall be 80 in August!!!


Ruth Pope

Hello creaters of the yummiest snack food ever!

I had the good fortune to stumble across Laura’s “Better Brownie” Bite-lettes ® on a recent trip to NYC, when I was at Whole Foods. Luckily, I was shopping on an empty stomach, and these were crying out to me from the shelf.

Alas, not long after arriving back home in Rochester, NY, my limited supply ran out, and just tonight, I spent 20 minutes on the phone with the poor Whole Foods team members in the Bakery and Grocery departments, bugging them to track down the cookies (because I couldn’t remember the brand name and was kicking myself for not saving the package). Anyway, I’ve found you – and I noticed on your website that you’ve got a Rochester-based consultant named Lisa. My question to Lisa (or whomever your sales evangelist is these days) is whether anyone has approached Wegman’s about carrying this brand in their “Nature’s Marketplace” department? I figured I’d ask, before I march in there myself and demand they start carrying them. Then again, does anyone get away with demanding anything from the Wegmans?

My last resort will be ordering them directly from you guys – but I shudder to think how much I’d expand the “junk in the trunk” if faced with multiple tubs of your yummy bite-lettes ® – willpower, schmillpower. And now that I’ve seen all the other varieties available on your website, how will I sleep at night, knowing that I have yet to try the oatmeal chocolate chip, banana split and cole’s choc chip bite-lettes ®?? Help!! Hopelessly addicted,


From a college student who heard Dr. Laura speak


Thank you for coming to UCLA and for sharing your advice. Thinking of my body as a vehicle that must be properly fueled and maintained really flipped my perspective! The following evening I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up some oatmeal chocolate chip bite-lettes ®. They are awesome. Wishing you continued success in 2008.

Best Regards,

Julie Walmsley

Dear Laura and staff,

I want to thank you. You have really made a difference in my life and I appreciate it. We have a kosher home. Finding kosher junk food has never been difficult. There are a lot of cookies, candies, and snacks available in the local grocery stores.

About 6 weeks ago I was placed on a gluten free diet. Oh boy. Not only kosher, but also gluten free. Yes, I have found a number of cookies and other snack foods. But I always feel so guilty eating them.

And then, one day, I was in My Organic Market in Rockville MD and I saw Laura’s healthy junk food, gluten free, kosher, delicious, AND healthy. Oh what joy! I can finally enjoy eating, and without guilt.

Frankly, I don’t know if I’m on the gluten free diet for life or whether I will someday be able to eat donuts and regular bagels again. Regardless of my diet requirements, I will continue to eat Laura’s healthy (delicious, guilt-free) junk food.

Thanks again.

Dr. Cynthia

Thank you so much for the wonderful junk food! Being out in the middle of the desert causes a loss of reality; now we know what we have been missing. Your cookies are great. I passed them around + I know you’ll have new customers. Thank you so much.

Amy in Iraq

At the recommendation of a friend I decided to try a gluten-free lifestyle only three short weeks ago. Even in that short time my palette has changed and I crave healthier foods although I knew it was only a matter of time before the lifelong chocoholic in me would require a brownie fix. Previous GF cookies have satisfied my sweet tooth so I wasn’t worried about finding snacks… but then came along your treats. I found them during my recent visit to Whole Foods… or rather they found me… glaring, tempting, screaming my name until I picked up a carton of Better Brownie. OH MY! What sinful little bites those are! Now the only worry I have is overindulgence. As my boyfriend jokingly reminds me… “Just because it’s GF doesn’t mean it won’t go to your a..!”. Ha! You have created a masterpiece.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m spreading the word.


From an avid cyclist:

I was very pleased with the product during the “Burn.” A little more information about the event helps put my experience in context… I raced as a member of a two-person team. You race on mountain bikes from noon Saturday until noon Sunday through the night. We finished 6th in our class … not bad for a couple of patent attorneys.

In any event, generally, the strategy I follow for these types of endurance … is to keep up the fluids, electrolytes, carbs, and fats. The latter is where I think you’re product helped me most, although the nice dose of K+/Na+ and carbs in your product helped too. The non-refined, and all-natural composition of your product was easy on the stomach which is usually a big issue (at least for a 34 year old like me) and really had a pleasing taste (Lemon-Vanilla and Chocolate were my favs and I stuck with them). It appears that indeed one problem long distance racers seem to encounter is being able to (literally) chew, swallow, and keep down food, especially when it gets hot. I found a couple of your bitelettes between laps helped keep things in check. The taste and especially the consistency suited me very well. Very soft, very little effort to chew, only a bit of liquid required to wash down. There are only so many … your body can take after riding for a sustained period in 90+ degree heat. I found your biteletts to be a nice alternative to [other bars] which is the source that I previously turned to for more substantive food to sit in your stomach.

The bottom line is that the product served as a very palatable complement to a mix of other things that I guzzled during the event, and I think it helped keep my gut in check and provided some slow burning fuel in conjunction with some other pure carb compositions that I took on board. I think at the next race (two weeks…24 hours of big bear), I may load up a little bit more pre-race (maybe 2 or 3 a couple of hours prior) to see how that works.

Again, keep up the good work and I wish you much success.

Brian C.

On a separate point, and outside of my role as President of Grandparents.com, I just wanted to rave about your cookies one more time. Really extraordinary.

David Brinker

I was craving something sweet but low fat and bought the Oatmeal Raisin Bit-lettes. I am addicted! Just wanted to say keep up the good work and know you have some fans here in the great state of Texas!!


Hi! I just wanted to send you a note to say that I really like the Oatmeal Chocolate chip bite-lettes ® I tried from Whole Foods. I also got the X-treme Chocolate ones and they are great too. It’s hard to believe that they aren’t really too unhealthy.

They taste fantastic!

Thanks for making such a great product available.


I just wanted to thank you. I am about 3 1/2 months pregnant and just got over a bad queasy spell these last couple weeks. My body seems to be craving natural foods, and Laura’s WJF has hit the spot every time. I have told so many people about your product and hope that sales are going well, because you deserve it! It seems that there are less and less natural foods out there and it is a shame to see.

My all time favorite is Charlotte’s choc chip bite-lettes ®.

Thank you for being there and helping me through my pregnancy!


Hi, I just wanted to tell you how wonderful the bite-lettes ® are!! I picked up the lemon vanilla & chocolate ones up at Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago & have been craving them ever since. Whole foods is about an hour away & with 3 little ones I don’t get to go as often as I would like. This time I bought 6 tubes. I Love the Anna banana so much!! … I just wanted to tell you how much we LOVE your “Junk Food” keep the yummy treats coming!!


Your cookies are AMAZING when they are frozen.


I had to drop a quick email to let you know about this WONDERFUL snack. We have a technician ar work who is VERY health conscious. He “teases” us in the office for drinking sodas, eating chocolate and our overall bad choices of unhealthy snacks. He dropped by the office today and gave us a container of these little Anna Banana Split Bite-lettes ®. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy!!!! How wonderful to throw all these marvelous flavors into this little snack. I taste the sweetness from the banana, the crunchiness from the [oatmeal], and most importantly, the wonderful chocolate. Thanks for a great snack! I will definitely pick up a container (or two) for my kids at home. They will just love them!


I am totally addicted to your Oatmeal Chocolate Chip bites! They rock my world!!!!!! What a great, healthy alternative!!!! I have 2 per day, one after lunch and one after dinner. So satisfying, great flavor, they’re so moist and delicious! The perfect portion for dessert. Perfect!!!


Just wanted to tell you these are absolutely delicious! I bought a tub at the Whole Foods Market in Pasadena and love them!!! I am a bariatric surgery patient and am always looking for little sweet things with not too much sugar, a bit of protein, and some nutritional value. For us, it’s all about fewer grams of sugar and more grams of protein. These are tasty little treats. I’m so glad I found them.


My ladyfriend from Greensboro, NC just came here (I live in Norway), and she brought a box of your oatmeal raisin bite-lettes ®. Oh. My. This is the closest I’ve ever been to religion. You HAVE to start selling these in Norway!

I couldn’t care less about how healthy and vegan they are, I just think they taste like… sex. Please, PLEASE, my dearest Laura, make sure I can get hold of these in my local health shop the next time I need them. Hurry up, there are just three more bites left!


I tried the Banana and the Lemon bites at a sampler day … and LOVED THEM.


Just wanted to say I bought some Anna-Banana Split Bite-lettes ® at the Whole Foods Market and I really, really liked them. They are much better and tastier then I thought and I loved the mixture and texture of coconut, oats and chocolate chips. You’d never think they were health food treats. I plan on buying more and hope you will still make them


No, unfortunately I never found the support group. But now that I’m thinking about it, I suppose you didn’t ask because you were worried about my welfare, only to plant the idea of “hopping in the car for a 5 hour drive to my quasi local Whole Foods” so I can taste your sweet, seductive ambrosia once more.

No. No, I realize that if I were to do so I would have fallen into your cunning trap: make me blow my hard earned cash on the ridiculously high priced gas to get me to Whole Foods, where I will promptly empty my college funds into your open arms in exchange for buckets and buckets of Anna Banana goodness.


1st things 1st I am a guy and most guys don’t write in about cookies. However these are not any old cookies, these are little bites from heaven! O.K. all fun aside I am a 34 year old Dad of two boys, and very avid cyclist, and I bought your “Anna- Banana split bite-lettes ®” at Whole Foods today and am going back tomorrow to buy all the flavors.


I bought the oatmeal chocolate chip last week at Whole Foods Market in Rochester, Michigan. It was the first time I’d seen the product, I loved the ingredients listed on the package and the taste more than met my expectations. That’s why I got online and ordered more! I live about 45 minutes away from the store so I can’t get there all the time.

Thanks for providing such a high quality product. My husband even liked them and he is very fussy about his sweets!


I had just ordered my grandma (who lives with my aunt) in NJ a sampler pack for her b-day. She loves them – and she won’t share them with anybody; my aunt has to sneak them early in the morning before my grandma wakes up.


I just wanted to let you know that my family thought that your Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bite-lettes ® were sensational. They are probably the best cookie we have had in a long time. We especially enjoyed the flavor, and the fact that they were so moist they almost seemed like they were dough and not cookies. Yummy!


I just wanted to say “thank you” for making the yummiest junk food ever!! First I bought the oatmeal raisin and then the brownie ones. My favorite are the oatmeal raisin, though!!


I found your bitelettes at Whole Foods in downtown Chicago. They are delicious! So far I’ve only tried the oatmeal chocolate chip. I’m planning on trying some of the others. The only problem is… I can’t ever eat just 2.


Right now umm I’m eating your lemon-vanilla bite-lettes ®,.and I have never tasted anything so delicious. Well maybe my mom’s peach cobbler, but this is truly great stuff.


Yesterday I purchased your Bite-lettes ® at Whole Foods Market in Madison , NJ… they are truly amazing!! Great flavor and texture. Can’t wait to try the other flavors.


We love your brownie bites! and the chocolate chip ones! Thanks for making the gluten-free ones – we are trying to go wheat free for my son and husband, and these are such a treat to be able to have.


We LOVE them! My daughter is allergic to both gluten and eggs, and your brownies taste amazing!


Hello Laura and Laura’s gang. I am writing from … in regards to “Bite-lettes ®.” When I found the first container of bite-lettes ® in the snack bag (the little soft cooler my wife carries around for our two daughters), I thought, “Hmmm, what are these?” I sampled one, then two, then three. When my wife, caught me with my hand in the bite-lette ® jar, she scolded me, claimed them as hers, and that was that. Well, a quick trip to the market remedied that situation, and now I have a container of my own.

When she read the ingredients, I said, in my very mature way, “You forgot about the extra Yum.” She smiled a little, and rolled her eyes – I still think it’s funnier than that.

Anyway, the Bite-lettes ® are delicious – the Anna-Banana Split being the household favorite.

Thanks for making them, and good luck.


PS You will probably notice a spike in sales in the … region – that’s us.

I’ve tried the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bite-lettes ® and the Lemon Vanilla Bite-lettes ®... yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Found a sample (banana bite-lettes ®) in Minneapolis WholeFoods and thus bought some. excellent! Should be great for our winter hibernation diet.


I just wanted to send you this quick email to let you know how much I love your product :) I’ve only just discovered them about an hour ago, and I’m thrilled! I, like so many others, need to watch my nutritional intake…sugar in particular. I’ve really missed my sweets and have only found really yucky alternatives that have left me very sad : That is until I discovered your Xtreme Chocolate Fudge Bite-lettes ®! HOORAY! I can eat chocolate again! I was shopping at Whole Foods and they had samples out, and I’m so glad. I can’t wait to try your other yummy goods!

All I can say is…it’s about time! Someone came up with some yummy healthy sweets!

Thank you!!


Love them! Please don’t ever stop making them or if you do please send me the recipe!


I LOVE your cookies recently discovered in whole foods in san mateo and redwood city. Ingredients rock!!!


I was recently in North Carolina and I tried your chocolate vegan snacks! They were great! I bought as many as I could bring back on the plane! I am vegan and it’s hard to find good snacks! I offered a couple of non vegan people in our meeting to try them and they finished off one of my containers!


My pregnant wife and I can’t get enough of your junk food. We are tearing through 3 containers a week. Keep up the great work.


I bought a tub of the chocolate chip oatmeal bites today after having a sample at the Valencia Whole Foods Market and I have to say WOW THEY’RE SO DELICIOUS!! I had my mom with me and the cookies barely made it home for the rest of the family to taste because we loved them! We’ll definitely be buying more and trying out the rest of your line. I’m so glad we went shopping at Whole Foods today! We definitely have a new favorite snack!


Just wanted to drop a quick note to say that your Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bite-lettes ® are awesome! I brought them to the office for a snack and the whole office ended up eating them (these are Tollhouse cookie types of people, mind you).

So, thank you for making a sweet snack that is not bad for you!


Just wanted to say thanks for a great product. I love the bite-lettes ®, which are the perfect occasional treat to supplement my very successful Weight Watchers food plan.

After sampling some bite-lettes ® at Whole Foods, I bought 5 containers – one for myself, and others for friends.


Your Laura’s WJF is quite possibly the best snack food I have ever eaten. I bought the Chocolate Fudge Bite-lettes ® and the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bite-lettes ®. They rival some of the best cookies my grandmothers made! I can’t wait to go back to Whole Foods and buy 20 containers (I ate them sparingly, but I want to share now!) Thanks so much for such a great product.


Hello Dr. Laura, I shop at my local market called Belden’s. It’s located in Braeswood Square in Houston, TX …I have my 5th container of the Banana/Chocolate Chip flavor on my desk. I simply love it! I’m an Emotional Health Practitioner and offer help to people fighting “emotional eating” patterns using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) which is very effective for those drawn to harmful diet choices. I’ve offered your treats to my clients and they love ‘em. No surprise, they are SO good. The great thing is that I can teach them about servings and use a good “junk food” in the process. Thanks again for creating such a wonderful product and it’s something that I can use to assist me in my practice as well as snack on with my yogurt in the mornings. YUM!

Take care,


About 2 years ago, I found out that I have Celiac Disease which restricts me from eating food containing gluten. while at one of my first Gluten Fee food shopping trips at Whole Foods, I spied a little “post-it” sized sign that read “Gluten free cookies”, with a tiny arrow at the bottom. I followed it. At the other end of the aisle I see the same sign (arrowless) above a shelf of 2 flavors of your cookies. Boy was I happy! First thing, like always, I read the ingredients, I couldn’t believe that there were so few items! and all of them being “real” food. I thought, “man this is too good!” so I slyly grabbed one of each flavor, took three of four steps and turned around to grab one more of each. after eating all the flavors, I decided that I love all of them. I am a competitive cyclist and I never leave for a ride without at least a few before a ride. I can’t thank you enough for this gluten free, energy boosting, “real” food, awesome tasting, kick ass cookies! these cookies continue to save my live at snack time, rides and races. I love you!

Kyle R.

Dear Laura and staff,

I want to thank you. You have really made a difference in my life and I appreciate it. We have a kosher home. Finding kosher junk food has never been difficult. There are a lot of cookies, candies, and snacks available in the local grocery stores.

About 6 weeks ago I was placed on a gluten free diet. Oh boy. Not only kosher, but also gluten free. Yes, I have found a number of cookies and other snack foods. But I always feel so guilty eating them.

And then, one day, I was in My Organic Market in Rockville MD and I saw Laura’s healthy junk food, gluten free, kosher, delicious, AND healthy. Oh what joy! I can finally enjoy eating, and without guilt.

Frankly, I don’t know if I’m on the gluten free diet for life or whether I will someday be able to eat donuts and regular bagels again. Regardless of my diet requirements, I will continue to eat Laura’s healthy (delicious, guilt-free) junk food.

Thanks again.

Dr. Cynthia

"Thanks Dr Laura,

These are the best snacks I have tried in a long time. My brother mailed them to me in Iraq. I have already shared with my friends on Facebook and plan on sending gift packages to friends. Wow, the oatmeal raisin bite-lettes ® are delicious and so are the nut & honey granola. I plan on trying more snacks. I will keep in touch.

God Bless,

Dr. Stacey"

"Hello Dr. Laura,

Just wanted to drop a quick email and thank you for being such a caring American. I really enjoyed your Oatmeal Raisin Bite-lettes ®. They had a great taste and seemed to be good for me. If only we had more Americans who cared...

God Bless!!


“I just bought some of your cookies from the display table at Whole Foods. I try to buy only healthy, natural, organic foods for my family and for the most part no one complains. The only time I hear any resistance from the troops is when I bring home the sweets. My kids says “they taste funny” or" look funny" or just refuse to even try them due to the post traumatic stress of previous experience.

But today was different. When I went to the check out I noticed several Whole Foods employees coming back again and again to the display and sampling the cookies. We’re talking about teenagers (and most of them boys) who were in love with cookie bits. I decided I’d give them a try. And thank god I did because they were Delicious!!!!!! So much so, I told the kids they wouldn’t like them because they were more of those healthy cookies. Somehow they caught on that this might be different than past experiences (my kids are smart! and I’m not good at hiding my my sounds of delight and satisfaction when I’m eating them).

Needless to say… they tried them and liked them. Next time I go I’ll buy two tubs and hide two in the car.

Thank You thank You."

Michelle H.

Dear Laura,

I can't begin to explain how much I absolutely love your Oatmeal Raisin Bite-lettes ®. Please don't ever stop making them! I am addicted and eat about 2-3 packs per week. I buy them at the Whole Foods Aventura Florida location. Thank you for making such delicious and healthy snacks. Finally I found something I can snack on often and really enjoy.


Alex O.

Dear Laura,

I just had to write and tell you how amazing your Xtreme Chocolate Fudgebite-lettes ® are! I was at Whole Foods today and craving something rich and chocolatey, yet when I looked at the other cookies on display, often the very first ingredient was sugar! I typically follow a very healthy diet and the only sugar I eat is fruit and honey (in very tiny amounts). Even though I wanted something rich and sweet, I did not want something that was all sugar. I wavered on a decision between a few things (really only because of the size, more on that below), and ultimately decided on the bite-lettes ® because honestly, they were the only thing that looked rich enough to satisfy my crazy chocolate craving. No matter how healthy something is, if it doesn't hit the sweet tooth, then it's all for naught!

The only reason I almost didn't buy them was the size. When I do buy "naughty" food I try to make sure I only get a single serve package to keep myself from eating several servings at once. If I may suggest, perhaps you could also make some smaller packages? Two or three of them really hit the spot (and they are surprisingly filling!), and I've seen a similar company do this with two per package. I think you'd probably sell more that way.

Either way, thank you thank you for making these delicious treats! They are so rich and fulfilling and orgasmically chocolatey!! My birthday is next week and I've been dreading the decision of whether to have birthday cake or not - I'm thinking they might be a great substitute to have at my party!

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