Featured image by Minnesota-based photographer Hannah Ampe.
When Sue Kakuk (Mrs. Kakookies) discovered her daughter and collegiate cycling teammates were stopping at fast food places for doughnuts and breakfast before races, she started baking “Breakfast Cookies.” “I was determined to bake something packed with energy, nutrition, and wholesome ingredients.” Sue says. “A good pre or post race snack and certainly a better breakfast option than fast food or a bowl of cereal.”
Grateful for the host families her daughter and team had when racing, Sue wanted to pay it forward and volunteered to host teams and training camps, preparing meals, and of course, baking cookies. This proved a wonderful opportunity to develop recipes that met the various dietary restrictions (gluten sensitive, dairy free, vegan) of many of the racers. She eventually refined the Kakookies recipe to be flavorful and popular with anyone, regardless of any dietary preferences or restrictions.
All Kakookies are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free. They are made with energy-packed, nutrient-dense chia seeds, flaxseed meal, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, whole grain oats, coconut oil, dried fruits, and the best tasting premium vanilla extract, with no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives. No flour substitutes, protein powders, liquid sweeteners, or egg/dairy replacements.
Based in Plymouth, Minnesota, Kakookies is actively involved in the cycling community, hosting teams, sponsoring athletic/community events and supporting charities throughout the country. The story has also come full circle as Sue’s daughter is now an active part of the Kakookies team.