If you are unfamiliar with the company, Cool Beans makes a series of “whole food, plant-based, minimally processed frozen wraps. 100% Vegan + Made with Gluten Free Ingredients.” Obviously not my normal thing, but I got a free sample of their Spicy Chipotle Wraps and gave it a try and thought I’d share my thoughts on it with you.
Cool Beans makes a variety of wraps. I’m not sure why they don’t call the burritos, other than ‘wraps’ has a more healthy connotation to it than burritos, but I digress. Here are their flavors as of the time of this writing.
- Moroccan Gold
- Spicy Chipotle
- Tikka Masala
- Sesame Ginger
- Tuscan Basil
I will give them points for some innovative flavors, and for stepping outside the box when it comes to wraps (burritos). When I hit the store to pick my sample up, they only had slots for two varieties on the shelf and one was sold out. But they had a Spicy Chipotle for me so in the cart it went.
Out of the wrapper, it was pretty much like any other frozen wrap/burrito. The cooking instructions were easy enough, remove from the package and microwave for 90 seconds, flip and repeat. An alternative method is the cook part way in the microwave and then put it in the toaster oven or air fryer. Neither of which I have right now, so in the microwave it went.
Coming out of the microwave, the Cool Bean Wrap, was a bit soggy. It definitely was too soft to pick up and eat like a regular wrap. Maybe it was a quirk of my microwave, but one side seemed soggy, while the other side came out hard/overcooked. This is a bit of a challenge with any wrap/burrito in the microwave, but the Cool Bean wrap seemed extra wet.
I wasn’t in love with the smell of it, but that is mostly because I’m not a fan of the whole chipotle thing I think is highly overdone. After a few bites though, I’ll say that the flavor of their Spicy Chipotle wrap is quite good. They list it as two out of three peppers in heat, but I didn’t get any of that, it was just pleasantly seasoned.
The texture from microwaving this wrap was easily the biggest detractor for this wrap for me. I would like to give these a try again, but with finishing then with some dry heat to crisp them up.
To be honest, my experience is that gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan foods are generally lacking flavor, have a subpar texture, or are just nasty. Cool Beans wraps are an exception to this rule. Their wraps are not only gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan, but also delicious and satisfying. They use high-quality ingredients, such as beans, vegetables, and spices, that are carefully selected and prepared to create a unique and tasty flavor. Overall, Cool Beans wraps are a great option for those looking for a nutritious and tasty plant-based alternative to traditional meat-based wraps.