Matcha & Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake

Paleo Matcha & Chocolate Cheesecake – RECIPE – Gluten-Free

Let it be known that making these cheesecakes are one of my favorite things to do in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen. These desserts are rich, flavorful, and actually quite nutritious. They are a much better alternative to regular cheesecake. The basic ingredients in these are fruit (medjool dates) and a variety of different nuts (mostly cashews). I am not going to lie, sometimes I even sneak in a slice for a filling breakfast. This matcha chocolate cheesecake dessert is unique in its flavor. If you are a fan of matcha (green tea) this recipe for a matcha chocolate cheesecake might just be perfect for you. I love everything about this particular one: the crust, the filling, and the chocolate ganache on top. It all marries together harmoniously to make one hell of an awesome cheesecake.

This almost-paleo matcha chocolate cheesecake requires several different components to make it all come together. I broke it down into sections for you. I suggest gathering up all of your ingredients first so you can breeze through this recipe with ease.

Paleo Matcha & Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Ingredients for crust:


Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake RECIPE (Vegan, Gluten-Free, No-Bake)

Today I am sharing with you a recipe that I recently came up with for a paleo, vegan, no-bake cranberry cheesecake. This gluten-free (and no refined sugars) recipe features my homemade cranberry sauce as the star of the show. I just recently posted the recipe for my paleo cranberry sauce on my blog and I used those cranberries to come up with this holiday dessert. This faux cheesecake is not only scrumptious and delicious but you can enjoy this cheesecake without all of the guilt! If you like a dessert that is a bit on the tart side then this cheesecake might just be for you.

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake RECIPE

Paleo Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake RECIPE Gluten-Free and Vegan

Paleo Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Decadent. Dark. Vegan & Paleo Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake recipe coming up for you! Did I forget to mention healthy? This dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake is full to the brim with an assortment of nuts and a mix of some frozen and fresh raspberries. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, almost paleo, dairy-free, and does not contain any added refined sugars. Because fruit is also known as nature’s candy, the sweetness of this cheesecake is derived from the fruit and maple syrup rather than added sugars.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake RECIPE (gluten-free, vegan)

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake RECIPE (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Saturdays are my favorite days of the week to get in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen and whip up a tasty treat for my family to enjoy. This weekend I created a vegan and gluten-free, no-bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake. Is there anything in this world better than edible chocolate chip cookie dough? Hell no! This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake is completely safe to indulge in and does not contain any eggs which are typically found in cookies. The filling is of this cheesecake mimics the real deal quite well and my little family of 3 absolutely loved this faux cheesecake recipe.

I think that it is a universal idea that raw cookie dough is the bomb! When I was a little girl and my mom whipped up a batch of cookies I always had to have a taste of the cookie dough on the spatula. I would give it a good lick and the taste of raw cookie dough is pure, straight up comfort food! Am I right?

Raw cookie dough almost always has eggs in it, and let’s face it… raw eggs can get you sick with salmonella nowadays and that is the last thing in the world that anyone needs. This recipe is perfect for those that admire that taste of raw cookie dough. If you don’t feel like creating an entire cheesecake with this recipe, go ahead and just create the filling and indulge in that with a spoon or use something to dip in it. The filling on its own makes a great dip!

Creating the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

This cheesecake has a very rich taste thanks to the 4th & Heart ghee that I used. If you are able to get hour hands on the 4th & Heart vanilla ghee I am sure that would be fantastic in this recipe as well. In my cheesecakes, I always go with coconut oil but for this one, I swapped that out for ghee since chocolate chip cookies are full of butter. The ghee turned out the be a wise choice. When I took that first bite of this cheesecake I knew that using ghee in this recipe was a smart decision. I used coconut oil a couple months ago to make a cookie dough cheesecake, and while it was delicious this recipe with the ghee knocked it out of the park!

It may seem as though this recipe has a lot of ingredients. If you have a well-stocked pantry, chances are you already have most of the items on the ingredient list. There are also some kitchen items, such as a good-sized food processor, that you will need. A springform pan is essential as well in order to create a cheesecake. A standard 8-inch size will do. If you use anything larger you will have to increase the amount of the ingredients in the chocolate ganache topping.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake crust

The first step of this recipe is to create the crust of the cheesecake. For the crust of this cookie dough cheesecake, I used a mix of Medjool dates, raw almonds, almond flour, finely shredded coconut, maple syrup, cacao powder, ghee, and some pure vanilla extract. This results in a chocolatey crust due to the added cacao powder. If you do not want a chocolate crust, simply just omit the cacao powder. The crust is gluten and grain-free. The crust has a nutty texture (from the almonds) and the perfect amount of chocolate flavor.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake filling

The filling is composed of raw cashews, almond flour, coconut flour, ghee, maple syrup, lemon juice, coconut sugar, and vegan dark chocolate chips. This is the part of cheesecake that is all about that edible cookie dough flavor. The soaked cashews mixed with that little bit of lemon juice, believe it or not, are going to imitate a cheesecake. This type of formula with the cashews and lemon juice is very versatile and you can totally get creative here with your non-dairy, vegan cheesecake. I posted some other recipes for cheesecakes at the bottom of this post.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake topping

For this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake, we are going to top it off with a simple chocolate ganache that is only 2 ingredients: vegan dark chocolate chips (from Enjoy Life Foods) and just a dab of coconut oil to smooth it all out. This is my daughter’s favorite part of any cheesecake that I create. Gee, I wonder why? Could it be because she is a chocolate lover like myself? This is the first part that she always goes for when I cut her a slice.

Final thoughts:

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did and my little family of three did. We each enjoyed a slice after our dinner last night. Usually, when I mention the word “cheesecake” to my family they shudder a bit. They are not cheesecake fans BUT I always encourage them to eat with an open mind. Guess what? They loved this faux cheesecake! The great thing about this cheesecake is that it is actually leaning towards the side of being healthy. It is chockful of almonds and cashews and it does not contain any refined sugars or dairy.

So go ahead and indulge a bit! Even go ahead and have a nice slice for breakfast if that is what your heart desires. I will let you in on a little secret~ I do!

What is your favorite flavor of cheesecake? Leave me a comment and let me know. I might just make it into a vegan cheesecake someday!

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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake – Paleo & Vegan – Gluten-Free Recipe

Ahhhh fall! It is definitely feeling like fall over here in Michigan and I have the perfect Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake recipe to make your heart and soul happy. Attention all pumpkin spice lovers… you will love the no-bake, gluten-free, paleo, and vegan Pumpkin Spice cheesecake that I created. I honestly do love and prefer this over your average pumpkin pie.

This cheesecake is chockful of healthy ingredients and does not contain any added sugars. In this recipe, you will be using quite a few almonds and cashews. Believe it or not, this method works to make a dairy-free cheesecake. That little bit of lemon juice that you will add magically transforms these ingredients into cheesecake heaven! This dessert would be perfect to serve after a Thanksgiving Day feast. I have confidence that it would please even the pickiest guest will be full of bliss devouring this tasty treat.

Paleo & Vegan Crust Is Your Base

First things first! You need to work on your crust for your Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake. This crust is a no-bake crust and it is gluten-free. You will need to have a decent food processor to create this recipe. You will also need some raw almonds for the crust.

You will also need some pitted Medjool dates. If you can not find the pitted dates you can purchase dates and remove the pits. For this crust recipe, I suggest soaking your dates in hot water to soften them. The pit will be easy to remove.

This crust will also need some almond flour. I suggest going with Bob’s Red Mill because they always produce an excellent, high-quality product. Even though you will not be baking this crust the flour acts as a binder.

This recipe will also require a good amount of extra virgin coconut oil. Nothing wrong with some healthy fats!

Speaking of healthy fats, you will need some finely shredded and unsweetened coconut as well. I also used Bob’s Red Mill for this. If you are not a coconut fan, fear not! It does not have a taste of coconut to it.

Some pure maple syrup will also be needed and this will be a big part of the filling as well. Since there are no added, refined sugars in this cheesecake recipe you will need to sweeten it with something.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Spices

If you have a bottle of pumpkin pie spice on-hand you can use that to spice up your paleo & vegan cheesecake. If not there are only 4 essential ingredients and you probably already have them in your spice cabinet.

For the pumpkin spice seasonings, you will need some cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and ground cloves.

These spices will give you the essence of fall in your pumpkin cheesecake dessert. Both the crust and the filling will require these spices.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Filling

Time to get nutty!

Here’s the part where will be getting really nutty! You will need four cups of raw cashews that are soaked overnight to soften them. This is an important step that will result in a smooth as silk filling. Raw cashews do tend to cost more. You can get away with using more affordable LIGHTLY SALTED cashews but the preferred ingredient to use here is raw. Cashews mimic the texture of a traditional cheesecake quite well. You will be surprised when you cut that first slice out of the cheesecake and give it a whirl!

Pumpkin cheesecake has to have pumpkin, right?

Obviously, you are going to need some pumpkin for the guts of this cheesecake. For the filling, you will need a can of pure pumpkin puree. Make sure there are no added ingredients. You just want to find a can of puree that is straight up pure pumpkin and nothing else. If you want to use an actual pie pumpkin just make sure you have two whole cups of pumpkin.

Let’s sweeten this up!

You will need some pure maple syrup to sweeten this recipe up. This filling uses nearly a cup of maple in the filling and you will get some autumn vibes from this natural sweetener. When I say pure maple syrup, this is not to be confused with a bottle of Aunt Jemima pancake syrup. In paleo cooking, you have to use the real deal straight from the try and not full of high fructose corn syrup.

Lemon juice is essential for a paleo/vegan cheesecake

It is strange how this works, but combining the cashews with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice will give you the cheesecake flavor that is found in a traditional cheesecake. Do not skip out on this part. You can either use a fresh lemon or lemon juice found in a bottle.

Final thoughts

I enjoyed this pumpkin spice cheesecake soooooooooo much that I do believe I will be whipping one of these up for the Thanksgiving Day feast that I am hosting at my home. I would be proud to serve this paleo dessert to my family and I think it would be the perfect way to end a gigantic turkey feast. I have never actually had a pumpkin cheesecake until last night and I feel as though I enjoy it more than traditional pumpkin pie. If you are a nut lover, you will go nutty for this recipe!

Have you ever had a paleo & vegan cheesecake? What is your favorite flavor? Leave me a comment and let me know. I would love to hear from you!


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Paleo & Vegan No-Bake White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake – How I Made It

On the weekends I love to have my biggest cooking days. There is always a day thrown in there where we go out to a restaurant but most of my bigger dinners are reserved for weekends. Sunday kicked off with some healthy dessert making in the kitchen. I had a craving for something white chocolate & raspberry so I made a paleo cheesecake. I absolutely love making any kind of dessert but for me, paleo is my favorite kind to whip up because it is a fairly new concept for me. I am trying my best to get a grasp on paleo and gluten-free baking & cooking. Every day is a learning experience in the kitchen. Today I am going to talk about my experience and my process of making the cheesecake that I created yesterday.

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Paleo Cookie Dough Cheesecake and Primal Kitchen Sesame Ginger Ribeye Steaks – Saturday Cooking Adventures

My husband is off work Fridays and Saturdays. We did not have any plans for those two days so we just had a chill time at home. I needed something to pass the time so I resorted to cooking. What better way to spend the time! I started off Saturday with some multigrain pancakes for Joe and Chloe. I got started on dessert, a Paleo Cookie Dough Cheesecake, early because those cheesecakes take a few hours to set. And dinner was simple~ ribeye steaks marinated in Primal Kitchen Sesame Ginger and peppered bacon wrapped in asparagus. It was a delightful day of cooking from start to finish.


Seems kinda contradictory though to make a vegan cheesecake for dessert after a ribeye dinner! I mainly chose to make this type of cheesecake for the fact that it is paleo and uses only gluten-free ingredients. I do try to eat vegan meals on occasion though because I do enjoy them. My favorite vegan food to make is “nice cream”. It is a vegan ice-cream created with frozen bananas, coconut milk, and other fruits, etc. It is a simple, healthy dessert to create at home and a nice alternative to regular ice-cream.

In this post I will be discussing how I made the dessert and the dinner and I have broken it down into sections for you.

Super Duper MOIST Cake Balls by Give It A Whirl Girl

How I Created These Colorful, Super Duper MOIST Cake Balls With Instant Pudding Packets

This past weekend was Mother's Day weekend and I wanted to do something special to celebrate it. My husband and I had some kid-free time and we came up with the grand idea of creating these Super Duper Moist Cake Balls together! Ok, I lied, it was actually ALL my idea and I just employed his help. Does that mean I can call him Give It A Whirl Boy since he helped me with one of my blog projects? Keep reading to find out how I added a secret ingredient to make these cake balls the moistest cake balls you ever did have.

Chocolate Giveaway at Give It A Whirl Girl

GIVEAWAY – CHOCOLATE – Happy Holidays and Thank You

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CONCLUDED. Thank you all for your participation. More giveaways soon!

I would love to wish all of my readers happy holidays and a huge thank you to all who take a moment out of their day to read my blog. I just recently hit the 6-month mark of blogging so YIPPEE and HOORAY! As a thank you I would love to gift one person ten pieces of gluten-free, organic chocolate from a wide variety of different brands. I am hosting this chocolate giveaway as a thank you to my loyal readers that have followed along on my blogging journey. read more

Hosting My First Thanksgiving by Give It A Whirl Girl

Hosting Thanksgiving At My Home – My First Time Wrap-Up!

Thanksgiving has came and went. Whew! This was my first year hosting the Thanksgiving Day holiday at my home. I gotta say that I was probably nervous about the whole situation for the month leading up to it. I know that a lot of work and prep goes into pulling off this festive day. Our feast that we had here was perfect and excellent from start to finish. I was satisfied with how every single element of it came out. No complaints whatsoever here! I hope all of my readers also had a great holiday and enjoyed their big plate of food!

Here is a look at my dinner plate from Thanksgiving! I have a little bit of everything on my plate: roasted turkey, redskin mashed potatoes with French butter, Brussels sprouts, wild rice stuffing with mushrooms and cranberries, White Castle stuffing, Clean Bean (green bean) Casserole, ambrosia, sweet potato casserole, and my favorite~ Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! I am hoping to do a recipe post soon for my famous cranberry sauce. I can turn any cranberry-sauce-hater into a lover! So far it has worked with two haters in my family.

Today I will be discussing Thanksgiving and how we pulled it off. I could not have possibly made this day possible without the help and support of my family. My mom, Kathie, was a huge help. She purchased the turkey and a great majority of the food that was served. Money is super tight right now with my family so I was very grateful that she pitched in (big time) to help me create this feast.

My mom bought the 19-pound turkey and an electric roaster to cook the turkey in. I spotted the roaster when we took a trip over the Costco and I thought it would be a great idea to cook the turkey in there so we could free up the oven space for the side dishes that needed to be warmed up. Turned out to be the best idea ever!

My stepmom, Evelyn, was also a huge help. She came over early on Thanksgiving to help my mom and I prep. Evelyn brought over an appetizer and a side dish to pass as well. The appetizer that she brought was unique. They were bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Well, they were delicious. These got gobbled up pretty quick. For a side dish, she brought her famous sweet potato casserole. My stepmom was incredibly helpful with the kitchen clean up as well. That helped me tremendously.


Prepping for the Thanksgiving holiday


Paleo & Vegan (Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

The day before Thanksgiving, I did what I could to prep for the big day. The first thing that I did was I created my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake. This is my favorite fall dessert at the moment. I wanted to get that done early because the cheesecake needs to set for at least six hours. I gave it plenty of time to set by creating it the morning before the holiday. I have a recipe for this paleo/vegan cheesecake on my blog. I did modify the recipe just a tad bit. Obviously, I did something different for the topping. Instead of creating a whipped cream with coconut cream I topped this cheesecake with a ton of walnuts and pecans. I wanted to make it extra nutty. I purchased a can of non-dairy, almond milk whipped cream to top it with. Instead of using the spices individually I used a jar of pumpkin pie spice.

Paleo cranberry sauce

I also busted out my slow-cooker the day before Thanksgiving to make my paleo cranberry sauce in advance. This is one of those set-it-and-forget-it recipes. I love cranberry sauce and my cranberries have the power to turn cranberry sauce haters into lovers! My husband never eats cranberry sauce. Guess what? This year he did! And I know that he enjoyed it because he helped himself to some for his leftover plate. This cranberry sauce is simple to make. I call it my Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! There are many ingredients that go into it but it is very easy to create. There are no refined sugars in this cranberry sauce. I use an entire bottle of pure maple syrup to sweeten it. I also use fresh-squeezed orange juice, orange zest, two ambrosia apples, walnuts, and pecans to create the sauce. The apples are a nice, welcome addition and the nuts give it a great texture. The sauce is heavily seasoned with pumpkin pie spice. I picked up a bottle of the Spice Hunter’s Pumpkin Pie Spice at Nino Salvaggio’s in St Clair Shores. This pumpkin pie spice seemed like a wonderful blend of spices. It worked out well in my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake too, so the funds I spent on it was a great investment.

Ingredients Cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, star anise, fennel, black pepper

You can pick up a bottle of this awesome pumpkin spice seasoning on Amazon. I highly recommend using this Spice Hunter blend for all of your fall flavored foods.

Wild Rice (Gluten-Free) Stuffing

I wanted to have a gluten-free option for stuffing so I searched the web for a great slow-cooker recipe, and came across a recipe by Well Plated for wild rice, mushroom, and dried cranberry stuffing. This turned out to be such a great gluten-free option and I would totally love to whip this up again. The mushroom sauce turned out nice and creamy (way better than canned). For mushrooms, we went with the baby portobello mushrooms. They turned out to be a better alternative to plain ol’ regular white mushrooms. I wanted to use cremini but I was not able to locate any so maybe next time! Here is a video provided on how I used this recipe from Well Plated. Be sure to check out her blog for more great recipes!


The day of Thanksgiving


Clean Bean Casserole

I wanted to have a green bean casserole to go along with my Thanksgiving feast. I don’t know about you, but I sure hate the thought of using canned green beans and a can of cream of mushroom soup for my recipe. So for this green bean casserole, I made my own creamy mushroom sauce and I used two big bags of fresh green beans. For the topping, I roasted some slivered onions and shallots in the oven and coated them with my Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour. This recipe was inspired by Paleo Grubs. I used the recipe to guide me along the way I put my own spin on things. It is a fantastic green bean casserole recipe so please be sure to check it out on the Paleo Grubs blog.


White Castle Stuffing

White Castle stuffing was my mom’s grand idea. Our family has always been a fan of the White Castle sliders so we figured we would try out the stuffing that we would hear about year after year. I usually avoid gluten but heck, it was Thanksgiving and I had to give this stuffing a whirl. It sounds crazy to use hamburger sliders as the main component in a stuffing recipe, but I am telling you that this was actually incredible!


Our Thanksgiving appetizers

I really wish I would have taken more photos of the appetizers that we had. I was so busy it just slipped my mind I guess. I made a delicious maple pecan baked brie. Oh my gosh, it was soooo good. Definitely my favorite appetizer of the day. If you want a great recipe for this brie I used the recipe from Mother Thyme and it was pure excellence! Check out her blog for other fabulous recipes. We had some cheese spreads, Boar’s Head salami sticks, meatballs from my sister, and those bacon-wrapped water chestnuts from my stepmom.

Mashed red potatoes with French butter

Missing in action here with the photos I took are the mashed red skin potatoes. Me and my mom recently discovered Kroger brand (Private Selection) French butter. It is a very rich and creamy butter and it will be my new go-to butter for my mashed potatoes.

Roasted maple Brussels sprouts

This side was not planned for the Thanksgiving Day feast over here. I had a giant stalk of Brussels sprouts in my fridge and I figured that I could incoporate them into the meal somehow. I roasted them for a bit and then finished them off in the oven with some pure Michigan maple syrup. I have a big adoration for anything roasted with maple syrup, especially this time of year in the fall. Everyone that took some for their plate loved them so I am very glad I used them up for Thanksgiving.

Sweet potato casserole

My stepmom brought over a sweet potato casserole and I was grateful for that. I like sweet potatoes but I’m not normally a fan of sweet potato casserole. I put a bit of everything on my plate this year and I did give her casserole a whirl. I ended

Healthy Hot List - Must-Have Healthy Food Products For Your Lifestyle (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, or Keto)

Healthy Hot List – Must-Have Health Food Products For Your Lifestyle (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, or Keto)

I would like to start up a new regular feature on the blog featuring items that I have used and fallen in love with. I will be calling this the Healthy Hot List. These are all items that I have given a whirl and want to spread the word about. Many of these items fall within the realms of several different diets: gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, Whole 30, keto, and vegan. Whenever I try out a new product and I become a fan I do my best to promote these items and spread the word about them. I would love my good words for these brands to travel far and wide because they earned it with their quality food products.

Paleo Cranberry Apple Sauce With Pecans RECIPE

Paleo Cranberry Sauce With Apples & Pecans RECIPE (Slow-Cooker, No Refined Sugars)

The holidays have come and gone but it is never too late to share a great recipe with my readers. Truth be told, cranberries are one of my absolute favorite dishes when it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas. I will not do the canned cranberry sauce… I gotta have my fresh! This paleo cranberry sauce is damn delicious and it might just turn a cranberry sauce hater into a lover!

My favorite memory of this paleo cranberry sauce

What? A favorite memory about cranberry sauce? YUP! I brought this cranberry sauce to my mother-in-law’s last year for a side dish for our Christmas dinner. My brother-in-law, Chris, had some of this on his plate. Afterwards he told me that he did not even like cranberry sauce but he told me that he thought that mine was delicious. It is always so wonderful to know that my recipes are well-received and hearing this about my paleo cranberry sauce surely put a smile upon my face!

Set it and forget it in the slow-cooker

Don’t you just love recipes where the work is at a bare minimum? Did you say yes? I sure do and this slow-cooker recipe for my paleo cranberry sauce is just that. I use my trusty slow-cooker to do most of the work with this recipe. This recipe is pure simplicity. Really the only work that needs to be done here is the zesting and the squeezing of the orange. All of the other ingredients in this recipe are dumped into the slow-cooker, you turn the timer on, and bam(!!!), the work is done!

If you are in a hurry you can set your slow-cooker to high for 4 hours. The recipe that I have here cooks the cranberries on low for 6 hours but if you are in a hurry the high setting works just fine as well.

Must-Have Healthy Food Products (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, or Keto) Healthy Hot List – Part 3

Must-Have Healthy Food Products (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, or Keto) Healthy Hot List – Part 3

Hello friends and readers! On this day I will bring to you more of my top items on my Healthy Hot List. This list contains healthy food and the products that will also help you create them. The healthy foods that I have included in this compiled list are for a variety of diets: gluten-free, vegan, paleo, Whole 30, or keto. I also figured that this week I would throw in a couple products as well that will help you create your own healthy foods at home. The ones that are included here are quite essential for a kitchen that cranks out healthy eats. I am really wishing and hoping for everything on this list this week. Enjoy and I hope you see something that catches your eye!

TOP 10 COFFEE LOVERS Gift Guide by Give It A Whirl Girl

Coffee Lovers Gift Guide – My Top 10 Coffee Favorites – Get BUZZED With This Coffee Shopping Guide!

Today I am sharing my coffee lovers gift guide with you. This coffee shopping guide features my top 10 coffee favorites all in one handy online shopping guide. Truth be told, and cat is out of the bag... I am a bit of a coffee addict. I just gotta have it! I am actually on my second cup as I write this post. Every single morning when I first wake up and rise out of bed is to flip the switch on my coffee pot and get that coffee brewing process started. I honestly just can't imagine going a single day without at least one cup of coffee in my life. True story!

The Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Foodies

The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Foodies 2019 – An Amazon Shopping Guide

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and today I would love to share with you my favorite finds on Amazon for the foodie in your life. I am a day late posting this top 10 list of my Valentine’s Day sweets and treats but better late than never right?

These Valentine’s Day confections are all conveniently located at Amazon and ship free with Amazon Prime. Not yet a Prime member? No worries! You can sign up for a free 30-day trial HERE.


And now onto this year’s 2019 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Foodies!


Chocolate Gift Set – Chuao Chocolatier Taste the Joy 8 Piece Gift Set – minibars

Let’s kick things off here with this Valentine’s gift-guide and share with you one of my favorite brands of chocolate confections- Chauo! Chauo comes up with some pretty creative flavors of chocolate bars and this gift-set of mini chocolate bars is perfect for gift-giving!

Flavors included in this Chuao Chocolatier Taste the Joy Gift Set includes: Firecracker, Honeycomb, Sprinkle Dreams, Salted Chocolate Crunch, Baconluxious, Spicy Maya, Cinnamon Cereal Smooch, and Potato Chip.

Chocolate Gift Set - Chuao Chocolatier Taste the Joy 8 Piece Gift Set

Chocolate Gift Set – Chuao Chocolatier Taste the Joy 8 Piece Gift Set

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Love Berries Chocolate Covered Strawberries – 12 Berries by Golden State Fruit

Oh man, oh man! These chocolate covered strawberries right over here by Golden State Fruit are my true weakness right here! These are similar to Shari’s Berries, which I have had before. Chocolate covered strawberries are the perfect way to a woman’s heart! This Valentine’s Day gift set includes strawberries dipped in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and pink-tinted white chocolate.


Love Berries Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Love Berries Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Healthy Hot List - Birthday Cake Flavor - By Give It A Whirl Girl

Birthday Cake Flavor – Protein Galore – Healthy Hot List

Here is another edition of my Healthy Hot List featuring all health food items that are birthday cake flavor! Protein galore over there today!! I am completely obsessed with this flavor profile right now. Possibly because birthday cake flavor conjures up some great childhood memories. Who doesn’t love birthday cake? I feel as though that is a universal flavor that most people can get on-board with. Often times in life our first taste of sweets and sugar is from the first bite of birthday cake at our first birthday party.

This list is chock ful of birthday cake flavored items that focus on protein. I sure could use a boost in my protein and these items make it convenient to get in your daily recommended intake.

Optimum Nutrition Protein Cake Bites, Whipped Protein Bar, Flavor: Birthday Cake Flavor, 12 Count

I just had to go ahead and put one of my favorite birthday cake flavor items here at the top of the Healthy Hot List. I love these little bite-sized tasty morsels from Optimum Nutrition. Each package contains 3 Cake Bites and each 3-piece serving is going to give you a generous 20 grams of protein. If birthday cake flavor is not your jam you probably won’t be into this list but Optimum Nutrition has some other flavor offerings: Chocolate Dipped Cherry, Red Velvet, New Chocolate Frosted Donut, Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Fruity Cereal, and Blueberry Cheesecake.

FITCRUNCH 6-Layer Birthday Cake Flavor Whey Protein Bars by Chef Irvine- 12 Pack

This is a 12 pack of birthday cake flavored whey protein bars. These are packed with that cake flavor that you crave in not just one layer, but 6 layers! These birthday cake protein bars come in at 30 grams of protein and only 6 grams of sugar. If you are following a gluten-free diet, you are in luck because these bars are also gluten-free! There is also a variety pack available with four different Fit Crunch flavors.

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Buff Bake Birthday Cake Flavor Protein Cookies – 12 Count Package

Kudos to Buff Bake for creating a soft baked birthday cake flavor protein cookie. I absolutely love these as a quick snack. These are some giant cookies and sometimes I only eat half and save the other half for later. Each cookie has 16 grams of protein. They are also a great source of fiber with 15 grams per serving. These are great cookies for those who are gluten-free.

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ir?t=kimberlyriple 20&language=en US&l=li3&o=1&a=B07FQYDNNZ - Birthday Cake Flavor - Protein Galore - Healthy Hot ListBuff Bake also has an incredible Birthday Flavor Cake Protein Almond Spread. This nut butter is low in sugar and high in protein. There are 11 grams of protein per 2 tablespoon serving.

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It is pretty obvious and clear that Buff Bake loves to represent that birthday cake flavor! Here are some Protein Sandwich Cookies from Buff Bake.

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Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bars, Triple-Layered Deliciously Crunchy High Protein Bar -Birthday Cake Flavor, 2.12 Ounce (Pack of 12)

These birthday cake flavored protein bars from Carb Killa have awesome packaging, will give them credit and props for that. There are 23 grams of protein in each bar, tons of fiber, and only 1 gram of sugar. These are also gluten-free. Hook a girl up! There are a ton of other flavors available so why not go with a variety pack!

NOOSH Keto Almond Butter (Birthday Cake Flavor, 15 Count) – Perfect on the go Keto snack. All Natural, Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free

I stumbled upon this birthday cake flavor nut butter by Noosh yesterday and was instantly intrigued. I love that this is a keto, vegan, gluten-free on-the-go tasty treat. You will receive 15 servings of birthday cake flavor almond butter in convenient packaging so it is portable. If you are following a low-carb diet this nut butter would incorporate right into your carb-conscious diet with only 2 grams of carbs per serving.

ONE Protein Bar, Best Sellers Variety Pack, 12-Pack, Gluten-Free, High Protein, Low Sugar, Includes Birthday Cake Flavor, Almond Bliss, Maple Glazed Doughnut & Peanut Butter Pie

Not only birthday cake but in this variety pack of protein bars by ONE you will also receive Almond Bliss, Maple Glazed Doughnut, and a Peanut Butter Pie bar. This is a 12 pack and you will receive three of each flavor. Can you believe that each bar is full of 20 grams of protein… wowza! The birthday cake bar comes in at 210 calories and 1 gram of sugar. These protein bars are great for those watching their sugar intake but still have that sweet tooth craving. The bars by ONE are also gluten-free. Woohoo!

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Rule Breaker Combo Packs, 4 Brownies & 4 Birthday Cake Flavor, Healthy and Unbelievably Delicious, Vegan, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Free from Top Eight Allergens, Kosher (2/4ct packs)

Here is another birthday cake flavor treat for you to indulge in. These are created by Rule Breaker and they are vegan, gluten-free, and great for those that have a nut allergy. This is a nice variety pack of blondies and brownies. I know it is hard to believe but the main ingredient in these birthday cake flavored cookies is get this~ chickpeas! These cookies are made out of only healthy and natural ingredients and are also GMO-free.

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ir?t=kimberlyriple 20&language=en US&l=li3&o=1&a=B07G5CRKQD - Birthday Cake Flavor - Protein Galore - Healthy Hot ListEpic Spreads Nut Butter (Birthday Cake Flavor Peanut Cashew Coconut)

This is a birthday cake flavored nut butter created by Epic Spreads. It is made of peanuts, cashews, and coconut. This epic spread is low in sugar and high in protein (two tablespoons packs in 7 grams).

Pure Protein Bars, Healthy Low Carb Snacks, Birthday Cake Flavor, 1.76 oz, 6 Count

This is a great deal for 6 birthday cake flavor protein bars. At the time of publication, a 6 pack of bars is only $6.59. These protein bars have 20 grams of protein in them, are 200 calories, and only have 3 grams of sugar. This is another protein treat for those that eat gluten-free.


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Do you love the taste of birthday cake? What items from this list do you want to order? Leave me a comment and let me know.


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This is a made-to-order, you dream it, they build it donut shop!

Daddy's Doughnuts might just be the perfect place to make a pitstop if you have a sweet tooth to satisfy or if you are looking for a "cheat day" treat! Not only do these donuts taste great but the experience alone of creating your own is just a ton of fun!