Top 10 Protein Bars On Amazon – Healthy Hot List – Gluten-Free, Vegan Snacks

Today I am sharing my top 10 picks for protein bars that are available on Amazon. These have all been taste tested by yours truly and I love each brand that is represented here in this Healthy Hot List. If you are on the lookout for gluten-free, vegan snacks chances are you will find some here that appeal to you in my Top 10 List of Protein Bars!

What I love about the protein bars that are in this top 10 list is that they really truly do satisfy my sweet-tooth. These protein bars are all available in some really fun flavors that will trick your brain. They taste so indulgent but you can enjoy them without all the guilt!

I have a huge weakness for anything that is birthday cake flavor!

All of the protein bars that are mentioned in this Top 10 list are gluten-free, vegan, and packed with protein.

Some of these bars can even be incorporated into your keto diet and lifestyle (just look for the zero or low sugar labels).

Also, if you are like me and get impatient waiting for items to arrive, you are in luck! These products all include free 2-day shipping with your Amazon Prime membership! If you are not yet a Prime member you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial.

 


TOP 10 PROTEIN BARS by Give It A Whirl Girl


TRUWOMEN Daydreaming About Donuts Protein Bar

TRUWOMEN is a brand that I love and trust and I believe they earned the top spot here on my list of favorite protein bars. These plant-fueled protein bars are both gluten-free and vegan. Each TRUWOMEN protein bar is going to give you 12 grams of protein per serving. Be sure to check out the other fun flavors available: I Scream For Orange Cream, Oh Oh Cookie Dough, Saltylicious Almond Love, Smother Fudger, and Zamn Good Zesty Lemon.

TRUWOMEN Daydreaming About Donuts Protein Bar
TRUWOMEN Daydreaming About Donuts Protein Bar

 


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Protein Cakes by thinkThin (Birthday Cake Flavor)

I just adore these little birthday cake flavored Protein Cakes by thinkThin! I always try to have at least one of these pouches in my snack stash. Each package contains two little protein cakes and 12 grams of protein per serving.

Also available in Chocolate Cake and Red Velvet.

thinkThin Protein Cakes (Birthday Cake Flavor)
thinkThin Protein Cakes (Birthday Cake Flavor)

R.E.D.D. Bar

These superfood bars from R.e.d.d. Bar are also gluten-free and vegan and these bars give you a boost in energy with a little dose of caffeine. Reaching for a R.ed.d.. Bar is highly recommended when that afternoon sluggishness sets in. Each of these protein bars contains 35 mg of caffeine and 10 grams of protein.

R.e.d.d. Bar Variety Pack available on Amazon
R.e.d.d. Bar Variety Pack available on Amazon – 5 flavors, 8 bars

Want to know which flavor is my fave? Salted Caramel all the way baby!

If you love caramel you will be swooning over this flavor!

R.e.d.d. Bar Salted Caramel
R.e.d.d. Bar Salted Caramel

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Thunderbird Bar

Continuing on with the theme of things (gluten-free and vegan) may I present to you Thunderbird Bar? These protein bars are definitely one of my favorite healthy snack bars to reach for. I am absolutely in love with the wide variety of delicious flavors available!

And if your kiddo has a craving for a Thunderbird Bar, you are in luck because Thunderbird Bar has four different fun flavors of bars for the kiddos! Choose from Chocolate Chip Cookie, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Apple Pie, or Fruit Punch!

Thunderbird Bar Sampler Pack - 8 Flavors
Thunderbird Bar Sampler Pack – 8 Flavors


And my favorite flavor of Thunderbird Bar? Cacao + Hemp + Walnut!


Thunderbird Bar CACAO HEMP WALNUT
Thunderbird Bar CACAO + HEMP + WALNUT

 


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Quest Protein Bars

Truth be told, I do love Quest Bars but I feel as though they might be an acquired taste due to the texture of these protein bars. Quest Bars are one of my go-to brands for when I need to refuel. Quest Bars are a low-carb, keto, high protein (20 grams of protein per bar) solution for when you are having a snack attack.

 

Quest Bar Variety Pack - 12 Flavors, 12 Protein Bars
Quest Bar Variety Pack – 12 Flavors, 12 Protein Bars



ONE Protein Bars

ONE Protein Bar is very similar in comparison to Quest Bars. These are another low-carb, zero sugar, high protein healthy snack. ONE Bar is gluten-free and vegan and there are 12 different indulgent flavors available. ONE Bar will be there to satisfy any sweet-tooth cravings that you have! Two of my favorite flavors from ONE include the birthday cake flavor and the maple glazed donut bar.

ONE Protein Bars - 12 Bar Variety Pack - 12 Flavors To Choose From
ONE Protein Bars – 12 Bar Variety Pack – 12 Flavors To Choose From


RXBar – Real Food Protein Bars (Peanut Butter & Berries)

Calling all peanut butter & jelly lovers!

This Peanut Butter & Berries bar from RXBar is bursting with pb&j flavor! I am a huge fan of RX Bars but this flavor right here is hands down my favorite! RX Bars are an excellent snacking solution. Each bar has appx. 12 grams of protein. The best thing about RX Bar might just be that they are made with only all natural ingredients. They proudly display the ingredients smack dab on the front of the packaging.

No B. S.

 



Power Crunch Protein Bars

If you are into wafer treats then you are going to love these protein bars from Power Crunch. These are protein wafter bars that are drenched in a candy coating shell. You will get 13 grams of protein per Power Crunch protein bar and these are also quite low in sugar (5 grams per bar). I am just loving the wide variety of fun flavors that these are available in! Which flavor will you reach for first?

I have my eye on the Red Velvet and the Chocolate Mint!

Power Crunch Protein Bars Variety Pack - 10 Bars, 10 different flavors
Power Crunch Protein Bars Variety Pack – 10 Bars, 10 different flavors


 

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Primal Kitchen Collagen Bars

Primal Kitchen is another top brand that I love and trust when it comes to eating healthy and clean! You are going to love these Primal Kitchen Collagen Bars! These bars are high in protein (15 grams) and also include a healthy dose of grass fed collagen. These collagen bars are perfect for your paleo (or gluten-free) diet and lifestyle.

Want to find out more about these collagen bars? READ the review on my blog.

If you would like to try Primal Kitchen’s collagen in smoothies, etc. they do have a Collagen Fuel powder available.

Primal Kitchen Collagen Bars - Variety Pack - 4 Flavors
Primal Kitchen Collagen Bars – Variety Pack – 4 Flavors – 16 Bars


Lenny & Larry’s Protein Cookies

And last but certainly not least, here we have protein cookies from Lenny & Larry’s! I know, I know, these are cookies and not bars but I do believe they earned a spot on my top 10 list! This variety pack of Lenny & Larry protein cookies features 16 cookies in 8 different, fun flavors! These protein cookies are gigantic and you can actually split them into two servings if you would like. That is what I usually do with these because they are very filling! Each Lenny & Larry’s protein cookie contains 16 grams of protein. Err with caution here if you are watching your sugar! Each serving (1/2 a cookie) has 15 grams of sugar. That’s fine though… just have a Lenny & Larry’s cookie on one of your “cheat days”!

Grab a 12 pack of their best-selling Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor! Or you can go with my personal favorite Birthday Cake!

 

Lenny & Larry's Protein Cookies Variety Pack - 8 flavors, 16 protein cookies
Lenny & Larry’s Protein Cookies Variety Pack – 8 flavors, 16 protein cookies

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Final thoughts

I hope you all enjoyed this Top 10 Protein Bars list that I am sharing with you today! Decisions, decisions! Which protein bar(s) will you choose? I believe I have a little something for everyone here. If you can’t find an appealing flavor here there might be something wrong with you… lol! I am pretty open-minded when it comes to eating and I will try anything and everything once so all of the bars here are definitely appealing to me, of course. If you have a sweet tooth that is calling your name you can fulfill that sugar craving with the bars in this top 10 list. Feel free to leave me a comment about your thoughts on these protein bars. I would love to hear from my readers.

 


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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


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


Project 7 Non-Alcoholic Gourmet Cocktail Flavored Gummies (Moscow Mule, Champagne Dreams, Apple Cinnamon Manhattan, and Old Fashioned)

If you know me well then you would know that I am always all about giving new and exciting flavors a whirl! This gourmet gummy-beat variety pack from Project 7 delivers with some unique flavors of cocktails. These gummies are non-alcoholic but are flavored like a Moscow Mule, champagne, a Manhattan, and an Old Fashioned drink.

Project 7 Non-Alcoholic Gourmet Cocktail Flavored Gummies
Project 7 Non-Alcoholic Gourmet Cocktail Flavored Gummies


Godiva Chocolatier Godiva Chocolatier Valentines Day 20pc Rectangular Gift Box

This gourmet chocolate gift-set from Godiva Chocolate includes a little bit of everything. This Valentine’s Day gift box includes milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate.

Godiva Chocolatier Godiva Chocolatier Valentines Day 20pc Rectangular Gift Box
Godiva Chocolatier Godiva Chocolatier Valentines Day 20pc Rectangular Gift Box


Oh! Nuts Chocolate Covered Cookie Gift Baskets, 20 Variety Gourmet Assortment Set Holiday Food Sandwich Cookies

Do you have an Oreo lover in your life? I sure do! My hubby could kill an entire bag of Oreos in one sitting, I am sure of that! My husband, Joe, has a serious Oreo addiction and I know in my heart that this Oh! Nuts gift-set of chocolate covered Oreos would give him pure bliss! This gift box contains an assortment of 20 different chocolate coated Oreo sandwich cookies.

Oh! Nuts Chocolate Covered Cookie Gift Baskets, 20 Variety Gourmet Assortment Set Holiday Food Sandwich Cookies
Oh! Nuts Chocolate Covered Cookie Gift Baskets, 20 Variety Gourmet Sandwich Cookies


Five Star Gift Baskets, Holiday Fruit and Nuts Gift Basket

Ah yes… fruit and nuts is always a winning combo for me and this is a tad bit more on the healthy side of things. This fruit and nuts gift set from Five Star Gift Baskets contains a variety of dried fruits and nuts. Wondering what is inside? Each Valentine’s Day gift set includes the following items Roasted Salted Pistachios Almonds, Papaya, Pineapple, Californian sun-dried Angelina Plumbs, Kiwi, Hot Cajun Mix & Sugar-Glazed Peanuts!

Five Star Gift Baskets, Holiday Fruit and Nuts Gift Basket
Five Star Gift Baskets, Holiday Fruit and Nuts Gift Basket


Cherry Republic Chocolate Cherries – Authentic & Fresh Imperial Chocolate Covered Cherries Straight from Michigan

I hail from Michigan and Michigan is well known for their cherry products. Also, no Valentine’s Day gift guide is complete without some sort of chocolate cherry! These chocolate covered cherries from Cherry Republic include cherries from Michigan. You can order a 1lb bag of a 1/2lb bag. Cherry Republic also has cherries available that are covered in dark chocolate , white chocolate, and milk chocolate.

Cherry Republic Chocolate Cherries - Authentic & Fresh Imperial Chocolate Covered Cherries Straight from Michigan
Cherry Republic Chocolate Cherries – Authentic & Fresh Imperial Chocolate Covered Cherries Straight from Michigan


Popcornopolis Gourmet Zebra Popcorn

I am a huge fan of candy-coated popcorn and this Zebra Popcorn from Popcornopolis does not disappoint! This Zebra Popcorn is white and dark chocolate coated a caramel flavored popcorn. Just imagine for a moment the explosion of flavor that you will get from this!

Popcornopolis Gourmet Zebra Popcorn
Popcornopolis Gourmet Zebra Popcorn



Barnetts Biscotti Cookies Gift Basket

This Barnetts Biscotti Cookies gift set is perfect for the coffee lover in your life. Nothing beats a delicious biscotti cookie dipped in a warm cup of coffee in the morning. There are 20 chocolate covered biscotti cookies in this gift set and they come in six different decadent flavors.

Barnetts Biscotti Cookies Gift Basket
Barnetts Biscotti Cookies Gift Basket


Jelly Belly Valentine Mix Jelly Beans

Wondering what flavors Jelly Belly threw into their Valentine’s Day mix? Here we have bubble gum, coconut, cotton candy, strawberry cheesecake, and very cherry. This is the most perfect mix of Jelly Belly flavors for your sweetheart!

Jelly Belly Valentine Mix Jelly Beans
Jelly Belly Valentine Mix Jelly Beans




Question Time! Who are you shopping for this year for Valentine’s Day? What item(s) from this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide will you be ordering for your loved one? Leave me a comment and let me know what appealed to you!

 



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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.

Optimum Nutrition Birthday Cake Bites
Optimum Nutrition Birthday Cake Bites

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.

FIT CRUNCH Birthday Cake Flavor Whey Protein Bars
FIT CRUNCH Birthday Cake Flavor Whey Protein Bars

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.

Buff Bake Birthday Cake Flavor Protein Cookies - 12 Count Package
Buff Bake Birthday Cake Flavor Protein Cookies – 12 Count Package


Buff 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.

Buff Bake Birthday Cake Protein Almond Spread
Buff Bake Birthday Cake Protein Almond Spread

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.

Protein Sandwich Cookies - 12 Grams of Whey Protein Snacks, Gluten Free, Non-GMO (Birthday Cake, 8 Count, 1.79 oz)
Protein Sandwich Cookies – 12 Grams of Whey Protein Snacks, Gluten Free, Non-GMO (Birthday Cake, 8 Count, 1.79 oz)

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!

Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bars, Triple-Layered Deliciously Crunchy High Protein Bar - Suitable Meal Replacement for Weight Loss, Birthday Cake, 2.12 Ounce (Pack of 12)
Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bars, Triple-Layered Deliciously Crunchy High Protein Bar – Suitable Meal Replacement for Weight Loss, Birthday Cake, 2.12 Ounce (Pack of 12)

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.

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


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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!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake
Vegan-friendly and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake
Vegan-friendly and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

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.

Most of the ingredients
Most of the ingredients

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.

Crust ingredients in the food processor
Crust ingredients in the food processor
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough chocolate crust pressed into a springform pan
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough chocolate crust pressed into a springform pan

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.


Filling made... just need to stir in some chocolate chips
Filling made… just need to stir in some chocolate chips
Filling smoothed out over the crust. Just needs a chocolate ganche topping.
Filling smoothed out over the crust. Just needs a chocolate ganche topping.
Close up of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake
Close up of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

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.

Melting down some dark chocolate chips for the topping
Melting down some dark chocolate chips for the topping
Slice of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake
Slice of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

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Pamela’s Sugar Cookie Mix (Gluten-Free) – Giant Cotton Candy Cast Iron Skillet Cookie – Tried It Out Tuesday

Welcome to this week’s installment of Tried It Out Tuesday. This week I will be discussing a fun dessert that I created using Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix. I created a giant sugar cookie using a cast iron pan and it is naturally colored and tastes just like cotton candy! This was my first time trying out Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix and if you have been following along you might have noticed that I am a big big fan of her other mixes. I love the ease of use and I also love the ways you can get creative with them and customize your recipe. Just use your imagination and the sky is the limit!

Cotton Candy Sugar Cookie Skillet w/ Pamela's Sugar Cookie Mix (Gluten-Free) GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Cotton Candy Sugar Cookie Skillet w/ Pamela’s Sugar Cookie Mix

 

Pamela's Products Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix
Give It A Whirl Girl with Pamela's Products Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL - Kimmy Ripley
Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix

Pamela’s Sugar Cookie Mix Review

& How I Created A Cast Iron Cotton Candy Sugar Cookie

 

Cast iron is the way to go!

For this tasty adventure, I used my 10.25″ Lodge Cast Iron Pan. I think of cast iron pans as an essential tool in the kitchen and if you ever want to make yourself a giant skillet cookie, cast iron is the way to go! I preheated my oven to 350-degrees and sprayed my skillet with coconut oil.


Oil up that cookie

The back of the bag for the sugar cookies suggested using butter but I swapped that for coconut oil, thinking that was a healthier way to go. To start up this recipe I placed the coconut oil and one egg in my KitchenAid stand mixer. I whipped it up for a bit and also added a generous splash or Lorann’s Cotton Candy Flavoring Oil. It suggests using this oil to flavor hard candy but I have had much success using it as a baking element. I then slowly added in the dry mix.

Making a beautiful cast iron sugar cookie

Once the mix was about ready to go I gave it a squirt of red natural food colorings from Simple Truth (Kroger). The red color comes from beetroot. After the color was mixed in I took my ball of cookie dough and spread it out evenly into the cast iron pan. I made sure it was spread evenly and that it went all of the way to the edges. Then guess what? It was SPRINKLE TIME! I busted out my nonpareils and my bottle of Mr. Sprinkles and gave the cookie a heavenly shower of sweet sprinkle goodness!

No such thing as too many candy sprinkles!

I often wonder how many people get turned off by my usage of candy sprinkles (insert a nervous LOL here). I happen to love them and I feel that a little extra sugar isn’t going to kill me. You only have one life to live (YOLO) so if you want the sprinkles, don’t hold back! Give whatever it is a good dousing of them. I enjoy eating clean as much as possible but I’m not going to restrict myself constantly and tell myself I can not have this and I can not have that. I am not a militant clean eater by no means. Just wanted to clarify that. I think of myself as a free eater that has a lean towards health and wellness. Balance, people!


Cast-iron gluten-free cookie before baking - Pamela's Sugar Cookie - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Cast-iron gluten-free cookie before baking – Pamela’s Sugar Cookie

Baking the cast iron sugar cookie

Back to the process! I was not sure how long to bake this so I kept checking on it. I started off at 10 minutes and that was not enough. I checked again a couple minutes later, nope! I am going to say it probably took about 15 minutes for this to be completely baked.

Decorating the cast iron sugar cookie

I allowed the cookie to cool and then got to making some royal icing for it. I beat one egg white with my whisk attachment and added a little more cotton candy flavor to it… a very tiny bit! Once the egg got frothy from whisking I slowly added one cup of organic powdered sugar to it. I loaded up my Wilton Dessert Decorator with the icing and the smallest tip. This is a neat baking tool to have on-hand if you do not have piping bags. Just load it up and squirt!


Cotton Candy Sugar Cookie Skillet (gluten-free) GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Cotton Candy Sugar Cookie Skillet (gluten-free)
Cotton Candy Sugar Cookie Skillet (gluten-free) GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Cotton Candy Sugar Cookie Skillet (gluten-free)

I am so very pleased with every single mix of Pamela’s I have tried so far. You can see my previous posts about Pamela’s mixes here:

Marshmallow Cake

Cotton Candy Cake

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Marshmallow Brownie Skillet

Also, if you have been reading my previous posts or following me on social media I have been using the Lorann’s Cotton Candy Flavor Oil frequently. If you are a lover of cotton candy and enjoy baking I would like to say that you truly need that oil in your life. The flavor that it gives your baked goods is phenomenal!

I wish you could all eat a piece of this giant skillet sugar cookie that I created. It had a wonderful texture throughout it and the taste was spot on. When my husband approves of my gluten-free baking then I know it was a smashing success.

Have you ever created a giant cast iron skillet cookie? What did you create? Leave me a comment and let me know. I would love to hear all about it.

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Healthy Foods For Your Pantry – Friday Faves – Things I Am Crushing ON

Welcome back to Friday Faves. This week’s edition will feature some healthy foods that I am dying to try out. Hop on the train to Healthy Town with these nutritious items found on Amazon.

Primal Kitchen – Whole 30 Kit

I am not participating in Whole 30 but I do often love to try to eat as paleo as possible and believe in trying to eat clean ingredients. This Whole 30 kit is a great starter pack for anyone wanting to take the plunge into healthier eating habits. This kit contains Mayo, Chipotle Lime Mayo, Extra Virgin Avocado Oil, Greek Vinaigrette and Marinade, Ranch Dressing.

Tessemae’s All Natural Dressing, Sauce, and Marinade Value & Variety 8 pack

Another great starter kit paving the way to a healthier lifestyle. I recently picked up a bottle of Tessemae’s Green Goddess dressing and it was incredible. The wonderful thing about this brand is that they are Whole30 Certified, Paleo approved, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and they taste incredible. Their products are also low in sugar. I am always looking at the sugar content on the labels and these suit me just fine!

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Nuts ‘N More High Protein Birthday Cake Peanut Butter

This nut butter is packed with protein and fiber. And hello birthday cake! Spread it on toast, put a dab on top of a sundae, or grab yourself a spoon and eat it straight out of the jar!

Buff Bake Protein Cookies Here is a variety pack of Buff Bake cookies that I hope to try someday. I have only tried their cake cookie and it got two thumbs up from me.

             

        

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