R.E.D.D. stands for research enhanced design & development and this makes complete sense when you hear the story behind these tasty & energizing superfood bars. Alden, the R.e.d.d. founder, was in college and wanted a sustainable and healthy snack to help him get through classes and what not. So he literally went to the bulk foods section of a local health food store, grabbed some “inexpensive” and “nutritionally dense ingredients,” went back to his dorm room, and threw them together in a bag.
His newly created concoction not only provided him with sustainable energy, but tasted good too! As he started carrying his “bar-ish” concoction to class, other people began to want in on this great tasting idea, and from there he created a business out of his very own dorm room (talk about the true meaning of a “start-up”).
Two years later Alden hooked up with a designer and health food enthusiast by the name of Reed Allen, and together they “re-branded, refined, [and] redesigned” Alden’s original concoction… and in June of 2014 they released the Chocolate Brownie by R.e.d.d.
These bars mix the essentials of macro and micro-nutrients together in an incredible super-food energy combination. I’ve had my fair share of protein bars, and I can honestly say that these are hands down one of my favorites, with 9+ grams of protein, 11 super foods, 23 vitamins & minerals, & 35+ mg of natural caffeine, what more could you ask for?
Sometimes with protein bars you get a really dense bar that’s good for you, but lacks flavor, or you get a great tasting bar, but with a lot of added ingredients (especially sugar). The R.e.d.d. team has found the perfect combination for meeting both of these important needs. The R.e.d.d. bars are filled with energy sustainable superfoods, all the while tasting amazing, with flavors including, chocolate (my fav), peanut butter, mint chocolate, and oatmeal.
I especially love to take the chocolate (or mint chocolate chip) bars, and pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to let the dark chocolate chunks melt and then eat the warmed-up bars (they are seriously like a protein packed brownie when eaten this way & gosh knows I have a HUGE sweet tooth)….
Y U M.
I would highlyyyy recommend you try R.e.d.d. bars out! PLUS you can use the discount code “LOVEREDD” on their website for 10% off your order & they offer FREE shipping, whoop whoop!!
Check out their website (below) for ordering information & more on the story behind R.E.D.D… Also, be sure to let me know if you try them out or have any questions about these yumi bars!
Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be a Fighter.
R.E.D.D. Bars Link: www.reddbar.com/
If you all know me, then you know I have a major sweet tooth, but combining that sweet tooth with some healthier options does not have to be as hard as you think & these donuts are a perfect example of that!!
I am also all about cutting down time on making great food, without cutting into high sugar levels or anything like that. That’s why I used the Chocolate-Maple-Pretzel high protein peanut butter spread from Nuts N’More as my glaze for these delicious maple donuts.
By using this high protein spread, I added in some healthy fats and extra protein into this recipe, while still keeping to my plan of making these donuts “healthyish.”
So let’s get to the goods!! These bad boys were so easy to whip up & they take no time at all! I’m a huge donut lover & these cover all the basis of sweet, salty, & still being healthy(ish).
Baked Maple Donut Recipe
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 15 minutes
Tools: oven (duh), donut baking sheet, 2 bowls, 2 medium/large mixing bowls, measuring cups, measuring spoons & mixing spoons
2 cups gluten free flour (almond flour, coconut flour, etc.)
3 Tbsp maple syrup (I used sugar free)
1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Nutmeg
1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
3/4 cup nut milk (almond, cashew, coconut, etc.)
1/2 Tsp salt
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup coconut oil or unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs (or applesauce!)
2 Tbsp Nuts’N More Chocolate-Maple-Pretzel Spread (or your favorite nut butter)
5-7 Tbsp Nuts’NMore Chocolate-Maple-Pretzel Spread
1-2 cups of mini-pretzels (feel free to use gluten free!)
any other fun toppings you want to add!
I hope you enjoy these delicious maple goodies! Please let me know if you have any questions & be sure to send in pictures of your donuts!!
What if I told you that eating Cookie Butter and waffles could actually be healthy for you?? YES I said c o o k i e b u t t e r and
w a f f l e s!
& NOPE, this is not a ploy! Thanks to Nuts N'More Cookie Butter & my personal protein waffle recipe, you can fuel yourself with lots of protein and cookie butter greatness, without consuming mass amounts of empty/sugar-filled calories!
I use a protein waffle recipe (similar to that of my 4-ingredient-protein-crepes.html ) that takes little to no effort, and the only carbs and sugar coming from the waffle are dependent on the protein powder that is used, AKA if you use a protein powder with little to none of these, then your waffle will have virtually no carbs or sugar!
I also use Nuts N'More Cookie Butter a) because the taste is amazingggg, I mean how could you not want to try something called COOKIE BUTTER and b) because this Cookie Butter is packed with protein, coming in at 11g per 2 Tbsp serving!
So let's break this down... you're getting to eat a healthy product, that's protein packed, and is called COOKIE BUTTER... you should need no convincing to try this stuff.
Nuts N'More also specializes in other high protein butters, peanut powders, almond-infused protein isolates, and protein peanut butter truffles (yes... that is a real thing and YES you need to add them to your cart along with the cookie butter).
You can find Nuts N'More at your local healthfood stores (like Whole Foods or GNC) or you can order from their website, which includes free shipping on orders over $20! ( nuts-n-more.com/collections/high-protein-spreads/products/high-protein-coookie-butter-peanut-spread)
So let's get to it!
Tools You'll Need:
-a big smile & big appetite
-spoon, bowl, plate (yes, that is IT)
Goods You'll Need:
-2 Tbsp Nuts N'More Cookie Butter
-2 Tbsp fat-free whipped Greek cream cheese
-1 scoop (~32g) of your favorite protein powder
-1 tsp baking soda or powder
-large splash of water
The "How-To" Steps:
1. warm-up your waffle maker (& spray with a non-stick spray, if needed)
2. mix together the protein powder of your choice, 1 egg, 1 tsp of baking soda or powder, & a large splash of water. Mix realllly well, until you have a non-clumpy batter (add more water if needed, but do so in small splashes)
3. pour your batter into your waffle maker & let the waffle magic begin!
4. while your waffle is cooking, mix together your Nuts N'More Cookie Butter with the cream cheese (feel free to use more serving sizes to make the filling even thicker, I would use the entire Nuts N'More container on one waffle if I could... no shame there)
5. Once your waffle is hot off the press, plop your delicious Cookie Butter & cream cheese mixture on one side of the waffle. Then cut the waffle in half and place the other half on top. creating a beautiful stack of waffle, cookie butter-cream cheese, waffle.
6. You can add a drizzle of Cookie Butter to the top of your waffle as well (of course, I did) and BOOM you are ready to eat Cookie Butter and waffles without any of the guilt!
7. Enjoy your Cookie Butter master piece!!
I hope you enjoy this recipe & if you have any questions or tried it out yourself feel free to reach out to me!
[ be happy. be healthy. be a fighter ]
Ya'll... once I figured this recipe out, I have NOT stopped using it.
Not only does it fit my macros (high protein and low carb), but it is also SUPER easy. I have a huge sweet tooth & this recipe allows me to hit that sweet tooth, but with little to no actual sugar involved, it's a win-win!
So here is what you need for the crepes themselves...
1 scoop (28.4g) of protein (I use SLAP Molten Chocolate Truffle because it's delicious & 0gC/0gF/24gP)
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1/8 tsp of baking powder
splash of water
Add ins: vanilla extract, cinnamon, &/or apple-pie spice
Heat a small-flat pan to medium heat and lightly coat with a non-stick spray (or coconut oil, but I use the spray to ignore the extra fat). While the pan is heating up, mix all ingredients in a small bowl or a blender bottle (yes this works!) in order to get all of the SLAP protein evenly distributed in the mixture.
Once the crepe batter is ready to go, place a thin later of the batter into the pan (like you would a pancake) and carefully spread the batter across the entirety of the pan. Let the batter begin to bubble, and when the sides start to fold up, use a spatula to carefully flip the crepe over (or if you're super skilled, flip it with the pan!). Let the other side of the crepe heat up for ~30 seconds and then BAM your crepe is ready to go! Repeat these steps with the rest of the batter, which should get you 3-4 crepes.
Once your crepes are all finished & looking beautiful, it's time for the filling. YUM! The filling part is simple, mix your ingredients together, place them at one end of the crepe, roll the crepe up & enjoy!
I've tried several different fillings: a) to play around with ingredients & b) I try to adjust the filling to fit my macros for the day. It's so easy to get creative & work with whatever is in your fridge & make it work!
-Raspberries & whipped Greek cream cheese (heat the berries in the warm pan & then mix them with the cream cheese... OMG amazing)
-Almond butter & Non-fat whipped cream (simply mix the two together & fill those crepes up!)
-Peanut butter (Crazy Richard's is one of my favorites!), plain Greek yogurt, and vanilla extra. (Mix all of the ingredients together & save some PB to throw across the top of your finished crepes)
Like I said before, these bad boys are quick, easy, and require minimal effort and are great for someone who is just getting into cooking or for someone who is always on the go!
Try the recipe out and let me know what you think!
Get your SLAP Protein here: www.weslap.com/
& get your Crazy Richard's here: