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Unicorn Crunch Bars

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@uniconutritionVanillaFrosted Brownie crunch bar – ‘soft baked and gluten free’

Cals – 210 / Fat – 8 / Carbs – 19 / Pro – 20
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52g bar so slightly smaller than its competitors that are usually low 60’s. Macro split is pretty much the same as all the other bars of this style, and fairly balanced. Overall presentation is nice with a brownie bar coated in white then drizzling of chocolate over that with plenty of noticeable ‘crips’. Bar is very soft in texture with a bit of a chew on it. The vanilla is pretty sweet and honesty does give you a frosting flavor which I quite liked. You get some brownie in it, but I think the brownie layer should have a bit more flavor to it and not so much frosting. Nice bit of crunch in the beginning to satisfy my texture needs as well. .
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Overall – 8/10 Definitely enjoyed this bar and I bet it would be even better warmed up just a bit. Definitely grab one of these if your looking for a change up.

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@uniconutrition ice cinnamon roll review
210 cal / 6f / 19c / 20p
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Slightly smaller bar at 52g but good macro split to accompany it. Visually a very pleasing bar with a cinnamon nougat filling coating in white, then drizzled with cinnamon drizzle. Noticeable crisps throughout the bar to help with texture appeal.
Very soft bar when chewing with a bit of crunch from the crisps. You get a great blast of cinnamon from the get go and finished with a smooth vanilla icing finishing. The bar didn’t leave any unwanted aftertaste or graininess in the mouth. This bar is also gluten free. .
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Overall – 8.5/10 very good bar and enjoyable to eat. Would definitely recommend trying this out

Performix Wafers

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@performixdriven fruity charms wafer review –

210 cal / 15f / 7c / 13p .
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38g total weight for the wafers so small compared to a typical protein bar but wafers are lite. 15g of Fat is pretty high for me but the trade off is super low carbs at 7g which is damn low for a bar. Visually I love this. White coated wafers with fruity pebbles scattered over them(well a few at least). 2 layers of wafers, 2 layers of filling. Unfortunately this flavor was absolutely terrible. As soon as I bit into it I had this weird taste in my mouth, the wafer just kinda dries up in your mouth and sticks to your teeth. Definitely don’t get fruity charm flavor that’s boasted. .
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Overall – 2/10 , absolutely unappealing to me and definitely would not buy or recommend to anyone

PERFORMIX Protein Wafers, ioProtein Blend 12 count Box, Fruity Charms

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@performixdriven CPB protein wafer review –
210 cal / 14f / 8c / 13 p

Definitely a good macro bar if your looking for low carbs, if you eat a low fat diet like me, you might wanna check yourself. 38g total grams, so very lite compared to typical bars but again this is a wafer. Chocolate coating with a double wager layer with pb in between the layers. Gotta day I’m completely underwhelmed. No real chocolate or pb flavor here and it dissolves pretty dang quick. It also is just a tit bit grainy as well as it gets sticky on your teeth, and leaves a bit of an aftertaste. .
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Overall – 3/10 , I just couldn’t get into this. I did let someone eat what I wasn’t going to and they enjoyed it so it’s definitely personal preference! .

PERFORMIX Protein Wafers, ioProtein Blend 12 count Box, Chocolate Peanut Butter

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

Calories – 164 / Fat – 7.6 / Carbs – 18.3 / Pro – 7.2 per muffin(makes 12 total)

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Pumpkin just never gets old does it? I love cheesecake, I love pumpkin. If your dieting and eat a low fat diet like I do, it can be a pain getting something like cheesecake to fit, well I worked some magic for ya.

Ingredients:

130g of Pumpkin spice cookie spread(or cookie butter/peanut butter of choice)

1 box Fat Free Cream Cheese room temp

 1 Scoop Muscletech Cinnamon Whey

120g Pumpkin Puree 

1.5 oz Walden Farm Pancake Syrup

12g Truvia or other granulated sugar 

2 whole eggs 

12 Ginger Snap cookies 

42g Pumpkin Spice Morsels

Pinch of Salt

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon 

1/4 tsp nutmeg

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 330 degrees 
  2. In a bowl beat your cream cheese very well until smooth. 
  3. Add in your sugar, whey, flavorings, and cookie butter. Beat well. 
  4. Lastly add in your eggs and beat slowly until incorporated. 
  5. Line a muffin tin with liners than place a gingersnap in the bottom of each one.
  6. Pour your batter over the cookie until almost full. Repeat x12
  7. Divide your morsels evenly throughout your muffins
  8. Place tin in the oven and bake for roughly 25-30 min or until done. You want almost all of the giggle out of the muffins. 
  9. Remove from the oven and set on a cooling rack to bring to room temp. 
  10. Once at room temp, put in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to finish setting. 

Here are a few things you might need! 

MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Cinnamon Swirl, 32 Ounce

Walden Farms – Calorie Free Pancake Syrup – 12 oz X 2

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Butter

Nestle Toll House Pumpkin Spice Chips

Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 12-Cup Muffin Pan, Gray

Wilton 415-2872 150 Count Elegance Baking Cups Value Pack, Assorted

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Here are a few other pages you might like!

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Wild Berry Cheesecake

ProSups My Bar

 

 

 

 

Muscletech Protein Cookies

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In case you have been living under a rock, or no where near fitness related shops/people and haven’t had the chance yet to hear about some of the best protein cookies on the market, then stick around. Muscletech went to work in the lab to bring you some of the highest quality baked protein cookies in the game today. Better macros, texture, and flavor than many of its competitors. I highly recommend looking into these especially if your a fan of Len and Larry’s or BuffBake, as I find these to be much better options.

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@muscletech triple chocolate cookie review .
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350 cal / 9f / 49c / 18p .
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92g cookie so fairly decent size here. Roughly the weight of 1.5 quest bars. Chocolate base cookie with chocolate chips and a chocolate drizzle for a delicious looking treat. This cookie is also gluten free, no artificial flavors or colors. Smells very faint of chocolate. I warmed it up just a tad for some soft texture appeal😉 Good chew to it and texture is pretty solid. Just a small bit of a grainy feel well chewing. This cookie didn’t have the strongest chocolate flavor so that could be improved but overall flavor was still enjoyable to eat. So far my ratings are CCCD, PB, TC
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Overall – 7/10 .

MuscleTech Protein Cookie – Triple Chocolate

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@muscletech chocolate chip cookie review
350 cal / 9f / 49c / 18 p .
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92g cookie so roughly the weight of 1.5 protein bars, so macros are slightly justified. Nice to see lower fat in the cookie compared to LnL. Tan cookie about the size of my palm, drizzled with chocolate, and chocolate chips throughout the cookie. Aroma here is of a nice chocolate. I warmed it up and man was that a good idea. Chocolate just started to melt slightly and gave it a great warmed cookie taste. I thought texture here was great. Soft baked cookie is a great description. @muscletechnailed this IMO. Chewy, Soft, and chocolaty, all the things I want in my cookie. Definitely can’t recommend this enough. .
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Overall – 9/10

MuscleTech Soft Baked Whey Protein Cookie, Chocolate Chip, Gluten-Free, 3.25-ounce (Pack of 6 – 92g)

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Peanut butter is my second favorite flavor of the MT cookies(depending on when I try the Bday cake!). Peanut butter base with a chocolate drizzle. Absolutely delicious when warmed up in the microwave. Just a slight bit of dry/grainy texture to it. Would like to see just a bit more PB come through.

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MuscleTech Soft Baked Whey Protein Cookie, Peanut Butter, Gluten-Free, 3.25-ounce (Pack of 6 – 92g)
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I haven’t had the chance to try this flavor yet as it’s brand new but I will report back when I do!

MuscleTech Soft Baked Whey Protein Cookie, Birthday Cake, Gluten-Free, 3.25-ounce (Pack of 6 – 92g)

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Maple Pumpkin Muffins w/ White Chocolate

No bake Chocolate Banana Oat bars!

Maple Pumpkin Muffins w/ White Chocolate

It’s pumpkin season fam, so be prepared for all the 🎃 recipes, and everything else fall related! Muffins also happen to be a great fall food, and pumpkin n protein bake amazing together so this was set up for success from the word Go.

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Maple pairs absolutely fantastic with pumpkin, and pumpkin also pairs great with w.chocolate, so that led to today’s flavor
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Maple pumpkin Oat Muffins with White Chocolate –

162 cals / 5.5 f / 19.4 c / 8.4 p

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Ingredients :

44g cin @muscletech whey

80g old fashioned oats 

1 whole egg 

1 tbsp melted butter

20g Splenda brown sugar

244g pumpkin

50g maple @waldenfarmsinternational 

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/4b tsp maple extract

1/4 tsp @amoretti Cinnabon extract

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

28g W. Choc chips 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 330 degrees
2. Mix everything in a bowl

3. Place batter in lined muffin pan

4. Bake at 330 for 20-25 min.

5. Let cool 10 min, then devour

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Here’s a list of things you might need!

 

Quaker oats, old fashioned, 2 5 lb. bags, 100+ servings 10-lb

MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Cinnamon Swirl, 4 Pound

Ghirardelli Classic White Chocolate Chip, 11 Ounce, 2 Packs

Farmers Market Pumpkin Puree 100% Organic 3x15oz

Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, 16-Ounce Packages (Pack of 2)

Imitation Maple Extract 2 oz

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The Big 3

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The Big 3

Yes, It’s that simple

In my local town to often I get ask, “Hey Dusty, What’s the secret to weight loss? What do I gotta do to shed some weight?” or something similar. I live in a small town, where health and fitness is a bit behind the normal pace of things I would say. Anyway, if they are a ‘beginner’ which is 90% of the time, I always tell them the same thing. It’s not a new diet pill or the latest crash diet so no quick fix unfortunately, sorry. Water, Protein, Fiber, I say to them. Usually, I get met with, “Well, I drink plenty of water!” which usually after talking we find that they typically don’t drink nearly as much as they think, and that’s not even getting to the other two topics. I have found that before any type of diet begins, pills bought, or crazy workout regiment started, if you simply focus on improving your WATER, PROTEIN, and FIBER intake, you can drastically improve your health and body composition. 

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Water

“Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day,” – Joan Koelemay, RD.

Now, I know you might be thinking that this is a no brainer, but I will be honest with you, I know more people personally that actually drink very little water. You get busy working, next thing you know 6 hours in and you haven’t had a drop, and many friends I have, especially shift workers will quick reach for a energy drink or coffee to help keep them stimulated verse a water to re hydrate. I’ve gotten more comments about carrying around a gallon jug of water, as it’s the typical bro stereotype, but I will be honest I think they got it right there. The gallon jug gives a not only a visual aid on exactly how much I’ve drank, but also a friendly reminder not to forget to drink some high quality H2O. 

Now, the Food and Nutrition Board recommend  women to get 91 ounces per day and men 125 ounces from all sources — water, other beverages, and foods with a high water content. I think that is a great place to start, but the problem with that is it doesn’t take into account lifestyle or body composition. That number especially goes up if you decide to add exercise into your arsenal as you will be then losing more water throughout the day, and will want to fight off dehydration. Also, don’t wait till you find yourself thirsty, as that can be a good sign that dehydration is setting in. 

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Before we even get into the fantastic diet support water gives, let’s just quick talk the plain ole health benefits it has. Dehydration is easily the first thing that comes to mind with water consumption. Studies have shown that as little as 1-3% mild dehydration can have a impact on energy levels, mood, and brain function. (1) They also show that as little as a 2% reduction can have a negative impact on physical performance. (2)  If you are any kind of laborer, someone that needs  sharp mind to complete work, or need to perform with physical demand you can see how important simple hydration should be. Drinking more water can also help with constipation (3), headaches (4), hangovers (5), and more! 

Water takes up space, plain and simple. So the most basic diet support that water is giving you is a filler. Remember when you were younger and loved any and all the soda you could get? Going to buffets or fast food with refills and slamming 2 glasses before the food got to the table. Next thing you know you’re half way into your Big Mac and realize your stuffed? That’s the power of liquid, so use that to your advantage. There was a 12 week study done were subjects consumed 16 oz of water 30 minutes before 3 meals a day and lost on average 9.5 pounds more compared to the no water pre meal group. (6) That is huge! Simply what that means is consumption of water before eating, should hopefully lead to on average less calories consumed each meal. That reduction of calories in each meal alone will trigger weight loss since the body has now entered a caloric deficit. 

Getting water through food is a fantastic way to increase overall water consumption as well as the majority of high yield water foods are great for you! With nearly 1/3 of our water consumption coming from out diet, fruits and vegetables rank highest as the best options to look into. Cucumbers, lettuce, courgettes, and radishes all come in at 95% water or higher. If you read my other article Eat more Food, Lose more weight! Save calories while dieting! you will also know that those foods are all low macro nutrient foods so you can eat large quantities of those. One study, by researchers at the University of Aberdeen Medical School, found that the natural sugars, proteins, mineral salts and vitamins in water-rich fruits and vegetables means they also supplement the nutrients lost through exercise. (7) 

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Protein 

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Chicken, fish, beef, tofu, whey, or it doesn’t matter the source just eat more of it, to a point! The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound. This amounts to: 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man. 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman. In 2014 a survey found that American men eat an average of 100 grams of protein a day, which is almost twice the recommended daily intake for males. Women eat a bit less – about 70 grams of protein a day, or one and a half time the recommended intake for females. Both of which are higher than the DRI recommended amounts, but is it enough? 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians of Canada and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend 1.2 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day for athletes, depending on training. Now the needs of a athlete and just someone trying to improve their diet are slightly different, but protein none the less is still a very important aspect to consider. Protein consumed evenly, spread out over the course of the day sets you up for the best success in muscle growth, but for overall body composition it seems as long as you get your protein numbers for the day you will be fine. In one study done for natural bodybuilders, research showed for active individuals, 1.2-2.2 g/kg is sufficient to allow adaptations from training. These conditions will change depending on levels of body fat, and energy expenditure. (8) 

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It also has been shown that a diet higher in protein can also lead to a better retention to LBM(lean body mass), to build on that the leaner the individual is, the higher the potential requirements for protein. (9) Diets higher in protein have been proven to result in greater weight loss, greater fat loss, and again, preservation of lean body mass. (10) Increased protein is also going to help fight off hunger cravings by increasing levels of satiety inducing hormones while reducing hunger hormones, aka get fuller faster.(11) Heck, even digesting protein burns more calories! TEF or thermic effects of food is the cause of this. The body expends 20-30% more calories digesting protein compared to carbs (5-10%) and fat (1-3%). (12) To build on that, a diet with high protein intake has been shown to burn 80-100 calories more per day. (13)

Consuming adequate amounts of protein not only is good for body composition but is also an important building block for bones, muscles, cartilage, hair, nails, skin, making enzymes, and hormones. It also helps to stabilize blood sugar, reduce brain fog, and  boost energy levels. (14)

Overall increased diet in protein is going to give the body a whole host of benefits from improved energy, better metabolism, and increased satiety. That’s going to help get you moving, losing weight, and help prevent over eating and snacking! 

Some great protein sources would be: 

Meat:

  • Chicken,  lean Beef, Pork, Turkey

Fish

  • Salmon, Shrimp, Tilapia, Sardines, Tuna, 

Eggs 

Dairy

  • Greek  Yogurt, Milk, Cheese

Legumes

  • Chickpeas, Black Beans, Kidney Beans 

Grains

  • Quinoa, Oats, rice bran

Fiber

I think fiber is one of the most overlooked, underrated aspect of nutrition and dieting. Fiber can play a HUGE roll when trying to lose weight. If you are wondering what fiber even is, it’s carbohydrates that cannot be digested. You have Insoluble fiber which act mainly as bulking or binding agents, and soluble fibers can help have an affect on health and metabolism. A recent study showed people who added fiber into their diets and changed nothing else, lost just as much weight as people following a heart healthy, low fat eating plan by the American Heart Association. (15) That study added to a growing body of evidence that people who eat more fiber tend to have healthier body weight.

Thankfully, typically high fiber foods are typically very healthy low calorie foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Some high fiber foods to look out for would be:

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Without going into detail, soluble fiber is fantastic for maintaining overall gut health. The gut has good bacteria in it, and supplying it with soluble fiber helps kick in the prebiotic effect which is believed to be very beneficial for health and body weight. (16) (17) We also know when dieting that calories are low and hunger can set in quick! Fiber is going to help aid in fending off those hunger cravings just a bit longer. Fibers with high viscosity have been shown to increase satiety, reduce appetite, and cause weight loss. (18) 

After all of that you’re probably wondering how much fiber you should be eating I bet. The national fiber recommendations are 30-38 grams of fiber for men and 25 grams a day for women. I personally think if you are consuming at least 10 grams of fiber per 1000 calories then you should be fine. If your diet is focusing on micro nutrient rich foods, then you should have no problem hitting those guidelines.

All it takes is small adjustments

As you can see it doesn’t really take much to get yourself on the right path towards your health and fitness goals. Following these 3 steps, and using them as tools can dramatically change your body composition and lifestyle without making you over haul your kitchen, commit to a drastic diet change, or get completely flustered with information that you don’t do anything! These are things you already eat everyday so it’s just focusing on improving the quality and consumption of water, protein, and fiber. Once you master those aspects,  odds of setting yourself up for diet success will be highly improved. 

Here are a few pages you might like!

Eat more Food, Lose more weight! Save calories while dieting!

Walden Farms Top 5!

High Protein Chocolate Mousse

MuscleTech Banana Bliss! 

 

 

Blueberry Oat Bake

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Just look at that beauty. Feast your eyes on the next treat you’re about to make for yourself. You might make with the intentions of sharing, but once you bite into this soft, fluffy, moist, delicious bar your not going to want to share. Eat it warm, cold, plain, or spice it up with toppings anyway is a good way as long as your eating it! 

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I thought some fat free cool whip, fresh blueberries, and some cinnamon @epicspreads would be a great combo! 

Macros: Per 9 Slices

Calories – 150

Fat – 5.8g

Carbs – 15.6g

Protein – 7.8g

Ingredients:

80g Oat Flour(ground up oatmeal)

44g or 1 scoop of Whey(I used MT Cinnamon)

100g Truvia or granulated sugar of choice

1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum(Optional. I added to experiment but not sure it made much difference.)

21g Lite butter 

28g Coconut Oil (melted)

115g 0% Plain Greek Yogurt

1 whole egg whipped

4 oz Low fat milk or milk of choice

46g Liquid egg whites

1 tsp vanilla extract 

1/4 tsp salt 

1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

75g Fresh Blueberries

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Instructions:

(Preheat oven to 350 degrees)

(Prep steps: Whisk Eggs, Grind oats into flour, spay a 8×8 pan with non stick spray, use parchment paper if you would like, melt butter, melt coconut oil.) 

1. Add all of your dry mix together in a medium bowl and combine well. Feel free to add in your blueberries as well and gently cover them in your dry mix.

2. In a separate bowl add in all of your your wet mix.  Whisk everything together until combined. 

3. Proceed to add your dry mix into your wet, folding with a spatula gently well you do. Careful not to mash your blueberries. 

4. Place into prepared 8×8 pan and bake in the middle of the oven for roughly 25-30 minutes. Use the toothpick test to check if done to be sure.

5. Once baked, remove from oven and place on cooling rack for at least 15 minutes. After 15 minutes feel free to slice and eat!

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I topped mine with fat free cool whip, fresh blueberries, and @epicspreads cinnamon peanut butter. This bake would also be fantastic with a bit of honey and a dash more of cinnamon paired with a hot cup of coffee for breakfast, a nice snack, or for dessert with a scoop of ice cream! Check out a few ice cream recipes here – Coffee Ice cream Nice Cream

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Here are a few things you might need to make this happen!

Nordic Ware 47500 Naturals Aluminum Commercial 8″ x 8″ Square Cake Pan, Silver
USA Pan Bakeware Square Cake Pan, 8 inch, Nonstick & Quick Release Coating, Made in the USA from Aluminized Steel
MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Cinnamon Swirl, 32 Ounce
Truvia Natural Sweetener Baking Blend 2.5LB
Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce
Epic Spreads Nut Butter (Cinnamon Roll Peanut Cashew Coconut)
Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Regular Rolled Oats, 32-ounce (Pack of 4)
Xanthan Gum Gluten Free(8 oz) – USA Packaged & Filled in a Dedicated Gluten & Nut Free Facility
Simply Organic Ground Cinnamon, 2.08 Ounce
Watkins Original Extract, Baking Vanilla, 11 Ounce (Packaging may vary) 

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