getbuzzing was founded by Kate Wallace in 2009 when she realised there was no product on the market which was made with natural ingredients, tasted amazing, and was completely nut-free. With a mission to create a snack that everyone - including nut allergy sufferers - could enjoy, she created getbuzzing. We got the chance to try a few of these exciting bars and taste for ourselves to see if the taste really is 100%!
The USP of getbuzzing is that they only use natural ingredients. The Banana Nut Free Flapjack contains oats, dried banana, golden syrup, sugar, butter, honey, and apricots. Flapjack is a very energy-dense food and so would be perfect after a very long and tough training session where you've burnt upwards of 1,000 calories and need to replenish with simple sugars. This bar tastes absolutely delicious! The organic dried banana comes through really well and the texture is sticky and dense, just how a good flapjack should be. It's definitely impressive that it's made with ingredients you could find in your own kitchen, as more often than not I'll check the ingredients on a snack bar and can't even pronounce half the ingredients used.
The other USP of getbuzzing is that they're products are all nut-free, meaning they are accessible for those on a free-from diet and those suffering a nut allergy. getbuzzing state that their Wowbutter flavour "tastes just like peanut butter!" which is a revelation for those who can't eat nuts and are missing out on the joys of peanut butter! Their nut-free 'Wowbutter' is made using toasted soya and soy oil which is fantastic. This bar only has 13g of sugar in it which really impressive for such a deliciously decadent bar. It's thick and gooey and very satisfying!
Date & Seed
I really loved the texture of the seeds in this bar and the dates give a luxuriously sticky texture. It's not overly sweet like other bars of this type and the dense texture is really moreish. It's a hefty bar and makes a really satisfying snack. Definitely my go-to when I'm feeling peckish between meals!
Protein Crisp & Cherry
I absolutely love the sour cherry flavour in this bar. The cherry pieces are really authentic (thanks to the all-natural ingredients) and it's a really refreshing and unique flavour that I haven't tasted in this type of bar before. The protein crisps add a great texture and the stickiness of the other bars is still present here. With 15g of protein per bar, it's perfect for post-workout, especially a particularly tough session. It's a really great grab-and-go snack and you know you're getting a great protein boost too.
Before I even took my first bite, the tartness from the freeze dried berries made my mouth tingle and water! This bar is very buttery and indulgent, and with nearly 25g of sugar per bar it's definitely a sweet treat. The berries provide a gorgeous flavour and the tangy edge makes it really exciting. The oats make the bar very dense and it's super satisfying and filling. This would be perfect as fuel for an ultra run or a long hike. One of these bad boys would give you enough energy to last all day!
Mint Chocolate High Protein
This flavour was my absolute favourite! The mint flavour is perfect - I am a big fan of mint-flavoured-anything, but I am aware that a lot of people tend to avoid it lest it taste of toothpaste. This getbuzzing bar, however, managed to stick with the mint choc chip ice cream type of flavour which was refreshing and delicious. The chocolate chips add an interesting texture and the overall taste is very indulgent with its sticky composition. This bar only has 16g of sugar (compared to 20g in the banana flavour) and it packs an impressive 13g of protein. I often get annoyed when health foods claim to be 'high protein' and then only contain a measly 5g or so. 13g of protein is a decent amount for a bar like this so I was really impressed. What's more impressive is that this bar has recently won a Q Award! It won the Grab & Go Sweet Category at the Food Service Q Awards.
It's incredibly refreshing to find a snack brand that is completely nut-free and getbuzzing really have found a niche in the market. Flapjack is always going to be a winner as it's so delicious, so having flavoured versions in a ready-to-go bar is perfect for fuelling a tough training session, re-fuelling post-race, or just to take to work or school. I love that the ingredients are truly natural without compromising on taste and I think getbuzzing are on to a real winner!
The Protein Ball Co have two new delicious flavours made with plant protein, making them some of the most exciting vegan and gluten-free protein snacks on the market! We were lucky enough to have a taste test and give our verdict.
The Peanut butter + Jam flavour protein balls contain 7g of fat, 20g of carbs, 18g of sugar, and 7g of protein. The sugar and carbohydrate content seems rather high at first, but the sugar is all naturally occurring as there are no artificial sweeteners or sugars in any Protein Ball Co products so this is a big bonus.
The Raspberry Brownie flavour protein balls contain 4g of fat, 22g of carbs, 18g of sugar, and 5g of protein. They feature a little less protein as they have no peanut butter in them, but this is still a decent amount for such a small, tasty snack.
The Peanut butter + Jam protein balls only contain a few ingredients, such as dates, peanuts, fruit juice, pea protein and brown rice protein, blueberries and strawberries. These are all whole and natural foods so there are no nasty surprises and you can eat this snack knowing there are no harsh chemicals. The Raspberry Brownie flavour also only contains a few ingredients, including dates, cashews, cacao powder, fruit juice, pea protein, and freeze-dried raspberry powder. Again, all very healthy, natural ingredients which you could find in your kitchen at home and have not been manufactured in a laboratory. The use of dates as the base of the recipe is very common in a lot of healthy snack brands and this is where most of the sugar comes from.
For those who follow a free-from diet, these tasty protein balls are gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, wheat-free, natural, GMO-free, no soy, and contain no added sugar. Phew!
My first impression of these protein balls was that they aren't super sweet, but then again brownies aren't supposed to be overly sweet. The raspberry flavour comes through amazingly and tastes real and authentic. The freeze-dried raspberry gives an awesome tang and there's a pleasant crunch from the seeds. There is a little taste from the cacao but it is overpowered somewhat by the raspberry which is very fruity and sharp. What's great about these protein balls is they are not too moreish, so you're left feeling satisfied without wanting to binge.
Peanut Butter + Jam:
As soon as you take a bite of the Peanut Butter + Jam protein balls, the genuine peanut flavour comes through straight away with a lovely earthy taste. The fruity flavour is much more muted in the Peanut Butter + Jam protein balls compared to the Raspberry Brownie flavour and they have a more savoury taste. In fact, the strawberry is subtle in a good way, meaning it's not overpowering but is just about there in the background. The real peanut pieces add a fantastic crunch and texture to the protein balls. The overall texture is absolutely spot on; not dense at all and very easy to chew. They are really light and almost fluffy, although this flavour is very moreish and you are left wanting to devour more!
I absolutely love the appearance of these protein balls. The electric red colour from the freeze-dried raspberry powder makes the Raspberry Brownie protein balls look absolutely amazing and really inviting. It makes my mouth water just looking at them! The Peanut Butter + Jam flavour also look fantastic and the most striking thing is that they look home-made, which really hammers home the fact that they are a natural, healthy snack.
I think the fact that The Protein Ball Co have managed to create natural, healthy protein balls which are suitable for so many people from vegans to those with Coeliac disease is fantastic. They taste sublime and really look amazing too. They make the perfect grab-and-go snack and would be ideal in a child's school lunchbox or to take to work with you to satisfy those pre-lunch hunger pangs. They are a completely guilt-free treat and really fill a niche. The only thing I'd say is it's a shame they are not suitable for those with a nut allergy, however there are plenty of healthy snacks on the market which fill that gap. It's a 10 from me!
Olivia Wollenberg was a self-confessed sugar addict until being diagnosed with severe food intolerances in 2014. She started by making her first recipe – crumble – in her parents' kitchen and then began sharing her free-from recipe creations on her blog.
Fast forward 5 years and Livia's is now a well-established gluten-free vegan snack brand with several delicious and enticing products on offer, from millionaire bites to cookies with nut butter dips. We were sent a few of her products to try and give our verdict.
Million Squares - Chocolate Orange
The main ingredient in all of the Livia's products we were sent is date paste, making up over half of the product at 57%. The other ingredients include foods like coconut oil and maple syrup, meaning all of the ingredients in these products are natural. Dates are a popular choice for health food brands as they provide natural sweetness and are suitable for people with an intolerance to allergens like wheat and dairy.
Each 60g serving of Livia's Million Squares contains 212 calories which is very respectable for something that doesn't pretend not to be a 'treat'. There is 26.8g of sugar which is very high, however these are not marketed as being healthy, they are marketed as being an indulgent treat for people who can't enjoy the usual choices of chocolate bars or cakes.
The chocolate orange flavour is really delightful in these Million Squares and they are definitely a delicious alternative to classic millionaire shortbread. This product utilises orange oil and orange zest, both of which bring out a subtle yet tangy orange tang and make these bites really enjoyable. Each 60g packet contains 3 little squares and the serving size is perfect.
Nugglets - Raw Choc Brownie
I was really excited to try the Nugglets as the bite-size pieces are really fun and inciting and they make the perfect mid-afternoon snack to munch on at your desk when you're feeling peckish after lunch.
The raw choc brownie nugglets are devilishly dark and chocolatey without being too bitter and are definitely reminiscent of a chewy, delicious brownie. I'm a huge fan of chocolate brownie anyway, so having a version that is appropriate for people who can't usually enjoy brownies is great. All of the ingredients in Livia's products are natural which makes these treats almost guilt-free and they are an excellent alternative to highly processed foods which are full of chemicals, refined sugar, and other nasites.
Nugglets - Raw Cookie Dough
I am a huge fan of cookie dough – as I am sure are a lot of people! – so finding a completely guilt-free raw cookie dough treat is like finding Atlantis. These raw cookie dough nugglets really do taste like delicious cookie dough which I found very impressive.
There are quite a few vegan recipes circulating fitness and health blogs which utilise chickpeas to make it edible raw, however these often end up just tasting of chickpeas and not like the tasty cookie dough we know and love. On the contrary, Livia's vegan gluten-free cookie dough nugglets really taste like cookie dough and are absolutely delicious! The chocolate coating adds a touch of luxury and they are the perfect snack for any occasion or for putting into kids' lunch boxes for school.
Nugglets - Salted Almond Butter
Saving the best until last: the salted almond butter nugglets were my favourite out of all the Livia's products I was sent to try. The chunks of almond dotted throughout the tasty little bites created a delicious texture and the delicate chocolate coating added just enough sweetness and indulgence without being too sickly or overpowering. The texture is soft and chewy and they were all gone before I knew it!
These treats make for the perfect sporting fuel thanks to their high sugar content as well as just being an occasional treat, especially for people who have an food intolerance and don't want any pain or discomfort associated with eating gluten or dairy. Sundried have a few ambassadors with Coeliac disease and I'm sure that treats like this would be immensely popular amongst them!
Livia's treats are available in Waitrose, Tesco, Boots, WHSmith, Sainsbury's and many other stockists.
Whey Box is a brand that Sundried has had the pleasure of partnering with a lot over the past year, so we were stoked when they sent us some of their new vegan 'no whey' protein to try! Here's what we thought.
If you've read many of my previous articles, you'll know I'm a bit of a salted caramel fiend and can be very critical of this flavour as it is difficult to master! However, the guys at Wheybox have done themselves proud with this protein powder as it mixes very well and tastes heavenly.
Each 25g portion contains 105 calories and 18g of protein which is very good for a vegan protein source. I found that the powder blends really well, especially with almond milk, and it tastes so good! This would be great mixed into a dessert, such as protein mousse, as it is so decadent.
Chocolate will always be the classic, safe flavour to go for when choosing a protein powder, whether it's vegan or not. I'm happy to report that the No Whey Box chocolate protein is no different! It mixes really well and the chocolate flavour is divine. This flavour of protein also contains fewer calories than the others, albeit by only 2!
I had a bad experience with a vanilla protein powder once so I was keen to try this one and change my mind on the flavour! The bad experience I had was because the protein powder did not mix well and tasted absolutely vile. Thankfully, the No Whey Box vanilla vegan protein powder mixes very well and tastes great! The vanilla flavour is very authentic and doesn't taste artificial or overly-processed.
I used my blueberry flavour sachets to make the delicious recipe that was sent on a recipe card with the protein packets. The recipe was for vegan blueberry muffins and utilised the blueberry protein sachet which smelled exactly like real blueberries! As soon as I opened the packet, I was met with the most delicious aroma and I was pleasantly surprised to see that there appeared to be real blueberries included within the ingredients, not just colourants and flavourings.
The recipe turned out very well and the muffins tasted great! The vegan protein powder was the perfect addition to the recipe and meant that this already healthy snack had an added protein boost, too.
Gingerbread was one of my favourite flavours of the original Wheybox protein powders. To my delight, the vegan version is no different and still has the cheeky ginger tinge and deep, rich flavour that I love. It gives the protein shake a very full flavour and it's actually quite moreish! This flavour would be perfect for making some tasty vegan gingerbread treats, and I will certainly be trying that next!
Doughlicious is a new cookie dough brand that is breaking barriers and changing everything you thought you knew about cookies. This sweet treat is now, thanks to Doughlicious, suitable for everyone from vegans to Coeliacs to athletes and beyond.
If you love cookies but hate dry, tasteless supermarket brands and crave a delicious, warm American-style cookie fresh from the oven without ruining your diet, Doughlicious is for you. We were lucky enough to get to review their amazing flavours and give our verdict.
Make sure you scroll to the end for a special discount so you can try them too!
What makes Doughlicious special?
Doughlicious has two big USPs that I can identify: the first is that the ingredients used are only of the highest quality with no nasty artificial chemicals and only ingredients you'd find in your own kitchen, making this otherwise naughty, unhealthy food really not that unhealthy at all and something everyone can enjoy guilt-free – even if you're on a diet or training for a sporting event.
The second is that the product is delivered as ready-to-bake cookie dough. Each box contains 6 perfect cookie dough balls so all you have to do is pop them on a baking tray and put them in the oven. This means you can bake them exactly how you like them; less time if you like them gooey and soft or more time if you like them crunchy. It also means that people who don't have time to spend in the kitchen baking from scratch can produce a delicious sweet treat for family and friends in a flash without the hassle of washing up afterwards. Being able to have warm, gooey cookies fresh from the oven in less than 15 minutes is a real luxury and something that will surely attract a lot of people.
Doughlicious pride themselves on using only the finest quality ingredients and offer something for everyone with vegan flavours, dairy-free flavours, and all of the flavours on offer are gluten-free. These cookies are like nothing you've ever had before and are perfect for those who care about what they eat but still want a treat on occasion.
How it works
The product boxes are delivered in a cold package with portable freezer bags to keep them cool. Store the cookie dough in your fridge until you're ready for your delicious treat, it's that easy. You can even freeze them and they have an expiration of about 3 months so there's no rush. Although, chances are you'll devour them all within days anyway!
Making the perfect cookie dough can be a real hassle, but nothing compares to having cookies fresh from the oven, so Doughlicious is the perfect solution. I have to say that cookies are my number one sweet treat; I could eat them endlessly. I find that a lot of commercially-available cookies are tasteless, dry, and really disappointing. So discovering the Doughlicious cookies which are completely flawless was a revelation. I'm hooked!
As far as I'm aware, there aren't any other brands in the UK that offer ready-to-bake cookie dough balls on delivery so Doughlicious are onto something really special. You can even use the cookie dough balls in other recipes to take them to a whole new level.
The cookies bake very quickly – in under 15 minutes – so you can quickly and easily whip up a batch for unexpected guests or if your kids get hungry (which is always!) The smell of freshly baked cookies is truly heavenly and tempting. Your guests will be very impressed, even if you can't bake!
There are nine tempting flavours to choose from and with vegan and dairy-free options, there's something for everyone. There are classic flavours as well as some which are more adventurous so you'll be sure to find one you love – but it's more likely you'll love them all!
Per cookie: 128 calories, 8g fat, 10g carbs, 4g sugar, 2g fibre, 3g protein
Ingredients: Carrots, oats, coconut oil, dates, almond flour, flax seed, pumpkin seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, salt.
This is an impressively short ingredients list and they are all foods you'd find in your own kitchen with nothing artificial or unhealthy. Making use of flax seed instead of egg so that the cookies can be vegan is very clever and is something a lot of food bloggers are now doing. Making a flax egg can be a nuisance and very difficult to master, so I think a lot of vegans will love having the option of baking ready-made cookie dough which uses this ingenious idea.
This recipe is naturally sweetened with dates and maple syrup which contain more nutrients and antioxidants than refined sugar. Maple syrup is three times as sweet as sugar with fewer calories so these cookies are definitely healthier than commercial cookies, maple syrup has a lower glycemic index than sugar too so it could even be better for diabetics.
The kitchen smells absolutely glorious when you bake these cookies! The spices work perfectly and come through well without being over-powering. I really loved the texture of the pumpkin seeds and real grated carrot, it made the cookies taste very authentic and organic. These cookies are definitely reminiscent of carrot cake, which is one of my all-time favourites. All that’s missing is the fluffy cream cheese frosting; maybe there's scope for a recipe using the cookie dough balls which incorporates some sort of frosting to really elevate the taste experience.
Per cookie: 142 calories, 6g fat, 18g carbs, 9g sugar, 2g fibre, 2g protein.
Ingredients: Oat flour, coconut oil, unrefined brown sugar, unrefined cane sugar, cashew dairy-free alternative, potato starch, natural colours and flavours, salt, flax seed, almond extract, vanilla extract.
The Sprinkles cookies also feature a short ingredients list of mostly things you'd find in your own kitchen cupboard. Even the ingredients that might sound a little industrial, such as 'raising agent', are really just bicarbonate of soda and baking powder which all home cooks will be familiar with. Impressively, even the colours and flavours are natural, making use of ingredients like paprika extract and lemon juice instead of harsh chemicals and artificial additives.
The use of plant-based cashew dairy-free alternative and flax seed means these cookies are suitable for those who need a dairy-free diet and there are no eggs or milk to be found.
TasteI'll be completely honest: I wasn't hugely excited to try this flavour as I thought it might be a little plain compared to some of the others, but I was so surprised at the delightfully delicate flavour of these cookies! They are truly moreish and absolutely delicious, I couldn't get enough. The cookie itself is almond and vanilla flavour while the sprinkles add fun and extra sweetness. As soon as I put this cookie in my mouth, I was transported back to my 7th birthday party; I think that's possibly the last time I ate something with sprinkles on it! These cookies are sweet without being sickly and have a fantastic flavour.
Per cookie: 158 calories, 9g fat, 14g carbs, 8g sugar, 1g fibre, 4g protein.
Ingredients: Peanut butter, butter, oat flour, coconut sugar, unrefined cane sugar, eggs, rice flour, tapioca flour, maple syrup, salt.
I love the use of coconut sugar and maple syrup in this cookie for the sweetness, which is far better than refined white sugar. Coconut sugar contains healthy fats that are known to help prevent high cholesterol and heart disease as well as inulin, a type of dietary fiber that helps keep your gut healthy and balance your blood sugar. The refined sugar used in most commercially-available cookies is pure sucrose, whereas coconut sugar only contains about 75% sucrose.
I also like that there is no trace of nasty palm oil or any type of oil which you'd often find in a peanut butter cookie. The ingredients list is, again, wonderfully simple and allows you to enjoy this cookie without the guilt or otherwise inevitable sugar crash.
Peanut butter is the main ingredient used in these cookies, accounting for 25% of the total, and it really shows. The taste is smooth, authentic and everything a peanut butter lover could want. The flavour is delightfully simple but really delivers on the delicious peanut butter flavour and is a real winner for me.
Matcha and White Chocolate
Per cookie: 153 calories, 9g fat, 16g carbs, 10g sugar, 1g fibre, 2g protein.
Ingredients: Butter, oat flour, white chocolate, unrefined sugar, eggs, coconut sugar, rice flour, tapioca flour, matcha green tea powder, salt.
The use of matcha green tea powder in this recipe is pretty adventurous, but matcha is very good for you and this is a great way to add it into your diet. This is another short ingredients list which is very simple and they are still all things you'd find in your own kitchen.
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this cookie as it's such an unusual flavour combination and nothing like anything I've ever had before. All of the other flavours that Doughlicious offers are fairly traditional, so the Matcha and White Chocolate cookies really stand out. I was pleasantly surprised by the subtle yet sweet flavour of these cookies as I was worried the matcha would make them too earthy.
However, the combination of the super sweet white chocolate and earthy matcha works perfectly and I couldn't get enough. These cookies don't taste like matcha as you may otherwise know it, especially if you drink a lot of green tea or use matcha powder in smoothies. They are subtly sweet with a grounding earthiness and are tantalisingly moreish and delicious.
Chunky Oat Chocolate Chip
Per cookie: 140 calories, 7g fat, 16g carbs, 7g sugar, 2g fibre, 2g protein.
Ingredients: oat flour, coconut oil, dark brown sugar, Belgian dark chocolate, cashew dairy-free alternative, unrefined sugar, rolled oats, flax seed, vanilla extract, salt.
The Chunky Oat Chocolate Chip cookies are the second of the vegan flavours that Doughlicious offers, the first being the Carrot Cake flavour. The main ingredient in these cookies is oat flour which provides the delicious oaty base as well as real rolled oats which give the lovely texture.
The use of flax seed in place of egg, cashew dairy-free alternative instead of cow's milk, and coconut oil instead of butter is very clever and means that these cookies are just as delicious – if not more so – than traditional cookies. Anyone can enjoy these cookies and they don't compromise on flavour or texture.
This was my favourite flavour from the Doughlicious range as I love an oat biscuit and these take it to the next level. The double-dose of oats in the form of rolled oats and oat flour gives amazing taste and texture while the Belgian dark chocolate chips add an element of luxury and indulgence. These cookies are so soft and gooey in the middle with the perfect texture. Just like a naughty cookie but without the guilt!
Chocolate and Vanilla
Per cookie: 150 calories, 8g fat, 18g carbs, 10g sugar, 1g fibre, 2g protein.
Ingredients: Butter, oat flour, dark brown sugar, eggs, unrefined cane sugar, rice flour, Belgian dark chocolate, cocoa powder, tapioca flour, vanilla extract, salt.
TasteI love the clever idea of having both chocolate and vanilla in one cookie, and these look really impressive with the perfect half-and-half design. The Doughlicious Chocolate and Vanilla cookies were a real showstopper when I had family visiting for Christmas, especially as I would never attempt to achieve this cookie design from scratch. Everyone loved the rich chocolate flavour balanced by the light, subtle vanilla and it's a classic flavour combination perfect for anyone who doesn't know which they like best. Perfect for adults and kids alike!
I love that Doughlicious is not pretending or trying to be a super healthy brand and therefore compromising on taste. By simply using whole, natural ingredients which are of a high quality and that you would use in your own kitchen, Doughlicious have managed to achieve the perfect balance between taste and healthiness. In my opinion, that's far better than stuffing a product full of sugar alcohols and artificial chemicals so that you can say it's low in sugar.
The taste of these cookies is simply unbelievable and you really have to try them to find out for yourself. The texture is flawless; so gooey, soft, and indulgent. The range of flavours on offer is varied, interesting, and imaginative and there's definitely something for everyone. The fact that all the flavours are gluten-free and there are vegan and dairy-free options available is truly impressive and means these treats can be enjoyed by everyone and also means you can offer friends, family and guests something that they will definitely be able to eat without compromise or missing out.
These are proper American-style soft cookies, instead of other health food and healthy cookie brands which are dry, flaky, and just not really cookies! These are actually tastier and a better texture than any 'normal' unhealthy cookie I've ever eaten.
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