Fabulous Find – Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free

by Maggie on February 27, 2011

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Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger

I love participating in Book of Yum’s Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger monthly roundups. It’s such a great way to try out other blogger’s recipes. Otherwise, us bloggers are too busy working on our own recipes to try out another blogger’s recipes. Sometimes I think about hanging up my blogging hat just so I can try all of the amazing gluten-free recipes that are floating around the blog-o-sphere.

One of my earliest blogging heroes was Amy from Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free. I have been participating in her Slightly Indulgent Tuesday roundups for over a year. From the beginning, Amy was so kind, generous, and supportive. She always makes me feel important.

Amy has been such a good influence on me. I never ever thought I could try living refined sugar-free. However, slowly but surely, Amy rubbed off on me and I love living without refined sugar. I feel so much better and my body is much healthier.

Naturally the changes I make to my diet influence the way my kids eat. I love serving Callum and Liv cookies and cupcakes free of white and refined sugars. I really have Amy to thank for all of this, because before Amy, I didn’t even imagine life sugar-free.

So how does one bake without sugar? Amy uses all kinds of unrefined sugars to sweeten her cooking and her baking. It was Amy who first introduced me to coconut sugar. She also uses dates, stevia, and fruit to sweeten her baking.

I could gush and gush about Amy, but I’ll keep this short so I can focus on the amazing recipes I tried from her website. Soon I’ll tell you all about her new cookbook!

The Recipes

The first recipe I ever made from Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free was Amy’s Chewy Chocolate Vegan Date Brownies . They were my first attempt at sugar-free baking (last summer) and they were the perfect brownie (I like mine dense and chewy). As you can see from the picture, I iced mine with some melted chocolate and coconut oil, and topped them with some raspberries. They didn’t last long around here.

Another one of the recipes I tried was Amy’s Vegan Health Bar Cookies (sorry about the way-too-close-up shot). These made for a great breakfast (Pete liked to smear his with almond butter), or an even better afternoon snack. I used dates instead of raisins so this made them even sweeter (they’re sweetened with fruit juice).

I also made Amy’s Winter Minestrone Soup when we had a little birthday party for Pete earlier this month. It was a big hit and the recipe makes lots of soup so we were enjoying it for a couple of days.  It’s full of veggies and super easy to adapt based on what you have in your fridge.

Finally, I made Amy’s gluten-free bread, aptly called The Perfect Bread. Like all of Amy’s recipes, it was super easy to follow and I knew what to expect along the way. Don’t be afraid to try baking gluten-free bread! As most of you know, my baking is egg-free so instead of eggs I used ground chia and a little bit of baking soda. The results were fantastic. It makes a big and beautifully soft loaf of bread. We loved it. It was gone in two days.

Want to try one of Amy’s many recipes? She’s got a fantastic recipe index that I found easy to use.

Lastly, Amy just launched her first cookbook Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free:180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less. Buy it today on Amazon. I’m still waiting patiently for my copy. Amazon Canada is taking a little longer to deliver this much-anticipated cookbook!

This month’s Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger roundup is being hosted by the lovely Lexie from Lexie’s Kitchen. Look for the roundup around the 11th of March, 2011.
Thanks for hosting Lexie.

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