Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free: 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less

by Maggie on September 29, 2011


Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free by Amy Green

I met Amy almost two years ago when I joined in on her weekly round-up Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays. Amy is an incredible person who shares her cooking experiences, her life and inspirations, and her gluten-free and sugar-free recipes on her blog.

Amy has this way of making gorgeous and seemingly complex food, approachable for the at-home cook. And her cookbook doesn’t disappoint!

Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free: 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less contains everything from every day recipes like simple salads to delicious desserts like Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Cake.

Of course everything in the cookbook is gluten-free and refined sugar-free. Yep, even refined sugar-free frosting recipes. My favorite!

We eat gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free at our house, but this didn’t stop me from enjoying many of the recipes in Amy’s cookbook. Many of the recipes in her cookbook are naturally vegetarian or vegan.

Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free Cookbook and a recipe for Socca Pizza

One of our favorite dishes to eat around here is black bean burritos. Amy’s version is a Black Bean Tostada dish that we instantly loved. Her recipe includes easy roasted vegetables that are a delicious addition to the tostada.

Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free Cookbook and a recipe for Socca Pizza

The kids love Amy’s recipe for Light and Fluffy Fruit Pancakes. Although the recipe calls for eggs and cow’s milk, I was easily able to replace the eggs with ground chia and the cow’s milk with homemade almond milk mixed with a tablespoon of vinegar. What I love about this recipe is the amount of pancakes it makes. I like making big batches on the weekend so I can freeze some for through the week.

Socca Pizza from Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free on She Let Them Eat Cake.Com

The recipe we use on a weekly basis is Amy’s recipe for Socca Pizza (check out the recipe below). I had never made socca pizza before and oh my, was I pleasantly surprised. Amy’s recipe is simple, easy to prepare, and works every time! We top ours with dairy-free pesto and homemade bruschetta. So good!

Socca Pizza

(Recipe courtesy of Amy Green)

1 cup garbanzo bean flour (chickpea flour)
1 ½ cups cold water
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt

To make the batter, combine the garbanzo bean flour, water, olive oil, and salt in a blender and blend on medium speed for 20 to 30 seconds until thoroughly combined and smooth. Put the batter into the refrigerator until ready to use.

Rub a 12-inch cast iron skillet with a thin layer or oil. Place the pan in the oven and preheat oven to 475f.

When the oven is preheated, carefully add 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter (we use olive oil) to the cast iron pan while it’s still in the oven. Once the butter has melted, carefully remove the cast iron skillet from the oven. Pour the batter into the pan. It should sizzle.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the top of the socca has started to lightly brown in places.

Spread the desired amount of sauce on the baked pizza crust. Top with cheese and other toppings. Return the pizza to the 475f oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cheese has melted and toppings are cooked through.

If you’re using pesto or bruschetta, remove the skillet from the oven and carefully flip the socca. Return to oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spread with pesto and bruschetta.

Let the pizza rest for 5 minutes before serving and slicing.

Yield: 1 (12-inch) pizza

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary Ptak October 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm

The Peach & Blackberry Crisp……super easy and soooooo GOOD!!!! YUM!!!!


Niv October 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Thanks for the giveaway. I would like to try Carrot cake pudding and coconut bread pudding.


jess October 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I love Amy’s g-f bread recipe!


Amanda October 3, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Love the chocolate chia pudding! And it’s so healthy!


Kim - Cook It Allergy Free October 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Not entering, of course, but just letting you know that this is an awesome review and that your photos look awesome!! I have not made that socca pizza yet, but now I am thinking it will go on our menu this week!!


Maggie October 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Thanks Kim! You’re the best!


Stephanie October 4, 2011 at 7:29 am

I love her cashew cream recipe. I have made it many times, and it rocks!!! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂


Brittany October 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

I am loving the Black Bean Tostada!!! Need to try it!!!


Jody October 4, 2011 at 9:54 am

My entire family flips over Amy’s GF Apple Carrot Breakfast Cake. It is perfect for slicing and running out the door with the kids! Thanks for offering the cookbook giveaway!


Joanie H October 4, 2011 at 10:01 am

Just discovered her site recently. Her grain-free pizza crust looks wonderful and I can’t wait to try it. I need to remove yeast from my diet and I still want pizza!


Cyndi October 4, 2011 at 10:14 am

Gluten free bread recipe


Maureen October 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

The Taco Seasoning! Seems so simple but you know it’s pure w/o fillers 🙂


Emily Koehler October 4, 2011 at 10:33 am

Socca Pizza!


Stephanie Cann October 4, 2011 at 11:00 am

I’m super interested in the chocolate chia pudding but I think her Perfect Bread recipe has won me over and I’ll have to try it this week. I’ve been to busy to bake bread at at $6 a loaf, I could use something home made.


Dyann Meschi October 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

The Sweet Corn Spoon Bread looks like the ultimate comfort food. We’ve just started our rainy season here in central California, perfect time to whip this recipe up! Yummerola!!!


stephanie October 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I only recently came across her blog, so I haven’t tried any of her recipes yet. I would love to try the sweet corn spoon bread among others. She has so many yummy recipes on her blog that it is hard to choose which one to try first.


sherry varano October 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm



Marion Soule October 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I have been looking for a really good gluten free bread and Amy’s gluten free bread recipe is a definite winner! Thanks ☺


sherry varano October 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm



Maggie October 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Hey Sherry – You will LOVE the pumpkin bread 🙂


Katrina October 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Chocolate crusted fruit kids love it!!


Kate October 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I’ve never read Amy’s blog–so excited to have come across it! With fall coming, definitely going to try the crispy, sweet and savory cornbread dressing and apple & walnut stuffed squash recipes! Love your blog! Love the giveaway idea! 🙂


Michelle Bornick October 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Chocolate Cannoli cupcakes…yummy!


Rebecca Faris October 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I love SS&GF! The first recipe of hers that I tried was the almond butter cookies. I love peanut butter cookies, but haven’t been able to make a good one with no shortening or sugar. These cookies were so good!


Kati October 5, 2011 at 5:51 am

Hard to narrow it down!! But… Shredded Chicken Tortilla Soup is Great. For dessert, Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting!


Dyane October 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Cashew cream, applesauce, chocolate chia pudding… I want to try them ALL!


Candy @ Healthy in Candy Land October 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm

They all look amazing, but I just bought apples to try the crockpot applesauce and I have been eyeing her Sweet Corn Spoon Bread for awhile now. I need to find time to make it!


Catherine Daniels October 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I have a basket of pears that I would love to use in the Pear & Blackberry Crisp.


Joanna October 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

I just tried the pizza, but it didn’t work for me… It tasted gritty – I’ve never worked with chickpea flour though so maybe I didn’t blend the dough enough. And it fell apart after I baked it with the toppings and tried to slice it. Maybe I didn’t blind bake it enough first? Any suggestions? I love the concept of this chickpea flour pizza dough!


Maggie October 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Hi Joanna – I’m sorry it didn’t work out! What did you blend it in? I have a high-speed blender so I give it a really good workout 🙂 Did you follow the recipe (instructions included) exactly? Give me a little more info and hopefully I can help. It’s a great, high-protein crust!


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