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

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley B. September 29, 2011 at 11:15 am

Amy’s Cinnamon Vanilla Granola is the perfect breakfast, snack–a tasty, take anywhere treat!


noreen utri September 29, 2011 at 11:36 am

I love the socca pizza! By far my most used recipe!!! Also love the fudge brownies…oh and the banana oat bars…oh and the peanut butter hot fudge cake!!! Ok I love everything she does!!!


Cathy Drury September 29, 2011 at 11:41 am

I have just made yet another batch of the crunchy gluten free granola! This recipe not only is absolutely delicious, the best granola I have made!! but has been of great benefit to my daughter who is in second year university, and was just diagnosed 6 months ago with dairy, gluten and egg intolerances. As you can imagine, it is very very difficult for a university student living away from home to eat properly, with or without food issues! This recipe gives her a delicious option for starting her day off with a very nutritious breakfast, as well as a quick energizing snack during the day between classes and labs when she does not have time to go try to find gluten,dairy,egg free food on campus!
I am delighted to have found your website, and look forward to making her many recipes for her freezer and fridge to help her stay on a healthy eating plan!!!
Thank you from a very grateful Mom!


Jessie September 29, 2011 at 11:46 am

I’ve been trying to find a recipe for sugar free applesauce in the crockpot, so I can’t wait to try the one I just saw on her sight! So simple! 🙂


Brandae September 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

Awesome giveaway!! I LOVE Amy’s blog! My kids’ favorite recipe has been the spooky cobweb brownies. I love all I’ve tried. 🙂


Ilse Berg September 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I love the cheese blintzes with blueberry sauce! I use maple syrup instead of agave nectar, and my own GF flour blend.


Cindy September 29, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I am new to gluten free cooking so I am EXCITED about finding another new blog with yummy looking recipes. It is giving me hope that I will not melt into a puddle of pity party as I start this new adventure in cooking. I like the flour blends the most so far from Amy’s site but that spoon corn bread is a must try too!


Kristin September 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I haven’t tried any of them yet but I want to try the pumpkin pie pudding. I would love to win this book!


Lari Langley Taylor September 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm

My fav is her Strawberry Coconut “Milkshake”. I never would have thought to combine kale & dates in a smoothie! It’s delicious!


Suzanne September 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I made the chocolate date brownie and they were delicious.


Meghan September 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I haven’t tried them yet, but as soon as I buy some all-purpose gf flour I want to make her carrot cake cupcakes! Lately I find myself missing carrot cake!


The Mixing Bowl Diary September 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I had a socca pizza for the first time in NYC a few weeks ago at Nizza. It was really good and I kept thinking about it and wanting to make my own at home. I am excited about Amy’s socca recipe!! Can’t wait to get started on it


Allison September 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm

You know me Mags, and I always go straight to the desserts! My fave recipe is for Flourless Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I made a couple changes (honey instead of agave, cane sugar instead of coconut sugar, and flax/water combo instead of the egg), but they were super easy and delicious!


Maggie September 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Allison I’m so glad you made them! Thanks for sharing! xo


Jen September 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I have been wanting to make Amy’s Chicken Pie forever, now it’s time to get to it!!


Ariana Strong September 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I can’t wait to try the pumpkin pie pudding!!


Andrea September 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I love the apple carrot breakfast cake


Melody September 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm

The Chocolate Crusted Fruit Pizza looks and sounds delicious, definitely in my list of “to make” recipes.


Natalie September 29, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I’ve never tried anything from Amy’s blog but I should!! I’m antsy to try her pizza crust. Looks interesting…


Kat September 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Coconut Bread Pudding Cupcakes are my favorite.


Ashley Scott September 30, 2011 at 2:12 am

Sooooo hard to choose! But Pecan pie crust is a winner, I love pecans! So versatile, would work with a cheese cake, pecan pie, apple pie….ummmmm pie…..


moriah cameron September 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

My kids absolutely love the Banana Blueberry Jello. Definitely a hit around our house 🙂


Tamzin F. September 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

This summer our favorite has been Amy’s zucchini cookies with lemon cream cheese frosting! The boys can’t wait for the zucchini to grow big enough to warrant cookies!


Karen September 30, 2011 at 10:51 am

The Pear and Blackberry Crisp sounds scrumptious! Wouldn’t have thought to put those two fruits together in a crisp. Very inventive. Haven’t cooked anything from this site yet, since I’ve just discovered it, but gluten-free cookbooks are always a welcome addition to my kitchen!


Elizabeth September 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

Apple carrot breakfast cake! So easy in the VitaMix.


Carolyn September 30, 2011 at 11:15 am

Mags – omg everything looks great on her blog but I went straight to the cupcakes section. If I can find a way to still give my kids treats like cupcakes (AND take them to school & brag to the parents that they are sugar free and healthy!!) then that make me super happy 🙂

If I had to pick an ongoing recipe though – it would be the healthy carrot cupcake. Great send to school snack (no nuts of course !!)


Karen September 30, 2011 at 11:24 am

Chicken and black bean tacos!!! Yum~ And many more. One of the things I love is that she keeps it simple and real like the kind of food I grew up on, but with a twist.


Bonnie September 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

Buckwheat Pumpkin muffins! I love finding new ways to use buckwheat flour as it is my favorite wheat flour substitute. It doesn’t work in all recipes, but when it does it is special. I love Amy’s blog and would love to get a copy of her cookbook.


Barb W. September 30, 2011 at 11:40 am

I don’t have a favorite yet but I’d really like to try the Crunchy Gluten Free Granola recipe this weekend. Granola and yogurt are my “go-to’s” for breakfast!

Hugs and God Bless,
ruralmoms AT gmail DOT com


Lisa G September 30, 2011 at 11:45 am

The peanut butter hot fudge cake!


ruby September 30, 2011 at 11:53 am

I have not tried her recipes but am going to try the sooca pizza. I would love to have her book and have bookmarked her web site.


Erin September 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Flour less oatmeal raisin cookies! Sugar free, dairy free and gluten free cookies hooray! Thank you for the generous giveaway. And fab recipes!


Dayna September 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm

The peanut butter hot fudge cake sounds like the most decadent and delicious dessert I’ve been able to indulge in for years! I can’t wait to make it… this weekend.
I also love the Buckwheat Pumpkin Muffins. Although I have some great recipes for muffins that are gluten and sugar free, this one is the best and most creative mix. A great change.


Shawna September 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I love so many!!! So hard to choose…since my children love, love, love the Cinnamon Vanilla Granola I’ll have to go with that one!!!


alli September 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I love Amy’s basic all purpose flour mix!
It’s easy, tasty, and best of all, Rice Free!

There’s w-a-y too much rice being used out there in GF land, so it’s really nice when someone takes a break using from it and all their rice-free recipes make fabu-licious food that turns out really delish! 🙂

peace and joy..alli


Lindsay Ham September 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

One of my favorite recipes from Amy’s blog is the Coconut Bread Pudding Cupcakes with Raw Macadamia Cream frosting (which is great for me because it is gluten and dairy-free!) I’m a junior in college going to school in Utah, but my family lives in California still. My 8 year old brother is gluten-free and dairy-free, just like me, and he loves when I come home because I like to cook with him and make treats that he can actually eat! When I made these, I caught him sneaking them out of the tupperware that they were being stored in when he thought no one was looking! Ha! He loved them! He wanted one for every meal, and he’s normally a very, very picky eater. I know if he likes something, it must be great!


Ricki September 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I’m not entering the giveaway since I already have Amy’s book (and love it) but had to chime in that I LOVE socca pizza! We do it much like you do, with pesto and veggies. Great quick & easy supper!


Maggie September 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Thanks Ricki! It is a quick recipe! I love it.


Cindy September 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm

The pear and blackberry crisp sounds wonderful.


CHRISTINA September 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

My favorite receipe of Amy’s is the pumpkin pie pudding!! Soo good and soo easy!!! Everyone in my house loves it!


bunkie September 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

love love love her French Apple art!


Nicole @ Special Diet Creations October 1, 2011 at 1:56 am

My favorite recipe is Amy’s Flourless Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.


Lori October 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Love the oatmeal raisin cookies!!!


saniel October 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm

i just made the socca pizza, it was very good added pesto, tomatoes and cheese-very YUMMY!!!


Maggie October 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Hey Saniel – I’m so glad you tried it and liked it! So awesome, right?


Theresa P. October 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I LOVE carrot cake. tried Amy’s recipe for the carrot cupcakes made healthy. Loved them and I don’t feel so guilty eating them. like i did with regular carrot cake. thanks, for the opportunity to win her fabulous book.


Erin October 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I always love a good muffin and I love her Autumn Spice Pumpkin Muffins (although I made some alterations based on my own food allergies)


marina October 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I really want to try the socca pizza, althought I dont have a cast iron pan. Im going to see if I can do this on a griddle. i imagine its the consistency of pancake batter?


Maggie October 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Yep, much like pancake batter. However it is a little thinner. Let us know how it works out.


Sara October 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I just discovered your blog and Amy’s! I can not wait to try her “perfect bread” with your substitutions. I am GF/ vegan and can’t have any corn so it is incredibly hard to make bread. I had another failed attempt today so I am hoping her recipe does the trick, thanks!


Maggie October 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Hey Sara – You’ll be super happy with the vegan version of her perfect bread. Just make sure you follow the recipe closely the first time 🙂


Katelyn October 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Her CrockPot Applesauce looks amazing. I need to pull out my crockpot out of storage to try it!


Britt T. October 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm

The Vegan White Bean & Kale Soup!



Lisa Greninger October 3, 2011 at 6:45 am

I just picked apples off the tree I can not wait to try the applesauce in the crock pot.


Maggie October 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Lucky you Lisa! Picking apples is still on our fall to-do list 🙂


Dawn-Marie Valdron October 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I can’t wait to try the chocolate chia pudding.


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