Cookbook Giveaway: The Spunky Coconut

by Maggie on February 21, 2012

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Most of you know Kelly Brozyna from her amazing blog The Spunky Coconut.

Kelly’s also a published cookbook author; her first book is called The Spunky Coconut Cookbook: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, and her most recent book is The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts: Gluten Free, Casein Free, and Often Egg Free.  Both are amazing cookbooks and Kelly’s love for nutrition, baking, and her family is evident throughout each one.

I recently had the chance to chat with Kelly on her podcast . It was so great to talk to her. We talked about The Balanced Platter, about our kids, about nutrition, and of course about FOOD.  Make sure you listen to it when you get a chance – folding laundry, cooking alone in the kitchen, washing dishes…

I was lucky enough to meet Kelly at the Gluten-Free Expo last April. The kids and I sat in on one of her cooking demos and watched in amazement as she casually made grain-free bagels (recipe below). They were simple, nutritious, and most of all, delicious.

I picked up a copy of her second book The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts: Gluten Free, Casein Free, and Often Egg Free while I was in Chicago and I wanted to share it with you guys.

One of the things I love about Kelly’s recipes is they’re loaded with healthy ingredients. But they’re also incredibly simple and delicious.

Some of the recipes in the book do contain eggs, but they’re all gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free.

The book begins with a list of Kelly’s most-used ingredients, among them: coconut flour, chia seeds, stevia, and coconut oil.

The first recipe I made was the Spunky Pie Crust, a grain-free and easy to use pie crust. I filled the crust with Kelly’s recipe for Banana Coconut Cream Pie. This was my birthday breakfast and dessert, and it was nothing short of fabulous.  Which is exactly what every birthday girl deserves!

I also love making Kelly’s muffins – a far cry from the sugar-laden ones that won’t leave you feeling full for more than ten minutes. The cookbook has a few muffin recipes but my favorite is her Blueberry Muffins. Kelly’s recipes are so easy to make, and they’re fool-proof! You can have a batch of healthy muffins on the table for breakfast.

Lastly, Pete and I have become slightly addicted to the Foothills Bagels (recipe below), the very bagels that Kelly made at the Expo. I can’t believe how easy they are to make, and how tasty they are. We double the recipe now since we go through them way too fast!

Foothills Bagels

Reprinted with permission from Kelly.

Set oven to 350 degrees F.

Add to mixing bowl:
3 tbsp applesauce
2 tbsp water
3 tbsp flax seed meal or 1 ½ tbps chia seed meal
1 tbsp apple cider vinvegar
¾ tsp guar gum or xanthan gum
¼ cup cashew milk ( I use almond milk)

Beat with electric mixer.

1 tbsp honey (I use maple syrup)
¼ cup ghee or liquefied coconut oil
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut flour
If you live in a moist climate, you may need a little extra flour.
½ cup tapioca flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

Beat again until a mass begins to form.

Form the dough into a ball with your hands.
I put some oil on my hands so the dough doesn’t stick to them.

Divide the ball in half.

Break each half in two, so that there are four balls.
Roll each ball in your hands, then push one finger through the middle and shape the dough in a ring.

They do rise slightly in the oven, so the size of the hole will shrink during baking. Tip: Use dry or slightly oiled hands to shape the dough, not wet hands. When my hands are wet the dough tends to break.

Bake on a slightly greased cookie sheet for about 24 minutes.
Makes 4.


Contest rules: Contest will be open until Tuesday, February 28th at 11:59 pm CST. Winners will be chosen with the help of International winners are responsible for any duties and tariffs.

Make sure you hop over to Kelly’s blog, or catch her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Colleen February 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Looks like some fantastic recipes! : ) I’m eager to expand my GF cooking & baking repertoire as I’ve only been eating this way for 2 months.


Sarah Rapport February 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I would LOVE to win this book! It is one I have been wanting for a long time!


Rocki Adams February 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm

This is awesome and even if I don’t win, I’m buying her book! (Of course I’ll wait to see who the lucky winner is first :-) Thank you!


dee m. February 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

My hubby and I gave up on eating bagels, none of the gluten free recipes we found had the taste we desired. We are looking forward to making these. Thank you. I would love to win this cookbook. :)


Sheryll February 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I cannot wait to try the bagels! Must run to the store for Tapioca flour first.
Please pick me…….love the recipes!


Pam February 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Just found out I’m allergic to all those things and more. I’m tired of eating the same food, however I am getting awesome at making that dish. I would love some new ideas on cooking for the new me. I am learning too cook all over again. Your recipes looks fabulous.


Mary February 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm

This book looks amazing, totally going to try and make the bagels during kiddos nap time today!


Pam February 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I have to say, the picture of your blueberry muffin, is making me drool. And that pie…looks fantastic.


Stephanie February 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Wow, those bagels look yummy! Thanks so much for the chance to win this cookbook!


Lacy February 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I would love to win, it looks like a great cookbook!


susanne castellano February 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

gotta have this book to complete my spunky coconut collection! my new baby girl is going to learn to eat well!


Jen G February 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Would LOVE to win this cookbook! Thanks for the giveaway!


Darla February 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

These look great! Would love to win the cookbook. Thanks!


Kristin Roberts February 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I just began following your blog and loving every post I read. Thanks for the healthy inspiration and lifestyle tricks. This cookbook would be of great use in my home! Happy baking!


Kimberly February 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Those recipes sound amazing!!!


Sarah February 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm

YUM! I would love to add this to my collection of cookbooks!


myna lee johnstone February 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Where i kive an entire family, mom,dad, and 3 girls, make scrumptious gluten free baking.
They are called Laughing Daughters Baking,( gluten free)
Every year for the last 5 years or so they have been selling at our outdoor Farmers Market. By noon they are almost sold out of everything. They make beautiful scones, large cookies, lemon poppyseed cake,date squares and other tantalizing goodies. They will be publishing their book soon and now sell to many groceries and retail stores.Their baking is truly amazing and nobody misses the regular taste of goodies made with wheat,which is sometimes not the case with gluten free recipies.
These recipies you have shared are interesting. I will try them.


Renee February 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Looks like some great recipes! Thanks for bringing this cookbook to my attention.


Ashley February 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

This book looks awesome, thanks for the chance to win!


Zoe February 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Mmmmm the proof will be in the pudding. Can something with no sugar, dairy-free, gluten free taste so good? I hope so! I would love to win this so I can start my new sugar-free journey. Pick me! Pick me!


Robbie Wood February 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I sure could use this cookbook. I have been gluten/grain free for several years now and am always ready to try something new and delish. I LOVE Kellys recipes….they rock!
Thank you for this exciting giveaway. 😉


Jacqueline February 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I am totally new to the subject of gluten-free; it seems some of my allergies might be addressed by this diet. I would like to gather as much information as possible as it seems I will need to completely re-vamp my pantry and fridge. No matter – good health is worth the effort. Thanks for your offer!


Jeanene February 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I would love to win Kelly’s new cookbook!
Those bagels look really good too! I have been saying, ” I need bread!” I bet they are amazing with some nutbutter and sugarfree jam!
Thanks for the give-a-way!


Eryn @ Pumpkin's Pantry February 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I have been meaning to purchase this for some time, so it would be an added bonus to win it for free :) Also, just wondering, but did you mean 1/2 cup or 1 whole cup of coconut flour in the recipe part of the post? I’m asking because the “shift” key is right beside the “/” key and I have made the mistake of typing 1@ instead of 1/2 before :) Thanks so much!


Kim February 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Kelly’s recipes are great!! I would love the cookbook…thanks for offering!


Kate February 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

ahh…coconut flour, my favorite…bagels…can’t imagine!!!
thanks for the giveaway


Patty Hayes February 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm

The food looks delicious. New to the gluten/grain/dairy free club and struggling a bit…would love to own this book! Thanks for the chance :)


Marty February 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I’d love to win this book! Being gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan, finding recipes I can bake has been difficult, that taste great too!


Jessica Schmidt February 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I am so into the health benefits of coconut! I’d love to get a copy of the cookbook to try out some new recipes!


Charis @ MannaTreats February 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Oh I love Kelly’s site and I would be thrilled to win her book! thanks for sharing the bagel recipe!


Amanda February 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I would love to have a copy of the cookbook. I can’t wait to try this bagel recipe – breakfast is our hardest meal of the day (but the most important!!)


monika bradley February 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I thank heaven every day that so many wonderful ladies are so gracious in sharing their gluten free recipes with us!


saniel February 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm

always looking for a way to eliminate grains and dairy from my diet, would be a great addition to have in cookbook collection(have 3 cookbooks total). thanks


Jen February 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I would love to win a copy of this book! Here recipes are always so delicious!


Beth Agosta February 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm

awesome! This would be a great book for those with MS who want to avoid gluten. Mind if I post about it over there? They’d love your blog also. I haven’t been here since being preoccupied with my recent diagnosis.


GSKalwak February 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I recently added the Spunky Coconut to my Facebook Page (Nans Common Cents) and have loved her recipes! I am developing a wheat sensitivity and gluten allergies run in the family, so her webpage has inspired me to not only eat more healthily, but with less and less gluten in our diets (This is a process!). I even have my husband almost converted – keep up the great work! We are grateful for your talents and dedication!


Katrina February 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I would love a copy of this cookbook! Thank you for the opportunity!


Melissa February 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I’ve been following Kelly’s site for some time now and have yet to add one of her books to my collection – this would be a great one to add. Thanks for the chance to win!!


julie February 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I would love to win it looks like a great book


Anna Lee February 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I would love to win this cookbook as I am gluten, dairy, and primarily grain free!


Rosemary February 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I can no longer put off going dairy free as well as gluten free (boohoo cheese!) and seriously need ideas to get the calories and fats I need to keep producing milk for 2 very addicted boys! This book looks great!


Heather February 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Thanks for posting the bagel recipe! Also, thanks for the contest! I just went grain-free in January and need all the help I can get! The recipe book would be awesome!!


KellyB February 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Kelly the Spunky Coconut turned me on to vanilla stevia. I hadn’t known that stevia came in flavors until reading her blog. Her chai granola recipe is my current favorite.
thanks for the chance at her book


melanie February 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Yummy! Bagels! Since going gluten free I haven’t had a bagel in such a long time…I can’t even remember my last one:( I would love this cookbook!


Sue February 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I’m celiac and going on a grain free diet. This cookbook would be great!


Sarah February 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

The cookbook looks wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.


Ali Kimble February 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Love love love! would like to be the proud owner of the book! :)


Janet V February 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I gave Kelly’s cookbook to my mom for Christmas. I’m eager to get my own copy! I made her banana cream pie and oh, my…it is the best! I love it for breakfast. :)


Tasha February 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I would love to expand my GF baking repertoire with this cook book. I don’t own any GF cookbooks yet and could really use one!


Kate February 21, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I can’t wait to try the Foothills Bagels! :)


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