Cookbook Giveaway: The Spunky Coconut

by Maggie on February 21, 2012

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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holly kuzdzal February 21, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I would love this cookbook! With 3 kids, age range 6 yr to 8 mths, having numerous food allergies, I have found kellys blog very helpful!


Heather February 21, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I would love to give this to my sis-in-law who is struggling with her new gluten/egg/dairy-free living!


Nicole February 21, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I have wanted this book for a looooong time. I would be thrilled to win a copy!


Adriana February 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

My daughter encouraged me to go gluten free. I feel so much better. It opens new doors to wanting to eat healthier than ever. She showed me your site and it is now bookmarked. This cook book would be amazing for both of us.


Jamie February 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

Being new to this way of life and nutrition…I would love to receive this book. I think it would be a great way for me to learn how to create healthy food for my family. I would love to win this copy!!!!


esther February 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

I am a grand-mother of 6, aged 2-13, and we all have food sensitivities; so I am always looking for recipes we can enjoy eating and cooking together! It would be a welcome addition to add this cookbook to our healthy eating program. Thank you kindly!


Erin Mataj February 22, 2012 at 11:42 am

I’ve been following The Spunky Coconut for a while and would love to have her cookbook to add to my collection.


Tanya February 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I would LOVE a copy of this as I’ve been recently diagnoised with food allergies, gluten, dairy, egg, oh my… I’be been using a lot of bean flours and noticing my stomach isn’t handling those too well either..ugh.. Need all the help I can get! 😉 Thanks for the offer!


Colleen M. February 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm

This would be a great cookbook to help me through these new changes of eating GF and DF. Thanks so much for the giveaway!


Heather February 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm

This looks like a great cookbook! I’m gluten free & would love to add this to my library :)


Michelle L King February 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

This would be awesome for me. My three children are all intolerant to gluten and egg and two cannot have milk. I’m actually thinking about buying a copy of it to give away at the signing event for my GF children’s book when it gets scheduled.


Kaitlyn February 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I have been wanting to try this cookbook! It looks great!!


Lindsay Ham February 23, 2012 at 7:00 am

I love both of your websites! I was just telling my mom about the Spunky Coconut this weekend when we were able to get together for the long weekend! We’d love to try the cookbook!


karen February 23, 2012 at 7:31 am

I could use a book like this for more gluten-free options. Cool name for your blog!


Donna Case February 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

I would love a copy of Kelly’s cookbook! What amazing creative recipes. :)


Heidi February 23, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I would love to win this cookbook! We have numerous allergies and health challenges at our house that affect our diet. We’d love to be able to try these recipes!


Bonnie February 23, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I have been researching all about grain free, and am already sugar, gluten, egg and dairy free. This is the cookbook I have been waiting for,lol. I purchased my first thing of coconut flour two weeks ago, and have been looking for just the right recipe. The banana cream pie looks so delicious, as I am a sucker for sweet things, and the bagels, well a grain free bagel! My hips will thank you! I love the Spunky Coconut blog, so I cannot wait to get ahold of more great recipes in this second cookbook! Thanks for sharing Maggie!


lindsey February 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Yum! My whole family is gluten- or grain-free so that would be a phenomenally useful book for us!!


Molly February 23, 2012 at 10:47 pm

This book sounds absolutely amazing! Thank you for sponsoring this contest, Maggie! :-)


Darla H February 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

Awesome!! Kelly is a genius!!


Kristine February 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

Already DF and GF and may have to go egg free soon … so look forward to these yummies!


Kimberly February 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

I am new to gluten free (and dairy free for that matter). Winning this would be awesome!


Robyn February 24, 2012 at 8:35 pm

LOVE these blogs, thanks for all you share!


Holly M February 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

I would love this cookbook. I’m trying to figure all of this out. Thank you for this giveaway.


Erin February 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

I would love to win this book so my family can understand that healthy food can still be delicious!


JulieH February 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm

This book would be a welcome additional to my gluten-free collection.


Crystal February 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm

This recipe book sounds great. I feel so much better without the gluten, but sometimes I just need some new recipe ideas.


Teslaca February 26, 2012 at 7:14 am

Those bagels sound great! It’s been so long since I had one, but I used to love them before I gave up wheat. This looks like a great and useful cookbook; thanks for a chance to win a copy!


shani February 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

i am trying to build a new cookbook library to deal with an allergen free lifestyle


Crystal February 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

Would love a copy of this book. My toddler does not tolerate dairy, eggs or refined sugars. I am diary and gluten free as well. Always looking for yummy allergy friendly recipes!


Kayla Parks February 27, 2012 at 9:37 am

A little over a year ago I started eating gluten free, in addition to already have eaten dairy free for years as part of my treatment plan for Crohn’s Disease. Eating gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free has helped control symptoms and been a huge part of my journey back in to remission. I’m currently a college student and off the meal plan because of this diet and do all of my own cooking. Kelly’s blog was the first blog I found and followed once I started incorporating a gluten-free (and refined sugar-free) into my diet. I grown to love cooking and developed a passion for experimenting with recipes as well as sharing my meals and knowledge with others. I would absolutely delight in having this book.
Thanks so much for doing this!



Hillary February 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

I follow both of you on Facebook and I would love to win this cookbook!


Jessica February 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

I love Kelly’s recipes! I’m kind of “old school” and LOVE cookbooks, more than finding recipes online. This would be a great addition to my collection!


Lindsey February 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

I Could use a little spunky coconut in my life !!!


Alena M February 27, 2012 at 9:59 am

I LOVE her blog, and love her recipes! Thanks for the opportunity!


Sarah f February 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

Would love to cook from this book!!! Yummmm


Marlene Braun February 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

I would love to have this cookbook! We are pretty much GF and dairy free around here and would love some great recipes to add!!


Jessica Mikolowski February 27, 2012 at 10:15 am

As a new GF person. I know it’s hard to get started. I have one cook book and it helps very much! Feeding family and enjoying it too :)


Katie C. February 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

Hello. Would love to explore this cookbook…my daughters and I are gluten-free and always looking for yummy and healthy recipes. Thanks for making this contest so simple to enter!


Laura February 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

I love the Spunky Coconut and would love the cookbook! Great recipes!


Marcy Buchanan February 27, 2012 at 10:52 am

Oh how I would love Kelly’s cookbook!!
I have been following her blog for a couple of years.
My battle with Lyme Disease has brought about
a wonderful new perspective on cooking for my family!
Blessings come in the midst of trials for sure!!
We have made many of her recipes and would LOVE
a copy of her cookbook! Thank you… Your blog is awesome!


Kathleen February 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I am a GF newbie and I don’t even own a GF cookbook yet. I would love to win this! Being diagnosed with a gluten allergy is not fun but it might be fun if I can learn to cook well with GF products. THANKS!


Amy M February 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Thanks for the giveaway. Going to go get some more xantham gum and try the bagel recipe!


Victoria Fox February 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I would love to win a copy to give to my daughter as she has just recently been diagnosed with Celiac disease and she is a vegetarian. Finally an answer to her stomach problems after 15 yrs.


Holly February 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I would really love to win this cookbook!


Portia O. February 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I just started gluten-free/dairy-free living and I never realized how much gluten & dairy is in every college student’s pantry. Now I’m on a quest to make the GF & DF affordable… even by college student standards :)


Missa February 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm

What a great giveawat!!


Loretta Giza February 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

On the weekend I made your chocolate chip cupcakes ( the gluten eating hubby got into them) and today I came back to find your super banana muffin recipe. I stumbled onto the COOKBOOK CONTEST which if I won , would really help out this gluten, dairy,egg free ,healthy living ,cocanut lover, with her daily quest of what’s to eat! Thanks for opening up my world
with great recipes and words of wisdom.( took a beginner’s computer course Sept. 2011) I tell everyone I know ,who could benifit, about your site. Thankyou, Thankyou, Loretta Giza ,Ont., Canada.


Helen Heming February 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I love trying these gluten free recipes – healthier for us over 50 crowd too!!!


JoAnn February 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I would love to win this! Looks yummy!


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