Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free Cookbook Giveaway

by Maggie on October 18, 2013

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 Ricki Heller  is the genius behind the candida-friendly blog and the amazing book (her second baking book) Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free. I’ve made many of Ricki’s recipes over the past three years, and I’ve had the pleasure of playing with her new book for about a month now. I am so excited to share it with you.

I first ”met” Ricki online about three years ago. I was immediately smitten with her – she has a huge heart, she’s incredibly down to earth, and she is so gifted when it comes to baking healthy sweets (even Ellen DeGeneres loves Ricki’s recipes).

What’s great about Ricki’s recipes is you know they’ve been tested and tested until perfection. And I can easily sub ingredients if needed. For instance, I used my flour mix instead of making hers (simply because I had some on hand). Ricki’s recipes sometimes call for agave, which I don’t usually buy, so I used local maple syrup instead.

Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free is an incredible resource – I can’t even begin to tell you how thorough the introduction is; it’s over 30 pages long. I learned so much from reading it – and I’ve been at this gluten-free thing for almost 10 years! Ricki knows vegan baking better than most people, but she’s also quickly become a gluten-free expert.

One of the reasons I was so excited for Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free was so I could make Ricki’s Butter Tarts – they’re my all-time favorite dessert, and the same goes for most of my family.

Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free Review 2 from She Let Them Eat Cake

Thanksgiving (Canadian Thanksgiving was last weekend) was the perfect time to make these babies. Ricki takes a classic Canadian recipe and makes it much healthier. Everyone at our Thanksgiving table LOVED them – especially my newly gluten-free brother-in-law!

Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free Review from She Let Them Eat Cake

We’ve also made Ricki’s Fluffy Fruited Pancakes, and we will be making them again and again. As you can see, they are super fluffy (and super nutritious)! We love them. Pete likes using them as a vehicle for peanut butter, but the kids love theirs with good old-fashioned maple syrup.

Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free Review 3 from She Let Them Eat Cake

Since I am the cookie monster in the house, I had to dive into Ricki’s cookie recipes. Her Chocolate-Flecked Pumpkin Seed Cookies were delish; crispy on the outside, soft and chewy in the middle. Cookie heaven. My only complaint is there wasn’t enough cookies – I guess I will have to double the recipe next time.

Chocolate-Flecked Pumpkin Seed Cookies
Recipe reprinted from Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free by Ricki Heller of

  • ⅓ cup (55 g) coconut sugar
  • 20 to 30 drops pure plain or vanilla stevia liquid
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) water
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (120 ml) natural smooth pumpkin seed butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup (25 g) finely ground flax seeds (from about 2 Tbsp whole seeds)
  • ½ cup (75 g) brown rice flour (I used sorghum flour)
  • ⅛ tsp (.5 ml) fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup (50 g) unsweetened carob chips or dairy-free chocolate chips, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 350 ̊F (180 ̊C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, or spray with nonstick spray.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut sugar, stevia, water, and vanilla until the sugar dissolves.
3. Add the pumpkin seed butter, flax, flour, and salt and mix well to form a very thick and sticky dough. Stir in the chips.
4. Using a heaping teaspoon (5 ml), scoop the dough and roll it into small balls, placing them about one inch (2.5 cm) apart on the cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with your palm (or use a silicone spatula).
5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the sheet about halfway through, until the cookies are light golden brown (the dough will lighten as the cookies bake).
6. Allow the cookies to cool completely before removing from the cookie sheet.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. May be frozen.


IMG_1357This picture was taken at one of our lunch dates.  We try to schedule two or three a year since we live quite close to each other .  Aren’t I lucky?

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Mhiran Faraday October 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I am recently gluten free and have four family members that are celiac, and I am working toward finding as many ways as possible to reduce and remove as much refined sugar from my children’s diets as possible without removing all possible treats! This looks like a treasure!


April October 18, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I have IBS and a hormone issue that makes it so I always feel bloated and sick. I have tried paleo, vegan, food combining, etc., and I am almost resigned to just living with my symptoms. During my journey I developed a love of baking healthy treats that I can enjoy while nourishing my body, and this seems like one of those books! Thank you for the giveaway!


Cassandra October 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

WHO wouldn’t benefit from this recipe book!?!!? Call the president, call every parent, call every school lunch program director….America Needs This!!!


Maggie October 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

I totally agree with you Cassandra – love your comment 🙂


Karen October 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm

I’m gluten, diary, soy, and refined sugar free. I’m pretty good at modifying recipes but it’s so nice to have a book to turn to.


Nicole October 19, 2013 at 4:57 am

I have been gluten free for a long time but recently switched to a very low glycemic eating program and am feeling much better. Ricki’s book would really help me stick to the program with low-sugar desserts.


Amy L October 19, 2013 at 6:36 am

My daughter and I have been wanting to try to go gluten free due to health issues, and I think it would be a great help to have a cookbook like this one to guide us.


Jeri October 19, 2013 at 8:54 am

I have been gluten free for 3 years and am newly diagnosed with Candida, parasite, and leaky gut. As a result, I am in the process of once again, drastically changing my diet. I would LOVE this new book to help me with my transitions and to be able to still make things that me and my family will truly enjoy. Thanks for sharing so many great recipes!


Karen Faivre October 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

I NEED this because cannot live without treats. Period. I really love trying out recipes with different types of grains with healthier ingredients.


Kim Humphries October 19, 2013 at 11:11 am

I have a sweet tooth – but tend to eat to go overboard and know I should slow down – my body tells me what I have too much sugar….this book looks like it would help with more natural ideas – drooling over the buttertarts!


Moriah C October 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I have both Lyme disease and Celiac. One son is Type 1 diabetic and a daughter has Crohn’s. all five of the kids are gluten sensitive. So this book would be awesome to have 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!


Chantelle October 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I have been transitioning to GF and DF and would another resource!


Becca F October 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I’m a vegan that is also allergic to wheat. I also try to cut down on my sugar consumption because of fibromyalgia so this book is perfect for me!


Michelle October 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

This book is just what I need, low sugar and gluten free, perfect!


Susan W. October 20, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I have Crohn’s Disease and systemic yeast infection that is the result of immune blocking medication. I’ve been in remission since I’ve gone gluten free and the yeast problem is under control as long as I stay sugar free. This book could definitely help me with my GF/SF cooking.


Stephanie Lyons October 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm

I’m humbled by all those comments before me…only a few months ago we realized our son needed to change his diet to be gluten free, soy free, dairy free, egg free and sunflower free. This book would help me in so many ways…I only have two baking recipes I turn to even though I have tried dozens.


Maggie October 21, 2013 at 8:13 am

Hang in there Stephanie! It gets easier, I promise. I’m totally speaking from experience 🙂 Let me know if I can help at all!


Teresa October 20, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I would love to have some help with gluten free cooking! I have several food allergies and food/dye/chemical sensitivities so eating out is not an option. It would be great to have some recipes that would work for lunch and/or supper. Thanks!


Jenny October 21, 2013 at 6:50 am

Believe I have Candida plus I’m lactose intolerant and have Hydradenitis Suppurativa. I’m desperate for something to change. Think maybe trying these recipes could help. Thanks.


jody estabrook October 21, 2013 at 7:11 am

I am new to gluten free and reined sugar free and am looking for new things to make


April October 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

Hi, This would be an awesome addition to our home! I have 4 girls that have different food allergies! we have been refined sugar free for a couple of years! I am always looking for that recipe that doesn’t leave them feeling like they are missing something! I think Ricki’s book will help me with that! Thank You!


Elle D. October 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I need this book because 1. I am gluten sensitive and 2. I have made too many fail gluten free desserts in the past that my family is scared to try anything I bake now.


Lena Ahn October 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I have 3 auto-immune disorders and am gluten sensitive. I am trying to keep my family healthy but they are not liking all the gluten free foods especially my kids. I would love to make desserts that actually taste good gluten free.


suzy heller October 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm

With a son with major food allergies and highly allergic to gluten…I am always looking for new recipes to make for him.


Kayleigh Vermont October 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I have just started my wheat & gluten free journey, I have suffered with Crohn’s Disease & colitis for 6 years this month, a flare up every year that has led to hospitalisation. The advice and dieticians I have seen haven’t been any help and I just get new prescriptions for new symptoms.
In such a short period of time excluding all wheat & gluten has made a massive difference to my stomach, I would love this book in my life to help and guide me to delicious new recipes I can eat with my family instead of excluding my self from all treats


Deva Fullen October 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Gluten sensitivity runs in my family. My aunt had it, my mom figured out she had it, and I later figured out I had it. My mom is pretty sure my dad has the same sensitivity, he refuses to go gluten free. He is also really overweight to the point where he now has diabetes. Long story short, it may help my daddy see that you can eat gluten free and still eat delicious food. If there’s a shot at making him healthy again, then I’m all for it.


Ruth October 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Hi. I’m in need of this book because I’ve been addicted to sugar since going gluten-free. It’s been so hard to find things that taste good (or like I remember things to taste) since having to go off of gluten. Most of what I have found or the recipes I’ve followed are so full of sugar which doesn’t help with my health either! Now my daughter and son have to be gluten free also and making things for them so they don’t feel like they are missing out is more of a challenge. 😉 Thanks!


Denise West October 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Hi. I’m recently diagnosed with celiac. Only one in the family. I love to bake & recently signed up for a Wiltons Cake Decorating cake. I’ve been trying to make all my stuff gluten free but nothing is coming out right. I’d love a cha nce to win the book so I can finally be able to eat the stuff I’m learning to decorate. Thank you!


Jennifer Knowles October 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I have Celiac, and I am a Paleo/Primal eater for my health. I would love a cookbook that allows me to still have healthy treats, so I don’t feel deprived!


Susette October 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I am on the GF, DF and Egg Free diet for the love of my grandchildren who can’t have one or more of these ingredients. I am also benefiting from it because I used to feel blotted all the time and know I don’t. I am always looking for recipes online. Would love to have this book!
Thank you


Christine October 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I am really trying to reduce the amount of sugar I eat, plus I don’t eat gluten and try not to eat a lot of dairy or eggs, so this would be perfect!


Wendy October 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm

I need a copy because the recipes seem realistic. Most gf recipes call for so many different things that it seems such a headache I never attempt them. I like easy and simple and healthy, not something that potentially requires a degree in science to concoct. I’m too busy to incest too much time but still want good food – I
Think this accomplishes that.


Amber Kenmuir October 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I am trying to be gluten-free and am allergic to dairy. I try to live as gluten-free as I can but know I fall short often because I love sweets:) The reason I would love this cookbook is not only for myself but because, as a chiropractic student, I would love to have a resource I can turn my patients towards so that they can realize that eating gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free is possible and can taste good at the same time! So many people are developing allergies and intolerances and to be able to point them towards a book such as this would be fantastic, especially if I have previously tried all the recipes on myself! Thanks so much for the consideration.


Jenn October 21, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I’m always looking for new healthy and safe recipes for my allergic daughter. She loves her desserts!


Yafa Greenzweig October 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I really need this cookbook. Not only am I gluten free, but I am egg free too, both because of health reasons. My 9-year-old son , recently diagnosed, is also gluten free. We live in Israel and it is very difficult to get ready made products here so I have been experimenting and doing my own cooking and baking. Sometimes they are successes and other times —straight into the garbage. It would be nice to have a cookbook of tried and tested recipes that both of us can enjoy. Thanks !


Sharon October 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I would love this cookbook. I am addicted to all things sweet 🙂


daniela October 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I love to bake and cook for people. I love to make sure that it is healthy and allergy-free (for me & also for people who don’t know they have allergies, too!)


Mei October 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I would like to have this book because I have a 20 months old baby boy who has gluten and egg allergies. I have been learning about gluten free cooking since he was one year old. I ‘m Chinese and baking is not really a part of our everyday cooking unlike in Canada. I would love to have this book so I can learn from it and bake for my son. Thank you


Terri Bargerhuff October 23, 2013 at 6:09 am

I would love (and really need) to have this cookbook because I have multiple food allergies that I just found out about at 50! Gluten, dairy, eggs and cane sugar! So this book would be SOOOO helpful for me to have on hand! Thanks so much for your website!


Josiane October 24, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Well, I have a (vegan and gluten-free) sweet tooth, and I would love to expand my repertoire of treats… Getting to add this book to my cookbook collection would be a terrific way to do that! Thank you for offering us a chance at winning a copy of it.


Jesse Lane @OutToLunchC October 25, 2013 at 6:42 am

I have all of Ricki’s other eBooks and I love them! I would LOVE to get my hands on this book as well because her other ones are amazing!


Candance Holmes October 25, 2013 at 8:20 am

Wow, this book looks amazing! I would need this book on my bookshelf because I just recently discovered that my daughter(she’ll be 2 in December) and I have several food allergies and I am in the beginning stages of trying to learn how to cook gluten, diary and nut free! This book would be such a big help as we both love baked goods and I have quite a sweet tooth 🙂


Ivy October 25, 2013 at 8:28 am

As a holistic personal chef, I spend massive amounts of time in the kitchen creating healthy, healing food for my clients. However, gluten-free/grain-free baking mystifies me. It would be so great to have such a trusted collection of desserts on hand at all times.


Kim October 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

I have been fighting candida for about 10 months now and Ricki’s blog gave me hope! Scouring websites and blogs for a touch of sweetness in my life has become a little bit of an obsession. Making “sweets” my family appreciates that I can still indulge in is huge! Would love to have Ricki’s book!


lymieeatingcoconut October 25, 2013 at 11:28 am

I can’t eat gluten or sugar and I’m vegan. This book was made for me!


Stephanie Cann October 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Who doesn’t need this cookbook? I’d love it to add to my collection as I need some sugar free recipes to oomph up my collection and to delight my belly.


jacquie October 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I want to learn more about GF baking and I lover dessert.


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