Naturally Sweet & Gluten Free: A Cookbook Review & Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be writing my review for my good friend Ricki’s new cookbook, Naturally Sweet & Gluten Free.  Ricki has been a long time blogger, and she has well of information, recipes, and resources for thos on restrictive diets.  You can find her at  And unlike any other cookbook I have reviewed…I have a very special knowledge of this particular cookbook, as I was a recipe tester for this one!

What fun!  I know I want to some day write my own cookbook, so I figured it would be be a good experience to act as a tester.  Look at some of these yummy things I got to test:


Ricki’s book is so helpful and loaded with tantalizing treats.  Anyone who has ever attempted the beast of gluten free AND vegan baking knows…it is no easy feat!  And Ricki has LOADS of experience. She has been blogging in the gluten free community for years and teaches whole foods cooking classes.    She is also a registered holistic nutritionist…she knows about the importance of food related to your health.

She has a great section explaining  ingredients and flours, and a brief low down of gluten free vegan baking.  With recipes for almost everyone…you will be excited to get in the kitchen and start baking!

If you are new to sugar free baking, this cookbook will be a great primer into natural sweeteners.  Each one has its own characteristics, and baking your way through this book will teach you their nuances.

(Ricki uses an all-purpose mix of her own making in many of her recipes.  I happen to be one of those rare people that can taste bean flours (in any amount) in baked goods, so every single recipe I subbed the garfava flour in her flour  blend with either toasted quinoa or teff flours, all with great success.  As another side…she uses flax meal…but my son is anaphylactic to those darn seeds, so I always used chia meal.)

AND THE RECIPES!!  I have fallen in love with more than my fair share of recipes in this book…both in my testing trials and our current acquisition of the final cookbook.

Chocolate Mint Cookies, Raw Cookie Dough Bites (they totally taste like cookie dough!), Pumpkin Sunshine Loaf……my kiddos had a heyday selecting the recipes they wanted to make, oohing and awing over all the beautiful images!  (Two different brownie recipes are next up!)


Two of my kiddos making their selections…in these pictures…Raw Cookie Dough Bites (yep, they sure do taste like raw cookie dough!)


Bottom line, this is an invaluable resource for those looking to make delicious treats that are allergy friendly AND use only natural sweeteners. Buy your copy today, you won’t be disappointed!

And today, I get to give away a copy of this fabulous book to one of my lucky readers!  You have one week to get up to 6 entries.  This contest is only open to US residents.  Rafflecopter will randomly select an winner when the time is up!
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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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43 comments on “Naturally Sweet & Gluten Free: A Cookbook Review & Giveaway
  1. Li says:

    Can’t wait to see when your cookbook comes out! I’ve made the pumpkin snickerdoodles, banana donuts and zucchini bread and loved them all! Thank you for posting such delicious and healthy recipes.

  2. Ricki says:

    Tessa, thank you so much for this!! (I see you couldn’t resist those crepes in the collage–ha ha!!) 😀 It was SUCH a pleasure working with you as a tester on the book–and great to know that your subs for the GF mix worked so well, too. Thrilled that you liked the recipes this much–and thank your for this giveaway! :)

  3. Ricki says:

    PS Forgot to say–I responded to your email but it just got sent back to me–re: the orange spread–did you get it?

  4. Nikki Nisly says:

    Oh my gosh a taste tester!! How cool. Can’t wait to get my hangs on this book! I love Sweet Freedom!

  5. Andie d says:

    My son is allergic to milk, eggs and wheat (among other things). I would love this book!

  6. Mary says:

    I love your site. Some of your recipes have become our family’s favorites. I signed up for your email, and am excited for a chance to win this new recipe book!

  7. Abby says:

    I subscribed to your blog!

  8. karen says:

    i subscribe! Would love a new cookbook!

  9. Briita N says:

    i already subscribe

  10. Sasha says:

    Oh my goodness, I would LOVE to win this book! I have major food allergies and sometimes a grain-free, low sugar treat is a MUST :)

  11. Deborah says:

    Would love to win this book! Already an e-mail subscriber!

  12. Grace S. says:

    What a wonderful resource! I have one child with wheat allergies, on with corn, and one with eggs (among others). We have extended family that has dairy allergies and it’s a “work-out” to find dessert recipes we all can have. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  13. Julia says:

    I love your site and recipes! Thanks for doing this giveaway, I’d love to own a copy of Ricki’s book.

  14. Danielle says:

    I have been a long time subscriber. I love your blog. I am a huge fan of Ricki, and I constantly use her recipes. She has made it fun to cook with food allergies.

  15. Kristine Drumm says:

    Wow so excited about this cook book, can’t wait to try the yummy recipies .

  16. Charlotte Moore says:

    I already get your updates.

  17. Peggy says:

    I’d LOVE this book! Just told to cut out all white sugar!

  18. I have severe food allergies plus being celiac. I also need to bake with low glycemic sweetners. This book would be a huge blessing. I wold love to win.! God bless you.

  19. April Paik says:

    Subscribed! Thank for the giveaway!

  20. Susan says:

    I would love to win this book.

  21. Cheryl L. says:

    Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free looks like a fabulous must-have cookbook for my family. This is a great giveaway!

  22. Alison Whyte says:

    Without finding Rickie on Pinterest when my son was heavily restricted on his diet I wouldn’t have known what to feed him. I would love to win her book!!

  23. Melissa says:

    Am excited about this book.
    and I am already signed up for emails. Thanks!

  24. Linda says:

    Sounds like a fabulous cookbook! Count me in for the giveaway…

  25. Roni says:

    This looks like a good book. Wish I could have been a tester too!

  26. Mallory says:

    Always love Ricki’s new recipes (follow on pinterest and her blog) And have been dying to try some of the talked about recipes in her cookbook! With a list of food allergies and intolerances, any reading or recipes I can get is a huge help and inspiration!

  27. Hi Tessa,
    I love Ricki’s recipes so it would be wonderful to win a copy of her fabulous cookbook! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  28. Alissa says:

    Ricki is amazing! I would love a copy of her book!

  29. Erin says:

    I subscribed!! I think this book looks sooo good!!

  30. Laura says:

    I signed up! Would love a copy of this!

  31. Sherri says:

    I’m signed up to receive your emails, aswell as Ricki Heller’s. Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome cookbook. :)

  32. Cynthia says:

    I am signed up.

  33. Miz Helen says:

    Great review! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope your weekend was great!
    Miz Helen

  34. Heather Scott says:

    I would love this cookbook! Healthy cooking that tastes good is what I am trying to learn!

  35. Rosemary W Coplan says:

    I can now make yummies for all of my friends! Thanks so much!

  36. MarshaK says:

    I signed up for email. Glad to find your site. I am recently gluten free and looking for any help with cooking. :)

  37. amazing giveaway! Love it the cookbook!

  38. waad radhi says:

    I would love to win this book

  39. Michelle V says:

    This cookbook looks incredible! It would be a lifesaver in our family.

  40. Heather says:

    I’ve been thinking of going sugar free. This would be a start to that final push! :)

  41. Aras Androck says:

    Clearly, I need this book.
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