Energy Bites Cookbook

I am not being paid for my review so my opinions of this cookbook are entirely my own.

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energy bites cookbook review
energy bites cookbook review
energy bites cookbook review


Okay I admit it I am a cookbook addict.
I admit that when I am in my local Chapters bookstore I always check out the new cookbook section and I, truth be told, will buy a new cookbook more often then I buy a new fiction book.
I love seeing what other foodies like me are making and what inspires them to share it. I am drawn to cookbooks that showcase fresh ingredients and have a lot of photos in them.
The bright cover of Energy Bites as well as the words “high protein recipes for increased vitality and wellness” sparked me to pick it up and take a look inside.
I saw recipe after recipe of healthy snacks that I knew I wanted to make so it was an easy decision to purchase this book.
Once home I shared on Twitter that I had purchased the cookbook and a few minutes later DK Publishing asked if I would do a review and share my thoughts.
It was easy to say Yes to that.
I have made quite a few of the recipes and really the only thing you have to have in your kitchen is a food processor. The recipes are not complicated and require just measuring the ingredients and pulsing them together.
Some Energy Bites require baking in the oven and some are no-bake but they are all protein rich, low GI, no refined sugar and use healthy fats.
I would recommend this cookbook for all the parents our there looking for healthy snacks to put in their kids lunchbox.
I made the recipe for Apple “Pie” bites and still have a few left in my freezer for when I am looking for a no-guilt treat.

I had a banana not looking so good on my counter so instead of throwing it the freezer I made the recipe for Peanut Butter and Banana Balls. I did not have any moringa powder and I think the energy bites still turned out terrific. I will make these ones again the next time I am going on a long bike ride and need a healthy power snack.

The Raw Chocolate Instant Energy Treats was a must make for me because who cannot resist chocolate? Not me for sure! I again did not have bee pollen granules to roll them in so substituted with raw cocoa powder instead.
If you are a chocolate fan and looking for a healthy treat I suggest this recipe. I keep the treats in my freezer if I need a chocolate fix.

You can purchase your own copy of the Energy Bites Cookbook on Amazon.

NEW Cookbook: Gluten Free Cooking: 36 Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes Your Friends and Family Will Love

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Introducing my newest cookbook: Gluten Free Cooking: 36 Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes Your Friends and Family Will Love.
Amazon is currently offering the cookbook for $2.99. That’s 36 thanksgiving recipes for $2.99!
Yes, you heard that right. This cookbook has 36 delicious thanksgiving recipes your friends and family will love.
Below you can find answers to some of the frequently asked questions. If you have any others, please email me here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does this cookbook have a printed or digital version?
A: Both!
Q: Are all of these recipes gluten free?
A: YES! And I ensure all of the recipes are delicious.
Q: Will my kids like these recipes?
A: YES! I am a mother of 3 kids and they are always my test subjects. They love these recipes.
Q: Is my purchase secure?
A: Yes! Amazon handles all of the purchase processing. Read their help section here.
Q: How do I leave a review?
A: I’m glad you asked. Reviews help more people find our recipes and join the WFM community. If you enjoyed the cookbook, please leave a review by click here.
For full details on the gluten free cookbook including a list of recipes, see below:

Gluten Free Cooking: 36 Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes Your Friends and Family Will Love

by Carrie Adair, founder of Wheat Free Mom

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What if nobody could tell the meals you cooked were gluten-free?
Introducing… Gluten Free Cooking: 36 Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes Your Friends and Family Will Love
Here’s what others are saying:
“I am recently diagnosed [with celiacs], and your recipes are a great inspiration.” -Debbie
“I have tried a lot of your recipes and have enjoyed them all.” -Beverly
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Full list of recipes:

  • Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Butter Squash Spinach Baked Penne
  • Carrot Cake
  • Cashew Butter
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Chocolate Pumpkin Espresso Mini Cakes
  • Cinnamon Spice Cake
  • Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake
  • Cornmeal Bacon Muffins
  • Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake
  • Date Cake
  • Gingerbread Cake
  • Hassleback Potatoes
  • Lentil Potato Tofu Bowl
  • Nut Crust
  • Pumpkin Alfredo
  • Pumpkin Bread Pudding
  • Pumpkin Butter
  • Pumpkin Cake with Creamcheese Frosting
  • Pumpkin Chai Pancake Syrup
  • Pumpkin Roll
  • Pumpkin Sausage Kale Pesto Crostini
  • Pumpkin Scones
  • Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • Pumpkin Waffles
  • Roasted Acorn Squash
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Curry
  • Slow Cooker Vegan Squash and Chickpea Curry
  • Squash Toss
  • Stuffing
  • Sweet Potato Pancakes
  • Turkey Soup
  • Vegan Eggplant Lasagna in a Jar
  • Vegan Gingerbread People
  • Zucchini Spice Muffins
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NEW Cookbook: A Day At The Picnic: 29 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes

To see more details on the cookbook, head over to Amazon.

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Introducing my newest cookbook: A Day At The Picnic – 29 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes.
Amazon and I have partnered up for a promotion to offer the cookbook for a promotion to offer the cookbook for a special discount offer. (It will be $0.99, $1.99 or $2.99, check Amazon for details.)
Yes, you heard that right. This cookbook has 29 delicious gluten free recipes your entire family will love.
Below you can find answers to some of the frequently asked questions. If you have any others, please email me here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does this cookbook have a printed or digital version?
A: Both! The special discount promotion is for the Kindle edition only.
Q: Are all of these recipes gluten free?
A: YES! And I ensure all of the recipes are delicious.
Q: Will my kids like these recipes?
A: YES! I am a mother of 3 kids and they are always my test subjects. They love these recipes.
Q: Is my purchase secure?
A: Yes! Amazon handles all of the purchase processing. Read their help section here.
Q: How do I leave a review?
A: I’m glad you asked. Reviews help more people find our recipes and join the WFM community. If you enjoyed the cookbook, please leave a review by click here.
For full details on the gluten free cookbook including a list of recipes, see below:

A Day At The Picnic: 29 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes

by Carrie Adair, founder of Wheat Free Mom

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What if nobody could tell the meals you cooked were gluten-free?
Introducing… A Day At The Picnic: 29 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes
Here’s what others are saying:
“I am recently diagnosed [with celiacs], and your recipes are a great inspiration.” -Debbie
“I have tried a lot of your recipes and have enjoyed them all.” -Beverly
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Full list of recipes:

  • 3 Layer Brownie
  • Artichoke and Bean Salad
  • Avocado Citrus Salad
  • Baked Beans
  • Black Bean & Chickpea Lime Salad
  • Blueberry Streusel Muffins
  • Buffalo Pork Lettuce Wraps
  • Chickpea and Bean Salad
  • Chocolate Banana Zucchini Muffins
  • Chocolate Buckwheat Puff Squares
  • Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies
  • Coconut Cherry Munch
  • Cucumber Herb Salad
  • Date Coconut Pistachio Balls
  • English Tea Scones
  • Hermit Cookies
  • Hummus
  • Matrimonial/Date Squares
  • Paleo Asian Almond Chicken Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Pickled Cucumber Salad
  • Plain Muffins
  • Quinoa Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins
  • Raw Date Bars
  • Salsa with Falafel Chips
  • Sesame Noodle Salad
  • Spicy Thai Cabbage Salad
  • Spicy White Bean Dip
  • Toffee Bars
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NEW Cookbook: Outdoor Cooking: 31 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes

To see more details on the cookbook, head over to Amazon.

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Introducing my newest cookbook – Outdoor Cooking: 31 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes.
Amazon and I have partnered up for a promotion to offer the cookbook for FREE for the next 5 days!!
Yes, you heard that right. A FREE COOKBOOK. It has 31 delicious gluten free recipes your entire family will love.
Below you can find answers to some of the frequently asked questions. If you have any others, please email me here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does this cookbook have a printed or digital version?
A: Both! The free version is for Kindle.
Q: Are all of these recipes gluten free?
A: YES! And I ensure all of the recipes are delicious.
Q: Will my kids like these recipes?
A: YES! I am a mother of 3 kids and they are always my test subjects. They love these recipes.
Q: Is my purchase secure?
A: Yes! Amazon handles all of the purchase processing. Read their help section here.
Q: How do I leave a review?
A: I’m glad you asked. Reviews help more people find our recipes and join the WFM community. If you enjoyed the cookbook, please leave a review by click here.
For full details on the gluten free cookbook including a list of recipes, see below:

Outdoor Cooking: 31 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes

by Carrie Adair, founder of Wheat Free Mom

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What if nobody could tell the meals you cooked were gluten-free?
Introducing… Outdoor Cooking: 31 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes
Here’s what others are saying:
“I am recently diagnosed [with celiacs], and your recipes are a great inspiration.” -Debbie
“I have tried a lot of your recipes and have enjoyed them all.” -Beverly
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Full list of recipes:

  • Artichoke and Bean Salad
  • Avocado Citrus Salad
  • Black Beans
  • Black Bean & Chickpea Lime Salad
  • Burger with Bacon, Tangy Rhubarb BBQ Sauce & Jalapeno Cheese
  • Burger with Caramelized Onions
  • Burger with Chimichurri
  • Burger with Peppy Cranberry Sauce
  • Butter Chicken Burgers
  • Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Burgers
  • Chickpea and Bean Salad
  • Cucumber Herb Salad
  • Drunken Fruit Salad
  • Griled Cauliflower Salad
  • Grilled Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese
  • Pasta Salad
  • Pickled Cucumber Salad
  • Pineapple Teriyaki Burger
  • Poutine Burger
  • Reuben Burgers with Thousands Island Dressing
  • Roasted Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad
  • Romaine Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing
  • Salsa Burger
  • Sesame Noodle Salad
  • Spicy Thai Cabbage Salad
  • Stuffed Greek Chicken Burger
  • Tangy Rhubarb BBQ Sauce
  • Thousand Island Dressing
  • Vegan Chickpea Burger
  • Vegetarian Quinoa Burger
  • Watermelon Prosciutto and Goat Feta Salad
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NEW Cookbook: School Lunches: 21 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes

To see more details on the cookbook, head over to Amazon.

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Introducing my newest cookbook – School Lunches: 21 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes.
It has 21 delicious gluten free recipes your entire family will love.
Below you can find answers to some of the frequently asked questions. If you have any others, please email me here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does this cookbook have a printed or digital version?
A: Both!
Q: Are all of these recipes gluten free?
A: YES! And I ensure all of the recipes are delicious.
Q: Will my kids like these recipes?
A: YES! I am a mother of 3 kids and they are always my test subjects. They love these recipes.
Q: Is my purchase secure?
A: Yes! Amazon handles all of the purchase processing. Read their help section here.
Q: How do I leave a review?
A: I’m glad you asked. Reviews help more people find our recipes and join the WFM community. If you enjoyed the cookbook, please leave a review by click here.
For full details on the gluten free cookbook including a list of recipes, see below:

School Lunches: 21 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes

by Carrie Adair, founder of Wheat Free Mom

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What if nobody could tell the meals you cooked were gluten-free?
Introducing… School Lunches: 21 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes
Here’s what others are saying:
“I am recently diagnosed [with celiacs], and your recipes are a great inspiration.” -Debbie
“I have tried a lot of your recipes and have enjoyed them all.” -Beverly
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Full list of recipes:

  • Apricot Granola Bars
  • Baked Macaroni and Cheese
  • Banana Muffins
  • Chickpea and Bean Salad
  • Chocolate Banana Zucchini Muffins
  • Chocolate Buckwheat Puff Squares
  • Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies
  • Coconut Cherry Munch
  • Dairy Free Coconut Pudding
  • Easy Granola
  • Focaccia & Honey Mustard Dressing
  • Homemade Nutella and Nutella Granola
  • Hummus
  • No Bake Rocky Road Bars
  • Plain Muffins
  • Quinoa Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins
  • Sesame Noodle Salad
  • Toffee Bars
  • Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Whipped Shortbread Cookies
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Gluten-Free Cookbook Review (And Another Free Giveaway!)

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Congrats to Kristin who won the giveaway!
As promised here is another cookbook review and with it, another giveaway.
Are you excited?
The cookbook I’m reviewing today has probably the best bread recipe I’ve ever tried.
The cookbook is Gluten Free Makeovers by Beth Hillson(You can also buy it if you don’t want to wait!)
Again and again, the bread turns out incredibly.
It rises over the bread loaf pan, does not fall, and tastes like a regular “gluten-filled” loaf of bread.
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I’ve even divided the dough in two, and baked in my baguette pans, getting fantastic results.
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gluten free bread
Beth’s cookbook features 175 recipes from baking to savoury family favorites.
This cookbook is now regularly used in my kitchen and I would highly recommend it.
Beth lists various flour blends in her book and all blends are used for specific baking purposes.

  • Bread flour #1 (all breads)
  • Bread flour #2 (high protein with chickpea flour)
  • Self-Rising Flour (muffins, quickbreads, scones)
  • Cake and Pastry Flour(cakes and cupcakes)
  • Basic Blend (cookies)
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As well as making Delicious Slicing Bread, I’ve made the Fabulous Focaccia, Basic Muffin Formula, Cranberry Scones, Socca (chickpea flatbread), Baked Brie wrapped in “nearly puff pastry” and Sugar Cookies.
I have to admit that the basic muffin formula turned out better than I could have imagined. Again, rising and filling the large muffin liners as well as being light and fluffy.

The cookbook is filled with a wide variety of recipes and I found the instructions for the recipes very easy to follow.
Again, I am in awe of this talented author and her wealth of information and knowledge.
Gluten-Free Makeovers would be a great gift to give to a newly diagnosed friend or relative, or like me, someone who wants to have a “go-to” cookbook on my bookshelf.

Congrats to Kristin who won the giveaway!
Good luck!
Also, congratulations to Mary who won the previous contest for the Gluten Free and Vegan Bread cookbook

Gluten-Free Mexican Beef Stew

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The other afternoon I was going through possible recipes for my cookbook and I came across beef stew.
One of the ideas for my cookbook is to fill it with meals, desserts and comfort foods that I grew up with. Just converting them now to gluten free. (If this sounds good to you, can you please comment below and tell me!)
Of course, beef stew is a meal that is not only a comfort food, but it is also an easy supper to make. It’s a meal that while cooking on low heat in the oven, can fill your house with a delicious smell.
Beef stew was a meal I used to make when the kids were little. It’s an inexpensive meal for the family. I could get tough cuts of meat on sale, such as round steaks or a small roast and then fill the pot with potatoes and carrots. Not only was it a delicious hot supper for my family, but it really was a fairly cheap one.
Again, while going through recipes to convert to gluten free, beef stew naturally fell on the list.
I had a problem though, I was also thinking about Mexican. Mexican spices and flavours.
What to do?
Make tacos for supper or continue with making a beef stew?
Why couldn’t I do both?
Well, I did just that and was very pleased with the end results. The only thing I didn’t have in the house was fresh gluten free corn tortillas so I ran to Salsita my local Mexican food store and picked some up.
This stew would be a great Sunday dinner meal. I’m looking at doing a weekly Sunday dinner suggestion. The idea came from Simply Bites and blogger, Aimee’s twitter suggestions for Sunday dinner.
I find making family dinners fairly easy and felt that while I had a pretty good handle on making a full gluten free meal, that I should probably share the menus of what I serve.
Would that be something you’d like to see? When should I post the dinner ideas? Is Thursday early enough in the week? (Again, please comment, I’d really appreciate your feedback.)


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gluten free beef stew

gluten free beef stew

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gluten free beef stew
gluten free beef stew

Gluten-Free Mexican Beef Stew

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large pkg beef stewing meat (.93 kg or about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced
  • 1/2 jar Mezzetta deli-sliced tamed jalapeño peppers
  • 1 yellow and green pepper, sliced
  • 2 cups Kitchen Basics gluten free beef broth
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp red chile powder
  • 1 tsp green chili crushed
  • 1 tsp gluten free taco seasoning
  • Gluten free fresh corn tortillas

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • In a Le Crueset Dutch oven heat up the canola oil on medium heat.
  • Remove stewing meat from pkg, rinse and dry thoroughly with a paper towel.
  • Adding small batches of the stewing meat, brown the meat.
  • Remove each batch before adding another.
  • Once all meat has been browned, add it back to the pot.
  • Add all the spices, sliced onion, green pepper, yellow pepper, jalapeños and the beef broth.Stir to combine.
  • Place covered Dutch oven into oven and cook for 3 hours.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Wrap corn tortillas in aluminum foil and place in oven. Let warm for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve the stew with pico de gallo, guacamole, shredded cheese, fresh cilantro, sour cream and slices of lime.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Gluten-Free Vegan Bread Cookbook by Jennifer Katzinger (And A Free Giveaway!)

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Over the last 6 months I’ve purchase quite a few cookbooks, scoured tons of recipes on the Internet and have made many, many loafs of gluten free bread.
Why have I done this?
I am searching for bread.
Gluten free bread.
I know I will never make a loaf of gluten free bread that is exactly as the big loafs of bread I used to make for my family, but close would be nice.
Did you know my recipe for the best Gluten-Free Homemade Bread is actually one of the most popular on my blog?
Is this too much to ask?
Well, it has seemed that way in some of the many loafs of bread I’ve baked. It is amazing to me what people can post as a recipe. I’m a fairly good baker and can follow instructions easily but there have been many loafs after baking that have been thrown away.
Does it make me angry?
It does because gluten free flours are costly.
But it truly is something I’ve been wanting to find and share for you all.
(My mission with Wheat Free Mom is to provide you guys with the best resource for your gluten-free lifestyle possible… and that includes having easy-to-follow instructions. Is there something I could be doing better for you guys to make it easier? Let me know here. Also remember: our Facebook community is VERY active and I answer a lot of extra questions on there, so make sure you join us.)
I’ve continued trying recipes, even though at times I’ve been frustrated, but I really wanted to share a great cookbook with you.
On Twitter one morning in December I saw a picture of Jennifer Katzinger’s latest cookbook: “Gluten-Free & Vegan Bread Cookbook” and that had me running to Chapters to pick up.
Gluten-Free & Vegan Bread cookbook?
I had to have it now.
The first thing I made was the Mother Wild Starter. I’ve made sourdough starter before, but this recipe uses teff flour, purple cabbage leaves and apple skin.
Personally I have never made a starter this way, but was happy to see that she uses grains which have higher fiber content as well as more nutrients than just regular white rice flour.
I then decided to make Country Batard. This recipe allows you to free form the dough, and that excited me to bake the bread on my pizza stone.
One of the best parts of the recipe was the experience of playing with the dough. It brought me back to pre-celiac days of playing with bread dough.
I enjoyed this loaf of bread, it had a nice crusty shell and great flavour. I would definitely make this loaf when serving a big bowl of soup. It would be great to serve hot out of the oven when you are entertaining.


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gluten-free vegan bread dough
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After allowing the Mother Wild Starter to “grow and feed” for 48 hours, I then made a Sourdough Baton loaf. I have to say that I really liked the use of teff flour. It lends itself to a rich and warm aroma in the house.
This was not a large loaf of bread and it was fairly dense in texture, but I still enjoyed this loaf. It resembles an artisanal bread.
After good success with these 2 loaves I decided to try a batter bread. The breads require no yeast or rising agent and other than allowing the necessary 2 day process, it is an easy loaf to make.
The combination of cornmeal, teff and buckwheat flour plus molasses interested me so I made the Buckwheat Batter bread. The only change I made to the recipe was adding an additional cup of flour to the batter the next day. I found the dough to be too dry, especially with our altitude in Calgary.
The batter bread rose nicely in the oven and filled the house with the sweet smell of molasses.
I was excited to try this bread, but have to be truthful in saying, this loaf was not for me. It was too chalky and lacked flavour. I think I will make this bread again, but will add nuts and seeds to batter as well as more sweetener.


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gluten-free vegan bread


I would highly recommend this cookbook if you are looking to use more whole grain gluten free flours, no eggs or butter, plus making wholesome artisanal breads.
Jennifer Katzinger has written other gluten free vegan cookbooks and I’ve enjoyed trying out her other recipes. A couple of years ago I also had the opportunity to try her bakery in Seattle called the Flying Apron Bakery. She’s no longer the owner of the bakery but it is a great place to visit for gluten free & vegan baked goods if you’re ever in Seattle.
As a thank you to you, my readers, I’ve decided to give away a copy of this cookbook. It is always in my kitchen and I want to share one with a lucky winner.


Update: Contest now over. Congratulations to Mary Campbell for winning! Make sure you subscribe to our blog to have a chance to enter the next contest.