It’s no secret that I love sweets, dark chocolate in particular, so I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review Grain-Free Simple Sweets! For the past couple weeks, I’ve been baking my way through this new Paleo dessert cookbook by Ashley Thomas and Vivien Cheng. All of the recipes are free of gluten, grains, dairy, and refined sugar, and they’re all made with – wait for it – 5 ingredients or less. Really. If you’re looking for healthy dessert recipes that aren’t difficult or time consuming, this book is a must-have.
Grain-Free Simple Sweets contains over 30 recipes with mouth-watering photos and the simplest of instructions. Many of the desserts are no-bake – for these recipes, all you have to do is throw a few ingredients together, let it stand in the fridge or freezer, and voila! Plus, if you’ve been following a grain-free (or gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free) diet, you probably have all the ingredients you need stocked in your pantry already. So simple and easy. The hardest part, really, is trying to decide what to make first.
Naturally, I chose Chocolate Chip Cookies (page 12). This classic has always been irresistible to me, and this recipe did not disappoint.
Next up, I made Chocolate Freezer Fudge (page 62), which completely knocked the socks off my partner. He absolutely loved it, and I consider anything that gets a thumbs-up from him to be a winner. There’s nothing quite like feeling that comes from making your loved ones smile and drool over delicious food and treats, right?
I then whipped up the Vanilla Almond Chia Pudding (page 46). If you’re a sucker for vanilla, you’ll adore this. The wicked fibre content of the chia seeds and the subtle sweetness of the vanilla, actually makes this a perfect addition to your breakfast if you crave something sweet in the morning. I suggest using homemade almond milk, with real almonds, for the best flavour.
Moving on, I also made the Sweet Coconut Flour Bread (page 24) and the Mixed Berry Jam (page 86). I’m overjoyed with these. The jam is probably my favourite recipe in the whole book, so far – it only has 3 ingredients (yes, 3 ingredients!) and takes no time at all. I had no idea that jam could be so easy to make. Plus, it tastes like berries only – unlike other jams where I feel like I’m eating a spoonful of sugar.
Finally, I put together the Apple Nachos (page 52). They took less than 5 minutes to prepare and were delicious!
I’m pleased with everything I’ve made from Grain-Free Simple Sweets so far, and I can’t wait to make more treats from the book. Next on my list are Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies, Coconut Butter Shortbread, Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Clusters, and Hot Chocolate. Mmmm!
With the holidays right around the corner, there’s no better time to make some treats for your holiday parties and family gatherings. I don’t believe in deprivation. Sweets can be part of a balanced diet, and just because you’re avoiding the nasties like gluten and sugar, doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some deliciousness too.
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