Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats Giveaway!

How great is this? I have another giveaway to share with you! I got my copy of Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats - Allergy Free and Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery, by Debbie Adler, shortly before Christmas. Oh what a sweet holiday we had around here! Read on for a sample recipe, and to enter to win a copy of the book for your very own sweet self!

First, about the book. Every single recipe in it is gluten-egg-dairy-soy-sugar-and-nut-free. Impossible? Nope! I will add that coconut nectar and stevia are used as sweeteners, but no processed sugar. On one occasion, in a fit of must-bake-now madness, I substituted agave syrup for the coconut nectar, with great results. I normally try to follow new recipes exactly the first time though, but I have to say that these are fairly flexible. If you can't find an ingredient, there's certainly some wiggle room.

The simple gluten-free flour blend that's used in all the recipes is genius. It's also something I had do a little differently than the book calls for. I can't find sorghum flour in this town, so I looked online for a listing of suitable substitutions. Brown rice or oat flour were both recommended in place of sorghum, so I used the brown rice. If I ever find certified gluten-free oat flour in stock here, I'll try that sometime too. When you're blending five kinds of flour, you have a little room to negotiate, but it's important to use flours with the right weight, texture, and fluffiness, so do some research before subbing.

The recipes in this book are easy to make and widely varied, with even some savory baked treats in the mix. There are also lots of beautiful color photos, which I really like in a cookbook. And while some of the recipes require quite a few ingredients, most of them are used over and over again throughout the book. Once you're stocked up, you're ready to make a lot of different goodies. A thorough ingredients list is right at the front of the book, as well as a section on "how-to's and what for's."

This book is great for kicking off a new year. Treats are a lovely, and dare I say important part of life. Why not give ourselves permission to enjoy them, and why not make them as healthy as we possibly can? Whether you have food sensitivities or not, you'll find plenty in the sweet little book to please you.

The recipe I'm sharing with you here is the first one I tried. It was a larger batch than expected, so I froze a bunch of these little delights, and we're still enjoying them.

Sunflower Buttercup Brownies
From Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats: Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery (on sale Nov 1, 2013) by Debbie Adler,  Reprinted courtesy of Harlequin.

Makes 24 mini-muffin size Buttercups

Must Have
24 mini paper baking cups
2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
21/2 teaspoons sodium-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup coconut nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/8 teaspoon stevia powder
1 cup sunflower seed butter
11/4 cups chocolate chips

Must Do
1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 24-cup
mini muffin tin with mini paper baking cups.
2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder,
guar gum and salt in a large bowl. Make a
well in the middle.
3. Add the grapeseed oil, applesauce,
coconut nectar, vanilla and stevia and stir to
combine. Next add the sunflower seed butter
and stir to combine. Fold in 3/4 cup of the
chocolate chips.
4. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin
tin, filling the cups to the top, and top each
with the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
5. Bake the buttercups for 18 to 20 minutes,
or until they are a light golden brown and
bounce back slightly to the touch.
6. Transfer the muffin tin from the oven to a
wire rack and let sit for about 15 minutes before
removing the buttercups to cool completely.
Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days,
or wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information Per Serving (1 buttercup):
150 calories, 8 g total fat, 0.0 mg cholesterol,
18 g carbohydrates, 50 mg sodium, 2 g fiber,

3 g protein, 7 g sugars

Enter to win a free copy of Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats!!!
To make it easy for me to track down the winner, it will be a two step process this time.

First, leave a comment on this post, telling me why you want this book. (I'm just curious!)

Second, drop me a quick email at with your full name and the best email to reach you at when you win. 

I'll hold a random drawing via on Tuesday, January 21st.
The winning name will be posted here on the blog, as well as on the Positively Vegan Facebook Page.
I'll contact the winner by email, and he/she will have until Friday, January 24th to claim the prize. (After that, a new winner will be chosen, so stick around!)
The prize will be shipped directly to the winner. Thank you, Sweet Debbie!


NatureGuided said...

Vegan and gluten free treats... Getting me on this track is why I'd like this book. Looks awesome... Rick

Kathryn Morey said...

I've been vegan for many years but am brand new at negotiating the gluten-free world, so would love this book as a companion on my journey. Kathy

Hazel50 said...

The sample recipe sounds great. I would love this book. I have a daughter who has to carry an epi-pen with her because of severe allergies to nuts. She doesn't live with me, which is just as well because I love nuts! But to be able to give her worry free sweet delights would be so cool! Of course I would have to remember to keep a separate set of cooking utensils. But that's OK!

Karen said...

Looks yummy. Can't wait to try this

bholsinger said...

Love finding recipes for sweet treats that are GF, sugar free and dairy free...yum

bholsinger said...

Love finding recipes for sweet treats that are GF, sugar free and dairy free...yum

Jean said...

Thanks so much for this exciting, delicious-looking and sounding!!! chance to rock my world!

jean xox

Evelyn B said...

I've just started my vegan and gluten free journey and really need some ideas to keep myself from going crazy :)

Chris Justi said...

Why do I want the book? Well for one, I'm a sucker for give-a-ways.
Two, I've got a three month de-acidifying regime to follow and these little treats will keep me from hurting people and out of jail, and three, I have a glutenoid niece that could use the extra help. Three, I have a niece that has a gluten problem and these recipes will help her.

Chris Justi said...

Damn edit button!

HilLesha said...

I'd love to win since I'd love to add this to my collection of vegan cookbooks. :)

Kathy said...

It's a challenge to find gluten free and vegan in many of the gluten free products available. I love that idea in this book!

Sanni said...

Homemade Gluten goods are always come in handy when going vegan and great for on the go meals.

Sarah said...

I eat vegan and my sister-in-law eats gluten-free, so I'd love to make some treats we can both enjoy!

Dave said...

I find that gluten makes me feel crummy and I'm vegan so this is a nice resource for those of us trying to eat vegan+gf

Anonymous said...

Yummy and delicious gluten free recipes that are a sure bet? I've had my shares of baking flops, would love this book to help me conquer vegan AND gluten-free baking.


Pam Metzger said...

My daughter and I both have a lot of food sensitivities so I am always looking for new recipes and cooking techniques. I have been following Debbie's FB page and I love what she does!! Thank you!

Debra Lee said...

My names Debra and I'm addicted to sugar. A healthy treat would be nice!

Jamie Hamilton said...

i love coconut oil, never heard of coconut vinegar before! wondering if fried jack fruit in smoke could be a vegan bacon substitute! ked pgh 79 AT yahoo DOT com

Christine S. said...

I enjoy clean eating and low sugar foods and have been wanting to get an actual book of recipes. I always find my recipes online and would like to start having paper resources as well. :)

Denise said...

To create treats for friends and family while staying true to my new foods would be perfection. This book looks amazing!!

Denise said...

To create treats for friends and family while staying true to my new foods would be perfection. This book looks amazing!!

Unknown said...

Always looking for new healty treats!!!

Laura Stein said...

I must have this book because I never miss an opportunity to be the only person who went vegan and gained weight.

Kim Miles said...

Kathy L - you won! Congratulations and happy baking! I'll drop you an email shortly. Cheers!