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01
2013

Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free Giveaway!

Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free - Vegan Desserts

Gluten-Free AND Vegan Desserts and NO Refined Sugar!

Today, I am sharing my new favorite dessert cookbook with you. This one will be a perfect book to get into your collection right before all of your holiday baking. Written by renowned cookbook author, Ricki Heller, Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free is packed with 100 gluten-free, vegan, and allergy friendly desserts. The best part is that all of the recipes in this book are actually healthy and contain no gluten, dairy, eggs, OR refined sugar.

I have gotten to know Ricki over the years and I feel that it is a must that I first mention that she is just an incredible soul from the inside out. She is kind and generous, super witty, and has an amazing knack for developing some delicious recipes…

I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of this book because I knew there would be so many gems waiting inside.

Some of the recipes that caught my eye (just to name a few):

  • Oatmeal Poppy Seed Scones
  • Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Cinnamon Coffee Bars
  • Apple Pumpkin Crumble Bars
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
  • Chocolate Mystery Cupcakes

And the recipe images in this FULL-COLOR cookbook are totally stunning as well…

I have included a little sneak peak at some of the images that you’ll find inside (posted with permission from the publisher, Sellers Publishing). They are peppered throughout this post to tease you and perhaps even make you drool a bit.

Photo credit: Photos by Celine Saki, as seen in Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free)

Like these Chocolate Layer Cupcakes….

Vegan Desserts

or these Dalmation Cheesecake Brownies…

Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free

(And just to note…. while I did receive an advance copy of the cookbook, I was not paid for this review and the opinions are entirely my own. The cookbook included in this giveaway below is being provided entirely by me)

Recently, I had the chance to interview Ricki about her new book. I thought I would share part of my interview here to help you get to know her and learn a bit more about Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free

Before I do… I just want to remind you that one lucky reader will be winning a copy of Ricki’s new book, so do not forget to enter down below!!

Okay… now for a bit about Ricki….

ME: What were some of your symptoms that led to your Wellness Crossing to a plant-based diet that is free from gluten, dairy, eggs, and refined sugars? Considering all of the other diets out there, how did you come to choose to follow the Anti-Candida Diet (ACD)?

RICKI: I actually began to eat a plant-based diet long before I had symptoms. I’ve always been naturally drawn to a vegan diet and just prefer vegan foods to meat-based dishes—even though my dad was a butcher and we ate meat virtually every day when I was a child!  As I mention on my blog, I think my mom was a latent vegetarian, so I must have inherited that tendency from her! When I lived in residence at university, I ate what was pretty much a vegan diet without even knowing what the word “vegan” meant at the time.

In my late 20s, I began to have strange digestive symptoms and was diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Because I was on medication to control the symptoms, I foolishly assumed I could still eat whatever I wanted. Big mistake! Things only got worse, and by my early 40s, it came to a crisis point when I suffered from four sinus infections in the space of three months. I ended up on six or seven courses of antibiotics. Of course, the antibiotics wreaked havoc on my digestive system even more, and eventually I was diagnosed with candida, an overgrowth of yeast in the body.

As part of my treatment, my naturopath prescribed the Anti-Candida Diet (ACD). Part of the ACD involves cutting out all potential allergens along with all sugars, so I didn’t have eggs, dairy or gluten during that time, either. At that point, since I had no desire to eat meat anyway, I was on an essentially a vegan diet. When I studied holistic nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and learned more about how meat, chicken and dairy are produced, I decided I would just continue with a completely vegan diet. I never went back to sugar after the ACD, either, and have continued to use lower glycemic sweeteners.

I’ve been eating this way for over 10 years now, and it feels right for me. I feel best when I eat a plant-based, whole foods diet.

Fluffy Fruited Pancakes

Vegan Desserts

ME: I love the opening section of Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free titled “Making the Leap to Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free Desserts”. It is packed with such a wealth of information.  Starting on this new path of healthy eating can often seem overwhelming in the beginning. What is the one thing that you want readers to get out of this section of your book?

RICKI: Thanks so much, Kim! My hope is that readers come to understand that it’s really and truly not as daunting as they may think, and that they can easily create delectable sweet treats that look and taste like their old favorites. And they will come to love cooking, baking, and eating this way—really!

I provided that section to show how simple it can be to switch out one sweetener, or one flour, for another. Honestly, once you mix up your all-purpose flour (or else buy a bag of gluten-free all-purpose flour from the grocery store), you can simply swap out one cup of the all-purpose for one cup of your old wheat flour. The same applies to sweeteners, egg replacements, and so on. It’s just a matter of learning about the different options, how to measure them and when to use them. Before you know it, you’ll be mixing up amazing baked goods that everyone can enjoy!

Like these Apple Pumpkin Crumble Bars…

Vegan Desserts

ME: As the author of numerous other cookbooks and ebooks, how is Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free different from some of your other books, such as “Sweet Freedom” or “Desserts without Compromise”?

RICKI: This new book is different in quite a few ways.  Perhaps not surprisingly, the various books reflect the kind of diet I was following at the time, and the progression is kind of an illustration of my own culinary evolution.

My first full-length cookbook, Sweet Freedom, was filled with whole-foods, vegan recipes and natural sweeteners, but at the time, I still ate gluten, so very few of the recipes were gluten-free. I also still used higher glycemic sweeteners like Sucanat, maple syrup or dates. Those are still healthful, all-natural sweeteners that are much better for you than white sugar, so for anyone who can have sugar, the book is still a great collection of recipes, but I no longer eat that way.

The three shorter ebooks are each designed for a different stage of the anti-candida diet. So the first one, Anti-Candida Feast, provides recipes for people on the very first stage of the diet, when they can’t eat any sugars at all, even fruit (and of course anyone on the later stages can have these recipes, too). The second book, Desserts without Compromise, is filled with dessert recipes for people on the ACD.  Finally, the third ebook, Good Morning! Breakfasts, offers breakfast recipes for people on any stage of the ACD.

With Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free, I’ve gone beyond the ebooks and feature recipes that anyone can eat, whether or not they have food allergies, or whether or not they’ve followed an anti-candida diet.

The recipes are all gluten-free and vegan (that is, without eggs or dairy), and they are also free of corn, with easy substitutions for soy and most nuts in the recipes, so that people with multiple food allergies can enjoy them.

Because I use lower glycemic sweeteners in all the recipes, they are also suitable for anyone with Type 2 Diabetes, or anyone who has completed a candida diet (like me), but still wants to consume a lower level of sugars to avoid spikes in blood sugar levels.

With recipes from Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free,  you can feel confident serving these treats to anyone, even if they already consume gluten, dairy, eggs, or sugar, and people will be more than happy to share them along with you; they won’t even know they’re eating a “special” treat.  Many of the book’s testers served up the desserts to their families and co-workers—and none of them realized they were testing “healthy” recipes!

And just a little more about Ricki…

Using only whole foods ingredients, a generous pinch of humor and input from her two chatty canines, Ricki shares gluten-free, allergy-friendly and sugar-free recipes on her blog, RickiHeller.com

Ricki’s second cookbook, Naturally Sweet & Gluten Free, will be released in September, 2013. Her first book, Sweet Freedom, is one of only three cookbooks recommended by Ellen DeGeneres on her website. Ricki is also an Associate Editor for Simply Gluten-Free Magazine and has written for Clean Eating magazine, Allergic Living, Living Without, VegNews, and many other publications.

Gluten Free Desserts from Ricki Heller

Ricki lives near Toronto, Canada with her husband and two dogs.

The GIVEAWAY!

If you would like a copy of this book, just simply do One, Two, or all Three of the following for a chance to win one. Just leave A SEPARATE COMMENT for each one that you do so that you can earn an extra entry for each.

1. Tell me what intrigues you about this cookbook!

2. Follow Cook It Allergy Free and/or Ricki Heller on Facebook, or tell me if you already do.

3. Share this post with your friends on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook or other social media and leave an additional comment saying you did so. Help spread the word about this great new cookbook!

The contest will end on Tuesday, October 8th at 9am PST. The winners will be announced then. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.

GOOD LUCK!!

214 Comments
  1. On October 1, 2013 Kristina said

    Already like this page…it’s great!

  2. On October 1, 2013 Kristina said

    Shared on Facebook 🙂

  3. On October 1, 2013 Kristina said

    Finding out how to make tasty treats for my gluten free son and family so that they don’t feel deprived….that’s what I’m excited about!

  4. On October 1, 2013 Carolyn said

    What intrigues me is the naturally sweet recipes as I am trying to eliminate refined sugar from my diet.

  5. On October 1, 2013 Carolyn said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  6. On October 1, 2013 Andrea said

    I’ve been trying to eliminate refined sugar from my diet and am very interested in some healthy recipes for treats.

  7. On October 1, 2013 Andrea said

    I follow Ricki Heller on Facebook

  8. On October 1, 2013 Sarah/appifanie said

    I would really love to learn to love baked goods with no refined sugar!

  9. On October 1, 2013 Andrea said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook

  10. On October 1, 2013 Angie B. said

    Being allergic to cane sugar, gluten, egg yolks, etc makes it very difficult to find products or even recipes that are suitable for me. I have been without one single purchased baked good for almost a year and would love to have this cook book’s help. This cookbook is very exciting and gives me hope for having treats again! 🙂

  11. On October 1, 2013 Angie B. said

    I already follow cook it allergy free on facebook 🙂

  12. On October 1, 2013 Angie B. said

    I shared the contest on facebook 🙂

  13. On October 1, 2013 Kim N said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  14. On October 1, 2013 Kim L said

    i am intrigued that Ellen promotes it on her website because I know how clean she eats! How awesome is that?

  15. On October 1, 2013 Kim L said

    I follow this page and Ricki Heller on FB

  16. On October 1, 2013 Kim N said

    The cookbook interests me because my son is Gluten Free.

  17. On October 1, 2013 Kim L said

    i tweeted about the giveaway

  18. On October 1, 2013 Kim N said

    I shared the post on Facebook.

  19. On October 1, 2013 Jill werschin said

    The title sounds so delicious! I shared on Facebook and follow you both on Facebook.

  20. On October 1, 2013 Christy G said

    This whole book looks delicious!

  21. On October 1, 2013 Christy G said

    I follow on Facebook 🙂

  22. On October 1, 2013 Mollie said

    Over the summer I was diagnosed with IBS and an intolerance to diary and gluten . The idea of a book dedicated to sweets that I could eat would be fantastic!!

  23. On October 1, 2013 Jenna Weil said

    I Follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook

  24. On October 1, 2013 Adria said

    I like that it is gluten and dairy free with natural sugar. Those cupcakes looked really good too!

  25. On October 1, 2013 Adria said

    Already a fan of ‘cook it allergy free’ on facebook!

  26. On October 1, 2013 Nancy Schupman said

    Am now following on FB.

  27. On October 1, 2013 Maureen Hayes said

    I am a cancer survivor and I really wan to be able to enjoy some healthy sweets and not feel guilty.

  28. On October 1, 2013 Maureen Hayes said

    Pin’d it!

  29. On October 1, 2013 Maureen Hayes said

    Following on FB 🙂

    • On October 1, 2013 Dorothy Martens said

      The part that caught my attention with this book is the No-dairy & no-refined sugar. My body does not process these items well, and so I’m constantly on the look-out for tasty recipes that fit these restrictions. I love it that the food looks so delicious, too. 🙂

  30. On October 1, 2013 Ricki said

    Kim–thank you SO much for this wonderful intro and kind words! I am thrilled that you liked the recipes, too, of course (LOL!). It was great fun being interviewed by you–loved “chatting” about all things vegan, sugar-free and gluten-free. I hope your readers enjoy the giveaway! 😀 xoxo

  31. On October 1, 2013 Dorothy Martens said

    I also am part of the “Cook it allergy free” on facebook & love it.

  32. On October 1, 2013 Wendi S said

    Love that these recipes are gluten and dairy free!

  33. On October 1, 2013 Wendi S said

    Already follow Cook it Allergy Free on fb 🙂

  34. On October 1, 2013 Dorothy Martens said

    I just “shared” this with my friends on facebook.

  35. On October 1, 2013 Denise M said

    I follow you on Face book & love your page!

  36. On October 1, 2013 Denise M said

    I am now a fan of Ricki’s page. Thanks

  37. On October 1, 2013 Simona said

    I think i’m most intrigued by that lemon poppy seed cake 🙂

  38. On October 1, 2013 Simona said

    I follow Ricki on facebook (Simona Cattina)

  39. On October 1, 2013 Simona said
  40. On October 1, 2013 jody estabrook said

    I liked both pages on facebook, shared the giveaway with the link on facebok and Im very interested in this cookbook because I am refined sugar free and am always looking for new and exciting things to cook to show my family you can live refined sugar free and still eat treats!

    http://cookitallergyfree.com/blog/2013/10/naturally-sweet-and-gluten-free-giveaway/

  41. On October 1, 2013 Christa said

    I would love to try the Dalmatian Cheesecake brownies…that picture is what intrigues me! I have made some of Ricky’s fabulous desserts, and would love to see her new recipes! 🙂

  42. On October 1, 2013 Christa said

    I follow Cook IT Allergy Free and Ricky Heller on FB.

  43. On October 1, 2013 Christa said

    I shared this giveaway on FB.

  44. On October 1, 2013 Amy M said

    We are a nearly vegan family with allergies, and have friends with food allergies, so this book would be perfect for baking for my family and friends!

  45. On October 1, 2013 Amy M said

    I shared on facebook. 🙂

  46. On October 1, 2013 Amy M said

    Following Cook IT Allergy Free on facebook, now. Pick me, pick me!!

  47. On October 1, 2013 Kim said

    My husband is currently struggling with a diagnosis for his extreme stomach pains and Candida is one of the possible reasons. He has a major sweet tooth and this would be an amazing resource for our family as we transition our diet.

  48. On October 1, 2013 Tricia T said

    I have an egg allergy and my husband could have a gluten sensitivity, but he loves his baked goods. Would love some new ideas for things to make at home that we could actually eat, that the kids would like too.

  49. On October 1, 2013 Tricia T said

    Shared on FB too!

  50. On October 1, 2013 shauna price said

    I love sweets, and it’s hard to find a good gluten free cookbook that’s easy.

  51. On October 1, 2013 shauna price said

    I have already liked Cook It Allergy Free on facebook.

  52. On October 1, 2013 Tricia T said

    Liked your page on FB too

  53. On October 1, 2013 Joy said

    Being able to make a delicious treat would make my day shine brighter and happier. Can’t wait to try the recipes!

  54. On October 1, 2013 Katie D'Andrea said

    I have a passion for healthy, clean cooking and baking. I love to experiment with all types of natural ingredients. I call them Katie Creations. I generally make up my own recipes but I find that I’m leaning towards taking the next step and learning about the complexities of ingredients and food pairings. I take on dietary restrictions with enthusiasm and am very excited about these challenges. I myself struggle with a gluten intolerance. I’m a HUGE fan of your blog! You’ve helped spur my passion!

  55. On October 1, 2013 Penny said

    I am intrigued by the “naturally sweet” part. I have baked gluten free but not “naturally sweet” with it.

  56. On October 1, 2013 Penny said

    I like Cook It Allergy Free on facebook

  57. On October 1, 2013 Julie said

    Everything intrigues me about this cookbook…I love that it’s gluten-free and vegan! And the recipes (pictures) sounds amazing!

  58. On October 1, 2013 Julie said

    I’m already a fan of cook it allergy free on facebook!

  59. On October 1, 2013 Julie said

    I’m already a fan of Ricki Heller on facebook!

  60. On October 1, 2013 Julie said

    I shared the post on facebook!

  61. On October 1, 2013 jeryl said

    I like cook it allergy free on facebook! 🙂

  62. On October 1, 2013 Robin Whiting said

    I’m intrigued by looking at the “sneak peak” photos it looks like the food would be as good if not better than non gluten free desserts.

  63. On October 1, 2013 Robin Whiting said

    I Follow Cook It Allergy Free and Ricki Heller on Facebook

  64. On October 1, 2013 Niv said

    I follow CookItAllergyFree and Ricki Heller on FB. Ricki puts lot of effort in her recipes and I am sure every single recipe in the book will be worth trying.

  65. On October 1, 2013 SHAUNNE SOLEM said

    One of the most difficult change I am having to make is the baking. I bake for stress, I bake for those I love and I bake because it brings such pleasure to the senses. I am still in the healing stages and far from pain but know that these treats would be incredible for my family and myself for those moments of much needed enjoyment. Thank you for doing this give away!

  66. On October 1, 2013 SHAUNNE SOLEM said

    Going onto FB right now to become a groupie !!! Can’t wait to see your posts and learn more about your recipes! woohoo.

  67. On October 1, 2013 SHAUNNE SOLEM said

    Going on FB to like Ricki next! I love finding new resources!!

  68. On October 1, 2013 Tina said

    Liked the book and Rikki and shared!

  69. On October 1, 2013 Brigitte said

    pinned you on pintrest read about you on dreena burtons web

  70. On October 1, 2013 Olivia Emelie said

    1. It’s the first of it’s kind and there are so many who waited so long for a book like that. So many people think they are alone with their allergies and feel helpless! 3. Shared, liked and recomended it to everyone I know who has allergies! THANK YOU!

  71. On October 1, 2013 Connie Myers said

    Liked & shared on both my sites! Love GF desserts!!

  72. On October 1, 2013 Cindy W. said

    I eat gluten free and really like the idea of cutting out refined sugar and using more natural ingredients to make a dessert.

  73. On October 1, 2013 Susan Dold said

    I would live this book!! I experiment with gluten free, sugar free desserts and snacks. U am helping provide these types of snacks for a challenge at a gym my friend owns. Thi book would be a terrific resource in my health and helping others in their quest for good nutrition!!

  74. On October 1, 2013 Becca F said

    I’m a vegan that has an allergy to wheat. I’m also trying cut down on sugar because I have fibromyalgia that is negatively affected by sugar. I also have a mega sweet tooth.
    It’s like this book was made for me!

  75. On October 1, 2013 Becca F said

    I liked Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook

  76. On October 1, 2013 Becca F said

    I already liked Ricki Heller on Facebook

  77. On October 1, 2013 April Paik said

    Please enter me! Thanks!

  78. On October 1, 2013 Gina said

    I am trying to cut sugar out of my diet and saw this cookbook in a magazine and said I have to have it!! Now it’s being given away! 🙂

  79. On October 1, 2013 Gina said

    I liked Cook IT allergy free and Ricki Heller on Facebook!

  80. On October 1, 2013 Judy Harlow said

    I already have liked Rikki on FB!
    Due to a head injury I must avoid refined sugars. I would love to have help with low glycemic sweeteners!

  81. On October 1, 2013 Gina said

    Shared this giveaway on my Facebook page.

  82. On October 1, 2013 Briita Noyes said

    we try to eat without sweeteners most of the time, so this book would be great

  83. On October 1, 2013 Briita Noyes said

    i already like you on Facebook

  84. On October 1, 2013 Karen said

    I have multiple food intolerances and am always looking for new, healthy, delicious recipes. I’ve Made some of Ricki’s other recipes and loved them so this is just building on that already solid foundation. Her recipes work, taste good, and are generally easy to make. What’s not to like?

  85. On October 1, 2013 Karen said

    I “Liked” “Cook It Allergy Free” on FB!

  86. On October 1, 2013 Mary Jampel said

    Liked Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  87. On October 1, 2013 Mary Jampel said

    shared this giveaway on FB

  88. On October 1, 2013 Mary J said

    Liked Rikki on FB

  89. On October 1, 2013 Karen said

    I am really working hard to lessen the sugar in my diet so this cookbook would be very interesting. I’d like to learn how to sweeten naturally. I’m already cooking/baking gluten free. This would be a treat!

  90. On October 1, 2013 Karen said

    Already liked Cook it Allergy Free, now liking Ricki Heller

  91. On October 1, 2013 Wendy said

    I am interested in this cookbook because my daughter and I are on the GAPS Diet with the additional restrictions of no eggs and no fruit and no sugars as we to must also follow an anti candida diet on top of the GAPS. Any help with GAPS and ACD legal, tasty food for a 5 year old is appreciated!

  92. On October 1, 2013 Vee said

    I’d love this because I’m allergic to “everything” including wheat, dairy, eggs, and soy. I can’t wait to see what they came up with for my sweet tooth!

  93. On October 1, 2013 Vee said

    Of course I like you on FB!

  94. On October 2, 2013 Nikki said

    Who doesn’t love to eat desserts and not feel bad about it!? I love Ricki’s recipes!!

  95. On October 2, 2013 Nikki said

    I also liked you on Facebook!

  96. On October 2, 2013 Nikki said

    And last but not least…getting the word out by Pinning this totally sweet book!

  97. On October 2, 2013 Crystal said

    Good morning!

    What intrigues me? I’m just now beginning a gluten free journey, and I’m excited that with this cookbook I would be able to still have yummy treats. Deprivation is never a good thing, and being able to have my “cakey” goods would be beneficial to my new lifestyle!

  98. On October 2, 2013 Crystal said

    I now follow you on Facebook!

    As a fellow “allergy girl” I’m excited to see what’s to come!

  99. On October 2, 2013 Sheri said

    I am interested in the cookbook because I am just starting the journey into allergy free cooking. We were asked to do an elimination diet for my son the same day as my daughter’s birthday which meant no cake and no ice cream for him. Now my son’s birthday is coming up and I want to be able to make treats that he can have.

  100. On October 2, 2013 Andrea MacDonald said

    Being Gluten Free and Vegan I am always intrigued by cookbooks that cater to my diet. However I also have a husband who has severe nut allergies that add even more difficulty into my already complicated meal planning. This cookbook looks full of mouth watering treats that the whole family can enjoy!

  101. On October 2, 2013 Andrea MacDonald said

    I follow you on facebook!

  102. On October 2, 2013 Andrea MacDonald said

    I pinned this post on pinterest.

  103. On October 2, 2013 Marianne said

    If the reviews and the amazing photographs are any indication, I’m going to love it!

  104. On October 2, 2013 Marianne said

    I follow Cook it Allergy Free and Ricki on FB.

  105. On October 2, 2013 Marianne said

    Shared on FB.

  106. On October 2, 2013 Debbie Phillips said

    I already liked Cook It Allergy Free and Ricki on fb and I shared on fb and twitter!! I would love to have this book…my daughter and I have gone gf, df and processed sugar free since her diagnosis of MS at at 17….cookbooks like this save us!

  107. On October 2, 2013 Deborah Newport said

    I follow cook it allergy free and Ricki on FB

  108. On October 2, 2013 Elizabeth said

    I am intrigued my the “naturally sweet” part of the cookbook. I am gluten free and the one thing I help with is getting the sugar out. I’m finding my sweet tooth is taking control of me & getting harder to satisfy. Looking forward to naturally sweet & gluten free recipes!

    • On October 2, 2013 Elizabeth said

      *need* help with 🙂

  109. On October 3, 2013 Kelli Goldin said

    I can’t wait to try the recipes in this book! I’m fascinated by the delicious photos and knowing that they are treats I could have! Thank you!

  110. On October 3, 2013 Jodi said

    Would love to have this because we are dairy, gluten, egg and refined sugar free…looks so awesome!

  111. On October 3, 2013 Jodi said

    I follow cook it allergy free and Ricki on FB

  112. On October 3, 2013 Chelsea said

    What intrigues me about this cook book? I’ve been trying to eat more gluten free, but haven’t had a stab at gluten free baking yet! And I’m definitely on board with naturally sweet 🙂

  113. On October 3, 2013 Abby said

    This cookbook looks wonderful! Having a chronic illness, I eat gluten-free and stick to low-glycemic sweeteners the majority of the time. I am always thinking of things to make, healthy and good-for-you, yet delicious! I would love having a book like this

  114. On October 3, 2013 Abby said

    I liked you on facebook

  115. On October 3, 2013 Abby said

    I also pinned this post on Pinterest

  116. On October 3, 2013 sarah said

    I just really loveee to eat!

  117. On October 4, 2013 Maria said

    I am intrigued due to the aspect of cutting out refined sugars. My family navigates multiple severe food allergies but we are still exposed to refined sugars. I find my 5 year old has less emotional fluctuations and eczema flares when we cut out sugar, especially refined sugar. I am also nursing my 4 month old who has some allergies and, of course, I would like to limit his exposure. My dad was recently diagnosed as Pre-cancerous for colorectal cancer and so we are trying to cut out gluten and all refined sugars (working up to all sugar) and gluten from his diet. Since I am used to eating and baking this way, except the refined sugars, this would be a great book to help me bake treats for my dad occasionally since he believes his life is horrible due to his new restricted diet. Also, my mom is frustrated and at a loss trying to help him transition, so this would benefit her greatly. Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

  118. On October 4, 2013 Maria said

    I follow you on Facebook.

  119. On October 4, 2013 Maria said

    I follow Ricki on Facebook.

  120. On October 4, 2013 Laura J said

    I’m most intrigued by the natural sugars used in this cookbook. I would love to have some dessert options that are just a bit better for me in that way.

  121. On October 4, 2013 Glenda said

    I follow you on Facebook

  122. On October 4, 2013 Katie said

    Epic Butter Tarts. The guilty pleasure of Christmas 🙂

  123. On October 4, 2013 Carissa Lundmark said

    This cookbook would be a great recipe book for my kitchen.. as it would give me easy go-to’s for making deserts that I rarely make! LOL

  124. On October 4, 2013 nalea said

    Follow both on fb. Hope I win since this new diet is new to me.

  125. On October 4, 2013 Joyce Donahue said

    I just followed Ricki on Facebook. As a newly diagnosed celiac I need all the help I can get!

  126. On October 4, 2013 Shelly Firebaugh said

    I am fairly new to allergy free eating & cooking (since early August) and scour Pinterest and other websites daily looking for new recipes. Besides enjoying cooking in general, I LOVE baking and am known in my circle of friends as the baker of the group. In fact, a friend just told me a couple of days ago, “Shelly, you could bake a phone book and it would taste good!”. I’ve dabbled a little bit with gluten & dairy free baking, but would love to own a copy of your cookbook so that I could expand my very limited repertoire of dessert recipes. Thanks so much for your consideration and the opportunity to win a copy of your beautiful cookbook!

  127. On October 4, 2013 Jamie Bowman said

    I am so happy that there are finally really good recipes for GFDF goodies as well as people who continue to improve our menus! Thank You!

  128. On October 4, 2013 Heidi said

    Your cookbook is absolutely beautiful!! I have got to have this, the few pics I saw of whats inside it is driving me to get this gorgeous book and my passion in life is Baking!! I looove to bake for my family and other people!! Awesome job on this book I am gluten free and this would be such a Blessing to me!! I am sharing this on Facebook!!!

  129. On October 4, 2013 Shelly Firebaugh said

    Just liked your Ricki Heller FB page and plan to check it out often to see what new recipes & insights you’re sharing!

  130. On October 4, 2013 Shelly Firebaugh said

    Just “liked” Cook it Allergy Free on FB…what a great page for helpful tips and recipes!

  131. On October 4, 2013 Shelly Firebaugh said

    Just shared this page and giveaway information on my own FB page!

  132. On October 4, 2013 Karen said

    This book sounds amazing! I follow Cook IT Allergy Free on FB already. I also shared the FB post with my peeps on my CeliacGirlRI page on FB, which cross-posts with Twitter. Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome book.

  133. On October 4, 2013 Teri said

    I shared it on facebook!

  134. On October 4, 2013 Chelsea said

    I just recently discovered I have a gluten sensitivity and I’m at a loss as to where to go from here. Winning this cookbook will be so awesome! I could learn how to cook some of my favorite desserts without ingredients that bother me. Thank you for the opportunity.

  135. On October 4, 2013 Chelsea said

    I just liked you on FB.

  136. On October 4, 2013 Chelsea said

    I just shared this giveaway on Pinterest. Thanks again for the opportunity!

  137. On October 4, 2013 Lena said

    Love the idea of being vegan and no refined sugars.

  138. On October 4, 2013 Bethany S. said

    I am already dairy- and gluten-free, and I usually bake vegan. However, I still have some IBS symptoms, so I’m interested to see if a ACD diet helps. This book would definitely help me start that journey!

  139. On October 4, 2013 Bethany S. said

    I “like” Cook It Allergy Free on facebook.

  140. On October 4, 2013 Bethany S. said

    I shared this on facebook too.

  141. On October 4, 2013 Ann said

    I am so excited to pick up this cookbook. I have shared it on my facebook page for all of my friends that have also found to need to alter their cooking habits… Thank you..

  142. On October 4, 2013 Ann said

    This is the first time I had heard of this author but now that I read your article I have gone and liked all her work and will now follow her also. We are new to the world of allergies but my 14 year old with the allergies loves to cook as much as I do so we are always looking for new great cooking recipes.

  143. On October 4, 2013 Kathy Lowe said

    What a great sounding cookbook. I would love to win.

    I follow you both on Facebook and I added the post to Pinterest.

    Thanks!

  144. On October 4, 2013 Melody said

    I “liked” Cook It Allergy Free on FB / shared the article / and pinned. We’ve changed our diet to remove gluten, peanuts, soy, dairy, corn, and sugar and at times it has been difficult to come up with new dishes. I’d love to win this to be able to get some new ideas.

  145. On October 4, 2013 Lydia Claire said

    I am following Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  146. On October 4, 2013 Lydia Claire said

    There is so much that intrigues me about this book. First it’s vegan! But also no refined sugar is great too.

  147. On October 4, 2013 Lydia Claire said

    I am following Ricki Heller on Facebook.

  148. On October 4, 2013 Peggy said

    What intrigues me the most is the naturally sweet part…especially since I was just told I can have no more sugar!

  149. On October 4, 2013 Peggy said

    I shared this link/post on my Facebook page!

  150. On October 4, 2013 Kristin said

    I pinned it! It looks like a fantastic cookbook

  151. On October 4, 2013 Meri Ann Klocke said

    I love recipe books! I am a Celiac so already eat gluten-free. Recently I am also trying to go dairy-free.

  152. On October 4, 2013 Angie said

    I’d love to win a cookbook! I’m learning to go sugar free, but have been gluten free for about 2 years. Shared on FB!

  153. On October 4, 2013 Wayne said

    Liked the cooking page on Facebook.
    Cooking, baking and mixing up good stuff that my wife can eat is challenging for me as a husband who loves his wife and does not need to eat special ways… I haven’t yet developed the skill to create my own recipes…I follow others creativity. So the great food I make for her gets created to the authors of books like these. I share the names of those whom I use the most.

  154. On October 4, 2013 Wayne said

    I also liked Ricki on Facebook

  155. On October 4, 2013 Felicia Saucier said

    I “like” and follow Ricki on FB, My 10 yo dd is gluten intolerant and sugar is suspect for her as well, so winning this fabulous cookbook would be for her, she wants to do more cooking & baking on her own. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  156. On October 4, 2013 Felicia Saucier said

    I “like & follow” CookIt Allergy Free on FB – so much deliciousness there!

  157. On October 4, 2013 Felicia Saucier said

    I pinned this post onto my gf board

  158. On October 4, 2013 Felicia Saucier said

    shared on my fb page, too!

  159. On October 4, 2013 Julie said

    This looks fantastic… I have shared it on facebook in the hope it will inspire friends and family <3

  160. On October 4, 2013 sheryn said

    I am celiac, and now follow you on facebook

  161. On October 4, 2013 Marlene Ben said

    Loving learning how to cook gluten free food for my family.

  162. On October 4, 2013 glenda said

    I have liked your page on FB, and what intrigues me about your book is seeing if it is any good, being celiac all my life I find a lot of recipe books very ‘try hard’ falling short of the mark considerably, so I look forward to being pleasantly surprised and seeing that your book lives up to what is promised.

  163. On October 4, 2013 Jennifer Knowles said

    I like the fact that these recipes contain no refined sugar!

  164. On October 4, 2013 jacqui said

    I like you and Ricki on Facebook.

  165. On October 4, 2013 jacqui said

    I am intrigued by this cookbook, as I am trying to cut out refined sugar out of our diet as a family.

  166. On October 4, 2013 jacqui said

    shared on Facebook.

  167. On October 4, 2013 Manya Blaisdell said

    Ummm, you had me at desserts! lol. I am in love with anything that mentions gluten free, vegan, and dessert in the same sentence.

  168. On October 4, 2013 Manya Blaisdell said

    shared on facebook.

  169. On October 4, 2013 gaby said

    I love Ricki Heller! Follow her on facebook.

  170. On October 4, 2013 gaby said

    These recipes lookamazing! I love that it’s natural, gluten free, and sugar free! I do a lot of healthy baking but sometimes trying to “healthify” too much ends in baking flops. It would be great to have a tried and true healthy recipe guideline!

  171. On October 4, 2013 Sandy said

    I’m always looking for new healthy recipes for my family! This cookbook looks like it’s going to have some great options!!!

  172. On October 4, 2013 Sandy said

    Following Cook it Allergy Free on FB.

  173. On October 4, 2013 Sandy said

    Shared via Pinterest.

  174. On October 5, 2013 Linda said

    Hi Ricki…
    I have just stumbled upon your page on FB
    advertising your competition to win your book!
    I am 50 years old, carrying excessive weight mainly
    due to medication for depression! I have been diagnosed
    also as having IBS.
    I do eat meat, but frankly I could do without it
    if I had other easily prepared options as I work
    irregular shift work that also doesn’t help with
    my diet regime!
    I’m just so over feeling sluggish physically &
    depressed psychologically! I’m hoping your
    recipes will help entice me into a better mode
    of eating with a better physical result!
    I’d be more than happy to be a success profile
    for any books that may follow or your blog if I
    noticeably improved my overall being.

  175. On October 5, 2013 Erin R. said
  176. On October 5, 2013 Erin R. said

    I like Cook it Allergy Free and Riki on Facebook!

  177. On October 5, 2013 Erin R. said

    Those dalmatian brownies look so yummy! I’m always looking for great recipes that are not only GF but vegan as well!! yummy yummy yummy!

  178. On October 5, 2013 Sherri said

    I’m intriqued by her book because I’m always looking for healthier recipes without the gluten, dairy or sugar in them. I have MS and several food allergies, and I think Ricki’s cookbook would be perfect for me!

  179. On October 5, 2013 Alisha said

    I have found that my stomach feels so much better when I eat GF foods and am so inspired by the vast array of GF, vegan and refined sugar free recipes that Ricki has devised. Genius! And inspiring me to get back to baking and eating delicious desserts!

  180. On October 5, 2013 Sherri said

    I’ve been following Cook It Allergy Free and Ricki’s Facebook pages for quite a while now.

  181. On October 5, 2013 Sherri said

    I shared the giveaway on Pinterest.

  182. On October 5, 2013 Chantelle said

    Eating dairy free, gluten free and sugar free has changed me. Would love new recipes

  183. On October 5, 2013 Chantelle said

    I follow Ricki on Facebook

  184. On October 5, 2013 Rebecca P. said

    All of the recipes! I love Ricki’s recipes and would love the book!

  185. On October 5, 2013 Rebecca P. said

    I shared on Twitter!

  186. On October 5, 2013 Rebecca P. said

    I follow you both on Facebook!

  187. On October 6, 2013 Billie said

    So very happy to see such a wonderfully sweet vegan cookbook. I would be super excited to win such a beautiful edition to my vegan lifestyle. I am allergic to dairy and eggs. I started having terrible allergies. Giving up meat was the best thing for my digestion that has every happened. I shared on facebook “Helena Handbasket” and Pinterest. Wish me Luck!

  188. On October 6, 2013 Ciara said

    I’m learning how to cook vegan and gluten free and I really want to make myself a birthday cake that tastes great and still lets me feel good. Dairy and gluten both do unkind things to my tummy!

  189. On October 6, 2013 Angela said

    I have multiple allergies so I am always looking for foods that I can eat. I am new to gluten free scooking, so this book looks perfect for me!

  190. On October 7, 2013 Lisa ide said

    Been gluten free since Dec 2012. Need some dessert options! Shared and liked both FB pages!

  191. On October 7, 2013 Rosemary said

    I’ve been working at being vegan for several years, and find it hard going when the sweet tooth demands my attention. I’m looking forward to Ricki’s new book . liked her on Facebook

  192. On October 7, 2013 Rosemary W Coplan said

    I’d love to win this fabulous CookBook – the recipes are great and my friends and I want to eat like this!

  193. On October 7, 2013 Rosemary W Coplan said

    I posted it on Pinterist.

  194. On October 7, 2013 Rosemary W Coplan said

    I follow you on Facebook

  195. On October 7, 2013 Rosemary W Coplan said

    and am subscribed to your blog…

  196. On October 7, 2013 Jennifer K said

    This cookbook intrigues me because I keep getting asked if the baked goods I bring in to work are gluten free and I feel bad that they are not and I have no idea how to make them.

  197. On October 7, 2013 Jennifer K said

    I shared this contest on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/88946161364220923/

  198. On October 7, 2013 Jennifer K said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on facebook

  199. On October 7, 2013 Sheila M said

    Wow what a fantastic Idea for a cookbook, love the idea of low sugar and gluten free, would love to try these recipes out on the family and friends. I just liked Cook It Allergy Free and have been following Ricki Heller since I found the page a few months ago. Shared the post on Pinterst. Thanks for the chance to win!

  200. On October 8, 2013 Corrine said

    I Follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  201. On October 8, 2013 Corrine said

    The fact that the book is vegan is what intrigues me about it.

  202. On October 9, 2013 Patricia said

    I love that you still have good tasting treats on a special diet.

  203. On October 9, 2013 Patricia said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on facebook.

  204. On October 9, 2013 Rebecca said

    I am interested in baking treats for my little guy who has terrible allergies, I am always looking for ways to make sure he isn’t left out. I would love this book!

  205. On October 9, 2013 Rebecca said

    I follow Cook IT allergy free on FB!

  206. On October 10, 2013 Janine said

    Love that my family will be able to eat everything in this cookbook without having to make our own substitutions. Thanks!

  207. On October 10, 2013 Janine said

    I already follow you in fb

  208. On October 10, 2013 Kalynn said

    I follow cook it allergy free!! 🙂

  209. On October 13, 2013 Jennifer said

    I have a gluten allergy, am lactose intolerant and am fairly sure i am intolerant to eggs. I have found very few gluten free vegan dessert record that taste good and i an going to expand my options with the recipes in this book!

  210. On October 26, 2013 Kim said

    Hate I missed the giveaway. I will be on the lookout for your recipes. I was in denial for 27 years about me food intollerances but they won the war this year. I have become gluten free, vegan, soy free peanut fre tomato and so much more free. But this has also resulted in IBS fres and healthier all around. Thanks for helping wih wonderful possibilities

  211. On November 2, 2013 Antonela said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free and Ricki Heller on Facebook! 🙂

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