Last Saturday, at the Gluten Free Girl's potluck, I had a chance to catch up with one of my favorite people, Kelly Brozyna. Kelly is the incredibly talented recipe developer, mom and voice behind the blog The Spunky Coconut. On that day Kelly was especially giddy and for good reason, her second cookbook, The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts, was just days away from launching.
This morning I got THE call from an elated Kelly giving me the green light to publish this post. Her cookbook had hit the shelves of The Spunky Coconut e-Store and Amazon. I don't know about you, but I have a handful of family and friends who will be receiving cookbooks this holiday—this one in particular (we tend to give what we want to receive, ha!). Kelly was kind enough to give me a signed copy of the cookbook last weekend and in the four days I've had this delicious cookbook in my hot little hands I have made:
Coyote Cookie Bars | Heavenly grain-free goodness. I couldn't get enough of these.
Chai Granola (pictured above) | Packed with nutrient-dense walnuts and chia seed. The kids enjoyed this oat-free granola on their yogurt this morning. Which yogurt? That leads me to ...
Steamboat Yogurt | At about the same time this spring, Kelly and I began fooling around with making non-dairy yogurt (we even met in Ft. Collins one day to swap tastes!). What I love about her version is the creaminess the cashews add. I am so in love with nut yogurts!
Divine Vegan Fudge Cake with Macadamia Frosting | Shhh ... Kelly had me test this last fall and let me tell you, "divine" it was and even more so the second time around. And the Macadamia Frosting, wow!
Coyote Cookie Bars | Heavenly grain-free goodness
Steamboat Yogurt | Non-dairy yogurt perfected
Divine Vegan Fudge Cake with Macadamia Frosting | Rich, dense and decadent
Chia, Nuts, Hemp Seed Oh My!
If you follow a grain-free, gluten-free, casein-free, egg-free diet or any combination thereof or if you are trying to include in your diet low-glycemic, nutritionally dense foods that are power-packed with the undeniable goodness of ingredients like coconut, chia seed, hemp seed, legumes and nuts, this book is for you! If you or someone you love is diabetic, celiac, lactose intolerant or following the gluten-free/casein-free autistic diet, this book is for you. All 80 recipes are gluten-free and casein-free. 50 of them are egg-free. And if the alternative ingredients used in many of the recipes intimidate you, fear not, Kelly explains what each ingredient is, why it needs to be in your diet and where to find it.
I have to say that Kelly has a lot of experience when it comes to nutritional healing. If you know Kelly, follow The Spunky Coconut or have her "must-have" first cookbook—The Spunky Coconut Cookbook—you probably know of the journey she has been on with her family. Together through diet and biomedical treatments, they are overcoming celiac disease, gluten-intolerance, ADD and autism with great success. She is open and honest and shares her experiences on her blog. Be sure to check it out.
Kelly photographs and designs her cookbooks, front to back, inside and out. She self-publishes through their family press, Apidae Press, with her husband Andrew (an author and designer). Their books are printed on demand here in the USA. This means that they are printed one at a time, as they are ordered, as opposed to a big print run of thousands of books.