Today I had a great visit with Hallie Klecker of Daily Bites.
In a Google+ Hangout we talked about juicing, her mother's influence on her in the kitchen, and her latest cookbook Super Healthy Cookies: 50 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes for Delicious & Nutritious Treats. If you missed it, you can watch it here:
Hallie is a shining star in the gluten free, whole foods community. This new book is just an example of the kind of contribution she is making.
I don't know about you, but I am seeing an encouraging trend. More and more people are swinging back to a purer, wholesome way of eating—making wiser choices, adding more vegetables, good fats, and quality proteins to their diet.
As we make these positive changes Hallie reminds us that, for most, the occasional treat is okay ... when made with healthier ingredients. Hallie skillfully coaches us on how to sparingly, but effectively, sweeten treats with the natural sweeteners like honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and dried fruit versus cups upon cups of refined sugar.
I have made four recipes from this book. And each one has satisfied! Hallie has agreed to share her recipe for Chunky Monkey Cookies (pictured above, page 26). I finally had to stick them in the freezer. Leaving them on the counter was just too tempting :).
For those with food allergies and/or sensitivities, the appendix of Super Healthy Cookies is full of helpful tips on how to substitute healthier ingredients in your baking as well as a guide for quickly finding the recipes in the book that are nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and even vegan. Nuts and some grains are used (like oats and rice) ... refined sugar is not.
You can bet that this will be my holiday gift to friends and family. A little indulgence without all the guilt.
Oh, and I am happy to say that I played a little part in producing this baby. When I am not blogging or "mommying" I freelance as a graphic designer and this project was my first book design gig. Thank you Hallie for trusting me with the design and production of this rockin' book. It was an absolute joy to work with you.
Win a Cookbook!
This giveaway is closed. Congratulations Traci who commented "Looks like an awesome cookbook! Need healthy cookie recipes :)" — you won!
Hallie would like to send one Lexie's Kitchen reader a copy of Super Healthy Cookies. Enter by 4:00 pm (PST) October 15, 2012.
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