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Paleo Desserts: 125 Delicious Everyday Favorites, Gluten- and Grain-Free
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2012
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When I saw the luscious photo of Mexican Wedding Cookies, I simply had to make them. They were easy, especially following the video on her site. They tasted rich and delicate - even better than my mom's! Next I made the red velvet cupcakes - they were fabulous, and no red food coloring - just beets and chocolate. I put Crème Cheese Frosting on them, made with dairy-free coconut butter and lemon. It tasted exactly like cream cheese to me! With healthy desserts like this, I feel at home in my body again.

I have "suffered" from a sugar craving myself for years, and I am so relieved that I can have a treat now and again and feel good about it - just as my body does. Eating healthy takes time and effort, but what else is more important than what we put in our bodies? Once I picked up all the necessary ingredients, many of which were unfamiliar to me, I was ready to go. And now my cupboard is stocked and I am the more knowledgeable for it.

The ingredients are easy. Some of them weren't at my Whole Foods Market, so I clicked the links on Jane's website to buy them. (JanesHealthyKitchen.com) I was nearly overwhelmed by all the other original recipes there. The non-standard ingredients are the most important ones. That's what makes this Paleo desserts book special. They're low-carb and there's no sugar rush! I found Just Like Sugar Table Top chicory root sweetener in my Whole Foods Market, but all they had was a 4oz container. I asked them to stock the 1# green bag, so it's more economical.

Jane's recipes use pure shredded coconut flakes that are only 27% carbs, ground in a food processor. It has a delicious rich, clean flavor. I've been trying to bake Paleo for months, but when I use coconut flour the baked goods are heavy and flat-tasting. I didn't understand why. Then I found out coconut flour is 71% carbs, about the same as wheat flour. It is processed, de-fatted, and pulverized with the brown hull. No wonder it's a dark color and tasteless. This book has provided me with a real education in healthy eating. Thank you, Jane.

An amazing discovery in the book is the flaky pie crust that rolls out perfectly. We all know how challenging pie crusts can be . . . Great for Paleo Pumpkin Pie - another gorgeous photo! How did she invent so many original recipes? I've been eating mostly low-carb and organic for years. But these are the very first desserts that taste delicious and are healthy too. I wish the book had a spiral binding so I could open it and prop it upright on the counter. Too bad it's going to get really messy over the holidays, because I'm gong to use it a lot!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
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I'm a health practitioner with decades of experience treating almost every disease known to man, from cancer to diabetes, obesity, metabolic disorder, hyper-tension, celiac disease, MS, and just plain stress. My observation is that most every one of my clients could benefit from a diet that is free of gluten and sugars. To feel wonderful after eating chocolate cake with filling and delicious frosting an indulgence which made with wheat flour and sugar left me feeling sluggish and with Jane's recipe I feel light and energtic.

Jane has invented recipes that re-create traditional favorite desserts in a truly low carb form, so they taste even better than the original. She uses simple Pale olithic ingredients, like coconut, chicory root, tart fruits and vegetables. After years of waiting I'm so excited to finally have a recipe book I can recommend to my clients. People deserve to have their favorite sweets. This book allows everyone to enjoy Yellow Birthday Cake, Fudgy Brownies, and Pumpkin Pie, all made with natural zero carb chicory root sweetener, which doesn't raise the blood sugar one bit. This is truly a breakthrough book! Now I've got to go make those Chocolate Haystack Cookies. Thank you, Jane

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
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The book is well written and the recipes look good. However, all of the recipes call for a sugar substitute called "Just Like Sugar." I find "Just Like Sugar" to be nothing like sugar. I made the chocolate chip cookies and followed the recipe to the letter. The finished product had a chemical taste with a metallic after taste. I had several testers and they all agreed that "Just Like Sugar" leaves a bad after taste. I am disappointed because I follow the Paleo diet. I was looking forward to some "sweets." As they say, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
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Boy, do I hate leaving a bad review for anyone.....but. It took about 2 hours for me to get every thing ready to make the cupcake pictured on the front cover. I was planning on making up boxes of assorted low carb Paleo sweets for Christmas presents and still plan to,but this one will not be included. I don't know what I could have done wrong. I've been baking for over 30 years but this was an expensive dismal failure. They came out gummy on the inside and dry on the outside, did not rise, even thought I added the expensive agar flakes. Very disappointed in this recipe. I will try another before totally abandoning this cookbook! UGG!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2013
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I bought this cookbook expecting that the products would not taste like regular sweet treats, but I thought they would be edible. I have not made one item from this cookbook that I could eat. I have followed the recipes to the letter as instructed (and they were not super easy), spent a fortune on difficult-to-find ingredients, and I feel like I have wasted time and money. I don't think the Paleo diet should include dessert if this is what they taste like. FYI: Just Like Sugar Table top is NOT like sugar. I know this cookbook has received a lot of positive reviews, which is why I purchased it in the first place, I just wish I had found success with it like so many other customers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2012
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The absolute beauty of the book is in the author's complete dedication to making each ingredient and recipe easy to follow. The key word for this book is "follow". Follow the author's directions implicitly on ingredients and processes. You will LOVE the SWEET results of flavor and healthy feeling and no sugar rush! My belief is these recipes are a breakthrough in pastries for health. And her new "secret" on low-carb, natural flour and sweetener sugar will be just a "sweet delicious" surprise for you. There isn't anything like this book in the healthy food world, and I have been eating "clean" food since 1972. However, I could never eat SWEETS, as the sugar made me sick to my stomach, so I gave it up. Jane's delicious recipes and healthy ingredients have changed my life. I GET TO EAT SWEETS again!. And, if you follow her book recipes exactly, you will LOVE THE RESULTS. The ingredients are easy to find in the Resources in the back of the book - and even easier to order with quick links on her website, JanesHealthyKitchen.com. Chocolate Haystacks are one of my favorite as they are SO FAST, and I feel so satisfied and healthy when I pop them in my mouth. My husband didn't notice they were different, he just gobbled them down. I can't eat just one, that is for sure. I do wish they had put some colored pictures throughout the recipe pages. A picture is worth a thousand words to me when I am trying to learn something new. Anyway, I thank Jane for this SWEET gift to all of us, Kathleen
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2014
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What isn't discussed is the fact that every recipe uses Just Like Sugar (on Amazon at $19/pound) and most recipes list as optional Yacon syrup at $30/8 ounces. I don't care how good the dessert is, at those prices I can't afford to make these recipes for special occasions, let alone experiment to see what's worth baking.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2012
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I was excited to receive this book but while looking through just to pick a recipe to start with I was overwhelmed by the amount of semi unusual ingredients I have to track down. I still haven't finished collecting them and I will be hitting my 3rd store today. I am truly hoping the recipes are out of this world because just the chocolate chip cookie recipe has 12 ingredients !!

EDIT- I initially left 3 stars and the above review because it cost $40+ in unusual ingredients just to get started but boy I tell you what, those ingredients and this book are a mainstay in my kitchen now. Great cooking tips and awesome recipes
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2013
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Baking and making desserts are not my favorite activities. Just buying goodies at bakeries is no longer an option for me. I bought this book to read and to find out if the recipes will work for me. At first I felt somewhat intimidated with the unfamiliar ingredients such as yacon syrup, nutritional yeast which are optional ingredients. The table top just like sugar sweetener is totally new. Ms Barthemy's website was very helpful to give the information about this product. I "gathered" the paleo dessert essentials plus other ingredients that I know are not in my cupboard -from the internet and local health food stores. My cuisinart food processor came out of retirement as I tried my first project- the Mexican Wedding Cookies. It turned out better than I thought.I wasn't very confident about how I went about making it especially how long to process the coconut flakes and sweetener. I emailed Ms. Barthelemy about my question and she graciously got back with the answer. Slowly my confidence is building and had made the lemon bars, awesome fudge brownies and used the chocolate part of Hazelnut Butter Cups to cover nuts in candy molds...heavenly. They were all delicious, gave just the right amount of satiety and satisfaction. Most of all no sugar spikes...I check my blood sugar just to make sure that the desserts are safe.

Admittedly it takes time to become familiar with the ingredients but for me it is fast becoming a new normal. One of the reasons I had disliked conventional baking and dessert making is the amount of sugar that is called for in the recipes. I literally lose my desire to eat because I could feel the crash just thinking about it.

I highly recommend this cookbook. The recipes are easy to follow. The sweetener is pricey but is worth it for me because I can treat myself with something sweet every now and then. I find that the paleo desserts do not initiate cravings. After I get my sweet fix I am done with it for a week or more that is why I have made just three paleo desserts so far since I bought the book in the beginning of this year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2013
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I bake a lot with grain-free flours (i.e. coconut flour) and was super excited about this book...only to realize every single recipe calls for fresh coconut that you're required to blend yourself and make into a flour (the measurements all call for fresh coconut that you then have to blend in a Vitamix to create your own coconut flour). I prefer to buy my coconut flour, well, already in the form of a flour and this book makes it impossible for those who do because you won't be able to figure out proper ratios. Honestly, I think this is a waste of a cookbook.
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