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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2010
I sampled author Wendy Gabbe Day's delicious "Raisin Almond Buckwheat `Granola'" at last weekend's VegFest in Portland, Oregon, and knew at once that I had to purchase her new book, Scatter Vegan Sweets, where the recipe is printed on page 77. This was a surprise because the flavor of cooked buckwheat isn't one of my favorites (but in this recipe, the buckwheat is used raw and has a completely different taste and texture). Also, I avoid granola because it's calorie-dense and has to be doled out in small servings--like candy. All I can say is that I took a bag of the granola home and have had it for breakfast every day since. Even the tiny serving (1/4 cup compared to the full cup of dry cereal I usually eat) kept me going and energetic until lunch--who knew? I've stocked up on raw buckwheat and other ingredients and expect to make a new batch as soon as the supply runs out.

I tried the "Nearly Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookies" (page 24) and was thrilled at how easy they were to make--just 10 minutes start to finish--and how totally I want to make more! My first batch made a great dessert with a bowl of fresh peaches and strawberries, and I can see taking these cookies to a potluck or on a hike.

There are so many tasty sounding sweets I'm eager to try: "Raspberry Lemon Scones,", "Pumpkin Raisin Walnut Muffins," "Strawberry Fig Bars," "Raw Coconut Cherry Truffles," and many more. The book includes helpful info on cooking techniques and ingredients that may be unfamiliar to readers who are new to vegan (made without any animal products, including eggs, milk, and honey), raw (made with ingredients that have not been cooked, a method that is completely safe when no animal products are used), and gluten-free (made without gluten, the substance that is found in wheat-based and some other foods) cooking.

This is a book written with a point of view: Wendy has been "vegetarian from birth and vegan for most of [her] life," and she has a gentle and friendly way of telling about her own choices and the virtues of wholesome foods. Her attractive and well organized book is printed in black and white and without illustrations; I find that its well-designed simplicity makes it easy to use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2010
These days more people seem to be modifying their diets for various reasons, whether it's to improve their health, to reduce animal suffering, or to be kinder to the environment. Scatter Vegan Sweets makes it so easy to prepare treats for friends (I won't say family because all my family members eat most anything they are served) because every recipe is free of dairy, eggs, honey, and gluten. As much as I like the idea of making my own nut milk, I can't seem to find the time -- which is why I like some of this book's recipes that simply call for non-dairy milk, which I always have in my fridge, whether it's soy, hemp, almond or rice. So with the purchase of a few dates, I could make the delicious peanut butter chocolate chunk shake, since I already had all the other ingredients. The book's six different recipes for granola are a godsend, considering that the ones off the shelf or in the bulk bins are usually disappointing and lacking the chunky and chewy textures produced when following Gabbe Day's recipes. Overall, the recipes use common ingredients and take very little time -- the treats are both practical to make and flavorful to serve.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2010
I purchased this book because I have had the pleasure of enjoying many of Wendy's recipes in 2 rounds of Veg101 classes sponsored by NW Veg of Portland, OR. I started on a journey a year ago of becoming vegan initially for health reasons, but learning more and more the impact animal products have on the environment and cruelty to animals which is absolutely unnecessary. I love the fact that all of these recipes are easy to prepare, do not take unusual ingredients, and are not time consuming! I tried her rice garbo bars which are great to have on hand as a snack anytime when I feel my blood sugar dropping, and the lemon cranberry poppyseed bread which was delicious. Am looking forward to trying many more recipes and highly recommend this book for the low sugar, low fat, no gluten, and whole grain ingredients. Joy to read and a joy to enjoy the goodies!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2010
I got this book because I was enticed by the yummy, whole-food treats. I'm hooked on the Green Rice Berry Smoothie and the Carrot Ginger Bean Muffins! I knew I was going to love making the recipes I perused - and they were simple enough that I already had most of the ingredients. What I wasn't expecting was how much I was going to love making these recipes for other people!! When I brought the Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies to work they were such a hit I was anxious to bring in another dish. The food led to great conversations about why THESE Orange Cranberry Oat Scones were different from the ones down in the cafeteria. Day's style is familiar - like a good friend is coming over to tell you how to make food that tastes good, is good for you and makes you FEEL great. Her recipe index is comprehensive and I love her informative and conversational introduction to each recipe. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for her next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2010
I bought this book because all the recipes are healthy and easy to make. They are low in sugar and have no oil, butter, margarine, eggs, or gluten. I first tried the Raw Chocolate Almond Shake. It went together in a couple minutes and it was yummy. I plan to make it a lot. The Gingerbread Cookies do not turn out like your "typical" cookies which have very little nutritional value, since they are usually full of white flour, butter, eggs, etc. These cookies have brown rice flour, almonds, apple, and flax meal. They have a hearty delicious flavor and I enjoyed dunking them in my coffee. Each recipe is preceded by a fun introductory note describing how Wendy deveoped the recipe, how she might serve it, or how she enjoys eating it. I can't wait to try more - like the Kiwi Lime Pie and the Strawberry Fig Bars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2010
Scatter Vegan Sweets by Wendy Gabbe Day, offers a simply delicious way to have sweets that are so yummy, healthy and easy to make. My first recipe that I tried was her No Bake Chocolate Almond cookies.......they were so addicting, plus so good for you! I am new to the Vegan World......I know so many people who cannot tolerate Gluten and this is a great book to introduce people to simple, fun, tasty treats that are so healthy for you and you don't feel deprived. Her intro at the beginning of the book, her ingredient guide in the back of the book are very helpful and educational.Add a dash of her personal flair to each new recipe, poof, you have Vegan Sweets! Congrats Wendy......I will help to Scatter Vegan Sweets here Cali!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2010
I met Wendy Gabbe Day at a vegan education/cooking class where she demonstrated a few recipes from her book. She is a friendly, happy, healthy and entertaining person as well as an excellent and creative baker! I had to buy her book that night. Wendy has packed Scatter full of recipes for delicious treats that are vegan and gluten-free, and she discusses alternatives to using dairy (including eggs), gluten, and tons of sugar. The treats I make from her book not only mesh with my vegan lifestyle, but they also satisfy my sweet tooth without all the negative side affects of other treats. It's a must-have for health-conscious vegans who still love to bake!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2010
This book is full of so many good, simple, and healthy treats. They go together quickly and many are raw, just assemble and enjoy!

I really liked the Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies made with rice flour. I've never been enthusiastic of store bought gluten-free treats. But these came out full of flavor, moist, and oh so good. The Green Pear Smoothie fits the bill for a light meal before a workout. I can't wait to try some of the pancake and waffle recipes on a nice toasty winter morn. You just can't go wrong with anything here. Scatter widely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2010
SCATTER VEGAN SWEETS is a no frills guide to making seriously delicious vegan goodies.

I love treats and would classify myself as a candyholic, but in the last couple months I have been trying to incorporate veganism into my lifestyle. Wendy has made it easy for me thus far -- so many fantastic ideas in the book that taste great AND they are super easy.

Kudos to you, Wendy. I will be scattering vegan sweets around New York City!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2011
Full disclosure, I've only tried one recipe -- the raspberry lemon scones. But they turned out as the best scones I've had in years. I'd buy this book several times over just for that one recipe. It made me that happy.

I can't eat gluten, soy, or egg. But scones are my downfall. I've eaten far too many white flour scones and caused severe pain repeatedly because I just miss them. I've tried oodles of gluten-free versions and replaced soy and egg with myriad things -- flax gel, guar gum, arrowroot, applesauce, bananas, and so on. They all come out disappointing and gross.

So imagine by delight to pull these out of the oven to be greeted by dough-y mounds that actually resemble scones. Then imagine my absolute delight to discover that they actually taste like scones -- chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside.

I'll no doubt try more of the recipes, but even if this is the only recipe that ever works for me, it's absolutely, 100% worth the cost of the book!

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7 months later update. I've made a bunch of the recipes and couldn't be happier! I love the recipes as is, but I've also had great success using them as a foundation and jumping off point for other ideas. I often cut the sugar in half, if not remove it completely, with no ill effects. I've also swapped ingredients with ease as well. It's fantastic to have the opportunity to be a little creative and know that it's going to come out yummy and satisfying!
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