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Chocolate-Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes That Are Secretly Good for You Hardcover – January 6, 2015
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"Katie makes wonderful treats that you can feel great about serving to your family. Delicious desserts filled with whole grain flours, healthy fats, and sinful flavors to satiate your cravings!"―Ali Larter, actress and author of Kitchen Revelry: A Year of Festive Menus from My Home to Yours
"She had me at the Secretly Healthy Brownies... when it comes to creating guiltless desserts, no one's quite as good as Katie. Her cookbook made me want to instantly bust out my mixer and start whipping up all those amazing treats!"―Gina Homolka, creator of Skinnytaste.com and author of The Skinnytaste Cookbook
"I've followed Katie's blog for many years now, and I've always been blown away by her talent. She has an uncanny ability to create healthy versions of decadent treats. Everyone has mad cravings for sweets, and Katie helps you satisfy your cravings in a healthier way. That's a fabulous gift!"―Lori Lange, creator of RecipeGirl.com and author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook
"Katie is a girl after our own hearts---concerned with health but obsessed with dessert. Chocolate-Covered Katie gives the reader scrumptious recipes while still attending to nutritional concerns. What a perfect and delicious balance!"―The Lagasse Girls, Authors of The Gluten Free Table
About the Author
Katie Higgins grew up all over the world. She currently lives in Washington, DC with a kitchen cabinet full of chocolate.
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While Katie's blog does contain entrees, this cookbook focuses just on desserts -- and wow! What amazing desserts these are!
Also, although the title doesn't mention it, all of the recipes in this book are, in fact, vegan.
Since Amazon doesn't yet have the "Look Inside" feature available, I wanted to give a breakdown of the chapters, along with a little "taste" of some of the recipes in each one so you get an idea of the mouth-watering delicacies in store for you:
* The Chocolate-Covered Kitchen -- provides a rundown of what you might want to keep on-hand in your pantry, and some general tips for the recipes
* Cookies, Brownies, and Bars -- contains recipes for things like Sinless Peanut Butter Cookies, Chocolate-Covered Thin Mintz (the featured recipe on the cover), Chocolate Raspberry Crumble Bars
* Dessert for Breakfast -- recipes include Chocolate Brownie Waffles, Pumpkin Breakfast Pudding (which I've made from her blog; it's easy and delish!), Elvis PB Pancakes, Chocoholic Glazed Donuts, and Midnight Chocolate Crunch Granola
* Ice Cream, Milkshakes, and Smoothies --contains about five different ice cream/sorbet recipes, along with things like PB Pudding Pops and a Chocolate Mudslide Smoothie
* Pies, Cakes, and Cupcakes -- includes the Chocolate Obsession Cake, Cashew Cream Mini-Tarts, and lots of cupcakes
* Puddings, Dips, Frostings, & More -- this chapter contains some of her wonderful dips, including the number one recipe from her blog, the Cookie Dough Dip, along with things like Healthy Notella and two different pie crust recipes
There is also a Stevia Conversation Chart and a Metric Conversion Chart in the back, along with a comprehensive Index.
One of the things I love about Katie's recipes (besides how delicious they are) is how they use easy-to-find ingredients. In fact, when she sends out new recipes in her weekly e-newsletter, I've found that most of the time I can make most of the recipes with what I have on hand. Once you have your pantry stocked with staples, it's very easy and quick to make her recipes. (I don't live near a Whole Foods, and can find all of the ingredients at either my Trader Joe's, my regular grocery store, or here on Amazon; there's no need to hunt down unusual items to make her recipes.) None of Katie's recipes (on her blog or in this book) take very long to make at all, so it's easy to whip together something yummy and healthy for dessert.
The other main reason that I love Katie's recipes is that they are not only healthy, but also delicious! My husband (who is a carnivore) has always just loved chocolate or ice cream as his desserts; he usually never likes anything else. However, he loves anything I make by Katie, and regularly requests that I make her "Betterfinger" Bars and Pumpkin Chocolate Pizzokie.
Most of the eighty recipes in the book are brand-new, and there is a lovely full-color photo to accompany each one. I love it when cookbooks include photos since the pics are what inspire me to try new recipes! She also includes a few favorite recipes (such as her Cookie Dough Dip I mentioned above -- which is one of the most amazing recipes ever -- and you'd never know that there are chickpeas in it!) from her blog.
Besides a photo, each recipe is also accompanied by a nutritional analysis (including calories, fiber, protein, fat, carbs, and Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value), gluten-free options, and some notes about substitutions if you don't have the ingredients on hand that the original recipe calls for.
While you don't need a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec for the recipes, you will need a capable blender and/or a food processor.
Within an hour of this book arriving, I already made the Peanut Butter Pudding Pops (which are still setting - but the "batter" was delicious!) and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes. Both came together quickly and easily.
I will update my review as I use this more, but I can already tell that this book will be just as amazing as Katie's blog!