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Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats: Allergy-Free and Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery Paperback – October 29, 2013
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Writing something humorous and entertaining is hard. You know what's harder? Making a healthy dessert that doesn't taste like a bale of hay. Debbie Adler is a culinary genius because with this book she manages to do both."
"Debbie's brilliant recipes make it easy and delicious to follow an allergen-free and sugar-free diet!"
-JJ Virgin, New York Times bestselling author of The Virgin Diet
"Debbie Adler, of Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes bakery, works her creative culinary magic for delicious treats that ALL of us can enjoy-even those who avoid gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, sugar, or nuts. Because these treats are SO good, you won't miss what's NOT in them!"-Carol Fenster, author of 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes
"The landscape of food has changed. The rules and recipes our mothers used are hard to adhere to given the escalating rates of food allergies, Celiac, diabetes and other conditions that we are seeing in our loved ones. The game has changed, and thankfully, Sweet Debbie is on the front line for all of us, hard at work in her kitchen cooking up ways to keep cooking fun. In Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats, she shares with honesty and refreshingly easy style, her delicious recipes for the changing needs of our families. What a treat and what a gift."
-Robyn O'Brien, author, The Unhealthy Truth, founder, AllergyKids Foundation
"Debbie Adler's sharp wit and sense of humor shine through recipe after recipe in Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats. Packed with wholesome, nutrient-rich recipes for baked goods, this book is one that will not only nourish your family, but will allow everyone to enjoy the same delightful treats whether or not they are living gluten, dairy, soy, nut or egg-free."
-Vanessa Maltin Weisbrod, Executive Editor of Delight Gluten-Free Magazine
"With this book, Debbie has proven again that deliciousness no longer needs to be sacrificed in today's allergy conscious cooking. Her recipes are simple, smart and will delight the entire family."
"This delightful cookbook proves that you can have your cake and eat it too, regardless of any food intolerances!"
-Allyson Kramer, bestselling author of Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats
About the Author
Debbie Adler opened her allergen-free, vegan bakery, Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes, in Los Angeles in 2006. Adler has appeared on NBC’s evening news, and Sweet Debbie’s has been featured in Pilates Style magazine and on InStyle online and E! Online. Adler lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and son. Visit her at www.sweetdebbiesorganiccupcakes.com.
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In general: five stars! Add it to your list of worthwhile starting places, whether or not you have allergies to consider. We could all do with a break from wheat, a step away from sugar and a permanent vacation from animal products.
I'm still leaving the stevia out of these recipes due to personal preference, but rest assured they can be sweet enough without it, especially for those who are already developing a taste for things not overly sweetened! A couple tablespoons of coconut sugar, or one tablespoon of brown rice syrup, if needed, should substitute well for the usual 3/8 Tbsp stevia without affecting the texture much. I haven't yet tried Debbie's recommendation for the brand of stevia with the best flavor.
I buy millet, buckwheat, sorghum, teff, quinoa, and amaranth in whole grain form, blending them into flour with a Vitamix, and then, as Debbie suggests, make my own gluten free baking mix as described in the book. Control freaks and bulk purchasers will appreciate this approach to stocking only the whole grains and then having grains, flours and mixes available as you need them.
If you don't use a microwave, then you probably already know you can just use a small saucepan over low heat instead of the microwave directions, and it will take a few minutes longer to mix the thick ingredients like coconut nectar.
Substituting applesauce or another fruit puree for all or most of the oil should work well in the baked part of most of these recipes, and will result in a slightly less dense, cakier texture. In the icings, oil substitution will be a little trickier; I can make suggestions on a per-recipe basis.
The first thing I made from the book was the Apple Fritter Donut Holes. YES, buckwheat with apple-cinnamon! YUM! The erythritol in the glaze didn't stay smooth for me, but became grainy when it cooled. It was my first time using erythritol, though, and I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon. These were delicious and actually competed well with the pies at Thanksgiving.
Next, I made Sunflower Butter, the Sunflower Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (but in thumbprint form with chocolate on top, instead of chips inside), and the Oatmeal Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookies (without the chocolate chips).
I LOVE the Sunflower Butter and cookies. Amaranth is the PERFECT grain flavor with sunflower butter.
If anyone has been to Back to Eden Bakery in Portland, Oregon (another fantastic gluten free and vegan establishment) and had the peanut butter amaranth bar, you will know what we're getting at here. YUM. Brilliant.
My substitutions removed too much of the sweetness, for the majority of palates, in the Oatmeal Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookies. Most people will want to leave the recipe alone. However, even without stevia and without the chocolate chips, these cookies were completely lovely with my coffee the next morning. You could make them in biscotti shape!
I very much look forward to making more recipes from the book, and wish I'd allocated time for freezing lots of holiday gifts. Please learn from my mistake and at least grab a few copies of this book to share with any health-conscious or allergen-affected home bakers you know. You won't regret it!
Thanks, Debbie, for my new go-to resource for allergic folks needing treats!
Since vegan recipes exclude animal products, vegan baked goods are a logical go-to for folks who are allergic to eggs and/or have a dairy intolerance. Of course, vegan recipes often rely on wheat flour since gluten can pinch-hit for the binding power of eggs. Debbie Alder goes a step further, though, by using only gluten-free flours in her recipes. And she features an impressive array of them: sorghum, millet, quinoa, teff, buckwheat, and amaranth all play starring roles. How refreshing to see gluten-free baked goods that aren’t dependent on white rice flour and potato starch! Even more refreshing, Debbie uses tantalizing ingredients like chia and hemp seeds in her recipes, too, not to mention coming up with innovative ways to use spices as natural dyes. (Turmeric for yellow; paprika for pink.) And seeing as sugar is on her list of no-go ingredients, she relies on natural sweeteners like coconut nectar and dates, even including a few raw recipes made with dried figs.
If you’re facing multiple pantry restrictions — or maybe you just enjoy discovering new ingredients and new ways to bake everything from brownies to doughnut holes — Debbie’s book is one of the best I’ve ever come across. She uses far more varied ingredients than most “[insert gluten, dairy, egg, etc.]-free” cookbooks I’ve seen, plus her recipes range the gamut from sweet to savory to raw treats.
Parsnips in lemon cake? Interesting idea. I’ll have to try her Lemon Parsnippanies to taste for myself! Although the Mocha Italian Espresso Cupcakes look so tempting that I might have to try them first…
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