UPDATE NOVEMBER 2015: Check out my updated Cocoa Caramel Bar post here: http://madetoglow.com/2015/11/19/cocoa-caramel-bars-the-best-holiday-dessert-cookbook/
Holiday season is here! Festive food, drinks, and parties galore. I know I always want to be ready with a few crowd-pleasing holiday recipes up my sleeve, so I was thrilled to review a new e-cookbook from Leanne over at Healthful Pursuit. After posting teasers on my social media last week and getting a great response, I knew you guys would love it. By the way, I only recommend products that I stand behind, believe in, and know that you would get value from and this fits the bill.
The Christmas Dessert Freedom Cookbook is a 35-page, full color PDF digital/ebook with 10 healthy paleo, vegan, and gluten-free dessert recipes that will motivate you to celebrate a delicious, healthy, guilt-free holiday. Shortbread, Ginger Snaps, Rum balls, Tiramisu, Peppermint Patties, Pecan Pie Bars, and more. You can rest easy knowing that everything you are enjoying is good for your body (seriously, all of the ingredients are healthy, whole foods)!
The cookbook is only $10, so it’s nice to buy for yourself or give as a gift to anyone who loves to bake, eat desserts, is trying to be healthier, or is vegan, gluten-free, paleo, or has any other dietary restrictions/preferences. Here are a few holiday favorites:
Aren’t the pictures from the cookbook gorgeous? They literally make my mouth water.
I always get nervous entertaining or going to parties because I have dietary restrictions. After reading through the cookbook, I feel great knowing I have some lovely recipes to use when I host or when I bring dishes to parties. These recipes are egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, grain-free, soy-free, corn-free, peanut-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, and paleo, so there is literally something for everyone. I also love that the sweeteners used are maple syrup, coconut nectar, and coconut sugar, so they add nutrients and are on the lower glycemic side.
So, I knew I had to test out some of the recipes. My hubby requested the Cocoa Caramel Bars and I couldn’t say no – how yummy do these look?!
They were very easy to prepare and then you simply freeze them for 12 hours (no baking). We both had a lot of trouble keeping ourselves from sneaking into the freezer before the 12 hours were up, but once we tasted them, my hubby happily commented, ‘these were definitely worth the wait.’ They’re a hit! I can’t wait to serve them at a get-together at my house this weekend.
Bottom layer: cocoa powder for a rich chocolate taste, hemp seeds, vanilla, coconut, and coconut nectar
Middle layer: an incredible ‘caramel’ (made of tahini or sunflower seed butter – I used tahini – and coconut nectar)
Top Layer: drizzles of melted chocolate (I strayed from the recipe as it called for semi-sweet dairy-free chocolate and made my own by combining cocoa powder, coconut nectar, vanilla, and coconut milk)
These bars are to die for!
Lastly, I love that Leanne includes nutrition facts at the end, so you can stay on track with your health goals. She also includes a great intro about celebrating in a healthy, guilt-free way as well as a list of the ingredients used and a description for each.
I would definitely recommend this cookbook. I will be trying more recipes in the coming weeks and will post them so you can see how festive they are for the holidays. Also, a little hint: Leanne will be doing recipe kit giveaway (chance to win all of the ingredients to make the bars) each week on Healthful Pursuit. The giveaways let you see more about some of the most popular recipes and I’ll let you know when the one for the cocoa caramel bars is coming up, so you can enter to win!
If you’d like to buy a copy of the cookbook ($10), click here.
The cookbook would also make a wonderful gift! You could make a batch of one of the desserts, wrap it all up with a bow, and then include a note that you’re also including the cookbook in the gift, too!
To purchase the cookbook as a gift: Click here then click the pink “add to cart” button. On the new page, click on the link that has pictures of credit cards (right side) and says “pay with credit card” underneath. Enter your billing information then enter the recipient’s email address. Please note: The shopping cart only allows one quantity per person, so if you purchase it as a gift, simply go through the same process for each gift recipient.
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