The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains: A review

The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains by

The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains by

The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains, an exciting new cookbook from Erin Dooner that will show you how to use these ultra-healthy grains and flours in tasty, better-for-you desserts. With an introduction to such ingredients as teff, oat flour, emmer, and buckwheat, as well as a guide to the many recipes that are vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free, this is the perfect cookbook for anyone interested in baking with ancient grains, but the recipes will all work with standard whole wheat or even all-purpose flour as well—making them as versatile as they are delicious.

While not all of the recipes in this book are gluten free, the table of contents shows you which recipes are gluten free, dairy free, or vegan. You can also experiment with the recipes that are not gluten free, to try making them with gluten free flours.

The book is filled with beautiful photos of the completed recipes that will leave you wanting to try making a new one every time you look through it. Such recipes as Teff Raspberry Chocolate Crumble Bars; Quinoa Coconut Chocolate Cookies; Quinoa Molten Lava Cakes; and Oat Flour Plum Crumble will make your mouth water just reading them.

Here is an example of one of the recipes included in the book, Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

8 ounces (225 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar or raw sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1⁄8 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, room temperature
1⁄3 cup (75 grams) unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
½ cup (100 grams) light brown sugar or raw sugar
2 tablespoons (40 grams) honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ cups (188 grams) whole-wheat flour
1 cup (170 grams) semisweet -chocolate chips, divided

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line an 8 × 8-inch (20 × 20 cm) baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on opposite ends.
Prepare the cream cheese layer. In a medium mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar at medium speed until well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and salt. Once thoroughly combined, beat in the egg just until combined. Set aside.

Prepare the cookie crust and topping. In a large mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter or coconut oil, sugar, honey, vanilla, and salt at medium speed until well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the flour and mix until thoroughly combined. It will be crumbly.

Reserve 2⁄3 cup (170 grams) of the dough and pat the remaining dough evenly over the bottom of the prepared pan. It will be a very thin layer. Sprinkle 2⁄3 cup (113 grams) chocolate chips over the dough and gently press down. Spread the cheesecake filling evenly over the top of the chocolate chips. Stir in the remaining 1⁄3 cup (57 grams) chocolate chips to the remaining dough and evenly distribute the dough over the cheesecake layer.

Bake for 28 to 35 minutes or until the top cookie part has lightly browned. The bars will slightly puff up in the oven and fall back down after you take them out. Let the bars cool to room temperature, about 1 hour, and then using the parchment paper overhang, lift the bars out of the pan and cut into squares.

It’s important to cut the bars before refrigerating as they become quite hard. Chill the bars for 3 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Just like with regular chocolate chip cookies, you can omit the chocolate chips and add other add-ins, such as nuts, dried fruit, or candy pieces.

This recipe is NOT gluten free, but I am sure you can replace the Whole Wheat Flour the author used in the original recipe with your favorite Gluten Free Flour blend to make this delicious recipe.

About the Author: Erin Dooner, the writer and photographer behind Texanerin Baking, began her blog in 2011 to share her healthier whole-grain dessert recipes. Since then, her work has been featured on the Huffington Post and Gourmet Live and in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Parade, and other online and print publications. Originally from Plano, Texas, Erin currently lives in Germany.

You can purchase  The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains: Decadent Whole Grain Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and More at for $9.99; or in bookstores for suggested retail price of $19.95.

In stores on APRIL 20, 2015 ● 9781581572926 ●  Paperback ● $19.95 ● 240pp

Family Gift Guide: Green Smoothies Cookbook Giveaway

Green Smoothies

Green Smoothies

Green Smoothies For Every Season by Kristine Miles is a little paperback book packed with great smoothie recipes.  It’s a one-of-a-kind book to help you lose weight, detox, maximize energy, and stay healthy with 52 deliciously creative smoothie recipes. That’s one new smoothie for every week in the coming year!

“Green Smoothies for Every Season” will guide you through each week of the year to make tasty smoothies using only the freshest fruits and vegetables. With a green smoothie a day, you’ll truly feel better than ever!

If you are looking for a healthier way to start off the new year, then this book is for you.  Kristine Miles is a health expert who runs the website, a forum for green smoothie recipes. She has previously written The Green Smoothie Bible. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Family Gift Guide: Fairview School Historic Classic Southern Dishes Cookbook

The Fairview  School Historic Cookbook is one of those cookbooks where members of the community or an organization all pitch in their best recipes. This one is from a Rome, Georgia collection of recipes submitted by family, friends and alumni of Fairview and E.S. Brown Schools. From their website:

Classic Southern Dishes

Classic Southern Dishes

The Fairview-E.S. Brown Heritage Corporation seeks to preserve the life-affirming African-American cultural experiences of the early 1900s; namely, the Fairview Colored School located in Cave Spring, GA. The campus was erected under the Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington philanthropic building campaign to provide an education for African-Americans. The only remaining structure, the first grade building, is now in imminent danger of collapsing. Tentative preservation plans include a re-created four-acre campus with museum, campsite, organic garden, and multi-purpose buildings to benefit the entire community.

There are so many yummy recipes in this book,and it is definitely the southern of style cooking at its best. Wokked Greens; Roasted, baked and Cajun fried turkey; Dressing with Sausage or Oysters; Sweet Potatoes of every persuasion; the Vidalia Onion Pie; Pot Likker and Cornbread; Shrimp and Grits; Ambrosia Punch; Nieman Marcus cookies; and the return of the Pinto Bean Pie.

You can order Classic Southern Dishes  online at Fairview Brown for $25 and that includes shipping. Your purchase will benefit the Fairview and E.S. Brown Schools Corporation.


The Holiday Table: 201 Gluten Free Recipes For Kids

I received a copy of this book for review.

Don’t forget the kids when planning the holiday fare! This little paperback cookbook has gluten free versions of quite a few kid favorites: Chicken Nuggets, Shepherd’s Pie, Blueberry Apple Muffins, Trail Mix, and more. Easy to prepare, and best of all,  without the ingredient you worry most about: gluten.

Complete with simple instructions, cooking substitutions, and beautiful 4-color photographs, 201 Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids will show parents that they don’t need to eliminate their child’s favorite foods or spend all day reading labels in order to raise a happy and gluten-free kid.

Carrie S. Forbes is a gluten-free recipe developer, food writer, and cooking instructor. She is the creator of, where she shares original gluten-free recipes that focus on cooking and baking with healthy, frugal, and natural ingredients. Her recipes have appeared in Simply Gluten-Free Magazine, Gluten-Free Living magazine, and Taste of Home Healthy Cooking magazine. Forbes teaches gluten-free cooking and baking classes, and she is the founder and leader of her local gluten-free support group.

BUY IT: 201 Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids is available for purchase on for about $14 in paperback, and $9.99 for Kindle.

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The Holiday Table: The Greek Yogurt Cookbook Giveaway

I received a copy of this book for review.

The Greek Yogurt Cookbook by Lauren Kelly has 125 delicious and nutritious recipes you can incorporate Greek yogurt, and all its healthy benefits—into every meal.The paperback book has 160 pages packed with delicious recipes. 

Featuring creative and delicious swaps and substitutions, this book offers step-by-step instructions for creating a variety of Greek yogurt recipes, such as:

  • Applesauce carrot spice muffins
  • Kale artichoke dip
  • Goat cheese, pepper, and mushroom pizza
  • Lamb kabobs with rosemary
  • Blueberry vanilla cheesecake with pecan crust

The Greek Yogurt Cookbook is the all-in-one cooking guide for those looking to get this superfood into their diet!

Lauren Kelly, CN, is a recipe developer, consultant for the Skinny Girl brand, food blogger, and the staff nutritionist at The Bar Method in Montclair, NJ, where she offers nutrition workshops and individualized counseling. She has been featured in Shape Magazine, The Alternative Press, and on Guiliana Rancic’s website, You can visit Kelly’s website at

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The Holiday Table: The New Aritisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day

The New Artisan Bread In 5 Minutes A Day Cookbook

The New Artisan Bread In 5 Minutes A Day Cookbook


When their huge bestseller Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day was published in 2007, it immediately became the classic book on bread-making. With more than half a million copies now in print, Hertzberg and François prove that people want to bake their own bread, provided they can do it easily and quickly.

Now, by popular demand, the authors have completely revised and updated the book that had revolutionized bread-making. They’ve returned to their test kitchens to whip up more than 30 new recipes and an entire gluten-free chapter. Among their insanely easy, mouth-watering recipes are:

·         Gluten-free Cheesy Breadsticks, Pizza, Baguette and Sweet Brioche

·         Beer-Cheese and Crock-Pot Bread

·         Pretzel Buns

·         Apple-Stuffed French Toast

·         Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread

THE NEW ARTISAN BREAD allows home bakers to make great daily breads and sweets but still have a life outside the kitchen. For more info, please visit:


I am especially glad that they included some gluten free recipes, so that those of us who need to eat a gluten free diet can also have fresh bread every day.

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