What is exactly The Guilt Free Desserts cookbook? In fact, the book comes packed with 2 other books, and those 3 books together are your guide to better baking!. Please trust me on this one: dessert has never been so good, and I speak from my own experience!
I will be going in more detail into each of the books.
Guilt Free Desserts Review
This is the book with the most recipes and the most explanation of the 3. Basically, the author advises to replace typical flours by nut flours, like almond flour, coconut flour, and hazelnut and pecan flour, because they are an excellent source of protein and fiber.
Secondly, she advises to use bean flours in recipes. Yep, bean flours – you read that right! They can be added to a gluten free flour mix in order to obtain a springy, moist cake. Only catch is this: wait for up to 12 hours for the bean flavor to dissipate. It is worth the wait!
Sweet Sugar, Damaging Diabetes!
We all have a particular relationship with sugar. We need it in our nutrition – but we actually need it much less than we think. Sugar, as we know it, is in fact banned from Guilt Free Desserts. And for obvious reasons: sugar is one of the things that make our blood insulin levels spike – with diabetes as the first consequence.
On the other hand, there are artificial sweeteners, but these are packed with chemicals that are just as bad for your health as plain sugar.
Fortunately, there is a solution: low glycemic sweeteners. Low glycemic means that these sweeteners actually add the sugar taste to your baked goods, but in a health-responsible way: without the bad sides sugar is known for. On page 11 and 12 we have a complete rundown of all sorts of low-glycemic sweeteners that are good for your health.
The Fat question
Healthy Fats are in your baking the necessary replacement for the fats we use daily. Fats have a direct impact on inflammation and your metabolism – metabolism is the process in your body that transforms nutritients in energy. Using the right fats, in a good temperature, is the best thing you can do for your health. On pages 18 and 19, you have a list of 4 good fats – of which coconut oil is one – to use in your baking. Or you can use fat replacers like pureed prunes, with one disadvantage: as a general rule, these fat replacers add sugar – so take it easy
Brands to try
As an added help, the author lists on pages 22-26 the basic ingredients for your healthy baking and where you can obtain them. Easy as pie
Then come the recipes. You have a total of no less than 50 recipes, and nearly all of these are gluten free. Half of them are dairy free. All these recipes have a good source of certain vitamins and nutritients, such as protein, iron, magnesium, and omega 3.
Awesome Appetizers Review
Awesome Appetizers is in fact the second e-book of this set. Basically, what you learn in Guilt Free Desserts applies also to hors d’oeuvres: you can prepare easy-to-make healthy, low glycemic starters. This ebook offers 15 of those starters and also 5 low-sugar cocktails to enjoy without the sugar dilemma. The drinks typically take about a few minutes to prepare and are gluten free, low in sugar, and low in carbs. The hors d’oeuvres typically take between 15 minutes and 3 hours – most of those 3 hours to let it cool down or marinate. They typically are gluten free, dairy free, low in sugar, low car, and some are also vegetarian.
Like in the Guilt Free Desserts e-book, you have the nutrition information per serving and preferences (gluten free, dairy free, low sugar etc) at a glance for each recipe.
Girl Scout cookies review
This is the last e-book of the 3. It is also the shortest: in the previous e-books you had most of the nutritional information you could wish, so this book goes quickly in the recipes.
The unhealthy ingredients such as refined flour and gluten have been removed and replaced by fibers and nut flours.
In Girl Scout Cookies, the author explains that Girl Scout Cookies contain some of the worst packaged foods you can have. But not to worry: this e-book gives you the recipes for 5 Girl Scout Cookies that score much better in terms of nutrition, are easy to prepare and much better for your health. As in the two previous e-books, you have the nutrition information per serving and the preferences (Gluten free, Dairy Free, Low carb, Paleo) and also the amount of sugar which varies from 0-2 grams per cookie.