Simply…Gluten-Free Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Gluten-Free Carrot Cupcakes |
Gluten-Free Carrot Cupcakes Sans Frosting

I am so excited! You should be excited, too.

Today, I am reviewing a gluten-free cookbook (and giving one away) from a friend of mine who happens to be a great gluten-free cook/chef/whatever-you-want-to-call-her. Do you want to know who it is? I know you do.

Simply... Gluten-Free Desserts Cookbook |

It’s… Carol! Carol from Simply…Gluten-Free, to be exact. She has a fabulous new cookbook out called, Simply…Gluten-Free Desserts, of course. If you haven’t read her blog, (you should) you will know that she makes lots of things gluten-free, but she happens to be a super-star at desserts. So, this cookbook is perfect for her.

In fact, she can explain how to make a dessert so well that even a novice can make something spectacular. The first time I adopted a gluten-free blogger (great event started by Sea at Book of Yum. I must do it again, soon. Haven’t adopted anyone since all the craziness of a few months ago.), it was Carol. We had talked a bit on twitter, so she was the first person I thought of. I made Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, “Cream” Puffs. And, as I explained in that post, I am not a baker, let alone a puff-maker. But, I was able to get some good ones, thanks to Carol’s instructions.

And, when Carol sent me this book to try, I was über-excited about what I could make. Since it was coming up on a holiday, I decided to make a couple of things for our 4th of July gathering. I made Carrot Cupcakes (sans frosting) and Black Bean Brownies. You read that right. BLACK BEAN Brownies. Look at the picture! Can you believe there are black beans in there? No grain. Just black beans! And, you don’t taste them either. I think that makes them the healthiest brownies in existence that actually taste like brownies. What the…?!?!?

Gluten-Free Brownies |
Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

And the carrot cupcakes? Those disappeared like a shot. No one cared that they were gluten-free. They didn’t have any frosting because we were running late, but I don’t think anyone cared.

And there are 148 more recipes in this book to try. Better get my running shoes out. I’m going to need to run off all of these calories.

Yeah. The only problem with Carol’s book is that she hasn’t found a way to make her desserts calorie-free.

But, trust me, if you are missing great tasting desserts, look no further than Simply…Gluten-Free Desserts.

So, here’s the deal. It’s easy. I am giving away a SIGNED copy of this fantastic book to one you beautiful readers. Just leave a comment below telling me which one of Carol’s recipes on her site, Simply…Gluten-Free, that you would like to try for yourself. Carol has a ton of recipes on her site, as well as the cookbook. Seriously?!?! How does she not weight 2000 lbs from all of this cooking/baking?

Of course, there are the usual ways to get extra entries.

~Post about this giveaway on your blog and/or share it on Facebook. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~Tweet about this giveaway using @GlugleGFree and @simplyglutenfre. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~Subscribe to Glugle Gluten-Free via reader or email (upper right-hand corner of page). Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~“Like” Glugle Gluten-Free on Facebook. Leave a comment here saying that you did.

~“Follow” me on Twitter. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~“Like” Simply…Gluten-Free on Facebook. Leave a comment here saying that you did.

~“Follow” Simply…Gluten-Free on Twitter. Leave a comment here saying that you did.

If you already follow or like, go ahead and leave a comment saying that you already do. That counts.

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

PPS – Congratulations to Staci A! You won!

The giveaway for the Simply…Gluten-Free Desserts Cookbook has ended ends July 26th, at 9pm, PST.  I will emailed the winner, and you (Staci A.) will have 48 hours to get back to me. After which, if I have not heard back from you, another winner will be drawn.


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141 Responses to “Simply…Gluten-Free Cookbook Review and Giveaway”

  1. I am really excited to try the Simple Blueberry Jam without sugar and pectin… I didn’t know that was possible! Thanks for entering me into the contest!

  2. Pear date pancakes. Family loves pancakes seems would be so flavorful.

  3. Oh, great giveaway, and a cookbook I’ve wanted since before it came out.
    I want to try Carol’s Pate Choux yet, it looks AMAZING (but then again, everything she bakes does).

  4. I’m a long time fan of Simply… Gluten Free! I love the black bean brownies and make them often, but I really need to try her Snickerdoodle cupcakes, especially since they’re also dairy free.

    • Gluten Free Eggplant Lasagna Style. That’s the one I am going to try out. I sure hope this is a hit for my family.

  5. Beth Lazarou

    I am excited to find a new infomative blog. FB Friend and fellow tweeter into the Gluten Free lifestyle!

  6. Kim Halpern

    i already like both of you on FB…I don’t twitter.
    I am a carrot cake addict…so I will be going for those…with frosting! But I love to bake so if I won, I’m sure I would try it all. I’ll have to ramp up my work outs:-)

  7. Lauren

    I’d like to try Gluten-free Dairy-Free Snickerdoodle cupcakes 🙂

  8. Amanda KP

    I am following you Glugle Gluten Free on Twitter!

  9. Stefanie

    I already “like” you on FB …..I would love to try to make her carrot cake muffins.mmmmmm :~ )

  10. Stefanie

    I already “like” Simply..Gluten-Free on FB :~ )

  11. Deborah Binder

    I would like to try the mint pea soup….sounds great for a hot summer evening.


  12. The snickerdoodle cupcakes on her site look AMAZING!

  13. Are family members ineligible for this giveaway? If not, count me in. Those carrot cupcakes you brought to the Fourth were surprisingly good but I wouldn’t say I liked them better than the black bean brownies which were so good as brownies but better when you told us what they were made of. Both were fan favorites.

  14. Nicole

    OMG I really want to try and make the gluten free and DAIRY free snickerdoodle cupcakes..seeing as I have to stay away from both! Love your site and that you know Carol too! I am in email contact with her! I STILL HAVE YET to get her cookbook tho!!!

  15. Stephanie KL

    It’s unbelievable that the black beans would not be detectable in the brownies. I have to try them for myself. The carrot cupcakes and black bean brownies look awesome.

  16. Stephanie KL

    I subscribed to Simply Gluten Free via email.

  17. Nicole @ Special Diet Creations

    I would love to try the Mexican Pumpkin Soup recipe. The salt and vinegar kale chips look great, too.

  18. Nicole @ Special Diet Creations

    I subscribe to your blog via email.

  19. Nicole @ Special Diet Creations

    I follow Simply… Gluten-Free on Twitter.

  20. Nicole @ Special Diet Creations

    I follow you on Twitter, too.

  21. Her Sunbutter & Banana Muffins look delicious. I have added your blog to my google reader. So glad I found it.


  22. I Tweet about this giveaway using @GlugleGFree and @simplyglutenfre.

  23. I Subscribe to Glugle Gluten-Free via Google reader

  24. I Liked the Glugle Gluten-Free page on Facebook.

  25. I liked the Simply…Gluten-Free on Facebook.

  26. I am following Simply…Gluten-Free on Twitter.

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Congratulations, Staci! You won the signed copy of Carol’s cookbook, Simply…Gluten-Free Desserts. Whoo-hoo! I will email you for your snail mail address. Hope you enjoy it.


  27. debra z

    Panna cotta has been on my mind of late so I think I’d have to give her Honey Panna Cotta recipe a try for sure!

  28. debra z

    I also subscribed to your blog via Google Reader. 🙂

  29. I already like, like, like all of the above and bought my own copy of Carol’s cookbook the minute it came out because I knew I’d love it, so skip me in the contest, but count me in as a big fan! Love the brownies. =)

  30. monisha

    I already follow you on twitter-would love to expand my gluten free options!

  31. Carol is a gluten-free dessert genius without a doubt! Those brownies look awesome. I love black bean brownies and I’m sure those carrot cupcakes didn’t need frosting.(I almost never use frosting any more.) Anyway, don’t enter me, but I’m a huge fan of Carol’s (and yours) and one Glugle Gluten Free reader will be very happy when they win! 🙂


  32. Becky alrubaiie

    Love all the recipes ESP the pancakes.

  33. Karen DIskin

    The one recipe that I would try next is the Gluten Free Dairy Free Snickerdoodle Cupcakes. LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this kind of cookie and can only imagine what this will taste like–AWESOME! It looks very easy to do as well. more than likely my daughter (who has become quite a great cook) will be the one in charge of creating these!

  34. i like simply gluten free on facebook and love the site x

  35. Danielle Engle

    I want to try the dairy free coconut tarts! I think I might make them tonight!!

  36. Shiralee

    I already follow Gugle Gluten Free on Facebook

  37. Shiralee

    I already follow Simply Gluten free on face book

  38. Shiralee

    I love so many of Carol’s recipes it is hard to choose just one!

    The Cherry S’Mores Brownies have my mouth watering! I have to try them soon!

  39. IldiAbraham

    I would like to win! 🙂 (what a surprise 🙂 I already like you on FB and get email from your latest post! Keep up the good work. Cheers!

  40. Joy Nicol

    Those black bean brownies look VERY yummy!

  41. I don’t know! I love what I am reading and would love to hear more! I haven’t read Carol’s recipe book yet but would love to get my hands on a copy!

  42. My recently diagnosed girls are really missing granola bars. That’s the recipe we want to try first.

  43. angelica

    we are trying the gf dairy free meat loaf and potato cupcakes. they look so yummy & i’m sure my sone will think they are cute and will eat them up.
    sharing this on fb

  44. OK, so this might sound weird, but I would truly love to try the baked beans recipe Carol has on her site! I love baked beans 🙂

  45. Emily Rose

    I like glugle gluten free on facebook 🙂 and I’d love to try Carol’s coconut cupcakes!!

  46. holli mrozinski

    Hi My little boy has autism and celiac disease and our whole family has gone gluten free to keep him safe and support him we are all feeling so much better as well..Beautiful photos of your all looks delicious…

  47. karen diskin

    Can’t wait to try the black bean brownies–interesting!

  48. Roasted Vegetable Spread & Flax Meal Crackers!

  49. Veronica O'Donnell

    Ou your lovely new book looks amazing 🙂 I have liked you on FB 🙂

  50. PattyCakesBakesGF

    This is great!! Since going gluten-free a few months back deserts have been challenging. I am an avid baker and some things work and some recipes don’t so this would be a great help!

    I “like” Glugle Gluten-Free on FB. 🙂

  51. I followed you on Twitter–happy to find you–just started on my gluten free journey today in fact!

  52. Followed simply gluten fre on twitter as well! 😉

  53. Suzy Heller

    I already follow and like Glugle Gluten on Facebook

  54. Suzy Heller

    I just started to “like Simply…Gluten Free and I would love the cookbook.

  55. Suzy Heller

    I just started to “like” and follow Simpl…Gluten free on facebook

  56. Suzy Heller

    I follow Glugle Gluten Free on Twitter

  57. Claire

    am really excited to try the Simple Blueberry Jam without sugar and pectin

  58. Melanie Binkley

    Okay already like simple on face boom

  59. Melanie Binkley

    Okay already like simple on face book

  60. Melanie Binkley

    I don’t know how to tweet or twitter