A few months back I received a sweet note from Debbie, founder of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes in Los Angeles. She asked me if I wanted to review her new cookbook–Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery.
Of course, I said “yes” and I’m so glad I did.
To be honest, I’ve been sitting on this review for a while now. Frankly, I have so much to say! I haven’t known quite where to start. But it’s time to dig in. (Thanks for your patience, Debbie!)
Not only does she run a bakery that serves safe treats for those with the top food allergies, celiac disease and diabetes, but her writing is wildly humorous, fun and more eloquent than any other cookbook I have met.
Truth be told, the writing in her cookbook is so engaging and fantastic that I emailed her shortly after reading it from start to finish to see if she had a ghostwriter or anyone who helped. Nope; it’s 100 percent Debbie. And it is fabulous.
It’s all about the ingredients.
Most importantly, Debbie offers allergen-free, sugar-free and vegan baked goods that share some common denominators: They revolve around a few key items that may not be familiar customers to you, but they probably should be:
- Coconut oil
- Coconut nectar
- Grapeseed oil
- Stevia powder
- Amaranth flour
- Debbie’s own gluten-free flour
Debbie explains in her intro that her son has multiple life-threatening food allergies. Thus, she has a vested interest in creating safe and delicious treats that our children will enjoy.
As a fellow food-allergy mama, being able to give my kids cool, pretty, yummy, comparable (or even better!) desserts is so important for so many reasons.
I’ll admit that most of these ingredients are new to me. Our house is free of dairy, egg and nuts, but using sugar and gluten alternatives is territory I haven’t crossed before. Thus, her explanations about these new ingredients are extremely informative and helpful.
She also guides us with her techniques for using these new ingredients, such as how best to incorporate the “thick and sticky” coconut nectar.
Deliciousness in both name and taste? Yes, please!
Cutting right to the chase, are her treats yummy? Another reason this review took me a while was because I wanted do everything exactly how I was supposed to, which meant buying all of the ingredients.
Contrary to what I’d been fearing, the ingredients weren’t hard to find at all. I found everything I needed at Wegman’s. They’d been staring me in the face all this time and I’d just passed them by.
Then my family and I had to decide which recipe to try first. It was tough; everything from her “salted caramel apple muffins” to her “pumpkin spice donut holes” look divine.
If you need a treat that is free of dairy, egg, soy, gluten, peanut, tree nut and sugar, Debbie’s treats are the way to go. They look beautiful and taste yummy to boot.
Special treats you can’t find elsewhere.
What I also love about Debbie’s cookbook is that she offers allergen-free recipes like baked donut holes that I haven’t been able to find elsewhere.
So, from one allergen-free baker’s kitchen to another’s, if you want to bake with healthier ingredients and need to steer clear of the top food allergens plus, check out this cookbook.
Debbie not only has given me some yummy alternatives but has taught this food allergy mama (who thought she knew it all) tips about healthy, allergen-free ingredients and techniques that I didn’t know before.
You can find Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery on Amazon: Shop at Amazon.com! (affiliate link)
If you want to find out more about Debbie and her journey, check her out at www.sweetdebbiesorganiccupcakes.com.
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Top photo of cookbook courtesy of Debbie Adler.