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NEW Spunky Coconut Cookbook

Grain-Free Chai Granola | Find this recipe and 80 other grain-free, gluten-free and casein-free recipes in Kelly Brozyna's new cookbook "The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts."Last Saturday, at the Gluten Free Girl's potluck, I had a chance to catch up with one of my favorite people, Kelly Brozyna. Kelly is the incredibly talented recipe developer, mom and voice behind the blog The Spunky Coconut. On that day Kelly was especially giddy and for good reason, her second cookbook, The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts, was just days away from launching.

This morning I got THE call from an elated Kelly giving me the green light to publish this post. Her cookbook had hit the shelves of The Spunky Coconut e-Store and Amazon. I don't know about you, but I have a handful of family and friends who will be receiving cookbooks this holiday—this one in particular (we tend to give what we want to receive, ha!). Kelly was kind enough to give me a signed copy of the cookbook last weekend and in the four days I've had this delicious cookbook in my hot little hands I have made:

Coyote Cookie Bars | Heavenly grain-free goodness. I couldn't get enough of these.

Chai Granola (pictured above) | Packed with nutrient-dense walnuts and chia seed. The kids enjoyed this oat-free granola on their yogurt this morning. Which yogurt? That leads me to ...

Steamboat Yogurt | At about the same time this spring, Kelly and I began fooling around with making non-dairy yogurt (we even met in Ft. Collins one day to swap tastes!). What I love about her version is the creaminess the cashews add. I am so in love with nut yogurts!

Divine Vegan Fudge Cake with Macadamia Frosting | Shhh ... Kelly had me test this last fall and let me tell you, "divine" it was and even more so the second time around. And the Macadamia Frosting, wow!

Coyote Cookie Bars | Heavenly grain-free goodness
Steamboat Yogurt | Non-dairy yogurt perfected
Divine Vegan Fudge Cake with Macadamia Frosting | Rich, dense and decadent

Chia, Nuts, Hemp Seed Oh My!

If you follow a grain-free, gluten-free, casein-free, egg-free diet or any combination thereof or if you are trying to include in your diet low-glycemic, nutritionally dense foods that are power-packed with the undeniable goodness of ingredients like coconut, chia seed, hemp seed, legumes and nuts, this book is for you! If you or someone you love is diabetic, celiac, lactose intolerant or following the gluten-free/casein-free autistic diet, this book is for you. All 80 recipes are gluten-free and casein-free. 50 of them are egg-free. And if the alternative ingredients used in many of the recipes intimidate you, fear not, Kelly explains what each ingredient is, why it needs to be in your diet and where to find it.

Nutritional Healing

I have to say that Kelly has a lot of experience when it comes to nutritional healing. If you know Kelly, follow The Spunky Coconut or have her "must-have" first cookbook—The Spunky Coconut Cookbook—you probably know of the journey she has been on with her family. Together through diet and biomedical treatments, they are overcoming celiac disease, gluten-intolerance, ADD and autism with great success. She is open and honest and shares her experiences on her blog. Be sure to check it out.

More Details

Kelly photographs and designs her cookbooks, front to back, inside and out. She self-publishes through their family press, Apidae Press, with her husband Andrew (an author and designer). Their books are printed on demand here in the USA. This means that they are printed one at a time, as they are ordered, as opposed to a big print run of thousands of books.

Kelly (The Spunky Coconut) and me (Lexie) at The Gluten Free Girl's potluck in Boulder.

Reader Comments (80)

Oh my goodness, those coyote cookie bars look amazing! I am trying very hard to cut back on my use of traditional flours, since they make me feel ill, but I LOVE to bake! This would be an amazing resource to have.

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Truly love "The Spunky Coconut". I purchased her first book this past summer and LOVE it.

I make the cashew milk now because of her website. The new cookbook would be awesome to have. I don't own any gf cookbooks yet.

Thanks for offering such a wonderful gift !!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I oh so want this cookbook! I love Kelly's recipes, and while I don't do the stevia thing very much I'm almost always able to easily adapt her recipes to the sweeteners that I prefer.

So, excited that the book is out!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

My daughter with autism is dong so much better casein and gluten free. We are moving towards no grain -yes! Coconut and almond flours-love, love, love. We are having an almost grain free thanksgiving. Only grain is our stuffing of quinoa.

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersue

I always thought eating gluten-free sugar-free would be tasteless and boring. It wasn't until I found Kelly's website of The Spunky Coconut with all her yummy treats that I enjoy being gluten & sugar free! Even my husband can't get enough of them!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara A.

This looks like a great cookbook! I love the recipes on Kelly's blog, and I'm always looking for new recipes that fit my family's food allergies.

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

Yay for cookbook giveaways!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOceanskater

I would LOVE these!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLW

I love Kelly's blog!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I love The Spunky Coconut website and have tried many of the recipes from it. My favorite is the cashew sour cream. I would be great to have the new cookbook. I have been gluten free and casein free since April.

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

Just found your blog and am in the process of making your No-Bake Pumpkin Pie filling... Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the opportunity to win the cookbook!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I'd love to be entered to win. How fun!


November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole-Lynn

This cookbook looks amazing. I'm a huge fan of the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and just learned about Spunky Coconut from their blog. The new cookbook is a must have for me - and free would be fantastic!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClara

I just found Kelly's website a short while ago, and have already been using her recipes! I would love a cookbook, we are gluten, dairy and egg free, and now I am having trouble with most grains! Whether I win or not, I will definitely be getting this cookbook!!!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShellly

Kelly's blog is one of my favorites and I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

My husband loves coconut so this would be great.

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Oh I love the Spunky Coconut! You've both been incredibly helpful as I go through the elimination diet to figure out some health issues. :)

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie @ Lunges and Lunch

So excited for this cookbook! I have a lot of food intolerances and books and blogs like these make it so much easier to find fun and delicious foods to enjoy with my family!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLina

I just saw the other day that her new book came out and I've been swooning over it since then. I adore her first cookbook, so I know I would love this one too. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I would love to win this cookbook! I love Kelly and I've been dying to get my hands on one of her cookbooks for quite a while!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAri-- The Frugally Rich Life

Lexie - I love the photo of the two of you! Would love to add this cookbook to my growing library of allergen-free cookbooks!

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy @ The Sensitive Pantry

How exciting! I'll have to go check out the website more. Although I've browsed before, I had missed the ASD connection; as a teacher of students with ASD, that always catches my attention. :-)

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentereeeks

Oh my goodness! I would LOVE to win this!

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Thanks for the information about the new Spunky Coconut book. I have her first book, but have been busy working on an egg replacement for the recipes. How nice to know she lists new recipes without them.

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

We've been dealing with allergy issues for some time now. We had my third child tested,but didn't get anywhere. I continued to not give her eggs, but it wasn't until our fourth child (almost 4 months) that I figured out we were dealing with a gluten allergy too. I removed practically everything out of my diet to figure out what my poor baby is allergic too. I need to widen our menu options as the kids and I are getting tired of having the same thing over and over again. A cookbook would really help me get started on this journey. At times I feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Thanks for your blog and giveaway!

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I would love a chance to win this cookbook. After suffering with stomach issues for over 30 years and severe joint issues for over 23 years, I finally got a doctor that would listen to me. He referred me to a nutritionist and after doing a total elimination diet for 3 weeks, I have spent the last 3 weeks doing the challenge phase. In addition to issues with gluten, I reacted to lactose, casein, soy, eggs, nightshades, citrus, and a few others. I am so thankful for all of the help that is available online because this is definitely overwhelming. Thanks so much for the chance to win the cookbook!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea C.

I am totally brand new to being gluten free, sugar free, egg free and dairy free. I have been following your blog, along with Kelly's now for about a month and have found all of the information and recipes to be very helpful. I would love to have a copy of Kelly's new cookbook!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I am super excited about the egg free recipes.

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Thanks for the information about the new Spunky Coconut book. I have her first book, but have been busy working on an egg replacement for the recipes. How nice to know she lists new recipes without them.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

What a great review! I've been wanting to grab this book since I first heard about it on her blog. Fantastic looking recipes!


Thanks Stephanie ... Kelly deserves all those kind words and the book deserves that raving review : )


December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

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