Ricki provides recipes for over 100 delicious treats that are free of refined sugar, but not free of sweet delight. As she writes, “With Sweet Freedom, I hope to prove that you can have your cake, and great health too!” And she does.
Although not every recipe is gluten-free (some call for spelt or other gluten-containing grains), many are. I easily adapted recipes by substituting gluten-free all-purpose baking mix for the spelt in a few recipes. In one that called for chia seeds, the Sugar-free Sugar Cookies, I didn’t even need to add a binder because the chia seeds held it all together!
Not only does Ricki provide yummy confections, she is a wealth of information about various sweeteners, flours and substitutions.
Since I have children at home, cookies are a mainstay for us.
We tried the Classic Peanut Butter Cookies. Because we’re a nut-free house, we substituted sunflower seed butter, and it worked like a dream.
Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies
We also enjoyed the Sugar-free Sugar Cookies. They are crispy and slightly lemony. I kept the chia seeds whole, and they added a bit of crunch.
Sugar-free Sugar Cookies
The piece de resistance, was the Dark and Decadent Chocolate Pate. Totally grown-up tasting (though my kids also devoured it), and perfect served with fresh strawberries or other fruit. A little goes a long way, so you really feel indulgent, even when you don’t go overboard.
Dark and Decadent Chocolate Pate
Whether you are looking for more opportunities to satisfy your sweet-tooth, or you’re seeking out healthier versions of your family favorites, Sweet Freedom is a valuable resource!
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