TBP Favs

At The Balanced Platter we have lots of favorite books, ingredients, and prodcuts to share with you so we’ve created this one-stop page for all the things we love!

TBP’s Favorite Books

Sweet Freedom by Ricki Heller

Sweet Freedom proves that you can have your cake, and great health too! With over 100 original, innovative sweet treats using whole, natural, unprocessed ingredients and NO refined sugar, eggs, dairy or wheat, Sweet Freedom offers up foolproof recipes for muffins, scones, and other breakfast baking; cookies and bars; cakes and cupcakes; pies and tarts; puddings and other creamy desserts; and no-bake treats.

All recipes are lactose free, casein free and cholesterol free, and about one third are also gluten free. The desserts are great for anyone with food sensitivities, lactose intolerance, or allergies to eggs or dairy–and anyone who simply wants to eat healthier options for their desserts.

With a full chapter on ingredients and substitutions, six full color pages of photographs, icons to indicate allergen-free ingredients (such as soy-free, corn-free, nut-free and gluten-free) on each recipe, a full index by recipe and ingredient, and both Imperial and Metric measurements, Sweet Freedom proves that a healthy lifestyle can be sweet!

Buy Sweet Freedom

Go Dairy Free by Alisa Fleming

It has been estimated that over 7.5% of the U.S. population lives dairy-free, yet so few resources cater to this expansive and diverse group. To aid this niche, Alisa Fleming founded the informational website GoDairyFree.org and has published this complete dairy-free living resource, which includes:

  • Over 225 Delicious Dairy-Free Recipes
  • A Comprehensive Guide to Dairy Substitutes
  • Grocery Shopping Information
  • A Detailed Calcium Chapter
  • An In-Depth Health Section
  • Everyday Living Tips
  • Infant Milk Allergy Checklists
  • Multiple Food Allergy and Vegan-Friendly Resources

Buy Go Dairy Free

The Pure Kitchen by Hallie Klecker

The Pure Kitchen offers readers and food-lovers a unique but easy approach to fortifying their diets with whole, natural, pure foods. While eliminating gluten and dairy from your diet can be daunting in a world of packaged convenience foods and take-out, learning to cook at home is essential to adopting a healthy lifestyle. A diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and gluten-free whole grains is quite possibly one of the healthiest around. From energizing breakfasts to mouthwatering desserts, The Pure Kitchen is chock-full of recipes, tips, and tricks for eating well, living pure, and maximizing good health.

Learn to eat pure with:

  • Simple ways to successfully transition to a whole foods diet
  • A guide to stocking the pure kitchen
  • Lessons in label-reading and easily avoiding gluten and dairy
  • Tips for menu planning, shopping, and charming the palates of picky eaters
  • 100 scrumptious recipes free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.

Buy The Pure Kitchen: Clear the Clutter from Your Cooking with 100 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes

Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free by Amy Green

Eliminating gluten and refined sugar from your diet doesn’t mean hours in the kitchen or expensive, exotic ingredients. Follow these smart strategies and simple techniques to create tasty, allergy-friendly meals in no time.

From hearty breakfasts to decadent desserts, Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free is chock-full of dishes as delicious as they are healthy.

•Banana Walnut Belgian Waffles
•Carrot and Jicama Slaw
•Chicken Cacciatore
•Deep Dish Lasagne
•Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies
•Light and Moist Cornbread
•Oven-Baked Cumin Lime Tortilla Chips
•Pear and Spinach Salad with Lemon Truffle Vinaigrette
•Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos
•Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
•Veggie, Onion, and Prosciutto Pizza

Whether you’re going sugar-free and gluten-free because of an allergy or a desire to eat healthy, this book’s nutritious, satisfying, home-cooked meals will minimize weight gain and maximize good health.

Buy Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free

The Welcoming Kitchen by Kim Lutz & Megan Hart

Eat safe…and delicious, with this unique cookbook offering hundreds of delicious gluten- & allergy-free family-friendly recipes. Staying healthy is easy with these mouthwatering options meals, snacks, and holiday fare-including muffins and breads; pumpkin risotto; and hot fudge cake. This is an inspired, resource for any family or group that has varied dietary needs.

Buy Welcoming Kitchen



The Spunky Coconut Cookbook by Kelly Brozyna

From the hostess of the delightful cooking blog TheSpunkyCoconut.com comes a book featuring 118 of her most popular gluten-free, casein-free, and sugar-free recipes, including 50 color photos. In this second edition Kelly V. Brozyna bakes with flour blends of coconut, almond, tapioca, and brown rice. Casein, dairy’s problematic protein, is avoided by using coconut milk, almond milk, cashew milk, coconut oil, and ghee. Throughout the book refined white sugar is replaced by natural sweeteners like stevia, honey, agave, and coconut sugar. No one with gluten/dairy/sugar sensitivities will feel deprived with The Spunky Coconut Cookbook.

Buy The Spunky Coconut Cookbook

The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts by Kelly Brozyna

The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts illustrated cookbook offers 80 innovative gluten-free and casein-free recipes, including 50 which are egg-free. Inspired by raw food, Kelly Brozyna incorporates nut milks and natural alternatives to sugar to create delicious grain-free cake, pie, ice cream, bread, cookies, and breakfast.


Buy The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts: Gluten Free, Casein Free, and Often Egg Free



TBP’s Favorite E-Books

Good Morning! Breakfasts Without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs or Dairy by Ricki Heller

With our society’s focus on grains, eggs, and sugar-laden breadstuffs for breakfast, it can be difficult to find a morning meal that’s both healthy and delicious if you’re on a restricted diet.

But now you can enjoy fabulous, healthy and satisfying breakfasts no matter what your dietary restrictions!

  • 57 pages of information and recipes
  • Over 20 healthy, delicious breakfast recipes, with beautiful full-color photographs
  • 14 newly created, original recipes, developed just for this ebook
  • An introduction outlining the basics of the anti-candida (low glycemic) diet and the version I follow
  • a section outlining key ingredients used in these anti-candida desserts
  • tips on how to prepare healthy breakfasts that are anti-candida friendly

Buy Good Morning! Breakfasts Without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs, or Dairy

Anti-Candida Feast Ebook by Ricki Heller

For anyone with dietary restrictions, for Type II Diabetics who must eat low glycemic foods, or for anyone who wants less refined sugar in their lives, Anti-Candida Feast is a great collection of yummy recipes for any special occasion!

With 16 recipes for appetizer, side dishes, main course and desserts, you’ll be able to enjoy a festive meal even when you’re watching what you eat. The Choco-Carob Frosting works beautifully to pipe decorations on birthday cakes, or spoon some Stevia-Sweetened Coconut Whipped Cream over Chocolate Pots de Crème for an elegant ending to a dinner party. And Nut Roast with Smoky Almond Gravy will even win over the skeptics!

After all, isn’t good food all about the taste, regardless of the ingredients?

Buy Anti-Candida Feast EBook

TBP’s Favorite Apps

Cook IT Allergy Free

The recipes featured on the iPhone and iPad apps are all gluten free as written. However, every recipe has substitution options to also make them Dairy Free, and/or Egg Free, and/or Nut Free, and/or Soy Free. Find substitutions within the recipes for: eggs, butter, milk, yogurt, buttermilk, cream, sour cream, cream cheese, cheeses, nuts, nut butters, corn syrup, and soy.

Now, no recipe is off limits!

Buy Cook IT Allergy Free


TBP’s Favorite Ingredients

Gluten-Free Baking

Arrowhead Mills Organic Millet Flour
Bob’s Red Mill Garbanzo Bean Flour
Bob’s Red Mill Garfava Flour
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Quinoa Flour
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain, Rolled Oats
Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Teff Flour

Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour
Pamela’s Ultimate Baking & Pancake Mix

Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Starch Flour
Organic Buckwheat Flour
Newman’s Own Organic California Raisins
Blanched Almond Meal Flour, 5 lb.

Refined Sugar Alternatives

Organic Coconut Palm Sugar
Raw Organic Yacon Syrup
Organic Maple Syrup; Grade B
NuNaturals Alcohol Free liquid Stevia
NuNaturals Vanilla Alcohol Free Liquid Stevia
NuNaturals White Stevia Powder in Packets
Organic Blue Agave Nectar
Organic Blackstrap Molasses

Other Fun Ingredients

Omega Nutrition Coconut Oil, 7 lb.Tub
Non-Hydrogenated Organic Shortening
Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free
Natural Almond Butter
SunButter Creamy Sunflower Seed Spread
Organic Shredded, Unsweetened Coconut
Scharffen Berger Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Baking Bar
Ghirardelli Chocolate 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate
Eden Foods Organic Dried Cranberries Sweetened with Apple Juice

TBP’s Favorite Products

Kitchen Equipment

EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale
OXO Stainless Food Scale with Pull-Out Display
KitchenAid 5-Quart Mixer
Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat
Silicone Pastry Mat; 18 by 24-Inch
Cuisinart Elite Collection 14-Cup Food Processor

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