Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Muffin Recipe and a GIVEAWAY!


I have something fun planned for today. First, a wonderful gluten-free, casein-free, refined sugar-free muffin recipe to share that is full of healthy ingredients. No starches, no xanthan gum, just a few whole food ingredients. The recipe isn't mine though, it comes from another lovely food blogger, Kelly of The Spunky Coconut! And second, I'm giving away a free copy of her cookbook, The Spunky Coconut Cookbook (a $30 value). Read on to learn how to enter the drawing.

Kelly's cookbook contains 115 Gluten-Free, Casein-Free, and Sugar-Free recipes with 65 color photos. There are 100 vegetarian recipes and 30+ raw inspired recipes. She does use eggs in many of her baked treats though. But there are still plenty of egg-free recipes for those with sensitivities or who are vegan.

As the name of her book and blog suggest, many of her delicious recipes involve coconut; whether it is coconut milk, coconut oil, or shredded coconut. Here is a taste of a few of her recipes: Butternut Souffle, Chicken Meatballs, Creamy Pea Soup, Caesar Salad, Funa (fake tuna salad), Chocolate Chip Bars, Vanilla Toffee Cake, Pumpkin Ice Cream, Mango Lemon Sorbet, Banana Bread (grain-free), Quinoa Almond Muffins, Creamy Bean Dip, and much much more!!!

You can view a wide variety of sample recipes on Kelly's blog. This high protien, low sugar Vanilla White Bean Cake with Chocolate Frosting is my favorite!

Kelly began to study nutrition in Maryland when her girls were very young. Her daughter Ashley was a baby, and daughter Zoe was a toddler at that time. Both girls were not well. In order to help them, her naturopathic doctor worked with them to radically change their diet (by removing gluten, casein, and sugar). She and her husband soon realized that their own health problems could be resolved as well. It was very eye-opening to see how many kinds of issues could be treated. So, after years of research and experimentation, Kelly has created recipes so similar to the old ones that nobody feels deprived. Together, through diet and biomedical treatments, their family is overcoming celiac disease, gluten-intolerance, ADD, and autism with great success.


Cherry Almond Muffins

This recipe is on page 44 of Kelly's cookbook, The Spunky Coconut Cookbook. She suggests using 2 cups of blueberries, cherries, or nuts. I used 1 cup of chopped frozen cherries (the cherries we picked this past summer). Her recipe also calls for 12 drops of vanilla creme liquid stevia which I didn't have on hand. I omitted it and added a splash of vanilla and almond flavoring instead. I asked Kelly about decreasing the fat and she said that it would probably work to use half applesauce and half coconut oil. I agree and will try the recipe that way next time. For now, enjoy this very simple gluten-free muffin recipe!

Wet Ingredients:
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon melted virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
3 eggs
12 drops vanilla creme liquid stevia (I omitted this)

Dry Ingredients:
2 cups almond meal flour (Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 cups thawed blueberries, cherries, or chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl beat wet ingredients together. Add dry ingredients on top of the wet mixture and beat together with an electric mixer. Fold in berries or cherries.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan. Bake for approximately 24 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

This recipe is also on Kelly's blog. You can view it in her post from April of 2008 entitled, Almond Muffin and Potato Salad. Her photo is lovely. My muffins browned a little more than hers which is due to my wacky oven. The temperature can get too high sometimes during mid-baking.


To Enter Yourself in the Drawing for The Spunky Coconut Cookbook:

Please only enter if you intend on checking back. The last giveaway I did on Coconut Sugar, ended up with nobody receiving the 2-pound bag of coconut sugar. The winner never contacted me. If you leave a comment please check back next week to see if you won (then send me an email with your mailing address). If you don't want to keep checking the blog you can subscribe by email to get an update every time I post. I will have information about the winner in my next post.

Please leave a comment to enter yourself in the drawing. To enter twice you can tweet this post on Twitter or share on Facebook.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, how about we share what we are grateful for? I am grateful for my four children, their wit and compassion never cease to amaze me. On the flip side, my toddler twin boys never ease to amaze me with their fighting over the new potty training book! :) I am also grateful for being able to create delicious, healthy recipes for my family and for you! Thank you for your lovely emails and comments, although I don't have time to respond to all of them I truly enjoy reading them!

I will leave the drawing open until Monday, November 30th, 2009, 11:59 pm. Leave a comment to enter (use your name or initials to make it easy to identify you). **Note: This drawing is now closed.

Have a wonderful "Giving Thanks" day and stay tuned for a few more cookbook giveaways in December!

141 comments:

  1. Yum! I read the Spunky Coconut blog as well as your blog and I would love to have the cookbook. I will tweet this and post on facebook too.

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  2. Love all things coconut! Plus a lot of kids in my classroom cannot have gluten. We have birthday celebrations and parents always bring in cookies/cupcakes/brownies with gluten in them. It would be nice to have treats made just for them on these occasions! I would LOVE to have the cookbook for myself and for my class!
    ~Leah Travers

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  3. Sounds soooo yummmy! Love cookbooks. I actually misplaced yours! EEK!

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  4. I have been wanting this cookbook! Thanks for offering it as a giveaway! I will post on facebook also.
    I am grateful for Jesus Christ, my family, my friends, and the great people who share on blogs etc to bless others.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  5. I am the worlds worst baker!!!! I need all the help I can get! This recipe book can save my holiay season. To actually be able to bring a delicious healthy dessert to my family Christmas, would be a first!

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  6. Thanks for posting this recipe! I'm fairly new to GFCF, just diagnosed, so I can use all the help I can get!

    I love cherry and almonds, and lately I've been missing muffins like crazy. I'm glad to be on a GFCF diet, but sometimes it's difficult. Recipes like this make it a little bit easier.

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway! As one who avoids gluten I am always interested in new recipes.

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  8. Ohhh yum! I've been pining over that book since it came out! Fingers crossed!

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  9. Pick me! Pick me! (^:
    Thanks for the great recipes!

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  10. I read Kelly's blog and would love to have a copy of your book! And maybe you can rerun the coconut sugar giveaway?

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  11. This cookbook sounds great. Please include me in the drawing. I would love to win this!

    Theresa

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  12. I'm really looking forward to including this recipe in my holiday brunch menu! Please include me in the drawing.

    Thanks!

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  13. I have just been turned on to your website and cooking genius.Thank you so much for helping the rest of us become better cooks and families through nutrition. Can't wait to try the muffins.
    Jeanne Brown

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  14. I am posting this comment and then making the muffins. I was searching the blogs for just the right muffin for my mom and me to snack on as we cook the Thanksgiving meal. They sound wonderful! Sandy Gillett www.aunt-sandy.blogspot.com

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  15. I LOVE the Spunky Coconut blog, so I'm sure I would love the cookbook! Thanks for an awesome giveaway. Oh... and I will happily take that 2 lbs. of sugar off your hands! hahaha ;-)

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  16. I just twittered about your giveaway!

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  17. I love your blog and your cookbook, thanks for all your great recipes! I've been eyeing the Spunky Coconut cookbook for a while, thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. I love it, another book using coconut and gluten and dairy free!!!

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  19. Hi Ali,

    I remain so inspired by the fact that you are able to create such wonderful delicious recipes with four children! Now that is some serious talent :)

    I absolutely LOVE your cookbook and I am making pie using your pie crust recipe for Thanksgiving. Can't wait!

    I'm thankful for so many things but I am particularly thankful for good health this year.

    Have a wonderful day tomorrow - Stephanie

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  20. Recently found your blog...your recipes are wonderful! And such a great giveaway! I love using different ingredients in all my cooking...makes it more fun! Thanks for the post! Ina from the Westcoast

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  21. Fabulous! This year I am thankful for the wonderful world of blogs. Being newly diagnosed gluten/casein intolerant, without all of the recipes, substitution suggestions and great writers, I would be lost! You guys have inspired me so much that I am just beginning to start my own blog. Looking forward to this journey!

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  22. i subscribe to your blog and would love the cookbook! i just went GF and am trying to find ways to still eat the sweets i used to love. thanks!

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  23. When my daughter had to face going off of gluten, one of the gifts was her discovery of coconut. For months she had a morning smoothie that consisted of a young coconut, frozen banana and piece of scraped vanilla bean. That's all she wanted and was happy scooting off to school. No sense of deprivation but rather of decadence! Now she eats the coconut butter straight from the jar. Coconut truly is a gift in its own right. I love that you're promoting this 'alternative'.

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  24. Thanks for sharing more lovely resources for creative whole food, allergen-free cooking!

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  25. Looking forward to trying these muffins, I have almond meal but not many ideas of what to do with it. The cookbook sounds great. I am thankful for each day and to have my friends and family. I love my life and enjoy good health!

    Cathy (CAO)

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  26. What a wonderful giveaway...yum! Those muffins look amazing!

    I am a subscriber..yippee!

    Happy T-Day

    Enjoy!

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  27. So thankful for the many gifts God has given me, including my family and friends and your wonderful cooking wisdom!!!! Your cookbook is my favorite and I have a few friends who now agree! I would love to try this new cookbook.

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  28. As always, your blog is my "go-to" place for great recipes. I am now rearranging my free diet (gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn, yeast) to accommodate Fructose Malabsorption. I will need to switch out the honey & stevia, but otherwise this recipe is right on track.
    Oh, yes, please put me in for the contest.

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  29. Your cookbook and blog are so inspiring, mmm... super delicious wholesome food, thank you.
    I'm thankful that we've almost finished building our home and it's dreamy and cozy. I'm loving that my twin boys turned 6yrs old last friday, wow, what a whirlwind. I'm thankful for my brilliant shining daughter who can't stop dancing and for my infatuated husband, my comrade in serious silliness.
    -Erica

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  30. I am grateful for healthy wholesome food!

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  31. I am thankful that I did not purchased this cookbook last night on amazon as I intended and waited for this morning! :) I am certainly thankful for the never resting Law of attraction! And for Ali, to make our lives much easier, proving us with such amazing, healthy recipes. And last but not least, for my wonderful boys and an amazing husband and this incredible place we live in!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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  32. How exciting to have a new source of gluten-free recipes. I would love to have a copy of this book, the title alone makes me want to read it. This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for improved health through the elimination of gluten (and corn) from my diet and for my husband who supports me every step of the way.

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  33. Thanks for another great recipe. I always look forward to each new post! Thanks, also for the chance to win this cookbook.

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  34. I LOVE everything coconut, and cherry-almonds is one of my favourite combos, so I will have to make these muffins! That coconut book would be great to have since I have no idea how to cook with it.

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  35. Very exciting to find a book that had gluten and dairy free recipes, and not just desserts. Thanks for such a perfect Giveaway!

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  36. I am all about coconut lately! So this post comes at the perfect time. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us. I would love to own a copy of the Spunky Coconut : )

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  37. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing all of your amazing recipes! I am thankful for so many things... Family, friends, a warm house, a yard to garden in, the great town of Bellingham, my appointment with Tom in 1/2 hour... I'd better get going! :)

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  38. I love new cookbooks, but resist buying new ones since I can't even keep up with all of the delicious recipes available via the great world wide web. There is definitely something special about ingredient splattered cookbooks that are well used and well loved.

    I think we need to make muffins today for our travels tomorrow!

    I am grateful that there are so many creative folks in the world who are thinking of new ways for all of us to be healthy and well. Of course, the ways in which I am grateful for my family are endless.

    Happy Feasting tomorrow!

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  39. That anonymous above was me...a little bird just crawled into my lap and left me to finish typing with my left hand and her right foot. Not the most accurate combination!

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  40. I've been looking/waiting for both you and Kelly for a loooong time and am so grateful for your information and recipes! I'd love to receive Kelly's cookbook!

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  41. I have been a fan of all things coconut for several years now and look forward to trying this muffin recipe. Thanks for all of the great recipes on this blog.

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  42. I am thankful to be able to buy gluten-free products in stores, but I am also thankful for an alternative to commercial gluten-free products that I can make at home!

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  43. Hi Ali!

    Of course I have to enter this giveaway, as I'm sure Kelly's cookbook rocks! Also... how about sending me the non-claimed bag of coconut sugar ;-) I could put that to good use!
    I am thankful for my Jesus who continues to carry me through my most horrible health challenge as of yet. Again, being sick makes me realize how much people take food for granted. The fact that a person has so many choices of fresh healthy food- and can just plop something into their mouth and never think about it again after swallowing is quite a luxury! Although I cannot eat much now without pain I am thankful for the choice at all. And of course, so grateful for my family!

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  44. Thanks for all of the recipes you share, Ali! I am thankful this year for my daughter who will be 1 just before Christmas, and for an incredibly supportive husband. I am thankful for our community in Bellingham that has made it so much easier to live a gluten free lifestyle. Cheers! JennL

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  45. My 2 year old son was recently diagnosed with celiac.

    As a single dad I appreciate all the help I can find to create healthy and quick gluten free options.

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  46. My 2 year old son was recently diagnosed with celiac.

    As a single dad I appreciate all the help I can find to create healthy and quick gluten free options.

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  47. LOVE your blog! I'd love a copy of the Spunky Coconut cookbook.

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  48. I'm so happy I found your blog! I've been desperate for new sugar and grain free recipes, so this is graet1 Thanks so much.

    Monique

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  49. Hi Ali,
    I am thankful for all the wonderful recipes you have developed. They always work and they are always delicious! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    -Jillian Trinkaus

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  50. Mmm...so yummy! If I don't win it this is going on the Christmas list ;) I'm thankful for a job and a wonderful husband and family!

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  51. I'm really enjoying your blog - thank you for all your efforts! We have several family members with food issues, and your site is a great resource!

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  52. LOVE LOVE LOVE this cookbook -- one of my absolute favorites! I am thankful for you, Kelly, Shirley, and the other GF bloggers for sharing all their terrific recipes. :)

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  53. I love your blog and your recipes. You have added such richness to my table through your well-guided gluten-free creativity. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from Dr. Donovan and me.

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  54. How awesome, Ali! Thanks for putting up this drawing, please add me in. I need all the help that I can get.

    This year I am thankful for my kids, my job and those that came before me. I was one of those that thought I'd never have kids. Given my background I thought that I just wouldnt make a good parent.

    Four years ago despite the fact that I was on a crazy amount of birth control, Sasha entered our life. He's been both a great joy and a challenge. So much so that I didnt think I can "do" another kid.

    Yet here we are again. Four months ago, Sofia entered our life with a new set challenges of her own. Since formula is not option, I am learning how to cook without wheat, soy, dairy, most meats, nuts and with very few eggs. I am not the greatest baker, but I really crave bread, SO MUCH!

    I enjoyed your cookbook very much, still struggling with the yeast-based bread recipes -- something I am doing very wrong there... If you get chance, please help and respond to my email.

    Anyways, thank you for the great cookbook. It has been a great teacher. I am thankful that you've walked the path before me and put together what you've learnt.

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  55. I would LOVE a copy of Spunky Coconut!

    In the spirit of thanks-giving, I am grateful that people like you and Tom are out there sharing your skills, educating folks like us that need help finding and preparing food that will make us feel good, and taste fantastic at the same time. And I am grateful that we have access to foods like coconut (and many others), even though they grow far far away. We are truly lucky!

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  56. Love all your great recipes! It's so nice to see recipes that are gluten PLUS dairy free. Thanks for all the hard work.
    Sharon M.

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  57. Yes, an entry please! Been drooling over this cookbook for a while now. ;)

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  58. Hi Ali,

    Thank you for all of the lovely Thanksgiving recipes and your enthusiastic and giving spirit. I am truly thankful to have found your cookbook and now to be a part of your weekly recipe posts.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    -Tiffany

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  59. I am grateful to find people who are cooking around the same difficulties I have (gluten and sugar), because it makes me feel like I'm not alone, not crazy, and it gives me new ideas to try. Thanks!

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  60. What an awesome cookbook. Would be an excellent addition to the endless amount of recipes I have on my "To Make" List. Many of those from this blog.

    Thank you for continuing to inspire us all...

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  61. Until I found your blog, I was really feeling deprived. Then I noticed how often your posts include coconut. Now I love ALL THINGS COCONUT! Thanks for the opportunity to win this cookbook.
    Katie A

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  62. Thank you Ali for all you do. I love receiving your updates and just enjoyed a bowl of your Healing Cabbage soup. It has become my favorite next to Lilly's Lemongrass soup the last few months. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for giveaway.-S Brooks

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  63. I just found your website because of the gluten free progressive dinner - what a GREAT idea - Thank you! The muffins look so yummy - I can't wait to make them and I would love to win the cookbook.

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  64. Oh! I would LOVE to receive that book!

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  65. This looks absolutely amazing! I'd love to have the cookbook :)

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  66. I'm grateful for my ability to cook... especially to experiment with trying different recipes. I have never actually used coconut flour, but I would LOVE to use your cookbook as a start!

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  67. I'm grateful for my ability to cook... especially to experiment with trying different recipes. I have never actually used coconut flour, but I would LOVE to use your cookbook as a start!

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  68. This cookbook would be amazing!!! I just recently found that I am allergic to to eggs, dairy, wheat, soy, and cane sugar!! Not to mention bananas, cranberries, and so many other things I love! Can I just say thank you! Your blog has really helped me in so many ways. It's comforting to know that I can still be magical in the kitchen... I just have to learn a new way around it.

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  69. This cookbook would be amazing!!! I just recently found that I am allergic to to eggs, dairy, wheat, soy, and cane sugar!! Not to mention bananas, cranberries, and so many other things I love! Can I just say thank you! Your blog has really helped me in so many ways. It's comforting to know that I can still be magical in the kitchen... I just have to learn a new way around it.

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  70. I hope I'm the winner of The Spunky Coconut Book. I would LOVE it.
    yay!!!
    Amy

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  71. I am grateful for this blog! I've only recently gone gluten-free, after years of being vegan and really appreciate your WHOLE food GF recipes. Thank you so much! You're a star!

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  72. I am grateful for all the amazing Thanksgiving recipes on this and other GF/CF blogs. My allergies are so much better! I am also grateful that I am finding the process of switching over to GF/CF a great adventure!

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  73. That cookbook looks awesome. It definite next cookbook purchase.
    I am grateful for having the ability to create delicious and nuturious meals for my family.
    I wish to thank-you Ali as well. I have tried so many of your recipes that your book is looking well worn. Everyday I am excited to get home and try something new. I always new I had a passion for cooking but now I am truly enjoying not only cooking it but eating it too!

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  74. This cookbook is exactly what I have been looking for. I am gluten, dairy, and sugar free but would love some awesome treats in my life. I am thankful for all the wonderful people that are trying to make cooking exciting and delicious so I don't feel like I am living 'without'.

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  75. As always, these sound so good. I can't wait to try them. After making 3 of your recipes over the last 3 days for our Thanksgiving menu, I can honestly say I am really thankful for you today. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for posting all of these wonderful recipes. They've brought a great deal of joy!

    I also shared this post on Facebook... :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Jennifer M.

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  76. we have loved every thing we have cooked from your website and like coconut.
    Natasha and Sue Wozniak

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  77. I am thankful for finding this blog! I am dealing with my daughter's food sensitivities and am amazed and pleased with all the delicious alternatives out there!

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  78. This would be a great addition to my cook book library YUM ;)

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  79. Hi Ali-

    Hmmm...there is so much that I am grateful for. Most importantly, for my husband and his persistant patience and my sons for their unconditional love that they share with me as well as with others.

    Also for your site, Karina's Kitchen and now the Spunky Coconut (I love that name!). Thanks so much for sharing this new site with us-plus I plan on making the muffins this Friday-and I also enjoy reading about your family escapades.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    Love & Peace-Lisa, CO

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  80. I love coconut and started experimenting with coconut flour. I am grateful for my womderful family!

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  81. i would love the cookbook as well, thanks!

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  82. thanks for sharing another great sounding recipe. Every one of your recipes I have tried so far has been awesom. I love coconut oil, milk, meat shredded and flakes
    and love to learn new ways to incorparate into loved recipes. i.e. the tart cherry pie made today for my dairy free kids subbing coconut oil for butter, arrowroot for cornstarch.
    Turned out awesome. This is for the sake of my autism kiddo. I also have a couple others that have dairy allergies that can now eat that pie with no worries:) Wasn't brave enough yet to sub the agave for the sugar but will be doing that in the morning with the cranberries:} Thank you for your flow of ideas. They are very motivating and helpful.

    I am grateful for life, both now and eternal being bought for me by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.What a joy! I'm also grateful for my husband of 37 yrs, 8 children, 2 daughters in law and five grandchildren. Friends that have spurred me on to developing healthier dietary habits for my family and a website like this that teaches. I feel like I'm taking a cooking class every time i open a new email. Thanks a mil & God bless. Polly Raichert

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  83. I just found your blog and am loving it!! I am making your cranberry sauce today!!! That book sound really good!!!!

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  84. Ali, thanks so much for these recipes in your blog and book! They are delicious, and have been essential in helping me heal from a bad outbreak of psoriasis I had. I used your recipes while I cut out wheat, sugar, and dairy for a couple of months and now my skin is all clear now! -Jennifer D.

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  85. I am new to the world of baking and totally new to GF baking. My 7 month old can't tolerate casein and I am still nursing. I was looking for GF and casein free recipes and found your website. I baked the banana Teff bread and instantly fell in love with it. Can't wait to try these muffins out..you guys are doing an awesome job with the recipes!

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  86. Oh exciting!!! I SO want to give up sugar, but struggle with it :) And gluten? As a vegan, how can you not eat seitan! I'm interested in finding out :)
    ~ Brandie H

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  87. Coconut is so good for you. Coming from Hawaii we eat it fresh/raw and in our cooking. I truly enjoy your recipes.
    Mahalo Nui!
    Anne D.

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  88. OH and I posted this on my facebook too, so here's my 2nd entry! :)
    Brandie Huff

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  89. Love Kelly's blog, so I'm positive the cookbook would be fabulous! Stunning muffins!

    Have a fabulous Thanksgiving =D.

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  90. I'm still finding out about all of these wonderful gluten free websites so Spunky Coconut is the next one I will check out. I love to cook with coconut. I just made coconut flour brownies for a silent auction at work and my gluten free baking went for $16! More then the regular submissions. I also love to cook with coconut milk ... adding it to curries and using it as a whipped topping alternative. Yum.

    Living in Canada, our Thanksgiving has passed, but it is such a great holiday. I am thankful for my friends, family, health and the fact that I live somewhere where it is easy to find gluten free products.

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  91. Mmmm.......I love the spunky coconut blog and this cookbook sounds great!

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  92. I would love to win this cookbook. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I made your rice stuffing for Thanksgiving today and everyone loved it!

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  93. I'd love to get this cookbook. I'm on a really tight budget and can't afford to buy gluten-free goodies since they are usually kind of spendy, but I definitely have some time to bake them myself.

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  94. I'm trying to live with a gluten-free, sugar-free lifestyle, but I love sweets. And it's getting hard. I would love to have this cookbook. I love baking and it would give me some hope that I can do this.

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  95. I would love to be entered in the draw to win The Spunky Coconut! I have two milk and gluten free kids so we are frequent visitors to your site...we love your recipe's!

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  96. Can't wait to try it!! I would love to check out the book, and will totally check back in case I won!! (Bummer about the coconut sugar contest - wish I had won!!!)

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  97. I'm a new reader of your blog, and we thoroughly enjoyed preparing and eating your wild rice stuffing for my first GF Thanksgiving. (We substituted fennel for some of the celery--excellent!) I love GF recipes that don't require lots of funky ingredients and look forward to reading this cookbook!

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  98. Hope I win the cookbook! I love to try new things and am looking for ways to improve my diet and overall health and well being. I am thankful to have met you, worked with you and thankful for my family.
    Valeriej3

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  99. Yes, I would love an opportunity to win this great cookbook!!

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  100. I would love an opportunity to win this lovely cookbook!!

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  101. I would love the opportunity to win this lovely cookbook!!

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  102. Oooooo yum! Thank you for sharing all these great recipes! I have not read the tasty coconut blog yet, bit will check her out now.

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  103. (blush) that should have said The spunky coconut. Though they are tasty! Sharing on facebook now too.

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  104. I will soon have Kelly's cookbook so I am not submitting an entry, but wanted to stop by anyway. I'm going to try these muffins with nuts or maybe apples (or both) instead of fruit alone. I like that you didn't need the Stevia.

    Kelly is an inspiration in so many ways! I'm so glad you are having such a great turnout here for the giveaway. I already tweeted the giveaway for you and will again tomorrow. :-)

    Shirley

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  105. I was delighted to find your lovely blog. I am determined to teach an old dog (me at almost 61) new tricks through better nutrition. Thank you for sharing your recipes.
    KatieQ

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  106. Hi Ali,
    These are wonderful and EASY! ;-) I made them with mashed banana, coconut and pecans -- and they're very yummy! Thanks, as always!

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  107. I've wanted this cookbook for a while now. How great that you're giving it away. I'm grateful for family and friends.

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  108. I have this cookbook on my Christmas list!! Thankful that you take the time to share your fabulous recipes with us!!

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  109. Would love to enter the giveaway! thanks

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  110. Hi Ali, I've made these wonderful muffins twice now with organic blueberries. I can't seem to get enough of them they are delicious. I did not use almond flavoring or the stevia. I did use a splash of vanilla extract. I also visited Keli's site am now a follower. Thanks so much for your awesome recipes and the link to Keli's.

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  111. So, I read this thingy that said, "free to good home: coconut cookbook." Our home has both spacious and cozy space for another cookbook, which will enjoy the company of many other very groovy cookbooks, and whose pages will become ecstatically ingredient-spattered in no time.
    Barb B

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  112. Just found your blog - and with all the new changes in my diet, haven't yet found a cookbook to suit. Thanks for the tip!

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  113. I'd love to check out this cookbook! I am also on the lookout for goo egg-free (plus gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, nut) free recipes :)

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  114. I hope I am not too late to enter the contest, but either way, thank you for the recipe and the info! With multiple food allergies, it is hard for me to find recipes that I can make which will work for me and taste good. Thanks!

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  115. Hi Ali,
    These muffins sound fabulous. I LOVE coconut and will definitely be giving this recipe a try.
    Thanks so much for all that you do!
    -Kimberly C.

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  116. i am so thankful to have discovered yer book and yer blogs last night... how truly serendipitous! i am headed to powell's to pick up the WLN Cookbook this morning and am looking forward to exploring yer lovely recipes with my family, especially my spirited & sensitive two year old daughter who LOVES to help cook! i'm even looking forward to the elimination and detox diet :)

    i am feeling truly inspired, hopeful and thankful this morning. merci beaucoup!!!

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  117. I just did a huge blog post on what I'm thankful for. One that sticks out is that I'm thankful for the internet and technology, for making it so much easier to get educated about living g-free.

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  118. would love this cookbook! please enter me in your drawing :) thanks!

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  119. I am thankful for gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin pie...and the ability to make almost anything without gluten and dairy. Thank you for your great recipes and the chance to win the Spunky Coconut cookbook. It would be a great way to start my GFDF cookbook collection.

    Liz

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  120. I have just recently had to remove gluten from my diet and your blog has been a godsend! I would love to add this cookbook to my kitchen!
    Kelly Harris
    k_hreha@yahoo.com

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  121. Thank you for another great recipe! I spent my Thanksgiving with my mother and sister perusing your new cookbook. I'm so thankful you are sharing your knowledge with the rest of us, making us all healthier and happier! I would love to have the new cookbook. Megan H.

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  122. Oh - what a lovely giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity!

    Right now, I am grateful for the ability to change....

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  123. Thank you for this site is has helped our family ALOT. Good to know that there is a way to get away from the white startches! yikes. Teresa in Oregon

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  124. I am thankful for my family and my passion for learning and all the help the internet gives me when it comes to keeping my family healthy. I am also thankful for my faith in God.

    I am a little bit new to the gluten free world and really could use a GF cookbook. I was at a GF support group last month when the writer of this book was skyped in and made some brownies for us. Well, we didn't get to eat them since it was over skype, but it was still neat to watch. lol. I have been wanting this book ever since then. (fingers crossed) :D

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  125. I've just found out about your blog and I would love to win your cookbook! It looks so fantastic!
    With all my digestive issues to juggle ( food allergies, celiac, etc..) and my current serious financial distress, winning your book and learning how to prepare your fab foods would be a blessing. PAX.

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  126. I am so thankful for your blog!The information and links have been so helpful.

    I would love to win the cookbook!

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  127. These muffins are awesome and not too sweet - so I think my daughter will like them! Thanks for sharing another great recipe, Ali! I continue to enjoy many of the great recipes you create and share and am thankful for your endless enthusiasm about delicious, nutritious food!

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  128. Yes! Please enter me in the giveaway. I would love another great gluten-free cookbook!

    Thank you again for all of the great recipes you share with us! I'm always smiling when reading your blog! :-)

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  129. Recipe and cookbook botjh look wonderful! Would love to see the other recipes in the book!

    April

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  130. Please enter me in the Spunky Coconut cookbook giveaway. You can never have too many healthy cookbooks around.
    Thanks,
    Sharon Cooper

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  131. These look wonderful. Looking forward to making them!

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  132. And the winner is......

    The winner was drawn using Random Number Generator and the winning number was comment #48 ~ Jenn L.

    This was her comment: "Thanks for all of the recipes you share, Ali! I am thankful this year for my daughter who will be 1 just before Christmas, and for an incredibly supportive husband. I am thankful for our community in Bellingham that has made it so much easier to live a gluten free lifestyle. Cheers! JennL"

    Thanks everyone for participating. Happy Baking! :)

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  133. Thanks for posting so many delicious recipes! I just discovered your blog and have been cooking up yumminess inspired by you for the past 2 weeks. I recommend it to all my patients (I'm a naturopathic doctor) and I greatly appreciate these resources!

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  134. I'm loving all these wonderful recipes!! I can't wait to make them all... This cookbook would be a wonderful addition, I'm hoping to get yours for my bday. (fingers crossed) Denise R.

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  135. I can say nothing but Yummmmy.Anyway thanks for the giveaway! As one who avoids gluten I am always interested in new recipes.

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  136. Do you think this recipe would work with Honeyville blanched almond flour instead of Bob's Red Mill? Thanks!

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