Friday, June 10, 2011

Pancake, Waffles, Strawberry Tarts, and a Giveaway! Oh My!


















Have you "met" Ricki Heller yet? If not, there are two things you should know about her. One, she makes the anti-candida diet look fun. And two, she does a pretty good impersonation of Ellen Degeneres dancing.

If that's not enough to make you love her already, then know this. She has the best pancake recipe I've tried since going gluten-free. Yes, it's better than mine. I admit it. After trying Ricki's pancakes, I want to go back and redo my pancake recipe!


















Ignore the so-so photos. I was too busy eating them to take good pictures. Why are they so good? They're fluffy. They have lemon zest, which gives them a little something different. And they have a tiny hint of sweetness so that you don't even need to use maple syrup. Of course, pancakes are always better with syrup... But if you're avoiding sugar, like me, you can eat these plain and be perfectly happy. 

I had the good fortune of having Ricki send me a copy of her e-cookbook, Good Morning! Breakfasts. This is a wonderful collection of breakfast recipes that are all vegan, gluten-free and anti-candida friendly. And since I wanted to try out Ricki's book, I decided this would be the perfect month to adopt Ricki for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger. Zoe at Z's Cup of Tea is hosting this month, and for once, I managed to make more than one of my adoptee's recipes. And now that I've had a taste, I want to make more.

So what did I make?


















First, there were Whole Grain Waffles with Walnut Cacao Nib Butter and Apple-Cranberry Compote. All of these recipes were from her e-cookbook, and they were delicious. I'm definitely making the Apple-Cranberry Compote at Thanksgiving this year instead of buying cranberry sauce. It was sweetened with stevia, and it was amazing! I used pecans instead of walnuts in the Walnut Cacao Nib Butter, and I was practically swooning. As for the waffles, they had that wonderfully chewy texture that I love. Quinoa flour has a very strong flavor, so you'll want to be sure it's a flavor you like before making these. If you're not a fan of quinoa, I'm betting you could easily swap it out for another flour like sorghum.

Up next were the pancakes, and I already told you how much I loved those.


















This morning, I made Ricki's Tart Crust, but instead of a savory filling like she has in her recipe, I made a strawberry tart. It was the perfect way to start my day. (I didn't eat that all myself; my housemates had some too!) I overbaked the crust a bit, but that was because I was kind enough (or something enough) to invite the friendly Jehovah's Witnesses in while I baked. My housemate saw who was coming, took her strawberry tart, and ran to her room. But I was in a good mood, so I invited them in. They come to our door at least once a month, usually in the pouring rain, and I figured as long as I was baking, I might as well invite them in for a cookie or two.



















Conan wanted a cookie too. Here he is, doing what he does best. Staring me down, and waiting for a crumb to drop so he can pounce on it. I'm pretty sure the look in his eyes is his, "I can't believe you're eating in front of me again, and won't give me a piece," look. He looks pretty annoyed, doesn't he?

Now, are you wondering about the giveaway? I'm not the only one who gets to benefit from Ricki's generosity. She's giving away a copy of her e-cookbook to one of you as well! And seriously, this is a cookbook you want. How can you win this?

This giveaway is now closed.

1. Leave a comment on this post.

2. Check out the list of recipes in Ricki's e-cookbook and come back and tell me which recipe you would want to make first.

3. Link to this post on Facebook (and leave a separate comment letting me know you did it).

4. Link to this post on twitter (and leave a separate comment letting me know you did it). 

5. Link to this post on your blog (and leave a separate comment letting me know you did it).

This giveaway will be open until my birthday, June 28th. That way, I can give one of you a present too! And speaking of birthdays, have you made a cake for my birthday challenge yet?

Zoe will have the roundup of Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger posts up in the next week, so stop by and see who else got adopted this month!

70 comments:

ChefJulia said...

Am I commenting in the right place? I would love to win! What an amazing cookbook! Wow!

Iris said...

ChefJulia, you're commenting in the right place! :)

Stephanie said...

That strawberry tart looks so good! And I'm dying to try the cacao butter. Thanks Iris and Ricki for the giveaway!

Stephanie said...

Grab and go breakfast bars would be first on my to-try list! Although you're tempting me with the apple-cranberry compote...

Stephanie said...

Also posted a link to twitter :)

Sherron said...

I am so excited to find another good source for wonderful recipes!

Sherron said...

I would love to try the lemon blueberry muffins, the breakfast hash looks delicious, and the almond pancakes have me interested. I couldn't pick just one recipe!

selene @veganlicious said...

I am totally digging the look of those breakfast bars!

Ellie said...

that ebook looks great, i love ricki's recipes, they are all so inventive, thanks for the giveaway!

Arielle said...

Ohhh she has great recipes, thanks for the giveaway!

Arielle said...

I really want to try the injera!

Kelly Rae said...

Oh, I definitely will want this cookbook. Must try pancakes first, maybe WITH the breakfast hash. I'm a breakfast kinda girl, but all day long! Thanks!

Nancy said...

The ingredients for the strawberry tart are on my shopping list! I wish I could have a dog - seeing yours makes me want a dog so badly! Give him a crumb for me!

Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse said...

I love Ricki's recipes! And it looks like you more than did them justice :-)

Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse said...

Coming back to this post and I saw that strawberry tart again - mmmmm :-)
I Tweeted!

Cindy said...

Now I'm craving pancakes. Love the expression on your dog's face!

Eryn @ Pumpkin's Pantry said...

What a great giveaway, thanks!

Eryn said...

Also, the socca roll-ups and the almond butter and jelly breakfast casserole looks mighty tempting!

Shani said...

new to gluten free and live with people who love pancakes so I would want to try that!

Sara (The Veggie Eco-Life) said...

Oeh exciting! I found this giveaway, and so your blog, through Ricki's post on twitter. First, I took a look at the rest of your blog (of course), it looks really interesting, I'm following you on bloglovin! :)
I also took a look at your birthday challenge, it looks like fun to try something new, but unfortunately I don't have much time this month.. Maybe next year ;)

Sara (The Veggie Eco-Life) said...

I think all recipes in the book look mouthwatering, but this one 'Socca Rollups with Apple and Sweet Potato Spread' specially caught my attention. Mmmm apples!

Sara (The Veggie Eco-Life) said...

I linked this on my facebook :)

Sara (The Veggie Eco-Life) said...

Linked on twitter!

Sara (The Veggie Eco-Life) said...

I also linked on my blog (a very special blogpost specially for this - but I'm gonna update soon, so it won't stand all sad and alone) :)

sendittozoom said...

Would love to win!

sendittozoom said...

And I need to try the pancake recipe!

Jenna said...

Those pancakes look amazing. I guess I know what I'm having for breakfast in the morning

mandyx said...

Awesome eats :D I wish I could take as nice photos of food as you, haha. Mine always make my foods look worse lol!

mandyx said...

Definitely want to try the breakfast hash :)

withoutadornment said...

Ricki definitely makes some super tasty things!

withoutadornment said...

I would love to try her fluffy pancake recipe!

Kari said...

I am new to gluten free and I'm starving!! Those pancakes looked amazing. My stomach growled just looking at the picture and I would love to eat "normal" breakfast foods again.

AmandaPaa said...

love your blog! hoping to win!

AmandaPaa said...

I am definitely going to try the crunchy sunbutter chocolate cups!

Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse said...

I linked on my blog - and it's a cake for your challenge too!

Jean Marie said...

I would love to get this book. My eating limitations are numerous. So this sounds really good. Thanks for the chance.

janet @ the taste space said...

Happy early birthday! These treats look great! Love Ricki's recipes. :)

janet @ the taste space said...

Cheaters’ Injera with African-Inspired Spicy Beans looks so intriguing.

Ste said...

Just found your blog! I would love to do a comparison of your pancakes and Ricki's. :-)

Kay Guest said...

Oh, may I just say that if you look at that photo of your dog, his body makes an absolute perfect heart shape. Does that mean he is a little love?
Sorry, it does me no good to notice things like that, but it doesn't stop me from commenting about them.
Kay

Megan said...

I've only been gluten free for a couple weeks, and I LOVE Ricki's blog! I would enjoy her book so much. I just discovered your blog today, but it's looking pretty great, too. I would definitely try to Lemony Almond Pancakes first.

Marty said...

I'd first make her grain-free granola! I miss granola or any breakfast cereal. I've been following Ricki for a year now and just found you through her! Yah!

Marty said...

I linked your page to my facebook page.

Marty said...

I "liked" your facebook page!

Suzanne said...

The pancakes look great. I'd love to win this cookbook.

Suzanne said...

The first recipe I would I want to try is the grab and go breakfast bars.

Michelle said...

I linked this to Facebook!

Michelle said...

I linked you on twitter! Love the recipes!

Karen said...

Veggie-Full Breakfast Hash - that sounds yummy.

Nicole said...

I love Ricki's blog and have made so many of her delicious recipes- never disappointed. I would love to try the Creamy Basil Pesto Scramble. Sounds amazing.

Shell Bee said...

I want to try them all! Im allergic to nearly everything, and health issues make things even more difficult to deal with. Winning a copy of this book would help me figure out what to eat that my body can tolerate. I definitely want to try the pancakes and waffles!

Ashley Wakefield said...

These recipes look amazing! There are things I can eat! I want to try to make the pancakes you mentioned, they look awesome...I have been struggling to make pancakes since not being able to have gluten, and these look like they might do the trick!

Jenny R said...

I love the recipes of Rikki's that I have used from her blog. Breakfast is also my FAVORITE MEAL. I swear I could eat pancakes all day.

Vanessa Fuller said...

I have been missing granola so I would probally start there. I would love a copy of the book. I have been trying her recipies and my new anti-candida diet. I need all the help possible!

Katiedid said...

I'm always trying to find something besides apple w/peanut butter & smoothies for b-fast - it gets boring after awhile lol.

Katiedid said...

I shared the giveaway on FB

Katiedid said...

I would first try the grab & go b-fast bars

Heather said...

I would love to win Ricki's book! I'd make her Veggie-Full Breakfast Hash immediately!

Heather said...

I tweeted your giveaway!

Heather said...

I posted the giveaway on Facebook too.

bitt said...

I need this book! I love DD and D!

bitt said...

all the recipes sound and look great but I am particularly intrigued by this one:
Giant Baked Upside Down Apple Pancake

bitt said...

tweeted!

http://twitter.com/#!/cherrycobbler/status/82663695951474688

Ashley - Freshly Vegetarian said...

Whole grain waffles, yes m'am those sound deelish!

Meghan said...

That walnut cacao nib butter sounds delicious - especially with the nibs that I just brought back from S. America

Audrey Jensen-- said...

I would try the Cheaters’ Injera with African-Inspired Spicy Beans. African fod is one of my faves.

Audrey Jensen-- said...

I shared this link on Twitter

Audrey Jensen-- said...

I linked in Facebook

Audrey Jensen-- said...

I added a link to your blog on mine: http://audreyssoulcollage.blogspot.com/

Dianne N said...

NOM!!! These all sound amazing! Kiwi Coulis?! Yum!! I'm a huge fan of "Grab-and-Go" Breakfast Bars too. What a great idea. This is really something I want to attempt in the future, making my own cook book that someday others will find as helpful as this. :)

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