April 2, 2011

Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: The Spunky Coconut

grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free cinnamon roll

This month, for Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger (a fantastic event, initiated by Sea at Book of Yum, where gluten-free bloggers “adopt” one another, cook one or more of their recipes, and share them with the world, in the interest of becoming more acquainted with one another and enjoying one another’s recipes), I adopted Kelly of The Spunky Coconut. The Spunky Coconut is a relatively “new to me” blog; one I’ve only been frequenting for the past few months. I discovered it around the same time I was given her latest book , Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts as a gift. I was immediately hooked – the recipes are nutrient-dense, simple, and delicious. I’ve made her vanilla bean cake and her coffee cake, both in the blog and in her book. I loved them so much, I purchased her first book as well - The Spunky Coconut Cookbook. I knew I wanted to adopt her, just as an excuse to try more recipes. So I did.

But what to make? There are so many choices! I did have a lot of raw nuts lying around, so I first opted to soak and dehydrate them, just so I’d have some yummy snacks (or potential nut butter beginnings!). Kelly outlines some easy instructions on how to do this.

All you really need is time (and a dehydrator – although I’ve also done this before on the lowest setting in my oven, in my pre-dehydrator days). Mine took around 24 hours to dry in the dehydrator at 115 degrees. The nuts were tasty and crunchy – perfect for snacking.

And then this morning, I turned my attention to cinnamon rolls. Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts has a lovely cinnamon roll recipe – and it’s completely dairy-free, grain-free, and refined sugar-free. The only change I made was that I added some raisins (about 1/4 cup) to the filling. They came out full of cinnamon-y flavor, but not overly sweet or sticky. They were a lovely “grown-up” breakfast treat, perfect with coffee.

These two recipes are just the tip of the iceberg of The Spunky Coconut. I encourage you to go. Visit. Browse around a bit. You might decide you want to try a vegan, raw-inspired caesar dressing for your salad. Or grain-free tortilla wraps (which are next on my list!). Or as it warms up outside, how about a chilled chia coffee drink? The recipes here are endlessly creative – I know they’ve opened up my mind to a lot of amazing possibilities in the kitchen!

12 Responses to “Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: The Spunky Coconut”

  1. I just discovered The Spunky Coconut recently too — I love her recipes!

  2. You’ve reminded me that I need to try those wraps. I’m fairly new to Kelly’s blog too. I only have a few food issues besides the obvious gluten issues and have just never ventured far into grain-free and other sensitivities cooking. Man was I missing out. Not only are her Vanilla Bean Cake and grain-free waffle recipes delicious, I’m finding that keeping the diet wide and varied and unprocessed may help all of us avoid additional food sensitivities. All that rice flour and starch in gluten-free recipes and processed foods seems to catch up to some people and I don’t want to be one of them. Excellent adoptions and a great way to spread the word about Kelly and her books and blog.

  3. Wonderful adoption of Kelly! Even though I haven’t always eaten the way she cooks, I’ve been following her for a couple of years now. I’m a huge fan! You’ve done a lovely job, Alta, of capturing some of her amazing talent. Those cinnamon rolls look divine and if I hadn’t just found out that I have issues with chia, I’d be making those grain-free tortilla wraps, too. :-) Her vanilla bean cake is fabulous and I’ve made a number of her other recipes, like chicken meatballs, and I’ve loved them all. I still need to get a dehydrator and get on board the nut-soaking train, but right now I’m not eating that many nuts so I’ll wait a bit. Anyway, great adoption, dear!

    Shirley

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  5. Alta, I love love Kelly and her recipes! One of our favorite staples here is that coffee cake of hers! What a great adoption you did! She has so many fun recipes and amazing cookbooks! Thanks for sharing her! ;)

  6. Okay I had no idea you could soak nuts and then dehydrate them. And then they’d be perfect for snacking. Thank for that little tidbit. Dehydrator is DEFINiTELY on my list now.

    • Maggie – I first learned about it through Nourishing Traditions (Sally Fallon). Supposed to make them easier to digest. What I love is that the salt (plus whatever other seasoning you might desire to add) really gets into the nuts, which makes them tasty. And they’re more evenly “cooked”. I made almond butter last night with my almonds – yum!

  7. Great tips on the nuts! I’m alergic to peanuts and its sometimes hard to find recipes and tips for other types of nuts. Enjoyed reading your blog!

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  10. Thank you so much! You make my heart sing :-) Hugs, Kelly

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