The Big Gluten Free Cookie Giveaway

by | August 16, 2018 | Food | 48 comments

The Big Book of Gluten Free Cooking is available via Amazon as of August 28, 2018.The Kindle version is available here! If you haven’t peeked on Amazon at the “Look Inside” feature, do it! You can see the first couple of chapters and they are filled with useful information that anyone on a gluten-free diet will find immediately helpful.

I LOVE what my friend, Whole30 Coach Jacob, said in his Instagram giveaway of my book earlier this week:

Gigi’s The Big Book of Gluten Free Cooking is exactly what you need if you’re just getting started on your GF journey, have been GF for years, or are anywhere in between. This book isn’t just recipes; Gigi’s personal story through her celiac diagnosis is extremely relatable (“Is ketchup gluten free?” should be on a tee shirt!).

Visit Amazon for lots of positive reviews!

Why I Wrote the Book on Gluten Free Cooking

When someone publishes a book, of course they want it to sell, but until you publish your own book, you don’t understand exactly why. It seems obvious: to sell books, to make money. But that’s not it at all.

As a recipe developer for people with special diets, I want my work to reach as many people as possible to make their lives better at every meal. That’s because I’ve been there. I was once newly diagnosed with celiac disease after 25 years of struggling to figure out what was wrong with my health. I had a series of TIAs and was told I had a 10% chance of surviving. My gluten-free diet saved my life. But even after my celiac diagnosis and going gluten-free, there was more. First, an allergic reaction to peanuts. Next was soy. Then came the tree nut allergy.

My goal with the recipes in the book was to have a wide range of variety without the content being too disconnected. For example, a lot of people asked me if the book would be all plant-based since I eat a largely plant-based diet, or all sugar-free, etc. Those are important recipe development areas for me, and there are indeed many plant-based recipes as well as no-sugar-added ones, but those are not the focus. For this book, the idea was to be broad and approachable for anyone who needs to eat gluten-free.

 

That meant including recipes that are:
  • Pescatarian
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Low or no added sugar
  • Inclusive of meat eaters
  • Grain-free

 

While keeping ALL recipes free from:
  • Gluten/wheat
  • Soy
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts (you know, coconut is NOT a tree nut – get the facts here)

 

What about Dairy and Eggs?

Because many of you, like me, are dairy-free, I made sure only a few recipes require dairy (eight total) and that most (75%) are already egg-free or can be easily adjusted.

 

Grain-Free Recipes

While they are not marked, of the total 160 recipes, 77 are grain-free with options for low carb, Whole30 and paleo diets.

The Big Gluten Free Cookie Giveaway

In short, my overarching desire when it comes to my work with food is that I want everyone to be able to easily prepare and eat foods they love. I want you to be proud to share the dishes you make with family and friends, regardless of whether they are on a special diet or not. I want food to be pleasurable, nourishing and easy for us all!

 

Health Conscious, but Dessert-Loving, Too!

Oh, and in addition to all the health-conscious recipes I included in the book, I made sure to add in some decadent sweet treats, too! Whether you save sugar for a special occasion or bake a treat every week, there’s something for you to love in the dessert chapters. That’s right – two dessert chapters. One is Cakes, Cookies and More and the other is Naturally Gluten-Free Desserts. Something for us all!

 

The GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Thank you to all who entered and congrats to the winners!

 

48 Comments

  1. Danielle

    I’m not familiar with Lily’s chocolate chips, so I’m anxious to try them! And your cookbook sounds amazing!!

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    • Gena Teague

      I love nut butters so I am looking forward to trying Sunbutter! And I have the cookbook release date on my calendar! Can’t wait!!!! xxoo

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      • Lilyana H

        I would love to have your cookbook and sunbutter

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  2. Amanda Stufflebeam

    I am just beginning my vegan journey and I thought I would have to give up cakes and cookies. So cookies yall!

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    • Gigi Stewart

      Yay for vegan cookies! I eat a largely plant-based diet most of the time, and I’ve been vegan as well as vegetarian before, so I totally understand how important recipes like this are! :) In the book, of 160 recipes only 8 use dairy and about 75% are also egg-free! xo

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  3. Elizabeth Harding

    I may have to try this cookie recipe this weekend… thanks Gigi!

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    • Gigi Stewart

      Yay! You got it to work! :) xo Please let me know if you do!!

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      • Elizabeth Harding

        I will thanks!

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  4. Pauline Corcoran

    I love the Sunflower Butter!

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  5. Sandy

    I have not tried any of the brands in your giveaway yet… But I’ve heard so much about Sunbutter that I’d have to say that is what I most want to try! Really looking forward to the book… Could have used it this week since I had to make nut, gluten, and dairy free cookies, cakes, and cupcakes for my one-year-old niece who they just found out is allergic to dairy.

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    • Gigi Stewart

      Sandy, Sunbutter is salvation for those of us with peanut allergy! Plus I use the no sugar added variety so it’s a great healthy plant protein. You will love the book!! It’s going to turn you into a baking hero for your sweet niece! 😉

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      • Sandy

        I’m actually using your non-dairy whipped topping recipe for her smash cake! I like that it can be made without powdered sugar. Can I use gel food colors in that to tint it? I’d like to pipe colored “dollops” on her cake and wasn’t sure how well that would work and if I’d need to keep it refrigerated afterwards.

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        • Gigi Stewart

          Yum! Yes, a little gel color will work well. You do want to keep it refrigerated. It depends on ambient temp but I would recommend frosting the cake and chilling it a bit before serving just to stabilize the whipped topping. If you need to hold it over for longer before serving, just refrigerate then take it out about 15 minutes before serving. The coconut cream gets very firm when chilled. ;-) Hope that helps!!

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  6. Amy

    I have heard great things about the Lillys chocolate chips!

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  7. Amy B

    I am excited to try the Lillys chocolate chips. I love their bars but haven’t tried the chips yet.

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  8. Kay Little

    Lily chocolate chips are fabulous!

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  9. Linda Cleri

    I have never tried any of the products listed and I am trying to venture on a more natural lifestyle. I use to bake a lot before my celiac diagnosis but was never happy with the results of my gluten free products, therefore, I stopped baking. This recipe include my favorites…oats, pretzels and butters. I love peanut butter so baking with sunbutter would also be a new adventure! I also would love to explore your book and perspective on the gluten free journey! Thanks for your support and guidance, you have taught me a lot!

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    • Gigi Stewart

      Linda, this book will have you baking like a pro again! :-) I make it so easy, use typical GF ingredients and straightforward methods that are as streamlined as possible. The Sunbutter is a perfect sub for peanut butter and tastes similar to me. So happy you’ve found positive support here – that’s why I do what I do!! xo

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  10. Tim

    I am most interested in the Lily’s chocolates. We usually buy a different brand, so I would like to try these.

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  11. Dee Rumsey

    Thanks for the recipe for a great cookie! Yes, as in others, I am dairy free and gluten free, plus have to watch msg and acids. I need ideas for baking and cooking for everyone in family, just not me. The cooking for two separate meals due to dietary restrictions is too much to handle sometimes. Thanks for good ideas and recipes. The book will be the real answer to meet many dietary needs!

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  12. Dee Rumsey

    I would like to try the Sunbutter for sure! Love the cookbook too as I am gluten free and dairy free, plus no msg, acids too.

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  13. Denise M

    I want to try Lily’s Sweets

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  14. Steph

    I would love to try sun butter!!!

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  15. Marilyn Barnes

    I use the sunbutter and Lily’s chips already but the oatmeal brand is new to me. This cookie sounds great.

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  16. Sheryl Edwards

    I love chocolate! I am most excited to try Lily’s Sweets Chocolate Chips! They sound amazing and so does your recipe. I am looking forward to trying this recipe! Thank you!

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  17. Corinne

    Can’t wait to try the recipe!

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  18. Mary

    Can’t wait to get my hands on the cookbook. The oats sound great as we use organic gluten free, but not that brand. For some reason I’ve seen Lillie’s at the store, but haven’t tried them. Do they have sugar alcohols in them? Maybe this is a good chance. So many reasons to love this give away.

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    • Gigi Stewart

      Mary, happy you’re excited about the book!! Here are the ingredients from Liky’s Sweets Chocolate Chips:
      Unsweetened chocolate, erythritol, inulin, cocoa butter, organic soy lecithin, natural vanilla, and stevia extract.

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  19. Gina

    In order of excitement and wishes….
    The Cook Book Of COURSE :-) The Big Book of Gluten Free Cooking
    Lily’s Sweets Chocolates and then the Sunbutter® sunflower seed butter.
    Thank you Gigi

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  20. Susan Kaltenbach

    I hope to make these cookies as soon as I can find pretzels (gf,dairyf, soyf, shellfish f). They look so good.

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    • Gigi Stewart

      Susan, I use glutino brand if that helps. :)

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  21. Patti

    I cannot wait for the cookbook. Also very excited to learn more about sunbutter.

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  22. Katy P

    I’m excited about the Lily’s Sweets chocolate!

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  23. Joel Timmons

    Lilys Sweet Chocolate

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  24. Joel timmons

    Lilys Sweet. Chocolate

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  25. Joel Timmons

    Lily’s. Sweet. Chocolate

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  26. Linda Ridings

    I am very excited about your new cookbook being released. New recipes are always fun. I am eager to try the chocolate chips.

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  27. Angela Saver

    Iam most excited about the organic Sunbutter® Sunflower Seed Butter! Sounds delicious!

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  28. Ronda Wood

    Somewhat new at the gluten free cooking. Looking forward to try the recipes.

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    • Gigi Stewart

      Welcome, Ronda! I hope you’ll check out the book reviews that are coming in over on Amazon. The Big Book of Gluten Free Cooking really covers everything – pizza crust, flour tortillas, sandwich bread, crackers, and so much more! ;-) xo

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  29. Jeffrey

    They all sound great, but if I have to choose…its Lily’s!

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  30. Cassandra D

    I’m excited about Lily’s Sweets Chocolates.

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  31. Sandra Bright

    Your cookbook and the gluten free oats

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  32. Cindy Kollinger

    I’d like to try Sunbutter

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  33. Diane Estrella

    The harvest oats. my kids love oatmeal!

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  34. Gigi Stewart

    Congrats to Gloria M., Al B., and Karen S., winners of this giveaway! Thank you to all who entered!

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  35. Gigi Stewart

    Update: 8/24/18 9:48AM – one of the 3 winners did not respond within the 48-hr. time frame noted, so an alternate winner was selected from remaining entries. Congrats to Jeffrey L.! :)

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