gluten free made easy

by Lori and Michelle on May 14, 2012

Hello friends!

Today we have a review of a cookbook that we wish we had about 4 years ago when we first got into eating gluten free. Sure, we studied some other gluten free cookbooks but nothing like this one. Iris and Brittany did an AMAZING job with this  gluten free baking cookbook.

In this gluten free cookbook, they go over so many great things in this book like:

  • discuss all the different gluten free flours and starches
  • tell you the best ways to use these different flours
  • suggest for best gluten free baking to use a scale (which we totally agree with, we do)
  • did a great job go over all sweeteners
  • plus have SOOOOO many good looking recipes that it has been hard for us to pick what one we wanted to make first
  • the cookbook is really well designed and easy to follow
  • have great eye candy pictures to go along with most of their recipes

Sounds like a great cookbook doesn’t? We think so. And we feel if you are just getting into gluten free or know someone who is gluten free then this cookbook is highly recommend by us. We are so honored that they asked us to read it over and give a review of it. Seriously we can not wait to start making more of their recipes.

They also did a great job in breaking up the book into different chapters based off what gluten free flour to use, which we loved! And we loved how they used so many great gluten free flours instead of just using the typically boring white rice flour.

almond butter coconut gluten free pancakes

This morning we finally made a decision on what to make… their peanut butter pancakes. Sounds delicious doesn’t it? The picture in their cookbook sold us. Since we do not eat peanut butter we decided to make these pancakes with almond butter, based upon their suggested substitute from the book.

Gluten free Almond Butter pancakes inspired by the Essential Gluten free Baking Guide Cookbook.

making gluten free coconut flour pancakes

the pancakes were super easy to make

review of gluten free pancakesthe pancakes were coconut flour based with some almond butter mixed in.


Iris and Brittany we wish we could give you a big hug right now as these pancakes were heavenly. Thank you again for allowing us to review this amazing cookbook. You truly made baking gluten free seem so simple. Thanks!

tasty gluten free coconut flour pancakes

What attracted us to the book ?

We liked so many things about this cookbook. The text and layout of the cookbook. We enjoyed how easy it was to understand each chapter.

Are the Table of Contents and Index well structured?

Yes the whole book is well structured.

How are the recipes? Are they easy? Require a lot of ingredients?

Recipes all sound amazing. We have only made their pancakes but looking over the other recipes they all look easy to make. Some recipes do require a lot of ingredients but nothing too outrageous

How was the taste, aroma and texture of the pancakes?

The pancakes look like they would be really dense but they were not. They were light and tasty. You could also taste the almond butter!

Would you call this recipe a success?

Yes. It smelt amazing while making it and they turned out beautiful! Tasted great even without any maple syrup on top.

Would you make it again?


Now go out and do yourself a favor and get this gluten free cookbook. You will be glad you did! You will find recipes in this cookbook like scones, cookies, pound cake, breads, biscuits, and funnel cake. They have a mix of sweet and savory recipes!

And for those of you who are probably wondering if there are any vegan recipes – no. But they do provide great tips and suggestions for making their recipes vegan!

 Twins Question: What is your favorite gluten free flour to bake with? Have you tried anything with millet, amaranth, quinoa, garbanzo, coconut flour yet? Would you try recipes with these flours? Do you have any other good gluten free cookbooks to share?

till next time,


pure2raw twins



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katie @KatieDid May 14, 2012 at 7:36 am

they look and sounds incredible. Coconut and almond flour are the only two I tend to “bake” with. But I actually rarely do any baking because I find it difficult and confusing with GF flours. Coconut is pretty easy though and is my go-to when I make pancakes.
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Lisa May 14, 2012 at 7:57 am

Those pancakes look perfect!
My fave gluten free flour is coconut flour….and almond flour is a close second!
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Lori and Michelle May 14, 2012 at 8:35 am

ya katie gluten free can be confusing at times ;) coconut flour is the best though we still find it difficult to use in gluten free and vegan baking as it can react differently in the recipes. all trial and error sometimes haha

Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance May 14, 2012 at 9:09 am

Since finding out about my wheat intolerance, it’s been a litttle intimidating digging headfirst into the world of GF baking. I normally stick with brown rice flour, and GF all purpose flour, but wish I knew more about the different varieties so that I cold get a handle on what recipe changes to make.

I feel like you girls are GF baking experts ;)
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Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. May 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

That sounds like an amazing book! My favorite flour to use is almond meal/flour. I also like using flax seed meal. I’ve made some awesome bread and biscuits recently with a combo of the two. I’ve also tried coconut flour, but I’m not too keen on the flavor. Maybe I haven’t made the right thing yet! I think I’ll try those pancakes!
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Anna @ The Guiltless Life May 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

I love coconut flour-based pancakes. Almond flour based ones are my favourite, but coconut flour get up there! Thanks for the review, girls, it’s always good to know about other new cookbooks that are great to try!

Kris | May 14, 2012 at 10:50 am

Girls….these are looking amazing! I loooooove my breakfast food, but I rarely eat anything fancy like this!

There are so many great blends out there and we made a pretty amazing one when we had started up our bakery ;) Mmmmmmmm!

I hope you’re having a great day!
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Lisa May 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

This is a great review of the cookbook! I mostly eat gluten free, but don’t stress if a little gluten sneaks into my diet. My favourite gluten free flours are coconut, almond a close second. However, I love incorporating teff flour, quinoa, and brown rice flour. Those pancakes sound insanely delicious!
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Ela May 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Sounds like a good one!
I love amaranth.
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carrie May 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I definitely prefer almond meal and coconut flour, though I limit the amount of coconut because i worry it will create a dryer result. I’ve dabbled a little with sweet potato flour, amaranth flour and now protein powders (thanks to you!)… but i need to do much more direct comparisons to really figure it out! I have had good results at combining a flour with some nut butter…always moist results!

lindsay May 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

i like the way you ladies think! almond butter pancakes sound better, or maybe even mac nut pancakes!
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Lori and Michelle May 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Carrie we have heard of sweet potato flour, do you like it?

Lori and Michelle May 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Kris we are sure your goodies are just as wonderful ;)

Jessica Nazarali (@JessicaNazarali) May 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I love cooking with coconut flour! I’m in the process of going gluten free and I’m already seeing great results!
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Lauren May 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Coconut flour is a godsend! its one of the few flours that ive discovered that my 2yr old daughter doesnt have a reaction to! I really love your blog! ;)
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Iris May 15, 2012 at 12:03 am

Thanks ladies! I know Britt worked hard on that recipe to get it just right, so I’m glad you liked it! And yes, the commenters above are right, you ARE gluten-free experts!

Lori and Michelle May 15, 2012 at 5:16 am

aww thanks Iris!!! we seriously loved the book and can’t wait to make more recipes from it! thank you so much!

Stefania May 15, 2012 at 5:49 am

These look fabulous! I love cooking with buckwheat flour and coconut flour.

Meredith @ DareYouTo May 15, 2012 at 6:11 am

Wow, as a GF newbie, and a regular baker, I definitely could use a book like this. Useful that they organize it by flour-type so that I can browse recipes based on what’s in my cupboard. Thanks for sharing!
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carrie May 15, 2012 at 11:26 am

ive only tried the sweet potato flour twice, and combined with different flours both times (almond once, and i think buckwheat the 2nd time). first time was very good, moist and tasty. second time was dry. but they werent identical recipes. i need to get more scientific and try the exact same recipe with various flours. im too impatient and just want to stuff my face :)

Mario May 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

Bought the book based solely on how great these pancakes looked, but am wondering if there’s anything else that can be subbed for the starch? Another egg?

Lori and Michelle May 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Mario not sure, you could always try. might change the texture some.

Mario May 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Thank you!

Will try on the weekend, and will ask Iris in the meantime what she thinks.

BTW, great blog!

Mario May 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Great book Iris!

Planning to try the pancakes on the weekend with some experimenting in regards to the starch… If possible, can you provide any feedback for someone wanting to omit or replacing the starch? It’d save some trial/error and possible wasted ingredients.

Thanks either way!

Lori and Michelle May 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Thank you!

Iris May 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Hi Mario,

Hmm…omitting the starch…this was one of Brittany’s recipes, so I can’t really speak from experience. Since it only uses 3 1/2 tablespoons, I might try replacing it with 1 tablespoon of ground chia or flax seeds. Which may or may not work…totally just a guess, but that’s where I would start. You could also stop by Brittany’s blog or facebook page and ask her (

Good luck and have fun experimenting!
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