Review and Giveaway: Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free by Amy Green

This giveaway has ended, and the winners have been announced here. Thank you all for reading!

In case you haven’t heard, my good friend Amy over at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free has written her first book, Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free: 180 easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less, and it’s just been released! I couldn’t wait until my copy arrived in the mail, and when it did, I plopped myself down on the couch and read the whole thing, cover to cover. I’m so proud of Amy’s accomplishments. This book is gorgeous, with amazing recipes for everything from buckwheat crepes to cauliflower soup to multiple brownie recipes, all free of gluten and refined sugar. As I am trying to cut refined sugar out of my diet, Amy has become a valuable resource. This book couldn’t have arrived at a better time. It was only a matter of deciding which recipes to try first, so I could share with you just how awesome this book is.

Of all of the tantalizing recipes, it might seem odd that the first thing I made was her Slow Cooker Ketchup (also available on her blog). I haven’t actually eaten ketchup in a long time. When you don’t eat french fries, burgers, or hot dogs on a regular basis, there’s just not that many ketchup opportunities left. I’ve also found that store-bought ketchup, which typically is full of high-fructose corn syrup or sugar, is intensely sweet – something I’ve lost a taste for. Amy’s ketchup, however, is more than just sweet – there are layers of spices, some tang, and a lovely full flavor. I used some of it later in the week for some chipotle sloppy joes (on a slice of gluten-free bread) and oven fries, and felt like a kid again. It was so, so good.

But I wouldn’t do a review of a cookbook purely based on ketchup. That just wouldn’t be right. After all, I’ve sampled Amy’s baking before, and I know what she’s capable of. Her baked goods are phenomenal. When I came across her Fig and Date Bars, I paused. She said they tasted like fig newtons. Fig Newtons? Oh yes, these were so about to happen in my kitchen. I couldn’t wait.

Did they deliver? I would definitely say so. I loved the sticky, sweet but not-too-sweet fig and date filling, and the crumbly topping was just perfect. I brought them to the office, and all day, people would venture back into the kitchen to sneak another one. Our company President even enjoyed some and shared them with his granddaughters (who were visiting that day), and remarked how good they were. (He didn’t know they were gluten and sugar-free until afterwards!) If they pass the test of the gluten and sugar eaters of the world with flying colors, I say that’s definitely a win.

Just look at them. How could you resist?

Do these recipes have you interested? I hope so, because I have FOUR opportunities for you to win a copy of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free! Want to know how you can enter to win? Scroll down to the bottom of this post and find out! The giveaway will end at midnight CDT on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully so you can be entered as many times as possible!

Fig and Date Bars, reprinted with permission from Amy Green, excerpted from Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free

1/2 c pitted Medjool dates

1/2 c dried black Mission figs, stemmed and cut in half

1/2 c walnuts

1 c sorghum flour

1/2 t ground cinnamon

1/4 t baking soda

1/4 t xanthan gum (I used guar gum)

pinch of kosher salt

1/4 c cold butter, diced (I used ghee (also called clarified butter), which is lactose and casein-free)

2 T honey or agave nectar

1 t freshly grated orange zest

1 T freshly squeezed orange juice

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly mist an 8 X 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

In a medium heatproof bowl, cover the dates and figs with hot water. Set aside. Or, cover the dates and dried figs with water and microwave for 1 minute.

In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, chop the walnuts until they are in small pieces but not mealy. Add the sorghum flour, cinnamon, baking soda, xanthan gum, and kosher salt. Process for 30 seconds or until the mixture is combined and the walnuts are a little finer. Sprinkle the butter evenly across the walnut mixture and drizzle in the honey or agave. Pulse until a dough forms. Turn the dough out into a large bowl.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the dates and figs to the food processor, reserving the soaking liquid; there’s no need to wash the processor bowl. Add 1/4 cup of the soaking liquid, the orange zest, and orange juice. Let process for several minutes, until smooth.

While the food processor is running, use wet hands to firmly press two-thirds of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Once the date and fig mixture is smooth, spread it evenly across the dough. Break the remaining dough into marble-size pieces, sprinkle them across the fig and date paste, and lightly press in.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, rotating the pan 180 degrees halfway through, until the top becomes lightly golden brown. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and store in the refrigerator. These also freeze well.

Makes 16 2X2 inch bars.

Now, for the giveaway!

In order to be entered into the giveaway, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. Your name will be entered once into a drawing for a chance to win one of four cookbooks.

If you want more chances to win, then listen up!

For a second chance to win, follow Ulysses Press on Twitter and leave a separate comment here telling me you did so.

For a third chance to win, friend Ulysses Press on Facebook and leave a separate comment here telling me you did so.

For a fourth chance to win, like Ulysses Press’s new Health and Fitness fan page and leave a separate comment here telling me you did so.

(An added bonus for you, when you follow/like Ulysses Press – they often host giveaways and other fun stuff!)

For a fifth chance to win, like Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free on Facebook and leave a separate comment here telling me you did so.

For additional chances to win, Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter, post about it on Facebook or your blog, and leave me comments telling me you did those things.

And remember – the giveaway ends at midnight on Saturday, April 23, 2011.


Filed under Baked goods, Dairy-Free, Desserts, Gluten-Free, Healthy Meals, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

196 responses to “Review and Giveaway: Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free by Amy Green

  1. I would love a copy of this book! We are fairly new to the gluten-free world and still figuring out how to cook:-)

  2. Just followed Ulysses Press on Twitter:-)

  3. Just tweeted it! Thanks:-)

  4. I’ve liked Ulysses Press on FB!

  5. I’ve liked Ulysses Health and Fitness on FB!

  6. I’ve liked Simply Sugar & GF on FB!

  7. I’ve posted about your giveaway on Facebook (under Spiced Plate)

  8. auntjayne

    What a great give away Shirley!

  9. I’d love to win this book!

  10. I liked Ulysses Press on facebook.

  11. Liked Simply sugar & gluten-free on facebook.

  12. Following Ulysses Press on twitter.

  13. Brandae

    I love Amy’s blog and recipes! I recommend her site to everyone. 🙂 Great giveaway – hope to win a book! Brandae

  14. Brandae

    I “like” SSGF” on Facebook too.

  15. Christy

    Love your giveaways!

  16. Janet McGregor Dunn

    Looks like an excellent book. I’m going to try the recipe above. It’s hard to find gluten-free AND sugar-free. I’m both… Hope I win a copy!!!

  17. Janet McGregor Dunn

    Just followed Ulysses Press (@fatnflab on Twitter, Nofatn Flab on Facebook).

  18. Janet McGregor Dunn

    I just liked Ulysses Health and Fitness on Facebook…

  19. Janet McGregor Dunn

    I just sent a friend request on Facebook for Ulysses Press. Can you tell I would really like to have a copy of the book. Truthfully, I’d be friending & liking either way, but the possibility of winning the book means I’m doing it faster .

  20. I love ketchup! I may write a complete cookbook review based on a stellar ketchup recipe. HA! Thanks for sharing this cookbook with us. Any cookbook that you read cover to cover must be outstanding!

  21. Janet McGregor Dunn

    I just liked Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free on Facebook.

  22. Janet McGregor Dunn

    I’m tweeting on two of my twitter accounts (@fatnflab and @thegatable). They feed to our fan page and to the Nofatn Flab regular Facebook page, and to a couple of blogs. Working hard to get a copy of the book… whew 😉

  23. Gwyn

    I am anxious to have this cookbook, it will be fun to try out the new recipes.

  24. thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

  25. I like ssgf on facebook!

  26. Samantha

    What a wonderful looking cookbook. Terrific giveaway!

  27. Samantha

    looks good!

  28. Samantha

    im also following on twitter

  29. FoodStudent

    These look delicious, I think I’ll retweet, and try this recipe out with my celiac daughter. We love your posts.

  30. Sharon

    I would SO love to have her cookbook! These fig/date newtons sound wonderful.

  31. Pat R

    Would love the cookbook!

  32. Sharon

    Those fig bars look so good! I miss fig newtons!!

  33. Gail

    I liked Ulysses Press’s Health and Fitness new fan page on Facebook.

  34. The Date and Fig Bars look amazing. I’d love to win the book!

  35. I just followed Ulysses Press on Twitter.

  36. Sharon

    I like you on fb

  37. Sharon

    I follow Ulysses press on twitter

  38. Sharon

    I sent Ulysses press a friend request on fb

  39. Sharon

    I like health and fitness page on fb

  40. Sharon

    I like ss&gf on fb

  41. Sharon

    I tweeted about the giveaway

  42. Gail

    Requested Ulysses Press as a friend on Facebook.

  43. brandy

    This is an awesome giveaway! I want that book!

  44. brandy

    I friended Ulysses Press on FB!

  45. brandy

    I liked Ulysses press health and fitness page!

  46. brandy

    AND, I liked Simply Sugar and Gluten Free too!

  47. Becky

    I’m so excited about this giveaway. I would love to have a copy of this book.

  48. Becky

    I friended Ulysses Press on Facebook.

  49. Becky

    I like Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free on Facebook.

  50. Becky

    I like Ulysses Press’s new Health and Fitness fan page.

  51. Gail

    I would love to win a copy of Amys book. That for the chance to win this great giveaway!

  52. Becky

    I posted this giveaway on Facebook.

  53. Gail

    Posted about this great giveaway on my Facebook page.

  54. Karen

    Ok. I have to try the date fig bars. You surprised me. I figured the book would be full of recipes calling for Stevia and since Stevia and I don’t get along too well…. But now you have my interest! Those look wonderful. They are healthy and no stevia! Now, of course, I need the book! Winning would be oh so much more lovely than purchasing it. LOL… Thanks!

  55. Don’t enter me in the giveaway, Alta, as I’ve got my own copy on its way. 🙂 Just wanted to say great review, and congrats again to Amy–it looks like such a wonderful book. 🙂

  56. mmm i love fig newtons! and i’d love to try these especially for the no sugar!

  57. Melinda Smith

    My 8 year old GfCf son is a huge foodie and would love to disect this cookbook and tell me what he would like us to make!

  58. The date fig bars look divine…….can’t wait to try them.
    Of course I would love a copy of Amy’s book as well!

  59. Sheryl

    The cookbook sounds great!!

  60. Shelly Cruz

    would love to win a copy. Thanks

  61. Shelly Cruz

    i like simply sugar and gluten free on facebook

  62. Shelly Cruz

    i just liked ulysses health and fitness page on facebook

  63. Judy

    It would be fantastic to win Amy’s cookbook! I have been GF and my goal is to make meals for the family so we eat together!

  64. Judy

    Liked Ulysse’s Health & Fitness on FB!

  65. Judy

    I already liked Amy’s Simply Sugar & Gluten Free page on FB.

  66. Judy

    I posted a FB comment about the giveaway!

  67. Those fig bars sound divine! Thanks for the book review and giveaway 🙂

  68. I would love a copy! I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t bought my own yet, but then I haven’t bought any textbooks for school either! Grad school means no unnecessary purchases for a while…

  69. You eat with your eyes first, and man, did I devour these.

  70. I would love to win! I’m a newbie to the GF world and am looking for great tasting recipes to make 🙂

  71. I’d love to have a copy.

  72. Would love to win – this recipe looks great and I’m sure there are many, many more in the book!

  73. I’d love to win this book! I’m newly GF and am still learning how to eat delicious sweets without upsetting the ol’ tummy.

  74. Liked Simply Sugar on Facebook and will definitely tweet/blog in the am hours 🙂 I’ll keep you posted on those two!

  75. Michelle Lyall

    I would LOVE to win this book, thank you for the opportunity…

  76. Emily

    This is an awesome giveaway! I’d love to have to have this great gluten free cookbook!

  77. Emily

    designsavelives following Uylsses Press on Twitter!

  78. Emily

    friended Ulysses Press on FB!

  79. Emily

    Liked Ulysses Press’s new Health and Fitness on FB 🙂

  80. Emily

    Liked Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free on FB 😀

  81. I follow her blog and would love to win this.


  82. Emily K

    Odd…. I didnt leave a comment, but my name appears here already…. Is it automatic? I did do all of the above, so hopefully its valid. -Emily Koehler

  83. Meghan

    I would love a copy of this!

  84. Neva

    I love Amy’s receipes. Her cookbook would be wonderful

  85. Neva

    I follow Simply Sugar and Gluten Free on Facebook

  86. Okay I’m liking Ulysses Press on FB and Twitter 🙂

    Good luck everyone 🙂

  87. Neva

    Friended Ulysses Press on facebook

  88. Marissa Wagenberg

    The book looks amazing!!

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  90. Cyndi

    I would love to have this book, thanks for the giveaway!

  91. Jessica Silva

    Yum!! I’m making those beauties today! Thanks for the giveaways!


  92. Amy P.

    Sounds fab!

  93. Amy P.

    I friended Ulysses Press

  94. Jordan P

    My best friend’s GF and always struggles to get a good dessert when we’re out! I’d love to surprise her with some of these treats!

  95. Dionne

    I “liked” Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free on Facebook. Thanks for sharing the recipe…can’t wait to make these bars!

  96. Zoe

    Amy is a dear, I would love to win her cookbook!

  97. Zoe

    Also, how can I like Simply Sugar and Gluten Free on Facebook? Every time I click on the link it takes me to my Facebook feed of the pages I like via my page but I can’t find SS&GF?


  98. I would love to win the book it looks awesome!

  99. tastyeatsathome

    Zoe – I am not sure!?! Sorry. I click on the link and it takes me right to her page. Has anyone else had this problem?

  100. Gail

    I posted about Tasty Eats at home giveaway on my Facebook page.

  101. Heather

    would love to win the book 🙂 ~Heather M.

  102. I’m going to make these this week! They look delicious. Can’t wait to see the book!

  103. Niv

    I will definitely be trying this recipe. I follow you and Amy by email. Looking forward to win this giveaway.

  104. This is a great give-away!

  105. I tweeted about the give-a-way:
    Cool give-away: This give-away is for Amy Green’s new book~~ Simply Sugar and Gluten Free,

  106. I liked Ulysses Press on Facebook

  107. I liked you on Ulysses Press Health and Fitness

  108. I all ready like simply sugar and Gluten Free on FB!

  109. Kati Wilson

    Being 22, diagnosed with Celiac’s 2 years ago, paying off naturopath bills and studying at a holistic health college, buying prepared gf foods is not an option with my budget. It would be great to win this cookbook! Thanks

  110. Gail

    Amy’s recipe of the fig and date bars looks wonderful. I look forward to winning a copy of her book so I can try more of her recipes.

  111. Barbara Fitzpatrick

    New to the gluten free world. Would love a copy of this book.

  112. Jen DeMoss

    I love the site, and thanks for a chance to win the cookbook!


  113. Jen DeMoss

    I liked Ulysses Press on Facebook, so that’s another entry.

  114. Jen DeMoss

    And I liked Simply Sugar and Gluten Free on Facebook as well. Yay for me!

  115. Linda Swirzewski

    Excellent cookbook – would LOVE to win a copy!

  116. Jennifer

    Please enter me in the drawing for one of these cookbooks. I am just beginning my sugar-free lifestyle and was googling for resources. What a treat to find so many great blogs!

  117. Melissa

    relatively new to this world sans gluten, this recipe is making me drool, as the book most likely would as well. Keep it up, the blog is fabulous!

  118. Brandi B.

    I would love to be entered–I need a gluten free cookbook!

  119. Diane Eardley

    I posted this on my Facebook page as my friends will really enjoy it. I can hardly wait to try the recipe for fig and date bars!

  120. Amy P.

    And I liked the fan page of Ulysses Press Fitness

  121. Amy P.

    And I like the Simple Sugar & Gluten-Free fan page

  122. Janelle

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  123. Janelle

    I also follow SSGF on facebook and now Health and Fitness.

  124. Becca

    I so badly want to get my hands on this book! Hope to win! 🙂

  125. Becca

    I am following Ulysses Press on Twitter @becca_jean05

  126. Becca

    I sent a friend request to Ulysses Press.

  127. Becca

    I am now a fan of Ulysses Press on facebook.

  128. Becca

    I already like SSGF on facebook! 🙂

  129. Dee Fedor

    I have everything to make this recipe except the orange for the zest and juice! Darn! gas is $3.99/gal as of yesterday. I would love to win a book

  130. juli

    I friended Ulysses Press on FB 🙂

  131. juli

    I also liked the Ulysses Health and Fitness FB page.

  132. juli

    And I’m following Ulysses Press on Twitter. Thanks for all the chances!

  133. Carol Cripps

    I would love to have a copy of this book. After being gluten free for about a year, I still don’t consider myself an experience gf cook, and getting rid of refined sugars is, for me, the next step in getting healthier. BTW, I like your blog, too!

  134. Jodi

    The fig bars look awesome and so does the book- can’t wait to make the bars and really hope to win the book.

  135. Laura W

    This cookbook looks amazing! We’ve been a GF family for a little over a year now & are looking for ways to cut back our sugar intake. Love the blog!

  136. RG

    I would so love to get my dry cracked hands on this lovely looking book.

  137. Laurel

    must buy figs

  138. Laurel

    I liked Ulysses Press on Facebook.

  139. Laurel

    I liked Simply Sugar and Gluten Free on facebook.

  140. Not feeling up to Twitter or Facebook tonight, so I’ll just go for my one comment entry. 🙂

  141. Chelsea

    I’d love to win! The book looks great 🙂

  142. Kristie

    I liked SSGF on Facebook!

  143. Kristie

    Would love more Gluten free recipes. Fingers crossed!! 😉

  144. Kristy

    ohhhh, pick me!

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  146. Kristine

    I’d love to win this book!!

  147. Kristine

    I *like* SS&GF on Facebook. Thanks!

  148. Coleen

    I love both dates and figs and those bars look amazing. I would love to try some more recipes from the book.

  149. Yvonne

    I love experimenting with gluten free baking and cooking and I always try to avoid refined sugars and use agave nectar or maple syrup or even coconut sugar instead. I am eager to learn more from this cookbook!

  150. Linda Swirzewski

    I just friended Ulysses Press! These look like awesome cookbooks to win! Thanks!

  151. Linda Swirzewski

    I have also “liked” Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free on Facebook for another chance to win. Keeping my fingers crossed! 🙂

  152. Carol

    I can’t find Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free’s FB page. Your link doesn’t work either.

  153. tastyeatsathome

    Carol – I tried to change the link – please check it!

  154. Shelby

    I have been looking at this book on Amazon and would love to win a copy!!

  155. Shelby

    I just “liked” Simply Sugar and Gluten Free on Facebook!

  156. Kat

    I would love a copy of this book. My family and I are trying to eat GF and less sugar, so this would be so helpful!


  158. Melissa C.

    I would love to win this cookbook. Can’t wait to try these bars, I have been looking for a great recipe to replace fig newton bars!!

  159. mandy

    So inspired by all the great recipes on the site. Thank-you. xo

  160. Shannon

    Thanks for the chance to win Amy’s book!

  161. Dawna Austin

    Wow.. a book that deals with BOTH sugar and gluten issues!!! I’m so excited! It’s so hard to cook for my family when recipes either contain gluten, or if they are gluten-free, they are loaded with processed sugars. I can’t wait to try these recipes!

  162. Dawna Austin

    I liked Ulysses Press’s new Health and Fitness on Facebook

  163. Jen T.

    I would love to get my paws on a copy of this book. It looks wonderful!

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  165. Would love to win! Thanks for letting me enter to win.

  166. Michelle S.

    I’ve been struggling to go gluten-free and dairy free for a couple of years now and I love your blog. Can’t wait to try those fig bars. I would LOVE a copy of that cookbook as I would also like to cut refined sugar from my diet.

  167. Michelle S.

    I liked Ulysses Press’s new Health and Fitness on Facebook

  168. Michelle S.

    I just “liked” Simply Sugar and Gluten Free on Facebook!

  169. Michelle S.

    I friended Ulysses Press on FB

  170. I liked Amy on Facebook!

  171. I followed Ulysses Press on Twitter!

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  173. Would love a copy of the book 🙂

  174. debbiejo

    Thanks for a chance at winning!

  175. Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to check out Amy’s cookbook since I was one of many recipe testers. The bars above sound great although I’ve never had a fig before.

  176. Sue

    I would love a copy of this book!

  177. Sue

    I sent the friend request for Ulysses Press on Facebook!

  178. Sue

    I liked Ulysses Press’s new Health and Fitness fan page on facebook!

  179. Deidre

    I would love to win this book !

  180. Sherry

    Thanks for the chance 🙂

  181. Susan F

    I would love this book, I am going to make that Fig and Date bars asap as Fig Newtons used to be my husbands favourite cookie until last Sept when he was diagnosed

  182. EriKA

    Yum! Would love to get in the kitchen with this book.

  183. EriKA

    liked Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free on FB

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  185. Colleen

    I liked the Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free on FB

  186. Colleen

    Looks Great!!!!

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